JOHN J. FORAN, born Chicago, Illinois, July 31, 1952; admitted to bar, 1985, Illinois and U.S. District Court, Northern district of Illinois. Education: Harvard University (B.A., cum laude, 1974); Northwestern University (M.A., 1975); John Marshall Law School (J.D., 1985). Member: Chicago , Illinois State Bar Association, American Bar Association (Midwest Regional Editor of the ABA Committee on Condemnation, Zoning and Land Use; Member, Committee on: Litigation Section; State and Local Government Law Section; Real Property, Probate and Trust Section). Lecturer: American Bar Association, Condemnation, Zoning and Land Use Litigation Committee, Current and Effective Trial Techniques in Land Use and Land Valuation Cases, Chicago, Illinois 2001; American Bar Association, Committee on Condemnation, Real Property Section, What's It Worth - Who Wants to Know? The Valuation of Real Property in Litigation, Chicago, Illinois 2001; American Law Institute/American Bar Association, Eminent Domain and Land Valuation Litigation Seminar, Coral Gables, Florida 2001, Advanced Topics in Eminent Domain; American Law Institute/American Bar Association, Eminent Domain and Land Valuation Litigation Seminar, Phoenix, AZ 1998  "Apportionment of Damages" and "Settlement Techniques." Practice Areas: Eminent Domain; Land Use and Zoning Law; Real Estate Law; Commercial Litigation.

MARK T. O'TOOLE, born Chicago, Illinois, July 5, 1960; admitted to bar, 1985, Illinois and U. S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois. Education: Miami University (B.S., 1982); Loyola University (J.D., 1985). Lecturer: American Bar Association, Committee on Condemnation, Real Property Section, What's It Worth - Who Wants to Know?  The Valuation of Real Property in Litigation, Chicago , Illinois 2001 Author: "New Judicial Subcircuiting Brings a Different Election Process", Chicago Bar Association Record, March, 1992. Law Clerk to Justice William G. Clark, Illinois Supreme Court, 1990. Staff Counsel to the Speaker of the Illinois House of Representatives. 1991. Licensed lobbyist under State of Illinois regulations. Member : Chicago , Illinois State and American Bar Associations. Practice Areas: Eminent Domain; General Civil Litigation; Commercial Transactions and Real Estate Law.

STEPHEN M. BURKE, born Chicago, Illinois, June 7, 1967; admitted to bar, 1993, Illinois. Stephen Burke is a second generation eminent domain lawyer. His renowned father, Tom Burke, was the first attorney in Chicago to specialize in the defense of property owners against governmental takings. After attending Brown University where Stephen graduated with honors in Philosophy, Stephen attended Loyola University School of Law, during which period Stephen made law review and clerked for his father. Upon receiving his Juris Doctor, Stephen began his full-time eminent domain career in his father's firm. Stephen has represented more than three hundred property owners in their battles either against governmental takings or for just and full compensation. Stephen has lectured on eminent domain, condemnation and property rights both nationally and in Europe . Stephen is a published author of articles on various facets of eminent domain as well as a published author of fictional work. He lives with his wife and six children in the northern suburbs of Chicago.

 STEPHEN A. VIZborn Oak Lawn, Illinois, June 20, 1967; admitted to bar, 1992, Illinois and U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. Education: University of Notre Dame (B.A., 1989); Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology (J.D., 1992). For more than 20 years, Steve has defended the rights of private property owners against governmental takings by eminent domain. He has devoted his practice to counseling private landowners, business owners, commercial tenants, lenders and governmental agencies in eminent domain, real estate and business matters as well as litigating on their behelf when necessary.  He has a proven track record of obtaining just compensation for property owners significantly above the government's offers for taking private property in eminent domain prodeedings, both by settlement and jury verdict, including several multi-million dollar verdicts.  Steve has successfully tried numerous eminent domain cases in federal and state courts throughout Illinois.  He also has litigated multiple challenges to the government's authority to use the power of eminent domain to condemn private property.  In addition, Steve has litigated inverse condemnation matters where the government has taken or used private property without paying just compensation. Steve has written and lectured on various eminent domain topics and conducted continuing legal education seminars and town hall meetings on eminent domain issues. Steve handles other types of civil litigation as well, particularly real estate-related litigation, business/commercial litigation, zoning and land use. He is married and has six children and lives in suburban Chicago. Practice Areas: Eminent Domain/Condemnation Litigation, Real Estate Litigation, Land Use, Commercial/Business Litigation.


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