W. Anthony Andrews is an experienced litigator who has spent his entire career defending governmental and private entities in state and federal court. His practice includes litigating matters brought under premises liability, medical malpractice, employment law, and civil rights violations. Mr. Andrews has successfully tried cases in several counties, many to a defense verdict. He has prevailed in numerous summary judgment motions, and successfully defended them on appeal in published opinions in state and federal court.
Mr. Andrews defended the largest school district in Illinois at trial in a construction liability case, as well as a large local school district at mediation in a bus v. pedestrian accident. He has also defended multiple municipalities in premises liability cases arising from accidents on sidewalks or bike paths; a sheriff in federal court by obtaining summary judgment in a racial discrimination case; police officers in federal civil rights cases arising out of excessive force claims and a fire district in a retaliation case. His defense experience also extends to commercial developers in construction liability actions; commercial carriers, bus companies, and firefighters in catastrophic automobile accidents; and large retailers in premises liability actions.
Carolyn Welch Clifford has devoted her legal career to the representation of local governments in Illinois with a special emphasis on legal issues involving the fire service. In her practice, Ms. Clifford primarily represents public pension funds, fire and police commissions, and fire protection districts. She also advises villages and cities in areas such as policy development, liability issues, and employment matters.
In her practice Ms. Clifford is actively involved in legal issues regarding the management of public pension funds. Ms. Clifford has extensive experience in handling firefighter and police disability pension matters from the initial hearing stage to appellate review. In her role as counsel for fire and police commissions, she advises clients on hiring, promotion, discipline, and discharge matters unique to the fire and police service. Her experience with employment matters from the initial hiring stage through disability and retirement provides her a unique perspective in advising clients. Ms. Clifford has handled several appellate cases and argued before the Illinois Appellate Court. Her appellate cases have included several issues of first impression, including an interpretation of duty-related issues involving a firefighter seeking a mental disability pension, the causation required for occupational disease pensions, and an analysis of a pension board’s right to deliberate in closed session.
G. Robb Cooper focuses his practice on education law relating to school districts and other educational entities. He represents clients in the areas of employee discipline and dismissal, labor relations and collective bargaining, and student matters. Mr. Cooper also deals with construction related contracts and disputes, and general administrative issues.
Mr. Cooper has served as a teacher and administrator. He has a practical understanding of the operation of public and private educational systems and the concerns they face. He is highly responsive to client concerns and develops creative solutions to their legal issues.
With a diverse local government practice, Shawn P. Flaherty assists clients with legal matters involving public safety issues, labor and employment, collective bargaining, public pension, public finance, municipal litigation, election law and board governance matters.
Mr. Flaherty advises and represents clients in the screening, hiring, promotion, and discipline of personnel. He has conducted dozens of public pension disability hearings. He negotiates labor contracts, participates in labor grievance arbitrations and he is regularly involved in election matters, referenda preparation, and budget and levy matters. Mr. Flaherty’s municipal litigation practice experience includes annexation and boundary disputes, municipal consolidation, tax increment financing issues, and administrative review of pension and commission decisions. He routinely attends public board meetings as corporate or special counsel. Mr. Flaherty has represented clients in more than two dozen appeals.
For over 35 years, Thomas J. Gilbert has focused his practice in the area of municipal law with the representation of numerous fire protection districts, the Forest Preserve District of Will County, municipalities, pension boards, and fire commissions. Mr. Gilbert has handled numerous real estate transactions, both residential and commercial. Since joining the firm in 2002, Mr. Gilbert has devoted a considerable portion of time to public sector labor and employment law.
Mr. Gilbert frequently lectures on issues pertaining to fire service law and taught fire science law at Joliet Junior College. He has provided articles for publications of the Illinois Association of Fire Protection Districts and the Illinois Fire Chiefs Association.
John H. Kelly focuses his local government practice on public employment, particularly as it relates to police departments, fire departments, and public safety communications. In addition to serving as general counsel for local governments, he practices in the areas of pension and administrative law. He has appeared before all levels of the state court system and numerous administrative bodies, including the Illinois Labor Relations Board.
An emphasis of Mr. Kelly’s practice is the representation of 9-1-1 centers throughout Illinois on all aspects of their operations, including state regulations, corporate organization, personnel policies and practices, and liability issues. He is defense counsel for a major insurer of 9-1-1 agencies, and is the attorney for the National Emergency Number Association, the Illinois Chapter of the National Emergency Number Association, and the Illinois Chapter of the Association of Public Safety Communications Officials.
Maureen A. Lemon represents school districts and other educational entities in all aspects of school law including school board governance and policy development, special education law, boundary changes, Freedom of Information Act requests, Open Meetings Act obligations, student discipline, school board elections, and constitutional issues. She works closely with school boards and administrators on matters relating to the rights and responsibilities of school boards, students, and employees.
In the field of employment law, Ms. Lemon advises and represents clients in discipline, discharge, employment-at-will, disability matters and discrimination cases. Her labor experience includes negotiating collective bargaining agreements, handling grievance and interest arbitrations, and coordinating strike management.
Ms. Lemon defends clients on claims before the Illinois State Board of Education, the Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board, the Illinois Department of Human Rights, the U.S. Department of Education OCR, and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. She has defended school districts in federal and state courts including the Illinois Appellate Courts and the Illinois Supreme Court.
Joseph Miller III practices in the areas of municipal and education law. In addition to serving as general counsel for local governments, he practices in the areas of civil rights litigation and municipal finance. He has appeared before all levels of the state court system and numerous administrative bodies, including the Illinois Department of Human Rights.
Mr. Miller advises and represents clients in the screening, hiring, promotion, and discipline of personnel. He has conducted investigations in matters concerning sexual harassment and civil rights discrimination, and defended clients when these issues result in litigation. His practice also includes public finance and taxation matters, election issues, student rights, and student disciplinary matters. With the advent of medical record privacy concerns, he advises clients regarding state and federal laws affecting the disclosure of these records. He represents clients before courts and administrative agencies, and attends public meetings as corporate counsel.
Joshua B. Rosenzweig concentrates his practice in commercial litigation, business disputes, estate and trust litigation, real-estate transactions and disputes and landlord-tenant disputes.
Mr. Rosenzweig has extensive experience in state courts representing businesses, officers, individuals, executors and trustees. He has successfully defended businesses against claims for breach of contract and fraud and defended trustees against claims for breach of fiduciary duties. He has also successfully represented plaintiffs in cases involving claims for breach of contract, negligence and landlord/tenant disputes.
Mr. Rosenzweig has represented clients in all phases of litigation from pre-suit investigation to trial to post-judgment collection. Mr. Rosenzweig focuses on providing his clients with practical legal advice to ensure clients’ ultimate goals are achieved.
William R. Thomas practices in the general areas of law including real estate, criminal and juvenile matters, eminent domain, wills and estates, local government law, and civil litigation.
In his general practice, Mr. Thomas provides solid legal advice addressing the concerns of his clients. Mr. Thomas represents clients in both residential and commercial real estate transactions throughout northern Illinois. In his past and present eminent domain practice, Mr. Thomas has represented the City of Chicago for the expansion of O’Hare International Airport and represents the State of Illinois, Department of Transportation for the expansion of public highways. Mr. Thomas is also an appointed Special Assistant Attorney General on condemnation matters for the Illinois State Toll Highway Authority.