William A. Miceli


Miner, Barnhill & Galland, P.C.
325 N. LaSalle St. Suite 350
Chicago, IL 60654
Phone: (312) 751-1170
Email: WMiceli@lawmbg.com
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Bill concentrates his practice in the areas of affordable housing and economic development transactions, Federally Qualified Health Centers, and general not for profit corporations. He began his legal career in the City of Chicago Office of Corporation Counsel and served in the Administrations of Mayors Jane Byrne and Harold Washington. As an Assistant Corporation Counsel he handled civil litigation in the federal and state courts, became a member of the federal trial bar and served as lead attorney in several bench and jury trials. He later served as liaison with the Office of Legislative Affairs in Mayor Harold Washington's Administration. In this role he assisted the Office of the Mayor in both the Chicago City Council and in the Illinois General Assembly. His last assignment as an Assistant Corporation Counsel prior to joining Miner, Barnhill & Galland, P.C. was in the Real Estate and Land Use Division, where he handled a variety of neighborhood development and real estate transactions on behalf of the City of Chicago.

The following are examples of areas of specialization:

General Not For Profit Corporation Reprsentation

Various not for profit corporations, including a charter school, various social services agencies, a major Chicago-based foundation, and child day-care centers. Specific work includes corporate governance, including moderating board disputes; contract review; personnel matters; real estate activities involving acquisition and disposition of sites and leasing of space; government grants; and general legal counseling.

Bill holds a Martindale-Hubbell rating of "AV-Preeminent" in the area of Not for Profit Organizations.

Federally Qualified Health Centers

Safety net health centers that provide medical care and social services to underserved populations. His role in these representations extends to general legal representation of health centers and close consultation with senior management and boards of directors regarding general and sundry legal matters. He also assists a consortium of Federally Qualified Health Centers that promote the use and effectiveness of electronic health record technology.

Housing and Economic Development

Affordable housing transactions, including layered real estate financings that utilize the federal Low Income Housing Tax Credit and Illinois Affordable Housing Tax Credit; purchase and sale of partnership interests in limited partnerships; entity formation; loan restructurings and ad valorem tax appeals. He has often represented for-profit developers and businesses, but has specific experience representing not-for-profit corporations in the negotiation of partnership and operating agreements involving profit-motivated entities, as well as assisting not-for-profits with asset acquisitions, real estate development, workouts and asset dispositions -- especially in connection with expiring tax credit syndications. 


Bill is married 30 years to Cindy Nowinski, a medical social sciences researcher.  He lives in Evanston, Illinois, and has three children, Vanessa, Nicholas and Alexander.  Presently he serves on the advisory board of the University of Chicago's Office of Special Programs - College Prep.


J.D., Loyola University of Chicago School of Law, 1984. Honors: Member, Loyola University of Chicago Law Journal

B.A., Loyola University of Chicago, Philosophy, 1980. Honors: Cum Laude; Andrew Mellon Philosophy Prize

Visiting Student, Georgetown University, 1979

Legal employment

Shareholder, Miner, Barnhill & Galland, P.C., 1992-present

Associate, Davis, Miner, Barnhill & Galland, P.C., Chicago, 1989-1992

Assistant Corporation Counsel, City of Chicago Law Department, 1984-1989

Bar Admissions

Illinois State Bar (1984)

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois (1984)

U.S. District Court Trial Bar (1989)