Miner, Barnhill & Galland has significant experience representing both not-for-profit and for-profit entities. William Miceli and Paul Balik, along with their team, conduct a dynamic transactional practice that focuses on personal attention and responsiveness to client needs. Their expertise extends broadly and covers the following practice areas, among others.
Neighborhood Development and Affordable Housing
MBG attorneys and able paralegals Laura Stone and Diane Baginski represent and assist both not-for-profit developers and for-profit developers, focusing on work in urban development and affordable housing. The firm represents some of Chicago’s premier community development corporations and is familiar with the unique challenges posed by the development of affordable housing in low-income neighborhoods, ranging from multiple-layered financing and equity structures, to deteriorating building conditions, to working with public agencies. The firm has helped to provide thousands of new and rehabilitated units of housing and commercial space in urban communities.
On behalf of owners/borrowers, MBG attorneys routinely structure and create development entities, negotiate purchase and sale agreements and other development-related contracts with public and private parties, document and close various types of HUD-assisted financing, assist in syndication of projects eligible for the Low Income Housing Credit, structure projects using the Illinois Donations Tax Credit, and structure joint ventures or other combinations of multiple developers.
Federally Qualified Health Centers
MBG attorneys represent several federally qualified health clinics (FQHCs), including Chicago’s oldest such entity. The firm works with its FQHC clients on corporate governance, managed-care agreements, affiliation agreements and physician contract issues, as well as on general real estate, facilities, corporate, financing, grant-related and personnel issues. The firm also represents a consortium of FQHCs endeavoring to improve the delivery of healthcare through the use of electronic health records.
Not-for-Profit Corporate Practice
The firm’s not-for-profit clients range from large statewide organizations to smaller neighborhood-based entities. For many of these clients, the firm plays a “general counsel” role, providing contract, employment, litigation and other miscellaneous representation, as needed, in addition to specialized real estate and corporate representation.
MBG attorneys provide counseling relating to corporate governance, including corporate formation and organization, charitability issues, contracting, and structuring joint ventures and limited liability companies with other not-for-profit entities. They also assist with preparation of federal and state tax-exemption applications and other government filings.
General Real Estate
The firm’s real estate expertise includes purchases and sales of multi-family residential and commercial properties, acquisitions from governmental entities, leasing, condominium development, single-family home development, negotiation of redevelopment agreements with municipalities, negotiation of construction documentation and related dispute resolution, appearances before the City of Chicago Zoning Board of Appeals, Housing Court representation, real estate financing, eminent domain, alley vacations, subdivisions, divisions and consolidations.