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   3Miles N. BeermannChicago(312) 621-9700mnbeermann@beermannlaw.commnbeermann@beermannlaw.comBeermannwww.beermannlaw.comwww.beermannlaw.combeermanmiles.jpgFamily Appellate LawFamily Law
Miles N.
161 N Clark St Ste 2600
Chicago IL 60601
Ph.(312) 621-9700 Fx.(312) 621-0909Leading Lawyers Magazine story about this lawyer
Recommended by peers in:
Family Appellate Law
Family Law
Advisory Board Member
County:  Cook
Litigator:  Yes

Practice Description:  
Miles N. Beermann is regarded as one of the preeminent practitioners in the field of family law. His achievements and qualifications have been widely recognized. For example, he has been listed in every edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Further, Mr. Beermann has been honored by the Illinois Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and was the 2002 recipient of the prestigious Samuel S. Berger Award for his contributions to the law profession. He has received an AV rating under the Martindale-Hubbell ® Lawyer Rating System, indicating that he "has reached the height of professional excellence" and "is recognized for the highest levels of skill and integrity." Additionally, Mr. Beermann was named one of the top 100 Illinois Super Lawyers in the May 2005 issue of Chicago Magazine. Illinois Super Lawyers were selected by their peers and are "considered among the best in their profession" and "represent the top 5% of the practicing attorneys in Illinois."

Mr. Beermann has been teaching divorce law and litigation skills in family law related issues at DePaul University College of Law since 1993. He has lectured and written extensively on the topic of family law and trial and appellate practice. Mr. Beermann has been an invited speaker for educational events sponsored by various law and professional organizations, including the Chicago Bar Association, the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, the Appellate Lawyers Association, the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and the Northwest Suburban Bar Association. In addition, Mr. Beermann briefed and argued the constitutional law case of Trimble v. Gordon before the United States Supreme Court.

Bar Admissions:  
Illinois, 1958
U.S. Supreme Court, 1971

Date of Birth:  1934

Law School:  DePaul University College of Law, J.D., 1958
Undergraduate School:  University of Illinois, Chicago

Bar/Professional Association Involvement:  
Chicago Bar Association
  Chairman, Matrimonial Law Committee, 1987-1988
  Vice chairman, Matrimonial Law Committee, 1986-1987
  Board of Managers, 1984-1986
  Secretary, Matrimonial Law Committee, 1984-1986
  Member, Standing Committee on Litigation, 1985
  Chairman, Division III Legislative Committee, 1983-1984
  Co-chairman, Supreme and Appellate Court Rules Sub-Committee of Matrimonial Law Committee, 1982-1984
  Member, Nominating Committee, 1982
  Chairman, Civil Practice Committee, 1979-1980
  Member, Committee on Evaluation of Candidates, 1977-80

Illinois State Bar Association

American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Fellow
  Chairman, Amicus Curiae Committee
  Illinois Chapter Board of Governors, 1984-1991

Appellate Lawyers Association
  President, 1983-1984
  Vice president, 1982-1983
  Secretary, 1981-1982
  Treasurer, 1980-1981
  Member, Board of Directors, 1977-1980

Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
  Parliamentarian, 1988-1989
  Board of Directors, 1983-1985, 1989-1992
  Secretary, 1985-1986, 1987-1988
  Treasurer, 1986-1987
  Chairman, Amicus Curiae Committee, 1980-1983
  Member, Legislative Committee, 1980-1983
  Vice-chairman, Family Law Section, 1980-1981

Association of Trial Lawyers of America

Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education Board of Directors, 1984-1986

Adjunct Professor of Law at DePaul University College of Law, 1993-present

Occasional Visiting Lecturer
  DePaul University College of Law
  Loyola University Law School
  John Marshall Law School
  IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law
  Northwestern University School of Law

Faculty Member, College of Advocacy, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association at Illinois Wesleyan University, Bloomington, Illinois and at Northwestern University School of Law, Chicago, 1982-1990

Published Legal Writing:  
"Rehabilitative Maintenance in Illinois," Illinois Bar Journal, August 1987

Editor-in-Chief, Illinois Journal of Family Law, published by Mason Publishing, 1984-1986

"Stay of Enforcement of Judgment or Order Appealed From," Civil Appeals, published by the Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education and the Appellate Lawyers Association, 1984 and subsequent editions to present

"Grounds for Dismissal of an Appeal," Appellate Practice Handbook, published by the Appellate Lawyers Association, 1981 and 1982

"Winning an Appeal, A How-To Guide for the Family Law Practitioner," Family Advocate Journal, published by the American Bar Association Family Law Section, Summer 1980

Legal Lectures:  
Chicago Bar Association
  "Procedural Problems in Perfecting an Appeal," Civil Practice Potpourri, 1977
  "The Notice of Appeal," program chairman; Civil Practice Potpourri, 1978
  "Appeal from Orders Granting a New Trial," Civil Practice Potpourri, 1979
  "New Appellate Rules," Civil Practice Potpourri, 1980
  "Attorneys' Fees, Young Lawyers Section," Procedural Law Seminar on Matrimonial Law, 1980
  "Stay of Enforcement of Judgments on Appeal," Civil Practice Potpourri, 1981.
  "Interest on Judgments," Civil Practice Potpourri, 1982
  "Rehabilitative Maintenance, The Concept and Its Application," program co-chairman; Matrimonial Law Committee Potpourri, 1982
  "Expert Testimony in Dissolution of Marriage Cases, Valuation of Real Estate, Trial Demonstration, Direct and Re-Direct Examination of Appraiser," Matrimonial Law Committee, 1983
  "Settlements Under the Parentage Act of 1984," Matrimonial Law Committee, 1985
  "Recent Developments in Appellate Practice," Civil Practice Potpourri, 1985
  "Update on Supreme Court Rules," Matrimonial Law Committee, 1986
  "Litigation Techniques and Strategies in a Matrimonial Case," 1988

Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education (IICLE)
  "Division of Property: How to Analyze your Situation and Draft Effective Agreements," Law/Net, 1988
  "Legal Malpractice Issues in the Family Law Area," 1987
  "Appealability of Support and Maintenance Orders and Judgments," Law/Net, 1985 and 1987
  "Stays Pending Appeal. Illinois Civil Appeals," Law/Net, 1984   "Handling of Pre-Trial and Post-Decree Custody/Visitation Disputes," Law/Net, 1984
  "Pre-Trial and Post-Decree Custody/Visitation Disputes at Effective Representation of Clients in Child Custody Matters," Law/Net, 1983
  "Preserving Evidence for Appeal," 18th Annual Trial Evidence Seminar, 1983
  "Custody: Issues and Answers," Family Law Institute, Law/Net, 1982   "Modification of Custody/Visitation Rights at Child Custody Seminars, Law/Net, 1981
  "Grounds for Reversal at Illinois Civil Practice After Trial," 1979   "Brief Writing at Illinois Civil Practice After Trial," 1976

Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
  "Jury Instructions," Civil Practice Update & Review Seminar, 1989
  "The Appellate Practice," Annual Convention, 1984
  "Preparing for and Anticipating an Appeal," 1984
  "Update on Matrimonial Law," 1981, 1982 and 1983
  "Review of the New Appellate Rules," 1980
  "Recent Decisions Under the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act," 1979
  "Property Rights Under the Illinois Divorce Act," Annual Convention, 1974

Appellate Lawyers Association
  Videotape lecture on "Brief Writing" for Appellate Lawyers Association and Office of the State Appellate Defender, Program on Appellate Practice, 1985
  "Brief Writing," 1985
  "An Overview of Federal Appellate Practice and Procedures," 1980
  Appeal Bonds, 1978

American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
  "Case Preparation and Trial Demonstration, Business Valuation Expert," 2000
  "Evidence: Protecting Your Record," 1985
  "Confusion in the Wake of Leopando," 1985
  "Proof of Value of Legal Services," 1979
  "The Rights of Illegitimate Children," 1977

Northwest Suburban Bar Association
  "Visitation Problems and Solutions," 1999
  "Interlocutory or Final Appeals; Rules & Procedures in Different Districts," 1992
  "Current Cases Affecting Custody," 1990
  "Section 2-1401 (Relief from Judgments) Petitions," 1989
  "How to Handle an Appeal in a Matrimonial Case," 1987
  "Attorneys Fees in Matrimonial Cases," 1979

Miscellaneous Lectures
  "Mental Health Evaluation of the Family in a Child Custody Dispute," Division of Forensic Psychiatry, Northwestern University Medical School, 1995
  "Wilson v. Clark: Hearsay and Expert Opinion Revisited," Illinois State Bar Association Family Law Seminar, 1990
  "Ethics and Negotiating Marital Settlements," Annual Conference of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, 1989
  "Attorneys Fees in Matrimonial Cases," DuPage County Bar Association, 1979
  "Post Judgment and Appeal Process in Matrimonial Matters," DuPage County Bar Association, 1977
  "The Rights of Illegitimate Children," The Lawyers Shrine Club, 1977

Firm Description:  
Established in 1958 as a small neighborhood law office, Beermann has grown to provide legal counseling and representation for a full range of business and individual needs.

At Beermann, clients are our top priority. We are tough when we need to be, yet our lawyers possess both the compassion and skills necessary to lead clients through various challenges in their personal and professional lives. Our objective is to get to know our clients - establish trust and rapport -not treat them like just another case file. Our lawyers learn what is important to each client and then provide the legal strategy and representation necessary to achieve each client's individualized goals.

We are well known for our trial and appellate practice, which includes complex marital dissolution and business disputes, insurance coverage matters, real estate and construction litigation, professional responsibility actions as well as plaintiffs' personal injury representation. Our transactional practice includes attorneys who handle sophisticated matters involving the purchase and sale of assets, businesses and real estate, as well as counsel clients on business operational and employment issues. Complementing the firm's litigation and transactional capabilities is our estate planning practice which involves personal wealth management and intricate business succession matters.

Beermann is rooted in Chicago and since its beginning, the firm's lawyers have committed themselves to a wide variety of legal, business and community organizational involvement. For example, many of our partners, through their participation in bar association and law school educational activities over the span of more than 40 years, have taught countless attorneys advocacy and client relations skills -- all with the goal of supporting the profession and producing exceptional lawyers. Further, many of the firm's partners have expanded their leadership contributions to business and community activities by serving on corporate, municipal and charitable boards, as well as in other capacities.

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