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DLA Piper LLP (US)
CHICAGO, IL 60606-0089
United States
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Work Department

Real Estate; Real Estate Development and Planning; Public Finance; International Trade, Regulatory and Government Affairs


Partner; Chair, Land Use, Development and Government Relations Practice


Ted Novak is one of the country’s most highly regarded real estate and land use attorneys.

Ted has been instrumental in the acquisition, disposition, condemnation, rezoning and development of all types of property. He has extensive experience with administrative, legislative and judicial processes. His vast litigation experience in trial courts includes arguing before the Illinois Supreme and appellate courts on numerous occasions. He has handled some of the most significant and controversial real estate and land use projects in the Midwest.

Ted’s client list is extensive and includes the largest stock exchange listed companies as well as individual property owners and developers.

Ted has been involved in DLA Piper’s Management and Policy Committees for nearly three decades.


J.D., Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology; B.S., University of Illinois at Chicago

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Real estate > Land use/zoning

(Leading lawyers)

Theodore NovakDLA Piper LLP (US)

Best in class from strategy to legal analysis’, DLA Piper LLP (US) is instructed by real estate developers, investors, technology companies and professional sports teams. In northern Virginia, the team was strengthened by the arrival of Antonio Calabrese from Cooley LLP; he provides ongoing advice to Macerich on the development of Tysons Corner Metro Station, and is also advising Mitre on a 1 million square foot expansion of its campus. In Chicago, chair of the land use, development and government relations practice Theodore Novak, along with Paul Shadle (‘very responsive and helpful in complex real estate matters’), and Mariah DiGrino advised Farpoint Development on multiple land use, zoning and development matters, including GRIT, a vacant 90-acre site owned by the City of Chicago awaiting the development of a high-end mixed-use project, as well as the rehabilitation and renovation of the historic Uptown Theatre, to be re-opened as a 5,800-capacity entertainment venue. Moreover, Novak, DiGrino and Richard Klawiter, vice-chair of the real estate practice, advised 601W Companies on the $500m renovation and rehabilitation of the 2.5 million square foot Old Main Chicago Post Office. Names to note in Los Angeles include Jerold Neuman, Kyndra Joy Casper, and senior associate Andrew Brady, and John Rattigan acts as managing partner of the Boston office.