Publications

  • Publications: Section 1983
    reasonableness

    Yordana Wysocki, Reasonableness, Deliberate Indifference, and Kingsley v. Hendrickson’s Legacy, For the Defense, Vol. 58, No. 7 DRI, (July 2016). Click to read more.

    jail_security_constitutional_rights

    Yordana Wysocki, Michael Condon and Mike Bersani, Balancing Jail Security with Arrestees’ Constitutional Rights in Pre-Arraignment Strip Search Cases After Florence v. Board of Chosen Freeholders, DRI Governmental Liability Committee Newsletter, Vol. 22, Issue 1 (March 22, 2016). Click to read more.

    attorney_fees_civil_rights_cases

    Mike Bersani, Small Verdict, Large Attorney Fee Award: A Look at Prevailing Attorney Fees in Federal Civil Rights Cases, Illinois Bar Journal (Oct. 2014). Click to read more.

    attorney_fee

    Mike Bersani and Zrinka Rukavina, $1 Nominal Damages Award in Civil Rights Case Nets Plaintiff’s Attorney Zero Attorney Fees, ISBA Local Government Law Section Newsletter, Vol. 48, No. 2 (Sept. 2011). Click to read more.

    winning_deadly_force_cases

    Mike Bersani and Kim Fahrbach, Pre-Suit Tips for Winning Deadly Force Cases, Municipal Lawyer Magazine (July/Aug. 2002). Click to read more.

    illinois_bar_association

    Mike Bersani, Floodgates Open to Equal Protection Claims, Illinois State Bar Association Local Government Section Newsletter, Vol. 35, No. 8 (Mar. 1999). Click to read more.

  • Publications: Local Gov't Litigation
    defense_liability_public_sidewalks

    Mike Bersani, Illinois Appellate Court Strengthens the Notice Defense to Liability for Injuries occurring on Public Sidewalks: Zameer v. City of Chicago, ISBA Local Government Law Section Newsletter, Vol. 50, No. 4 (Oct. 2013). Click to read more.

    tort_immunity_act

    Mike Bersani, The Demise of the General Willful and Wanton Exception to the Tort Immunity Act, Illinois Bar Journal, Vol. 99, p. 348 (July 2011). Click to read more.

    appelate_court_village_indemnification

    Mike Bersani, Appellate Court Upholds Village’s Contractual Right to Indemnification for its own Alleged Negligence, ISBA Local Government Law Section Newsletter, Vol. 44, No. 9 (Apr. 2008). Click to read more.

    local_governement_litigation

    Mike Bersani, Appellate Court Reaffirms Tort Immunity for Liability Stemming from Building Code Enforcement and Inspections, ISBA Local Government Law Section Newsletter, Vol. 44, No. 5 (Dec. 2007).

    building_code

    Mike Bersani and Christopher J. Beck, Building Code Enforcement and Inspections: A Look at Municipal Liabilities, Immunities, and the E2 Nightclub Case, Municipal Lawyer (July/Aug. 2003). Click to read more.

    liabilities_immunities

    Mike Bersani, Liabilities and Immunities: An Outline of the Illinois Local Governmental and Governmental Employees Tort Immunity Act, Illinois State Bar Association Local Government Section Newsletter, Vol. 36, No. 9 (Mar. 2000). Click to read more.

  • Publications: Municipal and Park District Law
    civil_rights_liability

    Mike Bersani and Thomas DiCianni, Civil Rights Liability (Chapter 5), Illinois Municipal Law: Contracts, Litigation, and Home Rule, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education (2015 Edition). Click to read more.

    law_enforcement_investigatory_powers

    Mike Bersani, Supreme Court Broadens Law Enforcement Investigatory Powers, ISBA Local Government Law Section Newsletter, Vol. 45, No. 5 (Mar. 2009). Click to read more.

    commercial_door_to_door_free_speech

    Mike Bersani and Sara Cliffe, The Do’s and Dont’s of Regulating Commercial Door to Door Speech Under the First Amendment, Municipal Lawyer Magazine, International Municipal Lawyers Association (Sept./Oct. 2005). Click to read more.

    public_officials

    Chuck Hervas, Public Officials at Risk, A Guide to Limiting Liability of Units of Local Government, published by PRIMA (Co-Author of revision).

  • Publications: Employment Matters
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    Chuck Hervas and Mike Bersani filed an amicus curiae brief in support of the Orland Fire Protection District and the Board of Trustees of the Orland Fire Protection District in Lemmenes v. Orland Fire Protection Dist., et al., Consolidated Docket Nos. 110012 & 110198 (2012). Click to read more.