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Jeffery Mark Leving

also known as Jeffery Leving

About Me

Named one of “America’s Best Lawyers” by Forbes Radio™, Jeffery M. Leving is the internationally acclaimed author of two ground-breaking booksFathers’ Rights and Divorce Wars and was selected by his peers as one of Illinois’ top attorneys.

Jeffery Leving received his Juris Doctor from IIT-Chicago Kent College of Law in 1979. He is licensed to practice law inIllinois, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, theU.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court and is world-renown as a pioneer of the Fathers’ Rights Movement.

His professional associations include the American Bar Association, the Illinois State Bar Association, the Chicago Bar Association, the Lake County Bar Association, the DuPage County Bar Association, the McHenry County Bar Association, the Kane County Bar Association, the LaSalle County Bar Association, the Federal Trial Bar, and the Decalogue Society of Lawyers.



Languages Spoken: English, Spanish, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, German

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Practice Areas


  1. Child Support: 20%
  2. Child Custody: 20%
  3. Divorce & Separation: 20%
  4. Family: 20%
  5. Marriage & Prenuptials: 20%

Attorney Endorsements

7 total 

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    I highly endorse this lawyer. I have worked for Jeffery M. Leving for 9 years. Nationally known and respected as one of the foremost family law attorneys in the country, Mr. Leving is a passionate and compelling advocate who has devoted his 30+ year career to reuniting fathers and children nationally and internationally, strengthening families, and achieving social change. Named one of "America's Best Lawyers" by Forbes Radio™, Mr. Leving has won victories in many high profile cases. He has also achieved countless successes for loving, hard-working fathers all over the country. Mr. Leving takes on many cases in which the father is struggling for the best interests of his children, regardless of how difficult or complex the case may appear. He brings his incredible skill, intense passion, and finely honed strategies to every case, to protect these fathers' rights and to preserve their relationships with their children.


    Maureen Gorman Marriage & Prenuptials Attorney
    Relationship: Worked for lawyer

  • Mark A. Petrolis

    It is a privilege for me to work with Jeffery Leving and the best family law firm in the nation. Mr. Leving is indefatigable when it comes to protecting his clients. He works non-stop to make sure none of his clients become a target looking for an arrow. He has your back. His legal acumen is second to none, by winning cases that are intensely complex or viewed as a hopeless cause to others. His track record over the last 30 years is evidence of this, particularly, the Elian Gonzalez case he won. There, everybody thought it was an impossible case to win. Mr. Leving continues to win the “unwinnable” cases. As a result, Mr. Leving has saved countless children from dangerous situations. He has reunited families across the world. If you think your case cannot be won, speak to Mr. Leving. Not only does he provide the legal expertise that he only can, he provides the path to people who feel their family law matter is hopeless. Mr. Leving is the sword and the shield that every client needs.


    Mark Petrolis
    Relationship: Co-worker

Contact Info

Law Offices of Jeffery M. Leving, Ltd.

19 South La Salle Street
Suite 1500
Chicago, IL, 60603-1490


ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law197908/17/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
House Resolution 0995 Honors - Jeffery LevingIllinois House of Representatives2012
National Lifetime Call to Service AwardPresident Obama2012
America's Best LawyersForbes RadioN/A
Award for Meritorious Service to the Public and Legal CommunityIllinois State Bar AssociationN/A
Protection of the FamilyIllinois State Crime CommissionN/A
Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Attorney/PresidentLaw Offices of Jeffery M. Leving, Ltd.1986 - Present
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Illinois Council on Responsible FatherhoodChair2004 - Present
Chicago Bar AssociationMember1979 - Present
Illinois State Bar AssociationMember1979 - Present
Federal Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Publication NameTitleDate
examiner.comBanning Dads From Delivery Room Deprives Dads of Critical Rights2014
examiner.comThe Effects of Paternal Incarceration2014
examiner.comProclamation Creates New Holiday Honoring Fathers2014
ReutersChicago Divorce Attorney Jeffery Leving Analyzes Top Sports Law Litigation2014
ExaminerDaughter's First Christmas with Disabled Dad2013
Jossey-Bass, a Wiley imprintHow to Be A Good Divorced Dad2012
Examiner.comUnwed Fathers Receive Rights to Infant Children2012
Examiner.comWhy Men Don’t Seek Help2012
Examiner.comAbsentee Fathers a Growing Epidemic in America2012
Examiner.comBeing a good divorced dad means not giving up on your kids2012
Examiner.comThe Internet Spin Factor Never Stops2011
Examiner.comFathers Need to Be Part of Their Children’s Lives2011
Examiner.comSafe Haven Law Tramples Fathers’ Rights2011
Examiner.comSociety Seeks Wrong Answers in Crumbling Economy2011
Examiner.comThe Power of Fatherhood in Film2011
Examiner.comAMERICANS LOCKED UP ABROAD: The Politics of Anti-Americanism2011
Examiner.comSheriff Posting Pictures of “Deadbeats”: Hounding “Dead-broke” Dads Wont Pay2011
Examiner.comSaluting the Fallen Fathers & other Heroes of 9/11: In Memory & Tribute to NYFD2011
Examiner.comDon’t take a pass on “Caylee’s Law”2011
Examiner.comNo Father’s Day for Many Chicago Dads2011$3 Billion Owed In Child Support Is An Illusion2011
Examiner.comThe New Illinois Civil Unions Law: What It Will & Won’t Do2011
Basic BooksFathers' Rights1998
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Chicago-Kent College of Law Illinois Institute of TechnologyLawJD - Juris Doctor1979
Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Fathers & Families Coalition of America National ConferenceA Father's Role in Preventing Family Violence2014
West Suburban Chiefs of Police AssociationChild Custody and Visitation2012
13th Annual Fathers & Families Conference in Los Angeles, CAResponsible Fatherhood2012
Women’s Law SymposiumEquality2011
Strengthening Fathers to Strengthen Families ForumFatherhood Empowerment2011
Fatherhood Involvement ForumRights of Non-Custodial Parents2011
Father Factors ForumCo-Authorship of Illinois Laws2011
7th Annual Southwestern Fatherhood Institute Training ConferenceImportance of Co-Parenting and Healthy Relationships for Children2011
Fathers Who Care: Expo for Today’s ManParenting Rights and Responsibilities2010
Men Making a Difference in the Lives of ChildrenFather Involvement in Chicago Public Schools2009
Southwestern Fatherhood Institute TrainingDads Make A Difference2008