Avni B. Shah
Avni Shah is a partner at Bell Law LLC and focuses her practice on residential and commercial real estate, corporate and estate planning for individuals and small businesses. With over twelve years of experience, she has extensive knowledge in real estate purchases and sales in the Chicagoland area, entity formation for the purposes of limiting liability, and estate planning to effectively re-title and distribute assets.
She has successfully represented a wide variety of buyers and sellers, from first-time home buyers to seasoned investors and developers. She is experienced in all aspects of the real estate transaction, from execution and review of the contract, contract negotiations, document preparation and review, and closing-related matters.
She has worked with clients to purchase existing or new businesses involving the purchase or lease of real property. She has also assisted clients in their corporate and estate planning needs, such as will and trust formation or entity formation. With her unique background in real estate, she is able to appropriately advise clients as to how to title assets and provide alternative options for distributing real estate property for the purposes of estate planning or limiting personal liability.
Avni Shah’s experience enables her to provide her clients with expedited and result-oriented legal representation. She and her team are highly responsive and understand the importance of effective communication with clients and all parties involved to ensure a smooth transaction.
Ohio State University Michael E. Moritz College of Law, Columbus, Ohio
J.D. – 2005
Law Journal: The Ohio State Journal of Dispute Resolution, Associate Editor
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
B.A. – May, 2002
Major: Economics and Political Science
Professional Associations and Memberships
Illinois State Bar Association
Chicago Bar Association
Indian American Bar Association of Chicago
Bell Law was founded in 2005 by Jeremy Bell, a Chicago Kent College of Law graduate, who has been in practice for over five years. Attorney Bell spent his first two years out of law school as a litigator at Quinn, Johnston, Henderson & Pretorius, an insurance defense firm, in Peoria, Illinois. He defended policy holders of various insurers, including State Farm, Allstate and Country Companies. He represented the policy holders in personal injury, premises liability, commercial litigation, defamation, and medical malpractice cases. It was in this capacity that he gained extraordinarily valuable courtroom experience that his peers in Chicago were not yet at a level to enjoy.
After two years as a litigator, Attorney Bell began practicing transactional law at Vonachen, Lawless, Trager & Slevin in Peoria. He gained valuable experience in diverse areas of the law, including real estate, small business/corporate, tax, professional licensure, estate planning and municipal. Among these varied cases he drafted commercial and residential leases; incorporated small business owners (including physicians and dentists); represented an RN who was faced with a narcotics theft charges; drafted wills, trusts and powers of attorney; and prepared tax returns.
In addition to Attorney Bell’s formal legal education and training, he is a very experienced negotiator, drawing from his undergraduate education at DePaul University in Chicago. He graduated with honors with a degree in Industrial/Organization Psychology, a field that focuses on developing interpersonal skills, evaluating and adjusting to human behavior and social dynamics. This has provided Attorney Bell with an advantage in his negotiations and, more generally, his practice of law.
Illinois Institute of Technology Chicago-Kent College of Law, Chicago, Illinois
J.D. – 2000
B.A. – 1996
Honors: With Honors
Stephanie A. Wolfson
Stephanie A. Wolfson focuses her practice on real estate, professional licensing, and health care law.
Ms. Wolfson received her Juris Doctorate from DePaul University College of Law. During law school, Ms. Wolfson received a Health Law Certificate from DePaul’s Health Law Institute, was an authorities editor for the DePaul Journal of Health Care Law, and was co-chair of the Health Law Institute’s Student Board of Directors. She received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in History, Philosophy, and Social Studies of Science and Medicine with a focus on History of Medicine and Biomedical Ethics from the University of Chicago.
Before coming to Bell Law, Ms. Wolfson actively practiced for nearly a decade both for the government, and in private practice. Prior to working in private practice, she gained significant experience through her time with the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR). With IDFPR, she was an attorney with the Office of the General Counsel and was integral in the drafting of the Illinois Cemetery Oversight Act and amending other practice statutes. Ms. Wolfson’s experience began before obtaining licensure as an attorney; during her last year in law school, she obtained her Illinois Supreme Court Rule 711 Senior Law Student license followed by her Law Graduate license, which allowed her to represent IDFPR in matters, from informal conferences to formal hearings, regarding the licenses of healthcare practitioners.
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