Education

Ohio State University College of Law, J.D., 1980

Miami University, B.A., Political Science, magna cum laude, 1977

  • Phi Beta Kappa

Admitted

Illinois, 1980

Memberships

Illinois Association of School Business Officials

Pre-Law Advisory Board, Miami University

President of the Board of Directors of The Infant Welfare Society of Chicago

Lynda Given is a partner in the Illinois Public Finance Department. Since joining the firm in 1980, she has concentrated her practice in public finance. She serves as bond counsel to hundreds of units of local government throughout the State of Illinois, and is a frequent speaker on public finance topics.

Lynda is well known for her work as bond counsel to Illinois school districts. She has worked on more than 2,500 financing transactions for Illinois schools, aggregating well in excess of $2.5 billion. Her experience in school finance is recognized state-wide by her appointment to several prominent positions, including the Illinois Health/Life Safety Code Advisory Committee, the Educational Facilities Subcommittee of the Illinois Building Commission, the Illinois Capital Development Board School Construction Guideline Task Force and the Finance Committee of the Governor’s Commission to Revise the Illinois School Code.

Lynda also serves as bond counsel to the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County, the Forest Preserve District of Kane County, the McHenry County Conservation District, and numerous counties, cities, villages, park districts and other special purpose districts throughout the State of Illinois.

Publications

  • Co-Author, “After the Bond Sale: Ensuring Compliance,” Illinois Parks and Recreation, November/December 2011
  • Co-Author, “Interfund Transfers,” Update: Illinois Association of School Business Officials, Fall 2010
  • Chapter on “Issue and Sale of School Bonds, Warrants and Notes,” Illinois School Law:  Organization, Finance & Property 2010 Edition
  • “County School Facility Occupation Tax Law” Update: Illinois Association of School Business Officials, February 2008
  • Co-Author, “Windmills on the Prairie,” Update: Illinois Association of School Business Officials, June 2007
  • “Issue and Sale of School Bonds, Warrants and Notes,” Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education, Illinois School Law, 2005 edition
  • “Non-Referendum Bonds Can Be Used to Pay Alternate Bonds,” Illinois Parks and Recreation, Volume 34, Number 5, September/ October/ November, 2003
  • Contributor to Build Smart-School Construction in Illinois, Final Report of the School Construction Guideline Task Force,November, 2000

Presentations

  • Illinois Association of Park Districts Annual Conference
  • Illinois Association of School Business Officials Annual Conference
  • IASB/IASA/IASBO Annual Tri-Conference

Honors & Awards

Illinois ASBO's 2016 Above and Beyond Award

Named a “Super Lawyer” in the Bonds/Government Finance section of Illinois Super Lawyers for the years 2007–2014