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In 1989, Stuart began his bankruptcy career at one of Chicago’s largest “Bankruptcy Mills.” He became frustrated with the high volume of cases that were juggled between various attorneys. To his dissatisfaction, the structure of such a large firm did not allow the clients to get the personal and professional attention they deserved, which he enjoyed giving. Therefore, three years later, Stuart opened The Law Offices of Stuart B. Handelman, P.C.


Since its inception, the law firm has been devoted to treating their clients with the respect, and financial relief they deserve.


The firm is composed of three lawyers: Stuart B. Handelman, Jean M. Huang and Kelly Smith. These three attorneys have worked together as a team for over nine years. They are knowledgeable and compassionate professionals, who are strong advocates for their clients. They pride themselves with being approachable, responsive, and supportive of their clients in difficult, sensitive situations.


Practice areas


  1. Chapter 7: 34%
  2. Chapter 13: 33%
  3. Bankruptcy: 33%
    28 years, 6.02 thousand cases



Free consultation (60 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check

Attorney endorsements

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  • Monica Claire O'Brien

    I have known Stuart as a respected colleague for over 20 years. He and his firm provide high quality representation to each of his clients.


    Monica O'Brien Bankruptcy & Debt Attorney
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  • Judd S Nemiro

    A top notch attorney who has great knowledge of the law. I endorse this lawyer.


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Contact info

The Law Offices of Stuart B. Handelman

200 S. Michigan Avenue, Suite 205
Chicago, IL, 60604

The Law Offices of Stuart B. Handelman

54 N. Ottawa St. Suite B-50
Joliet, IL, 60432

The Law Offices of Stuart B. Handelman

19801 Governors Highway, Suite 140
Flossmoor, IL, 60422

The Law Offices of Stuart B. Handelman

9760 South Roberts Rd. Suite 1
Palos Hills, IL, 60457



ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law198711/12/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Client Choice AwardAVVO2016
Client's Choice AwardAvvo2015
Clients' Choice AwardAVVO2014
Top Contributor AwardAVVO2014
Cient's Choice AwardAVVO2013
Top Contributor AwardAVVO2013
Bankruptcy Attorney of the YearConsumer Business Review2009
Bankruptcy Attorney of the YearConsumer Business Review2008
Bankruptcy Attorney of the YearConsumer Business Review2007
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerThe Law Offices of Stuart B. Handelman, P.C.1992 - Present
AssociateThe Law Offices of Peter Francis Geraci1989 - 1992
Association namePosition nameDuration
Will County Bar AssociationMember2004 - Present
American Bankruptcy InstituteMember2004 - 2005
Chicago Bar AssociationMember2003 - Present
National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy AttorneysMember1998 - Present
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
John Marshall Law School, ChicagoLawJD - Juris Doctor1987
Northern Illinois UniversityPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1984