Spelios Bacoyanis has been licensed to practice law since 2012 and has practiced exclusively in the area of Social Security Disability law since 2017. He has represented clients at all levels of Social Security from initial claims up through the federal district court.
Spelios was the Chair of the Chicago Bar Association Social Security Law Committee from 2020-2021. As Chair, he drafted and advocated for Public Act 102-0183, which expanded the definition of medical providers in Illinois and provided that individuals seeking SSDI,SSI, Aid to the Aged Blind and Disabled, and Federal Veterans’ benefits could obtain their medical records in Illinois for no charge. Spelios is currently a member of the Federal Bar Association Social Security Law Section’s board of directors, and he has given numerous talks on Social Security, ranging from continuing legal education seminars to community discussions with organizations like the National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI).
Spelios received his undergraduate degree from Purdue University and received his J.D. and L.L.M.degrees from The John Marshall Law School (now the UIC School of Law), where he was treasurer of the Student Bar Association. While at John Marshall, he was a senior clinical intern at the Fair Housing Legal Clinic, working closely with disabled individuals in housing discrimination cases.