FMG Legal Team
Mr. Keys has been with First Midwest Group since 2004 and provides counsel on the full range of legal matters stemming from First Midwest Group’s real estate development and leasing activities. Prior to joining First Midwest Group, Mr. Keys was an attorney with Diamond & LeSueur, P.C. in McHenry, Illinois, where he specialized in land use and zoning, municipal, commercial and residential real estate development and contract negotiations. Mr. Keys also was City Attorney for the Villages of Prairie Grove and Port Barrington.
A graduate of Northern Illinois University College of Law, where he obtained a J.D., and from Florida Southern College, where he earned a B.A., Mr. Keys was admitted to practice in the State of Illinois in November, 1998.
Mr. Keys currently serves on the Golden Apple Foundation’s Puri Family Outstanding Principal Award and Investing In Excellence: Assistant Principal Development Program selection committee.
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A Rockford area native, Tim Muldowney joined First Midwest Group in 2013. Mr. Muldowney handles various matters for First Midwest Group including the purchase and sale of commercial real estate, writing and negotiating commercial leases, advising on corporate/business transactions, and working with communities to achieve greater development opportunities.
Prior to joining First Midwest Group, Mr. Muldowney worked as an Assistant State’s Attorney for Winnebago County performing bench and jury trials and prosecuting misdemeanors, DUI, and juvenile abuse and neglect cases. Mr. Muldowney earned his Juris Doctor Degree from Loyola University Chicago School of Law and Bachelor of Science Degree in Economics from Illinois State University. Prior to pursuing his undergraduate and law degrees, Mr. Muldowney attended Hononegah High School in Rockton, Illinois.
Marc Strauss began his employment with First Midwest Group in 2001 as General Counsel where, in addition to having charge of the legal department, he oversaw construction, maintenance, lease administration, and company investments for over a decade. After five years in private practice in Sycamore, IL, Mr. Strauss returned to First Midwest Group’s legal team. He has a total of over 30 years of legal experience. Strauss is also a residential and commercial real estate managing broker. Strauss graduated from Northwestern University where he earned Juris Doctor, MBA, and Bachelor of Arts degrees.