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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 (including acquisitions, financings and dispositions), land use and zoning, public-private finance and incentives for development and facilities location, historic preservation/adaptive reuse, corporate real estate services, 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 mixed-use/ sports/entertainment, residential, retail, industrial and office development projects, with a focus on public/private partnerships.

Bar admissionsIllinois


Recent Experience
  • Representation of institutional owner of large regional mall in obtaining public incentive financing and land use approvals for conversion of mall to high-end regional retail center and 2,000+ unit multi-family residential community
  • Representation of National Football League club in real estate and public/private partnership matters related to development of a new stadium
  • Representation of Major League Baseball team in real estate, historic preservation, land use and public financing matters related to comprehensive stadium rehabilitation and development of an adjacent mixed-use commercial project
  • 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 warehouse/distribution developer in obtaining land use approvals and incentives for development of a cutting edge, multi-story Chicago warehouse and distribution center.
  • 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
  • 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 oil and gas company in disposition of multi-state terminal portfolio
  • 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 developer in obtaining land use entitlements and public financing for multiple grocer-anchored retail projects
  • Representation of the owner of a 1.5 million square foot office building in obtaining landmark status and a US$30 million tax incentive to fund redevelopment for a hotel and office
  • Representation of a pension fund in the relocation, approval and development of its new headquarters in suburban Chicago and disposition of the existing headquarters
  • Representation of an energy company in real estate matters related to redevelopment of refinery facilities in Illinois, New Jersey and Ohio
  • Representation of numerous nonprofit developers in obtaining zoning and land use entitlements in the City of Chicago and surrounding municipalities
  • Representation of private developers in acquisition, entitlement and financing for the redevelopment of large-scale mixed-income housing projects in Chicago's downtown, South Side and West Side
  • Representation of a national retail wholesaler in acquisition, entitlement and financing for the development of new stores in Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin
  • 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, Gensler Design Forecast Live, “Froom Distressed to Dynamic: Unlocking Value through Office Building Conversions” (Panelist, November 8, 2023)
  • 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 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)
  • "Considering the Bipartisan Policy Center's Housing Commission Report on Federal Housing Policy," Illinois Governor's Conference on Affordable Housing Plenary Session Panel (Moderator, April 24, 2013)

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