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Ms. Sublett concentrates in eminent domain, municipal law, and real estate transactional law and municipal finance. She advises her clients on matters relating to land acquisition, right of way matters and drafts legal opinions interpreting the application of municipal authority, advises on issues pertaining to Minority and Women Business Enterprise certification, compliance with Freedom of Information Act and Open Meeting Act questions, and labor and employment matters. Ms. Sublett also has extensive experience in litigation matters and has successfully represented public entities in actions filed by unsuccessful bidders for construction contracts challenging the bid procedures of the public entity.


Representative Matters


  • Represents municipal corporation and drafts resolutions, policies and procedures, legal opinions, and intergovernmental agreements; advises on board governance issues including Open Meetings Act and Freedom of Information Act issues; drafts employee severance agreements and releases and conducts ethics and sexual harassment employee training.

  • Represented various public and private clients on public right of way entitlements including vacation, dedication, privileges, easement agreements, draft ordinances for legislative approval, and appearances before various local government entities to obtain approval.

  • Served as co-bond counsel in the issuance of tax exempt municipal bonds in 2016 and 2018; served as co-underwriter’s counsel for issuance of refunding bonds.

  • Represented private clients on the successful completion of projects pursuant to Redevelopment Agreements.

  • Represents a Chicago convention center in connection with various real estate matters.

  • Represented the Chicago Transit Authority in the acquisition of aerial easements in connection with construction for the Red Purple Modernization Program.

  • Land acquisitions completed through negotiated sales and eminent domain on behalf of numerous municipal government entities.

  • Drafts contracts, agreements, easement agreements and other documentation on behalf of various clients.


Professional Activities


  • Adjunct Professor of Law, University of Illinois, College of Law

  • American Bar Association, Member, current

  • Cook County Bar Association, Member, current

  • Black Women's Lawyer Association, Member, current

  • Chicago Bar Association, Member, current

  • Appointed by the Illinois Supreme Court to the Committee on Character and Fitness, First Judicial District, 2007-2016

  • The Women’s Board, University of Chicago, Member, 2006-present:

    • Steering Committee

    • Chair of Grants Committee

  • The Women’s Board, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Member, 2012-present

  • Trustee, Board of Trustees, Choate Rosemary Hall, Wallingford, CT, 2006-2015

  • Lecturer, Illinois Bar Association, The Lawyer’s Workshop


Community Involvement


  • Co-Chair, Capital Campaign Committee, Black Ensemble Theater,

  • High Jump Organization, Benefit Co-Chair, “A Night of Laughter,”

  • Facing History and Ourselves, Benefit Committee


Honors and Awards


  • Leading Lawyer Top 100 Woman/Real Estate related Lawyer – 2019 and 2018

  • Leading Lawyer Government, Municipal, Lobbying & Administrative Law and Land Use, Zoning & Condemnation Law - 2019 and 2018

  • Neal Family honored as 2016 Legendary Landmark (Legendary Landmark Neal Presentation)

  • Distinguished Alumna Award - University of Illinois, College of Law

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Jeanette Sublett

Office: (312) 641-7144  Fax: (312) 628-7063

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