I am a life-long Joliet resident, married, the father of two young daughters and the son of two lawyers with whom I practice law. Drawing on their experiences and my 18 years of practicing law, I can often bring a perspective to cases that many attorneys do not. Basically, I think of myself as an "old school" attorney - one more interested in fighting the cases that have real issues in them and working hard to settle the cases where either there are slim chances of success or the cost of winning doesn't justify full-blown litigation.
Abraham Lincoln understood that compromise is necessary in certain circumstances. "Persuade your neighbors to compromise whenever you can," he wrote in a lecture for lawyers. "Point out to them how the nominal winner is often a real loser--in fees, and expenses, and waste of time."
I love that quote because the real job of any professional is to tell you the truth and assess your situation - not simply tell you what you want to hear. I often advise clients that "lawyers make more money when clients fight" and we make much less when they settle. A good lawyer will help you tell the difference so that your best interests are served - not theirs. Divorces in particular are prone to emotional decisions. These emotions can cloud judgment and prevent settlement. Of course there will always be cases that need to be litigated aggressively. I am prepared for difficult cases and fight hard for my client's rights in those instances.
I am also invested in my community serving as the past President of Troy Consolidated School District School Board and current board member for the Guardian Angel Community Services of Will County and I actively volunteer my time with the Will County Legal Assistance Program and Pro Bono Program.
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Tony substituted in to a very difficult divorce matter and did what his client's previous attorneys couldn't...settle the case. Tony is a true advocate, but also a gentleman and we were able to resolve the case to the satisfaction of our clients.
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|IL||Active And Authorized To Practice Law||1996||05/11/2016|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Pro Bono Attorney of the Year||Will County Legal Assistance Program||2007|
|Scholarship Awarded||Justinian Society of Lawyers||1995|
|Access to Justice, Committee on Forms||Illinois Supreme Court||2015 - Present|
|Board Member||Guardian Angel Community Services||2014 - Present|
|Attorney||Andreano and Lyons||2001 - Present|
|President||Troy 30-C School District Board||2009 - 2014|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Joliet Historical Society||Member||2008 - Present|
|Friends of the Joliet Public Library||Member||2008 - Present|
|Will County Bar Association||Member||2001 - Present|
|Illinois State Bar Association||Member||2001 - Present|
|Illinois School Board Association||Member||2009 - 2014|
|Berland v. Landau & Associates - 09 L 487||Jury verdict for Plaintiff|
|See all legal cases|
|Andreano and Lyons Blog||Illinois Supreme Court Puts Burden on Unmarried Fathers to Prove Visitation is in the Child's Best Interest||2013|
|Andreano and Lyons Blog||Parental Notice of Abortion Act Upheld by Illinois Supreme Court||2013|
|Northern Illinois University College of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1996|
|Loyola University Chicago||History and Political Science||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1992|
|Professional Liability Underwriting Society||Legal malpractice issues||1997|