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   3Bernard B. RinellaChicago(312) 236-5454DonnaW@rinellaandrinella.comDonnaW@rinellaandrinella.comRinella & Rinella Ltdwww.rinellaandrinella.comwww.rinellaandrinella.comrinellabernard.jpgFamily LawComplex Divorce ProceedingsHigh-Profile CasesLitigationChild Custody/ParentagePre/Post-Nuptial Agreements
Bernard B. RinellaDonnaW@rinellaandrinella.com
Rinella & Rinella Ltdhttp://www.rinellaandrinella.com
1 N LaSalle St Ste 3400
Chicago IL 60602
Ph.(312) 236-5454 Fx.(312) 236-6975
Recommended by peers in:    Extensive Experience in:
Family Law    Complex Divorce Proceedings
    High-Profile Cases
    Litigation
    Child Custody/Parentage
    Pre/Post-Nuptial Agreements
Advisory Board Member
County:  Cook
Litigator:  Yes

Practice Description:  
Mr. Rinella is a senior partner in the oldest matrimonial law firm in Illinois. He has been practicing matrimonial law for more than 40 years and has handled every conceivable family law matter. He has been named in The Best Lawyers in America since the book's inception and the "Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers" as well as in Town & Country magazine, which named him as one of America's top 10 divorce lawyers in 1998 (its last issue regarding this designation).


Bar Admissions:  
Illinois, 1961


Hourly Rate:  $401-$500/hour

Retainer:  Varies Upon Case

Date of Birth:  1936

Law School:  DePaul University College of Law,J.D., 1961
Law School Honors/Involvement:  Delta Theta Phi

Undergraduate School:  University of Michigan, B.S., 1958
Undergraduate School Honors/Involvement:  Senior class vice president

Representative Clients:  
The firm does not publish names of its clients, who range from captains of industry, television celebrities, and sports stars to small-business owners, professionals, and homemakers.


Employment History:  
Rinella and Rinella Ltd, partner, 1961-present


Bar/Professional Association Involvement:  
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, 1965-present
    • Board of Governors, 1982-1983
    • Council, 1986-1987
    • Illinois Chapter, 1965-present
      • President, 1982-1984
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers' Foundation, 1992-present
    • Vice President, 1997-present
  • Chicago Bar Association Matrimonial Law Committee, 1963-present
    • Chairman, 1980-1981
  • Illinois State Bar Association Family Law Section
    • Council Member, 1968-1972
    • Chairman, 1971
  • American Bar Association
    • Family Law Committee, 1965-present
      • Chairman Divorce Laws and Procedures Sub-Committee, 1987
    • Parliamentarian for the Section on Family Law, 1988-1990
  • Justinian Society of Lawyers, 1968-present
    • President, 1978
  • Chicago Committee, Child Welfare League of America, Inc., 1994-present
  • Allendale School For Boys and Girls, 1961-present
    • Chairman of the Board of Trustees, 1984-1990
    • Chairman of Development Committee, 1992-present
  • Parents Council, Miami University (Ohio), 1991-1995)
  • Advisory Board of the Institute of Psychiatry Northwestern Memorial Hospital, 1975-present
    • Vice President, 1983-present
  • President, University of Michigan Club of Chicago, 1972 - 1973
  • Chairman,Younger Members Group of the Union League Club of Chicago, 1968-1970
  • Trustee, Union League Boys Club, 1969-1976
  • McGraw Foundation
    • Trustee, 1970
    • President, 1992-1995
  • Director, Childrens' Burn Awareness Program, 1994-present
  • Director, Sunset Ridge Country Club, 1995-present
  • Board Member of the American Journal of Family Law, 1986-present
  • International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers U.S. Chapter Counsel, 1998-present
  • Divorce Magazine Advisory Board Member, 1998-present


Published Legal Writing:  
Chapter Author Legal Checklists, "Matrimonial Matters," 1983

Associate Editor of Domestic Relations Section of "Law Notes" for the American Bar Association, 1967-1975

Author and Lecturer on Domestic Relations for American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Illinois State Bar Association, Chicago Bar Association, Illinois American Journal of Family Law and The Continuing Legal Education, 1965-present

Co-Author and Lecturer of Butterworth Publication "Illinois Domestic Relations" 1989


Firm Description:  
Rinella and Rinella Ltd is the oldest matrimonial law firm in Illinois. The firm has six attorneys and nine staff members.


Family:  Married1018559
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