Municipal Law

Burke Burns & Pinelli, Ltd. has had the privilege over the years to serve as outside counsel to a number of Illinois municipalities. Our BBP municipal law attorneys counsel clients on the full range of matters arising in Illinois local government, from everyday administrative and essential statutory compliance issues tocontract and labor negotiations and complex real estate development projects.

Comprehensive Municipal Law Services

Municipal governments encounter a multitude of situations and issues requiring experienced, skilled legal analysis, counsel, and representation. Our BBP municipal law attorneys assist clients with all aspects of government operations, including:

  • Contracts and procurement
  • Ordinances and policies
  • Intergovernmental agreements
  • Employment policies, issues, and disputes
  • Labor negotiations
  • Economic development, including Tax Incremental Financing, public-private partnerships, and general commercial tenancy
  • Infrastructure and capital programs
  • Illinois Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) compliance
  • Illinois Open Meetings Act (OMA) compliance
  • General corporate and board governance matters

Representative Clients and Matters

General Corporate

Our BBP attorneys have served as outside counsel on general corporate matters for a number of local municipalities over the past 15 years, including:

  • Village of Bridgeview
  • Village of Broadview
  • Village of Evergreen Park
  • Maywood Park District
  • City of Des Plaines
  • Village of Rosemont
  • Village of Lyons

Village of Bridgeview

For the past 15 years, partner Mary Patricia Burns and other BBP attorneys have represented the Village of Bridgeview and its Board of Trustees on a wide range of matters, including:

  • Contracts
  • Employment matters
  • Service providers
  • Federal and state regulatory compliance
  • Economic development
  • Infrastructure and capital programs
  • Public-private partnerships
  • Compliance with statutory requirements in the Illinois Open Meeting Act (OMA), Illinois Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), Illinois Lobbyist Registration Act, and Illinois Procurement Code

In addition to providing day-to-day counsel on a wide variety of matters, Ms. Burns represented the Village on all aspects of its development and construction of Toyota Park, a 20,000-seat stadium that hosts professional soccer, concerts, and other events on a year-round basis. BBP partner Mark Jamil also works closely with the Village on stadium-related and real estate development matters, including the negotiation of contracts for naming rights, stadium events, the implementation of RFPs or other forms of solicitations, and the acquisition and development of real estate including various commercial and retail projects.

Our BBP litigation attorneys also defend the Village of Bridgeview in personal injury lawsuits relating to alleged injuries sustained at Toyota Park. We have successfully represented the Village in numerous such cases in state court, as well as a multi-party civil RICO action in federal court.

Maywood Park District

BBP attorney and founding partner Vincent Pinelli served as general counsel to the Maywood Park District. Attorney Pinelli provided counsel to the Park District on lease and contract negotiation, employment matters, insurance, park operation and use, and general practices. He also has represented the Park District in litigation.

City of Des Plaines

Attorney Mary Patricia Burns has worked with the City of Des Plaines on development matters that include issues relating to Tax Incremental Financing and general commercial co-tenancy.

General Administrative Matters

Our BBP municipal law clients benefit substantially from our years of experience representing public sector clients in administrative and government matters. Our work with these clients includes:

  • Legislative drafting and interpretation
  • Public meeting requirements
  • Contract negotiation involving third-party service providers
  • Fiduciary requirements
  • Administrative review of disability claims

BBP attorneys provide counsel and advice to many public sector clients, including:

  • Illinois Board of Higher Education
  • Illinois Medical District Commission
  • Illinois Student Assistance Commission
  • Chicago Park District
  • Chicago Public Buildings Commission
  • Bridgeview Park District
  • Chicago Board of Education
  • State Universities Retirement System
  • Cook County Annuity and Benefit Fund
  • Evanston Fire Pension Fund
  • Firemen’s Annuity and Benefit Fund of Chicago
  • Municipal Employees’ Annuity and Benefit Fund of Chicago

Illinois Municipal Inquiries

Municipal representatives wishing to meet with our BBP municipal law attorneys may schedule a consultation by calling our Chicago office at 312-541-8600 or completing our online contact form.