Bernard Wysocki is the Senior Partner of Wysocki & Smith. A recipient of the Evans Scholars Scholarship, he graduated from the University of Illinois in 1971. He received his Juris Doctorate from Washington University, St. Louis, in 1974. He was admitted to the Illinois Supreme Court in 1974. Mr. Wysocki has lived and practiced law in Lake County since 1974.
At the firm Wysocki & Smith, Mr. Wysocki handles most general practice matters including workers’ compensation, police and fire pension, estate planning, probate, real estate, local business, and governments. He was a Special Assistant State’s Attorney for Lake County from 1984 to 2017. He has successfully argued cases before the Illinois Supreme Court, Appellate Court, and Circuit Court.
Mr. Wysocki is a past president of the Lake County Bar Association. He is a past Chairman of the General Practice and Solo and Small Firm Committee of the Illinois State Bar Association, and was Chairman of the Illinois State Bar Association Solo and Small Firm Conference 2009 and 2010. He was on the Committee to Petition Illinois Supreme Court to permit the sale of a law practice.
He is an author, moderator, and speaker on the topic “Hanging Out Your Shingle Without Hanging Yourself.” He is a member of the Illinois and Lake County Municipal Leagues, Illinois Real Estate Lawyers Association, Illinois Workers Compensation Lawyers Association, and Illinois Bar Foundation, and elected to the Board of Governors of ISBA.
Mr. Wysocki has been the Mayor of the Village of Green Oaks from 2005 to the present. He has served as director of the Lake County Stormwater Management Commission. He is the first person in Lake County to receive from the Illinois Bar Foundation an award for his leadership and dedication to the law.