Our Attorneys

Our Attorneys

Patrick Etchebehere

Julie A. Kolodziej, Principal Attorney

Bar Admissions:

Illinois, 1997

Julie is the principal attorney and the CEO of JPR Law, LLC, who frequently brings her extensive experience in guardianship, probate, trust administration and tax to bear to develop efficient, effective plans for aiding fiduciaries through a well thought out and proper estate or trust administration. Julie’s goal is to help clients put in place plans that will bring their families through all the circumstances of life while maintaining family relationships. Her experiences with families who have been destroyed by a failure to plan drives Julie to help as many families as possible to be proactive in planning for possible disability and eventual death.

As an attorney, Julie developed the estate and trust administration and litigation practice at Matlin Law Group, P.C. from the ground up. In 1998, Julie was brought on to provide expert advice to families who experienced a disability or death in their family. Julie’s early background working at the McDonald’s Corporation taught her the importance of process in accomplishing a consistent quality result for her clients in a highly efficient manner. In that fast-paced environment, Julie developed the ability to come up with effective solutions to tough problems and implement them in real time. These early experiences have highly influenced the way law is practiced at JPR Law in a non-traditional, better way.

Julie is dedicated to educating clients on what estate planning is, to listening to clients to establish their true concerns and desires and to putting in place plans that reflect our client’s intent with passion and caring.

Contact Julie at 773-245-5262. or julie@jprlawgroup.com

Gian Ratnapala, Of Counsel

Bar Admissions:

Florida, New York, New Jersey

Gian Ratnapala earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in 2004, Cum Laude, in Computer Science and Music from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey.  He then received his Juris Doctor in 2010, Magna Cum Laude, from St Thomas University School of law.  Gian has been a member of The Florida Bar since 2012 and is also licensed to practice in the states of New Jersey and New York.  In addition, Gian is admitted to practice in united States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, United States District Courts and Bankruptcy Courts for the District of New Jersey, Northern District of Florida, Middle District of Florida, and Southern District of Florida.

In 2008, Gian worked as a Judicial Intern for Judge David Gersten, Florida Third District Court of Appeal Gian joined PeytonBolin, PL. as a law clerk in April 2009 and continued with the firm as the lead bankruptcy counsel and managed bankruptcy, probate, tax, business litigation, and general counsel work for community associations.  In February 2016, Gian launched GCR Business Law, PLLC—a full service business law practice, with a concentration on chapter 11 small business reorganization, business formation, merger, dissolution, asset sales, and litigation He also continuedrepresenting community associations, as well as advising and consulting with real estate investors.  Gian joined Shendell & Pollock, PL bringing his expertise in the areas of community association law, bankruptcy law, and business corporations to the firm.

Contact Gian at 773-245-5262. or Gian@ratnapala.com

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