Paul concentrates in economic development, tax increment finance, land use and zoning, eminent domain and general municipal corporate law.
He has represented many municipalities in regard to establishing TIF districts, negotiating and drafting redevelopment agreements, eminent domain litigation, annexation, establishing special service areas, and other land use issues. He has been lead counsel in litigation relating to zoning and land use, construction, annexation, eminent domain, police powers, employment, taxation and many other matters, and has represented government agencies in the Illinois Supreme Court and the United States Supreme Court. Paul is Village Attorney for Hillcrest and is Special Counsel to a number of other local governments.
Formerly a police officer, Paul served as legal advisor to the Detroit Police Department, as consultant to the Police Foundation and as national coordinator of police legal advisor programs at the International Association of Chiefs of Police in Washington, D.C. He taught law and police administration at American University and the Traffic Institute of Northwestern University, and practiced labor and employment law as general counsel to regional associations of police, fire and public works employees.
Paul is a certified SCUBA instructor and has litigated numerous cases involving historic shipwrecks. He plays guitar, banjo, sitar and other folk instruments, and has appeared on stage with Breadline Theatre Company and First Folio Theatre in Chicago. Paul is Assistant Chancellor for the Episcopal Diocese of Chicago.
- Served as City Attorney for Park Ridge for twenty years prior to joining Ancel Glink
- Led the creation of TIF districts in Lisle, Flanagan, Bellwood, Glen Ellyn, Harwood Heights, Lyons, Oak Forest, South Elgin, Waukegan, and other municipalities, and negotiated economic development agreements for TIF projects in those and many other communities
- Represented a school district in complex litigation arising from a TIF redevelopment agreement, resulting in a $20 million settlement for the school district
- Represented salvor in 10-year admiralty litigation concerning historic “Lady Elgin” shipwreck, resulting in unanimous Illinois Supreme Court decision confirmation title in salvor against claim by State of Illinois
- “Is An Elected Official An Employee?,” Local Government Law (Illinois State Bar Association, January 2012)
- “Police Departments and Fire Departments,” Illinois Municipal Law (IICLE 2012), co-author
- “Tax Increment Allocation Financing,” Illinois Municipal Law (IICLE 2012), co-author
- “Does A Special Use Permit Run With The Land? Not This One,” Local Government Law (Illinois State Bar Association, October 2007)
- “The First Amendment on the Overpass: Cities May Bar Protestors From Highway Bridges,” Local Government Law (Illinois State Bar Association, July 2006)
- “Federal Concealed Weapons Law Creates More Liability for Municipalities,” Local Government Law (Illinois State Bar Association, Feb. 2005)
- “Disclosure of Government Documents: The Deliberative Process Exemption,” Illinois State Bar Journal (March 2005)
- “The Role of a Municipal Attorney in Employee Discipline Hearings,” Local Government Law (Illinois State Bar Association, July 2004)
- "Salvor-Sovereign Relations: How the State of Illinois Destroyed the Lady Elgin," Journal of Maritime Law and Commerce, Vol. 30, No. 2 (April 1999)
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