John Marshall Law School,
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign,
Illinois State Bar Association
Chicago Bar Association
Affordable Housing Commission of Lake County
Former Vice Chairman
Listed in Illinois Super Lawyers, 2013-Present
Listed in The Best Lawyers in America, 2011-Present
Thompson Coburn LLP
Bernie practices in the areas of land use and municipal law in the City of Chicago and the surrounding municipalities.
He represents developers, land owners and building owners on such matters as zoning issues, annexation, economic redevelopment, historic preservation issues, senior citizen housing, hotels and single to multiple family residential projects.
Bernie has served as Village Attorney for the Village of Vernon Hills. Bernie served in the City of Chicago Corporation Counsel's Office where he was involved in land use, zoning, real estate, building code enforcement and general municipal law including civil rights and class action lawsuits. Prior to law school, he practiced as an architect with the firm of Schaffer-Bonavolanta Architects, Inc. He has served as an Adjunct Professor in the John Marshall School of Law, teaching Land Use Law in the Masters of Real Estate Program. He has lectured on Land Use Law and Development at Roosevelt University and the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC).