Moria Bernstein is Principal of the Law Offices of Moria Bernstein, in Chicago, with satellite offices in Oak Park and Northbrook. The firm is exclusively devoted to family law and residential real estate. In addition to being a fellow in the Collaborative Law Institute of Illinois, Ms. Bernstein has had extensive training in mediation, arbitration, and alternate dispute resolution and has more than 20 years of experience in accounting, business, and real estate. She has been recognized as one of the Top 40 Attorneys Under 40 in Illinois (2007), and was nominated by her peers as a Leading Lawyer in Illinois in the area of family law (2011, 2012). Ms. Bernstein has also lectured on family law issues, served as faculty in family law seminars, and written for the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education. She is a member of the Illinois Institute of Collaborative Law, the Chicago and Illinois State Bar Associations; is an arbitrator for the Mandatory Arbitration Programs in Lake County; and has served as an arbitrator for Cook County and the Better Business Bureau. Ms. Bernstein received her B.S. and her M.B.A. from DePaul University and her J.D. from IIT/Chicago-Kent College of Law.
Hon. Francis A. Gembala is a retired Associate Judge of the Domestic Relations Division of the Circuit Court of Cook County and currently concentrates his law practice on family law matters with Birnbaum, Haddon, Gelfman & Arnoux, LLC, in Chicago. Judge Gembala is a former faculty member of the National Judicial College at the University of Nevada at Reno and has previously served as President of the Chicago Advocates Society, as Chair of the Chicago Bar Association Criminal Law Committee, as a member of the Board of Governors of the Illinois Judges Association, and as a member of the Illinois State Bar Association Task Force for Technical Revisions to the Illinois Domestic Violence Act. He frequently serves as a faculty member and guest lecturer for numerous professional organizations. He lectured at the RSM McGladrey Tax Conference and participated as a keynote panelist at the 9th International Conference on Family Violence. He served several times on the faculty of the Business Valuation, Financial, and Tax Issues Affecting Divorce programs cosponsored by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Illinois Chapter, IICLE®, and Trenwith Valuation. He received his B.A. from Loyola University of Chicago, his L.L.M. from DePaul University School of Law, and his J.D. from Loyola University School of Law.
Linda S. Kagan of Linda S. Kagan, Attorney at Law, in Chicago, practices in the areas of family law appeals; representation of children in contested parenting time/parent decision making disputes; and as a child’s representative, child’s attorney, or guardian ad litem. Ms. Kagan is certified to represent children in child custody cases in the Circuit Court of Cook County. She is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, a former Director of the Women’s Bar Association of Illinois, and a long-standing member of the Appellate Lawyers Association of Illinois (having served as a former Director and as a former Editor and Coeditor (1989 – 1990) of The Brief — the ALA newsletter). She is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association, Family Law Section (for which she published an article in the section newsletter in February 2008, Is It a Claim or a New Action? Characterization of Post-Judgment Petitions in Family Law Cases Affects Appealability). Ms. Kagan was also editor of the 1990 Report of the Illinois Task Force on Gender Bias in the Courts. She has given presentations to various bar groups on appellate, family law, and immigration topics. Ms. Kagan received her B.A. magna cum laude from Loyola University of Chicago and her J.D. from Loyola University of Chicago School of Law.
David P. Pasulka concentrates his practice in family law with the Chicago law firm of Pasulka & Associates, PC. Mr. Pasulka is President of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Illinois Chapter, and a member of the Board of Managers of the North Suburban Bar Association. He was named among the Top 10 Divorce Lawyers by the Chicago Sun Times in 2000 and the 20 Top Divorce Attorneys by Northshore Magazine in 1997. He received his B.A. from the University of Chicago and his J.D. from the University of San Diego School of Law.
Donald C. Schiller is a Senior Partner at Schiller DuCanto & Fleck LLP, in Chicago, where his practice is focused on matrimonial law matters in the trial and reviewing courts. He is a former President of the Illinois State Bar Association and served as Chair of the ISBA Family Law Section, as a member of the Board of Governors of the American Bar Association, as Chair of the ABA Family Law Section, as Chair of the Family Law Section of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, and as Chair of the Matrimonial Law Committee of the Chicago Bar Association. He also has served as a member of the Board of Directors of IICLE® and frequently serves on its faculty for family law programs. Mr. Schiller is a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and a Diplomate of the American College of Family Trial Lawyers. He has been selected as one of the top matrimonial lawyers in the nation by several publications and was the subject of a chapter in THE DIVORCE LAWYERS by Emily Couric. Mr. Schiller is a Lecturer in Law at the University of Chicago Law School, where he teaches Divorce Practice. Mr. Schiller received his LL.B. from DePaul University, his J.D. from DePaul University School of Law, and was a 1988 recipient of the University’s Distinguished Alumni Award.
Anita M. Ventrelli is a Senior Partner at Schiller DuCanto & Fleck LLP, in Chicago, where she concentrates her practice in family law litigation. Since 1997, she has been a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. In 2003, the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin named her one of 40 Attorneys Under 40, Illinois Attorneys to Watch. Since 2005, she has been recognized as an Illinois Super Lawyer. Ms. Ventrelli has also been included in the Leading Lawyers Network and the Best Lawyers in America. She serves on the Board and Faculty of the American Bar Association/National Institute of Trial Advocacy Family Law Trial Advocacy Institute and has served as Chair of the American Bar Association’s Family Law Section. Ms. Ventrelli is a fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. She is also on the board and faculty for the American Bar Association Family Law Section NITA Trial Advocacy Institute. She earned her B.A. from the University of Michigan and her J.D. from DePaul University School of Law.
Errol Zavett is a Partner at Davis Friedman, LLP, in Chicago, where he concentrates his practice in trials and appeals of family law matters. Mr. Zavett is an active Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, for which he served as President of the Academy’s Illinois Chapter, Chair of the History Committee, and served on both the National Board of Governors and the Bounds of Advocacy and Client Relations Committee. He is a Past Chair of the Chicago Bar Association Matrimonial Law Committee, the Illinois Trial Lawyers Family Law Committee, and the Illinois State Bar Association Family Law Section Council, for which he also served as editor of the newsletter. He is listed in the Leading Lawyers Network as one of the Top Ten Family Law Lawyers in Illinois, is listed in THE BEST LAWYERS IN AMERICA, and is an Illinois Super Lawyer. Mr. Zavett also has been an adjunct professor at DePaul Law School and has spoken on numerous family law topics in Illinois and around the United States. He received his B.A. from the University of Iowa and his J.D. from the University of Illinois.