Summary

With an attention to the municipal legal market, Chou-il concentrates his practice on all matters involving litigation and municipal representation. Having worked for multiple Indiana counties, cities and towns in a variety of positions before joining Taft, including serving 8 years as Corporation Counsel for the City of Terre Haute, he understands the practical challenges faced by all branches of municipal government and the attorneys who represent them.

In addition to the everyday responsibilities facing municipal corporate counsel, Chou-il has extensive experience with Hatch Act application, law enforcement discipline, collective bargaining agreements, and eminent domain proceedings. He has also issued opinions tied to Municipal Bonds, Bond Anticipation Notes, and Tax Anticipation Warrants.

Outside of the municipal market, Chou-il is an experienced litigator. He served as a Trial Deputy Prosecutor for both Vigo and Clay County and has extensive jury trial experience. His trial experience extends beyond criminal prosecution to include criminal defense, patent litigation, and representation of large corporate clients in the courtroom, as well as the various municipal matters that result in litigation.

Beyond his legal work, Chou-il serves on the Board of Directors of Accelerate Indiana Municipalities (formerly Indiana Association of Cities and Towns) and was re-elected in 2017 to serve as second term as President of the Corporate Advisory Council for Aim. He is a member of the Indiana Municipal Lawyers Association, as well as to the National Association of Bond Lawyers. Chou-il also serves as a member of the Community Health Network Foundation’s Giving Gig Executive Leadership Committee and Auction Committee.  He has presented on various municipal related topics on behalf of IACT, Aim, and IMLA including Public Safety Discipline, Municipal Fraud and Asset Misappropriation, Ordinance Procedures, Bona Fide Prospective Purchaser Status for Municipalities and the Clean Water Act.

Chou-il received his undergraduate degree from Case Western Reserve University and his J.D. from the Indiana University Maurer School of Law – Bloomington.

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Education

  • Indiana University Maurer School of Law - Bloomington (1998)
  • Case Western Reserve University (1995)

Admissions

  • Federal - Southern District of Indiana
  • Federal - Northern District of Indiana
  • State - Indiana

Professional Affiliations

  • Accelerate Indiana Municipalities (Chairperson, Associate Member Advisory Council)
  • Indiana Municipal Lawyers Association (Member)
  • National Association of Bond Lawyers (Member)
  • Terre Haute Bar Association (Member)

Community Involvement

  • Community Health Network Foundation (Member, Giving Gig Executive Leadership Committee and Auction Committee)