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Thomas P. Bayer is a Partner at Klein, Thorpe and Jenkins, Ltd., in Chicago, where he practices in the areas of general municipal, economic development, and zoning and land use law. He has been named a Leading Lawyer in the government category from 2008 – 2021, and he was awarded the Marvin J. Glink Private Practice Local Government Award by the International Municipal Lawyers Association in 2017. He is the coauthor of several Illinois Municipal League publications. Mr. Bayer received his B.A. with highest honors from DePaul University and his J.D. with honors from DePaul University College of Law, where he graduated number one in his class.
Mark E. Burkland is an attorney at Elrod Friedman LLP in Chicago, where he concentrates his practice in state and local government law and land use and development law. He is Village Attorney for the Villages of La Grange and Arlington Heights, General Counsel to the Park District of Oak Park, and special counsel to several municipalities and other local governments. He also counsels private-sector clients in all aspects of entitlement and development work. Mr. Burkland received both his B.S. and his J.D. from the University of Illinois and was Articles Editor of the University of Illinois Law Review. He clerked for the Honorable William J. Bauer, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, before entering private practice.
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Hon. Mathias W. Delort is Presiding Justice of the Fifth Division of the Illinois Appellate Court, First Judicial District, and began service on that court following his election in 2012. He was an associate judge of the Circuit Court of Cook County from 2007 to 2012, serving almost exclusively assigned to the Chancery Division. He has also served as an adjunct professor at The UIC John Marshall Law School. He was a Partner and head of the Local Government Practice Group at Robbins Schwartz, focusing on local government and election law. In that role, he represented numerous Illinois municipalities and other governmental bodies for over 20 years. He is the primary author of the Mortgage Foreclosure Bench Book published by the Administrative Office of Illinois Courts. As a practicing attorney, he earned the distinction of being named a “Super Lawyer” and a “Leading Lawyer” in the field of cities and municipalities law and as a Local Government Fellow by the International Municipal Lawyers Association. He is the Past Chair of the Constitutional, Election, and Local Government Law Committees of the Chicago Bar Association and is a former member of its Board of Managers. Before being admitted to the bar, he worked on the professional staffs of both the Illinois House of Representatives and the Cook County Board of Commissioners. He has received the Chicago Volunteer Legal Services “Court of Honor” award in recognition of his work as a trial court judge, the Judge Howard Markey award for outstanding judicial service from The UIC John Marshall Law School, and the Robert J. Mangler Distinguished Service Award for Lifetime Achievement from the Illinois Local Government Lawyers Association. He earned his B.S. cum laude from DePaul University, his M.P.A. (Pi Alpha Alpha honor society) from the University of Illinois, and his J.D. from The UIC John Marshall Law School, where he received the Dean’s Academic Scholarship.
James V. Ferolo is a Partner at Klein, Thorpe and Jenkins, Ltd., in Chicago, where he focuses his practice on the representation of local governmental entities in all areas of need, including municipal redevelopment, real estate issues, governmental litigation, and general corporate matters. He has spoken and written frequently for the Illinois Municipal League, IICLE, the Lake County Municipal League, and other governmental organizations. Mr. Ferolo received his B.A. from Northwestern University and his J.D. from Loyola University School of Law.
Peter M. Friedman is a Partner and Cofounder at Elrod Friedman LLP in Chicago. He has an accomplished and broad real estate and local government practice and serves as his firm’s General Counsel. He also serves as the City Attorney for the City of Des Plaines, the Village Attorney for the Villages of Lake Bluff and Winnetka, and General Counsel to the Waukegan Port District. He previously served as Legislative Director for Representative John E. Porter (IL 10th Dist.) and as a judicial clerk for the Honorable Suzanne B. Conlon of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. Mr. Friedman received his B.A. from Allegheny College and his J.D. from American University’s Washington College of Law.
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Michael T. Jurusik is a Partner at Klein, Thorpe and Jenkins, Ltd., in Chicago, where he concentrates his practice in municipal law and local government. He is a guest speaker for and a Past President of the Local Government Section Council of the Illinois State Bar Association. He was named an Illinois Leading Lawyer from 2016 – 2018. Mr. Jurusik received his B.A. from Hamilton College and his J.D. from Loyola University Chicago School of Law, where he received the American Jurisprudence Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement.
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Julie K. Kelly is Senior Counsel at Chapman & Cutler LLP in Chicago, where she concentrates on public finance. She is a member of the Illinois Tax Increment Association, the Illinois Government Finance Officers Association, and Women in Public Finance. Ms. Kelly received her B.B.A. cum laude from the University of Notre Dame and her J.D. from Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law.
Kelly K. Kostis a Partner at Chapman and Cutler LLP in Chicago, where he serves as bond counsel and disclosure counsel to hundreds of government entities throughout Illinois and as underwriter’s counsel to major investment banking firms. He is a member of the Illinois Association of Park Districts and the Illinois Government Finance Officers Association. He has been a panelist and speaker on public finance topics at numerous seminars and conferences conducted by Illinois municipal corporations, associations, and bond market participants. He has spoken extensively about the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, tax caps, limited tax bonds, the State Officials and Employees Ethics Act (which includes gift ban provisions), and municipal disclosure to various client and educational groups. Mr. Kost received his B.A. from Monmouth College and his J.D. from Vanderbilt Law School.
Robert E. Lewis III joined PMA Securities, Inc., in February 2006. He is responsible for managing PMA’s public finance department, including the supervision of PMA’s due diligence and documentation, and analysis and review for PMA’s transactions. He is a frequent speaker at conferences for the Illinois Government Finance Officers Association, the Illinois Association of School Business Officials, and the Illinois Community College Finance Officers Association, in addition to other conferences. He is registered as a Municipal Securities Representative with Series 52, 53, and 63 securities licenses. Mr. Lewis received his B.S. summa cum laude in Political Science and his M.A. in Economics from Northern Illinois University.
Patrick A. Lucanskyis a Partner at Klein, Thorpe & Jenkins, Ltd., in Chicago, where he focuses his practice on municipal law. He is an Illinois State Bar Association Distinguished Counsellor, a Leading Lawyer in 2014 – 2016, and a recipient of the Distinguished Service Award for Lifetime Achievement from the Illinois Institute for Local Government Law. Mr. Lucansky received his B.S.C. from DePaul University and his J.D. with high honors from Chicago-Kent College of Law.
Michael A. Marrs is a Partner with the law firm of Klein, Thorpe and Jenkins, Ltd. in Chicago, where he concentrates his practice in the general counseling of local governmental entities, including acting as village attorney and as counsel for plan commissions and zoning boards of appeal for various municipalities in Cook and the surrounding counties. Mr. Marrs advises clients on, among other things, land use and zoning matters, acquisition and sale of property, redevelopment projects, code enforcement and dealing with problem properties, contractual issues, and the preparation of ordinances and resolutions involving all municipal matters and provides general counseling on day-to-day operational and municipal matters. He is a former Board Member and a former Chair of the Prosecutor’s Group of the Illinois Local Government Lawyers Association. Mr. Marrs has been named a Leading Lawyer by Law Bulletin Media, a peer-recommended distinction awarded to fewer than five percent of attorneys in Illinois, from 2017 to present. Mr. Marrs received his B.S. from Indiana University and his J.D. from the DePaul University College of Law.
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Allen Wall is a Partner with Klein, Thorpe & Jenkins, Ltd., in Chicago, where he concentrates his practice in the areas of general litigation and municipal, library, and school law. Previously, Mr. Wall was a Senior Assistant General Counsel for the Chicago Board of Education. He received his B.A. magna cum laude from Williams College, his Masters from Duke University, his Masters and his Ph.D. from Northwestern University, and his J.D. from the University of North Carolina — Chapel Hill School of Law.
Lawrence E. White is a Partner at Chapman and Cutler LLP in Chicago, where he concentrates on public finance. He is a member of the National Association of Bond Lawyers and the Illinois Government Finance Officers Association. Mr. White received his B.B.A. with high honors from the University of Texas and his J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School.
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