About Us

Dedicated to clients, committed to community

The American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers was founded o “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, remaining one of its most active.


Illinois Chapter Fellows advance the practice of family law among their peers by organizing and leading seminars and teaching continuing legal education classes. Fellows also help educate legislators at the state level–helping to ensure that the implementation of laws matches the intention behind them and that laws affecting families are thoughtfully considered. 


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

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

A. Marcy Newman

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
Bill Scott

Term expiring October 2023

Kelli Gordon
Jennifer Fletchall
Matt Kirsh
Michael Koenigsberger
Alyssa Mogul