Our Attorneys

Howard A. Metz

Partner, Chicago Office and Rockford Office

ph: 312.332.7760
ph: 815.390.7090

Howard A. Metz

Howard Metz counsels and represents school districts, community colleges, park districts and municipalities with respect to real estate, commercial transactions, construction law and land use and zoning matters.  He has resolved construction cases involving issues such as disputed architectural fees, construction defects, bidding disputes and construction delays.  Howard has also litigated issues involving zoning laws and municipal control over school property.


  • J.D., IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law
  • B.S., Political Science, University of Iowa

Admitted to Practice

  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • Supreme Court of Illinois

Recent Publications

  • Contributing author, “Joint Purchasing Everything You Want to Know but Are Afraid to Ask!” UPDATE Magazine, Illinois ASBO (2019)
  • Contributing author, “Public Body Social Media Rules Make Retention, Ready Retrieval Imperative,” Chicago Daily Law Bulletin (2019)
  • Contributing author, “How Far Does the Law Allow Schools to Go?” UPDATE Magazine, Illinois ASBO (2018)
  • Co-author, “School Construction from Start to Finish: A Project Checklist,” School Business Affairs Magazine, ASBO (2018)
  • Contributing author, “Organization, Finance, and Property,” Illinois School Law, IICLE (2017)
  • “Look Before You Leap: Evaluating Your Joint Purchasing Options,” UPDATE Magazine, Illinois ASBO (2016)
  • Contributing author, “School Property and Environmental Issues,” Illinois School Law, IICLE (2010 and 2012)

Recent Presentations

  • School Bidding, Procurement, and Prevailing Wages: From the Basics to the Advanced, IASA Spring Legal Seminar (March 2022)
  • Legal considerations related to renewable energy, Illinois ASBO Administrator Academy: Sustainability for PK-12 Schools (November 2021)