Gemma B. Allen is Cofounder of Allen & Glassman, Chartered, in Chicago, where she represents clients on matters spanning the entire range of family law issues. Ms. Allen has been repeatedly selected by her peers as a member of the Leading Lawyers Network, SuperLawyers, Best Lawyers, and Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rating. She was named by Crain’s Chicago Business as one of Chicago’s 100 Most Influential Women. In 2017, Ms. Allen won awards from Chicago Business Journal and Enterprising Woman magazine for her business success and commitment to volunteerism and mentoring. She was also named by Chicago Woman as one of 50 Fabulous Women Over 50. Ms. Allen earned her J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School and her B.S. from Loyola University of Chicago magna cum laude.
Nidhi Desai is a Partner with Desai & Miller, in Chicago and Highland Park, where she focuses her practice on adoption and reproductive technology law, particularly collaborative reproduction. She worked closely with Illinois House Representative Barbara Currie in a successful legislative effort to enact the Gestational Surrogacy Act. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Adoption & Assisted Reproduction Attorneys and is a member of the American Bar Association’s Assisted Reproductive Technology Committee, the Illinois State Bar Association, and the Chicago Bar Association. She earned her J.D. from Loyola University Chicago.
Joy M. Feinberg is a Partner with Boyle Feinberg Sharma, P.C., in Chicago, where she practices family law. Ms. Feinberg has twice been named the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Fellow of the Year and has won both the Samuel Berger Award and Michael Cohen Award. She received her J.D. from DePaul College of Law and her B.A. from the University of Illinois.
Annette M. Fernholz is Owner of the Law Offices of Annette M. Fernholz, P.C., in Chicago, and focuses her practice in the area of domestic relations and appeals involving family law issues in Cook, Lake, and DuPage Counties. Ms. Fernholz is a member of the Chicago, Illinois State, and Women’s Bar Associations. She received her B.A. from the University of Michigan and her J.D. from IIT/Chicago-Kent College of Law.
Mitchell B. Gordon is a Founding Partner of Bradford & Gordon, LLC, a family law practice in Chicago. He approaches his cases with the goal of problem-solving through the understanding that each client has a unique set of circumstances, and he works closely with his clients to find reasonable and practical solutions. In addition to his litigation experience, he has expertise conducting settlement conferences, drafting marital settlement agreements, parenting agreements, and prenuptial and postnuptial agreements. Furthermore, he is a skilled appellate advocate, having litigated numerous family law cases at the appellate court level. In 2009, he was recognized as one of 40 Illinois Attorneys Under 40 to Watch by Chicago Lawyer Magazine. His commitment to excellence was also recognized for ten consecutive years starting in 2008 by Illinois Super Lawyers magazine when he was named a Rising Star as one of the top young lawyers in Illinois. In 2011, he was honored with IICLE®’s inaugural Rising Star Award. In 2013, he was distinguished as one of the Ten Leaders of America’s Experienced, Accomplished Professionals Under 45. In 2016, 2017, and 2018, he received the prestigious honor as one of the Ten Best Attorneys in Illinois for Client Satisfaction by the American Institute of Family Law Attorneys. He teaches continuing legal education courses to other practitioners on various areas of family law. He has presented lectures about child support, the use of social media in litigation, parental alienation, contribution to college education, the determination of income in divorce, removing children from the state of Illinois, bankruptcy and divorce, dissipation of assets, child support enforcement, ethics, prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, same-sex marriage, and nontraditional visitation arrangements. He has co-hosted the popular television show Let’s Talk Justice! on Chicago’s CAN-TV Network. On the show, he discussed a myriad of legal topics of public concern while answering live telephone calls. He also regularly appears as a legal commentator on NBC, Fox, WCIU, and other local news networks. Mr. Gordon received his B.A. from the University of Iowa in 1997 and his J.D. from Chicago-Kent College of Law in 2001.
Emily J. Rapp is the Founding Partner of MagnusonRapp Law LLC, in Geneva, where she concentrates her practice in family law. She is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association and the Kane County Bar Association. She is currently a committee member for the Women & the Law Committee for the ISBA and on the Board of Directors for the KCBA. In 2016, Ms. Rapp was selected as an Emerging Lawyer by Leading Lawyers and in 2019 was recognized as a Rising Star. She earned her B.A. from the University of Portland and her J.D. from Loyola University Chicago School of Law.
Jan Russell has been involved in work related to domestic violence and child abduction since 1982. Ms. Russell is Senior Policy Counsel of the Violence Against Women Policy Project at the Cook County Sheriff’s Office, where she is responsible for evaluating and monitoring policies and programs related to domestic violence, sexual assault, and the response to the Prison Rape Elimination Act and working to improve the Sheriff’s Office’s response to these issues. Previously at the Chicago Police Department, she started the nation’s only in-house program to provide direct services to victims of domestic violence abused by members of a police department and served with that program for 16 years. Ms. Russell previously served as the Founding Executive Director of the Illinois Council Against Parental Child Abduction and as a family issues specialist for the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office. She has trained more than 20,000 professionals on issues relating to domestic violence and child abduction for organizations including the National College of District Attorneys, the International Association of Chiefs of Police, and the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. She is certified as a law enforcement trainer by the Illinois Law Enforcement Standards and Training Board. Ms. Russell graduated with honors from Roosevelt University and IIT/Chicago-Kent College of Law.