Bernard B. Rinella

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Managing Partner
Location:
Chicago, Illinois
Phone:
312-448-8434
800-699-5181
Fax:
312- 236-6975
Email:
Member of Ten Leaders

Year Joined Firm

  • 1962

Areas of Practice

  • Family Law

Litigation Percentage

  • 25% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Family Law, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, 1962

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois, 1961
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2009

Education

  • DePaul University College of Law, Chicago, Illinois
    • J.D. - 1961
  • University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan
    • B.A. - 1958
    • Honors: Vice President, Senior Class
    • Major: Pre Law

Published Works

  • Hidden Assets, American Bar Association Family Law Advocate, Summer, 1989
  • Antenuptial Agreements, American Journal of Family Law, Summer, 1988
  • Child Custody, An Overview, Illinois Bar Journal, Fall, 1987
  • Illinois Domestic Relations, (Co-Author: Richard Rinella), Butterworth Publication, 1989
  • Legal Checklists, "Matrimonial Matters", 1983
  • "Winning Cases Through Show and Tell", Family Advocate, Vol. 6, No. 1, 1983
  • "Illinois Child Custody Law: An Overview", (Co-Author), Illinois Bar Journal, Vol. 76, No. 1, Sept., 1987
  • "Antenuptial Agreements and Malpractice: Is The Risk Worth the Reward?", American Journal of Family Law, Vol. 2, No. 2, Summer, 1988
  • Illinois Domestic Relations Forms, Aspen Publisher, 1989

References

  • Northern Trust Bank
  • Morgan Stanley

Classes/Seminars

  • Family Law Topics, Chicago Bar Association, 1970, 1980, 1990
  • Family Law, Illinois State Bar Association
  • Lecturer, Domestic Relations, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, 1965 - Present
  • Lecturer, Domestic Relations, Illinois State Bar Association, 1965 - Present
  • Lecturer, Domestic Relations, Chicago Bar Association, 1965 - Present
  • Lecturer, Domestic Relations, Illinois American Journal of Family Law, 1965 - Present
  • Lecturer, Domestic Relations, Continuing Legal Education, 1965 - Present
  • Lecturer, Butterworth Publication, Illinois Domestic Relations, 1989
  • Lecturer, Family Law in Illinois, Cambridge Institute, Chicago Bar Association, 1988 - 1989
  • Guest Lecturer, Panelist, Illinois State Bar Association, 1967 - Present
  • Guest Lecturer, Panelist, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, 1967 - Present

Honors and Awards

  • Best Lawyers in America, 1982 - Present
  • Best Lawyers in America, Town and Country Magazine, 1988
  • 2004 American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyer of the Year
  • Best Lawyers in America, 1983 - Present
  • Leading Lawyers in Illinois, 1999 - Present
  • "America’s Top Ten Divorce Lawyers", Town and Country magazine, 1998
  • Chicago Sun Times: Chicago’s Top Divorce Attorneys , 2000
  • Super Lawyers, 2004 - Present
  • Outstanding Service to DePaul University

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Institute of Psychiatry Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Member, Advisory Board, 1983 - Present
  • Institute of Psychiatry Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Vice President, Advisory Board, 1975 - Present
  • Allendale School for Boys and Girls, Chairman, Board of Trustees, 1984 - 1990
  • Allendale School for Boys and Girls, Chairman, Development Committee, 1992 - Present
  • Children's Burn Awareness Program, Director, 1994 - Present
  • Miami University, Ohio, Member, Parents Council, 1991 - Present
  • Justinian Society of Lawyers, Member, 1968 - Present
  • Justinian Society of Lawyers, President, 1978
  • American Bar Association, Parliamentarian, Family Law Section, 1988 - 1990
  • Illinois State Bar Association, Chairman, Family Law Section, 1968 - 1972
  • Illinois State Bar Association, Council Member, Family Law Section, 1971
  • Chicago Bar Association, Chairman, Matrimonial Law Committee, 1980 - 1981
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Illinois Chapter, Member, 1965 - Present
  • Chicago Bar Association, Member, Matrimonial Law Committee, 1963 - Present
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Illinois Chapter, President, 1982 - 1984
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Member, Board of Governors, 1982 - 1983
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Council, 1986 - 1987
  • Chicago Bar Association, Member, 1961 - Present
  • American Bar Association, Member, Family Law Committee, Divorce Laws, and Procedures Sub-Committee, 1965 - Present
  • American Bar Association, Associate, Domestic Relations Section, Law Notes, 1967 - 1975
  • Union League Club of Chicago, Chairman, Younger Member Section, 1968 - 1970
  • Union League Boys Club, Trustee, 1969 - 1976
  • McGraw Foundation, Trustee, 1970 - Present
  • McGraw Foundation, President, 1992 - 1995
  • Child Welfare League of America, Inc., Member, Chicago Committee, 1994 - Present
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Foundation, Member, 1992 - Present
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Foundation, Treasurer, 1996 - Present
  • Sunset Ridge Country Club, Director, 1996 - Present
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Foundation, Member, 1990 - Present
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Foundation, President , 2000 - 2002
  • Illinois State Bar Association, Family Law Section, Council Member, 1968 - 1972
  • Illinois State Bar Association, Family Law Section, Chairman, 1971
  • Chicago Bar Association , Member, Matrimonial Law Committee, 1963 - Present
  • Chicago Bar Association, Chairman, Matrimonial Law Committee, 1980 - 1981
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Member, Board of Governors, 1982 - 1983
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Council, 1986 - 1987
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, 1965 - Present
  • Illinois Chapter American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Member, 1965 - Present
  • Illinois Chapter American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, President, 1982 - 1984
  • American Bar Association, Family Law Section, Member, 1962 - Present
  • American Bar Association, Family Law Section, Parliamentarian, 1988 - 1990
  • Justinian Society of Lawyers, Member and President, 1978
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, 1965
  • American Journal of Family Law, Board Member, 1986
  • International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers U.S. Chapter Counsel, 1998 - 2000
  • Divorce Magazine Advisory, Board Member, 1998

Pro Bono Activities

  • Allendale School for Boys and Girls, 1970 - Present
  • Firm handles cases given to us by Legal Aid

Ancillary Businesses

  • Limited Partner

Fraternities/Sororities

  • Phi Delta Theta
  • Delta Theta Phi