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140 S. Dearborn Street, 6th Floor
Chicago, IL 60603

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Practice Areas
Local Government
Land Use
J.D., Chicago-Kent College of Law, magna cum laude
B.S., Illinois Institute of Technology, summa cum laude
Bar & Court Admissions
United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois
American Bar Association (State & Local Government Section)

Our People

Erin M. Monforti

Erin has a distinctive understanding of the legal and practical issues facing local governments in Illinois. 

Erin’s love for local government started as an undergraduate student at Illinois Institute of Technology studying Social & Economic Development Policy with a concentration in Urban & Regional Studies. At Illinois Tech, she gained invaluable experience in policy analysis and problem solving, including a study of how tax-increment financing funds have historically been reinvested in the City of Chicago. This exposure to local issues led to her first job working in the Economic Development division for a large and diverse municipality in Illinois. From there, she transitioned to her dual role as legal intern and FOIA officer in an in-house local government attorney’s office. She quickly learned that her interests in policymaking and law could shape her future career as a zealous advocate for communities.

Erin attended Chicago-Kent College of Law, where she obtained her Juris Doctor degree and a certificate in Workplace Litigation & Alternative Dispute Resolution. Erin has worked in multiple roles linked to local government, including as a Mayoral Policy Fellow for the City of Chicago and a law clerk at Ancel Glink before joining the firm after law school. She excels at assisting communities in achieving their policy and development goals with a thoughtful, future-oriented perspective and a keen awareness of potential legal hurdles to be overcome.

In her free time, Erin enjoys volunteering as a tutor with Mercy Home for Boys & Girls, baking, riding her bike around Chicago, listening to public radio and podcasts, and spending time with family and friends.


  • Ancel Glink’s Quorum Forum Podcast, including the “Old Tradition for the New Year: Cases & Legislation” episode
  • The Wedding Planner: Review of Significant Topics in Planning and Law (American Planning Association Annual Illinois State Section Conference 2022)
  • Significant Court Decisions Affecting Your District’s Day-to-Day Operations (Illinois Association of Park Districts Legal Symposium 2021)

Honors & Awards

  • Member: Order of the Coif, Chicago-Kent College of Law Chapter
  • Dean’s Distinguished Public Service Award, Chicago-Kent College of Law
  • Sandra P. Zemm Prize in Labor & Employment Law, Chicago-Kent College of Law
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