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Practice Areas
Land Use
Litigation
Local Government
Education
J.D., Wayne State University
B.A., Albion College
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Illinois
District of Columbia
Michigan Supreme Court
Northern District of Illinois
Northern District of Illinois Trial Bar
Eastern District of Wisconsin
District of Columbia Court of Appeals
Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals 
Third Circuit Court of Appeals
United States Supreme Court
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Paul N. Keller
Of Counsel

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.

Experience

  • 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
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Publications

  • “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
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Honors & Awards

  • Superlawyer