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Richard Klawiter

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DLA Piper LLP (US)

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Real Estate and Construction


Partner and Vice Chair DLA Piper's US Real Estate Practice


Rich Klawiter is a real estate development and finance lawyer with particular experience in the areas of land use and zoning, municipal finance (including tax increment and other public sector financing), landmarks and historic preservation matters and other public-private financing transactions.

Rich's practice focuses on representing developers and municipalities in annexation, zoning and public sector related matters for complex commercial, retail, residential, hotel and office developments. He also concentrates on public-private development transactions, including the establishment of industrial, commercial, retail and residential tax increment financing projects; the creation of special service areas; and the structuring of sales tax sharing agreements, property tax abatements and government grants. Rich has secured more than $1 billion in economic incentives for his clients.


JD, Stanford Law School; MA, Harvard University; BA, St. Olaf College

United States: Real estate

Land use/zoning

Within: Land use/zoning

The team at DLA Piper LLP (US) serves a broad client base that includes real estate developers, investors, institutions, technology companies and sporting teams. Its impressive client list includes Related Companies, Sterling Bay and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Recent engagements saw Theodore Novak, who jointly heads the practice alongside Richard Klawiter, assist Crescent Heights Group with zoning and land use matters concerning a redevelopment project in Chicago’s Central Station. Paul Shadle advised Motorola Solutions on the relocation of its corporate headquarters from a suburb to downtown Chicago. On the contentious side, Mariah DiGrino represented PADS Lake County in a zoning approval dispute related to a housing facility for the chronically homeless; the objections of nearby property owners were rejected in an appellate court proceeding in October 2017. The team has been augmented by the hires of Jerold Neuman, Ryan Leaderman and Kyndra Joy Casper from Liner Yankelevitz Sunshine & Regenstreif LLP, and in May 2018, Antonio Calabrese joined the Northern Virginia office from Cooley LLP.

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