Timothy M. King has over 27 years of legal and government expertise and considerable experience in advocacy and negotiation in providing quality representation to a wide variety of clients. Mr. King focuses his practice on state and local government affairs, land use, zoning, real estate, and strategic counseling. Mr. King joined Chico & Nunes, P.C. in January 2022.
Prior to joining Chico & Nunes, Mr. King served as the General Counsel to the Chicago Park District from 2014 to 2021. In his role as General Counsel, Mr. King oversaw a full-service Law Department, providing advice and counsel to all departments on matters involving contracts, risk management, finance, real estate, advertising, IT, merchandising, intellectual property, FOIA/Board management/Open Meetings Act and other government issues. Further, as General Counsel for the Chicago Park District, Mr. King worked on numerous high-profile and complex legal matters, including:
- Led legal strategy paving the way for the land-transfer of eighteen (18) acres of Jackson Park to the City of Chicago for the Obama Presidential Library Center (OPC).
- Strategized and participated in litigation defending the legality of the OPC transaction at the circuit and appellate court level and led the way to victorious outcomes at each jurisdiction.
- Negotiated and drafted planned development and associated agreements involving major cultural institutions.
- Negotiation of major sports franchise agreements including numerous ancillary issues, including facilities management.
- Worked with private stakeholders and sister agencies to develop state of the art community centers, such as the $20 million Pullman Sports Center, $17.5 million Ellis Park Field House, and $12 million Jesse White Field House.
- Negotiated the sale of the 541 N. Fairbanks Park District headquarters, resulting in $1 million in profit, a 5% return on investment, four years onsite rent-free, savings of significant operating funds and capturing time to strategically plan the Park District’s future office space options.
- Advised on the acquisition and potential development of the new Park District Headquarters, a $64 million state of the art office and recreation facility in the Brighton Park community.
- Created the legal and operational structure for an in-house concession inspection program sending licensed personnel into food vendors’ premises to safeguard patrons from foodborne illness.
- Negotiated and drafted agreements for various entertainment performances and venues throughout the District.
Prior to becoming General Counsel, Mr. King was First Deputy General Counsel/Director of Legislative and Community Affairs at the Chicago Park District and, before that, acted as senior counsel for real estate and land use. He has advised three Chicago mayors, several boards, and numerous elected and appointed officials throughout his career.
Mr. King has successfully negotiated complex partnerships, business contracts, redevelopment agreements involving Tax Increment Financing, real estate purchases, leases and sales, and various procurement matters. Through his representation, Mr. King assisted his clients in developing state of the art community centers, offices and recreation facilities. Mr. King’s ability to deliver sound, innovative legal and business solutions also allowed him to oversee successful labor negotiations regarding pension law and revamp workers compensation policies.
Additionally, Mr. King has extensive management experience over litigation matters in workers compensation, personal injury and labor relations and employment. Mr. King is a passionate advocate for his clients and is proficient in presenting legal, business, and legislative matters before various courts, administrative and governing bodies.
Memberships, Civic and Charitable
- Chicago Bar Association
- Illinois State Bar Association
- Crain’s Chicago Business 2019 Notable General Counsels
- DePaul University College of Law, J.D.
- Loyola University of Chicago