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Bradford Lebrun Bennett

Bradford Lebrun Bennett

also known as Bradford Bennett, Brad Bennett

Practice areas:

Family

About Me

Brad concentrates in the area of family law including litigation, divorce, legal separations, child custody, parentage, premarital and postnuptial agreements, and all post-decree and modification matters covering Cook, DuPage, Will, and Lake Counties.  Brad is recognized in the legal community for not only his extensive knowledge of the law, but his thorough preparation, superb writing ability, and outstanding courtroom presence. He has been acknowledged and praised for his vigorous representation of individuals from a wide range of backgrounds, from high net-worth individuals to volunteering his time with pro se litigants.  


Brad graduated with honors from Indiana University-Bloomington, obtaining duel Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degrees in Criminal Justice and Psychology, while gaining valuable experience as a law clerk for the Monroe County (IN) Public Defender’s Office.  Brad then attended Golden Gate University (CA) School of Law, and while obtaining his law degree, worked as a law clerk in the San Francisco Public Defender’s Office.  He also served as the editor of the International Law Review and also helped edit and research the California Real Estate Forms Second Edition (Thomson West 2006).   After law school, Brad joined and was soon made a partner of a prestigious family law firm in the western suburbs of Chicago where he remained for seven years and honed his family law prowess by bringing hundreds of cases to successful resolution through negotiation, the pre-trial process and multi-day evidentiary trials.  


While practicing full-time, Brad continued his educational pursuits at night by earning his Masters of Law (LL.M) degree in Family Law from IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law.  At Kent, Brad was awarded the CALI Excellence for the Future Awards in “Advanced Legal Writing” as well as “Children and Divorce”, two prestigious accolades that only select few receive.  


In recognition of Brad’s skill set, he was named to the Super Lawyers list as Illinois' "Rising Stars" in the area of Family Law for the years 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2015.  This peer nominated honor is bestowed on only a small fraction of the attorneys in the state.


Brad also actively participates in several bar associations, having chaired the Media Committee of the DuPage County Bar Association and produced its television show, Legal Action. In addition, Brad has been appointed as both a member of the Illinois State Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division (which serves as a resource for young lawyers practicing in Illinois), and the Judiciary Evaluations Committee to investigate and recommend judicial candidates for both the DuPage County and Chicago Bar Associations.


Brad frequently works the DuPage County Legal Help Desk at the courthouse, volunteers his time to assist litigants during “Pro Se Day” in Will County, and was an advocate helping individuals prepare and present Emergency Orders of Protection at the Cook County Domestic Violence Courthouse in Chicago.  Due to his pursuits both inside and out of the courtroom, Brad received the Pro Bono Service Award from the DuPage County Bar Association in 2009.


The results Brad obtains for his clients are reflective of his varied background, comprehensive experience, courtroom acumen, as well as the strategic approach developed for each case.

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 2007

  1. Family: 100%
    8 years

Payment

Fees:

Retainer (Always)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

9 total 

  • Raiford D. Palmer

    I had the pleasure of working with Brad as opposing counsel on a complex divorce matter recently. Brad is responsive, communicative, well-versed in the law, and a cool head under pressure. He is always looking out for his client's best interest but has a very realistic view of what is reasonable in terms of settlement in a case. This means he can save his clients time and money and get cases resolved more quickly. I hope to work with Brad in the future.

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    Raiford Palmer Divorce & Separation Attorney
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  • Anthony Philip Andreano

    I endorse this lawyer. Brad's style was very aggressive and so both sides were ready to try the case. BUT he never lost sight that settlement - if it can be reached - is generally the best result as parties have more flexibility in fashioning terms they each want (or can live with) rather than what a judge wants. Our case settled.

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    Anthony Andreano Divorce & Separation Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

Contact Info

Bennett & Bangser, LLC

150 S. Wacker Drive
24th Floor
Chicago, IL, 60606

Resume

License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law200705/14/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
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Awards
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Rising Star in Family LawSuper Lawyers2015
Rising Star in Family LawSuper Lawyers2012
Rising Star in Family LawSuper Lawyers2011
Rising Star in Family LawSuper Lawyers2010
The CALI Excellence for the Future Award in Children and DivorceChicago-Kent College of Law2009
Pro Bono Service AwardDuPage County Bar Association2009
The CALI Excellence Award in Advanced Legal WritingGolden Gate University School of Law2005

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
PartnerBennett & Bangser, LLC2014 - Present
PartnerBennett Law Firm, LLC2007 - 2014

Associations
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Illinois State Bar Association, Young Lawyers DivisionMember2012 - 2015
DuPage County Bar Association Media CommitteeChair2012 - 2013
DuPage County Bar Association Media CommitteeVice Chair2011 - 2012
Will County Bar AssociationMember2009 - Present
DuPage County Bar Association, Family Law and Practice CommitteeMember2008 - Present
Chicago Bar AssociationMember2008 - Present
Illinois State Bar AssociationMember2008 - Present
DuPage County Bar AssociationMember2007 - Present

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Case Titles are ConfidentialIn clients' favor

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Publications
Publication NameTitleDate
Illinois State Bar Association YLDNewsKnowing Your Judge – Behind the Black Robe2014
Illinois State Bar Association YLDNewsMore Things You Never Learned in Law School2013

Education
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Chicago-Kent College of LawFamily LawMaster’s of Law (LL.M) in Family Law2012
Golden Gate University School of LawDoctor of JurisprudenceJ.D.2006
Indiana UniversityCriminal Justice and PsychologyB.A.2003