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Joseph Frederick Emmerth IV

About me

Admitted to practice law in Illinois in 2005, Joseph graduated from
Ambassador University, Big Sandy, TX, where he was on the Dean's List
and received his B.A., and then graduated from Andrews University,
Berrien Springs, MI, where he earned an M.A. in Counseling and was
awarded the Nichol Memorial Award for Integrity. Joseph is a graduate
of DePaul University College of Law, where he served as a student
representative on the Law School's curriculum committee. With several
years of experience as a counselor prior to attending law school, Joseph
brings unique and valuable experience to the field of domestic
relations law. Joseph is a member of the American Bar Association, the
Illinois State Bar Association, the DuPage County, Kane County, and Will
County Bar Associations, and remains active in Phi Alpha Delta Legal
Fraternity, where he currently serves as Justice of the West Suburban
Alumni Chapter. Joseph was appointed to the Illinois State Bar
Association Committee on Judicial Evaluations (Outside Cook County) and
is also represents DuPage County as an elected Assembly member of the
Illinois State Bar Association.  Joseph has also been admitted to practice at the
United States Supreme Court. A frequent article contributor, Joseph is a
member of the DCBA Publication Board, which is responsible for
publishing the DCBA Brief. Joseph also handles marketing and
technology systems for Sullivan Taylor & Gumina, P.C.

Joseph concentrates his practice in dissolution of marriage matters,
prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, alternative reproductive
technologies and surrogacy, parentage cases, and adoptions.


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Practice areas


  1. Divorce & Separation: 35%
  2. Family: 35%
  3. Marriage & Prenuptials: 10%
  4. Child Support: 10%
  5. Adoption: 10%



Retainer (always)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

18 total 

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  • Todd Daniel Scalzo

    I've known Joe for many years and have come to appreciate his fine legal mind. He's the type of lawyer who others seek out for advice. I enthusiastically endorse him.


    Todd Scalzo Divorce & Separation Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Teresa Ann Mcadams

    Joseph is a very aggressive, knowledgeable, and thorough opponent. When he is on the opposite side of a matter, I always spend extra time preparing for hearings and trials because I know that he will be prepared. I have referred complicated family matters to him and I will continue to do so without hesitation.


    Teresa Mcadams Family Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

Contact info

1749 South Naperville Road Suite 106
Wheaton, IL, 60189-5892


ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law200511/12/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2013
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2012
9.3 rankingAVVO2011
8.9 rankingAvvo2010
Nichol Memorial Award for IntegrityNichol Memorial1998
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerSullivan Taylor & Gumina, P.C.2005 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Wheaton Chamber of Commerce--Young Professionals DivisionChairman2010 - 2011
West Suburban Alumni Association -- Phi Alpha DeltaJustice2010 - 2011
ISBA standing committee on Judicial Advisory PollsCommittee Member and Secretary2010 - Present
Positive Parenting of DuPage CountyBoard Member2009 - Present
Dupage County Bar Association Publication BoardBoad Member2009 - Present
Dupage County Bar Association Publication BoardEditor2009 - Present
West Suburban Alumni Association -- Phi Alpha DeltaPresident2009 - 2010
ISBA Committee On Judicial Evaluations-outside Cook CountyCommittee Member and Secretary2007 - Present
DuPage County Bar AssociationMember2005 - Present
Illinois State Bar AssociationMember2005 - Present
Kane County Bar AssociationMember2005 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember2002 - Present
Phi Alpha DeltaMember2002 - Present
Publication nameTitleDate
DCBA BriefPOP! Goes your trademark! How to protect your client's trademarks in the post-Medinol world.2009
Illinois State Bar AssociationMore Parents for more children; The Modernization of Adoption2008
DCBA BriefCivil Unions in Illinois: A Cautious Gaze Into A Possible Future2007
DePaul Journal of Health Care LawThe Awkward Handshake: US v. Kyllo and How Science Shapes the Law,2004
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
DePaul University College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2005
Andrews UniversityCounselingMA - Masters1999
Ambassador University (closed spring 1997)Liberal Studies/PsychologyBA - Bachelor of Arts1995
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Navigating the Foreclosure MazeFamily Law and Foreclosure2012