Tressler is proud to welcome Michael Vargas as an associate in the Government Practice Group in our Chicago office. Michael concentrates his practice on the representation of Illinois municipalities, park districts, school districts and other units of local government in transactional matters. He has experience representing school districts in day-to-day employment and student-related matters including employee investigations, negotiating with various unions, drafting and negotiating procurement contracts, student discipline and teacher discipline.

In addition, Michael has counseled clients regarding the Open Meetings Act, Freedom of Information Act, Illinois School Student Records Act and new legislation.

“I am very excited to join Tressler and begin the next chapter of my legal career,” said Michael Vargas. “I look forward to working with Tressler’s impressive Government Group and wide range of clients.”

Prior to joining Tressler, Michael was an associate at a full-service law firm where he worked in their school law practice group representing public sector clients. While in law school, Michael served as an executive member of the Student Humanitarian Network, where he dedicated his time to service projects. During his time with the Student Humanitarian Network, Michael, along with the help of the other executives members, led a group of law students to New Orleans, where they volunteered their time to various pro bono projects. 

Michael received his B.S. in Politics and Government from Illinois State University and his J.D. from Chicago-Kent College of Law at Illinois Tech.  

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