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Eric P. Hanson practices in the areas of local government and municipal law, land use, DUI and employment 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. 

Eric’s community activities include serving as the current chairman of the Board of Directors of the Greater Joliet Area YMCA, President of the Rotary Club of Shorewood from 2010-2012 and 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 and Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA). He was elected as a member of the ISBA Assembly from 2004-2010 and served as a member of the Assembly Agenda and Program Committee in 2005. Currently, Eric is a member of the Standing Committee on Continuing Legal Education and the Task Force on Unauthorized Practice of Law.  He also served on the following ISBA Committees: Standing Committee on Bar Services and Activities (2008-2009), Committee on Insurance Programs and Services (2003-2008; Chairman 2007-2008) and Young Lawyers Division Council (2000-2005). In 2001, Eric was appointed to serve on the ISBA Special Committee on Appellate Practice and the Special Committee on the Future of the Courts. 


Practice areas


  1. State & Local Law: 50%
    2 years
  2. DUI & DWI: 25%
    2 years
  3. Landlord & Tenant: 25%
    2 years



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Mahoney, Silverman & Cross, LLC

822 Infantry Drive Suite 100
Joliet, IL, 60435


ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law199705/17/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Order of John MarshallJohn Marshall Law School1995
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerMahoney, Silverman & Cross, LLC1998 - Present
Assistant State's AttorneyOffice of the Will County State's Attorney1997 - 1998
Judicial Law ClerkJustice Rita Garman, Appellate Court of Illinois, Fourth District1995 - 1997
Association namePosition nameDuration
Great Joliet Area YMCAChairman2014 - Present
Greater Joliet Area YMCABoard of Directors1999 - Present
Will County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Illinois State Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Housing and Development Law InstituteMemberN/A
Rotary Club of ShorewoodPresident2010 - 2012
Cathedral of St. Raymond School BoardPresident2006 - 2007
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Village of Plainfield v. Steven NowickiSuccessful on appeal.
Village of Orland Hills v. Citizens Utilities Company of IllinoisSuccessful on appeal.
Village of Frankfort v. Russell JohnsonSuccessful on appeal
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
John Marshall Law School, ChicagoLawJD - Juris Doctor1995
University of Illinois, Urbana-ChampaignSociologyBA - Bachelor of Arts1991
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Staff Training - Whiteside County Housing Authority (IL)Public Housing Issues2015
IAHA Maintenance and Management ClinicAsk An Attorney2015
IAHA Annual MeetingCommon PHA Mistakes2014
North Central Regional Council of NAHRO Annual ConferenceEvictions & Grievance Hearings2012
IAHA Annual MeetingTenant Grievance Hearings2012
Illinois NAHRO Annual MeetingIllinois Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)2011
IAHA Maintenance & Management ClinicHousing Law2009
IAHA Maintenance & Management ClinicHousing Law2008
CCHRCO Annual MeetingAffordable Housing Development2006
Illinois NAHRO Annual ConferenceAffordable Housing Development2004