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Schwulst, John P.

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Practice Areas:

  • Divorce, Child Custody Litigation and Adoptions 35%
  • Criminal Defense and DUI Defense 25%
  • Real Estate Purchase or Sale (Residential or Commercial) 15%
  • Wills, Trusts & Estate Planning 5%
  • Construction Law 5%
  • Mechanics Liens 5%
  • Commercial Collections 5%
  • Personal injury 5%
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Building Contract Law


John P. Schwulst has been practicing law for 37 years in Bloomington, Illinois. He is also licensed to practice in Florida.

Mr. Schwulst is married, with two grown children, and is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association and the McLean County Bar Association. He is also a member of Eastview Christian Church in Bloomington, Illinois. His approach to divorce and family law/juvenile matters extends (with the client's pre-approval) into areas of counseling/mediation referrals and interventions with other trained disciplines and recovery group providers in an effort to meet the client's total legal, emotional and spiritual needs. Mr. Schwulst also has extensive experience in construction and construction law, mechanic's liens, and building contract law.


  • University of Florida College of Law, Gainesville, Florida
    • J.D. - 1971
  • University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida
    • B.A. - 1968
    • Major: Political Science

Bar Admission

  • Illinois, 1976
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California, 1971
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit
  • Florida

Pro-Bono Activities

  • Prairie State Legal Services - Referred Litigation, 1971 to 2009
  • Member, Eastview Christian Church in Bloomington, Illinois

Past Positions

  • Arnold, Gesell & Schwulst, Partner, 1976 to 1988
  • Arnold & Gesell, Associate, 1971 to 1975


  • English

Fraternities Or Sororities

  • Phi Delta Phi

Professional Associations

  • Illinois State Bar Association, Member
  • McLean County Bar Association, Member