msmoron@zrfmlaw.com

PRACTICE AREAS:

  • Land Use
  • Local Government
  • EDUCATION:

    Chicago-Kent College of Law, (J.D., Order of the Coif, 1991)
    University of Notre Dame (B.A., 1988)

    ADMISSIONS:

    Illinois, 1991

    FOLLOW:

    Michael J. Smoron

    Michael J. Smoron practices local government and land use law. Smoron is corporate counsel to such McHenry County villages as Bull Valley, Hebron and Johnsburg. Smoron has also served as special counsel to the village of West Dundee in Kane County. He has served as special counsel to other units of local government in Cook, Lake, Warren and Henry counties in Illinois.

    He enjoys working with the professionals who devote their lives to local government and municipal service. Smoron’s work with these clients has involved:

    • conventional annexations and development
    • cable television regulation
    • zoning and planning matters
    • eminent domain proceedings
    • special service areas
    • real estate purchase and sale agreements
    • construction and related contracts
    • court supervised annexations
    • land disconnections
    • litigation matters involving land development, zoning, subdivisions and special service areas
    • appellate court matters

    In addition to his work with units of local government, Smoron has represented other entities and private businesses in the areas of:

    • zoning petitions
    • site acquisition for transit systems
    • real estate and development transactions
    • easement litigation
    • construction contracts
    • enforcement of land contracts
    • homeowners associations and covenants

    Smoron, a resident of Lakewood, was raised in Inverness and graduated from St. Viator High School in Arlington Heights before attending the University of Notre Dame, where he ran on the track and cross-country teams. He went on to compete in a number of marathons, the fastest of which he completed in 2 hours 36 minutes. He attended law school at Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology, where he was a member of Order of the Coif.

    PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS

    McHenry County Bar Association, Illinois State Bar Association

    PUBLICATIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

    • Author, “Second District provides recapture rights not subject to foreclosure,” Local Government Law, newsletter of the ISBA’s Section on Local Government Law, March 2016
    • Quoted, U.S. Supreme Court ruling prompts McHenry County reviews of sign rules,” Northwest Herald, July 25, 2015
    • Co-author, “Cable, Video and Wireless Communication,” Chapter 7, Volume II, Illinois Municipal Law: Annexation Zoning and Regulatory Authority, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, 2012
    • Speaker, “Illinois Drainage Laws,” Drainage Workshop for Decision Makers, McHenry County Soil and Water Conservation District, March 2011
    • WGN Radio AM 720 morning drive host Greg Jarrett interviews Michael J. Smoron on the effects of short sales, foreclosures, bankruptcies and credit ratings on the current real estate market, March 2011
    • Co-author with Richard G. Flood, “Illinois Supreme Court Finds Chicago Cable Franchise Agreement Preempted by Federal Law,” Illinois Municipal Review, Illinois Municipal League, June 2009
    • Co-author with Carlos Arévalo, Wade: The Supreme Court’s final word on Section 3-115 of the Pension Code,” Local Government Law, June 2009
    • Speaker, “Cable Television Franchise Issues,” Illinois Municipal League Conference, October 2006
    • Speaker, co-author, “In the Zone: Update on Land Use Cases and Litigation,” 2006
    • Author, “Negotiating the Maze of Land Division Regulation,” National Business Institute, 2001
    • Co-author with Richard G. Flood, “Cable and Wireless Communications,” Chapter 7, Municipal Law and Practice in Illinois, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, 2000
    • Author, “Land Use: Current Issues in Subdivision Annexation and Zoning Law,” National Business Institute, 1999
    • Co-author, “An Overview of Consideration in Structuring and Negotiating a Bank Acquisition,” papers for the CBA on the acquisition of banks
    • Speaker, “Cable Television Franchise Agreement,” Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education.

    PRIOR EMPLOYMENT

    Before Smoron joined Zukowski, Rogers, Flood & McArdle, he practiced law in the Chicago office of Vedder, Price, Kaufmann & Kamholz. He worked on corporate acquisitions, real estate transactions and environmental litigation.

    CIVIC AND CHARITABLE

    Smoron has incorporated 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations for community and law enforcement groups.