Jenner & Block

"Uniform Collaborative Law Act," Family Law Study Committee Panel, Illinois General Assembly, Chicago, IL

Chicago, Illinois
Jenner & Block Partner James H. Feldman addressed a panel on January 30, 2009, comprising the Family Law Study Committee established by the Illinois Legislature through the office of Speaker Michael Madigan. The Family Law Study Committee was created "to study and recommend how the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act should be amended to improve and update it," according to the Illinois General Assembly's website.  Mr. Feldman described name partner Albert E. Jenner's role in authoring the current Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act.  Additionally, he discussed Collaborative Law and highlighted recent developments including the drafting of a Uniform Collaborative Law Act by the Uniform Law Commission, recent ABA and state Ethics Opinions, existing state statutes supporting Collaborative Law, and New York's Collaborative Law Center, which is the first court-based Collaborative Law program in the country.

Mr. Feldman is a member of the firm's Litigation Department and Chair of the firm’s Family Law Practice.  He is a Certified Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and a Fellow of the Collaborative Law Institute of Illinois.  A family law practitioner at Jenner & Block for more than 30 years, Mr. Feldman provides clients with customized solutions suited to their unique needs.  He offers a full range of family law services including litigation, mediation, counseling and collaborative law, and has extensive experience handling sophisticated financial issues involving matters including valuation and tracing of assets, executive compensation and benefits, tax planning, and complex support arrangements, as well as child custody and parenting issues.  Mr. Feldman is listed in all editions of The Best Lawyers in America.