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Thomas Mills Newman

Thomas Mills Newman

Practice areas:

Personal Injury, Child Custody, Divorce & Separation, Family, Child Support

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About Me

Thomas M. Newman is a senior partner in the firm and concentrates his practice in the Family Law area in DuPage County.

Background and Education:

Born in Hinsdale, Illinois on May 15, 1945; admitted to Bar  in 1971; Illinois and U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois.  DePaw University (B.A. 1967); Indiana University at Bloomington (J.D., 1971); court-certified mediator and guardian ad litem; court-appointed arbitrator.  Member: DuPage County, Chairman Legal Aid Committee (1975-1976); Judiciary Committee (2001-2003); Illinois State Bar Associations.

Practice Area:

Bar Admission:

Illinois, 1971

U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, 1971

Work Experience:

Mr. Newman practiced in the civil litigation department of the firm prior to concentrating in Family Law and participated in several million dollar settlements and was trial co-counsel for an $11,000,000 medical negligence verdict in Cook County, Illinois.  Mr. Newman’s current concentration in Family Law includes custody, child support, property division, maintenance/alimony and post-judgment litigation.  Mr. Newman has more than 38 years of experience in the Family Law area, representing litigants in simple divorce and complex property division, including tax and valuation issues.

Mr. Newman believes that his concentration in Family Law within a general practice firm has advantages over firms that concentrate solely in Family Law inasmuch as issues arise in Family Court that overlap into other areas.  Many of Mr. Newman’s clients are referrals from other attorneys, and Mr. Newman has the highest possible Martindale-Hubbell rating (AV).

Since 1997, Thomas M. Newman has held the AV® Preeminent Rating from Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating for ethics and legal ability.*



Mr. Newman lives in Wheaton, Illinois with his wife, Jane, and has three married adult children and four grandchildren.  His hobbies include golf, handball, basketball and recreational activities at his summer home in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin.


Practice Areas

Licensed since 1971

  1. Personal Injury: 25%
  2. Family: 20%
  3. Divorce & Separation: 20%
  4. Child Custody: 20%
  5. Child Support: 15%

Attorney Endorsements

10 total 

  • Lindsay Christine Stella

    I endorse this lawyer. I worked with Mr. Newman on a matter involving a long term marriage. Mr. Newman is knowledgable and easy to work with.


    Lindsay Stella Child Custody Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

  • George S. Frederick

    I endorse this lawyer. I've had the pleasure of working with Mr Newman: he is honest and ethical. A true professional and pleasure to work with.


    George Frederick Sexual Harassment Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact Info

Peregrine, Stime, Newman, Ritzman & Bruckner, Ltd.

221 East Illinois Street
Wheaton, IL, 60187-0564



ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law197108/17/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Avvo Contributions

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Award NameGrantorDate Granted
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2010
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2009
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2008

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
PartnerPeregrine, Stime, Newman, Ritzman & Bruckner, Ltd1973 - Present


Association NamePosition NameDuration
DuPage County Bar Association, Judicary CommitteeMember2001 - Present
DuPage County Bar AssociationMember1975 - Present
DuPage County Bar AssociationChairman1975 - 1976
Illinois State Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Association of Trial Lawyers of AmericaMemberN/A


School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Indiana University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1971
DePauw UniversityN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1967