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Tom Thanas has spent much of his career serving as a city attorney and a private practitioner representing municipalities primarily in the Chicago area. In 2008, Tom was appointed to serve as the city manager of Joliet, the third largest city in Illinois. Tom has also been appointed by the Illinois Supreme Court to serve as a circuit judge in Will County where he presided over juvenile court and mortgage foreclosure court. In addition to his public sector experience, Tom served as regional counsel for Harrah’s Entertainment where he handled regulatory matters for the company’s Midwest casinos.

Tom has worked on big projects during much of his career. Tom’s experience includes work on a 4,000-acre intermodal global logistics project, a $50 million multimodal transportation center, a NASCAR track, two riverboat casinos, and the annexation and development of thousands of acres of commercial and residential property.

Tom’s experience includes handling litigation in federal and state courts, public procurement contracts, negotiating collective bargaining agreements, handling employment matters, dealing with open meetings act and freedom of information act matters, and handling bond issues, tax levies, and other public finance matters. As a local government lawyer, Tom has acquired a depth of knowledge in environmental, engineering, utilities, human resources, public finance, police, fire and paramedic service, and almost every aspect of the operation and management of local government.


  • University of Notre Dame, B.A. in Government, 1977
  • Valparaiso University School of Law, J.D., 1980

Bar Admissions

  • State of Florida (1989)
  • State of Illinois (1981)
  • State of Indiana (1980)

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

  • Dye, Harrison, Kirkland, Petruff, Pratt & St. Paul, PLLC, 2018
  • Interim City Attorney, Lockport, IL, 2014-2017
  • Will County Circuit Judge, 2014
  • City Manager of City of Joliet, 2008-2013
  • Regional Counsel, Harrah’s Entertainment, 2003-2008
  • Will County Circuit Judge, 2001-2002
  • City Attorney, City of Naperville, IL, 1999-2001
  • Corporation Counsel, City of Joliet, IL, 1986-1999
  • Village Attorney, Village of Olympia Fields, 1990-1999
  • Assistant Corporation Counsel, City of Joliet, IL, 1981-1986
  • Law Clerk, Indiana Court of Appeals, 1980-1981
Marindale-Hubbell Preeminent - Peer Rated for Highest Level of Professional Excellence 2019

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