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John is an experienced attorney with a diverse background in law. His legal career began in 1997 with an eleven-attorney firm in Wheaton, Illinois, where he gained valuable experience practicing in various areas of law, including corporate formation, business disputes, personal injury, workers compensation, municipal law, estate planning, and family law. John worked alongside seasoned attorneys, which helped him gain knowledge and experience in many areas of law.
In 2000, John joined a firm in Park Ridge, Illinois, where he became a partner and focused on taxation, real estate, estate planning, and general business law. He prepared hundreds of individual, corporate, fiduciary, and not-for-profit tax returns annually and engaged in tax planning with individuals, businesses, and fiduciaries. John also worked on estate planning matters, including preparing wills, trusts, power of attorney forms, and other complex estate planning documents. In addition, John handled real estate closings, landlord-tenant disputes, and other real estate litigation matters. He also represented businesses in commercial and construction litigation and mechanic’s lien disputes.
In 2006, John joined a firm in downtown Chicago and continued his practice in business law, litigation, real estate, and estate planning matters. John successfully represented clients in court and obtained favorable rulings in various types of commercial litigation, including breach of contract, employment disputes, mechanic’s lien cases, real estate lawsuits, and shareholder disputes. He also expanded his estate planning practice and represented clients in probate proceedings.
During the economic recession, John represented numerous clients in defending against foreclosures and litigation with lenders. He prevented manufacturing and real estate holding companies from going into foreclosure and receivership proceedings, and assisted clients in refinancing and reorganizing existing debt. John continued to represent residential and commercial properties in various legal matters, including lease drafting and negotiation, title disputes, and real estate litigation.
John is committed to giving back to the community through pro bono work and has provided legal advice to 501(c)(3) organizations. In 2010, John formed his own law office, the Bielski Law Office, which has since expanded to multiple locations and handles over 400 open probate and guardianship cases. The firm has successfully completed hundreds of real estate closings, estate plans, and business transactions and oversees cases in seventeen counties in Illinois, with matters pending throughout the United States with the assistance of local counsel.