By and large, family law disputes entail litigation over that which many of us care profoundly about: our economic well-being and the welfare of our children. Mr. Gold-Kessler understands that, while these disputes encompass a vast range of issues from complex business valuations and forensic accounting to sophisticated medical and mental health concerns, in every case, the litigants are human beings. The litigation consistently rouses intense human emotion and deeply held convictions about what is right, fair, and imperative, and it tends to feel consuming. With nuanced understanding of, and sensitivity to, the hardships and vulnerabilities of families in crisis developed over the course of greater than a decade, Mr. Gold-Kessler excels both as a counselor and as an advocate. His analytical and communication skills—his talent for identifying critical issues, articulating the law’s application to particular facts, and arguing for desired outcomes, notwithstanding ambiguities and divisions within the law—have helped secure the best possible results for his clients, whether by settlement or trial. His proficiency in forecasting potential future conflicts and drafting binding legal documents with precision have also helped his clients to avert such conflicts, altogether, and to prevail when such conflicts cannot be averted.
Prior to pursuing his career in family law, Mr. Gold-Kessler worked over the course of ten years with troubled teens and their families, gaining extensive direct service experience in the areas of assessment, case management, and treatment. His responsibilities consistently demanded partnership with the Juvenile Court and within multidisciplinary teams of social workers, therapists, attorneys, and others. He entered homes and schools in order to promote successful community placements of youth through advocacy and accountability and to address challenges related to poverty; criminal gang activity; mental illness and substance abuse; neglect; and physical, emotional, and sexual abuse.
Mr. Gold-Kessler joined Dussias Law Group in 2013 after having practiced exclusively family law with Schiller DuCanto & Fleck LLP, following his graduation with honors from the Northwestern University School of Law. During his studies, Mr. Gold-Kessler assisted in the legal representation of juveniles and adults in Northwestern’s Bluhm Legal Clinic and in the Law Office of the Cook County Public Defender. He also completed a judicial externship with the Honorable Ann Claire Williams of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. His publications include an article in a recent edition of the Journal of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, titled, “Assessing the Hazards to an ‘Innocent Spouse’ of Civil and Criminal Liability for Tax Offenses in a Dissolution of Marriage Proceeding.”
Languages spoken: French, English
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|IL||Active And Authorized To Practice Law||2010||08/10/2016|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Fellowship||Equal Justice of America||2008|
|Attorney||Dussias Law Group||2013 - Present|
|Attorney||Schiller Du Canto & Fleck||2010 - 2013|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Illinois State Bar Association||N/A||2010 - Present|
|Chicago Bar Foundation||N/A||2010 - Present|
|Journal of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers||Assessing the Hazards to an "Innocent Spouse" of Civil and Criminal Liability for Tax Offenses in a Dissolution of Marriage Proceeding||2012|
|Northwestern University School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2010|
|Haverford College||Sociology||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1996|