Klein, Thorpe and Jenkins, Ltd.
News and Presentations
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.