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   3Joseph G. PhelpsChicago(312) 236-5454josephp@rinellaandrinella.comjosephp@rinellaandrinella.comRinella & Rinella Ltdwww.rinellaandrinella.comwww.rinellaandrinella.comphelpsj.jpgFamily Law
Joseph G. Phelpsjosephp@rinellaandrinella.com
Rinella & Rinella Ltdhttp://www.rinellaandrinella.com
1 N LaSalle St Ste 3400
Chicago IL 60602
Ph.(312) 236-5454 Fx.(312) 236-6975Leading Lawyers Magazine story about this lawyer
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Recommended by peers in:
Family Law
Advisory Board Member
County:  Cook
Litigator:  Yes

Practice Description:  
Mr. Phelps practices family law at the law firm Rinella & Rinella Ltd. He has lectured and written on numerous family law topics, including no-fault divorce, the impact of tax reform on child support, alimony, and property distribution, and domestic orders and pension valuations. He has been active on numerous bar associations and has served as Chicago Park District Commissioner. He holds an AV rating with Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating for legal ability and ethics.


Notable Cases and Results:  
People ex rel. Lionel I. Brazen v. Finley, 119 Ill.2d 485, 519 N.E.2d 898, 116 Ill.Dec.683 (1988)

In Re The Marriage Of Savas, 139 Ill.App.3d 68, 486 N.E.2d 1318, 93 Ill.Dec 483 (1st Dist. 1985)

In Re The Marriage Of Hilkovitch, 124 Ill.App.3d 401, 464 N.E.2d 795, 124 Ill.App.3d 401 (1st Dist. 1984)

In Re Marriage Of Ligas, 110 Ill.App.3d 1, 441 N.E.2d 1277, 65 Ill.Dec. 763 (1st Dist. 1982).


Bar Admissions:  
Illinois, 1982


Date of Birth:  1952

Law School:  Loyola University Chicago Law School, J.D., 1982
Undergraduate School:  Loyola University, B.A., 1972
Undergraduate School Honors/Involvement:  with honors

Bar/Professional Association Involvement:  
Chicago Bar Association
  Matrimonial Law Committee
  Subcommittee on Appellate Rules and Practices, 1983-1990
  Subcommittee on Support Enforcement, 1984-1986
  Subcommittee on the Courts, 1984-1991
  Legislation Subcommittee, 1984-1991
  Current Law Reporting, 1986-1992
Illinois State Bar Association
  Family Law Section
  Associate member, Family Law Section Council, 1988--
American Bar Association
  Family Law Section
Chicago Volunteer Legal Services Foundation
  Board member, 1989-1992

Awards; Honors; Distinctions:
Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory AV rating, 1992


Community Involvement:  
Chicago Park District
  Commissioner, 1988-1994


Published Legal Writing:  
Chapter author, "Matrimonial Matters--Tax Considerations," Legal Checklists, 1983.


Legal Lectures:  
Guest lecturer for the Chicago Volunteer Legal Services Foundation on :
  • "The New Withholding Orders," June, 1984

  • "No Fault Divorce," September 25, 1984

  • "Mandatory Support Guidelines," December 18, 1984

  • "Maintenance and the 1984 Tax Reform Act, " June, 1985

  • "Tax Reform Act of 1984 and Child Support," October, 1985

  • "Property Distribution and the New Tax Laws," January, 1986

  • "Qualified Domestic Relations Orders and the Valuations of Pensions," July 30, 1986

  • "Qualified Domestic Relations Orders," November 19, 1986

  • "Court Procedures in Domestic Relations, "January 28, 1987


  • Lecturer, "Family Law in Illinois," Cambridge Institute, July 14, 1988, April 26, 1989, October 17, 1989 and April 18, 1989

    Lecturer, "Child Custody and Visitation in Illinois," National Business Institute, Inc.®, April 19, 1995.


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