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News and Presentations

Attorneys Lance Malina and James Ferolo presented at the IICLE Local Government Law Institute in Chicago, IL on December 7, 2018 for the sixth straight year. The Institute is an all day seminar that covers hot topics for governmental practitioners.

KTJ Attorneys authored the 2017 edition of the Illinois Municipal League’s Manual on Liquor Licensing and Regulation.

Authors: Thomas P. Bayer, Jason A. Guisinger, Howard C. Jablecki, Michael T. Jurusik, Jacob H. Karaca, Patrick A. Lucansky, Michael A. Marrs, Lance C. Malina, James A. Rhodes, Gregory T. Smith, Kathleen M. Terese and Scott F. Uhler

KTJ is a proud sponsor and participant of the West Central Municipal Conference Inc golf outing. Attorneys Mallory MIlluzzi, Howard Jablecki, and Carmen Forte attended.

Make sure to register for the Illinois Municipal League's Annual Conference to see KTJ attorneys in action!

KTJ is a proud sponsor of the Lake County Municipal League 2017 Golf Outing, attorneys Scott F. Uhler and James V. Ferolo attended

Register for IPELRA's Annual Training Conference on October 22-25 to see KTJ attorney's Thomas M Melody, Erin K Walsh and Jason A Guisinger present "Blurred Lines: Off Duty Conduct & Social Media"

KTJ is a proud sponsor and attendee of the 25th annual Sommer Memorial Golf Tournament.

June 30, 2017. Village of Maywood conducts a ribbon cutting ceremony for its new commuter train station. Michael Jurusik, Village Attorney for the Village of Maywood, assisted the Village with the grant funding documents and the construction documents that were part of the funding and construction process for the train station.

KTJ is a proud contributor to The Village of Wheeling's Rock n Run the Runway 5k and music festival.

KTJ Attorney Scott F Uhler recently published an article titled “Now That You Are Elected, Is Your Smartphone Still Yours?” in the June 2017 issue of the Illinois Municipal Review. The article can be found at the link below.

KTJ Attorney Gregory T Smith is presenting “Ethics and Conflicts of Interest” at the Illinois Municipal League’s Newly Elected Officials Conference on June 14th, 2017.

KTJ Attorney’s Jason A. Guisinger and Scott F. Uhler authored an article that will appear in the next issue of Current Municipal Problems. The article is titled “Navigating the Labyrinth: Work Related Injuries and the Workers’ Compensation Act, FMLA and ADA”. To read the article now, click the link below.


KTJ attorneys Scott Uhler, Mallory Milluzzi, Kathleen Terese, Jason Guisinger and Carmen Forte were selected to speak at the Illinois Library Association Annual Conference in October.

Congratulations Jason Guisinger who was recently selected to serve on the Education Law Council for the Illinois State Bar Association during 2017-2018.

KTJ attorneys Mallory Milluzzi and Donald Renner were selected to speak at the Joint Annual School Law Conference in November. KTJ attorney Tom Melody was selected to conduct training for all new board members at the conference.

KTJ Attorney Mallory Milluzzi gave an update on current Transgender issues at the Annual LEND Breakfast on Friday May 5, 2017

The Village of Maywood had it's Village-Pride, Village-Wide Annual Spring Clean-Up Event On Saturday, April 22, 2017. KTJ attorneys Carmen Forte, Mike Jurusik, Lance Malina, Michael Marrs, Mallory Milluzzi, and Allen Wall participated.

Recently, KTJ argued successfully before the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals in a First Amendment civil rights case, McGreal v. Village of Orland Park, et al. The case involved claims that the Village of Orland Park and individual Orland Park Police officers retaliated against a former officer who allegedly engaged in protected free speech by causing his termination from the Orland Park police Department after he presented the Village Board of Trustees with cost-cutting proposals that included measures to reduce police department expenditures. KTJ, on behalf of the Village of Orland Park and some of the individual police officer defendants, successfully demonstrated that the defendants had no knowledge of his alleged protected First Amendment speech prior to taking disciplinary action against him for violating numerous Orland Park Police Department rules and regulations. The plaintiff appealed the summary judgment decision to the Seventh Circuit. After hearing oral arguments from the plaintiff and the defendants, who were represented by KTJ, the Seventh Circuit affirmed the summary judgement ruling by the district court. The Seventh Circuit found the plaintiff failed to produce any evidence showing the defendants violated his constitutionally-protected speech rights when they terminated his employment.

Congratulations to the firm's Super Lawyers: 
Thomas P Bayer – State, Local and Municipal, Land Use/Zoning, Government Finance. 2007-2008
Howard C Jablecki – State, Local and Municipal. Rising Stars 2012-2017
Patrick A Lucansky – State, Local and Municipal, Government Finance, Administrative Law 2005-2011
Donald E Renner – Estate Planning and probate, Business/Corporate, Real Estate, Nonprofit Organizations, Tax. Super Lawyer 2017

Congratulations to the firm's Emerging Lawyers: Howard C Jablecki, Jason A Guisinger, Donald E Renner, Gregory T Smith, Mallory A Milluzzi.

Congratulations to the firm's Leading Lawyers: Michael T Jurusik, Dennis G. Walsh, James P Bartley, Kenneth E Friker, Michael A Marrs, Terrence M Barnicle, Thomas P Bayer, Scott F Uhler, Thomas M Melody, Scott E Nemanich, James V Ferolo, Everette M Hill Jr., John Allen Wall, Lance C Malina, Patrick A Lucansky, George A Wagner.

Congratulations to James A. Rhodes in receiving the Illinois Local Government Lawyers Association’s Robert J. Mangler Distinguished Service Award, which recognized Mr. Rhodes’ distinguished service to local government law over his career.

Jason Guisinger and Mallory Milluzzi are presenting on the Open Meetings Act and Freedom of Information Act at the Illinois Municipal League Attorneys Seminar on Friday March 31, 2017

Attorneys Michael Jurusik, Jason Guisinger, Lance Malina, and Carmen Forte attended this year’s West Central Municipal Conference Legislative Breakfast. At the event they heard from local, state and federal elected officials about issues that affect several of the firm’s clients throughout northern Illinois.
We are proud to announce that Gregory Smith is the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education’s February Spotlight Author for his work on the IICLE handbooks and speaking at IICLE conferences. Congratulations!

Attorneys Kathleen Terese and Erin Walsh will be speaking at the National Business Institute​ conference on February 16, 2017. They will be presenting on Evaluations and Eligibility and Disciplinary Procedures in the context of special education law.
Klein, Thorpe & Jenkins, Ltd. is pleased to announce that the firm’s Board of Directors has elected Dennis G. Walsh as the firm’s President. Dennis has served in a leadership role at the firm as a member of its Board of Directors and previously serving as the firm’s Treasurer and Vice President. He succeeds Thomas P. Bayer who continues his full-time practice with an emphasis in local government law. Dennis joined Klein, Thorpe & Jenkins, Ltd. as an associate attorney in 1986 and became a partner in 1991. He has more than 30 years of legal experience in representing public bodies in all areas of practice, including municipalities, local libraries and library districts, park districts, school districts, fire protection districts and townships. In addition to his local governmental practice, he maintains an extensive private sector practice and oversees the firm’s environmental practice group. Congrats Dennis!!
Attorneys Katie Terese and Scott Uhler will be speaking at the National Business Institute on November 4th, 2017. They will be presenting on "Evaluations and Eligibility" and "Due Process Procedures".
Partner Thomas Melody is presenting tomorrow at the IPELRA's Annual Training Conference on "Consolidation Considerations for Public Safety Services" along with Scott Coren, Assistant City Manager - City of Highwood.
The City of Highwood determined that it was no longer financially possible to operate its fire department. The City and the IAFF worked collaboratively to achieve the closure of the fire department, negotiate the effects on the employees, and terminate the collective bargaining agreement. This presentation will describe the process that occurred and the unique and challenging legal and practical issues that arose and were resolved.
Attorneys Katie Terese and Carmen Forte will present on “The Do's and Don'ts of Construction and Remodeling Projects: From Drafting Bid Documents to Awarding the Contract” this Thursday at the Illinois Library Association (ILA) Annual Conference!
Attorneys Dennis Walsh, Lance Malina, and Jim Rhodes are all attending the International Municipal Lawyers Association's 81st Annual conference this weekend! The conference will include speeches on code enforcement programs and instituting ILGL programs!

Klein, Thorpe and Jenkins, Ltd. attorneys Tom Melody and Erin Lavery presented "Performance and Appraisals and Hot Topics in Employment Law" at NIU Naperville Campus on March 12, 2015.


KTJ Attorneys Michael Jurusik and Thomas Melody presented 9-1-1 Dispatch System Consolidation – Roadmap for Regional Consolidations and Legislative Updates at the Illinois Municipal League’s Annual Conference on September 19, 2015


Partners Jim Ferolo and Lance Malina presented for the IICLE- Illinois Institute of Local Government Law - on December 4, 2015 in Chicago. The event was the Third Annual Local Government Law Institute. Lance and Jim convered Local Governmental Cooperation and Consolidation in their presentations. The event was well attended by local government attorneys from around the state.