Land Use Planner, DLA Piper LLP, Chicago, IL

DLA Piper LLP (US) is a leading global business law firm. We are committed to attracting, developing, and retaining the best people across our practice and business service groups. We are looking for collaborative, results-oriented people who enjoy working in a fast-paced environment and have exceptional problem-solving skills.

If you are a highly talented Land Use Planner, we want to hear from you!

This position is located in the Chicago office.

Paralegals are a critical part of DLA Piper’s client service teams, working side by side with lawyers, co-counsel, and clients on an array of substantive client matters. The majority of our paralegals are career professionals. They work independently and on teams, locally, nationally, and globally.

The Paralegal Team itself includes Case Assistants, Paralegals, Senior Paralegals, and Paralegal Specialists. We offer ample opportunities for advancement and career development through formal and informal training and mentoring and provide many opportunities to give back to our communities through pro bono work.

Minimum Requirements:

  • College degree

  • 5 years’ experience in a law firm setting supporting a Real Estate practice group, a municipal or private-sector setting fulfilling a land use and planning role, or a combination thereof

  • Experience requesting public records from public agencies, filing project applications, and effectuating permits in specific jurisdictions

  • Experience drafting findings and project descriptions, statements of justification, researching code sections and reviewing land use comprehensive plans

  • Experience managing the Municipal Lobbying Ordinance reporting process, assist with the entitlement process and transitional housing entitlement projects

  • Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook

  • Excellent communication skills

Preferred Requirements:

  • College degree or advanced degree in Planning

  • AICP Certification or Paralegal certificate

  • Large firm experience

What will your day look like?

You will, under the supervision of attorneys, perform a range of substantive case, matter, or entity-related duties. Work independently to manage large multi-disciplinary project teams, guiding them through the zoning entitlement process. Coordinate efforts between attorneys, clients, co-consultants, jurisdictional staff, and appointed or elected officials. You will prepare applications and supporting documentation for matters related to land use including zoning relief, zoning changes, zoning approvals, local ordinances, and property searches.

Additionally, you will draft findings and project descriptions, statements of justification, researching code sections, and reviewing land use and comprehensive plans. You will review and provide direction to technical consultants such as architects and surveyors regarding the form of zoning exhibits and plats. You will coordinate the state (Illinois) and local lobbying ordinance registration and reporting process and prepare economic disclosure statements and affidavits, including City of Chicago EDS and Cook County ownership affidavits and disclosures. You will assist with preparation, recording, and filing of documents related to the acquisition, development, finance, and disposition of real property in the Chicago metro area.

We offer exceptional career opportunities in an environment that is challenging, rewarding, and, we believe, truly different from our competitors. Our employees enjoy a competitive benefits package and a dynamic and diverse environment in which they can build a long and fruitful career and reap the rewards of their success.

To Apply:

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Agency applications will not be considered.

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