Jeffery M. Leving has been named one of “America’s Best Lawyers” by Forbes Radio™ and selected by his peers as one of Illinois’ top attorneys. He is the acclaimed author of three groundbreaking books, Fathers’ Rights, Divorce Wars, and How to Be a Good Divorced Dad, a new book that received an endorsement from Francis Cardinal George of the Archdiocese of Chicago and praise from President Barack Obama.
Jeffery Leving received his Juris Doctor from the Illinois Institute of Technology Chicago-Kent College of Law in 1979. He is licensed to practice law in Illinois, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court.
His professional associations include the American Bar Association, the Illinois State Bar Association, the Chicago Bar Association, the Lake County Bar Association, the DuPage County Bar Association, the McHenry County Bar Association, the Kane County Bar Association, the LaSalle County Bar Association, the Federal Trial Bar, and the Decalogue Society of Lawyers.
In addition to his legal practice, Mr. Leving has contributed to the field of family law by authoring several influential books including Fathers’ Rights: Hard-Hitting & Fair Advice for Every Father Involved in a Custody Dispute (Basic Books), Divorce Wars: A Field Guide to the Winning Tactics, Preemptive Strikes, and Top Maneuvers When Divorce Gets Ugly (HarperCollins) and is the publisher of Leving’s Divorce Magazine. Mr. Leving has a new book, How to be a Good Divorced Dad: Being the Best Parent you Can Be Before, During, and After the Break-Up (Jossey-Bass) which garnered praise from President Barack Obama and an endorsement from Francis Cardinal George of the Archdiocese of Chicago, who said “This is a pain-filled book that offers good advice about how to preserve a family born of a marriage that has failed. It’s a book that is, unfortunately, more and more needed.” The published works of Jeffery Leving have become valuable resources for parents, legal professionals, and psychologists.
Mr. Leving’s accomplishments include co-authorship of the Illinois Virtual Visitation, Right to DNA Testing Notice, and Unlawful Visitation or Parenting Time Interference Laws as well as the Illinois Joint Custody Law. He has also delivered testimony before both branches of the Illinois Legislature on Joint Custody, Grandparent’s Visitation and Child Support Accountability bills.
Mr. Leving has lectured locally and nationally on family law issues. His firm concentrates in Matrimonial and Family Law where he leads a team of highly skilled and leading litigators. Mr. Leving received the Recognition and Commendation Award for Meritorious Service to the Public and Legal Community from the Illinois State Bar Association and the coveted “Protection of the Family” award from the Illinois State Crime Commission.
Jeffery M. Leving was chosen by the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships to provide expert input in the first Town Hall Meeting on Responsible Fatherhood and Healthy Families in Chicago and recently met with President Obama in Washington, D.C., to discuss critical issues facing the nation. In 2012, President Barack Obama awarded him the National Lifetime Call to Service Award.
Leving was honored with the 2012 Professional Achievement Award from the Illinois Institute of Technology Chicago-Kent College of Law for outstanding achievement in the legal profession and bringing distinction to himself as well as credit to the university.
On April 26, 2012, the Illinois House of Representatives honored Leving by adopting Resolution No. 995 “for his work in safeguarding the rights of fathers and protecting the welfare of children and families in this State” and for his “hard work, integrity, and dedication for the people of the State of Illinois.” The Illinois House of Representatives resolved that Leving be presented with a copy of this Resolution “as a symbol of our esteem and respect.”