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Matthew W. Beaudet is the First Deputy Commissioner of the Chicago Department of Buildings. He has taught administrative law at the National Judicial College, chaired the Chicago Bar Association’s Administrative Law and Administrative Law Judges committees, and served on the board of the Illinois Association of Administrative Law Judges. He is a citizen and elder of the Montauk Tribe of Indians and serves as legal counsel to the tribe, and is also a Cofounder and Past President of the Illinois Native American Bar Association. Mr. Beaudet received his B.S. from Loyola University Chicago and his J.D. from The John Marshall Law School and has also studied law at Oxford University and Unversitat Salzburg.
Elizabeth F. Brogan is an associate at Klein, Thorpe & Jenkins, Ltd., in Chicago, where she focuses on municipal law. She is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association and the Illinois Local Government Lawyers Association. Ms. Brogan received her B.A. in Criminal Justice from Saint Louis University and her J.D. from The John Marshall Law School.
Stewart H. Diamond is a Partner at Ancel Glink, P.C., in Chicago, where he concentrates his practice in representation of local governmental bodies. Mr. Diamond represents municipalities in all aspects of growth from 4,000 to 100,000 and has advised numerous communities on their transition to home rule. He also represents a number of water agencies during their multimillion-dollar construction phase and during mature operations. He drafted one of the first contract and bylaws agreements for a comprehensive intergovernmental self-insurance pool in the United States and currently represents a large number of intergovernmental self-insurance pools. Mr. Diamond is the originating General Editor of the IICLE® municipal law and school law handbooks and has participated in numerous seminars on these subjects. He is the Editor of the ILLINOIS MUNICIPAL HANDBOOK, published by the Illinois Municipal League. He is also one of the authors of the ILLINOIS PARK DISTRICT LAW HANDBOOK, now in its 7th edition, published by the Illinois Association of Park Districts, and a handbook on township law. Mr. Diamond has written many articles on local government law. He has taught municipal law at Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law and The John Marshall Law School and is Past Chair of the Illinois State Bar Association Local Government Law Section Council. In over 40 years of law practice, he has represented as regular or special counsel many governmental bodies in the Chicago metropolitan area and in other parts of the state. He was educated at the University of Chicago, where he received both his A.B. and his J.D., and University College, Oxford, England.
Carmen P. Forte, Jr., is a senior associate at Klein, Thorpe & Jenkins, Ltd., in Chicago, where he focuses on municipal law. He is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association, the Illinois Local Government Lawyers Association, and the Columbian Club of Chicago. Mr. Forte received his B.A. in Political Science from the University of Notre Dame and his J.D. from The John Marshall Law School.
Mark R. Heinle is an associate at Ancel, Glink, P.C., in Naperville, where he concentrates his practice in the areas of local government law, land use, zoning, economic development, licensing, and code enforcement. Mr. Heinle is a member of the Illinois State and Chicago Bar Associations and Former Chair of the CBA’s Local Government Committee. He received his B.A. cum laude from Marquette University and his J.D. from Boston University School of Law.
Margaret Kostopulos is a partner at Ancel Glink, P.C., in Chicago, where she focuses on labor and employment law and school law. She is a member of the Illinois State and Chicago Bar Associations and the Illinois Council of School Attorneys. She is a member of the Illinois Public Employer Labor Relations Association and has conducted training programs before IPELRA and other state associations on Illinois labor law issues. She has been named by Chicago Magazine and Illinois Super Lawyers as one of the top labor and employment lawyers in the state. Ms. Kostopulos received her B.A. from Loyola University and her J.D. from The John Marshall Law School.
Keri-Lyn J. Krafthefer is an Equity Partner at Ancel Glink, P.C., in Chicago, where she focuses on local government law, election law, and labor and employment law. She was named by Chicago Magazine as one of the top 50 female attorneys in the State of Illinois; one of the top 10 Leading Lawyers in government, municipal, and administrative law; and an Illinois Super Lawyer. Ms. Krafthefer received her B.A. from the University of Illinois and her J.D. from The UIC John Marshall Law School.
Ronald J. Kramer is a Partner at Seyfarth Shaw LLP in Chicago, representing management in labor and employment law matters. He is a member of the American, Illinois State, and Chicago Bar Associations. He is the Chair of the American Bar Association’s Government Operations Committee. He has spoken at numerous conferences regarding labor issues and has written for a variety of journals. Mr. Kramer received his B.A. magna cum laude from Michigan State University and his J.D. with high honors from Chicago-Kent College of Law.
Adam W. Lasker is the Managing Member at Lasker Law LLC in Chicago, where he focuses on election law. He is General Counsel for the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners and the Association of Election Commission Officials of Illinois (AECOI) and Past Chair and current member of the Chicago Bar Association’s Election Law Committee. Mr. Lasker received his B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and his J.D. from The UIC John Marshall Law School.
Andrew S. Paine is a Partner at Tressler LLP in Chicago, where he is Cochair of Tressler’s local government law practice and focuses his practice on the representation of Illinois park districts, municipalities, and other governmental entities in transactional and litigation-related matters. He has been selected as an Emerging Lawyer by Illinois Leading Lawyers (2015 – 2019). Mr. Paine earned his B.A. cum laude from Beloit College and his J.D. from The John Marshall Law School.
Bernard Z. Paul is in private practice in DeKalb, where he concentrates his practice in municipal law. He represents numerous home-rule and non-home-rule cities, villages, and other units of local government. He has twice chaired the Illinois State Bar Association’s Administrative Law Section Council and is a former Chair of the Illinois Municipal League Committee of Home Rule Attorneys. Mr. Paul received his undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois and his J.D. from IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law.
Erin M. Pell is Corporate Counsel at Enterprise Holdings in St. Louis, Missouri. Ms. Pell received her B.A. from DePaul University and her J.D. from DePaul University College of Law.
Enza Petrarca is the Village Attorney for the Village of Downers Grove. Prior to being appointed Village Attorney, she served as the Assistant Village Attorney for Downers Grove and was an associate with Scariano, Himes and Petrarca. She is a Past President of the Illinois Institute of Local Government and is a member of the Illinois Municipal League Home Rule Attorneys Committee. Ms. Petrarca received both her undergraduate degree and her J.D. from Loyola University.
James J. Powers is a Partner at Clark Baird Smith LLP in Rosemont, where he focuses on labor and employment law. He is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association and the Editor of the monthly newsletter and frequent speaker for the Illinois Public Employer Labor Relations Association. Mr. Powers received his B.A. with distinction from Northwestern University and his J.D. from Chicago-Kent College of Law, where he was valedictorian, Order of the Coif, and wrote for the Law Review.
James D. Rock is an associate at Ancel Glink, P.C., in Chicago, where he focuses on local government, municipalities, special districts, and schools. His extensive background in governmental finance and his former administrative experience with the College of Lake County and Round Lake Area Park District are valuable components of his representation of public bodies. He counsels clients on issues that arise in day-to-day representation, including matters related to board practices and procedures, finance, grant procurement, First Amendment issues, and intergovernmental cooperation. Mr. Rock received his B.S. from Central Michigan University, his M.A. from Northern Illinois University, and his J.D. from The John Marshall Law School.
Michael F. Zimmermann is a Partner at Tressler LLP in Chicago, where he is Chair of the Local Government Law Group and concentrates his practice in government law, human resources, and commercial litigation. His practice also encompasses zoning and development, land use, and related litigation. He is a member of the Illinois State and Chicago Bar Associations, the Illinois Municipal League, and the International Municipal Lawyers Association. Mr. Zimmermann received his undergraduate degree from Marquette University and his J.D. from DePaul University College of Law.
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