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Paul W. Shadle

Paul W. Shadle


Paul Shadle is a partner in DLA Piper's Development, Land Use and Government Affairs practice group. He concentrates his practice in the areas of general real estate development transactions, corporate real estate services, land use and zoning, public-private finance and incentives, historic preservation, and government affairs. Mr. Shadle represents owners, developers, investors, lenders, retailers and a variety of entrepreneurial and institutional clients in complex real estate, private and public financing, annexation, zoning and government-related matters for corporate, office, industrial, retail, residential and mixed use development projects.

Bar admissionsIllinois


Recent Experience
  • Representation of developer of mixed-use commercial, institutional, and residential project on full-block site adjacent to Chicago’s Holy Name Cathedral, including entitlements and incentives
  • Representation of developer rehabilitating former Marshall Field’s headquarters/flagship store in downtown Chicago, including entitlements and incentives
  • Representation of hotel developer in obtaining land use entitlements and tax incentives for rehabilitation and additions to Chicago Landmark structures on North and South Michigan Avenue
  • Representation of developer in acquisition, entitlement, public/private financing, and development of urban infill site with 60-unit mixed-use retail/residential tower
  • Representation of Fortune 500 company in partial disposition, sale-leasebacks, entitlements and public financing for redevelopment of headquarters campus, and headquarters relocation
  • Representation of Fortune 500 company in sale-leaseback of offices in multiple states
  • Representation of national retailer in acquisition, entitlement and public-private financing for adaptation of Landmark structures in multiple locations to retail uses
  • Representation of developer in acquisition, entitlement and TIF financing for multi-tower, 630-dwelling unit mixed-use redevelopment of an urban hospital campus
  • Representation of oil and gas company in disposition of integrated subsidiary and related real property
  • Representation of the developer of a former steel plant brownfield into a 500+ acre mixed-use development, including City of Chicago commitment of US$100 million in tax increment financing
  • Representation of a pension fund in the relocation, approval and development of its new headquarters in suburban Chicago and disposition of its existing headquarters
  • Representation of numerous nonprofit housing developers in obtaining zoning and land use entitlements in the City of Chicago and surrounding municipalities
  • French
  • J.D., The University of Chicago 1996
  • M.P.P., Public Policy and Management, Harvard University 1991
  • B.A., History, Carleton College 1986
    Phi Beta Kappa
    magna cum laude


  • Chambers USA
    • Band 2, Illinois Real Estate: Zoning/Land Use (2023) 
    • Band 3, Illinois Real Estate: Zoning/Land Use (2021-2022) 
  • The Legal 500 United States
    • Recommended, Land Use / Zoning (2015-2020)


  • Chicago City Council introduces draft affordable housing ordinance amendment, December 16, 2014


  • Panelist, Chicago Real Estate Investment Association “Annual Update on Legislative and Regulatory Issues Affecting the Chicagoland Real Estate Market," January 28, 2021
  • Keynote speaker and panelist, Cook County Bar Association Panel on "Tax Increment Financing in Illinois and Chicago," September 16, 2020.
  • Keynote speaker and panelist for the DePaul University Driehaus College of Business 2018 conference titled "When Tenants Take A Fall:  Adpative Reuse of Vacant or Underperforming Real Estate" co-hosted by the Chaddick Institute on January 26, 2018.
  • American Planning Association, 2017 National Conference, New York - "Density and Other Municipal Zoning Bonuses for Mixed-Use Development and Affordable Housing" (Panelist, May 7, 2017)
  • University of Chicago Law School: 2016 Conference on Evidence and Innovation in Housing Law and Policy: Panel on Housing and Land Use Controls (Moderator, June 3, 2016)
  • University of Chicago Law School Kreisman Series Panel:  "Private Mixed-Use Development and the Public Interest"  (Panelist, February 12, 2015)

Media Mentions

Prior Experience

Prior to practicing law, Paul was a land planning and transportation analyst for the US Department of Transportation. He also served as a staff member for US Senator Paul Simon.

Civic and Charitable

  • Chicago Mayor Lightfoot 2020 Task Force on Inclusionary Housing, Member
  • Jane Addams Resource Corporation, Board Member
  • Leadership Greater Chicago, 2003 – 2004 Fellow
Teaching Experience
  • 2008 – 2018: Lecturer in Law, University of Chicago Law School

Memberships And Affiliations

  • Urban Land Institute, Board and Management Committee Member, Chicago District Council
  • American Bar Association
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Metropolitan Planning Council
  • Ely Chapter - Lambda Alpha International
  • Illinois Tax Increment Association
  • Illinois Housing Council