Chicago Business Lawyers
After over 45 years of helping business owners, the experienced Chicago business lawyers of Bellas & Wachowski understand one thing: business owners want sound business strategy advice. We know a business looks to their lawyer to protect their business and family, provide strategic and trusted advice. To do this a lawyer needs a high level of understanding of the business and issues confronting business owners.
Our firm’s history reflects the evolution, entrepreneurship and vibrancy of the Chicago business community. Over the years local and national business owners have sought our assistance with complex transactions, must-win litigation, and trusted counseling on significant business and personal issues.
Our business clients rely on us for transactions and litigation involving commercial, corporate, financial and real estate matters, employment counseling and litigation advice. We handle complex legacy planning to personal employment issues to complex trust and other litigation. Our experienced Chicago business litigation lawyers have collectively handled hundreds of lawsuits in local, state and federal courts, as well as in mediations and arbitrations.
The firm has grown alongside a number of companies that have evolved from small brick and mortar enterprises to multi-national businesses. The firm understands the industries in which our clients operate and recognizes that legal and business issues often are inextricably intertwined.
We have assembled an experienced group of lawyers to assist our clients in dealing with many issues including:
- Business formations and governance
- Employment issues
- Estate Planning and Probate
- Real Estate, Commercial and Residential
Our firm remains committed to continuing to provide outstanding and affordable legal services while utilizing the latest in technology. Our firm’s founder, George Bellas, has been nationally recognized for his use of technology in complex lawsuits. This knowledge has been leveraged to help our clients succeed. The other members of the business law team - Misty Cygan, Jillian Tattersall and Makedonka Baloski – bring their varied experiences and skills to the counsel of business clients.We are the "In-House Counsel" for Small Business Owners™
When confronted with legal issues, small business owners and entrepreneurs typically attempt to solve them by themselves. Short of a catastrophe or other significant event, small business owners rarely call their attorneys – and for good reason: Most attorneys can only enable transactions and minimize risk. And, since many law firms charge more than $800 per hour – firms other than Bellas & Wachowski, that is – it is not uncommon for small business owners to try to avoid what may seem to be an excessive expense. But that is a mistake. At Bellas & Wachowski we cultivate a relationship with our business clients that helps avoid problems before they develop.Invest in a Long-Term Relationship with a Trusted Counselor
By investing in a relationship with Chicago Business Lawyers who are familiar with your business before problems develop, business owners are making an investment in preventive law which pays big dividends in the future. At Bellas & Wachowski, our Chicago business lawyers have maintained long term relationships with many business clients and have helped them grow and prosper.
We have become trusted business advisors to our clients. We work closely with each client, offering comprehensive services and working, as our trademarked motto states as The "In-House Counsel" for Small Business Owners.™ An example of our all-encompassing approach is our Corporate Maintenance Plan™ which has repeatedly proven effective in saving our corporate clients significant expense and protecting them from potential problems.
Don't take our word for it, look at what our clients say:
"We consulted Bellas & Wachowski on our employment related issues and in structuring our organization to protect our customer list and trade secrets. The advice and representation we have received from Bellas & Wachowski has been invaluable in helping us sustain and grow our business."
- John Rippinger, President, Resource Brokerage, LLC
"We contacted Bellas & Wachowski when we were ready to start up our new business. In helping set up our new business Bellas & Wachowski also provided sound business advice. We feel very confident that whenever a legal matter arises in our business Bellas & Wachowski will provide us with sound, practical legal counsel at affordable prices."
- Kevin McEnery, President, International Cutting Die, Inc., Melrose Park, Illinois.
"Over the years Bellas & Wachowski has provided us with legal counsel. Whatever legal issues arise, Bellas & Wachowski has given us professional, legal counsel and protected our interest."
- Joseph Gallo, President, Workmasters, Inc., Des Plaines, Illinois
At Bellas & Wachowski, we are proud of our long record helping our business clients thrive. The leader of our business law practice, senior partner George Bellas, has few peers in business law among Chicago lawyers, handling everything from business organizations, contract formation, partnership disputes and business dissolutions. Geo only works only with small and mid-sized businesses, and has experience in all manner of business law matters professionally, competently and economically. The convenient suburban location was selected in order to better serve the needs of our business clients who don’t want to waste time traveling into the City. Contact George directly at 847.823.9032 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org to speak with an experienced Chicago Business lawyer about your business matter.
To best serve our business clients we have developed a series of web pages designed to help business owners gain a basic understanding of some of the most common issues facing business owners. See the list of information pages in the margin on the right.
- Single Member LLC
- What's the Purpose of a Shareholders' Agreement
- Corporate Maintenance Plan for Small Businesses™
- Starting an Illinois Limited Liability Company
- Incorporate Your Business
- Comparison of LLC with Other Forms of Business
- Section 1031 Tax Free Exchanges of Real Property
- What to Ask When Starting a Business
- Shareholders' Buy-Sell Agreements
- Know Your Rights in a Mortgage Foreclosure
- Trade Secrets are Valuable Business Assets
- Business Continuation Planning
- Do I Need a Lawyer to Help Start My Business
- Creating Legally Binding Contracts for Your Small Business
- Corporation or LLC
- Confusion About the Affordable Health Care Act
- Sample Workplace Weapons Policy
- Internet Usage Creates Jurisdiction Issues
- What's the Difference Between Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, Bitcoin?
- Old Judgments Article
- Does Your Business Need an Assumed Name
- Should Your Website Be ADA Compliant?
- Tax Differences Between LLCs and S Corps
- CyberSecurity Tips
- Thinking About an LLC for your Business? FAQs About LLCs