Christopher Lay: Candidate For Northbrook Trustee

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Christopher Lay

Chris and his wife Julie left the city life for the ‘burbs in Northbrook with their young son in 2010. Their son is a graduate of Glenbrook North High School and has followed in his dad’s footsteps as a current student of DePaul University. Chris is passionate about continuing to improve life in Northbrook for its residents as he knows what it is like to raise a family here.  Feeling safe, enjoying the community and being proud of your town is how all residents should live.  He is excited to bring his love of the arts and his legal background to enhance community activities and ensure a smart and structured approach to development.

Chris is a graduate from the DePaul School of Music where he graduated cum laude. Chris has composed music for various commercials and television shows. He also played the trombone with several bands before deciding to return to school at Loyola University School of Law. 

Chris has been a litigation attorney at IpHorgan Ltd., a firm focusing on intellectual property, since 2014. At IpHorgan, Chris has helped attain favorable settlements for clients in breach of contract, patent, and trademark matters, as well as counseled clients on risk mitigation and brand protection. Prior to joining the firm, Chris worked for six years at Jenner & Block LLP, where he litigated class action, patent, copyright, trademark, and general commercial matters. Chris strongly advocates to give a voice to those that can not financially defend themselves by working pro bono legal cases for civil rights violations.  

The single most pressing issue facing the Village Board is its current upside-down organizational chart.

The current Board, comprised largely of incumbents who have never been challenged in an election, believes incorrectly that it sits at the top of the chart. They are wrong. Northbrook residents and voters occupy the top of the chart, and Board lies underneath them as the steward and representative of residents and their interests. All the current problems in Northbrook have arisen because the current Board proclaims, deals, mandates, acquires, and gambles in ways completely divorced from the guidance and interests of the residents who elected them. Fix the chart by replacing the incumbents and the ship will be righted. We will return fiscal responsibility, transparency, and accountability to Northbrook governance.