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Land Use
Local Government
J.D., The UIC - John Marshall Law School
M.U.P., Wayne State University
B.A., Indiana University
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Northern District of Illinois
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American Institute of Certified Planners
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David S. Silverman, FAICP
Equity Partner

David effectively and efficiently navigates the political, practical, and legal aspects of the zoning and entitlement process for the firm’s public and private sector clients.

David has a thorough understanding of the zoning and entitlements process. His prior career as a professional planner informs his practice as an attorney, giving him an unprecedented understanding of the dynamics that influence the zoning and entitlement process. His multi-faceted professional background also provides public and private sector clients with advisory services that extend beyond legal representation to help them achieve their goals and objectives.

David is co-chair of Ancel Glink’s Zoning and Land Use Group and co-editor of the group’s e-newsletter, In the Zone.  David also serves as moderator for the Zoning and Land Use Group’s Twitter site, @AncelGlinkLand.

David is involved with several organizations that promote better land use and development practices. David serves on the Executive Board of the Illinois Chapter of the American Planning Association as its Legislative Committee chair and serves as the Education and Outreach Chair for the Planning and Law Division of the American Planning Association. In addition, David is also a member of the Ely Chapter (Chicago) of Lambda Alpha International, Urban Land Institute, and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners. 

In addition to his involvement with various land use and development organizations, David also teaches the Land Use Control and Zoning class (RE604/JD604) at the UIC John Marshall Law School.


Highlights of David’s practice include:
  • Advising boards of trustees on a wide range of legal and policy matters
  • Advising plan commissions and zoning boards on zoning and planning matters
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David is a frequent speaker at local and national conferences on local government and land use issues, including the following: 
  • Legal trends in land use law and innovative land use regulation techniques and practices
  • Climate change and environmental conservation
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David has published on a variety of land use, local government, and related matters, including the following recent publications: 
  • “Drafting Defensible Regulations,” Planning (APA, December 2016)
  • “It’s Time to Rethink Temporary Use,” Planning (APA, July 2016)
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