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.
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/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.
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.
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. 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.
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 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.
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 & Cutler LLP in Chicago, where he concentrates on public finance. He is a member of the National Association of Bond Lawyers, the Illinois Government Finance Officers Association, and the Illinois Tax Increment 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 Law School.