Bryan L. Strand
Bryan specializes in public sector labor and employment law, with extensive experience representing pension boards on matters involving police and fire pension fund issues, including trial and appellate matters, administrative review proceedings, disability hearings, FOIA, OMA as well as matters involving compliance proceedings before the Illinois Department of Insurance.
Bryan has also acted as hearing officer during disability hearings which required extensive review of employment and medical records along with investigative, incident and accident reports.After graduating from Illinois State University, magna cum laude, with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Sciences, Bryan became a full-time police officer during which time he became a certified National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (“NHTSA”) standardized field sobriety test instructor and juvenile officer. Several years later, he decided to attend law school full-time while continuing to work as both a part-time police officer and county marine unit deputy. Upon graduation from Marquette University Law School, Bryan returned to full-time policing at a specialized state law enforcement agency conducting statewide overt and covert commercial transportation enforcement and investigations. While working for the State, Bryan was certified as a field training officer and defense tactics and edged weapons instructor. During this period, he started a successful solo law practice with a real estate focus.
Bryan has successfully defended board decisions at the circuit and appellate court levels and was recently cited for his successful argument in Village of Roselle v. Board of Trustees of the Roselle Firefighters’ Pension Fund, 2021 IL App (2d) 200360, the appeal of which was denied by the Illinois Supreme Court.
In addition to practicing law, Bryan is a licensed real estate broker, title agent and remains a part-time police officer.