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Thomas P. Bayer is a Partner at Klein, Thorpe & Jenkins, Ltd., in Chicago, where he practices in the areas of general municipal, economic development, and zoning and land use law. In addition to writing for IICLE®, he is a coauthor of several Illinois Municipal League handbooks on financing municipal improvements, conflicts of interest and liability of Illinois elected municipal officials, forms of municipal government, home-rule vs. non-home-rule status, the Sunshine Laws — Open Meetings and Freedom of Information Acts, and liquor licensing and regulation. Mr. Bayer received his B.A. with highest honors from DePaul University and his J.D. with honors and number one in his class from DePaul University College of Law.
Mark E. Burkland is Senior Counsel at Holland & Knight 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 Hon. William J. Bauer, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, before entering private practice.
James V. Ferolo is a Partner/Director at Klein, Thorpe & Jenkins, Ltd., in Chicago, where he focuses his practice on local government law. He has been named an Illinois Leading Lawyer by his peers since 2015, is Chair of the ISBA Local Government Law Section Council, and is a member of the Illinois Municipal League Home Rule Attorneys Committee. Mr. Ferolo received his B.A. from Northwestern University, where he was recognized for academic excellence in political science and earned membership into Pi Sigma Alpha, and his J.D. from the Loyola University School of Law, where he was included on the Dean’s List.
Peter M. Friedman is a Partner at Holland & Knight LLP in Chicago. He has an accomplished and broad real estate and local government practice and is the head of Holland & Knight’s Chicago Real Estate and Local Government Group. He is the Village Attorney for the Villages of Lake Bluff and Winnetka. He previously served as Legislative Director for Rep. 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.
Emily A. Hanson Santana is a Public Finance Attorney at PMA Securities, Inc., in Naperville, where she focuses her practice on public finance. She is a member of the National Association of Bond Lawyers and Women in Public Finance. Ms. Hanson Santana received her B.A. from the University of Notre Dame and her J.D. from Saint Louis University School of Law.
Kyle W. Harding is a Partner at Chapman and Cutler LLP in Chicago, where his practice includes acting as bond counsel, disclosure counsel, and underwriter’s counsel on government use bond financings. He is a frequent panelist and speaker on public finance and regulatory topics, including post-issuance compliance, county school facility sales tax, and election interference. Mr. Harding received his B.A. magna cum laude from Kalamazoo College and his J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School, where he was an Associate Editor of the Michigan Journal of Law Reform.
Michael T. Jurusik is a Partner at Klein, Thorpe & Jenkins, Ltd., in Chicago, where he concentrates his practice in economic development matters (business districts, special services areas, special assessments, TIF Districts, and sales tax and property tax incentive agreements), land use and zoning law, municipal law and local government law. He has been an author and a speaker for various organizations, including IICLE®, the Illinois Municipal League, the Illinois State Bar Association, and the International Municipal Lawyers Association. Mr. Jurusik received his B.A. from Hamilton College and his J.D. from the Loyola University Chicago Law School.
Kelly K. Kost is a Partner at Chapman and Cutler LLP in Chicago. He serves as bond counsel and disclosure counsel to governmental entities throughout the State of Illinois and as underwriter’s counsel to major investment banking firms. He is a member of the Illinois Government Finance Officers Association and the Illinois Association of Park Districts. 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 municipal law, tax caps, limited tax bonds, and municipal disclosure to various client and educational groups. Mr. Kost received his B.A. from Monmouth College and his J.D. from Vanderbilt University.
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.
Michael A. Marrs is a Partner at Klein, Thorpe & Jenkins, Ltd., in Chicago, where he focuses his practice on municipal, real estate, and land use law. He was named a Leading Lawyer by Law Bulletin Media from 2017 to the present. He is a former member of the Board of Directors of the Illinois Local Government Lawyers Association (ILGL) and a former Chair of the ILGL Municipal Prosecutors Group. He received his B.S. from Indiana University and his J.D. from DePaul College of Law.
Gregory T. Smith is a Partner at Klein, Thorpe & Jenkins, Ltd., in Chicago, where he focuses his practice on local government representation, economic development, and related litigation. He is a member of the Illinois Municipal League Home Rule Attorneys Committee and the Illinois Local Government Lawyers Association. He received his B.S. with honors from DePaul University and his J.D. from Chicago-Kent College of Law.
M. Neal Smith is a Partner at Robbins Schwartz in Bolingbrook, where he concentrates his practice in election law, as well as tort and commercial disputes and land use transactions and litigation. He is an Illinois Leading Lawyer in Election, Political & Campaign Law; Governmental, Municipal, Lobbying & Administrative Law; Land Use, Zoning & Condemnation Law; and School Law. His articles have been published in the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, Township Perspectives magazine, and DCBA Brief. Mr. Smith received his B.A. from Hampden-Sydney College and his J.D. from Northern Illinois University College of Law.
Anjali Vij is a Partner at Chapman and Cutler LLP in Chicago, where she concentrates on public finance, serving as Bond Counsel to schools, parks, community colleges, cities, and villages in government purpose debt financings throughout Illinois. She is a member of Illinois Association of School Business Officials, the Illinois Association of Park Districts, and the Illinois Government Finance Officers Association. She is a frequent speaker and writer on public finance topics, such as borrowing alternatives and post-issuance bond compliance. Ms. Vij received her B.A. from Northwestern University and her J.D. cum laude from the University of Notre Dame Law School.
J. Allen Wall is a Partner at Klein, Thorpe and Jenkins, Ltd., in Chicago, where he practices in the areas of municipal law, school law, and general litigation. Mr. Wall received his bachelors degree from Williams College, graduate degrees from Duke University and Northwestern University, and law degree from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill Law School.
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