Educational Background

 

Professional Affiliations

Licensure

1973 - State of Illinois
1973 - U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
1974 - U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana
1989 - State of Indiana
1990 - U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit

 

Work of Note

Presentation on Jury Instructions for Illinois Trial Lawyers Association • Civil Practice Update – Illinois State Bar Association • Attorney for High School District 215 (6 years) • Board Member LARC (3 years) • Past Illinois Trial Lawyers Board of Managers (2 years) • Former Planning Commissioner for Zoning Board, St. John, Indiana (3years) • Past Board of Directors, South Suburban Bar Association • Past President, Lansing Bar Association

Background

Bill Vlasek is the oldest of four siblings, the son of a steel mill worker and the grandson of immigrant railroad workers. In his family, finishing high school was an accomplishment, becoming a lawyer was reaching for the moon. His pre-legal experience as a steel worker and school teacher have given him insights into the the everyday people that serve on his clients' juries.

Mr. Vlasek's early career experiences with a general practice that dealt in criminal trials, estate planning, and defending people being evicted or sued for debts have given him a deeper understanding of all aspects of the practice of law.

From 1977 to 1979 Mr. Vlasek operated a "speakers bureau" in which young lawyers gave their time to make presentations and speak at meetings of Unions, Fraternal Organizations and Service Clubs in the south suburbs.

In the 1980's, with the assistance of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, he organized and ran a PEOPLES LAW SCHOOL at Prairie State Community College in Chicago Heights, Illinois for six Saturdays and attracted standing room only crowds, and in the 1990's, did the same program at South Suburban Community College in South Holland. Mr. Vlasek has taught other attorneys in continuing education courses for both the Illinois State Bar Association and Illinois Trial Lawyers Association.