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Latasha R. Thomas
Latasha R. Thomas is Senior Counsel in Clark Hill’s Government and Public Affairs Practice Group based in the Chicago office. Latasha has nearly two decades of hands-on experience with City of Chicago, Cook County and State of Illinois government matters. She focuses her practice on solving her clients' issues with federal, state and local governments; municipal finance; economic and urban development; real estate; mergers and acquisitions; and business transactions, including private equity investing. Latasha is widely respected by legislators throughout Chicago, Cook County and Illinois.
Prior to June 2015, Latasha was a four-term Alderman on the Chicago City Council. During her tenure, Latasha served as Chairman of the Education Committee, where she spearheaded vital education issues affecting the Chicago Public Schools and City Colleges of Chicago. Throughout her tenure on the City Council, she continued to practice law. She initiated, planned and executed residential and commercial development throughout the city. She lobbied on behalf of all Chicagoans before the Governor of Illinois and his cabinet, members of the Illinois General Assembly, Congress, and federal agencies.
Latasha established her own firm in 1994 after clerking for Cook County Circuit Court Judge Odas Nicholson in the Law Division, Motion Practice. Latasha also has experience in the Chicago Corporation Counsel’s Labor and Personnel Litigation office. Prior to joining Clark Hill, she was Of Counsel with Reyes Kurson.
Latasha is the Immediate Past President of the Board of Directors for Coordinated Advice and Referral Programs for Legal Services (CARPLS), an organization providing legal aid services to low income residents in Cook County. She also served on the inaugural Advisory Board of the Chicago Infrastructure Trust, a public-private partnership investment fund created to provide alternative financing for transformative infrastructure projects in the Chicagoland area.
In 2014, Latasha was quoted extensively in an article in The Bond Buyer, "Chicago May Require Bond Teams to Catalog Race and Gender," by Yvette Shields. To view the full article, please click here.
In 2014, Latasha was interviewed by Paul Lisnek for the Comcast Newsmakers segment, "The Benefits of Investing in Minority Businesses." To view the full segment, please click here.