I’ve been representing governmental bodies, and people seeking regulatory approvals from them, for over 15 years. I enjoy it because from both perspectives, we deal with tangible, ‘real-life’ issues that affect communities and their residents.
I focus my practice on local government law and land use, representing both public and private sector clients. In both arenas, I’ve found that collaboration between my clients and myself is critical to accomplishing our ultimate goal. I strongly believe in informing and engaging the appropriate members of the client’s organization at all stages of a project to ensure that our objectives are mutually understood and can be met as efficiently and practically as possible.
I serve as general counsel and special counsel to municipalities, townships, and special districts. On a daily basis, I draft and negotiate various types of contracts, write legislation, and attend committee and staff meetings. I also serve as municipal prosecutor in administrative adjudication proceedings. My recent work in this capacity includes drafting and negotiating:
In the private sector, I represent landowners and developers seeking economic incentives, zoning relief, licensing, permitting, and other regulatory approvals from units of government. In that capacity, I regularly appear before governing bodies, plan commissions, and zoning boards in Chicago and suburban communities. My recent projects include:
I enjoy what I do because the results are visible and tangible. Whether it be through the enactment of a new local law, the development of property in a town, or the implementation of an infrastructure improvement project, the matters that I have the opportunity to work on contribute to daily life in those communities.