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About me

I have counseled many businesses, from the smallest to very large companies, from routine corporate actions to major transactions. Among other things I have specialized in finance, working with lenders and borrowers on standard (at low cost) to complicated financings, including leveraged leases, stock and bond securities, taxable and tax-exempt bonds, and all kinds of security, from receivables, equipment and inventory to real estate, equity interests and other unusual collateral. 

I pride myself in accomplishing my client's objectives efficiently and effectively. My computer literacy and ability to avoid delegating except where it is cost effective means that my clients work directly with me and not through layers of staff. 

My undergraduate and graduates degrees in English and Comparative Literature have helped me develop exceptional writing skills and the ability to expalin complex legal concerns simply and clearly. 

My interests include baseball, science fiction and music. I enjoy opera and classical music and have developed my baritone voice in various venues.


Languages spoken: Hungarian, German, French

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Practice areas


  1. Contracts: 20%
    38 years
  2. Financial Services: 10%
    38 years
  3. Real Estate: 10%
    38 years
  4. Government Contracts: 10%
    27 years
  5. Other: 50%
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Hourly ($270-300/hour)

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  • Arieh Mordechai Flemenbaum

    Louis is an experienced and skilled business attorney, and I can personally attest that Louis provides outstanding and affordable advice and support to the businesses that he serves. I highly recommend Louis Bell as your business and corporate lawyer.


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    Relationship: Co-worker

  • Rafi R. Arbel

    Louis does a great job for his clients.


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    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Griffith & Jacobson, LLC

55 West Monroe Street Suite 3550
Chicago, IL, 60603


ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law197805/17/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Phi Beta KappaPhi Beta Kappa1961
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerGriffith & Jacobson, LLC1994 - Present
PartnerWilson & McIlvaine1981 - 1994
AssociateMayer Brown1978 - 1981
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Bar AssociationMember1978 - Present
Chicago Bar AssociationMember1978 - Present
National Association of Bond LawyersMember1991 - 1994
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Chicago Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1978
Princeton UniversityComparative LiteraturePhD - Doctorate1975