Attorney Jay B. Strayer

Jay B. Strayer

Practice Areas

  • Business Services
  • Real Estate
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Wealth Transfer and Estate Planning



Jay B. Strayer focuses his legal practice on corporate and commercial law, with an emphasis on mergers and acquisitions. Jay also counsels individuals and business owners in their estate planning, probate, and commercial real estate transactional needs.

Jay was a principal in the law firm of Fewkes Wentz & Strayer in Naperville, Illinois until his firm merged with Huck Bouma in 2007. Prior to entering the private practice of law, Jay was Assistant General Counsel of McGraw-Edison Company, where he directed the activities of the corporate legal staff. Jay was also General Counsel and Secretary of Atcor, Inc., a publicly traded manufacturer and distributor of steel conduit pipe and related products. Jay was also Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of The Jepson Corporation, a diversified holding company that operated ten manufacturing subsidiaries.

Jay is a retired U.S. Naval Reserve Officer (Commander), specializing in defense logistics and contract administration, and served as Commanding Officer of two Naval Reserve Units. He has served his community as a trustee of the Village of Glen Ellyn from 1998-2003, and currently is Vice Chair of the Plan Commission. Jay and his family are longtime residents of Glen Ellyn.

Beginning in 2020, Jay has been appointed to a four year term on the Board of Governors of the University of Kansas Law School.


  • University of Kansas School of Law, Lawrence, Kansas
    • J.D. - 1969
    • Honors: KU Chancellor’s Club, Member
    • Honors: Alumni Association President’s Club
  • University of Kansas
    • B.A. - 1964
    • Major: Economics
  • The University of Kansas
    • M.B.A. - 1971

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois

Professional Associations

  • American Bar Association
  • DuPage County Bar Association
  • Village of Glen Ellyn, Trustee, 1998 to 2003
  • Village of Glen Ellyn, Plan Commission, Vice Chair


  • KU with Membership in the Nichols League of Former Student Leaders
  • Glen Ellyn Jaycees Named, Citizen of the Year

Pro-Bono Activities

  • Trustee, Village of Glen Ellyn, 1998 to 2002
  • University of Kansas Law School, Board of Governors, 2020-2024

Past Positions

  • Fewkes Wentz & Strayer in Naperville, Illinois, Principal
  • U.S. Naval Reserve Officer, Commander
  • McGraw-Edison Company (NYSE), Assistant General Counsel
  • Atcor, Inc., General Counsel and Secretary
  • The Jepson Corporation, Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary
  • U.S. Naval Reserve Officer, Commander
  • Naval Reserve Units, Commanding Officer