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   3Howard A. LondonChicago(312) 621-9700halondon@beermannlaw.comhalondon@beermannlaw.comBeermannwww.beermannlaw.comwww.beermannlaw.comlondonhoward.jpgCivil Appellate LawFamily Appellate LawFamily LawDivorceChild Custody & RemovalTrials/AppealsHigh Profile, Complex CasesPre-Nuptial Agreements
Howard A.
161 N Clark St Ste 2600
Chicago IL 60601
Ph.(312) 621-9700 Fx.(312) 621-0909
Recommended by peers in:    Extensive Experience in:
Civil Appellate Law    Divorce
Family Appellate Law    Child Custody & Removal
Family Law     Trials/Appeals
    High Profile, Complex Cases
    Pre-Nuptial Agreements
Advisory Board Member
County:  Cook
Litigator:  Yes

Practice Description:  
Mr. London has been practicing matrimonial law at the trial and appellate level for 30 years. He has extensive trial court experience in all areas of matrimonial law, including pre-nuptial agreements, complex financial cases, child custody, removal, and post-judgment modification and enforcement, as well as in other areas of civil litigation. Mr. London also has handled more than 100 appeals, including dozens of family law appeals. He has been selected by his peers to be included in Best Lawyers in America in the areas of family law and appellate law.

Bar Admissions:  
Illinois, 1978
U.S. Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit, 1979
U.S. District Court
  Northern District of Illinois, 1979, including Trial Bar, 1984
  Southern District of Florida, 2002
  Southern District of Indiana, Indianapolis Division, 1999
  Eastern District of Texas, 1997 (pro hac vice)

Hourly Rate:  $425 - $450/hour

Retainer:  Varies with case

Date of Birth:  1954

Law School:  George Washington University Law School, J.D., 1979

Undergraduate School:  Northwestern University, B.A., 1975

Representative Clients:  
Men and women in divorce litigation, post-judgment proceedings, appeals, and in pre-nuptial negotiations

Employment History:  
Mr. London has been with Beermann Pritikin Mirabelli Swerdlove LLP since his graduation from law school in 1978.

Bar/Professional Association Involvement:  
Appellate Lawyers Association of Illinois
Illinois State Bar Association
  Family Law Section
Chicago Bar Association

Published Legal Writing:  
"Appeals in Dissolution of Marriage Cases," ISBA Family Law Handbook, 1995 edition

"Stays Pending Appeal," Appellate Law Review, (sum. 1990), Vol. 3, No. 2

"Outline of the Law on Child Custody," Part I, 1988 IFLR 222, Part II, 1988 IFLR 250, Part III, 1989 IFLR 2, Part IV, 1989 IFLR 22

"Perfection of an Appeal," Illinois Civil Appeals, Illinois Institute for CLE , 1984, 1986-1988 supplements, 1989 revised chapter

"Should Illinois Allow a Noncustodial Parent to Recover Damages from the Custodial Parent for Tortious Interference with Visitation Rights?" 1 Ill. J. Fam. L. 155, 1985

"Case Comment: In Re Marriage of Erickson -When Termination of Maintenance Becomes Effective Under IMDMA Section 510(b)," 1 Ill. J. Fam. L. 158, 1985

Co-author with M. Beermann, "Grounds for the Dismissal of an Appeal," The Appellate Lawyers Association Appellate Practice Handbook, 1981 and 1982 editions

"Outline of the Law on Child Support," Illinois Journal of Family Law 2, 1987

"Rehabilitative Maintenance in Illinois," 75 Ill. Bar J. 658, 1987

With A. Becker, "Injunction Practice in Matrimonial Actions," 1 Illinois Journal of Family Law 37, 1984

With M. Beermann and A. Becker, "Confusion in the Wake of Leopando," 1 Ill. J. Fam. L. 136, 1985

Senior editor, Illinois Journal of Family Law, 1983-1985

Legal Lectures:  
He has lectured on family law topics for the American, Illinois State, and Chicago bar associations, the Illinois Institute for Continuing Education, the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, and the National Business Institute. He has also guest-lectured on various family law topics at the Chicago Kent College of Law and DePaul College of Law. Some presentations include:

"Review of Appellate Practice," Chicago Bar Association, 1983

"Perfection of an Appeal," Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, 1984, 1985 and 1988

"Child Custody: Statutes, Standards and Jurisdiction," Pro Bono Advocates Conference on Family Law, 1984

"The Right of the Homemaker or Lower-Earning Spouse to a Substantial Award of Marital Property," Chicago Bar Association, 1984

"Matrimonial Appeals," American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, 1984

"Family Law Practice: Advanced Course on Appeals," IICLE, 1986

"Update on Supreme Court Rules," American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, 1986

"Family Law," Lawyering Skills Seminar, Illinois State Bar Association, 1986, 1987, 1989

"Dischargeability of Attorney Fees in Bankruptcy," Chicago Bar Association, 1987

Planning chairman, Moderator and Lecturer, Family Law Seminar, Chicago Bar Association, 1988

Program co-chair, Child Custody Litigation Seminar and lecturer on "The Interstate or International Child Custody or Visitation Dispute," Chicago Bar Association, 1988

"Evidentiary Problems and Considerations at Sexual Abuse Trials in Illinois," Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, 1989

"Disabled Parties and Children - Rights and Protection," Family Law Seminar, IICLE, 1989

"The Pendulum Swings - Changes in Maintenance Awards," Child Support & Maintenance Seminar, IICLE, 1990

"Effective Opening Statements," ABA Family Law Section, 1993

Co-organizer/presenter of Effective Family Law Practice in Illinois, a day-long seminar sponsored by the National Business Institute, 1993

"New Case Report," Matrimonial Law Seminar, Chicago Bar Association, 1993

"Privilege: Its Uses and Abuses," Family Law Update, Illinois State Bar Association, 1995

"How to Avoid Malpractice When Prosecuting Appeals," Family Law Update, Illinois State Bar Association, 1996

"Appellate Relief From TRO's and Injunctions," Chancery and Special Remedies, Chicago Bar Association, 1996, 1997

"Injunctions in Family Law Cases," IICLE, 2003

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.

Additional Office Locations:  By appointment only: 1700 Green Bay Road, Suite 200, Highland Park

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