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Current Issues In Land Use Mediation


Learn strategies for different pathways available to resolve land use disputes and how to get the best results from mediation.

When it comes to zoning, the risk of litigation is always present. Litigation can be long, uncertain, and expensive. One way to minimize the delays, risks, and uncertainty of litigation is to pursue mediation. Unlike mediation in other civil cases, however, land use disputes often turn more on principles than principal, and such disputes can rarely be resolved simply by throwing money at it. As a result, more complex strategies often are required to achieve success in land use mediation. This topic will help you understand key factors for engaging in the land use approval process, whether as a petitioner, objector, or governmental evaluator. Additionally, it will offer strategies for the different pathways available to resolve land use disputes: the customary public process, through litigation, or through mediation. Most importantly, this information will offer benchmarks for deciding the best pathway to follow and insights on how to get the best results from mediating a land use dispute.



Victor P. Filippini, Jr.

Victor P. Filippini, Jr.

Filippini Law Firm

  • Founding Partner of Filippini Law Firm after having served as Illinois local government/real estate practice group leader at a 1000+ attorney international law firm
  • Practice emphasizes land use, development, and local government law and finance, having worked on hundreds of developments and achieving positive results, whether in the board room, in the court room, or at the negotiating table
  • Frequently conducts seminars and writes articles on a variety of land use matters including annexation, zoning, constitutional land use issues, RLUIPA, subdivision, building, historic preservation, architectural review, public financing options for development, and zoning litigation, as well as various local governmental law topics
  • Adjunct professor of law teaching land use, state and local government, and development law at Northwestern University’s Pritzker School of Law
  • Co-author of Illinois Jurisprudence, Municipal Law, Annexations, Consolidations, and Transfer of Territory (1st Ed.)
  • J.D. degree, cum laude, University of Michigan Law School; A.B. degree, magna cum laude, Harvard College; Northwestern University, School of Professional Studies, Mediation Certification
  • Recognized by: The Best Lawyers in America; Best Law Firms in America; Super Lawyers; Leading Lawyers Network; Chambers USA; ALM’s Legal Leaders Top Rated Lawyer; recipient of Illinois Local Government Lawyers Association, 2016 Litigation Award
  • Can be contacted at [email protected] or 312-300-6549

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