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   3David B. YavitzChicago(312) 924-4400david@yldivorce.comdavid@yldivorce.comYavitz & Levey LLPwww.yldivorce.comwww.yldivorce.comyavitzdavidb.jpgFamily LawDivorce, Custody & VisitationPre & Post-Nuptial AgreementsPaternity & Extended FamiliesDomestic ViolencePost-Divorce Modification
David B. Yavitzdavid@yldivorce.com
Yavitz & Levey LLPhttp://www.yldivorce.com
20 S Clark St Ste 1800
Chicago IL 60603-1815
Ph.(312) 924-4400 Fx.(312) 924-4411
Recommended by peers in:    Extensive Experience in:
Family Law    Divorce, Custody & Visitation
    Pre & Post-Nuptial Agreements
    Paternity & Extended Families
    Domestic Violence
    Post-Divorce Modification
Advisory Board Member
County:  Cook
Litigator:  Yes

Practice Description:  
David B. Yavitz is the senior partner in the Chicago matrimonial law firm of Yavitz & Levey, LLP. He received his Juris Doctorate degree with honors from the University of Illinois Law School in 1969 and was elected to the Honorary Order of the Coif. Mr. Yavitz has been selected by a distinguished panel of attorneys as one of the Leading Lawyers in Illinois for Family Law, a group comprised of the top 5% of Illinois family law attorneys. He has also been selected to Illinois Super Lawyers for Family Law. As Chairman of the Illinois State Bar Association Family Law Section he represented the organized bar in its lobbying which was instrumental in the successful passage of the Illinois Spousal Health Insurance Rights Act of 1985, the forerunner of the Federal Cobra law which allows the continuation of health insurance benefits to a divorced spouse of a covered employee. He has served as Editor of the Family Law Section's newsletter in addition to being elected to two terms as a delegate to the ISBA Assembly.

Mr. Yavitz is past Chairman of the Matrimonial Law Committee of the Chicago Bar Association. Mr. Yavitz is a member of the Family Law Section of the American Bar Association and has served on numerous bar committees. Speaker ABA Techshow 1998 and 2005. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and is a frequent lecturer and author of articles concerning Family Law. Mr. Yavitz is the author of two chapters in the ISBA Family Law Handbook, "Distinctions Between Marital and Nonmarital Property" and "Marital Property Valuation". In the computer field he is a member of the Apple Consultants Network, Apple Computer's organization of recognized consultants, developers, systems integrators and other experts in computer solutions.

In addition to his family law practice he runs David B. Yavitz Consulting, a computer consulting business dedicated to assisting attorneys in the use of computers in the practice of law. Mr. Yavitz is twice Past Chairman of the Continuing Committee on Legal Technology of the Illinois State Bar Association and the Committee for Uniform Standards For Electronic Court Filing. For over 25 years he has constantly maintained the coveted AV rating by Martindale Hubbell. An AV® certification mark is a significant rating accomplishment - a testament to the fact that a lawyer's peers rank him or her at the highest level of professional excellence.


Notable Cases and Results:  
Brezinsky v. Chervinko, 548 N.E.2d 588 (Ill.App. 1 Dist. 1989)

In re Marriage of Drews, 534 N.E.2d 411, 179 Ill.App.3d 110 (Ill. App. 1 Dist. 1989)

In re Marriage of Kosmond, 830 N.E.2d 596 (IL 2005)

In re Marriage of Kozloff, 463 N.E.2d 719, 101 Ill.2d 526 (Ill. 1984)

In re Marriage of Kaplan, 490 N.E.2d 69, 141 Ill.App.3d 142 (Ill. App. 1 Dist. 1986)

In re Marriage of Berto, No. 2-02-1022 (Ill. App. 11/17/2003) (Ill. App. 2003)

In Re Marriage of Berto, 344 IllApp3d 705 (Illinois Appellate 2003)

In re Marriage of Kozloff, 101 Ill 2d 526 (Illinois Supreme 1984)

In re Marriage of Drews, 115 Ill.2d 201 (Illinois Supreme 1986)


Bar Admissions:  
Illinois, 1969
U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois, 1969
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, 1971


Hourly Rate:  $425-$500/hour

Retainer:  Varies upon case.

Date of Birth:  1944

Law School:  University of Illinois College of Law, J.D., 1969
Law School Honors/Involvement:  Graduated with honors; Order of the Coif; Alpha Epsilon Pi

Undergraduate School:  Drake University, B.A., History and Political Science, 1966
Undergraduate School Honors/Involvement:  With Honors; President's List; Dean's List

Representative Clients:  
Clients include women, men and children dealing with the issues of divorce, paternity, custody and domestic violence.


Employment History:  
Lake, Toback & Yavitz, Partner, 1994 - 2004
Schiller, DuCanto & Fleck, Partner, 1978 - 1994


Bar/Professional Association Involvement:  
  • Family Law Curriculum Advisory Group, Member
  • Rep. Joint IL., State Bar Assoc., Chicago Bar Assoc., Sponsorship,, Passage of 1985 Spousal Health Ins. Rights Act, IL. General Assembly
  • Chicago Bar Association
    • Matrimonial Law Committee
      • Member, 1978 - Present
      • Chairman, 1986 - 1987
      • Vice Chairman, 1985 - 1986
    • Legislation Subcommittee
      • Member, 1978 - Present
      • Co-Chairman, 1982 - 1983
      • Chairman, 1983 - 1985
    • Courts Subcommittee
      • Member, 1978 - Present
    • Matrimonial Law Liaison Committee with, Domestic Relations Court of Cook County, Member, 1986 - 1987
  • Illinois State Bar Association
    • Member, 1969 - Present
    • Assembly, Member, 1988 - Present
    • Family Law Section Council
      • Member, 1979 - Present
      • Chairman, 1984 - 1985
    • Secretary, 1982 - 1983
    • Editor-in-Chief, Family Law Newsletter, 1981 - 1984
    • Domestic Violence Subcommittee, Member, 1981
    • Legislation Subcommittee, Member, 1981
    • Family Law Update Speaker, Member, 1983 - Present
  • American Bar Association
    • Family Law Section, Member
    • Section Liaison to National Conference of, Commissioners on Uniform State Law, Member, 1987 - 1989
    • Domestic Violence Committee, Vice Chairman, 1989 - 1990
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Fellow, 1982 - Present
Awards; Honors; Distinctions:
  • Fellow, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Board of Directors Illinois Chapter, 1986 - 1991
  • Fellow, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Admissions Committee
  • Leading Lawyers of Illinois Family Law, 2004 - Present
  • Super Lawyers Family Law, 2005 - 2012


Community Involvement:  
Cook County Illinois Certified Child's Representative, 2000 - Present
Cook County Illinois Court Conciliator, 2010 - Present
Wildebrook Homeowner's Association
  Past-chairman
Chicago Yacht Club
Island Goat Sailing Society


Published Legal Writing:  
Chapters in the ISBA Family Law Handbook, "Distinctions Between Marital and Nonmarital Property" and "Marital Property Valuation."


Legal Lectures:  
PreMarital Agreements, IICLE

Drafting Marital Settlement Agreements, IICLE

Can you hear me now? Using VOIP and Blogs to COmmunicate, Illinois State Bar Association Solo and Small Firms Conference, 2005

Me and My Mac: Apple in the Office, Illinois State Bar Association Solo and Small Firms Conference, 2006

Distinctions between Marital and Non-Marital Property, Illinois CPA Society Tax Conference, 1999

Prenuptial Agreements, Resolving Family Law Issues, Illinois State Bar Association, LawEd Seminar March 2009

Marital Fraud. Illinois Family Law Seminar, Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education, October 1989

Direct and Cross Examination of a Witness on Expense Affidavit, Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education, April 1989

Does Anyone Get Paid for Doing This? Attorneys’ Fees, Chicago Bar Association Continuing Legal Education Seminar, February 1986

Negotiating Property Issues in a Divorce: Negotiation Demonstration and Critique, Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education, March 1988

Creative Financial Settlements, Business Valuation, Financial and Tax issues affecting Divorce , Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education, January 2007

Before & Happily Ever After: Premarital Agreements Workshop, Provisions Relating to the Dissolution of Marriage, Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education, November 2007

Drafting Marital Settlement Agreements, an Interactive Workshop, Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education, September 2006

Drafting Marital Settlement Agreements, an Interactive Workshop, Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education, November 2008


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