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.
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.
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. Hardingis a Partner at Chapman and Cutler LLP in Chicago, where he is the Co-Leader of the firm’s Illinois Public Finance Department Practice Group. He routinely advises issuers, investment banks, commercial banks, and financial advisors on state and federal tax law matters related to the structure and sale of governmental obligations and is a Service Associate of the Illinois Association of School Business Officials. 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 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.
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.
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.
Gregory T. Smith is a Partner at Klein, Thorpe and Jenkins, Ltd., in Chicago, where he concentrates his practice in municipal and local government law. He was named an Emerging Lawyer in 2015 – 2018. Mr. Smith received his B.S. from DePaul University and his J.D. from Chicago-Kent College of Law, where he was on the Dean’s List and an Associate Editor of the Chicago-Kent Journal of Intellectual Property.
M. Neal Smith is a Partner at Robbins Schwartz, in Lisle, and focuses his practice on tort, zoning, and commercial litigation. Smith is an Illinois Leading Lawyer in election, political and campaign law; governmental, municipal, lobbying, and administrative law; land use, zoning, and condemnation law; and school law. He received his J.D. cum laude from Northern Illinois University College of Law and his B.A. from Hampden-Sydney College.
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 (Service Associate), 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 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.