Eric P. Hanson practices in the areas of local government and municipal law, land use and appellate practice. In the course of his government and municipal work, Eric has also developed a specific practice in the area of affordable housing. He represents several public housing authorities in the State of Illinois and is a frequent speaker at affordable housing conferences and workshops.
Eric was born in Joliet, Illinois in 1969. He attended the University of Illinois in Champaign, where he earned a B.A. Sociology in 1991. He received his J.D., cum laude, at The John Marshall Law School in 1995. During law school, he served as an Executive Editor of The John Marshall Law Review and participated in the Pace University Environmental Law Moot Court Competition.
Eric began his legal career as a judicial clerk to the Honorable Rita B. Garman of the Illinois Appellate Court, Fourth District. Following his clerkship, he served as a Will County Assistant State’s Attorney. He joined Mahoney, Silverman & Cross, LLC in 1998, and was named as a partner in 2004. He is rated BV by Martindale-Hubbell.
Eric’s community activities include serving as a member of the Executive Board of Directors of the Greater Joliet Area YMCA, as well as Chairman of the YMCA Program & Services Commission, President of the Rotary Club of Shorewood and was President of the School Board at the Cathedral of St. Raymond School in Joliet from 2006-2007.
Eric is a member of the Will County Bar Association, Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA) and American Bar Association (ABA). His ISBA activities include being elected as a member of its Assembly in 2004 and a member of the Assembly Agenda and Program Committee in 2005. Eric was a member of the ISBA Standing Committee on Bar Services and Activities from 2008 to 2009 and the ISBA Committee on Insurance Programs and Services from 2003 through 2008, serving as the Chairman of the Committee in 2007-2008. He was a member of the ISBA Young Lawyers Division Council from 2000 through 2005. In 2001, he was appointed to the ISBA Special Committee on Appellate Practice and the Special Committee on the Future of the Courts. Eric’s ABA activities include membership on the Committee on Affordable Housing and Community Development Law. He also served as a delegate to the ABA Young Lawyers Division Annual Meeting in 2001 and the Midyear Meetings in 2001, 2004 and 2005.