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Practice Areas
Land Use
Local Government
Park Districts
Education
J.D., Chicago-Kent College of Law, magna cum laude
B.A., University of Illinois
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Illinois
Northern District of Illinois
Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals
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American Institute of Certified Planners
American Planning Association
Engaging Local Government Leaders

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Gregory W. Jones
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Greg has dedicated his career to revitalizing communities and driving positive economic growth.

His land use and zoning advice has helped dozens of municipalities realize their economic development goals.  Greg advises communities in a wide variety of transactional matters, including intergovernmental agreements, tax increment financing, development and annexation agreements, zoning code overhauls, and complex real estate deals. Greg also advocates for clients during negotiations with various local, state and federal agencies on a variety of land use matters, and has successfully defended public officials both in and out of the courtroom. 

Greg’s prior experience as a city planner, project manager, and zoning administrator for several communities allows him to work efficiently and effectively with those who make – or break – economic development efforts.  His active membership in the American Institute of Certified Planners, the American Planning Association’s Legislative Committee, and the American Planning Associations’ Public Official Training Faculty helps him understand how communities and developers can use modern best practices to make their plan a reality.  

Greg earned his B.A. in Urban Planning from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and studied town and country planning at the University of Sheffield in the United Kingdom. Greg graduated magna cum laude from Chicago-Kent College of Law, where he served as an editor for the law review and was elected into the Order of the Coif.

Experience

  • Advised city councils, plan commissions and a host of other elected and appointed boards and commissions.
  • Negotiated complex, multi-million dollar redevelopment agreements on behalf of public and private sector clients.
  • Spearheaded public participation and outreach campaigns to create new zoning districts that reflect the residents’ vision for their community.

Presentations

  • The First Amendment and Social Media (Illinois Association of Park Districts Annual Conference 2018)
  • Lawyers, Guns, and Money: How to Stay Out of Ethical Jams (Chicago Metro Section, American Planning Association 2017)
  • Ghostlawyers: Haunted Planning Law Update (American Planning Association Annual Illinois Conference 2017)
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Publications

  • “It’s 10pm, Do You Know Where Your Plan Commissioners Are?”  The Commissioner (American Planning Association) (Dec. 2017)
  • “Zoning,” Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education (IICLE) (May 2016)
  • "Land Use Law: Zoning in the 21st Century," Law Journal Press (Jan. 2015)
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Honors & Awards

  • Member of Order of the Coif