Jason G. Adess,Principal

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DePaul University College of Law,
J.D., 1995

University of Maryland, B.A., 1992

Jason G. Adess is an experienced and respected divorce lawyer who is skilled at attaining positive outcomes for his clients under difficult circumstances. While Mr. Adess approaches every case with the goal of negotiating an advantageous settlement wherever possible, he is also a seasoned litigator who has successfully represented clients in trials and appeals on a wide range of issues, from valuation and distribution of assets to child custody and visitation matters.

In September 2008, Mr. Adess was named one of “40 Illinois Attorneys Under Forty to Watch” by the Law Bulletin Publishing Company. Mr. Adess has also been continually named to the Leading Lawyers Network since 2004 and is one of a select group of attorneys to earn a peer rating of AV® Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell®. He is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association (past member of the Family Law Section Council) and the Chicago Bar Association.

Mr. Adess is an active participant in the local and national legal community, and speaks frequently before legal and professional associations and to law students on issues relating to matrimonial and family law. His recent lectures have addressed best practices in conducting and defending depositions, and methods of analyzing custody evaluations; he has presented at the Illinois State Bar Association, the Chicago Bar Association and DePaul University. Mr. Adess is also a regular contributor to legal publications and has written on topics such as child-support calculations, custody rights of grandparents, pension-fund assets, and attorneys’ fees.

Mr. Adess has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® since 2014 and was featured in the 2014 Best Lawyers In America Magazine.  He was selected for inclusion in the list of Illinois Super Lawyers since 2012 and was named to the list of Rising Stars by Illinois Super Lawyers in 2008 and 2009. 

Bar Admissions

Mr. Adess is admitted to practice in Illinois. He also has been admitted to practice before the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

Selected Presentations

Chicago-Kent College of Law: Careers in Law Panel, November 2011.

“The New Attorney’s Introduction to the Effective Practice of Law: Depositions,” Illinois State Bar Association Basic Skills Seminar, August 2006, March 2007, October 2007, April 2008, October 2008, February 2010, June 2011.

“What Every Lawyer Should Know About Divorce,” CBA Power Lunch Series, May 2011.

“Look Who’s Talking: The Deposition Roadmap” (who to depose, defending depositions, preparing witnesses, effective deposition techniques, expert depositions), IICLE, February 2010.

Top Attorneys Under 40 Tools for Success, February 2009.

“Analyzing a Custody Evaluation,” Chicago Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section, May 2008; Circuit Court of Lake County Supreme Court Rule 906 Child Representative Training Program, March 2008.

DePaul University, Law Career Service, March 2006.

Selected Publications

“All Income Included When Calculating Child Support,” Family Law Section Newsletter, Illinois State Bar Association, April 2006.

“Grandparents Given Edge in Custody Case,” Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, September 2001.

“Timing is Everything for Attorney Fee Petitions,” Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, May 2000.

“Hunt is on When Divvying Pension Funds,” Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, May 1997.

Recognitions and Awards

“40 Illinois Attorneys Under Forty to Watch” by the Law Bulletin Publishing Co., September 2008.

Leading Lawyers Network.

Peer rating of AV® Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell®.