Evanston City Attorney Michelle Masoncup today announced the promotion of Mario Treto, Jr. to be deputy city attorney for transactions.

Treto joined the city’s law department in December 2013 as an assistant city attorney.

Masoncup says that in his new role Treto will serve as legal counsel for the city regarding compliance, transactional and corporate matters.

He is the lead attorney for the City Council Human Services and Rules Committees and for the Zoning Board of Appeals, Plan Commission, Board of Local Improvements, Equity and Empowerment Commission, Board of Ethics and Liquor Control Review Board.

As part of his practice, he prosecutes city violations in Cook County Circuit Court, prepares municipal agreements, and works with staff regarding code enforcement/business licensing.

Before joining the city, Treto worked at a Chicago firm focusing his practice in commercial and residential real estate, corporate law, and commercial transactions and representing international companies, Chicago-based corporations, music venues/festivals, and charter schools.

Treto is chairman of the Howard Brown Health board of directors, deputy regional president of the Hispanic National Bar Association, Latino alumni board president for the Indiana University Maurer School of Law and a fellow of Leadership Greater Chicago.

Masoncup says the city is seeking another deputy city attorney to head the city’s litigation efforts.

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