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Sanford Stein

Sanford Stein

Sanford M. Stein is a partner who for more than 30 years, has served governmental and private sector clients in an array of legislative, regulatory and judicial activities in a multistate area.  His land use and zoning practice is highlighted by his work for land developers in economic development, Brownfields redevelopment, annexation, urban development, zoning and land use litigation.  He has been successful in obtaining regulatory approvals for complex mixed-use developments and commercial, industrial and residential projects.  He is also skilled in municipal tax incentive programs including tax increment financing (“TIF”), sales tax sharing programs and special service area financing.  He has represented clients in urban redevelopment projects and rail yard redevelopment in Illinois, Washington, D.C. and California. He has served as an attorney for federal, state and local governments and represents numerous parties in obtaining governmental benefits or resolving conflicts with governmental units. He has researched, drafted, negotiated and successfully steered legislation to passage. He is a registered lobbyist, representing clients in the energy, environmental, advertising, health care, transportation, financial and real estate industries. He advises clients on legislative strategy in several state legislatures and the U.S. Congress. He is active in complex land use and siting issues involving regional pollution control facilities, power plants and alternative energy facilities and is active in transportation policy and legislative initiatives for rail and port development programs.   Sandy has extensive litigation experience, including two landmark environmental decisions of the U.S. Supreme Court, Students Challenging Regulatory Agency Procedures (“S.C.R.A.P.”) v. The United States and The Steel Company v. Citizens for a Better Environment. S.C.R.A.P. helped establish federal courts jurisdiction to hear complaints by parties affected by the environmental decisions of the U.S. government. The Steel Company, which he argued before the Supreme Court, limits jurisdiction to those cases where the Court’s intervention is warranted. Sandy served as a Member of the Obama for America Energy and Environment Policy Committee, is a Member of Illinois Governor Pat Quinn’s Taxpayer Action Board. and accompanied Governor Quinn as a Delegate on the Governor's 2011 Trade Mission to China.  He is a former Commissioner on the Lake County (IL) Regional Planning Commission, a  member of the Advisory Board of the U. S. High Speed Rail Association,  serves on the Board of the Uptown Community Development Corporation, and is a member of the City Club of Chicago, the International Council of Shopping Centers, Lambda Alpha International and the American Bar Association. He served as an adjunct professor of law at the John Marshall Law School, where he taught a course on “The Energy and Environmental Aspects of Real Estate Transactions.”