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   3James H. FeldmanChicago(312) 923-2780jfeldman@jenner.comjfeldman@jenner.comJenner & Block LLPwww.jenner.comwww.jenner.comFeldmanJames.jpgFamily LawADR Law: FamilyHigh Profile Divorce CasesProperty Division and SupportCollaborative Divorce
James H. Feldmanjfeldman@jenner.com
Jenner & Block LLPhttp://www.jenner.com
353 N Clark St 28th FL
Chicago IL 60654
Ph.(312) 923-2780 Fx.(312) 840-7780Leading Lawyers Magazine story about this lawyer
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Recommended by peers in:    Extensive Experience in:
Family Law    High Profile Divorce Cases
ADR Law: Family    Property Division and Support
    Collaborative Divorce
Advisory Board Member
County:  Cook
Litigator:  Yes

Practice Description:  
Mr. Feldman joined Jenner & Block in 1976 and became a partner of the firm in 1979. He heads the firm's Family Law Practice Group. He served as project head of the Historical and Practice Notes and co-authored the supplement of the notes on this statute for Smith-Hurd Illinois Annotated Statutes. He also co-authored major revisory legislation on this statute in 1983 (Public Act 129 on property classification and reimbursement rights). Mr. Feldman's practice is limited to family law.


Bar Admissions:  
State of Illinois
State of California
United States Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals
United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois.


Date of Birth:  1943

Law School:  
University of Illinois College of Law,
J.D., 1968
New York University School of Law, L.L.M., 1970

Undergraduate School:  
Tufts University, B.A., 1965


Bar/Professional Association Involvement:  
American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
Certified Fellow, 1980 to Present
Certified Mediator, 1995 to Present
Past Member of Board of Managers, Illinois Chapter
Illinois Chapter, past positions held: Vice President, member of Board of Managers, Chair of Program Committee, and member of Admissions, Court Rules and Continuing Legal Education Committees

American Bar Association: Family Law Section, Section of Litigation
Litigation Section: Chair, Domestic Relations and Family Law Litigation Committee, 1988 to 1990
Family Law Section: Chair, Ethical Practice and Procedures Committee, 1988 to 1992
Family Law Section: Co-Chair, Federal Legislation/Congressional Relations Committees, 1995 to 2000
Family Law Section: Member of Advisory Board of Family Advocate, publication of Family Law Section, 1989 to 1990
Family Law Section: Vice Chair, Continuing Legal Education Committee, 1985 to 1987
Standing Committee: Standing Committee on Specialization, Member of Review Panel, 1995 to 1997 for Certification re Family Law Trial Advocacy

California State Bar Association: Family Law Section

Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education
Faculty Member since 1975 and lecturer on matrimonial law.
Member of planning committees for family law programs.
Author of chapters of books published by the Institute.

Illinois State Bar Association: Family Law Section
Section Council Member, 1982 to 1985
International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Fellow 1991 to 1999

Circuit Court of Cook County
Member, 1986 to 1987, Advisory Committee of Chief Judge on Reorganization of Domestic Relations Division

Gannon Proctor Commission
Member, 1982 to 1985. Appointed by Governor James R. Thompson to study and report on problems relating to women in Illinois.


Community Involvement:  
Board Membership: The Family Institute, affiliate of Northwestern University
Member: Host Committee, The Chicago Humanities Festival


Published Legal Writing:  
"Beginning Strategies and Initial Considerations", Chapter in Handbook for First Annual Family Law Conference, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, April, 2002)

"Dangerous Liaison: Dealing with the Press in Family Litigation," Annual Meeting Compendium 19, American Bar Association, Family Law Section, 1989

Historical and Practice Notes, Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act and Husband and Wife Act, Smith-Hurd Illinois Annot. Statutes, West Publishing Co., Project head, 1980); Co-author of all Annual Supplements: 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987.

"Silences in the Storm: Testimonial Privileges in Matrimonial Disputes," XXI Family Law Quarterly 189, American Bar Association, Family Law Section, 1987

"Conflicts of Interest and the Prior Client in a Matrimonial Case: The Large Firm Perspective," Annual Meeting Compendium 111, American Bar Association, Family Law Section, July 1985

"Taming Transmutation A Guide to Illinois' New Rules on Property Classification and Division Upon Dissolution of Marriage," Illinois Bar Journal, March, 1984

"Classification of Property Upon Dissolution of Marriage," Illinois Bar Journal, October, 1982

"Drafting Marital Separation Agreements", Chapter in Family Law Handbook, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, 1982 "Modification of Judgment (Maintenance and Child Support)",Chapter in Illinois Family Law Handbook, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, 1978, 1981, 1984, 1985 Supp., 1988, 1989 Supp.

"Enforcement of Judgment", Chapter in Illinois Family Law Handbook, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, 1975, 1978, 1981, 1984, 1985 Supp.

"Prosecutors' Special Tasks in Juvenile Delinquency Proceedings In Illinois," Illinois Bar Journal, October 1970


Legal Lectures:  IICLE: Course Planner, 2nd Annual Family Law Conference, 4/4-4/9/03

DePaul University School of Law: Classroom presentation for Mediation Program on Legal Aspects of Divorce, 10/17/02

ISBA: Initial Interview and Client Relations, 10/14/02

IICLE: Beginning Strategies and Initial Considerations, 4/11/02

CBA: Federal Legislation Affecting Family Law, 6/9/99

AAML: Panelist/participant in advanced seminar on "Leading Edge Financial Issues", including mock pre-trial conference on stock options, spousal/support and related matters, 2/12/99

Panelist, Roundtable on Divorce Law and Practice, Illinois Legal Times, 12/98

AAML: Opinion Witnesses, 10/14/96

CBA: Recent Federal Legislation Affecting Family Law, 9/30/96

AAML: Opinion Witnesses: Special Concerns, 8/14/96

AAML: What the Feds Are Up to in Family Law, 4/2/96

ABA (Annual Meeting - Chicago): Hot Tip on the Shifting Venues of Marital Negotiations, 8/6/95

IICLE: Negotiating Techniques: What Works, What Doesn't in Dealing With Clients, Counsel, Judges and Mediators, 5/15, 5/23, 5/24/99

AAML: Recent Developments in Matrimonial Case Law, 9/13/94

Northwestern University Law School of Law: Classroom presentation on divorce mediation, 4/12/94

CBA: Panelist, program on professionalism in the Domestic Relations Division of the Cook County Circuit Court, 2/5/94

CBA: Testimonial Privileges in Matrimonial Cases, 4/23/93

CBA: Maintenance: Trends, Cases, Practice Tips, 4/14/93

AAML: Practice Pointers in Dealings Between Opposing Counsel, 2/2/93

Illinois CPA Society: Recent Developments in Matrimonial Law, 1/21/93

Speaker on more than 40 occasions before bar associations, IICLE and other organizations on Family Law and other legal issues. 1971 to 1992



Firm Description:  
Jenner & Block is a national, full-service law firm of nearly 400 attorneys offering significant experience in virtually every area of the law. Founded in 1914, the Firm is headquartered in Chicago with offices in Dallas and Washington, D.C. Jenner & Block consistently delivers excellent business advice and counsel and secures victories for our diverse clients from the trial level through the United States Supreme Court.


Practice Group Description:  
The Family Law Practice Group provides a full range of services for individuals in all aspects of family law, concentrating in matrimonial law. Attorneys in the Family Law Practice draw upon the Firm's breadth of experience and vast resources on behalf of its clients, including litigation and other practices such as estate planning, tax, corporate, employee benefits, real estate, financial services and bankruptcy. Areas in which attorneys in this practice concentrate include: divorce/marital dissolution, legal separation, child custody and parentage, premarital and post-marital agreements, consulting and counseling, planning considerations, post-marital disputes, grandparent rights, and mediation.


Family:  Born Chicago, Illinois, August 30, 1943, Mr. Feldman is married with two children. He resides in Winnetka, Illinois.

Additional Office Locations:  Washington, D.C. and Dallas

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