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I am in my 18th year of practice, nearly all of it in family law.  I served as the president of the McHenry County Bar Association, chair and vice chair of the American Bar Association Family Law Section Adoption Committee, vice chair of the ABA FLS Assisted Reproductive Technologies committee, and have held numerous other professional offices.  I wrote a book on paternity law and am the legal contributor for another.  I have also contributed numerous book chapters and articles and lectured on a wide variety of family law issues.


I am an adoptive parent.  I handle a wide variety of family law cases and litigation cases in McHenry County, Illinois.  Most of my practice focuses on child custody, child support, spousal support and property division, and adoption. I am proud to provide quality work, close client contact and value for legal services. 


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Practice areas


  1. Family: 80%
    22 years, 500 cases
  2. Adoption: 15%
    19 years, 100 cases
  3. General Practice: 5%
    14 years, 25 cases



Hourly ($250/hour)

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Contact info

127 E. Calhoun St.
Woodstock, IL, 60098-2998


ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law199405/11/2016
WIGood Standing199403/20/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Young Lawyer of the Year AwardIllinois State Bar Association2000
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyWoodstock Legal Consultants2007 - Present
Instructor of Paralegal StudiesCollege of Lake County2006 - 2008
Association namePosition nameDuration
Rotary Club of Woodstock MorningPresident, other offices2001 - Present
American Bar Association, Family Law SectionCommittee chairs, committee member1994 - Present
McHenry County Bar AssociationPresident, other offices1994 - 2001
Publication nameTitleDate
Disputed Parentage ProceedingsConsulting Attorney2011
IICLE Causes of Action -- ParentageAuthor2011
Family AdvocateWhen Daddy is Full of Doubt2009
Illinois Parentage LawAuthor2002
Illinois Bar JournalChallenging DNA in Paternity Cases2002
Illinois Bar JournalUnderstanding the Illinois Child's Representative Statute2001
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Wisconsin Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1994
University of IllinoisJournalismOther - Bachelors1991
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Family Advocate PodcastCriminal Charges in a Divorce Case2011
MeetingART History Lesson2010
Hot Tips from the ExpertsThe Adoption Tax Credit2010
CLE ConferenceRed Flags and Antennae (Client management)2010