• Posted on June 1, 2022

    Education

    • Illinois Institute of Technology Chicago-Kent College of Law
      Chicago, Illinois, 2007
      Juris Doctor (with honors)
    • University of Wisconsin
      Madison, Wisconsin, 2002
      B.S. (graduated with Distinction)

    Associations & Memberships

    • Du Page County Bar Association
      Estate Planning, Probate sections
    • DuPage County Estate Planning Council
    • Illinois State Bar Association
      Trusts & Estates section
      Real Property section

    Admissions

    • Illinois
    • United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois

    Derek M. Johnson is a Director in the Estate Planning Department, focusing in the areas of Wealth Transfer and Estate/Trust Planning, Probate and Trust Administration, Estate and Gift Taxation, Business Organizations and Acquisitions, Real Estate Transactions, and Contract Review and Negotiations.

    Derek began his legal career working on a wide range of transactional and litigation matters, including trusts and estate planning, business transactions and litigation, general commercial litigation, and commercial and residential real estate transactions and litigation. As time passed, Derek realized his passion lay in the transactional practice areas of trust and estate planning and administration, corporate law, real estate, and other related areas in which he currently serves his individual and business owner clients. Not one to discount his other legal experience, Derek also relies on the skills he learned as a former litigator in developing sound strategies for representing his clients with an eye toward careful legal drafting and assisting clients in anticipating and avoiding disputes.

    Derek was raised in Wheaton and graduated from Wheaton-Warrenville South High School. In 2017, Derek returned to live in Wheaton with his wife, Jami, and their two children. In his free time, Derek enjoys spending time with his family and friends, exercising, reading, and exploring new music. Derek looks forward to meeting and working with you to accomplish your goals.

     

    Representative Published Works
    • Accessing a Deceased Loved One’s E-mail and Other “Digital Assets” (Jan. 30, 2019).
    Link: https://www.oakbrookestateplanning.com/articles/accessing-a-deceased-loved-ones-e-mail-and-other-digital-assets
    • Derek M. Johnson, Debts, Secret Tax Liens, and Other Estate Traps, Illinois Bar Journal, Vol. 106, No. 10 (Oct. 2018).
    Link: https://www.oakbrookestateplanning.com/articles/debts-secret-tax-liens-and-other-estate-traps
    • Derek M. Johnson, Income Tax Consequences for Probate Estates When Resolving Claims for Less Than the Full Amount,
    Illinois State Bar Association, Trusts & Estates Section Newsletter, Vol. 65, No. 3 (Sept. 2018).
    Link: https://www.oakbrookestateplanning.com/articles/income-tax-consequences-of-claims-against-probate-estates
    • Kimberly S. Coogan, Carrie M. Buddingh & Derek M. Johnson, To Port . . .Or Not To Port?,
    DCBA Brief, Vol. 28, Issue 10 (June 2016)
    • Derek M. Johnson, Illinois’ Health Care Agency Laws: A Hierarchical Game Of Who’s On First,   DCBA Brief, Vol. 25, Issue 6 (March 2013)

     


  • Posted on April 1, 2022

    Education

    • University of  Notre Dame Law School, South Bend, Indiana, 1974
      – J.D.
    • St. Mary’s University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 1969
      – B.A., History

    Associations & Memberships

    • DuPage County Bar Association
    • Illinois State Bar Association
    • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
    • Rotary Club of Lombard
      –Board Member
      –Director of International Services
    • Montini Catholic High School
      – Member, Board of Directors
    • Economic Development Committee, Village of Lombard
    • Elmhurst Hospital, Board of Governors
    • Lombard Area Chamber of Commerce
      Past President

    Awards and Recognitions

    • Declaration and Recognition of Service,
      entered in U.S. House of Representatives Congressional Record, February 5, 2018
    • Village of Lombard
      Man of the Year (2001)
      Senior Man of the Year (2017)

    Admissions

    • Illinois

     

    Dennis J. McNicholas, is a Director in the Trusts & Estates and the Real Estate Departments, focusing his practice principally in the areas of estate planning, probate proceedings, guardianship, real estate and mediation.

    Dennis comes to Huck Bouma most recently from the law firm of Dennis J. McNicholas, Ltd. where he had devoted his legal career to Estate Planning, Decedent’s Estates, Guardianship Estates, Elder Law, Elder Mediation, Real Estate, Mediation of Family Disputes and other related areas.

    As for me personally, I am married to the love of my life, Karin, for 48 years this year. Karin is a licensed clinical social worker for over 40 years and has dedicated her life to counseling her clients. I do tease her when I say that she still has not been able to diagnose me.

    We have three adult children and six grandchildren all of whom live within 40 minutes of our home.

    After spending the first four years of my career from 1974-1978 working as a lawyer in downtown Chicago, I decided to start my own practice in the Lombard area so as to be more available to my wife and children. I wanted to be a much more integral part of our children’s activities as they grew up. I have reaped untold benefits from that decision and the bonding with my children and grandchildren that has resulted. I say that young children and grandchildren are like wet cement in which we make impressions that last their entire lives. I dedicated myself to making those impressions the most positive and beneficial as they could be. I now number our three adult children among my best friends.

    Armed with the love and support of my nuclear family, extended family, friends and clients, I have tried over the course of my professional career to integrate my passion to serve others into my personal life as an attorney. In that regard, I have

    • served as a member of The Board of Governors at Elmhurst Hospital for 17 years;
    • served as a Board Member and Director of International Services for The Rotary Club of Lombard which I have belonged to for approximately 35-years.
    • served as a past President of The Lombard Area Chamber of Commerce, and The Economic Community Development Committee for the Village of Lombard for over 30-years.
    • served as a member of The Montini Catholic High School Board for over 25 years.
    • been selected as Man of the Year (2001) and Senior Man of the Year (2017) for the Village of Lombard.
    • published a memoir entitled “God Called Collect from Cleveland”, in addition to being the subject of an article in the December 6, 2017 DuPage County Daily Herald entitled “Lombard Man Aims to Make the Most of His Days”.
    • been contacted by the Honorable Peter J. Roskam in early 2018 and was presented with a Declaration and Recognition of Service which was read into The Federal Congressional Record on February 5, 2018.

    Publications – Books & Articles
    “God Called Collect from Cleveland”, McNicholas (2017).

    Lombard Man Aims to Make the Most of His Days”, published in the DuPage County Daily Herald, December 3, 2017.

    “Could He Have a More Adventurous Life?”, published in Guideposts Magazine: Living Longer, Living Better; August 24, 2017. https://www.guideposts.org/better-living/health-and-wellness/living-longer-living-better/could-he-have-a-more-adventurous-life and

    “Dennis McNicholas on the Benefits of Taking Chances Later in Life”, Guideposts Magazine: Living Longer, Living Better; September, 2017. https://www.guideposts.org/better-living/health-and-wellness/living-longer-living-better/dennis-mcnicholas-on-the-benefits-of


  • Posted on November 22, 2021

    Education

    • Boston College Law School, Newton, MA
      Juris Doctor, 1991
    • University of Massachusetts at Amherst
      Amherst, MA
      Major: Political Science (BA)

    Associations & Memberships

    • DuPage County Bar Association

    Admissions

    • Illinois

     

    Brian R. Connors is a Director at Huck Bouma. Brian has extensive experience leading and closing a wide array of commercial real estate, lending and business transactions. Prior to joining Huck Bouma, Brian served for more than 20 years as senior and assistant corporate counsel for a commercial real estate investment company and for national and regional commercial banks in the Chicagoland area. He also practiced law at large and midsized law firms in Boston, Massachusetts.

    Brian’s experience in commercial real estate transactions includes acquisitions and dispositions, real estate finance and representing both landlords and tenants in the negotiation of commercial leases. Brian is highly skilled in structuring, documenting and negotiating commercial finance transactions, including asset-based and working capital loans, mortgage and construction loans and acquisition financings.

    Brian’s immersion in the distinct business pressures of each organization where he served as in-house counsel has instilled the ability to develop practical solutions and creative approaches to move transactions forward without compromising long-term client goals.

    Brian is admitted to practice in Illinois. He received his law degree in 1991 from Boston College Law School and his B.A. in political science in 1988 from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.


  • Posted on March 23, 2021

    Education

    • Chicago-Kent College of Law,
      Juris Doctor, cum laude 2020
    • Elmhurst University
      BA Psychology, summa cum laude 2016

    Associations & Memberships

    • Women’s Bar Association
    • Du Page County Bar Association

    Admissions

    • Illinois

    Awards

    • CALI Award recipient – Estate Planning, best exam 2019
    • CALI Award recipient – Legislation, best exam 2018
    • Recipient of three Outstanding Attorney Awards at American Mock Trial Association tournaments

    Alexandra Prejzner is an associate attorney in Huck Bouma’s litigation practice group. Alexandra represents businesses and individuals on a variety of civil litigation matters including commercial disputes and contested estates and guardianships.

    Alexandra attended Elmhurst University, where she graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor’s of Arts in psychology. She received her Juris Doctorate and graduated cum laude from the Chicago-Kent College of Law.

    Alexandra served as team captain of her Mock Trial team at Elmhurst University and subsequently competed in Chicago-Kent College of Law’s Moot Court team.

    As a point of interest, Alexandra enjoys painting, reading, and traveling.


  • 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

    • 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)
      Chair – Real Estate Law Section Council, 2022-2023
    • 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

    • 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.


  • Posted on December 10, 2020

    Education

    • University of Iowa, College of Law, J.D. (with distinction)
    • Iowa State University, B.S.
      (Major in History, 1985)

    Admissions, Associations & Memberships

    • Member Illinois State Bar

    Associations

    • Illinois State Bar Association
    • Kane County Bar Association
    • Phi Alpha Theta (academic honorary fraternity for scholarship in the field of history)

    Keith A. Spong (retired) practiced all areas of commercial and residential real estate law as well as general business and tax matters ancillary to real estate issues. Keith’s experience includes complex commercial sales and acquisitions involving industrial properties, shopping center properties, farms and multi-family properties, including the structuring of Section 1031 Tax Deferred Exchanges in connection with such real estate transactions.

    Keith has extensive experience in commercial leasing, representing both landlords and tenants, including frequent involvement with various shopping center leases. He further represented builders and developers in condominium projects, including the drafting of condominium declarations and establishment of the related association structures for such projects. In addition, Keith has documented numerous loan transactions involving real estate and non-real estate loans and he also has experience in corporate mergers and acquisitions, both involving real estate and otherwise.

    Prior to the joinder of Huck Bouma PC and Brady & Jensen, LLP in 2017, Keith was a partner at Brady & Jensen, LLP, where he spent most of his 30 plus years in private practice. He has spoken several times at continuing legal education seminars on various real estate topics.

    Keith lives in St. Charles with his wife, Kelly. He is a passionate international and adventure traveler/high-altitude trekker as well as a student of history, which is a lifelong interest.

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  • Posted on December 10, 2020

    Education

    • Loyola University Chicago School of Law, Chicago, Illinois – J.D. – 1974
    • Northwestern University Technological Institute, Evanston, Illinois – B.S.E.E. – 1969

    Associations & Memberships

    • Kane County Bar Association, Member, 1981 – Present
    • Chicago Bar Association, Land Trusts, Real Property and Antitrust Subcommittee, Past Member, 1978 – Present
    • Illinois State Bar Association, Member, 1978 – Present
    • Kane County Bar Association Commercial Real Estate Law Subcommittee, Chairperson
    • Home Builders of the Greater Fox Valley, 1987 – 1990

    Fraternities/Sororities

    • Alpha Delta Phi

    Admissions

    • Illinois, 1974
      U.S. Federal Court, 1974

    JOHN E. REGAN graduated from Northwestern University Technological Institute with a B.S.E.E. degree and from Loyola University School of Law with a J.D. degree.

    He was admitted to practice in 1974 and is a partner with the firm. Mr. Regan concentrates in commercial, industrial and residential development real estate law, including annexations, planned developments, construction and land development contract matters and zoning and subdivision entitlements. He also counsels governmental bodies with regard to general corporate matters, finance and tax matters. Other areas of practice concentration include corporate and commercial law, estate planning, trust and probate practice. John’s prior experience includes serving for 23 years as East Dundee village attorney.

    Representative clients have included Villages of East and West Dundee, Dundee Township Park District, Elgin Community College District 509, Sunset Logistics, State Oil Company, Nexamp, Inc. Solar Energy Solutions, Boston, Mass., National Shopping Plazas, Eric J. Fernandez & Co. accounting, Chemtech Plastics and HiLine Utility Supply.

    He is a member of the Kane County Bar Association, Chicago Bar Association and the Illinois State Bar Association. He is also involved in various civic organizations including currently serving as Board Chairman of the Golden Corridor Family YMCA and member of the Elgin Heritage Commission and Rotary Club of Elgin.

    Prior to the joinder of Huck Bouma PC, John was a partner at Early, Tousey, Regan, Wlodek & Wong, LLP and its predecessor firms of which he was a founding member. He is a frequent speaker at Kane County Bar Association continuing legal education seminars on various business and real estate topics.

    John lives in Elgin with his wife Flicka. He has three grown children and three grandchildren. John Has a lifelong passion for the sport of sailing and has participated in one design and offshore racing for over 45 years.


  • Posted on December 9, 2020

    Education

    • John Marshall Law School, Chicago, Illinois, 1974
      J.D. Butler University, Indianapolis, Indiana, 1967
      B.S

    Admissions, Associations & Memberships

    • DuPage County Bar Association
    • Illinois Real Estate Lawyers Association
    • 18th Judicial Circuit, DuPage County, Illinois Arbitrator
    • Illinois Bar Association

    Admissions

    • Illinois

    Calvin E. Koeppel focuses his practice on general corporate law, commercial transactions, commercial and residential real estate law, real estate development and estate planning, which includes successor planning for his corporate clients.

    After more than thirty-five years as a transactional lawyer, Cal merged his suburban law practice with Huck Bouma in 2011.

    Cal resides in Illinois and Florida with his wife and enjoys golfing.