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.


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.

Helpful resources

As part of the Chapter’s dedication to consumer education, clients and prospective clients are encouraged to explore the Academy’s national site, including the wealth of helpful legal topics at the AAML Information Center. The Chapter also recommends the state-level resources available at the sites of the Illinois State Bar Association and the State of Illinois.


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

Board of Managers

Adam C. Kibort
Acting President, President-Elect

Richard W. Zuckerman
Vice President

A. Marcy Newman

James M. Quigley
First Vice President

Kathryn D. Farmer
Vice President

Steven R. Botti

Jeffrey Brend
National Delegate

Term expiring October 2022

Jeffrey W. Brend
Lisa Nyuli
David Schaffer
Gary Schlesinger

Term expiring October 2021

Laura N. Ashmore
Donna Farley
Paulette Gray
Burton Hochberg
Marcia Lipkin
James Quigley
William Scott

Term expiring October 2020

Stuart G. Gelfman
Gunnar Gitlin
Gregory A. Scott
Robert Segal
Alan J. Toback

Samuel Berger Award Winners

To honor the legacy of the late Samuel S. Berger, the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers recognizes attorneys and judges who exemplify the highest standards of integrity, courtesy, knowledge of family law and the extraordinary ability to solve human problems.

  • 2018 Hon. Pamela E. Loza
  • 2017 William J. Scott
  • 2016 Kathryn D. Farmer
  • 2015 Hon. Michele Lowrance
  • 2014 David H. Levy
  • 2013 Hon. Nancy J. Katz
  • 2012 Hon. Edward R. Jordan
  • 2011 Donald C. Schiller
  • 2010 Hon. William S. Boyd
  • 2009 Muller Davis
  • 2008 Joy Feinberg
  • 2007 Hon. Carole Bellows
  • 2006 H. Joseph Gitlin
  • 2005 Francis Corwin
  • 2004 Floyd Nadler
  • 2003 Justice Mary Anne McMorrow
  • 2002 Miles N. Beerman
  • 2001 Sanford Kirsh
  • 2000 Hon. Timothy Evans
  • 1999 Hon. Grace Dickler
  • 1998 James T. Friedman
  • 1997 F. Dennis France
  • 1996 Dr. Lyle Steven Joffe
  • 1995 Hon. Susan Snow
  • 1994 Hon. Jane D. Waller
  • 1993 Joseph N. DuCanto
  • 1992 F. Dennis France
  • 1991 Hon. Philip S. Lieb
  • 1990 Hon. Robert L. Hunter
  • 1989 Burton Terry