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Attorneys

Terrence M. Barnicle

Mr. Barnicle has lobbied before the General Assembly on school, municipal and local governmental bills of interest, as well as having served as Chairman of the Local Government Legislative Subcommittee of the Chicago Bar Association.

James P. Bartley

Mr. Bartley has over twenty-five years of experience practicing in all areas of public employment, school and municipal law. He has negotiated in excess of two hundred collective bargaining agreements for school districts and municipalities, and handled many arbitrations and employment related disputes before the Illinois Department of Human Rights, the Illinois Labor Relations Board, the EEOC and in state and federal court

Thomas P. Bayer

Mr. Bayer is a Leading Lawyer in Illinois for 2008 through 2015 and a Super Lawyer for 2007 and 2008 in the governmental category. Mr. Bayer currently serves as the Village Attorney, Assistant Village Attorney or Village Prosecutor for several suburbs in the Chicago area. In addition, Mr. Bayer serves as Special Counsel for several municipalities in Northern Illinois relative to special assessment, special service area, tax increment financing, and economic development projects.

Gerard E. Dempsey

Mr. Dempsey has experience in consultation and preparation of contracts for computer hardware, software and new communications technologies. Mr. Dempsey also participates as counsel to three intergovernmental risk management agencies for the Metropolitan Library System.

James V. Ferolo

Mr. Ferolo served as a Judicial Extern for United States District Court Judge James Alesia and as a Student Intern in the United States Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Illinois in his third year in law school at Loyola University Chicago. His practice at Klein, Thorpe & Jenkins, Ltd. focuses on the representation of local governmental entities, municipal redevelopment, real estate issues, library law, governmental litigation, and general corporate matters.

Carmen P. Forte Jr.

Mr. Forte serves as local prosecutor and has performed local prosecution and code enforcement work for numerous municipalities in the areas of local ordinance violations, traffic citations, and business, tobacco and liquor licensing violations. Mr. Forte is currently the Secretary of the Plan and Zoning Commission of the Village of Elmwood Park.

E. Kenneth  Friker

Mr. Friker is the village attorney for Orland Park and his experience includes representation of various local governmental entities, including park districts, fire protection districts and over thirty-five (35) library boards and library districts.

Jason A. Guisinger

Mr. Guisinger focuses his practice on all areas of municipal law, library law, election law, and labor & employment law. Mr. Guisinger was elected President of the South Suburban Bar Association in 2009 for a one-year term. He is also a member of the Illinois State Bar Association.

Everette M. Hill, Jr.

Mr. Hill was recently selected as one of the leading lawyers in Illinois in the government related field. Mr. Hill has also argued numerous cases in the Illinois Appellate and Supreme Courts and has lectured extensively in the areas of licensing, local legislative procedures, civil rights for police officers and intergovernmental cooperation.

Howard C. Jablecki

Mr. Jablecki currently serves as the Assistant City Attorney for the City of Highwood, local prosecutor for several municipal clients, and represents numerous local governmental clients in litigation matters in both state and federal courts. Mr. Jablecki was named an Illinois Super Lawyers “Rising Star” for 2012 and 2013, recognizing him as one of the top attorneys under the age of 40 in the State of Illinois.

Michael T. Jurusik

Mr. Jurusik serves as counsel for the Boards of Fire and Police Commissioners in the Village of Western Springs, City of Park Ridge and Village of Maywood, as Village Attorney for the Villages of Maywood and Western Springs, as Corporation Counsel for the Northeastern Illinois Public Safety Training Academy and the Broadview-Westchester Joint Water Agency, as counsel to pension boards and as special counsel to several other municipalities and park districts throughout Illinois.

Jacob H. Karaca

Mr. Karaca concentrates his practice on all aspects of litigation for municipalities, school districts, family law clients, and other private entities in a wide range of litigation. Mr. Karaca also advises clients regarding a wide range of municipal issues, including zoning, land-use, planned unit developments, annexation, municipal financing and taxing, and Tax Increment Financing districts.

Patrick A. Lucansky

Mr. Lucansky presently serves as village attorney for the Villages of Kildeer and Wheeling. Mr. Lucansky has practiced municipal law for over thirty (30) years, and is a past Chairman of the Home Rule Attorneys Committee of the Illinois Municipal League.

Lance C. Malina

Mr. Malina oversees the firm's litigation department, which handles all forms of local government litigation, including local prosecution. Mr. Malina currently serves as the Village Attorney for the Villages of Riverside and River Forest.

Michael A. Marrs

Mr. Marrs concentrates his legal practice in the general counseling of local government entities, including acting as Village Attorney, as counsel for Plan Commissions and Zoning Boards of Appeal, and as a Village prosecutor for various municipalities in Cook and the surrounding counties.

Thomas M. Melody

Mr. Melody’s experience includes the general practice of school and municipal law, with a focus on labor and employment law. He currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Illinois Council of School Attorneys.

Mallory A. Milluzzi

Ms. Milluzzi counsels municipalities and school districts and represents them on a wide range of claims including the Freedom of Information Act, Section 1983 claims, land use, PTAB appeals, tax rate objections and other issues.

Scott E. Nemanich

Scott Nemanich has a diverse legal practice with significant experience in the areas of school law, government relations, real estate and taxation, as well as corporate transactional matters. Mr. Nemanich has also served as a negotiator at both the state and federal levels, and throughout his career he has been known for his ability to break through bureaucratic log jams on behalf of both public and private clientele.

Donald E. Renner III

Mr. Renner heads the KTJ Wealth & Succession Planning Department. Mr. Renner serves individual and fiduciary clients in regard to their income tax, gift tax, estate tax, generation skipping transfer tax, estate planning, probate estate and trust administration, will contests and estate and trust litigation, fiduciary taxation, and tax planning needs.

James A. Rhodes

Mr. Rhodes went into private practice concentrating in the representation of municipalities, their officials and employees in civil rights, employment, and constitutional law litigation in both the state and federal courts and before the Illinois Human Rights Commission and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Gregory T. Smith

Mr. Smith counsels Illinois municipalities, libraries, school districts, special districts and corporate clients. He represents clients in transactional and litigation matters. Mr. Smith also provides counsel on the day-to-day operations of municipal, library and school government, including sunshine laws, contracts, real estate conveyances, ordinance drafting, land use and planning, and so on.

Kathleen M. Terese

Ms. Terese focuses her practice on general municipal law, library law, and school law, including special education matters. Ms. Terese worked as an attorney representing school districts and special education cooperatives with a school law firm.

Scott F. Uhler

Mr. Uhler was named a Leading Lawyer in Illinois from 2005-2016. Mr. Uhler is a Co-chairperson of the Chicago Bar Association School Law Committee. He has had many publications in varying topics, as well as presentations and teaching engagements.

George A. Wagner

Mr. Wagner’s practice is focused on Board of Fire and Police Commissioner hearings, traffic and local ordinance prosecution, general school and municipal law, and litigation.

John Allen  Wall

Mr. Wall’s practice at KTJ is in general litigation, municipal, library and school law. While at the Chicago Board of Education, he was in charge of the development of policies and Board Rules.

Dennis G. Walsh

Mr. Walsh oversees the firm's environmental practice. He has successfully led negotiations and litigation for a number of municipalities in high profile environmental cleanups including Oak Park's Barrie Park, one of the largest remediation projects of a manufactured gas plant in the United States, and the Village of Lisle, in the cleanup of trichloroethylene (TCE) and other contaminants associated with the Lockformer manufacturing site.

Erin K. Walsh

Ms. Walsh is an associate whose practice focuses on labor and employment law, school law, and municipal law. Ms. Walsh was awarded the Benjamin Hooks Distinguished Service Award as well as DePaul College of Law’s President’s Award for Service.

Bruce A. Zolna

Mr. Zolna has practiced general law since 1973 and is currently concentrating his efforts in the areas of probate law and estate planning and individual, estate and trust income and gift taxation.