About Us

Dedicated to clients, committed to community

The American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers was founded to “To provide leadership that promotes the highest degree of professionalism and excellence in the practice of family law.” The Illinois Chapter became the Academy’s first state chapter, and remains one of its most active.

Education

Illinois Chapter Fellows advance the practice of matrimonial law among their peers by organizing and leading seminars and teaching continuing legal education classes. Fellows also commit to educating legislators at the state level, ensuring that the implementation of laws matches the intention behind them, and that laws affecting families are modified accordingly to reflect changes in society.

Leadership

The Illinois Chapter’s Board of Managers and its officers assume a guiding role in upholding the Chapter’s principles and vision.

Gunnar J. Gitlin
President

Stuart G. Gelfman
President Elect

Robert D. Segal
First Vice President

Kimberly Cook
Second Vice President

Shana Vitek
Third Vice President

Jeffrey W. Brend
National Delegate

Stephen Botti
Treasurer

A. Marcy Newman
Secretary

James M. Quigley
Immediate Past President

Adam C. Kibort
Past President

Term expiring October 2025

Jacki Birnbaum
Myra Foutris
Raif Palmer
Steve Rakowski
Richard Zuckerman

Term expiring October 2024

Laura Ashmore
Donna Farley
Paulette Gray
Vanessa Hammer
Gary Schlesinger

Term expiring October 2023

Kelli Gordon
Jennifer Fletchall
Matt Kirsh
Michael Koenigsberger
Alyssa Mogul