Paul L. Stephanides, 48, became Village Attorney in September. With 20-plus years of municipal government-related legal experience, Stephanides was chosen from a field of more than 50 applicants for the post last held by Raymond Heise, who served as Oak Park’s Village Attorney for nearly 30 years before retiring in June 2011. Among Stephanides’ areas of expertise are real estate, land use and zoning, litigation, construction law, election law, labor and employment law, prosecutions and counseling for local government boards and commissions — all areas officials say are of particular importance to the Village. Prior to joining a private law firm in 2005, Stephanides was a senior assistant attorney for the City of Naperville, a post he assumed in 1992. He also has served as an assistant general attorney with the Chicago Park District. Among his current honors and achievements are state chair to the International Municipal Lawyers Association, member of the Illinois Local Governmental Lawyers Association executive board and contributing member of the Illinois Municipal League Home Rule Attorneys Committee. Stephanides has a law degree from DePaul University, where he also earned his undergraduate degree, studying political science and economics. He currently lives in Naperville with his wife and two daughters.