Brian J. Blitz,Principal

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Education

University of Illinois College of Law, J.D., 2002

University of Texas-Austin, B.A., 1999

Brian Blitz joined the firm in 2004 and has been a Principal since 2014.

Brian is an experienced and highly-acclaimed divorce attorney whose clients have included professional athletes, business owners, executives, doctors, lawyers, as well as their spouses. Brian has successfully managed numerous cases involving complex issues of business valuations, characterization of marital and non-marital assets, child support, maintenance, and highly-contested child custody matters. Brian prides himself on his ability to maintain objectivity and calm during what can be the most emotional (and often hostile) points of his clients’ lives. He has a strong sense of what battles are worth fighting in a courtroom and which ones are not. Brian firmly believes that his ability to get along with opposing lawyers and judges generally results in a far more positive outcome for his clients.

Brian has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® for the practice of Family Law since 2013, and he was named to the peer-recommended Leading Lawyers Network in 2013, 2014 and 2015. In 2010, at age 33, he was named one of 40 Illinois Attorneys Under Forty to Watch by the Law Bulletin Publishing Company, and was named to the list of Rising Stars by Illinois Super Lawyers from 2009 through 2016.

Brian is a fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers as well as a member of the American Bar Association, the Illinois State Bar Association, and the Sports Law Association. He serves on the American Bar Association CLE Committee and previously acted as co-chair of the American Bar Association Marital Property Committee. In 2016, he completed the Divorce Mediation Training Program at Northwestern University.

Bar Admissions

Mr. Blitz is admitted to practice in Illinois.

Selected Publications

“Should Your Client Remain Silent?” with Patrick Emerson, Family Advocate, Spring 2011

“Dissipation: Should Timing be a Factor?” Georgia Family Law Review, Spring 2009; also published in Chicago Law Bulletin, June 2006

“Marital Property in Illinois,” American Bar Association Family Law Section Online Resource Center, available online at http://www.abanet.org/.

“Developing Income Information from a Schedule C and as a Shareholder of a Closely Held Corporation,” with Barry A. Schatz, American Bar Association CLE Conference, Spring 2005

“Retainers and Client Trust Accounts,” Author’s Note, Illinois Practice of Family Law, 2005 Ed

Selected Presentations

“Conversations on the Family: When Economic Struggles Constrain Family Choices,” Panelist, University of Illinois College of Law, November 13, 2015

“How to Cross Examine a Witness,” Co-presentation with Brendan J. Hammer, Chicago Bar Association, Winter 2015.

“Intersection of Trust and Estate Law, Family Law, and Life Events,” Chicago Bar Association Trust and Estates Section, October 2014.

Panelist on CLE regarding Premarital Agreements, Chicago Bar Association Estate Planning Division, December 2011

“Dissipation of Marital Assets – Thinking About Slime,” moderator, ABA Family Law Section, Fall 2011

“The Intersection of Death and Divorce,” moderator, ABA Family Law Section, Spring 2010

“Estate and Gift Tax Issues Related to Transfers Incident to Separation or Divorce,” moderator, CLE, ABA Family Law Section Meeting, Spring 2009

“Prenuptial Agreements — Intersection Between Divorce and Estate Planning,” Chicago Bar Association Estate Planning Section, April 2007

Other Memberships

Michael Rolfe Pancreatic Cancer Foundation Board Member, 2009 to present

JUF Young Leadership Division Law Student Mentor, 2010

Children’s Memorial Hospital Medical Research Foundation Young Professionals Board Member, 2008-2009