Jack Guthman's practice encompasses a wide range of activity before state and local boards, commissions, the Illinois General Assembly and the Congress of the United States. During his career, he has represented clients in hundreds of negotiations with and public hearings before government bodies. His experience includes 17 years as a member of the Chicago Zoning Board of Appeals, the last 12 of those years as its Chairman.
Although his practice is broad-ranging, a substantial portion of his work has consisted of representing developers requiring zoning changes and other relief which is a precondition to the development process. Among his more specialized assignments, he has represented numerous Chicago museums and art institutions relating to construction and/or expansion of their properties. Mr. Guthman has also spearheaded a host of pro bono assignments in the land use area on behalf of a wide array of not-for-profit institutions.
He serves on the boards or advisory committees of numerous civic, arts and philanthropic institutions, including Chicago's Museum of Contemporary Art and Chairman of the Chicago Architecture Biennial.