Michael J. Castellino


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.

My Background

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:

  • vendor contracts for a village-wide water meter replacement program
  • multi-party intergovernmental agreement for the consolidation of emergency telephone system boards
  • intergovernmental agreements for approximately $11M in funding assistance for a municipal flood relief program
  • the purchase, service, and user agreements for emergency service personnel equipment and conversion to a statewide public safety radio network
  • annexation agreement for a single-family residential development
  • as well as assisting with the comprehensive re-write of a police department policy manual

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:

  • obtaining zoning approval for a recycling facility and a single family resident project
  • assisting with the creation of a homeowner association-initiated special service area for lake maintenance
  • drafting and negotiating agreements for the annexation of property for a senior living development

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.

My Education

Notre Dame Law School, J.D., 1994

University of Notre Dame, B.A., Government, 1991


Illinois, 1994


Chicago Bar Association, Member, Local Government Committee Illinois State Bar Association Notre Dame Club of Chicago Illinois Municipal League Home Rule Attorneys Committee
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