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   3Steven N. PeskindSaint Charles(630) 444-0701Steven@Peskindlaw.comSteven@Peskindlaw.comPeskind Law Firmwww.peskindlaw.comwww.peskindlaw.compeskindsteven.jpgFamily LawADR Law: FamilyComplex Family LawAppealsDivorce / SeparationsRemoval / Child Custody
Steven N.
Peskind Law Firm
2445 Dean St Ste E
Saint Charles IL 60175-4828
Ph.(630) 444-0701 Fx.(630) 444-0702Leading Lawyers Magazine story about this lawyer
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Recommended by peers in:    Extensive Experience in:
Family Law    Complex Family Law
ADR Law: Family    Appeals
    Divorce / Separations
    Removal / Child Custody
Advisory Board Member
County:  Kane
Litigator:  Yes

Practice Description:  
Mr. Peskind is the principal of the Peskind Law Firm, a matrimonial and family law firm practicing in the Chicago area. He serves as a legislative appointee on the Illinois Family Law Study Committee, working to refine and improve Illinois' family laws. He is an elected member of the American Law Institute and a fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. He is active with the American Bar Association family law section, where he is vice-chair of the Reproductive and Genetic Technology Committee, and with the Kane County Bar Association, where he developed the Kane County Family Law Mediation Program and the "Families First" Legal Aid Program.

Notable Cases and Results:  
    • Mr. Peskind has successfully challenged the constitutionality of the Illinois Parentage Act in a ruling by a Kane County trial judge. While subsequently overruled by the Illinois Supreme Court, the case (In re John M.) questioned the state's exclusive reliance on DNA tests as a determinant of parentage.
    • Mr. Peskind successfully briefed and argued a case before the Illinois Supreme Court that substantially altered the law in Illinois involving removal of children from the State, in re Marriage of Collingbourne (2003).
    • Mr. Peskind co-authored the text of the bill that ultimately culminated in the Illinois Gestational Surrogacy Act.
    • Mr. Peskind was the Illinois State Bar Association liaison to the Illinois legislature concerning the replacement of the Illinois Parentage Act with the Uniform Parentage Act..

Bar Admissions:  
Illinois, 1985
Federal District Court, 1985

Year of Birth:  1960

Law School:  DePaul University College of Law, J.D., 1985

Other Legal Education and Training:

Symposium: Genetic Bonds and Family Law; The Challenge of DNA Parentage Testing March 27-28, 2003 New Orleans, LA. Presented by the American Society of Law, Medicine & Ethics, University of Louisville Institute for Bioethics and the Health Policy and Law

Family Law Trial Advocacy Institute (American Bar Association/University of Houston Law School): Intensive eight-day advanced trial skills course, 1995

Mediation Institute (40 hour mediation training), 1991

Undergraduate School:  Tulane University, 1982

Employment History:  
  • Law Offices of David P. Peskind, Aurora, 1985-1988; Associate
  • Peskind & Peskind, Ltd., Aurora, 1988-1996; Partner
  • The Peskind Law Firm, Geneva/St. Charles, 1996-Present; Principal

Bar/Professional Association Involvement:  
  • Kane County Bar Association
    • President, 1998-1999
    • Vice President, 1996-1998
    • Secretary/Treasurer, 1995-1996
    • Kane County Bar Foundation
      • Board of Directors, 1996-1999
    • Delivery of Legal Services Committee
      • Chair, 1997-1998
    • Family Law Committee
      • Chair, 1993-1995; 2001-2002
    • Kane County Family Law Mediation Program
      • Co-Developer
    • "Families First" Legal Aid Program
      • Co-Developer
  • Illinois State Bar Association
    • Genetics and Human Reproductive Task Force, 2005-present
    • Family Law Section Counsel, 2000-2006
      • Reproductive Technology Sub-Committee
        • Chair, 2003-2006
    • Assembly Delegate, 1990-1994, 2001-2003
    • New Lawyers Division Section Counsel, 1991-1993
    • Bench/Bar Section Counsel, 1992-1994
    • Illinois Bar foundation
      • Fellow
  • American Bar Association
    • Study Committee on Marital and Premarital Agreements for the ABA's participation of the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws (ULC)
      • Advisor, 2009-present
    • Family Law Section
      • Trial Advocacy Institute
        • Faculty, 2010, 2011
      • Section Publication Board, 2009-2010
      • Law Practice Management & Technology Committee
        • Chair, 2008-2010
      • Trial Practice and Techniques Committee
        • Executive, 2008-2009
      • Nominating Committee, 2008-2009
      • Reproductive and Genetic Technology Committee
        • Vice-Chair, 2007-present
        • Executive Counsel, 2006
      • Young Lawyers Family Law Section
        • Vice Chairman, 1993-1994
    • Bar Leadership Institute, 1997
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
    • Fellow, 2007-present
    • Illinois Chapter
      • Board of Managers, 2010
      • Board of Governors, 2010
      • amicus curiae committee, 2009-2010
    • National Law Practice Management Committee, 2009-2010
    • AAML Journal Committee, 2009-2010
  • Illinois Appellate Lawyers Association
  • Illinois Family Law Study Committee, created by the Illinois Legislature by HR 1428, which will review the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act and propose changes to improve Illinois' divorce and family law
  • DePaul College of Law Schiller, DuCanto & Fleck Family Law Center
    • Advisory Board, 2008-present
  • Rush-Copley Hospital Medical Ethics Committee, 2007-2009
  • Rush-Copley Healthcare Foundation
    • Board of Directors, 2006-2009
  • Task Force to Review and Recommend Changes to Kane County Custody Rules, Chaired by the Honorable F. Keith Brown, 2004-2005
  • University Club of Chicago

Awards; Honors; Distinctions:
      • Elected to the American Law Institute (ALI), 2006-present
      • Scribe, the American Society of Writers on Legal Subjects, in recognition for excellence in published legal writing, 2005-present
      • Crain's Business Magazine, Top Family Lawyers in Illinois, April 2005
      • Commendation by DePaul College of Law Family Law Center for outstanding contribution to the practice of family law, 2003, 2004
      • Nominated "Law and Leading Attorney" in the field of Illinois Family Law, 1996
      • Illinois Super Lawyer®, 2008-2012
      • Leading Lawyers Member selected by peers in Family Law and ADR Law: Family, 2003-2010

Community Involvement:  
  • Attorney pro bono advocate for CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate), 1995-2000
  • Breaking Free: Not for profit education and treatment of substance abuse, 1987-1990
    • Board of Directors
      • President, 1989-1990
  • United Way Allocations Committee, 1990-1992
  • Copley Memorial Hospital Foundation, 2006-2009
  • David P. Peskind Memorial Scholarship: Annual scholarship presented by Northern Illinois Law School to graduating student exemplifying excellence in Family Law Studies

Published Legal Writing:  
  • Illinois Child Removal and Relocation Blog (a weblog of cases and articles relating to children relation matters), found at:
  • Peskind Family Law Insights Blog (a weblog on a variety of family law topics) found at:
  • "Surviving the Tsunami, How to Stay High and Dry in Troubled Times," Voices and Views, The Newsletter for the Commission on Women for the Pennsylvania Bar Association, Vol. 13, No 4, Fall 2008
  • Child Custody Litigation Illinois Institute of Legal Education: Investigation and Discovery; (1998, Supplement 2000, 2004, 2006, 2010), and Jurisdiction for Original Custody and Removal of Child from State of Illinois (2010 Edition)
  • Illinois Gestational Surrogacy Act, (co-author), Illinois House of Representatives, 2005-2006
  • "Regulating non-traditional childbirth - the Illinois Gestational Surrogacy Act," Illinois State Bar Family Law Journal, Vol. 48, No. 2, January 2005
  • "Determining the Undeterminable: The Best Interest of the Child Standard as an Imperfect but Necessary Guidepost to Determine Child Custody," Northern Illinois University Law Review, Spring 2005
  • "The Pendulum has Swung: the Upside-Down World of the Law of Maintenance in Illinois," The Newsletter of the Illinois State Bar Section on Family Law, December 2005
  • "'Mother Knows Best' - Judicial Deference and the Child's Best Interests," DuPage County Bar Journal, January 2004
  • "Who's Your Daddy?: An Analysis of Illinois' Law of Parentage and the Meaning of Parenthood," Loyola University Chicago Law Journal, Vol. 35, No. 3, Spring 2004
  • "Family law," Starting points: The Fundamentals of 11 Practice Areas, Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education, 1994, 2000, 2004
  • "Eckert Revisited: The Supreme Court's Review of Collingbourne and the Second District Appellate Court's application of the law of removal," Illinois State Bar Association Family Law Newsletter, February, 2003
  • "Effective Presentation of a Motion for Temporary Support," ABA Family Law Litigation Newsletter, Spring 1999
  • American Bar Association Family Law Litigation Newsletter, Assistant Editor, 1998-1999

Legal Lectures:  
  • Keynote Speaker, "Redefining the Practice of Family Law," Oklahoma Bar Association Family Law Section, November 2010
  • Speaker, "Removal Update after Collingbourne," AAML Fall CLE Program Advanced Family Law, 2010
  • Speaker, "Hot Tips: Why blog? Incorporating blogging into a family law practice," ABA Annual Meeting, San Francisco, California
  • Speaker, "Reconceptualizing the Practice of Family Law in the 21st Century," ABA Family Law Section, Fall Meeting, Montreal, Quebec, 2009
  • Speaker, "Hot Tips: Presentation on Law Practice Management," ABA Annual Meeting, Chicago, Illinois, 2009
  • Speaker, "Law Practice Management during Troubled Financial Times," David Peskind Memorial Family Law Seminar, 2008
  • Speaker, "Maintenance - How Much and How Long?" Divorce Basics presented at an Expert Level by Experts, Gitlin on Divorce Family Law CLE, April, 2008
  • Speaker, "10 Things a Divorce Lawyer Needs to Know About Taxation - A Primer," David Peskind Memorial Family Law Seminar, 2007
  • Speaker, "Maintenance Roundtable," Kane County Bar Association, 2007
  • Speaker, "Trends in Maintenance Awards 2000 - 2005," Kane County Bar Association, 2005
  • Speaker, "Current Issues in Child Custody Law," Northern Illinois University Law Review Symposium, March 2005
  • Speaker, "The Illinois Gestational Surrogacy Act," Illinois State Bar Association, 2004
  • Speaker, "Illinois Statutory Basis of Parentage," Kane County Bar Association, 2004
  • Speaker, "The implications of In re Marriage of Collingbourne of child removal cases in Illinois," Kane County Bar Association, 2003
  • Moderator, "Dividing Retirement Plans in Divorce," Kane County Bar Association, 2002
  • Moderator, "Calculation of Child Support and Maintenance in Family Law Cases," Kane County Bar Association, 2001
  • Speaker, "Speech to newly admitted Illinois Attorneys at swearing in ceremony," Elgin, Illinois, May 1999
  • Speaker, "Discoverability of Mental Health Records," Kane County Bar Association, 1998
  • Speaker, "Extraordinary Family Law Remedies," Kane County Bar Association, 1992
  • Speaker, "Hearsay in Family Law Cases," Kane County Bar Association, 1993
  • Speaker, "Contempt Proceedings," Kane County Bar Association, 1994
  • Presenter, KIDS Program, Kane County Family Court (lectures on divorce and its impact on children)
  • People's Law School, 1990, 1992

Firm Description:  
    The mission of The Law Offices of Steven N. Peskind is to provide the highest quality legal services possible. The firm believes all of its clients deserve assertive and conscientious representation. In order to maintain the commitment to excellence, the firm believes that it is necessary to concentrate its practice in family law at the trial and appellate court levels. Further, through its advanced technological and computer resources, the firm can provide the advantages of a large firm, without sacrificing the personalized attention of a small firm.

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