• Posted on August 31, 2021

    Education

    • Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, Chicago, IL
      Juris Doctor, May 2020
    • University of Texas at Dallas
      BA Political Science, 2017

    Associations & Memberships

    • Illinois State Bar Association
    • Du Page County Bar Association
    • Chicago Bar Association

    Admissions

    • Illinois

    William Tresch is an associate in the Business Services practice area, focusing his practice principally on issues that arise throughout the life span of a business, from its initial organization to growth issues such as contractual agreements, and employment matters, through ongoing transactions of a mature enterprise such as tax planning, employee benefits, executive compensation, and financial problems. He has focused increasingly on mergers and acquisitions (M&A) and the transition to the next generation of owners.

    William received his law degree from Northwestern Pritzker School of Law where he worked in the Bluhm Legal Clinic Center for Investor Protection and Complex Civil Litigation. He also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from University of Texas at Dallas where he was selected to join the Bill Archer Fellowship Program. 


  • Posted on August 3, 2021

    Education

    • Chicago-Kent College of Law, Chicago, IL, 2018
      Juris Doctor
    • University of Illinois, Urbana, IL, 2015
      Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Political
      Science

    Associations and Memberships

    • DuPage County Bar Association

    Admissions

    • Illinois

    William D. Hacker is an associate in the Business Services Practice Area focusing on a variety of areas of corporate law.

    Bill earned his Juris Doctor from Chicago-Kent College of Law in May of 2018, where he received a
    certificate in Business Law. His studies included courses in business organizations, taxation of business enterprises, securities regulation, commercial law, and several legal writing courses. He received the CALI Award for his work in Transactional Legal Writing while at Chicago-Kent.

    During law school, Bill also served as a law clerk at a residential and commercial real estate firm in the southwest suburbs, as well as a litigation firm in downtown Chicago. Prior to joining Huck Bouma, Bill practiced at a firm in Chicago in the areas of corporate law, estate planning, and real estate transactions.

    Bill received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois, majoring in Economics and Political Science. In addition, he was the president and a player on the University of Illinois Club Baseball team.


  • Posted on December 11, 2020

    Areas of Practice

    • Business Services
    • Mergers & Acquisitions

    Education

    • University of Pennsylvania Law School, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, J.D., 1970
      – Honors: Cum Laude
      – Honors: Outstanding Editor of the Law Review
    • University of Chicago’s Graduate School of Business (now Chicago Booth), Executive Program, M.B.A., 1988
    • Brown University, A.B., 1967

    Admissions, Associations & Memberships

    • MBBI (Board of Directors)
    • Business Executive Exchange of Naperville (Past President, Treasurer)

    William H. Wentz’s practice focuses on privately-held companies – from start-up organizations to mature, established companies – in a wide range of industries. Bill is particularly knowledgeable and experienced in counseling clients on the appropriate transactional structure relating to the acquisition or sale of a business. Bill also regularly advises his business clients with license agreements and other technology issues, employment retention and incentive matters, and other commercial matters. Finally, Bill is experienced in structuring domestic and international joint ventures and partnerships.

    For the past two decades, Bill’s primary interest has been privately-held businesses. Bill founded the Entrepreneurial Roundtable for the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business in 1991 and served as its chief Coordinator until 2013. He was also one of the founders of the Midwest Business Brokers and Intermediaries (MBBI), the leading organization of professionals in the Midwest concerned with mergers and acquisitions.

    Early in his legal career, Bill served as Associate General Counsel of the Civil Aeronautics Board, in charge of the Board’s litigation and enforcement during airline deregulation. Prior to the CAB, he was an attorney-advisor to two Chairmen of the Federal Trade Commission.

    Bill resides in Naperville with his wife. He enjoys traveling and recently spent time in Asia.

    “AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell DistinguishedSM and Martindale-Hubbell NotableSM are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell® certification procedures, standards and policies.”


  • Posted on December 10, 2020

    Education

    • Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, Illinois 2013, Master of Taxation (LLM)
    • Pepperdine University School of Law, Malibu, California 2011, J.D.
    • Law Journal: Journal of Business, Entrepreneurship, and the Law, Associate Editor
    • Pepperdine University, Malibu, California 2006, Magna Cum Laude
      Honors: Dean’s List; Golden Key Society
      Major: Political Science

    Associations & Memberships

    • Illinois State Bar Association Member
    • DuPage County Bar Association Member
    • WealthCounsel

    Admissions

    • Illinois

    Carleton W. Yoder joined Huck Bouma, PC in 2013.  Carleton, a Director with the Firm, concentrates his practice in the areas of Trusts and Estates, tax and transactional matters, business succession planning, estate and gift strategies, estate and trust administration, and wealth transfer through estate and gift planning.

    Carleton handles estates both large and small, and represents his individual and business clients’ transactional and operational needs through the custom drafting of Wills, Revocable Living Trusts, Irrevocable Trusts, Grantor Retained Annuity Trusts, Charitable Remainder Trusts, and business succession plans.  He believes in taking the time to understand his clients’ needs, objectives, and desires before applying the tools available to fulfill those needs.

    Carleton attended Pepperdine University where he graduated, magna cum laude, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. He later returned to Pepperdine to attend its School of Law where he received his Juris Doctor. After graduating law school, Carleton moved back to DuPage County.  Carleton enjoys the study of taxation, and during his first year with Huck Bouma, distinguished himself by finishing his Master of Laws in Taxation (LLM) at Chicago-Kent College of Lawearning the CALI award in Tax Accounting and State and Local Taxation.

    Carleton was born in Chicago, raised in DuPage County, and currently resides in Wheaton with his family. He enjoys photography, automobiles, and going on bike rides with his family on the Illinois Prairie Path.

    Publications:
    Pitfalls of the Power of Attorney for Property, DCBA Brief, 2015

    “The 8.5 Steps Toward Ensuring Your Estate Plan is in Order,” blog appearing in Common Financial Sense, Cross Point Wealth. May 2, 2019.


  • Posted on December 10, 2020

    Education

    • DePaul College of Law, J.D.
    • University of Illinois, B.A.

    Admissions, Associations & Memberships

    • Illinois

    Memberships

    • DuPage County Bar Association
    • Illinois State Bar Association Member

    Anastasia Xinos is a Director in the Life and Legacy Planning Group, concentrating her practice in the areas of estate planning, estate and trust administration, probate, guardianship and real estate, both residential and commercial. Anastasia’s experience includes helping individuals and families plan to transfer wealth, including wills, revocable trusts, irrevocable trusts and other estate planning tools, as well as helping families after their loved ones pass.

    A graduate of DePaul University College of Law in Chicago, Illinois, Anastasia received her Juris Doctor in May 2006. During her law school career, Anastasia co-founded and was president of the Hellenic Law Society from 2004-2005 and vice president 2005-2006. She also received the honors of being on the Dean’s list and awards for the highest marks in two of her classes. Anastasia received her Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, in Political Science, and a minor in German, from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

    Anastasia is a member of the American Bar Association, Illinois State Bar Association, Chicago Bar Association and DuPage County Bar Association. She has mentored several younger attorneys through the DuPage County Bar Association Mentor/Mentee program and enjoys sharing her knowledge and skills with new attorneys.

    Prior to joining Huck Bouma, Anastasia worked at Gardiner Koch Weisberg & Wrona in Naperville and Chicago, and the Law Offices of Rogers and Associates, LLC, in Naperville.

    Anastasia speaks Greek fluently, as it is her first language, and is also proficient in spoken German. She lives in Woodridge, with her husband, and enjoys spending her free time with her family and reading.


  • Posted on December 10, 2020

    Education

    • Loyola University Chicago School of Law
      Juris Doctor, 2001
    • Loyola University Chicago
      B.A. cum laude, 1998

    Associations & Memberships

    • Illinois State Bar Association

    Admissions

    • Illinois

    Alison J. Wetzel is an experienced transactional attorney in the firm’s Business Services practice group. Over the course of her career, Alison has acted as a trusted legal advisor to privately-held businesses across diverse industries, providing practical solutions and risk-balanced advice on day-to-day legal and business issues.

    In her practice, Alison handles a wide variety of business transactions, including acquisitions and divestitures, commercial contracts, business planning and commercial financing transactions. She is skilled at drafting and negotiating a wide variety of complex commercial contracts, including manufacturing, supply, vendor, distributor, non-disclosure, licensing, information technology, construction, engineering services, consulting, professional services and master services agreements.

    Alison is also experienced in representing buyers and sellers in acquisition and divestiture transactions, including conducting due diligence, negotiating and drafting purchase agreements and other transaction documents, and assisting with business transition matters. In addition, Alison counsels clients on entity formation matters, including entity selection, shareholder agreements and operating agreements.

    Alison has served as outside general counsel to privately-held businesses in a broad range of industries, including manufacturers and suppliers, construction contractors, engineering firms, software development and information technology firms, physicians and other professionals. She is an innovative business attorney who collaborates with her clients to successfully achieve their business objectives.

    Prior to joining Huck Bouma, Alison served as a Partner with the Burr Ridge law firm of Goldstine, Skrodzki, Russian, Nemec and Hoff, Ltd.


  • Posted on December 10, 2020

    Education

    • Loyola University Chicago, B.A., 1971
    • John Marshall Law School, J.D., 1976

    Admissions, Associations & Memberships

    • Illinois State Bar Association
    • State Bar of Arizona
    • Illinois
    • Arizona

    Joseph W. Tully has been an attorney for over 40 years, and is licensed to practice law in Illinois and Arizona. In 2015, his law practice merged with that of Huck Bouma.

    His practice is concentrated in the areas of estate planning, trust administration, probate, and business services. By employing proven and effective techniques, Joe enables his estate planning clients to minimize taxation and avoid the costs and delays associated with probate.
    Joe is counsel to many small business entities. He advises business owners on tax and other matters. He provides advice on business succession planning.

    Joe and his wife, Karen Sakash PhD, reside in Chicago and also spend time at their residence in Cochise County, Arizona. They are the proud parents of three adult daughters: Elisabeth, Katherine and Sarah.

    Joe enjoys fishing, golf, poker and riding his all-terrain vehicle.


  • Posted on December 10, 2020

    Education

    • IIT-Chicago-Kent College of Law, J. D. with distinction, 1973
      University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, B.A., English Literature

    Associations & Memberships

    • Illinois State Bar Association
      Member, Real Estate Law Section Council (Chairman 1993-94)
    • DuPage County Bar Association
      Member, Section Council, Business Law and Practice Section
    • Chicago Bar Association
      Board of Managers (1983-85)
      Chairman, Young Lawyers Section (1982-83)
      Member and former Chairman, Herman Kogan Media Awards Committee
    • American Bar Association
    • Chicago Mortgage Attorneys Association

    Admissions

    • State of Illinois
      U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
    • State of Illinois
    • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

    BRUNO W. TABIS, JR. joined Huck Bouma in 2018, after previously practicing in Chicago for nearly 40 years. Bruno serves as general counsel for closely held businesses, concentrating 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.

    His commercial real estate practice includes purchases and sales, condominium development and conversions, project development and construction contracting, leasing, property management and environmental compliance, permitting and remediation.

    Bruno 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.
    He 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.

    Currently residing in the Stonebridge area of Aurora, Bruno had lived in Wheaton for 35 years, where he continues to be 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. His wife, Stacie Pierce, teaches English at Wheaton-Warrenville South High School.

    Bruno has been rated AV “Preeminent”by Martindale-Hubbell and named to Chicago’s Top Rated Lawyers.

    Bruno is an accomplished technical, deep wreck SCUBA diver. He has explored numerous Lake Michigan shipwrecks, including the 370 foot deep Carl D. Bradley, a Great Lakes freighter and Edmund Fitzgerald look-alike which also broke up in a November storm.

    Speaking Engagements/Presentations

    • DuPage County Bar Association, Business Law MCLE Meeting, “Common Provisions Affecting Transferability of Ownership Interests in Closely Held Corporations and LLCs,” May 14, 2019.
    • Illinois State Bar Association “Legislative Update,” Real Estate Law Update 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 “Listing Agreements/Engagement Letters/Disclosure Forms,” Residential Real Estate Transactions from Listing to Closing, 2015
    • Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education “Estate Planning with Real Estate”; 11th Annual Real Estate Short Course, 2015 “Statutory Update”; 10th Annual Real Estate Short Course, 2014
    • DuPage County Bar Association “Hot TODIs and Other Real Estate Cures,” Joint Presentation of Estate Planning and Probate Law and Practice Real Estate Law and Practice Sections, 2014
    • West Suburban Illini Alumni Association “Legal Considerations in Business Entity Formation and Maintenance,” 2014
    • LORMAN Education Seminars-CLE presenter on finance, title insurance, survey, environmental and real estate matters at multiple seminars.
    • Omni Juris Banking Seminar, Annecy, France 1998-presenter Impact of Environmental Law on American Banks.
    • Chicago Bar Association, Kane County Bar Association and other organizations -Presenter on environmental, bank lending and real estate matters at multiple seminars.
    • Instructor, IIT-Chicago-Kent College of Law, Real Estate Document Drafting (1978-79).

    Publications

    • “Illinois Totten Trust: The Rights of Legal Representative of a Beneficiary Who Predeceases the Trustee”, Chicago- Kent Law Review: Vol 48, Iss. 1, reviewed in American Bar Association Journal , vol. 58, August, 1972, p. 876
    • ”Totten Trusts Tottering in Illinois” resulting in statutory revision of statute, now incorporated into “Illinois Trust and Payable on Death Accounts Act”, 205 ILCS 625/1 et seq.
    • “Illinois Conservator’s Right to Invade Joint Savings Account”
    • Chicago- Kent Law Review, vol. 48, Iss. 2, most recently cited by Wisconsin Supreme Court in Johnnie Russ vs. Elliott Russ(2007), 2007 WI 83, 302 Wisc 2d 264, 734 N.W. 2d 874

    Community Service

    • Wheaton Lions Club .NEW 200 Foundation (now Student Excellence Foundation), founding member and original board member
    • St. Paul Lutheran Church, Wheaton, Illinois
    • Coordinated Advice and Referral Programs for Legal Services (CARPLS), Chicago, Illinois Advisory Board Founding member, original board of directors


  • Posted on December 10, 2020

    Education

    • DePaul University College of Law, Chicago, Illinois: LLM in Taxation
    • DePaul University College of Law, Chicago, Illinois: J.D.
    • University of Illinois, Urbana: B.A. in Finance

    Associations & Memberships

    • DuPage County Bar Association, Tax Committee: Chairman 2009-2010, 2012-2013 Vice Chairman 2008-2009, 2011-2012
    • American Bar Association
    • Midwest Business Brokers and Intermediaries Member

    Admissions

    • Illinois

    Associations & Memberships

    • DuPage County Bar Association,
      Tax Committee: Chairman 2009-2010, 2012-2013
      Vice Chairman 2008-2009, 2011-2012
    • American Bar Association
    • Midwest Business Brokers and Intermediaries Member

    William J. Strons joined Huck Bouma, PC in 2002 and has served as the Firm’s Managing Shareholder since 2012. Bill also currently serves as Co-Chair of Huck Bouma’s M&A and Corporate Transactional practice groups.

    With over 25 years of experience in mergers and acquisitions, Bill uses this wealth of knowledge to efficiently evaluate complex business transactions in a manner best suited for the client. Bill has extensive experience in working with both buyers and sellers from various industries in the structuring, implementation, and financing of transactions. In this capacity, Bill has aided clients in:

    • Designing and implementing strategies
    • Drafting and reviewing Letters of Intent
    • Structuring, negotiating, and managing business transactions
    • Counseling on the tax structure of raising capital
    • Drafting and reviewing buy-sell agreements

    Over the course of his practice, Bill has assisted clients with complex asset and stock acquisitions and divestitures, tax-free reorganizations and restructuring, joint venture agreements, tax-deferred equity rollover transactions, and private placement offerings.

    Bill also represents a variety of closely-held businesses in all aspects of their corporate and tax planning matters. With a strong tax background, Bill advises clients on succession planning, federal and state tax planning, compliance, governance, and employment contracts.

    Bill is a frequent speaker for a variety of industry organizations, including the Midwest Business Brokers & Intermediaries group, the DuPage Bar Association and the University of Chicago Booth School of Business Entrepreneurial Roundtable.  Bill is a past chair of the DuPage Bar Association’s Tax Law Committee and has presented topics such as tax strategies in selling the closely-held business, legal due diligence in the M&A transaction, and key terms of a letter of intent.

    Bill lives in Naperville with his wife. He is a Chicago sports enthusiast and also enjoys golfing and fishing.


  • Posted on December 10, 2020

    Education

    • University of Kansas School of Law, Lawrence, Kansas, 1969
      JD
    • The University of Kansas, 1971
      M.B.A.
    • University of Kansas, 1964
      B.A., Major: Economics

    Associations & Memberships

    • DuPage County Bar Association
    • Village of Glen Ellyn, 1998 – 2003 Trustee
    • Village of Glen Ellyn, Plan Commission Vice Chair
    • University of Kansas Law School
      Board of Governors (2020-2024)
      Member: KU Chancellor’s Club
      Alumni Assn President’s Club

    Admissions

    • Illinois

    Jay B. Strayer focuses his legal practice on corporate and commercial law, with an emphasis on mergers and acquisitions. Jay also counsels individuals and business owners in their estate planning, probate, and commercial real estate transactional needs.
    Jay was a principal in the law firm of Fewkes Wentz & Strayer in Naperville, Illinois until his firm merged with Huck Bouma in 2007. Prior to entering the private practice of law, Jay was Assistant General Counsel of McGraw-Edison Company, where he directed the activities of the corporate legal staff. Jay was also General Counsel and Secretary of Atcor, Inc., a publicly traded manufacturer and distributor of steel conduit pipe and related products. Jay was also Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of The Jepson Corporation, a diversified holding company that operated ten manufacturing subsidiaries.

    Jay is a retired U.S. Naval Reserve Officer (Commander), specializing in defense logistics and contract administration, and served as Commanding Officer of two Naval Reserve Units. He has served his community as a trustee of the Village of Glen Ellyn from 1998-2003, and currently is Vice Chair of the Plan Commission. Jay and his family are longtime residents of Glen Ellyn.

    Beginning in 2020, Jay has been appointed to a four year term on the Board of Governors of the University of Kansas Law School.