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Richard Klawiter

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DLA Piper LLP (US)

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Real Estate; Public Finance; Mergers and Acquisiotions; Real Estate Development and Planning; Finance


Partner; Vice Chair, 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 also has extensive experience in domestic and international infrastructure financings and alternative energy development and finance.

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.




J.D., Stanford Law School; M.A., Harvard University; B.A., St. Olaf College

United States: Real estate

Land use/zoning

Within: Land use/zoning

‘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.

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    In February 2010 the Sentencing Guidelines Council (the SGC) issued definitive guidelines to courts on imposing appropriate sentences for corporate manslaughter and health and safety offences causing death. The SGC states that fines imposed on companies found guilty of corporate manslaughter should not fall below £500,000, while fines in respect of health and safety offences that are a significant cause of death should be at least £100,000. Crucially, the SGC declined to provide for a fixed link between the imposed fine and the turnover or profitability of the offending company.

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