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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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.
Raiford Palmer Divorce & Separation Attorney
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
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.
Anthony Andreano Divorce & Separation Attorney
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|IL||Active And Authorized To Practice Law||2007||05/14/2015|
|Award Name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|Rising Star in Family Law||Super Lawyers||2015|
|Rising Star in Family Law||Super Lawyers||2012|
|Rising Star in Family Law||Super Lawyers||2011|
|Rising Star in Family Law||Super Lawyers||2010|
|The CALI Excellence for the Future Award in Children and Divorce||Chicago-Kent College of Law||2009|
|Pro Bono Service Award||DuPage County Bar Association||2009|
|The CALI Excellence Award in Advanced Legal Writing||Golden Gate University School of Law||2005|
|Partner||Bennett & Bangser, LLC||2014 - Present|
|Partner||Bennett Law Firm, LLC||2007 - 2014|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|Illinois State Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division||Member||2012 - 2015|
|DuPage County Bar Association Media Committee||Chair||2012 - 2013|
|DuPage County Bar Association Media Committee||Vice Chair||2011 - 2012|
|Will County Bar Association||Member||2009 - Present|
|DuPage County Bar Association, Family Law and Practice Committee||Member||2008 - Present|
|Chicago Bar Association||Member||2008 - Present|
|Illinois State Bar Association||Member||2008 - Present|
|DuPage County Bar Association||Member||2007 - Present|
|Chicago-Kent College of Law||Family Law||Master’s of Law (LL.M) in Family Law||2012|
|Golden Gate University School of Law||Doctor of Jurisprudence||J.D.||2006|
|Indiana University||Criminal Justice and Psychology||B.A.||2003|