Biographical Information for Vernon A. Kowal

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PARTNER
General Counsel/Special Counsel



PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE


Partner
APOSTOL, KOWAL AND JORDAN - Chicago
Corporate Restructuring Group, Corporate Finance Group, Real Estate
Finance Group and general corporate.


2007- Present

General Counsel/Corporate Restructuring
NEW MARKET ADVISORY, L.L.C. - Chicago, New York, Atlanta, Raleigh


2007 -Present

Of Counsel
DYKEMA GOSSETT, P.L.L.C. - Chicago
Corporate Finance Group, Real Estate Finance Group, general corporate,
and Corporate Restructuring.


2006 - 2007

Partner 
MUCH SHELIST FREED DENENBERG AMENT & RUBENSTEIN, P.C. - Chicago

Practice areas included education, government, corporate, construction and
litigation.  Worked on several large projects involving sports
complexes and skating rinks, restructuring finances, and restructuring.


2005 – 2006

Special Counsel
SEDGWICK, DETERT, MORAN & ARNOLD, LLP - Chicago
Practice areas included education, government, corporate, construction and
litigation, Corporate Finance, corporate restructuring, and finances. 


2004 - 2005

Partner
FREEBORN & PETERS, LLP - Chicago
Practice areas included education, government, corporate, construction
and litigation.


2002 - 2004

Managing Partner
Apostol , KOWAL & REARDON, CHTD. - Chicago          
Representation of Corporate clients in funding and obtaining credit facilities, equity
investment, and venture capital in projects and companies requiring capitalization.
Practice specializing in Corporate Finance, Sale Lease backs, Labor negotiations,
employment, taxation, construction, bidding, litigation, litigation oversight. act as
Issuers’ Counsel for the Illinois Finance Authority (I.F.A.), corporate counsel for
for-profit and not-for-profit corporate entities regarding corporate governance issues.


1992 - 2002

Special Assistant Attorney General
ILLINOIS ATTORNEY GENERAL’S OFFICE  - Chicago
Special Counsel for Illinois Department of Transportation
matters, condemnation of properties for highway/tollway use.


1995-1999

Benefits Advisor       
THE EQUITABLE INSURANCE COMPANIES - Chicago
Representative/Advisor on benefit issues and insurance related issues.


1992

Associate       
ROBBINS, SCHWARTZ, NICHOLAS, LIFTON & TAYLOR - Chicago
Associate dealing with public entity issues.


1990-1991

Assistant States Attorney
DUPAGE COUNTY STATES ATTORNEYS OFFICE – Wheaton, Illinois
General Counsel to DuPage County Highway Department, Liquor Commission
and Sheriff’s Office.  General Counsel to DuPage County Health Department,
Regional Trustees of Schools, and Public Works Department and serve as criminal prosecutor.

1987–1990


EDUCATION
L.L.M. – Taxation, DePaul University School of Law – 1992
J.D., Valparaiso University School of Law – 1986
M.A., Loyola University, /Urban Studies/Planning – 1983
B.A., Illinois Benedictine University – 1981
Political Science, Business, History
Certificant – Georgetown University – Institute on Comparative Political and Economic Systems - 1979

ADMITTED TO PRACTICE LAW
United States Court of Appeals – Seventh Circuit
United States District Court – Northern District of Illinois
United States District Court – Southern District of Illinois
United States District Court – D.C. Circuit (pro hac vice)
Internal Revenue Service – Authorized Representative
State of Illinois – Supreme Court

PUBLICATIONS/LEGISLATIVE/SERVICE
Presenter on Corporate and Related Security Issues.
A.C.I.S. – Associated Colleges of Illinois - Board of Directors – November 2005 to present.
LORMAN – Legal Issues in Student Athletics, Presenter – 2004
I.A.S.B.O. – New Illinois Ethics Law Panel, Present issues on Illinois Governmental
Ethics Act – 2004 - 2005
I.S.M. – Independent School Management – 1998 – 2002

Articles and Published Matters
Preparing various articles for Independent School Management Company, regarding school
operations, issues, contracts and taxation issues.
I.S.A.C.S. –Preparation of articles and contracts regarding various issues – 1995 – 2000
Illinois State Board of Education –Draft new 0-3 Age Guidelines, Early Intervention Part C
for Illinois State Board of Education (Department of Health and Human Services) – 1993
I.C.L.E. – School Law Handbook, “Employment Discrimination”, Author – 1992
DuPage County – Draft and amend new county liquor ordinances.  Draft Transportation,
Impact Fee Provisions for DuPage County – 1989

TEACHING EXPERIENCE/PRESENTATIONS
Inservices – Inservices for various Independent and Public schools on a variety of topics
– 1991- present
I.S.A.C.S. –Conference Sponsor and presenter for annual meetings, semi-annual meetings
– 1995 - 2002
Independent School Admissions Directors –Presenter; admissions policies, procedures, and
guidelines – 1995 - 2002
South Suburban Community College – Adjunct Faculty – Business Law I and II – 1999
I.S.M. – Teaching Inservices in Ohio and California, as well as security issues for Educational
Institutions – 1998 – 2000
Schools of the Sacred Heart – Conference Presenter for annual meeting in Boston, MA– 1998
Illinois Association of School Boards – Presenter, various topics– 1991

SIGNIFICANT LEGAL REPRESENTATION
Representation of national restaurant group in expansion, acquisition, and corporate structure
reorganization - ongoing representation.

Formation of real estate investment fund, 30 million initial funding - August, 2007- Present

Representation of gas and oil company in 60 million dollar funding for gas and oil capitalization
for drilling and expansion – Spring and Summer 2007.

United States Supreme Court: Draft writ of certiorari to U.S. Supreme Court on Ohio Educational
Testing with respect to Independent Schools.

Illinois Court of Appeals: 5th Circuit – Successful defense of school district’s dismissal of teacher.

Grundy County: Representative of all Grundy County School Districts against Commonwealth
Edison Tax Rate Objections – 1992 – 1999.

Illinois Supreme Court: Attorney for implementation of County building fees for DuPage County.

Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board: Employer’s strike and labor dispute representation.

AAA Labor Arbitration: represent clients in labor arbitration matters.

Currently representing major construction clients in resolving disputes with national, higher
educational institutions.

Currently advising International capitalization firm in the funding placement of various
companies, construction projects, and recapitalization for corporate clients.