Courtney Willits TresslerLLP

Willits, Courtney Associate

Willits, Courtney Associate

Practice Focus

Courtney Willits is an associate attorney in Tressler’s Government Practice Group. Courtney’s practice includes providing general counsel services to local governmental bodies including, municipalities, school districts, park districts, library districts and community colleges. Additionally, she has experience in board governance, boundary disputes, economic development and drafting and reviewing various contracts for matters including, procurement of products and services, professional services and intergovernmental agreements.

Courtney represents public and private clients on a variety of matters including drafting legislation and policy, real estate, tax obligations, tax appeals and compliance with the Open Meetings Act and the Freedom of Information Act.

Professional Background

Prior to joining Tressler, Courtney worked as an associate for a Chicago-based boutique firm where she concentrated her practice on municipal and transactional law. Before that, Courtney worked as a Staff Attorney for the Chicago City Council Committee on Finance, where she drafted ordinances, resolutions and policies for various City matters. While in law school, Courtney served as a staff editor for The John Marshall Review of Intellectual Property Law Journal and also worked as a teaching assistant for Lawyering Skills, and Contracts classes. Additionally, she was a recipient of the CALI Award for Excellence in Criminal Procedure, Administrative Law, Advanced Torts and Illinois Constitutional Law.

Memberships & Affiliations

Chicago Bar Association 

Recent Articles and Blogs

"Missing the FOIA Statutory Response Deadline Could Cost You," Local Government Lowdown, August 1, 2022

"Civil Penalties For FOIA Violations Survive Even After Documents Are Disclosed," Local Government Lowdown, July 5, 2022

"Appellate Court Ensures Privacy Protection Under The Juvenile Court Act From A FOIA Request Regarding A Deceased Minor," Local Government Lowdown, April 13, 2022

"Better Take Note…Proper Notice is Required for Hybrid Meetings," Local Government Lowdown, February 24, 2022

"SCOTUS Blocks Vaccination Mandate," Local Government Lowdown, January 14, 2022

"Driver’s Personal Information Remains Protected," Local Government Lowdown, January 7, 2022

"That Is Not Your Job! IELRA Arbitrator Exceeded His Authority By Reviewing A Party’s Compliance With His Own Award," Local Government Lowdown, November 29, 2021

“Risk Management: Zoning,” Illinois Municipal League, IML Review Magazine, September 2019

"Candidates Shouldn’t Cruz Through Political Campaigns: Why asking for permission to use music is becoming so important on the campaign trail," The John Marshall Review of Intellectual Property Law, Vol. 16, Issue 4 , 2016


Community Involvement

Walk for Wishes Committee Member, Make a Wish, Illinois