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James M. Quigley

James M. Quigley

Practice areas:

Divorce & Separation, Family, Child Custody, Marriage & Prenuptials

About Me

Litigator, James M. Quigley has tried Divorce cases in Cook, Lake and DuPage Counties for nearly 23 years. Prior to becoming a Senior Equity Partner at Beermann Pritikin Mirabelli Swerdlove LLP, he founded Quigley & Associates, P.C., a full-service Divorce/Family Law firm providing a wide range of legal and paralegal services to a broad-based clientele. Before pursuing his entrepreneurial endeavor of running his own firm, as an associate, Mr. Quigley headed the Family Law Department of a firm providing legal benefits for the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP), representing a wide array of Chicago Police Officers, Chicago Firemen, Illinois State Police Officers and their families.

            With a wealth of legal expertise and industry accolades, Mr. Quigley is driven by an unrelenting desire to help families navigate the complexities of litigation, in a way that preserves the family's relationship during distressing times. With a stronghold on the belief that there is nothing more precious than the sanctity of family, Mr. Quigley is particularly passionate about helping parents resolve custody disputes - including visitation, paternity and all other child support matters - in a manner most beneficial to the best interests of the children involved. Mr. Quigley is also recognized for his experience in the negotiation and trial of cases involving complex financial issues and property matters, and also represents clients in the drafting and enforcement of Prenuptial and Postnuptial agreements.

         Mr. Quigley is highly regarded for his work and discretion representing an array of high-profile athletes, celebrity entertainers, politicians and other high-wealth individuals, including Chicago Bulls legend Michael Jordan and R & B singer/producer and artist, R. Kelly. He provided legal expertise on a number of local and national media outlets including MSNBC, Fox News Channel, The Today Show, NBC Chicago, CBS Chicago, ABC Chicago, Fox News Chicago and has appeared and been quoted in various celebrity outlets such as People Magazine, Life & Style Weekly, OK! Weekly, US Weekly and more.

             Mr. Quigley is a Fellow in the exclusive organization, the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers - an honor that requires the recommendation of a panel of existing members after passing a series of written and oral exams based on complex divorce and family law-related issues nationally and in the State of Illinois.  Other notable distinctions include being named a 2008-2013 Leading Lawyer; an honor awarded to fewer than 5% of lawyers in Illinois, a 2008-2013 Super Lawyer by Chicago Magazine and was elected the 2007-2008 Vice President of the DePaul University College of Law-Family Center Advisory Board. Mr. Quigley also received a 2008-2009 Martindale Hubbell (BV Rating), a peer-reviewed rating identifying lawyers with high, to very high legal ability.  Mr. Quigley is also a member a various Bar Associations and a member of the Sports lawyers Association, for which he heads the Midwest chapter and has lectured on Family Law issues Affecting Athletes and Entertainers.

          In addition to his daily practice of divorce and family law, Mr. Quigley has assisted his Partner, Miles N. Beermann, in teaching a family law trial skills class at DePaul University College of Law, and has lectured for the Lake County Bar Association regarding marital property rights business valuations. He has also lectured for the Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education on recent case law developments in family law cases in Illinois as well as lecturing on Asset Protection.

        Mr. Quigley's practice includes clients of diverse income levels, races, religions and ethnicity and prides himself on providing skilled, honest, experienced and professional service to all clients.  As a partner in a law firm that also provides additional legal services, Mr. Quigley is able to oversee matters handled by his Partners for his clients needing services in the areas of Estate Planning, Business counseling and litigation, Personal Injury, Real Estate and other areas of law.  This provides added value to his divorce/family law clients not available in a divorce firm the size of Beermann Pritikin Mirabelli Swerdlove LLP.  Also, because of the firm's size, Mr. Quigley is able to utilize the services of skilled Associates and Paralegals that bill at lower hourly rates and that allow Mr. Quigley to handle cases of every size and complexity.  All of this translates to the experience, personal service and attention every client is entitled to during the difficult process of a divorce, custody dispute, prenuptial agreement negotiations and other family law matters.


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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1992

  1. Divorce & Separation: 50%
    23 years
  2. Family: 25%
    23 years
  3. Child Custody: 20%
    23 years
  4. Marriage & Prenuptials: 5%
    23 years



Hourly ($250-500/hour), Free Consultation (30 minutes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

13 total 

  • Corinne Kaplan

    I endorse this fine lawyer. James Quigley is exceptional, and I have had the privilege of speaking with him nationally at the Sport Lawyer's Association, and regional Bar meetings. His ultimate respect for the client's best interest, coupled with his keen ability to seek win-win results, garners him the respect of his peers throughout the midwest. It's my profound privilege to consult with James from up here in Wisconsin.


    Corinne Kaplan Divorce & Separation Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Michael S. Waddington

    I endorse James. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community.


    Michael Waddington Military Law Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Beermann Northshore

2275 Half Day Rd.
Suite 350
Bannockburn, IL, 60015




ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law199208/17/2015

Professional Misconduct

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

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Award NameGrantorDate Granted
2015 Leading LawyerLeading Lawyers2015
2015 Illinois Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2015
2014 Super LawyerIllinois Super Lawyers2014
Tier 1 family law-Chicago metro region-Best Law FirmU.S. News2014
Top 100 LawyersAmerican Society of Legal Advocates2014
Fellow-Board of ManagersAmerican Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers2013
Tier 1 family law-Chicago metro region-Best Law FirmU.S. News2013
Leading LawyerLeading Lawyers Network2013
Illinois Super LawyersSuper Lawyers2013
Leading LawyerLeading Lawyers Network2012
Best Law FirmTier 1 family law-Chicago metro region-Best Law Firm2012
2012 Super LawyerIllinois Super Lawyers2012
Illinois Super LawyerIllinois Super Lawyers2011
Leading LawyerLeading Lawyers Network2011
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2010
Leading LawyerLeading Lawyers Network2010
Illinois Super LawyerIllinois Super Lawyers2010
Martindale-Hubbell RatedMartindale-Hubbell2009
Illinois Super LawyersSuper Lawyers2009
Leading LawyerLeading Lawyers Network2009

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
Equity PartnerBeermann Pritikin Mirabelli Swerdlove, LLP2005 - Present
PartnerJames M. Quigley & Associates, PC1996 - 2005
AssociateEnrico J. Mirabelli & Associates1994 - 1996
AssociateBledsoe & Tuohy1993 - 1994
Law ClerkCity of Chicago1991 - 1993


Association NamePosition NameDuration
American College of Family Trial LawyersElected Member2015 - Present
American Society of Legal AdvocatesMember2014 - Present
WBBACo-President2013 - Present
Martindale HubbellBV - Distinguished2013 - Present
American Academy of Matrimonial LawyersBoard of Managers2011 - Present
Sports Lawyers AssociationMidwest Regional Liason2009 - Present
American Academy of Matrimonial LawyersFellow2009 - Present
DePaul Family Law ClinicAdvisory Board Member2008 - 2010
Chicago Bar Association; Lake County Bar Association; Illinois State Bar Association; Illinois Trial Lawyers Association; Forensic ForumN/AN/A

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
Maintenance Ordered where Husband not workingHusband ordered to pay substantial support and maintenance
Former NFL Player Gets CustodyCustody granted to former NFL player and pre-nuptial agreement upheld

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Publication NameTitleDate
Priority Sports & EntertainmentThe Price of Scoring Off the Court: Athletes and Child Support2012
SRR Journal and Chicago Daily Law BulletinThe Ethics of Representing Athletes and Entertainers in Family Law Matters2011
The Docket - A Publication of the Lake County Bar AssociationTop 10 Mistakes in Business Valuations2009


School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
DePaul University College of LawN/AJuris Doctorate1992
University of Wisconsin, MadisonJournalism and Mass Communication;BA - Bachelor of Arts (Dean's List)1989

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
Lake County Bar Association, Family Law CommitteeGrandparent Rights in Illinois2015
Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal EducationLifestyle in Maintenance Awards2015
Trust and Fiduciary PartnersProtecting Assets With or Without a Prenuptial Agreement2014
Lake County Bar AssociationCustody-Removal2014
Business Valuation, Financial & Tax Issues in Divorce 2014Business Valuation, Financial & Tax Issues in Divorce 20142014
Lake County Bar AssociationAttorneys Fees2013
Chicago Bar AssociationIssues in Estate Planning and Use of Insurance in Divorce2013
Priority Sports Agency PLAN EventFamily Law Issues Affecting Athletes2012
AAML Family Law SeminarIllinois Rules of Evidence2012
Washington County Bar Association monthly meetingAthletes and Entertainers in Divorce2011
Lake County Bar Association-Family Law SectionEvidentiary Rule Changes/Update2011
SRR WebinarEthics of Celebrity Representation2010
Sports Lawyers Association Seminar-ChicagoIssues Affecting Atheletes and High Wealth Individuals in Divorce2010
Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal EducationCase Law Update2010
Business Valuation, Financial and Tax Issues in DivorceMaking a Bad Business Valuation Go Away2010
Asset Protection from a Divorce Lawyers PerspectiveAsset Protection2010
Lake County Bar Association Annual Family Law SeminarTop 10 Mistakes in Business Valuations2009
Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal EducationCase Law Update2009
Asset Protection from a Divorce Lawyers PerspectiveAsset Protection2009