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I previously served as a State’s Attorney, primarily litigating child support, child abuse, and neglect cases. Before joining Nottage and Ward, LLP, I worked for 7 years in a general litigation firm, where I not only honed my expertise in divorce, custody, child support, and juvenile matters, but also acquired a diverse knowledge in a full range of other legal areas: estate planning and administration, criminal defense, personal injury, juvenile, insurance, and real estate. I was also frequently appointed as a Guardian Ad Litem. My prior experiences give me a unique perspective and advantage in addressing all of a client’s legal needs and concerns; this translates into an advantage for my clients in understanding and resolving their cases and moving forward into the future. I bring not only my wealth of litigation experience and expertise to family law matters, but also my practical, common sense approach to issues, as well as my courtroom-tested toughness.


My goal as an attorney is to assist people in improving their lives. Having practiced in many different areas of law during my career, I came to realize that divorce/family law is the practice area where attorneys make the single biggest difference in the personal lives of their clients. It is also the area of law where I can vividly see the product of my work from the beginning of a case to the end and, when it is over, I know that I have helped a client survive a very traumatic situation.

Nottage and Ward provides a unique environment in which to practice law – we are a small, boutique firm with the ability to handle any case, against any firm. There is a lot of experience and a well-deserved reputation behind the name Nottage and Ward. After 5 minutes in the office you will understand the confidence that comes with our experience and reputation. At the same time, there is no pretense. Everyone is friendly, straight talking, and dedicated to the job we do. The people who work here want to work here and that makes all the difference.


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Practice areas


  1. Divorce: 50%
    20 years
  2. Family: 40%
    20 years
  3. Prenuptials: 10%
    20 years



Hourly ($350-500/hour), Retainer (always)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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Contact info

Nottage and Ward, LLP

10 N. Dearborn
11th Floor
Chicago, IL, 60602-4209


ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law199705/11/2016
MONot authorized to practice-Administrative199601/08/2013
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Leading LawyerLeading Lawyers Network2016
Leading LawyerLeading Lawyers Network2015
AmJur Award for Criminal LawAmerican Jurisprudence1995
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerNottage and Ward, LLP2004 - Present
AttorneyWallace & Greenwell1997 - 2004
State's AttorneyState of Missouri1996 - 1997
Association namePosition nameDuration
TransLife CenterCo-Chairman of the Board, Legal Advisory Board2016 - Present
Friends of the Chicago RiverBoard Member2015 - Present
TransLife CenterBoard Member, Legal Advisory Board2014 - Present
Friends of the Chicago RiverGala Committee Member2013 - Present
Family Law Section of ISBAMember2010 - Present
Committee for LGBT RightsMember2010 - Present
Domestic Relations Commitee of the CBAMember2010 - Present
International Network of Boutique Law FirmsMember2009 - Present
DuPage County Bar AssociationMember2008 - Present
Family Law Section of ABAMember1996 - Present
DePaul University Alumni AssociationMember1996 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember1996 - Present
Illinois State Bar AssociationMember1996 - Present
Chicago Bar AssociationMember1996 - Present
University of Missouri Alumni AssociationMember1993 - Present
41st Judicial Bar AssociationPresident2002 - 2003
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Marriage of SteversonJudgment after trial in favor of husband (my client).
Marriage of Elissa and ChambersI prevailed on behalf of my client, Elissa.
Levin v. SteinFavorable property distribution and support award.
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
DePaul University College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1996
University of Missouri, ColumbiaHistoryBA - Bachelor of Arts1993
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
International Network of Boutique Law FirmsThe Impact of Divorce Proceedings on Businesses: The Business/Business-Owner Perspective2014
Horwood Marcus & Berk in-house CLEExit Strategy2014
GoodSmith Gregg Unruh in-house CLEExit Strategy: A Divorce Overview and Primer2014
Kelley, Drye & Warren in-house CLEExit Strategy: A Divorce Overview and Primer2013
Balasa Dinverno Foltz in-house seminarA Divorce Primer for Wealth Managers2013
Family Law ConferenceDirect and Cross-Examination of Business Valuation Experts2010
Balasa Dinvern Foltz In-house PresentationHigh Income and High Net Worth Divorces2009
The Chicago Bar AssociationDiscovery: From Beginning to End2008