Core Values in Action

"From a young age my grandfather told me, 'give 'em hell' and it's something I've never forgotten. What he meant is that to be successful you have to get out there, understand what people need and serve them well. That's what I work to do every day."

Mitch Carrel is a Partner in the Real Estate Practice Group.

His practice focuses on representing public and private companies, land owners, developers and investors and helping them secure land use and zoning approvals, public incentives, local regulatory and siting approvals, as well as performing zoning due diligence. Among Mitch's projects, he has helped obtain approvals for the siting of wireless communications facilities and written about the process from siting to completion. He also represents clients before local plan commissions, zoning boards and city councils. Before joining Freeborn, Mitch was a shareholder and led the Land Use Group at Vedder Price PC in Chicago.

As a member of the both the Food and Transportation Teams, Mitch helps companies in these industries secure land use and zoning approvals, public incentives, and local regulatory and siting approvals.

Mitch also contributes to The Freeborn Dispatch Blog, the firm's transportation blog. 

Representative Matters

  • Land use and zoning approvals for a 53-story, mixed-use, high-rise building in Chicago’s Streeterville neighborhood.
  • Land use and related approvals for a 40-story mixed use, office, retail and residential building on Chicago’s Magnificent Mile.
  • Oversight of zoning, entitlements, and street vacation matters to ensure rail operations were not impeded or negatively impacted, as part of a sale of air rights over existing rail operations, allowing for a 750-foot tall office building to be constructed in downtown Chicago.
  • Land use, street vacations and related approvals for numerous market rate and affordable senior housing developments including assisted living facilities, supportive living facilities, and memory care facilities in Chicago and the Chicago suburbs. 
  • Land use and zoning due diligence in connection with the acquisition of an approximately $112 million 27-story, Class A mixed-use office building in Chicago’s Central Business District.
  • Land use and related diligence to assist a joint venture partner in connection with proposals for a 2,000-foot tall, $1.5 billion project in Chicago’s Streeterville neighborhood.
  • Land use, financial incentives, fiber optic conduit path use agreements and other approvals in connection with data centers in downtown Chicago.
  • Land use and related approvals for a youth sports academy sponsored by two major Chicago sports team in the Chicago suburbs.
  • Conduit Path and Facility Use Agreement with the City of Chicago for a data center project.
  • Land use and public way waivers and approvals for high rise, mixed use projects on Chicago’s Magnificent Mile.
  • Land use approvals for an approximately 400,000 square foot manufacturing facility in the western suburbs of Chicago.
  • Land use, public way and related approvals for numerous hospital expansions in Chicago.
  • Public way approvals for numerous high rise buildings in downtown Chicago.
  • Land use, zoning and public way approvals for shopping center expansion projects in Chicago and the Chicago suburbs.
  • Land use and related approvals for numerous grocery store projects in Chicago and the Chicago suburbs.
  • Land use and related approvals for numerous branch banks in Chicago and the Chicago suburbs.
  • Represented a food-related company in connection with a drive-through coffee facility on Chicago's north side.
  • Assisted banking institutions with drive-through facilities in Chicago and in the Chicago suburbs,
  • Land use related approvals for numerous dialysis centers throughout Chicago.
Honors & Awards: 
  • Chambers-USA Guide to America’s Leading Lawyers for Business – Real Estate: Zoning/Land Use - 2016 (cited in multiple years)
  • Leading Lawyers Magazine - Top 10 Land Use & Zoning Lawyers in Illinois - 2016
  • Leading Lawyers Magazine - Top 100 Real Estate Related Lawyers in Illinois - 2016
  • Leading Lawyers Magazine - Land Use, Zoning & Condemnation Law; Real Estate Law: Commercial - 2016 (cited in multiple years)
  • Super Lawyers - 2014 (cited in multiple years)
  • Illinois Leading Lawyers - 2017 
Professional Activities: 
  • Member, The Magnificent Mile Association's Project Review Committee
  • Member of the Board of Directors, Ely Chapter, Lambda Alpha International, an honorary land economics society
  • American Bar Association, Section of State and Local Government Law
Publications: 
  • “Illinois Land Use Issues in Real Estate Transactions,”15th Annual Commercial Real Estate Institute, Volume Two, 2013. (Chapter 23).  
  • "Amended Affordable Housing Regulations."
  • "Alice in Towerland: Judicial Review of Land Use Decisions on Cellular Telecommunications Facilities," The Urban Lawyer.
  • "Disguised as a Tree: Judicial Review of Land Use Decisions on Cellular Telecommunications Facilities," The Urban Lawyer.
  • "Tell Me What You Really Think: Judicial Review of Land Use Decisions on Cellular Telecommunications Facilities," The Urban Lawyer.
  • "Delaney’s Semi-Scientific Test & Other Adventures in Cellular Networks & Land Use Under the Telecommunications Act," The Urban Lawyer.
  • "Sprouting Towers: Resolving the Struggle Between Cellular Towers and Nature Under the Telecommunications Act," The Urban Lawyer.
  • "Attention Owners and Operators of Surface Parking Lots."
  • "Patchwork Quilts, Bumblebees and Scales: Cellular Networks and Land Use Under the Telecommunications Act," The Urban Lawyer.
  • "Twin Towers: The Developing Split in Interpretations of Facility Siting Law Under the Telecommunications Act," The Urban Lawyer.
  • "Railroad Tracks by Walden Pond: The Ongoing Struggle Between Towers & Providers Under the Telecommunications Act," The Urban Lawyer.
  • "Hot Topics in Land Use Law" (Chapter 5).
  • "Tower of Babble: The Continuing Struggle Over Wireless Siting Issues Under the Telecommunications Act," The Urban Lawyer.
Speaking Engagements: 
  • Moderator, "Development Trends and Projects" (Panel Discussion), BISNOW Development and Construction Event (August 2016)
  • Moderator, "State of the Illinois Incubation Movement" (Panel Discussion), Illinois Incubator Conference, (June 2016)
  • Co-presenter, “Credits and Incentives for Manufacturers and Distributors,” 2014 Manufacturing & Distribution Executive Summit (November 2014).
  • Faculty presenter, “Land Use Issues in Real Estate Transactions,” Practising Law Institute’s 15th Annual Commercial Real Estate Institute (October 2013).
  • Co-presenter, "Future-izing Your Food Facility: Factors, Forces and Financing," webinar (October 2012)

Education

J.D., Michigan State University College of Law, cum laude
B.S., Miami University

State Bar Admissions

  • Illinois

Federal Bar Admissions

  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
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