Christopher L. Petrarca focuses his practice on counseling and representing public school districts and other local governmental entities in a broad range of matters. He has extensive experience in public sector labor law, including negotiating collective bargaining agreements, defending grievances and defending unfair labor practice claims. Mr. Petrarca regularly advises clients regarding board procedures and policies and compliance with the Illinois Open Meetings Act and the Freedom of Information Act. He regularly represents clients in administrative proceedings before various state agencies.
Mr. Petrarca regularly advises clients on a variety of employment matters, such as the FMLA, ADA, workers compensation and other general employment issues. He has counseled numerous school districts regarding all aspects of construction projects from bid specifications and negotiating contracts (with contractors, architects and construction managers) to resolving and litigating disputes over construction defects and delays. Mr. Petrarca has a substantial background in commercial real estate matters.
- University of Illinois Chicago School of Law, JD
- University of Notre Dame, MBA