George S. Bellas named Illinois Super Lawyer for 13th Year

Chicago Attorney George S. Bellas has been named an Illinois Super Lawyer for the 13th consecutive year. Meet the Principal and Senior Partner of Bellas & Wachowski.


Meet Illinois Super Lawyer George S. Bellas

Illinois Super Lawyer George S. Bellas was born and raised in Chicago. As a child he attended Assumption (Panagia) Church. He is a graduate of Plato School. George traces his Greek roots to Northern Epiros. His parents came to the U.S. when they were children.

George believes in giving back to the community, and his church. He currently attends St. Nectarios Church in Palatine, and has served on the Parish Council. He previously served on the board of directors of the Des Plaines Chamber of Commerce, Village of Palatine Planning Commission, and the board of directors of Volunteers of Northwest Suburban Chicago.


Illinois Super Lawyer George S Bellas
Illinois Super Lawyer George S. Bellas. COURTESY BELLAS & WACHOWSKI


Law career

George attended Loyola University, where he earned a degree in Psychology. He went on to study law at Loyola University. This Illinois Super Lawyer is admitted to the Illinois State Bar, Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, Federal Trial Bar. He’s also admitted Pro Hac Vice in Indiana, Wisconsin, Connecticut, Washington DC, Ohio, New York, Arizona, South Carolina, Texas;,and Second Circuit Court of Appeals.

The Illinois Super Lawyer began his career in 1973, as an Assistant State’s Attorney in Will County.  In 1976 he was appointed Special State’s Attorney, Will County. In this capacity, he successfully argued the case of People ex rel. Rudman v. Rini, 64 Ill.2d 321 (Ill.,1976) before the Illinois Supreme Court.

For more than 40 years, George has represented small business owners. He’s also been involved with complex commercial and business lawsuits as well as class action lawsuits,, mass torts, and SUV rollover cases.

In 1976, he went into private practice, founding George S. Bellas and Associates. In 1992, he became principal and senior partner at the newly established Bellas & Wachowski, in Park Ridge, IL. Since 1996, he has served as Of Counsel for the Clifford Law Offices.

George has been published widely, and is a sought-after speaker. He’s a member of the American Association for Justice, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, American Bar Association, Illinois State Bar Association, Northwest Suburban Bar Association, and Public Justice Foundation.


Illinois Super Lawyer

2017 marks the 13th consecutive year that George has been recognized as an Illinois Super Lawyer in the field of Business Litigation. The award is even more prized, as winners are chosen by other Illinois lawyers.

According to their website, Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The patented selection process includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations.

Over the years, George has garnered a national reputation for his work in complex business lawsuits and the use of technology in the courtroom. This Illinois Super Lawyer is the recipient of numerous accolades, including being recognized nationally for his work as a litigator in complex cases, and his creative use of technology to advance his clients’ positions. He’s also been named one of the top 100 trial lawyers in Illinois.

Congratulations, George!


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