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After 31 years of practice as a local government and land use practitioner in larger law firm settings, Vic Filippini formed the Filippini Law Firm LLP in June 2014. Vic had headed the Illinois local government and land use practice at the international law firm of Holland & Knight LLP, but he became convinced that many clients having land use needs at the local level could be better served outside the context of a large firm. Legal conflicts constantly arose with the firm’s big business clients, and there was overwhelming pressure to increase rates, while the firm invested its personnel and resources on the firm itself and its efforts to increase its international business, not local land use, profile.
Believing there was a better way, Vic, along with three other former Holland & Knight attorneys, opened a boutique firm devoted exclusively to governmental clients and clients requiring land use and zoning counseling.
Filippini Law Firm LLP concentrates on the representation of local governmental and development clients, and all of its attorneys are able to provide the following as part of its representation:
Zoning and Land Use
Annexation and Development Agreements
Preparation and Review of Contracts and Agreements
Administrative and Legislative Compliance Advice
Public Finance and Taxation Matters
Land Use and Government-Related Litigation, including Constitutional Litigation
These representations include all aspects of local government law and land use law, both as counselor and as advocate in litigation. Moreover, by representing developers and local governments, attorneys at Filippini Law Firm LLP are better equipped to understand the needs of both sides in a development context, which helps clients negotiate effectively while avoiding unnecessary disputes.
Of course, listing areas of expertise does not tell the full story of what clients need from their attorneys. It is not just what an attorney can do, but how an attorney does it. Attorneys of Filippini Law Firm LLP do not only strive to deliver services in a responsive and cost-effective manner, but they also explain their advice so that clients can understand the legal options available to them when making business decisions. Moreover, our attorneys know how local governments and developers think and act – a critical advantage in trying to manage, or efficiently run the gauntlet of, the development approval processes.
Attorneys at the Filippini Law Firm LLP also have extensive experience in complex and cutting edge litigation. Whether zoning, constitutional, or other governmental matters, attorneys of the firm aggressively represent their clients intelligently and efficiently. Their record of success during the short life of the firm speaks volumes about their capabilities, including receiving the 2016 Litigation Award from the Illinois Local Government Lawyers Association .