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Mr. Mirabelli is a principal of Beermann Pritikin Mirabelli Swerdlove LLP. He received his undergraduate degree from St. Mary's College, magna cum laude, and his JD from the John Marshall Law School, Chicago.
Mr. Mirabelli served for 10 years as a member of the Illinois State Bar Association Board of Governors and has served on the ISBA General Assembly and Family Law Section Council. He is also a member of the American Bar Association.
Mr. Mirabelli, past president of the Justinian Society of Lawyers (1997), was twice a recipient of the Chicago Volunteer Legal Services Corporation Distinguished Service Award (1984 and 1993) and a recipient of the John Marshall Law School Distinguished Service Award (1995). In 2000, he received the Award of Merit from National Center for Exploited and Missing Children for successfully prosecuting the first Hague Petition Case to go to trial in the 7th Circuit (Tabacchi v. Harrison, No. 99 CV 04130). He was awarded a certificate of appreciation from the Legal Assistance Foundation for his pro bono work on the "Baby Christopher" case, In Re: Adoptions of Indian Children, in 1995.
In the May 2005 issue of Chicago Magazine, he was recognized as an Illinois Super Lawyer®.
Notable Cases and Results:
Mr. Mirabelli is a co-author of the amendment to Code of Civil Procedure, Sec. 5/2-401(e), which allows fictitious pleading in Illinois.
Mr. Mirabelli has handled numerous novel and high-profile cases (including the AIDA HBO (the Sopranos, Ill. App. 3rd), which attempted to establish a course of action based upon the individual dignity clause of the Illinois Constitution). He was the first attorney in Illinois to establish cause for wrongful adoption in Krueger v. Leahy, 89 L 18751 and third party liability for sexually transmitted diseases in Doe v. Smith, 91 L 16890. Copies of the complaints in each case have been reprinted in Callaghan's Illinois Civil Practice Forms.
Mr. Mirabelli successfully argued before the Illinois Supreme Court and created a new law in Illinois regarding the obligations of unmarried men towards children born via artificial insemination to their paramours. (In re The Parentage of M.J. and N.J. Minors, by Alexis Mitch v. Raymond Banary, Ill 2nd).
Date of Birth: 1956
Law School: John Marshall Law School,J.D., 1981
Undergraduate School: St. Mary's College
Undergraduate School Honors/Involvement: Magna cum laude
Bar/Professional Association Involvement:
Mr. Mirabelli was appointed by the Illinois Supreme Court and currently serves as a 1st District Member of the Committee on Character and Fitness. He is also a former member of the Board of Directors of the Illinois Bar Foundation and a former member of the Executive Committee of the Justinian Society of Lawyers.
In 1997, Mr. Mirabelli was appointed by Mayor Richard M. Daley as a member of the Personnel Board of the City of Chicago and presently serves in the position.
Mr. Mirabelli is a frequent lecturer at family law seminars sponsored by the Illinois State Bar Association, the Chicago Bar Association, local and regional Bar Associations and the American Bar Association. He has also lectured at John Marshall, Loyola and DePaul Law Schools Family Law classes. He has testified before various committees in Springfield regarding family-law related pending bills.
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.
Practice Group Description:
With an ethical and team approach to difficult issues, the firm's attorneys handle cases involving the full spectrum of family law and domestic relations law, including the dissolution of marriage, division and valuation of marital and non-marital property, maintenance and support, custody and visitation, establishment of paternity, prenuptial and postnuptial agreements and, when necessary, litigation of cases and the prosecution and defense of appeals.