Our Practice Areas
For the Public Sector
Dedicated representation for Illinois governments at all levels, including villages, cities, and special districts throughout the Chicago metropolitan area and the State.
We understand intricately all legal aspects of how local governments work; how they must respond under all the circumstances they face; why they must be especially aware of budgets, political and public communications concerns, and how and when they must be responsive to regulatory and other legal matters.
Elrod Friedman attorneys have advised Illinois municipal and local governments of all sizes and structures on all matters affecting their activities for nearly 40 years. We are able and committed to exceptional legal service to our clients.
For the Private Sector
Dedicated representation for private sector developers, real estate owners, and other entities on zoning, land use entitlements, public financing and tax increment financing, public/private partnerships, and all aspects of the real estate development process.
We understand the law and the process of real estate development, inside and out; how the time pressures of real estate development must be adroitly managed in the context of an entitlement process; and how cooperation and understanding between the public and private sectors can result in approvals that pave the way for successful developments and community growth.
Elrod Friedman attorneys help the private sector with responsible development achievements and the public sector with accomplishing government policies, all within the proper legal frameworks.
How The Elrod Friedman Team Works
Dedicated to the law. Dedicated to our clients.
At Elrod Friedman, we believe in civility and counsel guided by years of on-the-ground experience and engagement. We believe that our clients deserve high quality legal consultation to manage their opportunities and overcome their challenges. When you partner with us, you get:
- The benefit of decades of nuanced, sophisticated experience
- Relationships with public and private sector clients across the state
- The ability to work with and across overlapping jurisdictions
- A wide range of experience
- True partners in your policy objectives and growth
We are problem solvers. We are responsive. We do not over-lawyer. We are efficient. We provide practical, thoughtful, useful, understandable counsel. We are clear and concise writers. We are good public speakers – forceful when necessary, but always polite and respectful.
Our Recognized Work
Recent News & Insights
NBC Channel 5 News Interview with Steven Elrod regarding statewide assault weapon ban legislation
Illinois Lawmakers Mull Assault Weapons Ban as Lame Duck Session Nears End Six months after a mass shooting at the […]
Crain’s Chicago Business: Chicago, suburbs will combine economic development pitch
By Greg Hinz – Crain’s Chicago Business In an unusual display of regional unity, top elected officials from the metropolitan […]
NBC Chicago: NBC-Channel 5 News Investigative Report on Assault Weapon Bans featuring Steven Elrod
By Phil Rogers – NBC Chicago Just months after the deadly mass shooting at Highland Park’s Fourth of July […]
Crain’s Chicago Business: Gidwitz family to build nearly 500 apartments in Skokie
By Alby Gallun – Crain’s Chicago Business The Gidwitz family wants to build nearly 500 apartments on a busy […]
The Chicago Bar Association’s @theBar (Podcast): Mass Shooting in Highland Park: An Interview with Mayor Nancy Rotering and Corporation Counsel Steve Elrod
HOSTED BY JONATHAN AMARILIO AND TRISHA RICH On the morning of July 4, 2022, thousands of people were gathered to […]
Chicago Tribune: Lincolnwood clears the way for hotel at District 1860 development, where Purple Hotel stood
By Daniel I. Dorfman – Chicago Tribune Plans are now in place for a new hotel to be constructed […]
Chicago Tribune: Signs of change in gun-maker suits – Liability cases in Gary, Newtown offer hope for Highland Park
By John Keilman Chicago Tribune As Highland Park officials ponder their legal response to the Independence Day mass shooting […]
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: Seminar welcomes government officials
Lincolnwood Trustee Atour Sargon, from left, Highland Park Mayor Nancy Rotering, Libertyville Mayor Donna Johnson and Steven Elrod, […]
Chicago Sun-Times: Zoning panel backs NW Side housing deal over alderperson’s opposition
Striking a blow for the mayor against aldermanic veto power over zoning in their wards, a City Council committee Tuesday […]
Chicago Tribune: Deerfield’s assault weapons ban upheld by deadlocked Illinois Supreme Court
Without a majority decision from the Illinois Supreme Court, the possession of specific types of “assault weapons” will remain illegal […]
Elrod Friedman LLP included in the 2022 U.S. News & World Report – “Best Law Firms” guide
Elrod Friedman LLP has been included in the 2022 U.S. News & World Report – “Best Law Firms” guide. Elrod […]
Chicago Tribune: Waukegan City Council Votes to Approve Hire of Elrod Friedman as the City’s New Corporation Counsel
A relatively new city resident — who is nearly 20 years younger than all his colleagues on the Waukegan City […]
Daily Herald: Arlington Heights hires new village attorney
Arlington Heights officials have hired a group of lawyers who were mentored by the late, longtime village attorney Jack Siegel […]
Crain’s Chicago Business: Holland & Knight’s Steven Elrod to Form New Law Firm
Big law firm billing pressures are spotlighted in an exodus by a former Cook County sheriff’s son and nine other […]
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: Holland & Knight Group Leaves to Start Elrod Friedman
A group of 10 attorneys are leaving Holland. & Knight LLPs municipal government practice to form a new boutique firm […]
Patch: North Shore Municipal Attorneys Form New Boutique Law Firm
The founding partners of the Illinois government law and land use practice at Holland & Knight brought their whole team […]
Law360: 10 Ex-Holland & Knight Attys Form Ill. Gov’t Practice Boutique
Law360 (February 20, 2020, 10:17 PM EST) — Holland & Knight LLP’s former executive partner for Chicago, Steven Elrod, has […]
Chicago Tribune: Attorneys Who Represent a Number of Area Suburbs Start Their Own Firm
Two longtime attorneys who represent a lengthy list of local suburbs are launching a new firm, bringing their municipal clients […]
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: Towns Invoking Emergency Powers to Stem Virus Spread
Even before the entire state of Illinois was placed under Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s stay-at-home order last week, local governments began […]
We Are Dedicated To Our Clients
Our greatest sense of accomplishment comes when our legal counsel and strategy (whether behind-the-scenes or not) help lead the way to the successful implementation of a desired government program or action, or real estate transaction or development. We are uniquely qualified for these accomplishments. Public or private sector, we’re ready to be your partner.