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About me


For the past thirty years of my career I have worked as a trial lawyer in the courts of Chicago and the surrounding counties.


As a Chicago native, my goal is to help families plan and care for thier loved ones. Sometimes in life we are presented with legal challenges at difficult emotional times. As a Estate and Trust attorney, it is my role to support my clients with legal guidance and educate them on thier options under the law.


I pride myself on achieving common sense solutions to complex legal and emotional issues. 


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Practice areas


  1. Probate: 20%
  2. Guardianship: 20%
    32 years, 50 cases
  3. Trusts: 20%
    32 years, 75 cases
  4. Estate Planning: 20%
    32 years, 100 cases
  5. Real Estate: 20%
    32 years, 700 cases



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Contact info

John R Ashenden, Ltd.

33 N LaSalle St.
Suite 2200
Chicago, IL, 60602


ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law197905/11/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2014
Top Rated Lawyer in Chicago AreaMartindale-Hubbell2014
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2013
Elder Law Cert. of AppreciationIllinois State Bar Association2012
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2012
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2011
Judicial PlaqueMartindale-Hubbell2011
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2010
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyJohn R Ashenden, Ltd.1993 - Present
PartnerO’Keefe, Ashenden, Lyons & Ward1983 - 1993
Assistant State's AttorneyCook County State's Attorney's Office1979 - 1983
Association namePosition nameDuration
Chicago Bar AssociationJudicial Evaluation Committee Member1979 - Present
Illinois State Bar AssociationMember1979 - Present
Illinois State Bar AssociationElder Law Section Council2011 - 2012
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Northern Illinois University College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1979
Arizona State UniversityPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1974