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.


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.



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


  • Mon

    On January 28, 2019, Shawn Flaherty was elected Chairman of the Kendall County Sheriff Merit Commission for a two-year term.  The Merit Commission is charged with the screening of all applicants seeking appointment to the offices of Patrol Deputy and Correctional Deputy, administers written examinations for promotion within the Sheriff's Office and fulfills other personnel-related administrative duties.

  • Thu

    The Northern Illinois Alliance of Fire Protection Districts hosted its annual conference from January 24-27, 2019 at the Oak Brook Hills  Resort & Conference Center. Presentations by our firm included:

    Thursday - January 24, 2019 ~ John Motylinski - “Unusual Benefit Issues for Tier 1 and Tier II Firefighters.” Carolyn Clifford - “Setting Actuarial Assumptions: Understanding the Professional and Fiduciary Responsibilities.”

    Friday - January 25, 2019 ~ Meganne Trela & Joshua Rosenzweig - “Challenges of an Aging Pension Fund Membership.” Karl Ottosen - “Wearing Your Trustee Hat: Understanding Your Relationships with Administration and Other Officials in Your District.” Steve DiNolfo - “Hiring Considerations in Selection of Your Next Fire Chief.” Carolyn Clifford - “Pros and Cons of Pension Fund Consolidation.” Shawn Flaherty - “Taking Action Against Cancer in the Fire Service Part I & II.”

    Saturday - January 26, 2019 ~ Robert Steele, Jr. - “Evolving Issues in Hiring Firefighters.” Karl Ottosen - “Collective Bargaining and   Interest Arbitration: The Good, The Bad and the Ugly.” Joe Miller - “Trustees Say the Darndest Things.” Ericka Thomas - “#MeToo Movement and the Fire Service.” Shawn Flaherty - “Elements of a Successful Referendum.” Steve DiNolfo - “Health and Wellness Issues in Hiring and Employment of Firefighters.”


  • Wed

    In Part 1 of this interactive seminar on Fiduciary Duty 101, Ryan Morton will explain the definition of “fiduciary” including what the duty entails, and what steps trustees should take to ensure they are preserving the trust of the pension.

    Part 2 of this seminar – When What Can Go Wrong, Goes Wrong: Fiduciary Dilemmas, John Motylinski will highlight examples of fiduciary breaches in Illinois, focusing on what went wrong and what the consequences were. Advice will also be given to avoid similar situations in your pension fund.

    Visit the Illinois Association of Fire Protection Districts website ( to register for this upcoming webinar on November 14th.