Ottosen Britz Kelly Cooper Gilbert & DiNolfo, Ltd.

is dedicated to serving those who serve others: municipalities, public pension boards, public safety organizations, and school districts. In addition, the firm represents individuals and business entities in a wide variety of legal matters. Founded in 1992, the firm has the breadth and scope of practice that allows us to develop comprehensive solutions for our clients. Nearly 400 government entities throughout Illinois rely on our attorneys to develop solutions that meet their specific legal needs.

WHO WE ARE

Every law firm’s resume speaks of the unwavering commitment of its lawyers to advance the clients’ interests in an intelligent, efficient, and economical way. That was the basis upon which Ottosen Britz Kelly Cooper Gilbert & DiNolfo, Ltd. was formed in 1992, and that remains the cornerstone of the firm today. What sets Ottosen Britz apart is the fact that many of its lawyers are distinguished, not only as lawyers, but also in other fields.

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AREAS OF PRACTICE

  • Corporate & Business Law / Taxes
  • General Practice
  • Labor & Employment
  • Litigation and Insurance Defense
  • Municipal Law
  • Public Pension Practice
  • Public Safety
  • School Districts
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NEWS

  • Fri
    01
    Dec
    2017

    Ottosen Britz attorneys John Kelly and Tom Gilbert took part in separate forums for police and firefighters at the recent Illinois Public Sector Labor Relations Law Conference held on Friday, December 1st.  This conference in its 33rd year, updates attorneys, union and government officials on workplace trends and issues confronting the labor and employment law community.

  • Wed
    01
    Nov
    2017

    Carolyn Welch Clifford has been selected by the Executive Board of the National Association of Public Pension Attorneys (NAPPA) to serve as its Public Safety Affinity Group Chair. Created in 1987, NAPPA is a professional legal and educational organization. Its membership consists exclusively of attorneys who represent public pension funds.

  • Wed
    20
    Sep
    2017

    Ottosen Britz would like to thank you for attending the 16th annual School Law Conference. We hope that you found the conference seminar informative and worthwhile. Our goal is to provide school administrators and board members with an overview of legal issues affecting School Districts. If you have additional questions or concerns on topics discussed, please do not hesitate to contact us. Hope to see you next year!
    Ottosen Britz would like to thank you for attending the 16th annual School Law Conference.

  • Tue
    19
    Sep
    2017

    Ottosen Britz will hold their sixteenth annual school law conference on Tuesday, September 19, 2017 at the Lisle/Naperville Hilton, 3003 Corporate West Drive in Lisle. Registration and continental breakfast will begin at 7:30 a.m. with the program starting at 8:00 a.m. until noon. Lunch will immediately follow.

  • Fri
    23
    Jun
    2017

    Ottosen Britz will host our hospitality at the IAFPD Conference on Friday, June 23, 2017 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the LaSalle Ballroom at the Peoria Marriott Pere Marquette.

  • Thu
    22
    Jun
    2017
    Sat
    24
    Jun
    2017

    The Illinois Association of Fire Protection Districts will host their annual conference on June 22-24, 2017 at the Peoria Civic Center. Presentations by our firm will include: Carolyn Welch Clifford - “Hire, Retire, Rehire, Repeat.” Brian O’Connor - “Dealing with Abuse and Fraud in Disability Claims.” John Kelly - “Fire Commissioners’ Workshop.” Steve DiNolfo - “Case Law Update.” Shawn Flaherty - “Referendum Options and Opportunities.” Shawn Flaherty and Tom Gilbert - “Advanced Trustee Training – Part 3: Personnel & Human Resources.” Joe Miller and Brian O’Connor - “Freedom of Information Act Officer Workshop.” Vlad Shuliga, Jr. - “Social Media in the Fire Service.” John Motylinski - “Fiduciary Duties for Section 457 and Article 4 Pension Plans.” Bob Britz - “When and How to Write Truck and Equipment Specifications.”

  • Tue
    13
    Jun
    2017

    Laura Weizeorick will present on “Avoiding Discriminatory Practices Towards ELLs” at a seminar being held in Naperville for the National Business Institute. The presentation will highlight issues related to immigration status, prohibitions of native languages, religious discrimination, and protecting ELL students from harassment. You can register for this seminar at www.nbi-sems.com or 800.930.6182.

  • Thu
    16
    Feb
    2017

    Laura Weizeorick spoke on “Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE)” at the seminar held in Naperville for the National Business Institute.  The presentation highlighted FAPE requirements under both the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and Section 504, and provided recent court decisions interpreting the statutes.

     

  • Mon
    13
    Feb
    2017

    Laura Weizeorick spoke on “Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE)” and “Individualized Education Program (IEPs)” at the seminar held in Chicago for the National Business Institute.  The first session highlighted FAPE requirements under both the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and Section 504, and provided recent court decisions interpreting the statutes.  The second session highlighted successful strategies to facilitate IEP team meetings with parent participation, and to develop, amend, and implement measurable IEPs.

  • Thu
    29
    Sep
    2016

    Laura A. Weizeorick will be speaking on “Preventing Discriminatory Evaluation, Discipline and Placement Practices in Special Education” at the IAASE (Illinois Alliance of Administrators of Special Education) Fall Conference on September 29, 2016 at the Tinley Park Conference Center.

  • Tue
    20
    Sep
    2016

    The fifteenth annual school law conference will be held on Tuesday, September 20, 2016 at the Lisle/Naperville Hilton, 3003 Corporate West Drive in Lisle. Registration and continental breakfast will begin at 7:30 a.m. with the program starting at 8:00 a.m. until noon. Lunch will immediately follow.

  • Mon
    01
    Aug
    2016

    West Suburban Living Magazine partnered with Chicago area Leading Lawyers to provide a list of the top attorneys in the western suburbs. Listed by specialty area, each attorney was chosen in a survey of their peers. The lawyers who receive the most recommendations are then reviewed by a 435 Member Advisory Board. The following attorneys from Ottosen Britz were selected by the Advisory Board:

    Stephen H. DiNolfo – Personal Injury Defense Law – General
    Karl R. Ottosen – Government/Municipal/Lobby/Administrative
    John H. Kelly – Government/Municipal/Lobby/Administrative
    G. Robb Cooper – School Law

  • Wed
    01
    Jun
    2016

    Laura A. Weizeorick will present “Recognizing and Rectifying Discriminatory Education Practices” and “Bullying and Harassment: An Essential Legal Response Guide” at the seminar held in Naperville on June 13, 2016. The seminar provides an update for school administrators, faculty and attorneys on the legal implications for school districts related to bullying, harrasment and discrimination; a review of recent case law; and an outline of best practices to fulfill districts’ legal obligations and to avoid litigation.

  • Fri
    01
    Apr
    2016

    Carolyn Clifford has been asked to join the Medical Evaluation of Law Enforcement Officers (LEO) Task Group for its April 2016 meeting. In addition to the target audience of physicians who provide medical care for LEOs, the LEO Medical Guidance is also a valuable tool for public safety personnel and members of national and international associations representing LEOs, law enforcement executives, municipal managers, attorneys, and insurers. Ms. Clifford has been asked to share her perspective on the group’s medical standards document and how it will affect various processes in which it might be used for hiring, return to work, and disabilities.

  • Tue
    01
    Mar
    2016

    W. Anthony Andrews was asked to serve as a trial judge for the 2016 American Mock Trial Association opening round championship in March. Hosted by North Central College, students engage in trial simulations in competition with teams from other institutions, and are able to develop critical thinking and public speaking skills, as well as a knowledge of legal practices and procedures.

  • Mon
    01
    Feb
    2016

    W. Anthony Andrews served as a trial judge for the Joliet Regional Mock Trial Competition held in February. The American Mock Trial Association annually hosts a series of competitions from February through April to foster the development of undergraduate students in the areas of leadership, public speaking, rhetoric, and persuasion through a legal forum. The top teams from each Regional will receive a bid to an Opening Round Championship Series (ORCS) tournament in March.

  • Thu
    28
    Jan
    2016

    The Northern Illinois Alliance of Fire Protection Districts (NIAFPD) will host its annual conference on January 28-31, 2016 at the Oak Brook Hills Resort & Conference Center. Presentations by our firm will include:  Michael Weinstein – “Fiduciary Responsibility and Pension Fund Administration.” Brian O’Connor – “Annual Timeline Requirements for Pension Funds.” Carolyn Welch Clifford – “Compliance and Enforcement Challenges for the DOI.” Robert Britz – “Issues for Healthcare Active and Retired Firefighters.” Joe Miller – “Using Misconduct Information and Criminal Records in Hiring.” Timothy Hoppa – “Dealing with Harassment in the Firehouse.” Shawn Flaherty – “Understanding the Process from Duty Injury to a Duty Disability Pension.” Tom Gilbert & John Motylinski – “Legal Updates for Commissioners.” Vladimir Shuliga, Jr. – “Ethical Considerations for Public Officials and Employees in the Electronic Age.” Karl Ottosen – “Maintaining Well Being and Handling Consequences for Unfit Firefighters.”

  • Fri
    04
    Dec
    2015

    John H. Kelly will be part of a panel discussing Police and Firefighter issues including privatization of fire departments, hiring firefighters, body cameras and recent cases involving PSEBA, Facebook and sick leave and home confinement. The conference is being held at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law on December 4, 2015.

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