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Bruce L. Goldsmith

Bruce L. Goldsmith

Senior Counsel


  • Corporate Finance
  • Business & Commercial
  • Land Use & Zoning
  • Environmental

WSG Practice Industries


Illinois, U.S.A.

WSG Leadership

ABA Group

Bruce L. Goldsmith concentrates his practice in real estate development and land use planning; acquisition of large real estate investments; building construction issues; counseling of closely held family businesses, including business acquisitions, succession planning, and employment issues. In addition, he has handled a variety of litigation matters, including real estate, commercial and municipal litigation. Mr. Goldsmith has represented family businesses with sales from several million dollars to over one hundred million dollars.

Bar Admissions

Illinois, 1971


University of Chicago, J.D. Northwestern University, B.A., summa cum laude
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Department Honors (Philosophy)
Areas of Practice

Business & Commercial | Corporate Finance | Environmental | Land Use & Zoning | Real Estate | Real Estate Development | Real Estate Litigation

Professional Career

Significant Accomplishments

Real Estate Acquisition, Sales and Development
- Extensive experience with annexation of large parcels; successful resolution of zoning/rezoning to residential, ORI, or commercial classifications for major developments
- Sale and acquisition of vacant land and residential/commercial land investment projects

General Corporate Representation
- As a business counselor to closely held family businesses, assistance in business formation, growth planning and general business advice.
- Instrumental in a number of succession planning initiatives, including integrating estate plans with succession plans and the establishment of real estate partnerships for business real estate ventures.

Employment Law
- Defense of numerous individual charges at EEOC and Illinois Department of Human Rights regarding Age and Sex Discrimination and ADA issues
- Counseling business clients on employment terminations
- Covenants not to compete; drafting and enforcement

Financial Law
- Industrial revenue bond financing for corporate clients and a not-for-profit blood center.
- Revenue bond financing for Aurora Civic Center Authority ($11.5 million parking garage)
- Credit facilities for variety of corporate clients
- Bank counsel and credit facilities for banking clients

Litigation Law
- Suits against municipalities to enforce business rights
- Defense of condemnation actions
- Shareholder and related commercial litigation
- Probate issues
- Municipal and not for profit corporations.

Other Representations
- General Counsel to Aurora Civic Center Authority
- Counsel to Aurora Area Blood Bank (Heartland Blood Centers)

Professional Associations

    Illinois State Bar Association
    Kane County Association (General Counsel)

WSG's members are independent firms and are not affiliated in the joint practice of professional services. Each member exercises its own individual judgments on all client matters.

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