Lance C. Malina graduated from the Chicago Musical College of Roosevelt University in 1984 with a Bachelor of Arts degree with honors in Music Performance, and received his Juris Doctor Degree from DePaul University with honors in 1989, where he graduated number one in his class. He has also done graduate work in history, and taught in public and private schools as an instrumental music specialist. He maintains an active schedule as a musician and in 1997 was invited to play with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at Ravinia, an honor that has been extended to very few licensed attorneys. While attending law school Mr. Malina received eight awards for excellence in courses taken, and three awards for outstanding scholastic achievement, including two scholarships. He served as the Managing Editor of Lead Articles for the DePaul Law Review in 1988-89. Mr. Malina's publications include "Retaliatory Discharge, Workers' Compensation and Section 301 Preemption," 37 DePaul Law Review 675 (1988).
After law school, Mr. Malina served for one year as law clerk to Judge Charles P. Kocoras of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. He was then appointed an Assistant United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois by Attorney General Dick Thornburgh, where he served as a criminal prosecutor from 1990-95. He is a member of the Illinois State Bar, the U.S. District Court for Northern District of Illinois, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and the United States Supreme Court. At Klein, Thorpe & Jenkins, Ltd., Mr. Malina's practice focuses on the areas of municipal law and all aspects of litigation. With his extensive experience, 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.