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Practice Areas

Administrative Law

Appellate Practice

Eminent Domain / Condemnation


Municipal Law

Real Estate Transactions & Finance

Tax Increment Financing (TIF) & Community Development

Zoning, Development & Land Use



William and Mary Law School, J.D.

University of Illinois, B.A.

Northwestern University, Graduate School of Education and Social Policy, M.S.Ed.

University of Virginia Curry School of Education, Post-Master’s Certificate



Terry Diamond concentrates her legal practice in the areas of real estate, eminent domain, zoning, constitutional and municipal law and intergovernmental affairs. Terry has assisted and aided governmental entities and private real estate developers acquire, sell, lease and redevelop their properties and facilities.


Representative Matters


  • Acquired, assembled and rezoned land and facilities for the Chicago Board of Education, Public Building Commission of Chicago, Chicago Public Library and Chicago Park District for the construction of schools, additions, police stations, fire stations, libraries, and parks.

  • Assisted the Chicago Board of Education sell its former headquarters and numerous surplus properties generating over $78 Million in revenues.

  • Acquired and assembled land for the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) for the Midway Orange Line and the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA-Metra) for the Rock Island Commuter Service from Downtown Chicago to Joliet.

  • Acquired land for the State of Illinois Departments of Transportation and Natural Resources for roads and preservation areas.

  • Assisted Chicago Department of Transportation and surveyors coordinate and complete private and public right of way applications, plats, vacations, closures and subdivisions.


Professional Activities


  • Adjunct Professor, University of Illinois, College of Law

  • NITA - National Institute for Trial Advocacy

  • Women’s Bar Association of Illinois

  • Chicago Bar Association

  • Chicago Public Library Foundation

  • Teacher in the Library

  • The Comer Science and Education Foundation

  • 44th Ward Community Directed Development Council (Lakeview)




Additional Licenses


  • United States Supreme Court

  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit

  • Former Member of the Federal Trial Bar

  • Supreme Court of the Commonwealth of Virginia


Honors & Awards

  • Leading Lawyers Top 100 Woman/Real Estate related Lawyer - 2019, 2018

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Terry L. Diamond

Office: (312) 641-7144  Fax: (312) 628-7098

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