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Julia Jensen Smolka

Bankruptcy and debt Attorney at Park Ridge, IL

5.0   12 reviews

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About Julia

Learn Julia’s areas of practice.

I provide strategic counseling, where litigation and transactions are tools used to achieve my small business client and individual client's objectives. Decisions regarding litigation and debt restructure cannot be made in a vacuum. My legal advice explains how use of legal tools and strategies can advance or impair the company's progress toward its goals. From global strategy to next steps, I provide counsel and perform the immediate tasks at hand. I offer a depth of experience in complex commercial litigation, creditors rights, bankruptcy, and construction litigation. I will also get your corporate transactions (including real estate) closed.

 

I am currently practicing in the areas of contract law, condominium law, construction litigation, surrogacy law, estate planning and bankruptcy.

 

I am passionate about representing businesses and individuals as debtors in reorganizations, bankruptcy and debt restructuring.  

 

I also represent creditors protecting their rights when navigating the bankruptcy system. I also have substantial experience in representing lenders in lien disputes and commercial collection, as well as contractors and homeowners in construction and mechanic's lien litigation.  I also represent condominium and homeowners’ associations with litigation, collection, negotiations with vendors and resolving disputes with utilities and municipalities.

 

Specialties: consumer bankruptcies, construction litigation, debtor/creditor relations and negotiations, collection of debts and judgments owed

Licensed for 22 years
State IL
Status Active And Authorized To Practice Law
Acquired 2000
Updated 01/06/2023

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Di Monte & Lizak, LLC
216 Higgins Road
Park Ridge, IL, 60068

Reviews

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Posted by Darryl | March 9, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very responsive
She was very responsive and answered all my questions regarding surrogacy. The lawyer I used for my donor was terrible and not responsive, so someone recommended Julia to me who took the time to answer all my questions and was a lot more responsive then my first lawyer.
Posted by Tereasa | May 22, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Bankruptcy
I consulted with Mrs. Julia Jensen Smolka about my need to see if bankruptcy was an option for the amount of debt I was carrying. Mrs. Smolka was up front about what would be in my best interest and all related cost. Mrs. Smolka went through all my finances and filed all needed paper work. I was expecting this to be a long drawn out experience. To my surprise it was really pain free, and even though my credit would suffer, it was the only way I could get my finances back in control. After everything was finalized I was still receiving bills from a Hospital listed on the bankruptcy. All I had to do was call Mrs. Smolka and she sent letters out and after a few months no bills followed. Mrs. Smolka is very professional and articulate in her job. Later I recommended a friend to use her services, which she did. I highly recommend Mrs. Julia Jensen Smolka as your attorney for bankruptcy. It is a difficult decision for any one to make but with Mrs. Julia Jensen Smolka as your attorney you will be glad you did.
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Posted by Christopher | April 27, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Bankruptcy lawyer
Julia was knowledgeable about what our case needed. She kept us in the loop about everything and we always seemed to be one step ahead. She helped us with our bankruptcy and also helped us save our home. I would recommend her to anyone and would not hesitate to use her services again.
Posted by Michelle Chappell | April 26, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent attorney
Julia was a Godsend at a time when our family most needed her. After my father in law passed there were many problems with his estate and Julia's calm and kind nature walked us through this every step of the way. I recommend her to everyone I know.
Posted by Jen | April 26, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Efficient and put my mind at ease
I hired Julia as my lawyer when my husband and I bought our new house. She was very efficient, knew the law, and put my mind at ease- especially when making the largest purchase of your life. The home was bank owned and in foreclosure. She knew all the rules and laws that were included in buying a home like this. Since it was a foreclosure, she also knew many fees that would be reduced or deleted from the home buying process. When it came time to sell our other home, Julia was an automatic choice for our family. She handled that transaction with the same ease and comfort. I recommended her to other friends and family. Recently my brother hired her as well as a co-worker.
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Posted by Tracy | April 26, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Great Choice
She was timely, knowledgeable and friendly. I'm happy with the services she has provided.
Posted by Gary | April 26, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Professional and Responsive
Julia assisted my spouse and in creating a Living Trust for estate planning purposes. Her questions and advice were specific and clear and assisted us in achieving the result we required. Phone calls were returned in a timely manner and she was proactive in resolving our concerns. Very professional.
Posted by anonymous | April 26, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Always attentive and on top of the case
Met with Julia for a bankruptcy and so glad I did. I was very embarrassed about my situation and she made me feel at ease. I prefer email communication and she was always attentive receiving and replying back to my emails and keeping me in the loop with the case. Hard decision to make but glad I had her to walk me through the process. She is very down to earth, easy to talk to, and knowledgeable in her field.
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Posted by Diane | January 12, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Best Lawyer I've Had
I have dealt with Lawyers before. Most of the time You consult one lawyer and when your date comes up your wondering whose gonna show up. Julia was very professional and Friendly. My lawyer from start to finish.Made my experience much easier to go through. Would use her again if needed. Thanks so much Julia foe making my experience so pleasant.
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Posted by Joe | August 23, 2014
Excellent rating for Julia Smolka
From our first meeting Julia Smolka was knowledgeable and her experience helped resolve our situation in a very short period of time. Julia is very professional. We will definitely recommend Julia to our friends
Posted by drod | April 13, 2014
Bankruptcy Law
Absolutely amazing, a total pro at this. She helped calm my fears about going through bankruptcy and guided me through every step of the process. Always made me feel comfortable. I never once felt unsure about anything. Great communication, she was always prompt and very professional. I would totally recommend her to anyone that needs lawyer to go through such a tough process like bankruptcy. Her pricing is very reasonable. It was extremely comforting to have someone as prepared as Julia in your corner. Thank You So Much.
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Posted by anonymous | February 23, 2013
Very Happy
I needed information concerning credit card debt and being sued by the creditor. Julia was able to set up a consultation with me within days. By the information she provided me, Julia is obviously very experienced in her field. She was very personable and helped me feel comfortable with seeking out bankruptcy as an option to my current financial difficulties.
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 15 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 325-325 per hour
  • Pro bono 5 %
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • DiMonte & Lizak, LLC
  • 2000 - Present

Education

  • Loyola University of Chicago School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2000
  • University of Illinois, Chicago
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1997

Associations

  • ISBA Commercial Banking and Bankruptcy Law Section
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • Senior Assistance Center - Norridge, IL
  • Board of Directors - Secretary
  • 2005 - Present
  • Illinois Bar Foundation
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • Michael J Perona Scholarship, Loyola Law School
  • Founder
  • 2004 - Present
  • ISBA Assembly
  • Elected Assembly Member
  • 2002 - Present
  • Justinian Society of Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2001 - Present
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • Advocates Society (Chicago)
  • Newsletter Committee
  • 2015 - 2015
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018

Publications

  • Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education
  • Mechanics Liens In Bankrutpcy
  • 2014
  • Indiana State Bar Association
  • Accord and Satisfaction
  • 2010

Speaking Engagements

  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Confession of Judgements
  • 2016
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Litigation and Enforcement of Judgements
  • 2016
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Representing Creditors in Bankruptcy
  • 2014
  • Small Business Forum
  • Small Business Legal Panel
  • 2013
  • Illinois State Bar Association, Construction Law Section
  • Mechanics Liens In Bankruptcy
  • 2013
  • Women In Business Breakfast
  • Collecting Account Receivables
  • 2012
  • Illinois State Bar Association, Commercial, Banking and Bankruptcy Law Section
  • Bankruptcy & Mechanic's Liens
  • 2012
  • Illinois Law
  • Avoiding Mortgage Foreclosure
  • 2008
  • Illinois Law
  • Mortgage Foreclosure - Know Your Rights
  • 2007
  • Illinois Law
  • Home Repair - Avoiding Pitfalls
  • 2007
  • Illinois Law
  • Wage Garnishments and Collecting Judgments
  • 2006
  • Illinois Law
  • Filing Bankruptcy
  • 2006
  • Bankruptcy Law Update
  • Bankruptcy Law Update
  • 2006
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Attorney endorsements

Received (4)
Given (2)
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Unknown Attorney | Mar 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Jun 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I had the pleasure of working with Julia for 3 years. Her dedication to the practice of law and her clients are of the highest caliber."
Chapter 7 bankruptcy Attorney | May 15
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. Julia is energy personified. How she manages her growing law practice, home that includes husband and small children, and never stops smiling is beyond me. She and I have been in the same firm for years, and it's a pleasure to see how she has grown and matured in her practice of law. She is very responsive to client's needs and inquiries, gets good results in her cases. I certainly do recommend her."
Litigation Attorney | Nov 13
Relationship: Co-worker
"Julia rocks! Everyone of my clients who Julia works with loves her professionalism and kind spirit!"
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Park Ridge Bankruptcy and debt Lawyer Julia Jensen Smolka
Julia Jensen Smolka
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney
Park Ridge, IL
Licensed for 22 years
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