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   3Matthew G. ShawSaint Charles(630) 584-5550matt@mattshawfamilylaw.commatt@mattshawfamilylaw.comShaw Family Law PCwww.mattshawfamilylaw.comwww.mattshawfamilylaw.comshawmatthew.jpgFamily LawFamily LawDivorceChild Custody IssuesFinancial Issues of DivorceChild/Spousal Maintenance
Matthew G. Shawmatt@mattshawfamilylaw.com
Shaw Family Law PChttp://www.mattshawfamilylaw.com
555 S Randall Rd Ste 105
Saint Charles IL 60174
Ph.(630) 584-5550 
Recommended by peers in:    Extensive Experience in:
Family Law    Family Law
    Divorce
    Child Custody Issues
    Financial Issues of Divorce
    Child/Spousal Maintenance
County:  Kane
Litigator:  Yes

Practice Description:  
Mr. Shaw has over 20 years of experience in the general practice of law, with a particular focus on family law.

Having previously practiced in general and family law practices, and having served as the Child Support Attorney for Kane County Circuit Court Clerk from 1987-1995, Mr. Shaw opened his own law practice concentrating in family law in 1991. In 2000, he co-founded the law firm of Shaw, Jacobs & Associates, P.C., in St. Charles, Illinois, which concentrates its practice in family law, including dissolution of marriage, financial issues, and custody litigation.

Mr. Shaw has been a legal author and lecturer for many years and has served on family law committees, including the ISBA Family Law Section Council (having first served in 1991). He has authored and published articles in the ISBA Family Law Newsletter and authored the first chapter of the Illinois Family Law Handbook. He has presented at family law seminars throughout the country.

On behalf of the ISBA Family Law Section Council Custody subcommittee, he testified in Springfield before Illinois Supreme Court Custody Committee regarding proposed custody legislation on March 28, 2003.

Having a proven track record of success representing men, women and children in Illinois courts, Mr. Shaw has extensive court and trial experience. He has also served as a mediator and guardian ad litem in family law cases and has resolved numerous cases outside of court.

He has been interviewed on family law topics on both television and radio and has volunteered his time at divorce support groups. Mr. Shaw continues to serve as an attorney presenter at KIDS (Kids in a Divorcing Society) family court program for parents (1993- present), and he is currently the Chair of the Kane County Family Law Committee. He and his firm also support various legal service groups that assist those in need.



Bar Admissions:  
Illinois, 1986
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, 1986


Year of Birth:  1960

Law School:  Northern Illinois University, J.D., 1986

Undergraduate School:  University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, B.A., 1983
Undergraduate School Honors/Involvement:  Magna cum laude


Employment History:  
  • Kane County Circuit Court Clerk, Child Support Attorney, Family Law cases, Mediator and Guardian ad Litem, 1987-1995


Bar/Professional Association Involvement:  
  • Illinois State Bar Association
    • Family Law Section Counsel, 1991-present
    • Family Law Section Council Custody Subcommittee
      • Co-chair, 2002-2003
  • Kane County Bar Association
    • Family Law Committee
      • Chair, 2008-2009
  • American Bar Association
  • DuPage County Bar Association
  • Illinois Family Support Enforcement Association, charter member


Community Involvement:  
  • Attorney presenter, KIDS (Kids in a Divorcing Society) family court program for parents, 1993-present


Published Legal Writing:  
  • Chapter One, ISBA Family Law Handbook


Legal Lectures:  
  • Presenter, "Family Law Seminars," Kane County Bar Association, 1988-2008
  • Presenter, "Negotiating/Drafting Maintenance Provisions," Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, June 22, 2007
  • Presenter, "Commingled and Transmuted Property," Chicago, Illinois, September 21, 2006
  • Presenter, "Evidence: Turning a Witness," New Orleans, Louisiana, April 9, 2005
  • Presenter, "Ethical Dilemmas for the Family Law Practitioner," Bloomington, Illinois, March 1, 2004
  • Presenter, "Custody Changes: What are Your Odds?," Las Vegas, Nevada, February 15, 2003
  • Presenter, "Hot Tips for Custody Litigation," Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, June 21, 2000
  • Presenter, "Ethical Problems of the Divorce Practice," Peoria, Illinois, October 12, 1994
  • Presenter, "Organizing a Small Divorce Office: The Business of Law" (panel discussion), Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, June 25, 1993
  • Presenter, "Custody Evaluations under Illinois Supreme Court Rule 215 (a) and (d) and IMDMA 604 and 605," Chicago, Illinois, December 4, 1992
  • Presenter, "Jurisdiction," St. Louis, Missouri, June 28, 1991
  • Panelist, "Child Support," Springfield, Illinois


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