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Practice areas:

Divorce & Separation, Family, Child Custody, Child Support, Alimony, Domestic Violence

About Me

After graduating from the University of Chicago (1985), I attended Chicago-Kent College of Law where I was a member of the Law Review.  I was nominated by Appellate Court Justice Warren Wolfson to Chicago’s Lincoln Inn of Court – a most prestigious honor offered to only a handful of trial advocates.


 


I went solo out of law school in 1991; not sure of which area of law I would eventually concentrate in.  To pay the rent, I had to take any case that walked through the door.  The very first one was a BIG divorce case with a very, very well-respected oponent (top-notch).  I was terrrified . . . but confident.  I ended up winning a number of fights in the case; the client was very happy, and I had learned about art appraisal, child psychology, major investment strategies, bankruptcy, real estate, and criminal defense -- and that was all in the first few months.  I was hooked.


 


Since that first case, I have concentrated my practice exclusively in the areas of family law and matrimonial matters.


 


I am licenced to practice in Illinois and have been recognized by the Supreme Courts of New York, New Jersey, California, Florida, and Indiana, to represent clients in family law matters in those jurisdictions. I have successfully tried numerous cases in Illinois and have successfully argued before the Illinois Appellate Court and have also prevailed before the Illinois Supreme Court.  I have authored several works on divorce and family law in Illinois.


 


I have been and remain a member of the American Bar Association (Family Law Section), the Illinois State Bar Association (Family Law Section), and the Chicago Bar Association (Matrimonial Law Committee).

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Languages Spoken: English, Spanish

Practice Areas

Licensed since 1991

  1. Divorce & Separation: 34%
    1 year
  2. Family: 23%
    1 year
  3. Child Custody: 18%
    1 year
  4. Child Support: 11%
    1 year
  5. Other: 14%
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Payment

Fees:

Hourly ($185-425/hour), Contingent (25-33%), Fixed (Sometimes), Retainer (Sometimes), Free Consultation (60 minutes), Pro Bono (10%)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

6 total 

  • Jill L Rogers

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Contact Info

CN Law, P.C.

100 North LaSalle Street, Suite 800
Chicago, IL, 60602

CN Law, P.C.

226 N Martin Luther King Jr Ave.
Waukegan, IL, 60085-4236

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License

StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law199108/17/2015

Professional Misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority.

  1. Further suspension stayed
    issued in IL, 2012

    updated

    Further suspension stayed means the attorney has been suspended, but that the suspension is placed on hold (and ultimately removed) if the attorney complies with certain requirements. Typically the requirements are included in a probation term the lawyer has been given at the same time.

  2. Suspension
    issued in IL, 2010

    updated

    Suspension means an attorney lost his or her license to practice law for a specific period of time. The attorney typically returns to practicing law when the suspension expires.

  3. Further suspension stayed
    issued in IL, 2004

    updated

    Further suspension stayed means the attorney has been suspended, but that the suspension is placed on hold (and ultimately removed) if the attorney complies with certain requirements. Typically the requirements are included in a probation term the lawyer has been given at the same time.

  4. Suspension
    issued in IL, 2004

    updated

    Suspension means an attorney lost his or her license to practice law for a specific period of time. The attorney typically returns to practicing law when the suspension expires.

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Awards

Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Keane Award for Excellence in e-LawyeringAmerican Bar Association2008

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
OwnerLaw Offices of Wes Cowell, L.L.C1991 - 2012

Associations

Association NamePosition NameDuration
American Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Illinois State Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Chicago Bar AssociationMemberN/A

Education

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Chicago-Kent College of Law Illinois Institute of TechnologyLawN/A1988
University of ChicagoN/AN/A1985