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Bruno Walter Tabis Jr.

Estate planning Attorney at Wheaton, IL

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BRUNO W. TABIS, JR. joined the Wheaton lawfirm, Huck Bouma PC in 2018.  He had previously practiced for nearly 40 years in Chicago. 

            After graduating with honors from the Illinois Institute of Chicago, Kent law School in 1973, where he served as editor and author of the Chicago Kent Law Review, Bruno  joined the newly formed United States Environmental Protection Agency as an enforcement attorney in the Water Division.  During the two years he was with U.S. EPA, he negotiated water permits and participated in complex enforcement actions against numerous large dischargers, including U.S. Steel.

            He entered private practice in 1975 and has been a partner in several prominent Chicago law firms, including Crowley, Barrett & Karaba and Michael Best & Friedrich (previously Schwartz & Freemen). His practice and experience are extensive.

            Bruno’s practice has covered all aspects of commercial real estate, including purchases and sales, condominium development and conversions, project development and construction contracting, leasing, property management and environmental compliance, permitting and remediation.  He is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association Real Estate Law Section Council, and served as its Chairman in 1993-4.

Serving as general counsel for small and medium sized businesses, Bruno concentrates on the formation and maintenance of corporations and LLCs, mergers and acquisitions, employment matters, contract negotiations and UCC issues, as well as consulting and advising the principals on general business matters. He counsels business owners and individuals on estate and succession planning, preparation of Wills, Trusts, and Powers of Attorney, and is experienced in probate proceedings and trust and estate management and administration.

            Bruno also practices in the areas of financial institutions and finance, representing both banks and borrowers in loan documentation, mortgage and real estate financing, UCC financing, workouts, forbearances, renegotiations and commercial short sales.

            He has been appointed and served as Park District Attorney for the Rolling Meadows Park District since 1979.

In addition to the ISBA Real Estate Law Section Council, Bruno served on the Board of Editors of the Illinois Bar Record (1994-2001).  Other professional activities include the Chicago Bar Association (Board of Managers 1983-83; Chairman, Young Lawyers Section 1982-83; Board of Editors, Chicago Bar Record 1989-91; Editor in Chief, The Communicator 1987-88; and membership in the Real Property, Business Law, Environmental Law and Commercial Finance and Transactions Committees); American Bar Association; Chicago Mortgage Attorneys Association; and Real Estate Investment Association (REIA).  He was a course instructor at IIT-Chicago-Kent College of Law, Real Estate Document Drafting (1978-79) and currently is a member of the Advisory Board of Coordinated Advice and Referral Programs for Legal Services (CARPLS), Chicago, Illinois, of which he was a founding member and member of the original board of directors.

He has spoken on real estate, environmental, survey, title insurance, estate  planning  and finance matters at seminars sponsored by, among others,  the Illinois State Bar Association, The Chicago Bar Association, the DuPage County Bar Association, Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education and LORMAN Education Seminars.   In 1998, Bruno spoke at the Omni Juris Banking Seminar, Annecy, France on the Impact of Environmental Law on American Banks.


Currently residing in the Stonebridge area of Aurora, Bruno had lived in Wheaton for 35 years, where he was very active in the community.  He was a founding member and on the original board of directors for the New 200 Foundation and was a long-time member of St. Paul Lutheran Church where he served as President.


He received his J.D. with honors from IIT-Chicago Kent College of Law and BA from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana.  Bruno has been rated AV by Martindale-Hubbell and named to Chicago’s Top Rated Lawyers.

Licensed for 49 years
State IL
Status Active And Authorized To Practice Law
Acquired 1973
Updated 01/06/2023

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Huck Bouma, PC
1755 Naperville Road
Suite 200
Wheaton, IL, 60189


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Posted by Andrew | September 6, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Business Attorney, Reasonable Rates
Mr. Tabis has represented my financial institution in lending and real estate matters. He has always done excellent work and has reasonable billing rates. His knowledge of real estate law and title insurance is extensive. He brings a lot of "common sense" to his work and understands that clients need practical solutions to real world problems.
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Posted by Tom | July 18, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
A long great relationship
I have known Bruno for over 20 years both professionally and personally. He has represented me in many matters over the years with the upmost skill and professionalism. I highly recommend him.


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Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Huck Bouma, PC
  • 2018 - Present
  • Shareholderr/Owner
  • Haskin, Corrigan, Tabis & Parravano, P.C.
  • 2013 - 2018
  • Partner
  • Crowley Barrett & Karaba
  • 2003 - 2013


  • Chicago Kent Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1973
  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • N/A


  • Wheaton Lions Club
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • DuPage County Estate Planning Council
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • DuPage County Bar Association
  • Member, Estate Planning and Probate Committee
  • 2013 - Present
  • DuPage County Bar Association
  • Member, Business Law Committee
  • 2013 - Present
  • DuPage County Bar Association
  • Member, Real Estate Law Committee
  • 2013 - Present
  • Chicago Mortgage Attorneys Association
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Member, Commercial Finance and Transactions Committee
  • 1988 - Present
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Member, Real Property Law Committee
  • 1985 - Present
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Member, Environmental Law Committee
  • 1985 - Present
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Member, Business Law Committee
  • 1985 - Present
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Member (Real Estate Law Section Council)
  • 1973 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member ( Section of Business Law)
  • 1973 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member (Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Section)
  • 1973 - Present
  • Real Estate Investment Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - 2013
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Board of Editors-Ill Bar Journal
  • 1994 - 2001
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Chairman (Real Estate Law Council)
  • 1993 - 1994
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Board of Managers
  • 1983 - 1985
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Chairman, Young Lawyers Section
  • 1982 - 1983
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Top Rated
  • Chicago's Top Rated Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Top Rated
  • Chicago's Top Rated Lawyers
  • 2012
  • AV Preeminent Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 1979


  • Chicago- Kent Law Review, vol. 48, Iss. 2
  • “Illinois Conservator’s Right to Invade Joint Savings Account”
  • 1973
  • Chicago- Kent Law Review: Vol 48, Iss. 1
  • “Illinois Totten Trust: The Rights of Legal Representative of a Beneficiary Who Predeceases the Trustee”
  • 1972

Speaking Engagements

  • Residential Real Estate Closings from Listing Through Closing
  • Liting Agreements, Engagement Letters and Disclosure Forms
  • 2015
  • Real Estate Law Update
  • Legislative Update
  • 2015
  • 11th Annual Real Estate Short Course
  • Estate Planning with Real Estate
  • 2015
  • West Suburban Illini Club
  • Legal Considerations in Business Entity Formation and Maintenance
  • 2014
  • Joint Meeting of the Estate Planning and Real Estate Committees
  • Hot TODIs and Other Real Estate Cures
  • 2014
  • 10th Annual Real Estate Short Course
  • Illinois Statutory Update
  • 2014
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Unknown Attorney | May 13
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Estate planning Attorney | Feb 25
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"Bruno is a an excellent lawyer with decades of experience in the local community. More importantly, he is a person of impeccable integrity who has offered me some great mentorship as I build my practice. I would endorse him to anyone."
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Wheaton Estate planning Lawyer Bruno Walter Tabis Jr.
Bruno Walter Tabis Jr.
Estate planning Attorney
Wheaton, IL
Licensed for 49 years