NEWS & PUBLICATIONS

NEWS & PUBLICATIONS

MARVIN MENDEZ INSTALLED AS A 2017-2018 OFFICER FOR THE NORTH SUBURBAN BAR ASSOCIATION
SEPTEMBER 13, 2017

The North Suburban Bar Association (NSBA) held their Installation and Award Dinner Program where Marvin Mendez of Dussias Skallas Wittenberg Koenigsberger was named a 2017-2018 Officer. The NSBA strives to promote legal education, justice, and life long networking connections. 

DEAN S. DUSSIAS IN ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION FOR CRAIN'S 
SEPTEMBER 11, 2017

Crain's Custom Media turned to partner Dean S. Dussias to learn about business valuations as they pertain to divorce proceedings, and what entrepreneurs and their spouses should know about the process.

ANOTHER PARTNER JOINS FAST-GROWING DSWK LAW FIRM
SEPTEMBER 5, 2017

The fast-growing law firm of Dussias Skallas Wittenberg Koenigsberger LLP (DSWK) has a new partner. Seasoned family law attorney Pepi Camerlingo joins the firm this month, bringing with her years of experience in complex matters and her longtime assistant, Claudia Uribe.

DSWK SPONSORS ERIKA'S LIGHTHOUSE'S BEACH VOLLEYBALL TOURNAMENT
AUGUST 12, 2017

This year, Dussias Skallas Wittenberg Koenigsberger was an official sponsor for Erika’s Lighthouse’s 5th Annual “Bump Out Depression” Beach Volleyball Tournament. James Litzow serves on the Youth Adult Board and organized the successful event held at North Avenue Beach on August 12th. Erika's Lighthouse is a nonprofit organization hoping to educate school communities about teen depression, eliminate the stigma associated with mental illness and empower teens to take charge of their mental health.

ILLINOIS INSTITUTE FOR CONTINUING LEGAL EDUCATION 
MAY 18, 2017

Michael F. Koenigsberger of Dussias Skallas Wittenberg Koenigsberger LLP presented at the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education (IICLE 2017) session on “Child Support and Maintenance Program”. Michael’s session on “High(er) Income Case Child Support and Maintenance” provided an explanation on how guidelines are applied and when they are deviated from on higher income cases. Michael was also a key member of the roundtable panel discussion that included judges and practitioners sharing their thoughts on where the law is heading and how all members of the board can contribute to serving justice as family law attorneys.

WOMEN'S ATHLETIC CLUB OF CHICAGO
MAY 18, 2017

Dean S. Dussias of Dussias Skallas Wittenberg Koenigsberger LLP was the keynote speaker at the “Divorce Alliance” Chicago Chapter Meeting. Dean presented and lead the round table discussion on the topic of the “Out Spouse” in a divorce proceeding. The conference was hosted by UBS Financial Services, Inc. at the Woman’s Athletic Club of Chicago.

JUDD FINEBERG RECOGNIZED BY THE ILLINOIS TRIAL COURT DIVORCE DIGEST
MAY  2017

The May 2017 edition of the Illinois Trial Court Divorce Digest featured Dussias Skallas Wittenberg Koenigsberger attorney Judd Z. Fineberg for his success on behalf of a client whose former wife attempted to claim a share of his disability payments as marital property. Mr. Fineberg effectively argued that, while the marital settlement agreement did award a portion of his client’s retirement benefits to the man’s former wife, his disability payments were not included in that agreement. In her ruling in this case, Judge Nancy J. Katz noted, “The agreement was unambiguous. It talked about the retirement pension and no other benefits that were part of that package.”

DSWK RECEIVES METROPOLITAN TIER ONE RANKING IN FAMILY LAW FROM 2017 U.S. NEWS - BEST LAWYERS "BEST LAW FIRMS"
MAY 18, 2017

The rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process that includes the collection of client and lawyer evaluations, peer review from leading attorneys in their field and review of additional information provided by law firms as part of the formal submissions process. The 2016 survey had more than 17,000 attorneys providing almost 600,000 law firm assessments, and almost 7,500 clients providing more than 40,000 evaluations.

FAST-GROWING LAW FIRM ADDS ANOTHER NAMED PARTNER
MARCH  2017

Well-known for his acumen in handling business valuations and other financial issues that can arise in family law cases, Michael is a natural fit for our integrated practice and he brings with him two associates equally suited to serve our business-minded clients: Theresa Lechner and Judd Fineberg. Together, these skilled negotiators and litigators have represented hundreds of clients in complex custody and financial issues, prenuptial agreements, paternity cases, and domestic relations matters.

CHRISTINE HARNEY NAMED TO CHICAGO LAWYER'S "FORTY UNDER 40" LIST FOR 2016
NOVEMBER 17, 2016

DSWK congratulates partner Christine Harney who was recently named to Chicago Lawyer’s prestigious “Forty Under 40” list for 2016. “Forty Under 40” awards the most talented attorneys under 40 who are on the fast-track in the legal profession and in their community. Founding partners Dean S. Dussias and A. Thomas Skallas are both past winners of this honor.

FOLLOW-UP ARTICLE FOR ILLINOIS TRIAL COURT DIVORCE DIGEST FOR SUCCESS IN CUSTODY CASE
SEPTEMBER  2016

Daniel Kessler and Marvin A. Mendez Featured in Follow-Up Article for Illinois Trial Court Divorce Digest for Success in Custody Case.

The September 2016 edition of the Illinois Trial Court Divorce Digest featured Dussias Skallas Wittenberg attorneys Daniel Gold-Kessler and Marvin A. Mendez for their success in winning custody arrangements on behalf of a client seeking to maintain stability and security for her children. In a follow-up summary in this month’s issue, the Digest chronicles how Mr. Gold-Kessler and Mr. Mendez maintained their success by securing more than half of the marital estate for the same client.

Despite arguments from her ex-husband, Judge Thomas J. Kelley awarded the wife 58% of the marital estate, including the marital residence, enabling mother and children to remain in their home. And, though a vocational expert hired by the opposing party claimed she could be earning far more than her current income, Mr. Gold-Kessler and Mr. Mendez proved the wife was in good faith by arguing she was attempting to maximize her income by working two part-time jobs while also prioritizing the care of her young family. The Dussias Skallas Wittenberg team effectively ensured the wife was granted substantial maintenance and child support in addition to the marital estate and primary custody.

The attorneys’ winning arguments are summarized in the November 2016 issue of Illinois Trial Court Divorce Digest.

2016 BEST LAW FIRMS

Dussias Skallas Wittenberg LLP receives the Metropolitan Tier One Ranking in Family Law from 2016 U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms”

The rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process that includes the collection of client and lawyer evaluations, peer review from leading attorneys in their field and review of additional information provided by law firms as part of the formal submissions process. The 2016 survey had more than 17,000 attorneys providing almost 600,000 law firm assessments, and almost 7,500 clients providing more than 40,000 evaluations.

Receiving a tier designation reflects the high level of respect a firm has earned among other leading lawyers and clients in the same communities and the same practice areas for their abilities, their professionalism and their integrity, according to the editors of Best Lawyers. 

2016 EMERGING LAWYERS BY LEADING LAWYERS

Dussias Skallas Wittenberg LLP congratulates attorney Marvin Mendez on being named as 2016 Emerging Lawyers by Leading Lawyers, which recognizes the top two percent of lawyers who are either under the age of 40 or have been practicing law for less than ten years. They were recognized for their excellence in practicing family law.

DEAN S. DUSSIAS FEATURED IN LEADING LAWYERS MAGAZINE
APRIL 13, 2016

Dean S. Dussias of Dussias Skallas Wittenberg LLP has a simple rule for the divorce cases he handles: He tackles visitation and custody issues first.

DUSSIAS SKALLAS LLP NAMES A PARTNER
MARCH 6,  2016

The law firm of Dussias Skallas Wittenberg LLP has a new named partner. Well-known family lawyer, Steven G. Wittenberg, joins the practice this month, bringing with him two partners who also focus their practices on family law.

DUSSIAS SKALLAS WITTENBERG LLP PARTNERS DISCUSS PROCESS
MARCH 1, 2016

“Instead of having a transactional-based practice where the client’s one and done, it’s about a relationship now so that if we can do more of their other type of work — whether it’s estate planning, or real estate or otherwise — they become a client for life,” Skallas says…


DUSSIAS SKALLAS LLP MARK FIRST ANNIVERSARY WITH SALE OF BUSINESS CLIENT FOREST FINANCIAL GROUP TO HUB INTERNATIONAL
DECEMBER 8, 2015

The law firm Dussias Skallas LLP marked its first year in business with the completion of a major corporate transaction.

2015 EMERGING LAWYERS BY LEADING LAWYERS

Dussias Skallas congratulates attorneys Daniel Gold-Kessler, and Alexa Goutos on being named as 2015 Emerging Lawyers by Leading Lawyers, which recognizes the top two percent of lawyers who are either under the age of 40 or have been practicing law for less than ten years. They were recognized for their excellence in practicing family law. 

Law Bulletin Publishing Company, through its Leading Lawyers division, conducts comprehensive research with the purpose of identifying the top two percent of lawyers who are 40 years old or younger or practicing law 10 years or less and have proven themselves professional, ethical and experienced at an early point in their legal career. The recipients of this distinction are selected by their peers and approved by the Leading Lawyers Advisory Board. Only the top lawyers in Illinois are nominated and eligible for membership.

2015 BEST LAW FIRM

Dussias Skallas LLP receives the Metropolitan Tier One Ranking in Family Law from 2015 U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms”

The rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process that includes the collection of client and lawyer evaluations, peer review from leading attorneys in their field and review of additional information provided by law firms as part of the formal submissions process. The 2015 survey had more than 17,000 attorneys providing almost 600,000 law firm assessments, and almost 7,500 clients providing more than 40,000 evaluations.

Receiving a tier designation reflects the high level of respect a firm has earned among other leading lawyers and clients in the same communities and the same practice areas for their abilities, their professionalism and their integrity, according to the editors of Best Lawyers. 

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