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Practice Areas
Land Use
Litigation
Local Government
Education
J.D., University of Wisconsin, cum laude, with honors
B.A., University of Michigan (Economics)
B.S., University of Michigan (Environmental Studies)
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Illinois
Northern District of Illinois
Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals
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American Bar Association
Illinois Bar Association
American Planning Association

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Brent O. Denzin
Partner

Brent practices in the areas of real estate law, environmental law and urban redevelopment. 

Since joining Ancel Glink in 2008, Brent has focused his practice on urban redevelopment, neighborhood stabilization and complex real estate transactions.  Brent serves as lead counsel for two regional Land Banks, a regional fiber network, and multiple government agencies, municipalities and organizations.  As part of his practice, Brent has led numerous federal and state remediation projects, aided in successfully litigating a series of a multi-million dollar lawsuits; and repurposed hundreds of acres of distressed property. 

As counsel to the Cook County Land Bank Authority (CCLBA) and South Suburban Land Bank and Development Authority (SSLBDA), Brent develops and employs legal strategies for acquiring, managing and repurposing property. Notably, Brent leads a team of Ancel Glink attorneys in implementing a novel active conduit transaction strategy, by which the team leverages government powers and private partnerships to spur redevelopment. Brent employs this strategy to expedite redevelopment projects, mitigate risk, and generate revenue for future client operations.

Prior to joining Ancel Glink, Brent was awarded a two-year Equal Justice Works Fellowship to concentrate on land use and environmental law, with a focus on suburban growth in rural areas across Wisconsin. During his fellowship, Brent represented community groups in impact litigation cases involving annexation proposals, international crude oil pipeline projects, statewide municipal stormwater rules, and more.

Experience

Brent’s recent work includes:
  • Drafting intergovernmental agreements, by-laws and operating agreements creating Illinois’ first governmental Land Bank (South Suburban Land Bank and Development Authority); a 60-mile high-speed fiber network serving south Cook County (Chicago Southland Fiber Network); and private-sector intermodal development corporation.
  • Guiding legal strategy and managing real estate transactions for Cook County Land Bank Authority—the nation’s largest Land Bank (by area).
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Presentations

  • “Fight Blight Right!” American Planning Association, Illinois-Chapter (September 2017)
  • “Squatters and the City: Municipal Strategies for Deterring Uninvited Guests” South Suburban Housing Collaborative, January 2014
  • "Eliminating Waste, Saving Money: Strategic Steps to Reduce Costs of Stormwater Management," Metro West Council of Governments (February 2012)
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Publications

  • “Land Use Law: Zoning in the 21st Century,” Co-Author,  400+ pages (ALM Press 2014)
  • "Turning Vacant Properties into Community Assets Through Land Banking," The Urban Lawyer, 43 Urb. Law. 801 (Summer 2011)
  • “Green Transportation: ‘Roadblocks’ and ‘Avenues’ for Promoting Low-Impact Transportation Choices,” Legal Strategies for Greening Local Government (ABA Press, 2012)
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Honors & Awards

  • Equal Justice Fellowship Award (2005)