Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP is pleased to announce that Sylvia C. Michas has joined the firm’s Chicago office as of counsel in the Real Estate group. She focuses her practice on government procurement, government relations, land use and tax increment financing (TIF).
Michas handles a variety of matters relating to certification and participation of disadvantaged, minority and woman business enterprises (D/M/WBEs) in the government contracting process, including preparing D/M/WBE certification applications, assessing certification eligibility and drafting appeals of certification eligibility decisions.
“Joining Taft allows me to provide my clients with the broad resources available at a well-respected mid-size firm and to further cultivate my D/M/WBE and land use practices,” said Michas.
In addition, Michas has worked on behalf of clients in complex residential and commercial zoning matters throughout the city of Chicago, including appearing before the Chicago City Council Committee on Zoning, Chicago Plan Commission, Chicago Zoning Board of Appeals and numerous city departments. Her work has involved a wide range of commercial and residential projects in the Chicagoland area, such as planned developments, special uses, tax increment financing, rezoning, licensing and miscellaneous government regulatory issues.
“We’re thrilled to welcome Sylvia to Taft. She has a well-rounded practice and is a great addition to our highly-regarded real estate and land use team,” said Anthony Licata, partner-in-charge of Taft’s Chicago office.
Prior to practicing real estate law, Michas spent several years working at a large U.S.-based bank, where she gained significant experience practicing in the areas of uniform commercial code and banking regulations. She received her J.D. from DePaul University College of Law and her B.A. from Illinois Wesleyan University.