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140 S. Dearborn Street, 6th Floor
Chicago, IL 60603

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Practice Areas
Local Government
Land Use
Elections
Land Use Litigation
Education
J.D., University of Hawaii, William S. Richardson School of Law
B.A., Illinois State University
Bar & Court Admissions
Illinois
Northern District of Illinois
Central District of Illinois
Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals
Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
Memberships
American Bar Association, Co-Chair Land Use Committee
Commercial Real Estate Executive Women of Chicago (CREW)
Adjunct Professor, The John Marshall Law School
American Law Institute Land Use Institute 
American Planning Association, Amicus Committee and Planning and Law Division

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Julie A. Tappendorf
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Clients turn to Julie for her advice on the crucial day-to-day issues faced by local governments and her expertise in social media and land use matters.

Julie focuses her practice on local government and land use matters, counseling clients on elections, FOIA, open meetings, ethics, and social media issues. She regularly attends board and commission meetings on behalf of the firm's government clients. She has prepared and updated policies on records retention, electronic communications, and social media.  She has been actively advising clients on how to address new laws relating to concealed carry and medical marijuana. She has experience negotiating annexation and development agreements, drafting zoning and other development regulations, and negotiating economic development projects. She also represents clients in land use disputes in state and federal courts.

Julie currently serves as Village Attorney for Gilberts, Lindenhurst, Wadsworth, and Herrick, City Attorney for Pana, and counsel to the Glencoe Police Pension Board and Library Integrated Network Consortium (LINC).

Julie is co-chair of Ancel Glink's land use practice. She is editor of Ancel Glink Today, an e-newsletter distributed to firm clients twice each month. Julie is also the author of the local government blog, Municipal Minute and social media blog, Strategically Social.

Prior to her law career, Julie served for eight years in the United States Army, Military Intelligence Branch, as a Korean cryptologic-linguist.

Experience

Particular highlights of her recent practice include:
  • Prepare administrative policies relating to FOIA, social media, electronic communications, medical marijuana, concealed carry, other personnel issues, and the conduct of zoning hearings

  • Comprehensive rewirte of zoning, subdivision, sign, and other development regulations

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Presentations

Julie is a frequent speaker at local and national conferences on a variety of local government and land use issues, including the following:  
  • Social Media & Local Governments (IMLA, 2012; APA, 2013; Arkansas City Attorneys Conference, 2013; Indiana State Ethics Conference, 2013; IAPD/IPRA Annual Conference, 2014; ALI-CLE 2014)
  • Waubonsee Community College "Communities in Excellence" - Labor & Employment, May 7, 2014
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Publications

Julie has published on a variety of land use, local government, and related matters, including the following: 
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Honors & Awards

  • Chair of the Chicago Bar Association/Chicago Bar Foundation's Pro Bono Week (2007)