Joel J. Bellows is the Founder and Managing Principal of Bellows and Bellows, P.C. He represents clients involved in business litigation. Mr. Bellows offers counseling, transactional, and litigation services to business clients ranging from entrepreneurs, small and medium-sized businesses, to large corporations.
Mr. Bellows’ experience in complex commercial litigation includes a focus on regulated securities and commodity futures disputes. He has successfully represented clients in state, federal and appellate courts and in arbitration, mediation and regulatory proceedings before the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (formerly known as the National Association of Securities Dealers), National Futures Association, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, Chicago Board of Trade and the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.
Currently a Ph.D. Candidate in Cognitive Political Economy at the University of Chicago’s Harris School of Public Policy, Mr. Bellows is examining behavioral law and political economy to better understand how people and institutions view their interests and determine their optimal course of action. This line of inquiry provides an enhanced quantitative perspective to Mr. Bellows’ litigation and business skills. The result is keen insight on how to best counsel business clients and develop innovative approaches to complex business problems.
Mr. Bellows received his J.D. (Tax) from the John Marshall Law School. He received his M.B.A. from the University Of Chicago Graduate School Of Business and his M.P.P. from the University Of Chicago Harris School Of Public Policy. He is admitted to practice in the States of California and Illinois, before the U. S. Courts of Appeal in the Second, Seventh and Ninth circuits and in trial courts across the U.S. Mr. Bellows is a member of the California State, Illinois State, Chicago and American Bar Associations.
Areas of Practice
Business and Employment Litigation
60% of Practice Devoted to Litigation
U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit, 1974
U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois, 1974
John Marshall Law School, Chicago, Illinois, 1968, J.D.
University Of Chicago Graduate School Of Business, M.B.A.
University Of Chicago Harris School Of Public Policy, M.P.P.
University Of Chicago Harris School Of Public Policy, Ph.D. Candidate
Honors and Awards
AV Peer Review Rating – Martindale Hubbell
Corporate Counsel Edition, Super Lawyers –
The top attorneys in Business Litigation, 2010
Illinois Super Lawyer, 2005 – 2009
Professional Associations and Memberships
California State Bar Association
Illinois State Bar Association
Chicago Bar Association
American Bar Associations
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Bellows and Bellows, P.C.
Attorneys at Law
A Professional Corporation
209 South LaSalle
Chicago, IL 60604