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About Donna J. Pugh

  • June 11, 2019

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Donna J. Pugh is a partner and real estate business lawyer with Foley & Lardner LLP, where she focuses on obtaining land use and zone 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.

A consensus builder, Ms. Pugh works to unite institutional property owners, elected officials and community groups to achieve approvals that maximize flexibility of future land use and benefit all involved stakeholders.

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 the Chicago Bulls and the Chicago Blackhawks, and new practice facilities for both teams. She obtained approvals for Magnificent Mile shopping centers, including Water Tower Place, 900 North Michigan, and the Shops at North Bridge. 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.