CHICAGO – August 6, 2012 – Holland & Knight LLP has been chosen to serve as general counsel to the city of Des Plaines, Ill. The firm will provide counsel on a broad range of legal issues, including parliamentary procedures, zoning and building code regulations, finance issues, and Freedom of Information Act and Open Meetings Act compliance. Firm partners Steven M. Elrod and Peter Friedman will be principally responsible for the representation, with Mr. Friedman attending all City Council meetings.
"Holland & Knight has an outstanding reputation for efficiently managing issues related to state and local government law," said Michael G. Bartholomew, Des Plaines city manager. "The firm's attorneys have distinguished themselves through their achievements and deep knowledge of all aspects of municipal governance. We are glad to have them on board. We are also impressed with their Washington D.C. office and federal expertise, as well as their extensive experience representing high-profile suburban municipalities like Des Plaines."
Located in Cook County, Des Plaines is a growing municipality with a population of more than 50,000. The city is comprised of residential areas, schools, park districts and medical facilities, as well as commercial, industrial, retail and service-oriented companies. It is also home to several Fortune 500 companies and Rivers Casino, the newest and most profitable land-based casino in Illinois. For more than 50 years, the city had an in-house attorney who oversaw all legal issues.
"We are honored to be chosen by Des Plaines as its 'go-to' legal counsel," stated Mr. Friedman, head of Holland & Knight's Chicago Real Estate and Local Government Group. "It is an extraordinary suburban community dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for its citizens and businesses. It is the type of municipality and community that our practice group was designed to serve."
Holland & Knight's Illinois State and Local Government Practice Group provides seasoned counsel on all aspects of local government law to the elected officials and staff of municipal clients, as well as subsidiary municipal bodies. Led by Mr. Elrod, the Chicago office represents one of the largest municipal and local government client base of any firm in Illinois and serves as general or special counsel to more than 40 governmental bodies in the state. The team regularly works with the various laws governing crucial day-to-day matters encountered by cities and villages in Illinois, including issues related to planning, regulation, budgeting, financing, eminent domain and inverse condemnation, telecommunications, taxation, federal appropriations and construction law.
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