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Practice Areas
Local Government
Land Use
Land Use Litigation
J.D., University of Hawaii, William S. Richardson School of Law
B.A., Illinois State University
Bar & Court Admissions
Northern District of Illinois
Central District of Illinois
Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals
Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
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

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, including defending zoning decisions, drafting zoning and other development codes, and negotiating economic development projects. She also counsels clients on social media, elections, FOIA, open meetings, and ethics issues. She has prepared and updated numerous personnel policies to address employee electronic communications and social media, and has been actively advising clients on how to address new laws relating to concealed carry and medical marijuana.

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.

Julie is co-chair of Ancel Glink's land use practice and co-editor of the group's newsletter, In the Zone. 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.


Particular highlights of her recent practice include:
  • Successfully defended a municipality against a developer's equal protection challenge to the municipality's denial of a rezoning application for a student housing development
  • Advising communities on day-to-day legal issues relating to ethics, meeting procedures, and local records laws, including preparation of administrative policies relating to FOIA, social media, personnel, and zoning hearings
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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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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)