Benjamin L. Schuster is a senior member of the Land Use and Government Team in the Chicago office of Holland & Knight. He practices in the areas of government, real estate and land use law. He represents public and private sector clients in transactional, governance and litigation matters.

Mr. Schuster advises numerous municipalities, state agencies and private sector clients on a variety of matters, including zoning and land use, tax increment financing, environmental regulation and compliance, ordinance drafting, code enforcement, licensing and regulatory affairs, and First Amendment issues.

Mr. Schuster also focuses a significant portion of his practice to advising public sector clients on Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), Open Meetings Act (OMA) and other governance issues. He has extensive experience representing public bodies before the Illinois Attorney General Office's Public Access Counselor, as well as in FOIA and OMA-related litigation. He also has spoken and written extensively on FOIA and OMA matters.

In addition, Mr. Schuster has experience in the area of real estate-related litigation, including annexation and eminent domain matters. He has represented clients before numerous municipal zoning board of appeals and plan commissions.

Mr. Schuster provides general counsel services to the city of Highland Park and the villages of Lake Bluff, Winnetka, Deerfield, Lincolnwood, Northbrook and Glencoe. He also provides special outside counsel services to the Teachers' Retirement System of Illinois on matters relating to fiduciary duties, governance and other pension fund-related issues. He also has represented municipalities in pension-related litigation.

Mr. Schuster was selected to be part of the Chicago Bar Association's Leadership Institute.

Prior to attending law school, Mr. Schuster obtained a master's degree in regional and urban planning. He worked in London as an urban planning consultant, advising local governments on economic development matters. While attending law school, Mr. Schuster worked for the Edwin F. Mandel Housing Initiative.


  • The University of Chicago Law School, J.D., with high honors
  • Hamilton College, B.A., Government, with honors
  • The London School of Economics and Political Science, MSc. RUP, with merit
Bar Admissions/Licenses
  • Illinois
  • Chicago Bar Association, Leadership Institute
  • Chicago Bar Association
Honors & Awards
  • Order of the Coif
  • Ann Watson Barber Outstanding Service Award


Speaking Engagements