Mark E. Burkland represents public bodies at the state, regional, and local levels in all relevant areas of legal services including general corporate counseling, environmental matters, property acquisition and eminent domain, zoning and development, personnel, and contracts. He has extensive experience in all areas of government law. He is the Village Attorney for the Village of Arlington Heights and the Village of La Grange and is General Counsel for the Park District of Oak Park. He has also represented the Illinois State Toll Highway Authority, the CTA, the Illinois Department of Transportation, and Chicago Public Schools along with many other municipalities served by the firm.

In addition, Mr. Burkland represents private sector clients in complex land planning and development projects, from negotiating agreements to moving projects through approval and permitting processes.

Mr. Burkland’s experience includes the drafting of a broad range of complex contracts and agreements, drafting legislation, appearances at board and commission meetings and hearings, counseling on all issues of government administration, and the defense of clients in state and federal courts. He has negotiated many complex transactions and settlement agreements.

Mr. Burkland’s work has included repeated contact with federal and state agencies, including the United States Department of Justice, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, the Illinois Department of Labor, the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, and other state bodies. He has participated in numerous projects requiring permitting from various agencies, including new projects and existing facilities.

Mr. Burkland is the attorney in charge of the Chicago office’s Opening Doors for Children program, a branch of Holland & Knight’s Charitable Foundation. The Chicago office partners with social service agencies and with CPS for reading, teaching, and other programs and events.

Mr. Burkland is a frequent writer and lecturer on various legal issues, focusing principally on matters of municipal governance, and land use and development.

Mr. Burkland was an articles editor for the Illinois Law Review at the University of Illinois College of Law. Before entering into private practice, he clerked for the Honorable William J. Bauer, Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.


  • University of Illinois College of Law, J.D.
  • University of Illinois, B.S., Journalism, with honors
Bar Admissions/Licenses
  • Illinois
Court Admissions
  • All State Courts in Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • American Bar Association
  • Chicago Bar Association, Past Chairperson, Local Government Committee
  • American Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • Urban Land Institute - Full Member, PPPC-Gold Member
Honors & Awards
  • Holland & Knight Public and Charitable Service All-Star, 2014
  • Illinois Super Lawyers magazine
  • Chicago Law Bulletin Leading Lawyer
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated


Speaking Engagements