I attended Jesuit schools where principles of service and working toward more just communities were emphasized. Through my work as an attorney and counselor I serve clients that are community anchors. My clients are committed to better health care, improved child and adult care services, educational opportunities and quality affordable housing, as well as other charitable causes.
I began my legal career in public service, serving as an Assistant Corporation Counsel in the City of Chicago Office of Corporation Counsel. As an Assistant Corporation Counsel I handled civil litigation in the federal and state courts and was lead attorney in several bench and jury trials. I later served as liaison with the Office of Legislative Affairs in Mayor Harold Washington’s Administration, venturing to Springfield Illinois when the State legislature was in session and spent considerable time in and around City Council, before finishing my service in the Real Estate and Land Use Division. Currently, I serve the goals and interests of approximately one dozen community institutions, including:
- safety net health centers with a combined 17 sites throughout Chicagoland, as well as, an L3C that supports 35 safety net health centers throughout the United States;
- national developers, owners, and operators of affordable housing properties;
- an established African-American church based in the Eastern United States, and various faith institutions based and operating in Chicago;
- legacy community housing development corporations on each of Chicago’s North, West, and South sides;
- a prominent Chicago-based labor union;
- social service providers engaged in daycare, elder care, and other supportive services; and
- a variety of other not for profit corporations engaged in charitable activities, including a foundation, charter school, and special needs academy.
The following is a summary of the areas in which Bill has concentrated his practice.