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Michael Del Galdo Named One of the Top 10 Lawyers in Illinois by "Super Lawyers" Magazine

A national legal magazine is out with its 2016 list of best Illinois lawyers and tapped only three suburban attorneys and seven from Chicago as among the state's best state, local government lawyers.

Super Lawyers magazine, a subsidiary of Thomson Reuters, just rolled out its 2016 list of top lawyers — Illinois Super Lawyers — and selected, from among approximately 85,000 licensed Illinois attorneys, just 5 percent of Illinois barristers as "super lawyers."

Within its 70 practice categories reviewed, the magazine identified just 10 state, local and municipal attorneys as "super lawyers," and only three of whom, including Michael Del Galdo of the Berwyn-based, Del Galdo Law Group LLC, are from the Chicago-area suburbs. The other seven are from Chicago.

Del Galdo, who was named as a Super Lawyers Rising Star — lawyers under 40 — in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013, also snagged a 40 and over "super lawyer" perch in 2015.

Del Galdo, who founded his now 21-strong attorney firm in 1998, represents multiple park districts, school districts, municipalities and other units of government in Cook, DuPage and the collar counties.

Del Galdo said that he owed his selection to providing 24/7 accessibility; attention to the fine print; and relentless monitoring, parrying and shaping of endless new state laws coming from Springfield that annually alter the legal playing field in which local governments operate.

"A mayor has to be able to reach you as easily on a Saturday night as on a Monday morning," Del Galdo said in a release. "And your advice must obviously be cognizant of not only the nuances of current law, but also of recent changes to municipal law and looming changes coming from Springfield."

"An attorney also needs to be able to work with lawmakers to change laws that negatively impact our mayors and school boards or to provide local governments with opportunities that Springfield legislators may have overlooked," Del Galdo said. "That's what I do. I help shape the legal environment in which governments must operate. That makes our firm unique."

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