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George has been involved with complex business cases for over 30 years. His cases have involved not only business issues such as restrictive covenants and shareholder disputes, but he has also represented business owners who were involved in complex international agreements as well as large numbers of plaintiffs who have been victimized by fraud or have had their civil liberties stripped away from them.

George was the recipient of the American Association for Justice's highest award for his consumer safety work and has lectured nationally on the use of technology in litigation.  George has served as a panelist for the Sedona Conference and currently serves on the 7th Circuit e-Discovery Pilot Project.

His knowledge of technology has been utilized in developing effective techniques to facilitate discovery and to insure full disclosure.  George brings a high level of intensity, creativity, technology and skill to complex cases.


Languages spoken: Greek, Polish

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Practice areas


  1. Litigation: 60%
    41 years
  2. Business: 20%
    43 years
  3. Employment: 20%
    8 years

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  • Steven Andrew Kozicki

    I endorse this lawyer because George is the consummate advocate. He is a lawyer's lawyer, the type of lawyer others go to for advice. When you hire George, you know that you have the home team. I would recommend him to my mother, and have.


    Steven Kozicki Criminal defense Attorney
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  • Robert H. Hanaford

    George Bellas has been on the forefront of finding innovative ways to reduce the cost of complex litigation. He is considered an expert in the area of managing, reviewing and producing electronically stored data in litigation.


    Robert Hanaford Personal injury Attorney
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Contact info

Bellas & Wachowski, Attorneys at Law

15 North Northwest Highway
Park Ridge, IL, 60068


ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law197305/11/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Illinois Super LawyerChicago Magazine2010
7th Circuit E-Discovery Committee7th Circuit Court of Appeals2009
Steven Sharp Public Service AwardAssociation of Trial Lawyers of America2001
Million Dollar ClubMillion Dollar Advocates Forum1998
Summation Litigator of the MonthCT Summation1998
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerBellas & Wachowski, Attorneys at Law1992 - Present
Of CounselClifford Law Offices (Chicago, Illinois)1999 - 2007
Special State's Attorney, AppointedWill County, Illinois1976 - 1978
Association namePosition nameDuration
Park Ridge Chamber of CommerceMember2001 - Present
Des Plaines Chamber of CommerceDirector1996 - 2010
American Association for JusticeMember1992 - 2010
Illinois Trial Lawyers AssociationMember1990 - 2010
Northwest Suburban Bar AssociationPast President1990 - 1990
American Bar AssociationMember1990 - 2010
Illinois State Bar AssociationMember1982 - 2010
Northwest Suburban Bar AssociationMember1976 - 2010
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Breneisen v. Motorola, et al.Reversed summary judgment order on FMLA claims.
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Publication nameTitleDate
ITLA Trial Journal"Taking a Page out of the Defense Bar's Playbook: Sharing Provisions in Protective Orders"2009
ITLA Trial Journal"Electronic Discovery: Wave Goodbye to Paper"2008
Colorado Trial Lawyer Association publication (CTLA)"The New Frontier: The Amended Rules of e-Discovery"2006
American Association of Justice"Using Electronic Discovery as a Weapon in an Auto Products Liability Case"2006
Utah Trial Lawyers Association"A New Frontier: The Amended Rules of e-Discovery"2005
American Association for Justice (AAJ)"Practical Uses of Portable Litigation Support"2005
Trial Magazine, Association of Trial Lawyers of America"Portable Litigation Support"2005
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Loyola University Chicago School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1973
Loyola University ChicagoPsychologyBS - Bachelor of Science1971
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Illinois State Bar Association, Allerton Conferencee-Discovery: The Principles adopted by the 7th Circuit2011
American Association of Justice Annual Meeting"Taking Your Case to Trial Using Litigation Support Software"2006
American Association of Justice Annual Meeting"The Ford Explorer, More Than Just the Tires"2001