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Practice Areas Government Regulation
Graham Grady concentrates his practice on government relations, zoning, land use, licensing and regulatory matters to help clients strategically reach their business objectives. He has extensive experience in securing land use entitlements through planned developments, special uses, variations, rezonings, text amendments, landmark approvals, lake front protection approvals and public way adjustments for a broad range of project types including retail, residential, commercial, healthcare, industrial and institutional.
Graham also serves as legal counsel to one of the five annuity and benefit funds of the City of Chicago. He has advised this client in a broad range of areas including compliance with the Illinois Pension Code, investment management agreements, open meetings and freedom of information act compliance and the fiduciary obligations of the trustees of the pension fund.
Graham has served in numerous roles in government including Zoning Administrator and the Commissioner of Buildings of the City of Chicago and as an ex-officio member of the Chicago Plan Commission. He also served as Assistant State’s Attorney, Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office and Executive Director, Private Industry Council of Chicago and Chief Executive of the Chicago Housing Authority.
JD, 1983, Northwestern University School of Law (with honors)
BA, 1980, University of Illinois (Student member, Board of Trustees)
United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
The Best Lawyers in America
-Land Use and Zoning Law, 2010-2012
-Top Ten Leading Lawyer in Illinois in Land Use & Zoning
-Leading Lawyer in Illinois in Governmental, Municipal, Lobbying & Administrative Law and Real Estate Law: Commercial
2011 Business Leader of Color by Chicago United
Leadership Greater Chicago
Crain's Chicago Business
-"40 Under 40"
-"30 Leaders Under Age 30"
Graham has been awarded a BV® Distinguished™ Rating from Martindale-Hubbell.
American Law Institute-American Bar Association
-Faculty, Land Use Institute
The Realty Club of Chicago
Landmarks Preservation Council of Illinois
-Board of Directors
Lambda Alpha, Honorary Land Economics Society
Lawyers Club of Chicago
American Bar Foundation
-Former Director, Board of Directors
Art Institute of Chicago
-Architecture & Design Committee
-Leadership Advisory Council
Chicago Bar Association
Chicago Zoological Society
Economic Club of Chicago
CIVIC AND PHILANTHROPIC AFFILIATIONSCharitable Advisory Council of the State of Illinois
-Member, appointed by Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan
Non-Profit Advisory Council of the Office of the Illinois Comptroller
-Member, appointed by Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka
Lloyd A. Fry Foundation
-Trustee and Treasurer
The Chicago Community Trust
-African-American Legacy, Chairman
Council on Foundations
-Committee on Diversity & Inclusion
Donors Forum of Illinois
-Member of Committee on Diversity & Inclusion
Association of Black Foundation Executives
-Member of Leverage the Trust Campaign
SPEECHES AND PUBLICATIONS
Graham is a frequent speaker on land use, zoning and green and sustainable development issues. He is a faculty member of the ALI-ABA Land Use Institute.