Former Chicago council member joins Clark Hill

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CHICAGO – Attorney and former Chicago City Council member Latasha Thomas has joined the ranks of Clark Hill Plc’s government and public affairs group.

Thomas recently joined the firm as senior counsel. Her practice will include public finance work.

“Latasha is widely respected by governmental leaders at all levels throughout Chicago, Cook County and the state of Illinois,” the firm’s managing member of the Chicago office, Ray J. Koenig III, said in a statement.

Thomas will work on “solving clients’ issues with regard to federal, state and local governments; municipal finance; economic and urban development; real estate; mergers and acquisitions; and business transactions, including private equity investing,” the firm said.

Thomas was appointed alderman of the city’s 17th ward in 2000 and went on to win four year terms in 2001, 2005, and 2011. She did not seek re-election in 2015 and most recently had served in an of counsel role at Reyes Kurson.

During her tenure on the council, Thomas served as chair of the Education Committee and she promoted the use of the city’s fiscal muscle to bolster the hiring and advancement of minorities and women at non-minority firms. An ordinance sponsored by Thomas required any law firm, financial advisor, or underwriter that provides professional services to the city on a bond offering disclose the gender, role and race or ethnicity of the firm’s team on the deal regardless of the firm’s ownership status.

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