Overview Events News Intelligence Donna J. Pugh Partner djpugh foley.com Download vCard Connect Donna J. Pugh Donna J. Pugh is a partner and real estate business lawyer with Foley & Lardner LLP where she focuses on obtaining land use and zoning entitlements on behalf of her retail, health care and corporate clients. With her approach of bridging the gap between client, civic and municipal needs, Ms. Pugh has an exceptionally high success rate of securing necessary approvals for land development projects in the Chicago area. She is a member of the firm’s Real Estate Practice and Health Care Industry Team. A consensus builder, Ms. Pugh works to unite property owners, elected officials and community groups to achieve approvals that maximize flexibility of future land use and benefit all involved stakeholders. Representative Experience Ms. Pugh has extensive experience in securing planned developments, special uses, rezonings, variations, text amendments and other land use approvals for the following project types: Retail – including regional shopping malls, grocery-anchored community centers, and retail banks Health care – including hospitals, physician office buildings, outpatient treatment centers, and senior living facilities Mixed-use development – including projects containing office, hotel, retail, condos, and senior housing Public way – including securing approvals for private use of skybridges, tunnels, canopies, signs and others Ms. Pugh has worked on high-profile land development projects, such as obtaining zoning approvals for the 960,000-square-foot United Center, home to Chicago Bulls and Chicago Blackhawks, and new practice facilities for both teams. She obtained approvals for Magnificent Mile shopping centers including Water Tower Place and 900 North Michigan. She also obtained all zoning approvals for the original redevelopment (1994) and subsequent redevelopments of the 1.6 million square foot legacy mall Westfield Old Orchard in Skokie, IL. Geographically, Ms. Pugh focuses her land use practice in Chicago, Cook County, DuPage County, and Will County. Recognition Ms. Pugh was selected for inclusion in the 2005, 2006 and 2008-2016 Illinois Super Lawyers® lists. She has also been selected for the list of Leading Lawyers in the area of land use, zoning & condemnation law from 2003-2010 and The Best Lawyers in America© since 2011 in the area of land use and zoning law. In 2012, she was recognized by The Legal 500 for her work in real estate. In 2016, her client, The Talking Farm, was awarded the 2016 American Planning Association – Illinois Chapter Sustainability Award. In recognition of her experience, Ms. Pugh has been Peer Review Rated as AV® Preeminent™, the highest performance rating in Martindale-Hubbell's peer review rating system.* Published Works Co-author, “Walking a Tightrope: Navigating Panhandling Regulation in Light of Reed v. Gilbert,” Illinois State Bar Association’s Section on Local Government Law, Vol. 53, No. 2 (August 2016) Co-author, “Intergovernmental Cooperation and Conflict: A Fresh Look,” Illinois State Bar Association’s Section on Local Government Law, Vol. 51, No. 5 (May 2015) Co-author, “Hidden Agendas: How Covert Mobilization Tactics Are Changing Retail Development Petitioning,” Shopping Center Legal Update, Vol. 34, Issue 1 (Spring 2014) Co-author, “Fighting Dirty: The New Frontier of Competitors' Conduct in Zoning Disputes,” Zoning and Planning Law Report, Vol. 35, No. 11 (December, 2012) Co-author, "Beware the Public Way," Real Property, the newsletter of the Illinois State Bar Association’s Section on Real Estate Law, Vol. 55, No. 2 (October 2009) Leadership Positions International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), Central Division Government Relations chair American Bar Association Section of State and Local Government Law, past chair (2009-2010, 9,000 members); past chair, Land Use Committee Near South Planning Board, board member and chair of Membership Committee Magnificent Mile Association (MMA), secretary Speaking Engagements “Land Use Issues in Real Estate Transactions,” panelist, Practising Law Institute, Chicago (November 16, 2016) “The Impacts of Segregation on Our Region,” moderator, Foley & Lardner LLP (November 2016) “Women in Real Estate,” organizer, ICSC Chicago Deal Making, Chicago (October 19, 2016) “Legal Issues Related to Zoning and Entitlements,” University of Illinois (September 2016) “The Future of Planned Manufacturing Districts (PMDs) in Chicago,” moderator, Foley & Lardner LLP (July 2016) “Regional Planning – Improving Chicagoland Through Long-Term Planning Efforts,” moderator, Foley & Lardner LLP (May 2016) “Presenting to UPP 505,” co-speaker, University of Illinois at Chicago (March 15, 2016) “Planning, Design, and Legal Considerations for Urban Developments,” panelist, American Legal Institute CLE, Webinar (March 9, 2016) “South Loop Craze – The Next River North,” moderator, Foley & Lardner LLP (February 2016) “Transit-Oriented Development,” moderator, Foley & Lardner LLP (November 2015) “Land Use Issues in Real Estate Transactions,” panelist, Practising Law Institute, Chicago (November 10, 2015) “Understanding the New Affordable Requirements Ordinance (ARO),” moderator, Foley & Lardner LLP (June 2015) “Combating Opposition in the Zoning Approval Process,” chair and panelist , Illinois Land Use Law, Chicago (June 4, 2015) “Nuts & Bolts of Land Use & Zoning,” moderator and panelist, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, Chicago (May 8, 2015) “Revisiting the Eastland Disaster,” moderator, Foley & Lardner LLP (April 2015) “Fulton Market District – Preserving History While Sparking Reinvestment,” moderator, Foley & Lardner LLP (February 2015) “Land Use Entitlements for Mixed-Use Projects,” Strafford (November 5, 2014) “Land Use Approvals for Mixed-Use Projects,” ICSC Law Conference (October 2014) “Cannabis is Coming to Town,” Illinois State Bar Association (July 2014) “Local Perspectives of Legalized Cannabis,” The Seminar Group (June 2014) "Zoning and the Telecommunications Act of 1996,” American Planning Association, Chicago, IL (April 15, 2013) “Land Use Law,” program chair and moderator for a full-day seminar, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, Chicago (April 13, 2013) “Bus Rapid Transit,” moderator, Foley & Lardner LLP (February 2013) “Planning and Permitting Health Care Senior Facilities,” ALI-ABA Land Use Institute, Chicago, IL (August 10, 2012) “Special Service Areas,” moderator, Foley & Lardner LLP (June 2012) “Zoning & Development Law Update,” Local Government Law Institute, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, June 6, 2012, Chicago, IL “Parking Trends: Alternative Financing and Enhancing the Bottom Line,” Foley & Lardner LLP (April 2012) “Property Lines, Private Property Rights and the First Amendment,” Security Council of Professional Educators (SCOPE), Chicago (April 2012) “Understanding Property Rights, Property Lines and the First Amendment,” Chicago NATO Summit Host Committee Meeting, co-sponsored by BOMA Chicago and Greater North Michigan Avenue Association (GNMAA) (March 2012) “Cross-Selling: Connecting the Dots,” Foley & Lardner LLP (March 2012) “Strategic Networking for 2012 Success,” Foley & Lardner LLP (January 2012) “Green Initiatives in Shopping Centers,” Foley & Lardner (September 2011) “Urban Farming,” Foley & Lardner (June 2011) "Lean Project Delivery: Construction Techniques that Save Time & Money," Foley & Lardner (February 2011) Community Engagement Ms. Pugh maintains an on-going commitment to pro bono legal services by actively donating time to charitable, educational and not-for-profit organizations. Representative matters are listed below: Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church Breakthrough BUILD Grace & Peace Community Church The Talking Farm Education Ms. Pugh received a J.D. from Loyola University of Chicago in 1983 and a B.A. degree from the University of Florida (Gainesville) in 1979, where she majored in political science and minored in environmental studies. * The Illinois Supreme Court does not recognize certifications of specialties in the practice of law and no award or recognition is a requirement to practice law in Illinois.