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Chrissie's practice is focused on government law, representing municipalities and other public entities in a broad range of issues, including administrative and regulatory law, the operation and governance of critical services, infrastructure construction and financing, council procedures, tax increment financing and economic development. Before joining Heyl Royster, Chrissie served as the City Attorney for Canton, Illinois for seven years where she managed all legal aspects of a municipal corporation.
While at the City of Canton, Chrissie managed all of the municipal ordinance prosecutions, including code enforcement and demolition, was responsible for giving guidance on the Freedom of Information and Open Meetings Acts to all City departments, committees and subcommittees and drafted or structured construction contracts, franchise agreements and utility infrastructure contracts. She was responsible for drafting resolutions, ordinances and policy updates, collaborating with various City departments, as necessary. Chrissie also was responsible for managing the legal aspects of economic development, including real estate transactions, grant applications and agreements, tax increment finance agreements, utility extension agreements and development agreements. Chrissie handled matters before various state and federal administrative agencies on the City's behalf, including the Illinois Commerce Commission, the Illinois Human Rights Commission and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
Chrissie also practices in the environmental field and has experience negotiating Highway Authority Agreements and has defended claims before the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency. She has been successful negotiating Compliance Commitment Agreements and obtaining No Further Remediation letters on her client's behalf. She has worked with the Illinois and United States E.P.A. on multiple aspects of Brownfield redevelopment. Most notably, Chrissie worked to help Canton ready a Brownfield site for the location of a multi-national medical manufacturing facility that opened in 2009 and a high-tech polymer facility that opened in 2010.
Her experience with the City of Canton has given Chrissie a comprehensive approach to municipal law.
Chrissie joined Heyl Royster in 2013. She began her legal career in 2003 with an insurance defense firm in Springfield, Illinois where she concentrated in worker's compensation and civil litigation.