Jeffrey R. Jurgens originally joined Sorling Northrup in 2000. In 2006, he began working with the Chicago-based law firm of Ancel, Glink, Diamond, Bush, DiCianni and Krafthefer, P.C., wherein he concentrated in working with units of local government. In 2011, he returned to Sorling Northrup as a shareholder to continue his practice in local government and other concentrated areas.
Mr. Jurgens received his undergraduate degree in Political Science from Illinois State University and his Juris Doctor degree from the American University Washington College of Law. While attending law school, Mr. Jurgens worked in the White House Counsel’s Office and with numerous other federal agencies. Prior to attending law school, Mr. Jurgens interned on former Governor Jim Edgar’s policy staff and worked in the Illinois General Assembly for legislators in both the State House of Representatives and the State Senate. This legislative background often provides an added benefit to his diverse client base.
Mr. Jurgens has spent a large part of his legal career representing units of local government, including municipalities, townships, and park districts. He advises these bodies on issues that arise on a daily basis, including matters involving board practices and procedures, real estate, zoning and statutory compliance. He is also well versed in matters involving the Freedom of Information Act and the Open Meetings Act and has taught numerous seminars and authored several publications on those laws.
In addition to working with units of local government, Mr. Jurgens concentrates his practice in election law, general litigation, estate and probate matters, and administrative review law. He has been admitted to practice law before the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, the Northern District of Illinois, the Central District of Illinois, and the Supreme Court of the State of Illinois. Mr. Jurgens is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association and was named by Super Lawyers Magazine as an Illinois Rising Star in 2010.