James V. Ferolo graduated from Northwestern University in 1989 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree double majoring in Economics and Political Science. He was recognized for academic excellence in Political Science earning membership into Pi Sigma Alpha (Political Science Honor Society). He received his J.D. degree from Loyola University School of Law in 1992. While attending law school, Mr. Ferolo was a member of the Dean's List and was named a Semi-Finalist in the Loyola University Intra-School Moot Court Competition. Mr. Ferolo served as a Student Intern in the United States Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Illinois. Mr. Ferolo was admitted to the bar of the State of Illinois in 1992. He is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association and the Chicago Bar Association. He also has served on the ISBA’s Local Government Committee since 2015 and is the current Chairperson of the ISBA Local Government Litigation Committee. He has been admitted to the bars of the State of Illinois, the United States District Court for the Northern District and the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. He has been named an Illinois Leading Lawyer.
Mr. Ferolo’s practice is concentrated on counseling local government entities and special districts in the areas of local government law, economic development matters (annexations, business districts, enterprise zone incentives, tax increment financing, special assessments, special service areas, letters of credit and performance and payment bonds, economic development incentives), employment law, federal and state grant compliance matters, municipal finance (audit compliance, bonds, bank loans and lines of credit, state loan programs, general obligation promissory notes, tax anticipation notes, tax anticipation warrants), library law, Open Meetings Act, Freedom of Information Act, Local Records Act, and State Officials and Employees Ethics Act compliance matters, meeting procedure matters, utility franchise and railroad right-of-way matters and planning and zoning matters, including representation of clients in civil litigation, administrative proceedings and alternative dispute resolution forums in the state and federal court systems and before the Illinois Human Rights Commission, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and the Illinois Commerce Commission.
Mr. Ferolo currently serves as the principal attorney for the Village of Wheeling, Village of Mettawa and the City of Highwood. He also represents several other governmental entities in litigation matters.
Mr. Ferolo is a co-author of:
- The chapters on "Municipal Finance and Taxation" and “Zoning Controls” published by the Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education
- A chapter on Open Meetings published in the updated Illinois Township Clerk’s Handbook (2014)
- Two articles regarding the election law (“Duties of the Local Election Official” and “The Election Objection Process”) that were both published in 2016 in the Illinois Municipal Review.
He is also a contributing author to the following publications:
- Illinois Municipal League The Sunshine Laws (OMA & FOIA)
- Illinois Municipal League Open Meetings and Freedom of Information Acts
- Illinois Municipal League Manual on Police and Fire Disciplinary Matters
- Illinois Municipal League Manual on Conflict of Interests and Liability of Illinois Elected Officials
- Illinois Municipal League Home Rule versus Non-Home Rule
- Illinois Municipal League Municipal Forms of Government
- Illinois Municipal League Financing Municipal Improvements
Mr. Ferolo has spoken on a variety of municipal law topics at seminars conducted by the Illinois Municipal League (annual conferences and other seminars throughout the year), including Bidding, Conflicts of Interests, Freedom of Information Tort Immunity, the Illinois Institute for Local Government Law regarding Special Service Areas, the Lake County Municipal League regarding Clerk Responsibility During Elections, the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education – Local Government Law Institute and the National Business Institute. He is a founding member of the Local Government Law Institute formed 5 years ago. The Institute annually speaks to over 100 practicing municipal attorneys regarding various topics, including Tort Immunity, Government Consolidations, Arbitration and case law updates.
Mr. Ferolo’s practice is concentrated on counseling local governmental entities in all areas of need including zoning, land-use, planned unit developments, litigation, personnel matters, annexation, municipal finance and taxation, and tax increment financing districts. He is also involved in representing such entities in litigation in both State and Federal Courts through trial. His public sector litigation experience includes: Section 1983 federal claims and other federal and state statutory cases, tort immunity, zoning appeals, condemnations, pension and employment matters.