Attorney Nicholas Standiford

Nicholas D. Standiford


Practice Areas


  • Michigan State University College of Law, J.D., 2013
  • University of Michigan, B.A., 2009

Bar Admissions & Licenses

  • Illinois
  • Michigan
  • U.S. District Court of the Northern District of Illinois

Nick Standiford is a local government, land use & zoning, and litigation attorney with the law firm of Schain Banks. As a local government attorney, Nick handles a variety of disputes and administrative law matters, prepares ordinances, and provides interpretation, opinions, and counsel for municipal staff and elected officials. Nick also represents private developers in land-use, zoning, real estate, hospitality, and energy matters. As a litigator, he handles all aspects of litigation in state and federal court from complaint through appeal.

Nick’s legal experience includes clerkships with the Honorable Judge Paul J. Denenfeld, the Lansing prosecutor’s office, and the Federal Public Defender’s office. Nick was the Editor-in-Chief of the Michigan State International Law Review and won a national mock trial competition during law school.

Prior to joining the firm, Nick worked in real estate in Chicago as a closing manager for the city’s top broker. In this role, Nick wrote and negotiated offers and counteroffers, as well as managed contract contingencies, attorney reviews, closings, and foreclosures.

  • Past-Chair, CBA YLS Real Estate Committee
  • Past Editor-in-Chief, CBA Record
  • Past Executive Member, U of M Dean's Young Alumni Council (DYAC)
  • Member, Chicago Bar Association
  • Member, Business Network International (BNI) – Referral Loop Chapter
  • Super Lawyer - Rising Star, 2023
  • Emerging Lawyer, 2017-2022
  • Obtained special use approvals for cannabis dispensaries in Schaumburg, Elmwood Park, and Morton Grove.
  • Obtained special use approvals for cannabis craft grow and infuser facilities in Chicago and Wheeling.
  • Obtained special use approval for car wash in Wheeling.
  • Obtained special use approval for senior living facility in Waukegan.
  • Obtained special use approvals for community and utility scale solar energy projects throughout Illinois and Michigan.
  • Successfully prosecuted prisoner's rights dispute in the Northern District Federal Court of Illinois
  • Adjunct Professor (Moot Court), Loyola University Chicago School of Law