Senior Counsel, Bolingbrook Office

ph: 630.929.3639
fax:630.783.3231
nkaras@robbins-schwartz.com

Nicole L. Karas

Nicole Karas focuses her practice on local government and corporate law. She serves as outside general counsel to local governmental clients providing a wide range of legal assistance. Nicole counsels clients on major construction, land acquisition, contract drafting and negotiation, intergovernmental cooperation agreements, board policies, personnel policies, employment issues, contracts for purchases of goods and services, Open Meetings Act, FOIA issues, and ordinance/resolution drafting.

Nicole represents corporate and non-for-profit clients in various matters, including entity formation, real estate matters, contract review, leases and other transactional matters.

While in law school, Nicole was an Associate Editor of Articles, Notes and Comments for the DePaul Law Review. Nicole is the author of EEOC v. Luce & the Mandatory Arbitration Agreement, 53 DEPAUL L. REV. 67 (2003). Additionally, she was a Top Scholar and honored with the CALI Award in Advanced Legal Research and Constitutional Law II.

Recent Publications

  • "Guide to the Open Meetings Act and FOIA," Illinois Association of Park Districts (2017)
  • "Buyer Beware – Construction Project and Contract Pitfalls," Illinois ASBO Magazine (2017)

Recent Presentations

  • Bidding and Contract Administration, IAPD/IPRA Soaring to New Heights Conference (January 2019)
  • OMA and FOIA, Illinois Government Finance Officers Association (November 2018)
  • Competitive Bidding and Contract Administration, IAPD/IPRA Soaring to New Heights Conference (January 2018) 
  • OMA-FOIA Get Ready for 2018, IAPD/IPRA Soaring to New Heights Conference (January 2018) 
  • Competitive Bidding and Contract Administration, IPRA Leadership Academy (October 2017) 
  • OMA-FOIA: What You Need to Know in 2017, IAPD/IPRA Soaring to New Heights Conference (January 2017) 
  • Competitive Bidding and Public Contracting, IAPD/IPRA Soaring to New Heights Conference (January 2017)
  • Prevailing Wages: The To-Do List That Never Ends, 2016 Purchasing & Construction Conference (September 2016) 
  • Common Bidding and Construction Problems and Solutions, Park District Conference (April 2016) 
  • OMA and FOIA – Refresher and Recent Developments, IAPD/IPRA Soaring to New Heights Conference (January 2016)

Nicole L. Karas

Education

  • J.D., DePaul University College of Law, summa cum laude, Order of Coif
  • B.A., Valparaiso University

Admitted to Practice

  • Supreme Court of Illinois

Organizations

  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • DuPage County Bar Association

Senior Counsel, Bolingbrook Office

ph: 630.929.3639
fax:630.783.3231
nkaras@robbins-schwartz.com

Nicole L. Karas

Nicole L. Karas

Senior Counsel, Bolingbrook Office
ph: 630.929.3639
fax:630.783.3231
nkaras@robbins-schwartz.com

Nicole Karas focuses her practice on local government and corporate law. She serves as outside general counsel to local governmental clients providing a wide range of legal assistance. Nicole counsels clients on major construction, land acquisition, contract drafting and negotiation, intergovernmental cooperation agreements, board policies, personnel policies, employment issues, contracts for purchases of goods and services, Open Meetings Act, FOIA issues, and ordinance/resolution drafting.

Nicole represents corporate and non-for-profit clients in various matters, including entity formation, real estate matters, contract review, leases and other transactional matters.

While in law school, Nicole was an Associate Editor of Articles, Notes and Comments for the DePaul Law Review. Nicole is the author of EEOC v. Luce & the Mandatory Arbitration Agreement, 53 DEPAUL L. REV. 67 (2003). Additionally, she was a Top Scholar and honored with the CALI Award in Advanced Legal Research and Constitutional Law II.

Recent Publications

  • "Guide to the Open Meetings Act and FOIA," Illinois Association of Park Districts (2017)
  • "Buyer Beware – Construction Project and Contract Pitfalls," Illinois ASBO Magazine (2017)

Recent Presentations

  • Bidding and Contract Administration, IAPD/IPRA Soaring to New Heights Conference (January 2019)
  • OMA and FOIA, Illinois Government Finance Officers Association (November 2018)
  • Competitive Bidding and Contract Administration, IAPD/IPRA Soaring to New Heights Conference (January 2018) 
  • OMA-FOIA Get Ready for 2018, IAPD/IPRA Soaring to New Heights Conference (January 2018) 
  • Competitive Bidding and Contract Administration, IPRA Leadership Academy (October 2017) 
  • OMA-FOIA: What You Need to Know in 2017, IAPD/IPRA Soaring to New Heights Conference (January 2017) 
  • Competitive Bidding and Public Contracting, IAPD/IPRA Soaring to New Heights Conference (January 2017)
  • Prevailing Wages: The To-Do List That Never Ends, 2016 Purchasing & Construction Conference (September 2016) 
  • Common Bidding and Construction Problems and Solutions, Park District Conference (April 2016) 
  • OMA and FOIA – Refresher and Recent Developments, IAPD/IPRA Soaring to New Heights Conference (January 2016)

Education

  • J.D., DePaul University College of Law, summa cum laude, Order of Coif
  • B.A., Valparaiso University

Admitted to Practice

  • Supreme Court of Illinois

Organizations

  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • DuPage County Bar Association

Practice Areas