Yavitz, David B.

20 South Clark StreetSuite 1800Chicago, IL 60603

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Updated: 11/09/2017

Overview

David B. Yavitz is the senior partner in the Chicago matrimonial law firm of Yavitz & Levey, LLP. He received his Juris Doctorate degree with honors from the University of Illinois Law School in 1969 and was elected to the Honorary Order of the Coif. Mr. Yavitz has been selected by a distinguished panel of attorneys as one of the Leading Lawyers in Illinois for Family Law, a group comprised of the top 5% of Illinois family law attorneys. He has also been selected to Illinois Super...

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Qualifications

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois, 1969
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois, 1969
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit, 1971

Other Affiliations

  • Family Law Curriculum Advisory Group (Member)
  • Rep. Joint IL., State Bar Assoc., Chicago Bar Assoc., Sponsorship, (Passage of 1985 Spousal Health Ins. Rights Act, IL. General Assembly)
  • Chicago Bar Association, Matrimonial Law Committee, 1978 - Present (Member)
  • Chicago Bar Association, Matrimonial Law Committee, 1986 - 1987 (Chairman)
  • Chicago Bar Association, Matrimonial Law Committee, 1985 - 1986 (Vice Chairman)
  • Chicago Bar Association, Legislation Subcommittee, 1978 - Present (Member)
  • Chicago Bar Association, Legislation Subcommittee, 1982 - 1983 (Co-Chairman)
  • Chicago Bar Association, Legislation Subcommittee, 1983 - 1985 (Chairman)
  • Chicago Bar Association, Courts Subcommittee, 1978 - Present (Member)
  • Chicago Bar Association, Matrimonial Law Liaison Committee with, 1986 - 1987 (Domestic Relations Court of Cook County, Member)
  • Illinois State Bar Association, Assembly, 1988 - Present (Member)
  • Illinois State Bar Association, Family Law Section Council, 1979 - Present (Member)
  • Illinois State Bar Association, Family Law Section Council, 1984 - 1985 (Chairman)
  • Illinois State Bar Association, 1982 - 1983 (Secretary)
  • Illinois State Bar Association, 1981 - 1984 (Editor-in-Chief, Family Law Newsletter)
  • Illinois State Bar Association, Domestic Violence Subcommittee, 1981 (Member)
  • Illinois State Bar Association, Legislation Subcommittee, 1981 (Member)
  • Illinois State Bar Association, Family Law Update Speaker, 1983 - Present (Member)
  • American Bar Association, Family Law Section (Member)
  • American Bar Association, Section Liaison to National Conference of, 1987 - 1989 (Commissioners on Uniform State Law, Member)
  • American Bar Association, Domestic Violence Committee, 1989 - 1990 (Vice Chairman)
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, 1982 - Present (Fellow)
  • Illinois State Bar Association, 1969 - Present (Member)

Honors

  • Leading Lawyers, 2017
  • Super Lawyers, 2017
  • AAML, 2017
  • AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell, 2017
  • Fellow, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Board of Directors Illinois Chapter, 1986 - 1991
  • Fellow, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Admissions Committee
  • Leading Lawyers of Illinois Family Law, 2004 - 2011
  • Super Lawyers Family Law, 2005 - 2012

Classes and Seminars

  • PreMarital Agreements, IICLE
  • Drafting Marital Settlement Agreements, IICLE
  • Can you hear me now? Using VOIP and Blogs to COmmunicate, Illinois State Bar Association Solo and Small Firms Conference, 2005
  • Me and My Mac: Apple in the Office, Illinois State Bar Association Solo and Small Firms Conference, 2006
  • Distinctions between Marital and Non-Marital Property, Illinois CPA Society Tax Conference, 1999
  • Prenuptial Agreements, Resolving Family Law Issues, Illinois State Bar Association, LawEd Seminar March 2009
  • Marital Fraud. Illinois Family Law Seminar, Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education, October 1989
  • Direct and Cross Examination of a Witness on Expense Affidavit, Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education, April 1989
  • Does Anyone Get Paid for Doing This? Attorneys’ Fees, Chicago Bar Association Continuing Legal Education Seminar, February 1986
  • Negotiating Property Issues in a Divorce: Negotiation Demonstration and Critique, Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education, March 1988
  • Creative Financial Settlements, Business Valuation, Financial and Tax issues affecting Divorce , Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education, January 2007
  • Before & Happily Ever After: Premarital Agreements Workshop, Provisions Relating to the Dissolution of Marriage, Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education, November 2007
  • Drafting Marital Settlement Agreements, an Interactive Workshop, Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education, September 2006
  • Drafting Marital Settlement Agreements, an Interactive Workshop, Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education, November 2008

Pro Bono Activities

  • Cook County Illinois Certified Child's Representative, 2000 - Present
  • Cook County Illinois Court Conciliator, 2010 - Present

Past Positions

  • Lake, Toback & Yavitz, Partner, 1994 - 2004
  • Schiller, DuCanto & Fleck, Partner, 1978 - 1994

Education

  • University of Illinois College of Law, Urbana, Illinois, 1969
    J.D.
    Honors: Order of the Coif
    Honors: With Honors
  • Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa, 1966
    B.A.
    Honors: With Honors
    Major: Political Science
    Major: History

Fraternities and Sororities

  • Alpha Epsilon Pi

Ancillary Businesses

  • Computer and Technology Consultant
  • Lobbying Illinois General Assembly Family Law issues on behalf of Illinois State Bar Association

References

References

  • Linda Forman CPA
  • Venwell Advisors
  • Whitnell & Co.
  • Stout Risius Ross

Fees

Accepts Credit Cards

Articles

Published Works

  • Distinctions between Marital and Non-Marital Property Family Law Handbook, Illinois State Bar Association, 1995
  • Marital Property Valuation Family Law Handbook, Illinois State Bar Association, 2011
  • Interest on Past-Due Maintenance and Child Support, The New Calculus, Illinois Bar Journal, Vol. 94, Page 76, Feb 2006

Office Information

Address

20 South Clark StreetSuite 1800Chicago, IL 60603

Office Hours

9-5 Monday-Friday

Fax

  • 312-924-4411

Email

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