Holtz, Charlene L. Of Counsel

Holtz, Charlene L. Of Counsel

Practice Focus

Charlene Holtz has 40 years of experience as a local government attorney. As outside general counsel to local government clients, she provides legal assistance in all aspects of their operations. Among these are financial planning matters such as budget and appropriations, tax levies, debt financings, investment policies and agreements; real estate and land use matters involving acquisitions, sales, exchanges, developer donations, condemnations, annexations, boundary disputes, zoning, easements, licenses, leases and cellular communications facilities site and co-location agreements; capital project implementation with an emphasis on referenda, planning, professional services selection, front-end construction documentation, consultant and contractor agreements, prevailing wage compliance, liens against public funds, resolution of disputes and construction management and close-out; and employment/personnel matters, including employment policies, employment and separation agreements, employee discipline, employment claims and guidance on compliance with federal and state employment laws and regulations; general governance and operational matters such as board policies and meeting procedures, ordinances, resolutions, rules and regulations and legislative counseling, ethics compliance, contracts for services and equipment, grant procurement and compliance, intergovernmental agreements and constitutional issues.
She also has extensive experience in the resolution of intergovernmental disputes, including those relating to the application of municipal zoning ordinances to park district land uses, and in the negotiation, drafting and implementation of intergovernmental cooperation agreements to avoid or ameliorate the potential adverse impacts of such disputes.

Professional Background

Charlene joined Tressler in November 2009 when the local government practice group of Friedman & Holtz, the firm she co-founded in 1988, merged with the firm.
She has achieved an AV® Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell for the past 25 years, which is a testament to the fact that a lawyer’s peers rank her at the highest level of professional excellence. Most recently, Charlene was listed in the 2015 Leading Lawyer® Women's Edition as among the Top Ten women lawyers in the Governmental, Municipal, Lobbying and Administrative Law in Illinois. She has also been regularly selected as a Leading Lawyers® Network as a “Leading Lawyer” in Governmental, Municipal, Lobbying & Administrative Law, Land Use, Zoning & Condemnation Law, and Public Finance Law. In addition, she has been selected for inclusion by Illinois Super Lawyers® nine times, most recently in 2014. Charlene was listed in Leading Lawyers Magazine January 2017 in the "Real Estate, Construction and Environmental Edition," and as a "Leading Lawyer" in the area of Land Use Zoning and Condemnation Law in the area of Public Finance Law.

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Illinois State Bar Association, Member
  • Illinois Institute for Local Government Law, Member
  • National Recreation and Park Association, Member
  • Chicago Bar Association, (Former Member - Constitutional Law Committee)

Representative Experience

  • Negotiation of the acquisition by a park district of strategically located property adjoining a major park site on terms favorable to the park district
  • Negotiation of an intergovernmental agreement between a city and regional railroad authority for the exchange of perpetual easements
  • Pro bono assistance in cooperation with IAPD and various local government entities in obtaining more favorable IDOL clarification
  • Negotiation and documentation of the acquisition by a park district of a 17-acre site
  • Negotiation and documentation of a series of agreements between a park district and city