Klein, Thorpe and Jenkins, Ltd.

Michael A. Marrs

Michael A. Marrs

Partner

Background

Michael A. Marrs is a Partner with the law firm of Klein, Thorpe and Jenkins, Ltd.  Mr. Marrs graduated from Indiana University, Bloomington with a B.S. in Business. He is a 1994 graduate of the DePaul College of Law, where he was an editor of the DePaul University Law Review. Upon graduating law school, Mr. Marrs worked as the civil judiciary committee attorney on the staff of the Illinois Senate Minority Leader, and later served for several years as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Margaret Stanton McBride of the Illinois Appellate Court, First District.  Mr. Marrs advises clients on, among other things, redevelopment matters, planning and zoning matters, acquisition and sale of property, code enforcement and dealing with problem properties, prosecution, contractual issues, and provides general counseling on day-to-day operational and municipal matters.

Mr. Marrs is a former chair of the Municipal Prosecutors Group of the Illinois Local Government Lawyers Association (ILGL) and of the ILGL’s Board of Directors. Mr. Marrs is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association and Chicago Bar Association.

Publications

Mr. Marrs has co-authored the chapter on municipal "Finance and Tax" for the practice handbook on Illinois Municipal Law published by the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, is a co-author of the “Manual on Liquor Licensing and Regulation” and “Manual on Home Rule Versus Non-Home Rule Status,” both published by the Illinois Municipal League, and the soon to be released update to the “Sunshine Laws: Open Meetings & Freedom of Information Acts” manual, also published by the Illinois Municipal League. .

Presentations

Mr. Marrs is active in speaking on various municipal law topics at seminars and conferences, including the Open Meetings Act, conflicts of interest and legislative procedures. Other more specialized presentations have included strategies for dealing with vacant and abandoned properties and demolition actions, regulation of animals, regulation of unusual zoning uses, and presentations on municipal regulation of the placement of wireless telecommunication facilities, including small cell and distributed antenna systems.

Practice Areas

At Klein, Thorpe and Jenkins, Ltd. 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.