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Friday Five With Bruno W. Tabis Jr.

Posted: October 26, 2018


Name:   Bruno W. Tabis Jr.

Years Practicing Law:  Almost 40 years

Firm: Haskin Law, Wheaton, Illinois

Practice Area: Estate Planning Law, Business Law, Commercial Real Estate, Business Succession & Exit Strategies, Banking Law



University of Illinois – B.A.

IIT – Chicago Kent College of Law – J.D. with honorsJ.D. with honors from IIT-Chicago Kent College of Law J.D. with honors from IIT-Chicago Kent College of Law


Professional Memberships:

Illinois State Bar Association

  • Current member, Real Estate Law Section Council (Chairman 1993-94)
  • Board of Editors, Illinois Bar Journal (1994-2001)

DuPage County Bar Association

  • Current Section Council member, Business Law and Practice Section
  • Estate Planning and Probate Law and Practice Section
  • Real Estate Law and Practice

Chicago Bar Association

American Bar Association

Chicago Mortgage Attorneys Association, Chicago, Illinois

Real Estate Investment Association, Chicago, Illinois


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, IL

  • Advisory Board
  • Founding member, original board of directors


Question 1 – How did you get into the practice of law?

 I originally enrolled at the University of Illinois as chemistry major. My organic chemistry class convinced me that chemistry really wasn’t my field.  My dad had been a clerk at the Chicago U.S. Attorney’s Office and thanks to his insights, I realized that the practice of law was my real calling.

Question 2 – What is the best part about being a lawyer?

The best part of being a lawyer is helping people resolve the problems they face and realize their goals. I find it very rewarding to play the key role in closing a business transaction, focusing on the essential points a client needs and avoiding wasteful negotiation over insignificant matters.  I like to efficiently get the deal closed so the client can get back to his business.

Question 3 – If you could offer one piece of advice, what would it be?

Select your lawyer for his or her knowledge, experience, integrity, work ethic, and dedication to clients. Don’t choose your lawyer on the basis of lowest cost.  Keep in mind that you need the legal help that is best for you.

Question 4 – What is one piece of insight you could give a student considering becoming a lawyer?

Work hard. Seek knowledge both legal and of the world. Keep an open mind and don’t let your ego drive you – keep a sense of personal humility.

Question 5 – What is one fun fact about yourself?

My favorite avocation is exploring ship wrecks. I am an accomplished, technical scuba diver, having dived in fresh and salt waters throughout the U.S. and abroad.  The best wreck diving in the world is in the Great Lakes.  Deep, cold water actually preserves old wrecks.  I have been on ships that have gone down over a hundred years ago and on ships lying at great depths – as far down as 370 feet.

As you can see from the photo above, I am still a loyal Illini.


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