Land Use

Monday, October 22nd, 2012

Richard G. Flood Named Illinois Super Lawyer for 7th Time

Richard G. FloodRichard G. Flood, a named partner in McHenry County’s largest law firm, Zukowski, Rogers, Flood & McArdle, was named a 2012 “Illinois Super Lawyer” by SuperLawyers®, a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.

Flood received this distinction, given to only 5 percent of Illinois lawyers, for the first time in 2005. His practice includes divorce and family law, local government law, civil litigation, and land use.

Flood also has been named an Illinois Leading Lawyer for several years, where he serves as an advisory board member. He has been selected by his peers in the areas of family law; governmental, municipal, lobbying and administrative law; land use, zoning and condemnation law; and both commercial and residential real estate law. Flood also consistently receives Martindale-Hubbell’s highest rating, AV® Preeminent™.

An honors graduate of the University of Illinois and Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology, Flood is admitted to practice in Illinois. He also practices before the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois and the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. He is a member of the Federal Trial Bar.

Flood represents municipalities with 500 to 35,000 residents. He co-authored, with Ruth Alderman Schlossberg, Congratulations! You’ve Been Elected: Now What Do You Do? A Practical Guide to Local Government. During his family law career, Flood has handled more than 1,000 matters, many of which involved high net worth individuals and significant financial issues.

Zukowski, Rogers, Flood & McArdle serves clients especially in Northern Illinois and Southern Wisconsin from offices in Crystal Lake, Chicago and Oak Brook. To learn more about ZRFM’s Super Lawyer, please view Richard Flood’s professional credentials. For more information about Zukowski, Rogers, Flood & McArdle or to arrange a meeting with one of our attorneys, please visit our contact page so we may respond to your inquiry promptly.

Monday, September 12th, 2011

Bull Valley Annexes Loyola’s Retreat and Ecology Campus

A group of residents of a formerly unincorporated area of Bull Valley and Loyola University Chicago recently entered into an agreement with the village of Bull Valley. The resulting order annexes what now is known as the Loyola University Chicago Retreat and Ecology Campus into the village.

The residents had filed a petition in the Circuit Court of McHenry County in 2009 before Loyola bought the 98-acre property in 2010. The village approached Loyola outside the courtroom and suggested entering into the voluntary annexation agreement. The pact ended the litigation and allowed the residents who initially filed the petition to become residents of Bull Valley as well.

Zukowski, Rogers, Flood & McArdle partner Michael J. Smoron is corporate counsel to the village of Bull Valley. His practice focuses primarily on land use and local government law.

Aside from the property’s use as a retreat, the campus boasts prairie, woodlands, oak savannah and wetlands that serve the university’s ecology and biology curricula. The school held summer sessions at the campus after reaching the agreement.

Bull Valley has publicly expressed its appreciation toward Loyola for its commitment to preserving the village’s environment. Loyola pledged to help neighbors maintain ecologically sensitive lands and to assist McHenry County and various agencies in similar efforts.

Smoron also is corporate counsel to the McHenry County villages of Hebron and Johnsburg. He has served as special counsel to the village of West Dundee in Kane County and to other units of local government in Cook, Lake, Warren and Henry counties. Zukowski, Rogers, Flood & McArdle, the largest law firm in McHenry County, Illinois, has an extensive practice in local government law. For more of Smoron’s professional credentials, please link to Michael Smoron’s biography.