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   3Thomas P. BayerChicago(312) 984-6400tpbayer@ktjlaw.comtpbayer@ktjlaw.comKlein Thorpe & Jenkins Ltdwww.ktjlaw.comwww.ktjlaw.combayerthomas.jpgGovernmental, Municipal, Lobbying & Administrative LawLand Use, Zoning & Condemnation LawPublic Finance Law
Thomas P.
Klein Thorpe & Jenkins Ltd
20 N Wacker Dr Ste 1660
Chicago IL 60606-2903
Ph.(312) 984-6400 Fx.(312) 984-6444Leading Lawyers Magazine story about this lawyer
Recommended by peers in:
Governmental, Municipal, Lobbying & Administrative Law
Land Use, Zoning & Condemnation Law
Public Finance Law
Advisory Board Member
County:  Cook
Practice Description:  
Mr. Bayer is currently a member of both the Home Rule Attorneys Committee and Legislative Committee of the Illinois Municipal League. He has spoken to various groups, including the Illinois Tax Increment Association, Illinois Institute for Local Government Law's Annual Conference, and the Illinois Municipal League's Annual Conference and Newly Elected Officials Conference, on a wide range of municipal law topics and is currently working on a wide variety of municipal law matters, including numerous tax increment financing, special assessment, special service area and business district projects. Mr. Bayer was also recently selected as one of the leading lawyers in Illinois in the government related field as reported in Crain's Chicago Business, and as one of the Illinois Super Lawyers for 2007 in the governmental category. Mr. Bayer currently serves as the Village Attorney, Assistant Village Attorney, or Village Prosecutor for several suburbs in the Chicago area. In addition, Mr. Bayer serves as Special Counsel for several municipalities in Northern Illinois relative to special assessment, special service area, and tax increment financing projects.

Notable Cases and Results:  
Chavda v. Wolak, 188 Ill.2d 394, 721 N.E.2d 1137 (1999) - Upholding the constitutionality of amendments to 65 ILCS 5/11-91-1 in regard to the vacation of rights-of-way

Bar Admissions:  
Illinois Bar and U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

Hourly Rate:  $201-$250/hour

Retainer:  Varies by case

Year of Birth:  1958

Law School:  DePaul University College of Law,J.D., 1983
Law School Honors/Involvement:  
Graduated number 1 in law school class; member of Law Review research staff; three (3) awards for excellence in courses taken and (2) awards for general outstanding scholastic achievement

Undergraduate School:  DePaul University, B.A., 1980
Undergraduate School Honors/Involvement:  Graduated with Honors

Representative Clients:  
Various municipalities throughout Northern Illinois as general or special counsel

Employment History:  Klein, Thorpe and Jenkins, Ltd. since 1983

Bar/Professional Association Involvement:  
Member of the Chicago, Illinois and American Bar Associations
Member of the Illinois Municipal League's Home Rule Attorneys and Legislative Committees

Community Involvement:  
Elementary School Basketball Coach for both boys and girls

Published Legal Writing:  
"Zoning Controls- Regulating Land Use," and "Governmental Financing of Development," Illinois Land Use Law, published by the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education; "Special Assessments and Special Service Areas" and "Finance and Taxa­tion", Illinois Municipal Law, published by the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education; Financing Municipal Improvements, a handbook published by the Illinois Municipal League; Manual on Conflict of Interests and Liability of Illinois Elected Municipal Officials, a hand­book published by the Illinois Municipal League; Municipal Forms of Government, a handbook published by the Illinois Municipal League; and Handbook on Practice and Procedure in Police and Fire Disciplinary Matters, a handbook published by the Illinois Municipal League.

Legal Lectures:  
Frequent speaker at the Illinois Municipal League's Newly Elected Officials Conferences and Annual Conferences; speaker at the Illinois Tax Increment Financing Association Annual Conference

Firm Description:  
Governmental Law, Estate Planning and Tax and General Practice (excluding Criminal Defense and Divorce), including Litigation and Environmental Work

Family:  Married with two children.

Additional Office Locations:  
15010 South Ravinia Avenue
Suite 17
Orland Park, IL 60462

For main (Chicago) office, park in the Boeing Building on the West side of the Chicago River, between Washington and Randolph Streets (enter parking garage from Washington)

Map to Office:   Click here to view map

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