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David Samuel Kerpel

Divorce and separation Attorney at Deerfield, IL

4.9   67 reviews

also known as David Kerpel

  • Licensed for 25 years
    State IL
    Acquired 1998
    Status
    Active and Authorized to Practice Law No misconduct found

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

About David

Learn David’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    30%

    250 cases

  2. Child custody
    20%

  3. Child support
    20%

  4. Family
    20%
    I devote my practice to the areas of Family Law, which include, but are not limited to Divorce, Custody, Paternity, Maintenance, Child Support, and Orders of Protection

    26 years, 200 cases

  5. Domestic violence
    10%

I partner with my clients to help them through a very difficult time in their lives.  Whether it involves procuring their share of the marital estate, or ensuring quality time with their children, I use the skills that I have developed over the years to further my client's best interests.   Children should not be caught in the middle of a divorce or separation, and I use legal tools available to try to prevent this from happenning.  

I work not only with divorcing couples, but also couples who have never been married (Paternity actions), as well as same-sex couples.  I personally handle each of my client's cases so they work with me on a one-on-one basis throughout the process.

I am also cognizent of trying to ensure that my clients have sufficient assets left over after the legal process to enable them to begin the next chapter in their lives.  As a result, I am a strong advocate for mediation, when appropriate, as well as the Collaborative divorce process.

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Location

Law Offices of David S.Kerpel, LLC
1020 Milwaukee Avenue
Suite 270
Deerfield, IL, 60015

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Reviews

4.9 / 5.0
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Posted by Kevin | November 14, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly Skilled Divorce Attorney
David was initially a recommendation as one of the better divorce attorneys in the Chicago area. Somehow, David exceeded those expectations. Divorce is a brutal process to have to endure and it is crucial to have the best representation possible. It is also highly unpredictable, which is an area where David particularly shines. David's intellect and creativity overcame some seemingly unmovable obstacles pertaining to my high conflict former spouse, including a full on trial over custody of the pets. There was never a time where David was outmatched or lacked assurance towards the outcome of any of the multiple motions and hearings that had to be filed as a result of the difficulties in dealing with my ex. He simply exuded (and inspired) confidence because he had such an incredible understanding of the law, along with some really clever methods of resolving conflict. David's services were not inexpensive, but I felt that there was tremendous value in his recommendations and capabilities. The results more than paid for themselves when it was all said and done and I shudder to think what this process would have looked like with a less capable attorney. I highly recommend David Kerpel.
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Posted by Jennifer | July 13, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Worth every penny…
Divorce is never a decision that is made without prior thought and support. I knew for quite some time that this was the road my now ex and I were going down, and I began researching, gathering information, as well as support I very much knew I would need well before I hired David. I had been talking with volunteers at The Lilac Tree, where David had been on the Board, and they highly recommended him to me. I called and had consultations with multiple divorce lawyers, but I knew when I spoke with David the first time that he was going to invest himself in doing the best he could for me, which he absolutely did. I had so many questions throughout the process, and so many really difficult and contentious issues that arose in my 17 month process, and he was available when I needed him the most, and walked me through the incredibly difficult process with both knowledge and compassion. He fought for the best interests of my three kids, and although there are always decisions and negotiations in a divorce that you won’t ultimately be happy about, he tried every step of the way to minimize that for me as best he could. The second attorney that worked with him as well as all of his other colleagues that helped me with everything he couldn’t (financial advisor, real estate agent, real estate attorney, QDRO attorney, insurance advisor), were all just as competent and truly made me feel as if I had a team that had my back and were on my side every step of the way. Late nights & laughs were such a bonus…I never felt as if he checked out at 5:00pm, and he definitely understood that in all the chaos & ridiculousness, sometimes laughter really is the best medicine. The only improvement that I could speak of was that there were a few times that questions I had were not specifically answered, as well as a few times that I felt I didn’t know or understand what was going on. There were motions that I would not have asked to file had I understood that they were a big gamble. He worked with me when things became incredibly difficult financially as well. He’s worth every penny I paid him…and 17 months is a lot of pennies.
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Posted by Sterling | June 12, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Attentive, Personalized, High-quality Representation
Working with David and The Law Offices of David S. Kerpel, LLC was a calming pleasure. Divorce is never easy, especially when it’s your first time and you never thought you’d be there. David guided me through the process step-by-step, and he always provided me with practical advice. He took the time to understand my goals to complete the process, and he listened. He looked out for me when I needed it, and he found workable solutions when he understood my position. He helped me get this done in a timely manner, and I have a solid relationship with my children that wasn’t damaged by a bitter fight. I would recommend that anyone who finds themselves in this situation contact David and his firm for help.
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Posted by Jill | October 27, 2022
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| Consulted Attorney
Kind compassionate lawyer
David Kerpel was a wonderful advocate for me at a difficult time in my life. I consulted with him on my pending divorce/custody case. He took his time to talk with me. He empowered me and gave me confidence. I will forever be grateful to David for his knowledge and kindness.
Posted by Debora | August 13, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Good communicator-knows the law
Communication was one of Mr. Kerpel’s strengths, texting and answering my questions in real time. Mr. Kerpel knows the law. He worked hard to apply and interpret the law in my favor. At times, it was apparent that the opposing side was trying to keep up with him… His skill set was a cut above.
Posted by Tammy | May 22, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
A great team to have on your side!
David Kerpell and Matthew Guthrie got the job done! They are compassionate and personable, and also very professional, and they will get the job done for you! It’s not all about the money for them, their rates are very fair, and they don’t just fight for you they help you through the process. I highly recommend them!
Posted by Lindsey | May 6, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Highest Recommendation for David S. Kerpel
Working with David Kerpel changed my life, and more importantly that of my son. I cannot fully put into words my level of respect and appreciation for David's legal representation, ethics, and client interactions. Throughout an extremely complex and emotional family court situation, David relentlessly worked to ensure our best interests were prioritized and protected. David's extensive knowledge of family law, the complex family court system, professionals involved in this process, and legal strategy proved imperative and effective throughout our entire litigation. He communicated effectively and efficiently, no matter if I had a quick question, serious need, preparation for court, or conversing with opposing counsel. In the courtroom, David conducts himself with the utmost integrity and professionalism. He persisted with diligence throughout our case, and simultaneously helped maintain client morale -- which is nearly impossible when that client is a gravely concerned mother. It is without hesitation that I give David Kerpel my highest recommendation. Should you need representation for family law of any kind, working with David means you have an absolute professional dedicated to his client(s)...and that is truly priceless.
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Posted by anonymous | May 2, 2022
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The best decision for the hardest process
I am so grateful to have had David as the leader of our legal team. I was supporting my mom through her divorce, often sitting in on calls and emails as a second pair of eyes and ears for this complicated process. Even though I was not the client, David still took the time to answer any questions I had about the process and translated any confusing “legal-ese” for me. It was a complicated case but David (and his wonderful team) was not afraid to do research and try unconventional angles to present in court. I know that if we had not hired David, the settlement would have been a disaster. With his help, we are able to move forward into the future with a positive attitude. Thank you, David!
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Posted by Gus | May 1, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Honest, efficient, solid
David did a spectacular job on some family law issues that happened last year. He ands his staff ( Matt especially) were fantastic. They listened and understood the issues right away. I was afraid at the beginning due to my knowledge being dated. They were on top of current law and precedent and knew exactly how to present my best case. The outcome was also 100% in my favor. I hope I never need them again but they would be my first call if I did need legal guidance.
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Posted by Dawn | December 1, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Divorce and Support Modfication
I hired David Kerpel initially in 2019 as my divorce attorney. I first reached out to him through the phone. He called back right away being on vacation with his family. It was significant to me as I was desperate for help with legal advice. Listened! Took the time to guide me thoroughly. Highly knowledgeable! Tenacious! Super compassionate knowing divorce is very difficult for the family. My case in particular. Complex with many layers. David was dedicated. Pushed through a lot of difficulties. In the early stages of my divorce filing, felt like no hope. His passion, dedication and commitment came through for the best possible outcome for me. I rehired David a year after my divorce for support modification. He worked just as hard to keep support the same.
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Posted by anonymous | February 9, 2021
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Highly Recommend David Kerpel!!
Hands down one of the best decisions I made, was to hire David Kerpel to represent me in my recent divorce! David Kerpel is an exceptional attorney. One of those rare finds whom combines his legal expertise with phenomenal interpersonal skills to offer his clients quality services. Divorce can be a turbulent time, and the stability David provided through his extreme knowledge, professionalism, reliability and commitment to finding resolutions was invaluable. In addition, David guided me through the entire process with the utmost patience and compassion, clearly defining every legal term as needed to ensure I felt like we were a team, and yes, David fights hard for his team! I am forever grateful to have hired David!!
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Posted by anonymous | February 7, 2021
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Tough case finally done
Very good experience with David. He handled my case and it went incredibly well. I will continue to seek his expertise and services in the future, as well as suggest him to my friends and family should they require an attorney.
Posted by Xiao | October 22, 2020
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The great attorney! Thank you, David!
I am not an English native speaker, I come from China. My case was very complicated and difficult case. I interviewed so many attorneys, some of them have decent titles. But after a brief conversation with David Kerpel, I decided to hire him without any hesitation. He is very knowledgeable, thoughtful, strong sympathy, think quickly. Attorney of ex-husband was very tough and also very experienced, but no matter opposing counsel how tough she was, David always very calm, respectful and control the situation quickly even though my situation was extremely passive. I am come from another country and don’t know anything about the law here, ex-husband was divorcing me by email when I was out of United States. He relocated to another state to open his own company. I did’t know how much marital property we had and how much he earned after he filed the divorce. I speak and wrote the broken English. You could imagine how difficult and passive my situation was. But David can understand me and my situation completely, he used appreciate and accurate words to express my meaning to judge. David is patient, Strategic, insightful, righteous, he smoothly helped me from beginning through the process step by step, then quickly to grasp the chances, David has the ability to turn things around make the situation turn out be good for me. He is hard working, respond my email and messages very shortly, patient to explain to me about all my questions and concerns. My son is American who is stay in China rather than in USA during this long divorce process, my physical condition also was bad, ex husband require our son back to USA but he doesn’t want too much parenting time. David has strong sympathy and consider all the facts for me and my son. Earning as much benefits as he can for me and my son’s future. The final result is beyond my expectation. Thank you David, there is no any other attorneys can make this settlement done perfectly! During the end of case, I was under a lot of pressure, I had a little different opinion with David for some certain decisions , I was insisting to do my way. However, the truth proved that David was right, his professional perspectives can see the whole picture. When you hire David Kerpel, you just need do one thing: Trust him! Thanks for all your helps, I really appreciated it and feel lucky to hire you as my attorney!
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Posted by Sophie | April 30, 2020
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David Kerpel - Excellent Attorney
David Kerpel represented me in my divorce. It was pretty straight forward, he took care of the divorce expeditiously. He was professional and attentive during the process. I highly recommend him.
Posted by anonymous | April 20, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Attentative & helpful
David handled my divorce case. It was a difficult situation & not your average divorce case. David was always available & handled every step with ease, explaining to me along the way. He took care of everything for me. Thank you David!
Posted by anonymous | April 18, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Practical and realistic advocacy
David was strategic and realistic in handling the issues in my case. He has excellent attention to detail and picks the battles that make sense. My case was long and drawn out. Once the major issues were settled, David pushed to bring it to a reasonable conclusion in the shortest possible time.
Posted by anonymous | April 17, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Very Satisfied - Excellent Attorney
David Kerpel is professional, yet compassionate; highly skilled, yet personable. He embodies the meaning of "advocate," walking alongside his clients through what (for me) could have been a much more painful experience. He explained everything clearly, and did a great job. I'm very glad that he was my attorney.
Posted by Laura | October 19, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Divorce Lawyer
David is very knowledgeable when it comes to divorce laws. He helped me through the whole process step by step. He was very attentive to what I wanted to get out of my divorce. He was always available to answer my questions and I ended up with a very fair settlement. I highly recommend David if you are considering getting a divorce.
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Posted by Mary | October 15, 2019
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David Kerpel - Highly recommend
David Kerpel is honest, upfront, professional, current and knowledgeable. He listens, is compassionate and realistic. He met with me on several occasions, was aware of the financial situation, and worked to resolve quickly and affordably. Highly recommend him.
Posted by anonymous | August 7, 2019
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About my experiences working with David Kerpel
I became acquainted in with David in 2013 while attending a workshop at The Lilac Tree in Evanston where he was speaking on the subject of "modifications to existing divorce decrees". I then retained his services to explore modification to my decree, granted 2 1/2 yrs prior. With David's excellent strategies, expertise and support, he was very successful in obtaining an award for modification in court. Most recently in Sept 2018, I again retained David when my former spouse chose to retire and discontinue paying my maintenance. In Feb 2019, the court ruled the retirement was "in bad faith" and David negotiated on my behalf with the opposing counsel and Judge to reach a very successful final settlement. In hindsight, I wish I had known David Kerpel when my divorce process began. If you're seeking an attorney with complete expertise regarding divorce and all issues surrounding the processes, I highly recommend David Kerpel. David is highly professional, supportive, educating, insightful, and efficient. I would just like to add...on both occasions that I retained David I lived outside of Illinois and our communications took place via phone, emails, and text messages. He could not have been more responsive, available and efficient in navigating both of our schedules, time zones, etc. in his successful resolution of my case.
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Cost

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  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 8.9 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Law Offices of David S. Kerpel
  • 2003 - Present
  • Associate
  • Berger Schatz
  • 1999 - 2002
  • Associate
  • Grant & Grant Attorneys
  • 1998 - 1998
  • Clerk
  • Schiller Du Canto & Fleck
  • 1997 - 1998
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Education

  • DePaul University College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1998
  • University of Iowa
  • B.A.
  • 1995

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Private
  • As a result of ascertaining this violation of the divorce decree, I was able to obtain proof of life insurance, as well as over $100,000 my client did not know they were entitled to.

Associations

  • National Association of Distinguished Counsel
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • The Lilac Tree
  • Board Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Lake County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1999 - Present
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1999 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Nation's Top One Percent
  • National Association of Distinguished Counsel
  • 2015
  • Daniel P. Ward Scholarship Fund
  • Phi Alpha Delta
  • 1998

Publications

  • Illinois State Bar Journal
  • Contribution of Attorney Fees
  • 2000
  • The Docket - A Publication of the Lake County Bar Association
  • Getting the Most out of your Discovery Tools
  • 2000

Speaking Engagements

  • DePaul School of Law
  • Parenting and Decision-Making
  • 2019
  • Workshop
  • Post Decree divorce
  • 2013
  • Workshop
  • Introduction to Divorce
  • 2011
  • Divorce University
  • Nuts and Bolts of Divorce
  • 2009
  • Workshop
  • FInancial aspects of divorce
  • 2007
  • Lake County Bar Association
  • introduction to Family Law
  • 2001
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Attorney endorsements

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Family Attorney | Jun 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"David provides the benefit of a big-firm background with the attention to detail you would expect only at a small firm. David makes the time to explain the intricacies of the ever-changing family law implications. I have worked with David on behalf of a wide variety of my clients, and he provides significant value and saved my clients at all levels of the family law process. Cannot recommend him highly enough!"
Family Attorney | Sep 24
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Mr. Kerpel is a great attorney and a great person. It is very important that he makes complicated things look very simple. It is very easy to work with him to reach the best result for parties in divorce. I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Apr 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"David Kerpel is an attorney that I happily endorse, as an upstanding member of the legal community and a strong advocate for clients."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Apr 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Dave Kerpel is a top notch attorney who is well respected by the entire legal community. This is an attorney that I would trust my family members and closest friends to, and whom I proudly endorse!"
Divorce and separation Attorney | Apr 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Dave Kerpel is a great lawyer with formidable legal skills; strongly liked and respected by the lawyers and judges in the legal community. This is an attorney that I absolutely endorse!"
Family Attorney | Jul 09
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Very prepared, intelligent, attentive and thorough. Pleasure to work with on the other side of a case."
Family Attorney | Nov 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Aug 28
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"David is thorough, well-prepared and has great communication skills."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Mar 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Nov 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. David is a pleasure to work with as opposing counsel as he is polite, trustworthy and genuine, yet he is a strong advocate for his clients. He is timely in court and in responding to communications, preparing pleadings and working on settlement."
Family Attorney | Mar 06
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I have been opposing counsel to David as well as a Fellow together in the Collaborative Community. David works hard for his client, is principled and knowledgeable, and I highly recommend him."
Family Attorney | Mar 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"David is an intelligent, skilled and hardworking attorney who effectively represents his clients."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Mar 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"David Kerpel is a thoughtful, effective attorney. He is respected by his peers for his professionalism and legal knowledge. He delivers excellent service to his clients."
Family Attorney | Feb 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
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