Joseph P. Gattuso’s government regulation practice emphasizes land use, zoning, and other regulatory matters; liquor and business licensing issues; building and life-safety code compliance; right-of-way adjustments; and subdivisions.
Over the last 21 years, Joe has obtained land use, subdivision, and license approvals for a broad range of land uses, from single-family homes to major industrial facilities.
He has obtained a variety of government approvals for numerous significant developments in Chicago and surrounding municipalities.
Joe also has considerable experience in affordable and supportive housing developments.
Prior to practicing government regulatory law, Joe served as a Zoning Planner with the Chicago Zoning Board of Appeals, from 1978 to 1987.
JD, 1990, DePaul University College of Law
- Member, DePaul Law Review
BA, 1984, University of Illinois – Chicago, Political Science
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
PROFESSIONAL AND CIVIC AFFILIATIONS
American Bar Association
Chicago Bar Association
Lambda Alpha International, Ely Chapter
Pro bono counsel for a number of civic and social service organizations
Leadership positions in municipal governance organizations, including these:
Woodstock Plan Commission
- Member, 1994–1995
Advisory Committee on the Historic Woodstock Square
(Chicago) Mayor’s Business License Reform Committee
Joe has been awarded an AV® Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell, its highest rating for ethical standards and legal ability.
SPEECHES AND PUBLICATIONS
“Zoning Issues: A Developer's Perspective,” Commercial Real Estate (IICLE, 2004 Edition; 2007 and 2010 Supplements) (with co-author Jack Guthman).
“Processing a Land Use Application in the City of Chicago,” Illinois Land Use Law (IICLE, 2004 Edition; 2007 and 2011 Supplements) (with co-author Jack Guthman).
Assisted Chick-fil-A, Inc. in securing approvals for the construction of its first free-standing restaurant in the City of Chicago.
Represented Swedish Covenant Hospital in the amendment of its planned development and related matters needed to allow the construction of a new ambulatory surgery center and medical office building.
Assisted a private/non-profit development venture in securing approvals for the construction of two affordable residential developments for senior citizens in under-served areas of Chicago’s South Side.
Represented property owners in obtaining the entitlements necessary to permit the construction of two rental residential and retail high-rise buildings in Chicago’s central business direct.
Assisted the property owners in securing approval for the construction of an addition to the historic Bellinger Cottage located at 2121 North Hudson Street in Chicago.
Represented the property owner in the conversion of the Palmolive Building to luxury condominium residences.
Represented the Trustees of the Graceland Cemetery Improvement Fund in securing approvals for a major streetscape improvement project at Graceland Cemetery.
Represented the property owner in the restoration of the Hotel Allegro (formerly the Bismarck Hotel), the Palace Theater, and the Metropolitan Office Building.
Represented the Field Museum of Natural History concerning a number of local government regulatory matters in connection with the museum’s expansion program.
Provide ongoing representation to Compass Group USA, Inc., a national operator of food services facilities, in connection with Illinois business license, liquor license and code compliance matters.