Jenner & Block

Family Law

We assist our clients through the difficult process of divorce, while making every effort to preserve and, in some cases, enhance family relationships. We take a proactive role in resolving disputes, and we have significant experience in handling matters involving sophisticated financial issues. While we have decades of experience in the courtroom litigating divorce cases, we currently assist clients through alternative forms of dispute resolution and other out-of-court processes, including collaborative law and mediation.

We primarily work with high profile and high net-worth individuals, including senior business executives, leading professionals and other prominent community leaders or their spouses.  Often our clients have complex financial and business arrangements, and we regularly handle the valuation and tracing of assets, executive compensation and benefits matters, tax planning and structuring complex support arrangements.  We also work with clients on pre- and post-marital planning. 

Our paramount concern is always the confidentiality of our clients’ matters, and we are mindful of the pitfalls of litigation in a public forum as a primary means of resolving marital disputes.   We believe that how a case starts is a critical factor in determining how it will end, so we work with clients at the outset to carefully consider approaches that will best achieve their goals and are in their best interests.  We know our clients call us in times of great personal need, and we bring responsiveness and the highest level of professionalism to all our work.

We regularly consult with lawyers in the Firm with extensive experience in related issues involving estate planning, tax, business law, employee benefits and real estate. When the situation calls for it, we draw upon the extensive resources of Jenner & Block’s renowned Litigation Department to assist our clients. 

Our practice Chair, James H. Feldman, is consistently recognized by Best Lawyers in America, Leading Lawyers Network and Super Lawyers as among the very best in the field, and he is a Fellow in the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.  Our concern for preserving long-term family relationships also extends beyond client representation through our work with The Family Institute at Northwestern University, the Midwest's oldest and largest organization devoted to marriage and family counseling, education and research, where Mr. Feldman, its past Chair, continues to serve on its Board of Directors.