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Bernard WysockiBernard 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 practice 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 has been a Special Assistant State’s Attorney for Lake County from 1984 to the present. 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, Illinois Bar Foundation, and Lake County Jefferson Inns of Court.

Mr. Wysocki has been the Mayor of the Village of Green Oaks from 2005 to the present.

Perry Smith received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and Education from Loyola University of Chicago in 1977 and a Juris Doctor degree from the Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago-Kent College of Law, in 1985.

After graduating from college he worked as a high school biology teacher for one year and then as a diagnostic medical sonographer for seven and a half years.  During that time he passed his boards and became a Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer through the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers.

After graduating from law school and being admitted to the Illinois Bar, Mr. Smith began working for the Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office in late 1985.  During his time in that office he worked in the Traffic, Misdemeanor, and Felony Review Divisions before spending more than three years in the Felony Trial Division. He left that office at Labor Day 1990 and began his association with Bernard Wysocki. 

Mr. Smith does estate planning (wills, trusts, powers of attorney for both health care and property, transfer on death instruments, and DNRs) and litigation. He handles the following areas of practice:

  • Social Security disability claims
  • Personal injury claims
  • Probate for decedent’s estates
  • Guardianships for disabled persons and minors
  • Family law
  • Adoption
  • Construction litigation and mechanic’s liens for both contractors and property owners
  • Eminent domain for property owners
  • Mortgage foreclosures for lenders
  • Contract litigation

Mr. Smith was admitted to the Bar of the State of Illinois in 1985, the general bar of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois in 1989, and its trial bar in 1990. He was admitted to the bar of the United States Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit in 1989, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin in 2000, and the United States Supreme Court in 2001.

Mr. Smith has served as the Treasurer, Second Vice President, First Vice President, and President of the Lake County Bar Association. He has served as Chair of the Lake County Bar Association Ad Hoc Arbitration Committee, Legal Aid Committee, Public Relations Committee, Strategic Planning Committee, and Nominating Committee. He is also a member of its Civil Trial and Appeal Committee, Family Law Committee, Wills Trusts and Probate Committee, Mentoring Committee, and Facilities Committee. Mr. Smith has also been a two-term delegate to the Illinois Bar Association Assembly and is a mentor in its Mentoring Program and a volunteer in its Lawyers Assistance Program. He is a Silver Fellow of the Illinois Bar Foundation and a member of its Lawyers Care Committee.

Mr. Smith is a certified distance running coach through the Road Runners Club of America and is both a member and the coach of the Grayslake Running Club. In addition, he is a certified scuba diver through the Professional Association of Diving Instructors, and an avid golfer and bowler.

Krysia Ressler is a graduate of the University of Iowa with a BA in psychology.  She went on to earn her Juris Doctor from the John Marshall Law School in Chicago, Illinois. 

After her admission to the Illinois State Bar, Ms. Ressler worked as a Lake County Assistant State’s Attorney. She prosecuted cases of driving under the influence, other traffic-related matters, and misdemeanor cases.

Ms. Ressler joined the law firm of Wysocki & Smith in 2005. At the firm, Ms. Ressler concentrates in police pension, fire pension, Public Safety Employee Benefit Act insurance, real estate, probate, wills and trust, and appellate law. She has successfully argued cases before the Illinois Circuit Courts and the Illinois Appellate Court.

Ms. Ressler is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association and of the Lake County Bar Association.