Ilana S. Bley concentrates her practice on estate planning and taxation, advising owners of small and middle-market businesses and their families regarding complex wealth transfer strategies.

Ilana graduated law school with a Certificate in Tax Law. While attending law school, Ilana was a student clinician at the Loyola Business Law Clinic, assisting small business clients with legal concerns. She was president of Loyola University Chicago School of Law's Decalogue Society and served as a student articles editor of the Loyola University Chicago Law Journal.

Ilana is an Associate Member of the Chicago Estate Planning Council and was selected by her peers for inclusion in the 2021 U.S. News Best Lawyers® “Ones to Watch”.

Prior to joining Gould & Ratner, Ilana was an associate in the Chicago office of a large law firm and counseled clients on a variety of corporate law matters, including mergers and acquisitions, private equity, and general corporate matters.



  • Loyola University Chicago School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, Alpha Sigma Nu, 2015
  • Washington University, B.A., 2010

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois


  • Chicago Estate Planning Council (CEPC) – Associate Member