John Bielski began his career in 1997 with an eleven-attorney firm based in Wheaton, Illinois. John’s time with that firm was invaluable because that experience allowed him to practice in many areas of the law, in various federal, state, and administrative courts. John represented clients in matters related to corporate formation, business disputes, personal injury, workers compensation, municipal law, estate planning and family law. Being with a firm with such a broad general practice allowed John to gain knowledge in many areas of the law, and allowed him to practice under seasoned attorneys with vast experience.
John joined a firm in Park Ridge, Illinois in 2000. That firm concentrated in taxation, real estate, estate planning and general business law. John eventually was named a partner in that firm. John devoted a significant portion of his time preparing tax returns and engaging in tax planning with individuals, business, and fiduciaries. John prepared hundreds of individual, corporate, fiduciary and not-for-profit tax returns per year. John’s experience and knowledge of tax law allowed him to better serve his clients over the years because a number of litigation and transactional matters are related to, or are affected by, tax concerns.
Practicing with the attorneys in Park Ridge allowed John to further his knowledge of estate planning. John worked with clients in preparing wills, trusts, power of attorney forms, life insurance trusts, charitable trusts, special needs trusts and other complicated estate planning documents. John also began representing clients in probate proceedings, and litigation related to will contests and executor and fiduciary disputes.
John handled approximately one hundred real estate closing per year while in Park Ridge. John further worked with clients in landlord-tenant disputes, working with land trusts and 1031 tax differed exchanges. He also worked with business clients in mechanic’s lien disputes, contract and fraud litigation, construction litigation and commercial and businesses litigation.
John joined a firm in downtown Chicago in 2006 and continued to represent clients in business law, litigation, real estate and estate planning matters. Shortly after joining the new firm John argued before the Illinois Supreme Court in the case of Krautsack v. Anderson, No. 101718 (12/21/06) on behalf of the Defendants. As a result of that representation, the Supreme Court upheld the verdict in favor of the Defendants at trial and set the standards for businesses in the use of sanctions and attorney’s fees relating to the Illinois Consumer Fraud Act.
John continued to successfully represent clients in court and obtained favorable rulings in breach of contract claims, employment disputes, mechanic’s lien cases, real estate lawsuits, shareholder disputes, and other commercial litigation. John continued to expand on his estate planning practice, and continued to represent clients in probate proceedings.
The recent economic recession caused a number of loan defaults and problems with lenders. As more clients began to experience problems with lenders, John represented a number of clients in defending against foreclosures, and litigation with lenders. In many cases the survival of companies rested on the ability to defend against their foreclosures, or the ability to refinance existing debt. John represented businesses and prevented manufacturing and real estate holding companies from going into foreclosure and receivership proceedings and protected the owners’ assets. John assisted clients in refinancing debt and assisted business in reorganizing existing debt. John also defended clients in foreclosure proceedings.
John continued to represent residential and commercial properties in all their legal needs. These legal needs included closings, landlord/tenant disputes, lease drafting and negotiation, representing clients before administrative hearings for building code violations, title disputes, and real estate litigation.
Throughout his years as an attorney, John has been committed to giving back to the community through pro bono work. John has sat on a number of boards and has provided legal advice to 501(c)(3) organizations.
After a number of years working as an associate and partner with other firms, John decided to form the Bielski Law Office in 2011. Since opening Bielski Law Office, John has handled numerous estate plans, probate and guardianship cases, and real estate closings. By the end of 2014, Bielski Law Office was handling almost 175 open probate and guardianship cases. He has expanded the office to a Chicago and suburban location, and oversees cases in seventeen counties in Illinois. He resides in the Western Suburbs of Chicago with his wife and son.
Education and Distinctions:
Juris Doctor, DePaul University College of Law, 1997
Certified Public Accountant, since 1998
Masters of Business Administration, Concentration in Finance, 1997
DePaul University – Charles H. Kellstadt Graduate School of Business
Bachelor of Arts, Accounting, Cum Laude, 1994
Benedictine University (f/k/a Illinois Benedictine College)
Montini Catholic High School, 1986-1990
Articles Appeared In:
Theodore Postel, Ruling Clears Air Over Sanctions in Suit Alleging Rain Ruined Trip, Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, October 2, 2002.
Brian Mackey, Unsuccessful Plaintiff asks Court to Limit Fee Awards, Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, September 20, 2006.
Steven P. Garmisa, Bad Faith Required to Shift Legal Fees to Plaintiff in Consumer Fraud Cases, Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, February 22, 2007.
Pat Milhizer, Misconduct Not Proved in Workers’ Comp Case: Panel, Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, July 12, 2009.
Bethany Krajelis, Firm Wants High Court to Review "Misconduct" of Fired Attorney, Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, July 22, 2009
Member, St. Issac Jogues Church, Hinsdale, Illinois
Boy Scouts of America Eagle Scout
National Eagle Scout Association Life Member
Hinsdale Chamber of Commerce
Willowbrook/Burr Ridge Chamber of Commerce and Industry
- Provided representation to over 170 probate and guardianship cases in seventeen counties in Illinois in 2015.
- Handled over 1,000 residential and commercial closings.
- Argued before the Illinois Supreme Court in the case of Krautsack v. Anderson, No. 101718 (12/21/06) on behalf of the Defendants. Supreme Court upheld the verdict in favor of the Defendants at trial and set the standards for businesses in the use of sanctions and attorney’s fees relating to the Consumer Fraud Act.
- Obtained a $2.5 million judgment for breach of contract and piercing the corporate veil in the Circuit Court of DuPage County, Illinois.
- Obtained a $600,000.00 judgment on behalf of corporation that was publicly defamed by a disgruntled former employee that was posting false statements on the internet.
- Represented pallet company owners and business in multi-million dollar dispute regarding covenant not to compete, breach of contract, and employment agreement relating to former owner and officer. Successfully negotiated the resolution of the lawsuit that drastically improved the bottom-line of the business.
- Represented mold injection company in negotiating and drafting all contracts, corporate records, and documentation necessary to add new investors and new capital allowing company to increase business by 50%. Further represented company in refinancing corporate debt avoiding foreclosure and receivership proceedings.
- Successfully represented company owner against claims before the Illinois Department of Labor, Illinois Department of Employment Security, U.S. Department of Labor, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and in circuit court for claims arising from disgruntled and terminated employees.
- Represented the owners of multiple commercial properties in the Chicago Loop in a dispute against a disgruntled member that involved three separate lawsuits, and involved millions of dollars in claims. Through vigorous representation settled the matter for less than 25% of what the owners previously offered the member.
- Represented ownership and resolved a $9 million foreclosure case involving a commercial office building in the Chicago Loop.
- Represented industrial owners in avoiding foreclosure and in refinancing approximately $2 million in debt for land and equipment.
- Recovered $125,000.00 for an estate from a former executor who mismanaged funds.
- Represented buyer in closing on multi-million dollar industrial property which included the remediation and resolution of ground contaminants and other environmental issues.
- Represented creditor in adverse claimant proceedings in bankruptcy court. Through vigorous representation, settled matter in favor of client. Client was the only creditor to receive money from bankruptcy estate.
- Represented contractor against mechanic’s lien valued in excess of $500,000.00 and settled matter for fraction of amount claimed.