Mark S. Bishop
Mr. Bishop is known as a trusted advisor and skilled advocate for his clients. Over the past seventeen years, Mr. Bishop has developed a broad and deep level of experience representing individuals and businesses in the federal and state court systems helping his clients to overcome their most significant legal challenges. Mr. Bishop serves clients throughout northern Illinois including DuPage, Kane, Cook, Will, and Kendall Counties.
Mr. Bishop began his career working for a large west-suburban firm, Huck Bouma, PC in Wheaton. As a member of the Litigation Practice Group, Mr. Bishop gained invaluable experience representing small and mid-sized business clients in sophisticated commercial litigation matters. The firm was also known as the leading estate planning and administration firm outside Chicago and, as a result, Mr. Bishop had the opportunity to represent fiduciaries, heirs, and beneficiaries in substantial estate, trust and guardianship litigation matters. While at Huck Bouma, Mr. Bishop developed and grew a personal injury trial practice and became the primary attorney representing all the firm’s clients in profound injury and wrongful death matters.
Mr. Bishop continued to gain experience after transitioning his practice to a smaller firm, Roberts PC, in 2014 and Mr. Bishop ultimately decided that the best way to deliver the highest level of personalized services to his clients was to establish his own law firm. In March of 2016, Mr. Bishop established the Law Offices of Mark S. Bishop, LLC.
AREAS OF PRACTICE
Mr. Bishop represents the ownership and management of small and mid-sized companies providing advice and representation in critical legal matters that his clients face including: emergency litigation to protect confidential information and trade secrets, to enforce restrictive covenants, to stop unlawful trade practices, and to halt intellectual property infringement in the marketplace. Mr. Bishop also represents business clients in disputes over key contracts, commercial lease defaults, breaches of shareholder agreements, enforcement of buy-sell agreements, enforcement of homeowners’ association covenants and restrictions, and a wide variety of other legal matters businesses face on a daily basis.
In addition to representing business owners, Mr. Bishop also represents individuals in contested estate, trust, and probate litigation. Mr. Bishop has extensive experience advising fiduciaries of estates and trust on proper administration as well representing fiduciaries in court on claims asserted by or against heirs, beneficiaries, or creditors. Mr. Bishop represents parties in guardianship proceedings before the probate court when clients seek appointment of a guardian for a loved one who can no longer make suitable and safe decisions regarding their own affairs.
Mr. Bishop is also a strong advocate for individuals and/or families of individuals who have been severely injured or died as a result of someone else’s negligence. Mr. Bishop has been obtaining millions of dollars in just compensation for personal injury clients throughout his career and represents clients suffering profound injuries in cases involving wrongful death, truck and automobile accidents, premises liability, nursing home neglect and abuse, and select medical-negligence matters. Many other attorneys in the legal community refer personal injury matters to Mr. Bishop and our firm provides competitive referral fees on those cases.
State of Illinois, 1999
United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, 1999
Trial Bar, United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, 2002
United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, 2005
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Illinois (J.D. 1999)
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Illinois (B.S. 1995)
PROFESSIONAL AND CIVIC COMMITMENTS
DuPage County Bar Association
Member of the Board of Directors, May 2016 to present
General Counsel, 2015-2016
Associate General Counsel, 2014-2015
Chairman of various committees including Civil Law and Practice and Alternative Dispute Resolution
Robert E. Jones American Inn of Court
Vice President, 2016-2017
Membership Chair, 2014-2015
Illinois State Bar Association
Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
Mr. Bishop is also an active member in various community organizations including his local church, homeowners’ association, car and racing clubs, and his children’s school and sports activities.
Direct Line: (630) 445-0699
Direct Line: (331) 215-9306
Jennifer L. Sykora
Ms. Sykora brings sophisticated business litigation experience to the firm in order to provide clients with more indepth analysis of complex legal issues and practical advice on challenges they may be facing in state or federal courts.
Ms. Sykora previously worked for respected Chicago law firms Peterson & Ross, and Mandell, Menkes & Surdyk, LLC (now Mandell Menkes, LLC), providing large corporate and insurance industry clients with claims management and national litigation oversight on matters involving professional liability claims, Directors' and Officers' Liability claims, and employment practice liability claims. Ms. Sykora provided critical advice to her business clients by designing case management strategies, negotiating settlements, and counseling clients on compliance issues in an effort to help clients avoid employment liability claims including EEOC, ADA, and FMLA matters or to resolve those claims if they ultimately did arise.
Ms. Sykora now utilizes her strong litigation analysis and management skill set to provide counseling and advocacy for our small and mid-size business clients and their owners.
AREAS OF PRACTICE
Ms. Sykora represents our business clients in all aspects of business litigation matters including shareholder disputes, breach of fiduciary duty claims, dissolution proceedings, contract actions, unfair competition, and actions to enforce restrictive covenants and protect trade secret information. Ms. Sykora also represents firm clients who are fiduciaries, heirs, and beneficiaries in contested trust and estate administration and construction actions.
State of Illinois, 1997
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Illinois (J.D. 1997)
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Illinois (B.S. 1994)
Direct Line: (630) 355-2648
James S. Wagner
Mr. Wagner, our firm's Paralegal, provides critical support and administrative assistance to the firm's attorneys as they address our Clients' legal requirements. Mr. Wagner received his ABA-Approved Paralegal Certificate in 2019. He previously worked as an assistant to the Office of General Counsel for the Illinois Association of School Boards (IASB). During his tenure at IASB, Mr. Wagner oversaw the development of the Policy Reference Education Subscription Service. In addition, Mr. Wagner monitored developing rules and regulations as they pertained to school board and IASB company policy.
Mr. Wagner is a member of the Illinois Paralegal Association and the DuPage County Bar Association. In college, Mr. Wagner was a four-year letterman in wrestling. Currently, when away from work, Mr. Wagner enjoys fishing, volunteering, reading, and spending time with friends and family.
Mr. Wagner draws on his paralegal training, education, and experience to provide skillful and timely support to our attorneys, responsive commnication and assistance for our Clients, and is a valuable member of our team.
Member, Lambda Epsilon Chi Honors Society for the American Association for Paralegal Education
Member, Illinois Paralegal Association
Paralegal Member, DuPage County Bar Association
ABA-Approved Paralegal Certification, 2019
College of DuPage, Glen Ellyn, Illinois, (Certificate - Paralegal Studies - 2019)
Knox College, Galesburg, Illinois (B.A. 2012)