In 2007, Helen Bloch founded the Law Offices of Helen Bloch, P.C., a general practice firm. She is a trusted counselor and advisor with over 20 years of experience practicing law. Helen strives to provide sound legal advice in a practical manner that advances her clients’ personal and professional goals.
In the employment and business context, Helen represents clients on all sides of the employment relationship- individual employees, managers, and employers. Routinely Helen negotiates and counsels clients on employment agreements, including non-competition, confidentiality, and severance agreements. Additional client services include advising businesses on best practices, including providing sexual harassment training, and drafting employment handbooks and various policies and procedures.
When settlement is not possible, Helen is an aggressive litigator. As both a former prosecutor and defense attorney for the City of Chicago, she successfully litigated hundreds of cases in the Municipal Prosecutions, Building and Land Use Litigation, and Torts divisions. Following her work for the City, Helen was an associate at Bellows and Bellows, P.C., where she practiced before Illinois state and federal courts, arbitrators and administrative tribunals around the country, including the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA (formerly the National Association of Securities Dealers)). At Bellows, she represented clients in business disputes, divorce, employment, estate planning, securities, and other matters.
Helen is well respected by both clients and colleagues. Since 2019 she has been named to the Illinois Super Lawyers list in the field of employment law. This designation, conferred upon only 5% of the total lawyers in each state, is based upon peer recognition and professional achievement.
In addition to her practical experience, Helen possesses the ability to explain complex legal matters in a clear and understandable fashion. She has lectured on topics such as gender role in the law, privacy in employment, hiring and maintaining a diverse workforce, legal issues affecting small businesses, legal rights and obligations from multiple sides of the employer-employee relationship, and communicable diseases like COVID-19 in the workplace. Helen is also a member of the Financial Poise Faculty, where she is a lecturer in the series Protecting Your Employee Assets: The Life Cycle of the Employment Relationship.
Helen belongs to several civic and professional organizations. She serves on the Alliance of Bar Associations, where she assists in screening judicial candidates. She is a past president of the Decalogue Society of Lawyers, which awarded her the Presidential Citation in 2015 and the Intra Society Award of Merit in 2001. Her other bar association memberships include the Illinois chapter of the National Employment Lawyers’ Association, Black Women Lawyers’ Association, Women’s Bar Association of Illinois, and the Illinois State Bar Association. Currently, Helen leads the Chicago chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners’ (NAWBO) Business Exchange Group. She is also a member of the Lawyers Division of the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago, a life member of Hadassah, and a member of AIPAC.
The Firm is a Certified Female Business Enterprise.