Gary R. Gehlbach
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For more than 34 years Gary R. Gehlbach has focused his practice on real estate transactions and estate and business planning and administration. He routinely handles residential, farm, and commercial real estate matters throughout Northern Illinois, with his stock of plat books from more than 20 counties attesting to the scope of his real estate practice.
Mr. Gehlbach’s estate planning clients range from the Chicago suburban area to Whiteside County, and from Jo Daviess County to Springfield.
His clients include banks, businesses, and individuals, and he represents them in a myriad of personal and business matters, including purchases and sales and formation of limited liability companies, corporations, and other legal entities.
Mr. Gehlbach came to Dixon in 1979 after a stint with a boutique firm on La Salle Street in Chicago, where he handled large real estate transactions and estate plans. A native of Lincoln, Illinois, Mr.Gehlbach earned his undergraduate degree in mathematics at Knox College and he graduated with high honors from Chicago-Kent College of Law. He is a member of the Illinois Bar, the American, and Lee County Bar Association, and the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys.
For 24 years, Mr. Gehlbach served as editor or associate editor of the Illinois State Bar Association’s Real Property newsletter, for which he has published dozens of articles on real estate matters and for which he received the coveted Austin Fleming Award. His articles on law-related matters have also appeared in the American Bar Association’s Probate and Property magazine, the Illinois Bar Journal, and other newsletters of the Illinois State Bar Association. He has presented at numerous seminars for attorneys on real estate and estate planning topics and has lectured extensively to community groups, primarily on estate planning and administration subjects.
Mr. Gehlbach has twice served as Secretary, Vice Chair, and Chair of the Real Estate Law Section Council of the Illinois State Bar Association and is presently Editor in Chief of the ISBA Bar Publications Editorial Board, a member of the ISBA Legislation Committee, a member of the Trusts and Estates Law Section Council, and Treasurer of the ISBA LAWPAC. He is a former member of the ISBA’s committee on the unauthorized practice of law and he has participated in drafting legislation for the ISBA.
A former Citizen of the Year for Dixon, Mr. Gehlbach serves as Chairman of the Lee County Industrial Development Association, Vice President of an insurance company, and Treasurer of his church. He previously served as President of the Dixon School Board and was a member of the board for 14 years. He thrice served as President of the Dixon Family YMCA and also has been President of the Dixon Library Board.