Steven M Elrod

Partner
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Steven M. Elrod represents private and public sector clients on land use, zoning and real estate matters. He is the chairman of Holland & Knight’s National Land Use and Government Team and is the executive partner of the firm’s Chicago office. He also served on Holland & Knight’s national directors committee for two consecutive terms.

Mr. Elrod is the corporation counsel for the City of Highland Park, Il., and the village attorney for the Villages of Northbrook, Glencoe and Lincolnwood, Il. He is also actively involved in the general representation of the firm’s more than two dozen Chicago area local government clients.

Mr. Elrod represents owners and developers in a variety of real estate and transactional projects, and is regularly engaged to secure zoning relief, entitlements, incentives and approvals from state and local governments. His practice focuses on: 

  • public-private partnerships
  • tax incentive and abatement agreements, including tax increment financing (TIF) and special service area (SSA) financing
  • annexation, subdivision and development agreements
  • affordable housing and reasonable accommodation for persons with disabilities

Mr. Elrod has extensive experience in the litigation of land use issues, including eminent domain; regulatory taking and inverse condemnation; RLUIPA; the First Amendment and the Second Amendment.

Mr. Elrod is the first vice president of the 20,000 member Chicago Bar Association, and currently serves on the board of the Chicago Bar Foundation. He is the immediate past chairman of the board of directors of the Constitutional Rights Foundation Chicago, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing law-related and civic education to elementary and high school students.

Mr. Elrod is an adjunct professor at Northwestern University School of Law, where he teaches Local Government and Land Use Law.

Honors & Awards

  • Chambers USA – America's Leading Business Lawyers guide, Real Estate: Zoning/Land Use, 2012-2017
  • Northwestern Pritzker School of Law's Volunteer of the Year, 2015
  • The Best Lawyers in America guide, Land Use and Zoning Law; Real Estate Law, 2005-2018; Government Relations Law, 2012-2018
  • The Best Lawyers in America guide, Chicago Land Use & Zoning Lawyer of the Year, 2018 
  • The Legal 500 USA, Real Estate & Construction: Land Use/Zoning, 2012, 2014, 2016, 2017
  • Ranked #1 in Top Ten List of Leading Land Use & Zoning Lawyer in Illinois, Leading Lawyers Network, 2016
  • Tree of Life Award for Civic Service, Jewish National Fund, 2007
  • Lecturer of Merit Award, National College of District Attorneys
  • Outstanding Adjunct Professor Award, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law

Memberships

  • Urban Land Institute, Public/Private Partnership Product Council, Vice Chairman
  • Chicago Bar Association, First Vice President
  • Chicago Bar Foundation, Board of Directors
  • Harold E. Eisenberg Foundation, Second Vice President
  • Constitutional Rights Foundation Chicago, Board of Directors
  • Lambda Alpha International Honorary Land Economics Society
  • The Economic Club of Chicago
  • Highwood Park - Highwood Legal Aid Clinic - Secretary and Treasurer