Howard P. Zweig

Of Counsel Chicago
Phone: (312) 569-1233
Fax: (312) 569-3233


Howard P. Zweig primarily represents higher education institutions and nonprofit institutions. His practice is national in scope, with both clients and their properties located across the United States. Howard acts as legal adviser to education clients, and his practice encompasses nearly all areas of law that these institutions encounter. He currently represents numerous nationally recognized universities in a variety of matters.

Howard has significant experience representing colleges and universities in public-private student housing transactions. Recently, Howard has represented four national universities in projects for a 1,000-bed facility, a 900-bed facility, a 440-bed facility, and a 325-bed facility. Each project involves a public-private venture, a long-term ground lease and tax-exempt financing.

Howard provides clients with counseling and representation in a wide variety of real estate and transactional matters. These include development, acquisition, sale and leasing of commercial, industrial and institutional projects, commercial mortgage loans, construction, and zoning issues. Howard has been active in numerous development and land use projects in and around Chicago.

Howard's real estate activities have also involved numerous acquisitions, sales, leasing and commercial investment and finance transactions. One of Howard's finance transactions included the structuring of a loan secured by the air-rights lease transaction described above. Another recent project for a nonprofit institution was a complex $30 million monetization of non-core assets, including ground leases of land and conveyances of buildings.

Howard is a long-standing, active member, author and speaker in the National Association of College and University Attorneys. Howard's extensive civic and local governmental activities and leadership roles further complement his capabilities to serve clients well. Howard studied architecture and urban planning at Cooper Union, which also enhances his practice.


  • A complex transaction involving an air-rights lease, multiple users and multiple uses for a 60-story building.
  • Representing a university in litigation related to a historic district that was imposed on a significant portion of its property.
  • Development of a research park for a university, involving the negotiation of a master development agreement, declaration of covenants and ground leases.


Henry Adams Award Recipient, the American Institute of Architects
Leading Lawyers: Real Estate Law, Commercial, Land Use, Zoning, & Condemnation Law

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Bar Admissions

  • Illinois


  • University of Minnesota, J.D., 1981, cum laude, University of Minnesota Law Review
  • Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, B.A., 1978


  • National Association of College and University Attorneys
    • Annual Program Planning Committee, Business and Real Property Subcommittee, Co-Chair
    • Continuing Legal Education Committee, Co-Chair
    • NACUANOTES Editorial Board
  • Evanston Zoning Board of Appeals, Evanston, Illinois (1985-1986)
  • Higher Education Real Estate Lawyers, Founding Member
  • Highland Park Plan Commission, Highland Park, Illinois, Chair (1990-1993) and Member (1986-1994)

Howard's Areas of Focus