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 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 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 and signage – including securing approvals for private use of skybridges, tunnels, canopies, signs and others
- Residential – including downtown and suburban, existing and proposed complexes and buildings
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 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.
Geographically, Ms. Pugh focuses her land use practice in Chicago, Cook County, DuPage County, and Will County.
Community Engagement :
Ms. Pugh maintains an on-going commitment to pro bono legal services, with Foley & Lardner’s constant support, by actively donating time to charitable, educational and not-for-profit organizations. Representative matters are listed below:
- Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church (new community center in Chicago’s West Englewood neighborhood will serve young mothers and unwed pregnant women in providing them the support and resources they’ll need)
- Covenant House (community center and transitional residence for homeless youth on Chicago’s West Side)
- Breakthrough (transitional housing shelter, employment services, a fresh food market, and other homeless intervention services)
- Grace & Peace Community Church (new charter school, community facility, and a worship center)
- The Talking Farm (two acre urban farm that grows fresh produce applying sustainable agricultural practices, and offers a variety of education programs)
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.
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