George Bellas started what is now Bellas & Wachowski Attorneys at Law after leaving his position as a prosecuting attorney in 1973. The firm consists of six attorneys and six support team members working in areas such as business law, business litigation and personal injury claims. Our law offices are located in the Chicago area, near O'Hare Airport and easy for our clients to reach from anywhere in the Chicago area.
The history of our firm is, in large part, the history of our firm partners, George Bellas and Peter Wachowski.
In its annual survey of attorneys who have obtained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement, Law & Politics has selected George Bellas as an Illinois Super Lawyer for twelve years in the practice area of business litigation. A "Super Lawyer" is selected for this award by other attorneys who were asked to nominate the best attorneys they have personally observed in action.
George was a recipient of the prestigious Steven Sharp Public Service Award by the Association of Trial Lawyers of America (ATLA) for his work in helping educate the public on the risk of SUV rollovers and of the Firestone tire and Ford Explorer recall.
George has also been named as one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers in Illinois and is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum.
George recently settled a class action lawsuit against a Fortune 100 company involving claims under the Federal Family Medical Leave Act ("FMLA"). The case was unprecedented in that the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois ordered the claims to proceed as a class action under the Federal Rules Of Civil Procedure. The suit alleged that management was improperly tracking productivity measures and impermissively included time taken for FMLA to determine performance.
George Bellas, in association with Clifford Law Offices, filed a series of class actions against several not-for-profit hospitals alleging that these not-for-profits violate their tax exempt status by overcharging uninsured and indigent patients and then employing strong-arm tactics to collect from the indigent and uninsured, driving many people into bankruptcy. These lawsuits were featured in Time magazine and on ABC's Primetime. One of those cases against a large Cook County hospital system settled in an unprecedented settlement.
The firm of Bellas & Wachowski Attorneys at Law filed one of the first cases involving contaminated dog food and which consolidated into a nationwide class action. A nationwide settlement was agreed to and approved by the court.
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