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My son, Nicholas R. Galasso, and I formed GALASSO P.C. in December, 2014, and I was excited to combine my talents and experience with my son’s to provide clients with a wide and varied expertise in a plethora of legal areas.
I joined Haskin, Corrigan & Galasso P.C. (HCG) as a partner on July 1, 2013 where I worked until the formation of GALASSO P.C. While at Haskin, Corrigan & Galasso P.C., I had the pleasure of working with my son, Nicholas R. Galasso. In July of 2014, I was appointed as a Special Assistant State’s Attorney representing DuPage County Adult Protective Services, a governmental department who provides services to the elderly and protects the elderly from abuse and neglect by others. I concentrated my practice at HCG in family law and probate matters.
Prior to that, I worked at The Stogsdill Law Firm following a successful and distinguished career as both attorney and judge. After twelve years as a private practitioner concentrating in the areas of corporations, tax, probate and divorce matters, I began my judicial career in 1995 when I was appointed Associate Judge in DuPage County. I presided over a number of different court calls during my twelve year career as a judge, including serving in the criminal, civil, juvenile and domestic relations divisions. While serving on the bench in the Domestic Relations Division, I made numerous presentations to practicing lawyers and other judges in multiple areas of family law and participated as a panelist at seminars for judges and lawyers.
While in the Domestic Relations Division, I also presided over several hundred cases at one time, and either settled or tried cases involving complex business litigation, contentious child custody and visitation disputes and other contested matters involving all aspects of family law.
My judicial experience bolsters my legal expertise and experience in handling disputes involving maintenance, child support, prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, removal, alienation of affections, marital and other parental rights, valuation and disposition of assets, equitable division of assets and enforcement of legal obligations required by Court Orders. My prior judicial experience as a divorce judge also allows me to assess each case from the perspective of a judge hearing the case, a valuable benefit my clients have enjoyed since I have been in private practice. I am also widely recognized as an accomplished trial attorney and skillful negotiator.
I received my undergraduate degree from Illinois Wesleyan University and my Juris Doctorate from DePaul College of Law. I have served as an adjunct professor at Aurora University in Aurora, Illinois where I taught Advanced Business Law and Advanced Estate Planning, among other classes. I am married and have two grown children, a son who is now an integral part of GALASSO P.C, and a daughter who lives in Naperville, is a legal secretary at GALASSO P.C. and also is pursuing a career in nutrition and healthy living.
While in private practice before I became an Associate Judge, I practiced in the area of taxation and accounting related to individuals and corporations, both those closely held or family owned and publically traded corporations. My experience in taxation and accounting of corporations lends itself well to representing divorce clients who have an ownership in an ongoing business, particularly those clients who have a family or small business. Additionally, I also have wide experience with respect to taxation and accounting related to partnerships, sole proprietorships and other forms of business ownership. My tax and accounting background also allows me to understand and provide sound advice regarding all issues of taxation in divorce matters. I also published numerous articles dealing with intricate aspects of the formation and maintaining of corporations.
In 1991, the Governor of the State of Illinois appointed me as Public Guardian of DuPage County, and I served in that capacity until my appointment as an Associate Judge for DuPage County in 1995. As Public Guardian of DuPage County, I was appointed to protect the interests of disabled adults and minors, and I proudly served DuPage County in that capacity. I also worked closely with the Public Administrator of DuPage County during the same period of time and assisted in handling all aspects of the probating of decedent’s estates.
Since 2007, I have been appointed by the Courts to serve as an arbitrator in divorce cases, an expert witness, I have been trained and certified as a Guardian ad Litem for the 18th Judicial Circuit to represent and protect the best interests of children and have been appointed as a Guardian ad Litem numerous times by Judges.
In 2013, I received an award from DuPage County Legal Aid for my distinguished service providing pro bono legal services.
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|IL||Active And Authorized To Practice Law||1983||11/12/2015|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Distinguished Pro Bono Services||DuPage County Bar Association Legal Aid||2012|
|OWNER/PARTNER||GALASSO P.C.||2014 - Present|
|Special Asst, State's Attorney||DuPage County State's Attorney||2014 - Present|
|Partner/Attorney||Haskin, Corrigan & Galasso P.C.||2013 - 2014|
|Attorney||Stogsdill P.C.||2007 - 2013|
|Adjunct Professor||Aurora Universtiy||1999 - 2002|
|Associate Judge||DuPage County||1995 - 2007|
|Public Guardian||DuPage County||1991 - 1995|
|Partner/Attorney||Mullen, Winthers & Galasso P.C.||1988 - 1995|
|Attorney||Law Offices of Joseph Laraia||1987 - 1988|
|Attorney||Guerard & Drenk||1985 - 1987|
|Tax Attorney||Ernst & Whinney, LLP||1983 - 1985|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Illinois Judges Association||N/A||1995 - Present|
|DuPage County Bar Association||N/A||1985 - Present|
|Justinian Society of Lawyers (DuPage County chapter)||N/A||1985 - Present|
|Illinois State Bar Association||N/A||1983 - Present|
|IRMO Hannemann||I secured sole custody for the mother, protection against her abusive husband and a disproportionate division of assets in her favor.|
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|Dupage County Bar Briefs||Unfit Defendants and the Role of the Discharge Hearing||1996|
|Dupage County Bar Briefs||How to Handle an Uncontested Guardianship Proceeding||1994|
|DePaul University College of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1983|
|Illinois Wesleyan University||Business Administration||BS - Bachelor of Science||1980|
|Judicial Panel||Child Support||2006|
|Judicial Panel||Divorce Law||2001|