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   3David L. CunninghamRock Island(309) 794-1515dcunningham@wkclawfirm.comdcunningham@wkclawfirm.comWinstein Kavensky & Cunningham LLCwww.wkclawfirm.comwww.wkclawfirm.comcunninghamdavid.jpgCriminal Defense Law: DUICriminal Defense Law: Felonies & MisdemeanorsFamily LawLabor Law: UnionFamily LawDivorce and Child Custody LitigationCriminal LawLabor LawGeneral Civil Litigation
David L.
Winstein Kavensky & Cunningham LLC
224 18th St 4th FL
Rock Island IL 61201-8719
Ph.(309) 794-1515 Fx.(309) 794-9929Leading Lawyers Magazine story about this lawyer
Recommended by peers in:    Extensive Experience in:
Criminal Defense Law: DUI    Family Law
Criminal Defense Law: Felonies & Misdemeanors    Divorce and Child Custody Litigation
Family Law     Criminal Law
Labor Law: Union     Labor Law
    General Civil Litigation
Advisory Board Member
County:  Rock Island
Litigator:  Yes

Practice Description:  
Having argued before both the Illinois Appellate Courts and the Illinois Supreme Court, David L. Cunningham has changed state divorce law and impacted clients' lives for the better.

For many years a highly regarded criminal defense lawyer, Mr. Cunningham practices law because he doesn't like to see people bullied. He has narrowed the focus of his practice to the resolution of divorce cases, in which he protects the interests of spouses, from housewives whose financial well-being is threatened to fathers whose child custody rights are endangered.

A number of Mr. Cunningham's notable trial cases have had a lasting influence on Illinois law, including:

  • In re: Marriage of John G. DeRossett, Appellant, and Cynthia L. DeRossett, Appellee. In which Mr. Cunningham argued before the Illinois Supreme Court and was able to create a clear distinction between marital compensation claims and non-marital compensation claims, which are not divisible in a divorce, This distinction has since been used by Illinois courts as guidance.

  • In re: Marriage of Overton. Prior to Mr. Cunningham's work on this trial, alimony could be terminated upon a spouse's cohabitation with another party. This was the first case where alimony was awarded without regard to cohabitation.

  • Robert L. Moody v. First National Bank of Moline. In this trial, Mr. Cunningham successfully prosecuted a lawyer who stole a workers' compensation settlement from his own client, and that lawyer was sent to prison.

Mr. Cunningham's contribution to family law and to criminal law is so highly regarded that the 60,000 attorneys in Sullivan's Law Directory have named him a Leading Lawyer, an honor given to only the top five percent of lawyers in Illinois. He holds a Distinguished® peer review rating with Martindale-Hubbell, the oldest and most prestigious law directory in the United States.

Mr. Cunningham counsels clients who are pursuing divorce on the legal implications of modern social media and other emerging trends, and he helps them to stand up to the highly charged accusations that sometimes arise in matrimonial disputes. If you are facing divorce, you can secure Mr. Cunningham's assistance by contacting the law firm of Winstein Kavensky & Cunningham LLC at (309) 794-1515.

Bar Admissions:  
Illinois, 1991
Iowa, 1989
U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Iowa
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Iowa

Law School:  Drake University Law School, J.D., 1989
Law School Honors/Involvement:  Phi Delta Phi; Finalist, C. Edwin Moore Moot Court Competition; Second Place, Iowa Supreme Court Sesquicentennial Brief Writing Competition

Graduate School: Drake University, M.P.A., 1989

Undergraduate School:  Drake University, B.A., political science and history, 1985

Employment History:  
  • Scott County Attorney's Office, Assistant County Attorney

Bar/Professional Association Involvement:  
  • American Bar Association
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Iowa State Bar Association
  • Rock Island County Bar Association
  • Scott County Bar Association
  • Drake University Law School
    • Board of Counselors

Awards; Honors; Distinctions:
      • Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished® Peer Review Rating
      • Leading Lawyers Member selected by peers in Criminal Defense Law: DUI, Criminal Defense Law: Felonies & Misdemeanors, and Family Law

Published Legal Writing:  
  • "Insurance Coverage for Environmental Claims: Defense and Liability Coverage for Hazardous Releases," Iowa State Bar Association Continuing Legal Education, 1989

Firm Description:  
    Winstein, Kavensky & Cunningham is one of the oldest and most prestigious law firms in the Quad Cities, representing the varied legal interests of our clients for more than 50 years. As a full service law firm, our attorneys focus on specific areas of law to serve all of your legal needs. We make home and hospital visits. We are available for evening and weekend appointments. We offer free initial consultations and accept Visa, Mastercard, and Discover.

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