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Joseph E. Bond

Practice Areas

Municipal Law

Utility and Franchise Law 

Land Use and Zoning

Bar Admissions




J.D., University of Illinois, College of Law, cum laude, 2016

B.A., University of Kansas, High Honors, 2013

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Joseph E. Bond is principal attorney with Cunningham, Vogel & Rost, P.C. He represents the firm’s municipal clients in general municipal issues, public utility, and telecommunications law. Joe has represented multiple municipalities as special counsel in Missouri and Illinois relating to zoning code drafting, election law issues and ballot language drafting, telecommunications applications and related litigation, among other municipal issues. Joe serves as the appointed City Attorney of Overland, Missouri, and has also served as a hearing officer.

Joe received his B.A. in History, with high honors, from the University of Kansas, where he was a member of the Honors Program. Joe earned his J.D., cum laude, from the University of Illinois College of Law, where he also served as the President of the Student Bar Association. 

Prior to joining the firm, Joe was actively involved with environmental advocates working toward additional protections for the Mahomet Aquifer in Central Illinois, for remediation of PFOA/PFOS located in military bases in Central Illinois, and in surety bond issues regarding coal company bankruptcies throughout Illinois.

Professional Affiliations

  • The Illinois State Bar

  • The Missouri Bar

  • Illinois Local Government Lawyers’ Association

  • Missouri Municipal Attorneys Association

Lectures and Presentations

  • Navigating Amendment 3: On State Marijuana Law Change, with E. Seele, Municipal Officials Training Academy, January 2023 & St. Louis Area City/County Management Association, February 2023

  • Rights-of-Way: Tools & Times for Effective Management, with E. Seele Missouri Municipal League Annual Conference, September 2021

  • City Law 101: Ballot Questions and Candidate Issues, Missouri Municipal Attorneys Association Summer Seminar, July 2021

  • Rights-of-Way: Tools & Times for Effective Management, with E. Seele Missouri Municipal Attorneys Association Summer Seminar, July 2021

  • Resolve to Solve: Nuisances and Abatements, Municipal Officials Training Academy, March 2021

  • Ballot Questions & Initiatives: Issues & Best Practices, Municipal Officials Training Academy, November 2020

  • Navigating Local Government Elections: A Primer on Candidate Issues, Municipal Officials Training Academy, with K. Reeves, November 2019

  • How to Handle Small Wireless Facilities in Light of HB 1991: A Crash Course in Practical Application. Municipal Training Officials Academy, with E. Seele, April 2019

  • It's a Bird. It's a Plane. It's a Drone: Issues to Consider for Local Regulation, St. Louis Aviation Forum, panelist, October 2018

  • Ballot Questions and Initiatives: Issues and Best Practices, Municipal Officials Training Academy, October 2017

Articles and Publications

  • G. Dohrman and J. Bond, Same Infrastructure, Fewer Tools: Managing the Ever-Increasing Demands for Private Use of Public Right of Way, The Missouri Municipal Review, March/April 2021

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