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  • Education
    • J.D., Harvard Law School, 2017
    • B.A., University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2014

As a member of Polsinelli’s Real Estate practice, Ann Smith helps clients navigate transactions from start to finish: from a letter of intent to a fully executed lease, fully closed purchase and sale, or through any zoning matters that may come up along the way. Working closely with seasoned Polsinelli attorneys in the Real Estate practice, Ann works on projects across the country with broad diversity ranging from renewable developments to senior living.

Ann focuses on how to get results for clients in the complex and dynamic structure in which they operate, which often includes overlapping jurisdictions and coordinating with a number of key stakeholders throughout various stages of multi-tiered processes.

  • Participated in the team representing a publicly held corporation selling a portfolio of 40+ properties across the nation ($450M+).
  • Assisted developer in obtaining permitting and applicable land use and zoning approvals for 58 community solar farms in thirteen different Illinois jurisdictions.
  • Assisted developer throughout the development process of 20MW, 70 MW, 116 MW and 240MW utility scale solar farms in four different jurisdictions in Illinois, including the steps of land control, Soil and Water Conservation District review, zoning permits and applicable state regulatory requirements.
  • Assisted wind developer in the permitting process in an unzoned jurisdiction as jurisdiction was actively, simultaneously considering the enactment of zoning.
  • Assist developers in drafting legislation amenable to facilitating the development of renewable energy projects in the face of convoluted existing statutes.