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Dykema

Andrew P. Scott

Andrew P. Scott

Member

Expertise

  • Land Use & Zoning
  • Environmental
  • Food & Beverage
  • Cannabis Law

WSG Practice Industries

Activity

Dykema
Illinois, U.S.A.

Profile

Andrew P. Scott's practice concentrates on zoning, land use, governmental entitlements and various forms of economic development incentives, including tax increment financing, tax sharing and corporate tax credits. He also counsels clients in state and local ethics matters, including lobbyist registration and campaign finance. Prior to joining Dykema, he was a partner at DLA Piper, where he represented Fortune 500 companies in negotiating incentive agreements in connection with their siting of their new corporate headquarters and manufacturing facilities. He also represented developers and businesses on land use and zoning matters around Illinois and the region.

Before going into private practice, Mr. Scott was assistant counsel to the Honorable Michael J. Madigan, Speaker of the House, Illinois House of Representatives. As assistant counsel to Speaker Madigan, Mr. Scott acted as staff attorney for three committees in the Illinois House: Environment and Energy, Electric Utility Deregulation and Public Utilities. In that role, he reviewed and drafted legislation, analyzed bills and provided detailed memoranda on legislative matters of special interest to House leadership.

Mr. Scott's legal experience also includes work with the Capital Litigation Division of the Illinois Appellate Defender's Office and the Illinois Commerce Commission and a clerkship with the Honorable W. Thomas Rosemond, Jr.

Before attending law school, Mr. Scott was a lobbyist for a public policy consulting firm in Washington, D.C.

Bar Admissions

Illinois

Education

Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology, J.D.
  • with honors
Tufts University, B.A.
Areas of Practice

Cannabis Law | Environmental | Food & Beverage | Land Use & Zoning | Opportunity Zone Resource Center | Political Compliance, Elections & Campaign Finance | Real Estate | Real Estate Tax Incentives & Economic Development | Telecommunications Regulatory

Professional Career

Significant Accomplishments

Before going into private practice, Mr. Scott was assistant counsel to the Honorable Michael J. Madigan, Speaker of the House, Illinois House of Representatives. Prior to attending law school he was a lobbyist for a public policy consulting firm in Washington, D.C.

Professional Activities and Experience

Prior to joining Dykema, Mr. Scott was a Partner at DLA Piper.
Articles

Illinois Municipalities Begin Debate on Recreational Cannabis Businesses
Dykema, July 2019

With the State of Illinois’ recent legalization of recreational cannabis, municipalities have started to debate whether to “opt in” to allow such businesses. While municipalities cannot prohibit the use of recreational cannabis, they can decide whether recreational cannabis businesses are allowed to operate within their boundaries. Local officials are just starting to consider the pros and cons of recreational cannabis businesses in their communities...

An Open Door to Greater Development Opportunities: Chicago City Council Approves New Transit Served Location Legislation
Dykema, January 2019

The Chicago City Council recently approved a significant amendment to the transit-oriented development provisions of the Zoning Ordinance. Prior to the change, the Chicago Zoning Ordinance, through increases and reductions of certain development standards, allowed for larger, more dense buildings on properties in close proximity to CTA or Metra train stations...

Qualified Opportunity Zones: A New Tax-Advantaged Investment Strategy
Dykema, August 2018

The tax act (Pub. L. No. 115-97) introduced a new program designed to encourage investments in low-income communities throughout the country that have been designated as qualified opportunity zones (“Opportunity Zones”). Each state and U.S. territory was allowed to designate up to 25 percent of eligible low-income communities as Opportunity Zones...

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