Chris Spesia has been a partner with Spesia & Taylor since 2001 and focuses his practice on municipal law, real estate, land use and development with a focus on industrial, pipeline and utility related projects, litigation, and estate planning. Chris Spesia is “AV” rated by Martindale Hubbell. Chris Spesia’s litigation background includes most kinds of civil cases, including zoning, mandamus and eminent domain and Estate litigation. His recent cases include the successful prosecution of a multi-million dollar oral contract to create a will claim in both the circuit and appellate courts.
Chris Spesia acts as the Village Attorney for the Villages of New Lenox, Minooka and Rockdale and assists with the representation of the Village of Manhattan. As a municipal attorney, Chris Spesia has been involved in the annexation, rezoning and development of thousands of acres for the Firm’s rapidly-growing Villages and has established Tax Increment Financing, Special Service Areas and Business Development Districts for the benefit of residential, industrial and commercial projects.
Chris Spesia has utilized his litigation, land use and real estate experience to assist the Firm’s pipeline and public utility clients in obtaining government approvals and necessary rights-of-way for new projects involving water lines, natural gas facilities and crude oil pipelines.
Chris Spesia has represented the Firm’s public utility client in the Illinois Commerce Commission on multiple acquisition transactions and customer complaints. Chris Spesia has also worked on closing the purchase of sewer and water systems from public and private entities and recently handled the purchase of a water system serving 44,000 residents.
Chris Spesia works with the Firm’s Estate Planning group on crafting plans that achieve the objectives of its clients, including Estate Tax and probate avoidance. Chris Spesia also serves as a Trustee for Firm clients.
|IL||Active And Authorized To Practice Law||1994||06/13/2022|
|Award name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|AV Preeminent Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2017|
|Second Vice President||Will County Bar Association||2017|
|Board Member and Secretary||Community Foundation of Will County||2017|
|Leading Lawyer||Leading Lawyers Network||2017|
|Leading Lawyer||Leading Lawyers Network||2016|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Illinois local Government Lawyers Association||Director||2016 - Present|
|Illinois Local Government Lawyers Association||President||2012 - 2014|
|Illinois Local Government Lawyers Association Journal||Construction Before Just Compensation – Fourth District Changes Game In Condemnation Cases||2015|
|Illinois Local Government Lawyers Association Journal||Special Value Has No Value In Condemnation Cases||2015|
|Illinois Institute for Local Government Law Journal||Video Gaming – A Good Gamble for Future Municipal Revenues?||2012|
|Illinois Institute for Local Government Law Journal||Local Public Entities and Estoppel as Defense||2010|
|Illinois Institute for Local Government Law Journal||How Pochie v. Cook County Officers Electoral Bd. May Affect An Objector’s Petition To Candidates’ Nominating Papers||2009|
|Illinois Institute For Local Government Law Journal||Regulating Campaign Contributions And Adopting More Restrictive Ethics Provisions||2008|
|Illinois Institute For Local Government Law Journal,||When Does Estoppel Apply Against A Public Entity?||2007|
|Illinois Institute For Local Government Law Journal||Fact Specific vs. Ultimate Facts – Pleading Requirements In Court Controlled Annexations||2006|
|Illinois Institute For Local Government Law Journal||Special Service Areas And Special Assessment Areas – A Growing Trend In Financing Of Public Improvements For New Construction||2006|
|Illinois State Bar Association Local Government Law Newsletter||Second District Declares Right To Cross-Examination In Zoning Hearings||2001|
|Illinois State Bar Association Local Government Law Newsletter||Can A Bank Foreclose On An Annexation Agreement?||2000|
|University of Denver||J.D.||1994|
|The Colorado College||B.A.||1990|