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140 S. Dearborn Street, 6th Floor
Chicago, IL 60603

Direct Phone:  312.604.9187
Fax:  312.782.0943

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Practice Areas
Local Government
Land Use
Economic Development
J.D. UCLA School of Law
M.A. Univ. of Maryland, BC
B.A. Northwestern University
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David S. Warner
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Through an exceptional level of skill, engagement, and innovative thinking in local government and land use law, David makes it his mission to understand his clients’ objectives to best deliver practical, cost-effective solutions.

David has been working in the field of public law for more than 20 years as both an attorney and administrator specializing in zoning and land use law, economic development, historic preservation, local records, election law and First Amendment.  His experience as corporate counsel to communities in Illinois, California, Nevada, as well as his work with the State of Wisconsin, provides him with a unique perspective on the challenges facing state and local governments enabling him to offer original and effective solutions to legal and practical problems.  In addition, as a former federal and state government employee, he has excellent insight into the practical day-to-day challenges faced by public administrators.

David has served as a both a city and village attorney and as counsel to special districts.  He regularly drafts and negotiates bid packages and contracts for large-scale construction projects, annexation and development agreements, and joint purchasing agreements.   His work on behalf of private developers and builders has also achieved significant land use entitlements, development approvals and vested rights for successful commercial and residential projects.  David also has a thorough knowledge of state and local campaign financing laws, with a focus on the Chicago Ethics Ordinance, as well the emerging rights and duties of independent expenditure committees.

As the former director of a 240-acre Wisconsin State Historical Site, David gained substantial experience in the designation of historic landmarks and districts, tax credits, and federal historic reviews including Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act.  In addition, as a former archivist with the National Archives and Records Administration, David has extensive knowledge of public records laws and regularly provides guidance on local records retention policies, FOIA and open meetings laws.   


Highlights of his practice in 2018-19 include:
  • Advice and guidance on establishing and administering an independent expenditure committee
  • Advice on campaign financing restrictions in the 2018-19 Chicago Mayoral race
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David is a frequent speaker on a variety of local government and land use issues including the following:
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