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140 S. Dearborn Street, 6th Floor
Chicago, IL 60603

Direct Phone:  312.604.9187
Fax:  312.782.0943

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Practice Areas
Local Government
Land Use Litigation
Economic Development
J.D. UCLA School of Law
M.A. Univ. of Maryland, BC
B.A. Northwestern University
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David S. Warner
Of Counsel

Through an exceptional level of skill, engagement, and innovative thinking in the area of local government and land use law, David makes it his mission to understand his clients’ objectives in order to best deliver them practical, cost-effective solutions.

David has been working in the field of public law for more than 20 years as both an attorney and administrator specializing in zoning and land use law, government contracting, economic development, historic preservation, telecommunications, and sign regulation.  His past experience as a city attorney provides him with a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of local government law while his work in federal and state government offers him a unique insight into the practical day-to-day challenges faced by public administrators.

As a city attorney and counsel to special districts, David regularly advised clients on all matters of local government law including public records, open meetings, ethics, zoning, finance and elections.  He also regularly drafted and negotiated annexation and development agreements, bid packages and contracts for large-scale construction projects, and joint purchasing agreements.   His work on behalf of private developers and builders has achieved significant land use entitlements, development approvals and vested rights for successful commercial and residential projects.

David’s career also includes three years in federal government service with the National Archives and Records Administration where he administered FOIA requests and negotiated deeds of gift for the Office of Presidential Libraries.  He also served as the director of a 240 acre state historical site and museum in Wisconsin with 30 employees and a $1,000,000 budget giving him insight into the duties and responsibilities of municipal managers.


Particular highlights of his recent practice include:
  • Preparation and negotiation of Telecommunications Site Construction and Lease Option Agreements for special districts
  • Secured land use entitlements for a three-story, multi-tenant 102,000 square foot medical office building
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David is a frequent speaker on a variety of local government and land use issues including the following:
  • Speaker, “Legal Side of Using Social Media,” WPRA Annual Conference, 2018
  • Speaker, “Staying in Compliance: Understanding Fundamental Special District Laws,” CSDA Board Secretary/Clerk Conference, 2014
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David has published articles on a variety of local government and land use matters including:
  • “Recent Developments in First Amendment Law: Exploring Panhandling and Invocations,” International Municipal Lawyers Association Annual Meeting, 2013 w/ Deborah J. Fox
  • “The ‘Occupy’ Movement and What Cities Can Do to Regulate or Avoid the Impacts of Such Events,” League of California Cities 2012 City Attorneys’ Department Fall Conference 2012 w/ Deborah J. Fox
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