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.
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