Klein, Thorpe and Jenkins, Ltd.

Dennis G. Walsh

Dennis G. Walsh


Dennis G. Walsh was graduated magna cum laude from the State University of New York-College of Technology, receiving a B.P.S. degree in 1982. He received his J.D. degree from the John Marshall Law School in 1986. While attending John Marshall, Mr. Walsh served as a member of the Moot Court Executive Board and participated on the Irving P. Kaufman Securities Law National Competition Team. Mr. Walsh was also the executive editor of The Marshall Opinion, the school's student newspaper. He has been admitted to the Bars of the State of Illinois, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, and the Supreme Court of the United States. He is a member of the Chicago Bar Association and the Illinois State Bar Association.

Mr. Walsh is the President of Klein, Thorpe and Jenkins, Ltd. and has over 30 years' experience in representing public bodies in all areas of practice, including municipalities, local libraries and library districts, park districts, school districts, fire protection districts, townships and intergovernmental cooperative agencies. He has extensive experience in resolving the complexities and statutory requirements associated with budgets, tax levies, bidding and procurement, the acquisition and sale of real estate, environmental and construction matters, open meeting and freedom of information laws, policy review and revisions, employment issues, contracts and intergovernmental agreements. He assists public officials and employees with understanding their roles and duties including their ethical requirements. In addition to his local governmental practice, he maintains an extensive private sector practice and advises a number of individual and corporate clients on their legal needs. 

Mr. Walsh also oversees the firm's environmental practice. He has successfully led negotiations and litigation for a number of both public and private sector clients in high profile environmental cleanups and enforcement actions. He is actively involved in large and complex Brownfields redevelopment and remediation projects and is experienced in environmental permitting, the local siting requirements and host agreements for pollution control facilities.


  • Corporate Successor Liability Under CERCLA, 79 Ill. B.J. 425

  • He has published articles on Municipal Liability Under Superfund and Reimbursement to Local Governments for Emergency Responses to Hazardous Substance Releases.

  • Authored an article for the firm's Education Law Report entitled Protecting Your District from Environmental Liability Associated with Land Acquisitions.

  • Co-author on an article written for the North Suburban Library System entitled Library Law: Is the Site for Your Library Really Clean?

  • Author of The Open Meetings Act written for the Township Officials of Illinois Town Clerk's Handbook.


  • Co-authored. "The Sunshine Laws: Open Meetings & Freedom of Information Acts",

  • Co-authored the manual on "Conflict of Interest and Liability of Illinois Elected Officials,

  • Co-authored the manual on "Police and Fire Disciplinary Matters"

  • Co-authored the manual on "Liquor Licensing and Regulation"

  • A series of articles published in the Illinois Municipal Review on the requirements of the Illinois Underground Storage Tank Program.


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