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Attorneys & Staff of Bernicky Law Firm

James I. Bernicky

Attorney, Owner

James focuses on the practice areas of residential and commercial real estate, bankruptcies, debt settlements, business law and contracts, entertainment law, wills and trusts, and intellectual property including copyrights and trademarks.

James is admitted to practice law in the state of Illinois and the Northern District of Illinois and is a proud member of the DuPage County Bar Association, the Illinois Bar Association, the Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce, and the Naperville Chamber Young Professional’s Network. He earned his Juris Doctorate at The John Marshall Law School in Chicago with a certificate in Intellectual Property; he is in the final stages of his LL.M. (Masters of Law) in Intellectual Property. James earned bachelor degrees in Sociology, Criminal Justice and Political Science from Carthage College in Kenosha, WI.

James was recently appointed to the board of the Naperville Housing Commission and also serves as a board member on the Mainstreet Organization of Realtors Attorney Broker Committee.

In his free time, James enjoys playing music, sports, racing remote controlled cars, volunteering with the Naperville Jaycees, and spending time with his lovely wife and two children.

James can be reached by calling 630-909-9902 or at

Maura G. Zalc



Maura’s practice specialties include civil litigation: construction accidents, products liability, motor vehicle accidents, premises liability, wrongful death, consumer law defense, and insurance coverage matters; as well as transactional law: bankruptcy, real estate, and business.

Maura earned her Bachelor of Arts from the Pennsylvania State University, and her Juris Doctor from the Pennsylvania State University’s Dickinson School of Law. She is admitted to practice in the states of New Jersey, Pennsylvania, California and Illinois. She is also admitted to practice in the U.S. District Courts of New Jersey, and the Northern District of Illinois.

After beginning her career as an in-house attorney for New Jersey Manufacturers Insurance Companies, Maura brought her in-depth knowledge of the insurance industry to her trial practice. She has practiced in New Jersey, California and now Illinois, and has successfully brought numerous cases to verdict. She furthermore has extensive experience in many types of arbitration matters.

In her free time, Maura, the married mother of two beautiful girls, enjoys cooking, wine tasting, and volunteering her time as a Girl Scout leader, as well as with her church and PTA.

Maura may be reached by calling 630-909-9902 or at

Suzanne Johnson

Office Manager

Suzi is the Office Manager of Bernicky Law Firm, where she ensures that the daily operations run smoothly. Since she joined the firm in 2012, she maintains accounts payable, as well as assists with client matters.

She attended College of DuPage where she studied communications and underwater basket weaving.

Suzi is a member of the Naperville Chamber Young Professionals Network, and she focuses her volunteering efforts as a member of the Naperville Jaycees.

Michelle Powers

Legal Assistant