Father’s Motion for Child Support Modification Denied, Sanctions Ordered

Wednesday, May 29th, 2019

The May 2019 edition of Divorce Digest reports on a Cook County case decided by Associate Judge Mary S. Trew where Rachel Johnson of Birnbaum, Haddon, Gelfman & Arnoux, LLC represented an ex-wife and mother who moved for summary judgment with regard to the father’s Amended Motion for Modification. The father sought reduced child support […] ... [Read more]

Francis A. Gembala Updates Chapter in IICLE Treatise on Marriage Dissolution Proceedings

Thursday, January 25th, 2018

As in prior years, Francis A. Gembala has again updated Chapter 3 of the IICLE treatise currently titled Family Law: Dissolutions of Marriage Court Proceedings – 2017 Edition. A copy of this 70-page chapter, “Obtaining Orders of Protection,” can be viewed in pdf format. Gembala entered private practice in 2003 after retiring from nearly 20 […] ... [Read more]

Angela Buttitta Featured in Inaugural Edition of Emerging Lawyers Magazine

Thursday, December 1st, 2016

An editorial profile of Angela M. Buttitta recently appeared in the inaugural edition of Emerging Lawyers Magazine, an Illinois publication produced by Law Bulletin Publishing Company and dedicated primarily to the state’s most successful lawyers age 40 or younger. Released in November 2016, the 436-page edition features Buttitta in an article titled, “Shining a Light […] ... [Read more]

Latest Edition of Leading Lawyers Magazine Profiles Former Judge Francis A. Gembala

Friday, April 15th, 2016

The March 2016 Leading Lawyers Magazine Consumer Edition profiled Francis A. Gembala in an article titled “Former Judge Enjoys ‘Return’ to Serving Clients and the Public.” The article describes the evolution of Gembala’s life from childhood and his education at Notre Dame High School in Niles, Illinois, to his life as a young professional, then […] ... [Read more]

Cannizzaro Honored by Justinian Society

Wednesday, July 1st, 2015

The Chicago-based Justinian Society of Lawyers has honored Sam F. Cannizzaro, a partner in Birnbaum, Haddon, Gelfman & Arnoux, LLC, during a recent dinner ceremony. Anita DeCarlo, who then served as president of the Justinians, presented Cannizzaro with a plaque honoring his years of mentoring. The recognition is awarded every few years to an attorney […] ... [Read more]

Ex Tries to Abandon Petition to Modify Support, BHGA Still Secures $36K Arrearage

Monday, March 30th, 2015

The March 2015 edition of Divorce Digest reported on a Cook County case decided by Judge Raul Vega where Matthew C. Arnoux and Jonathan J. Bereman of Birnbaum, Haddon, Gelfman & Arnoux, LLC represented an ex-wife who was responding to the ex-husband’s Petition to Modify Support. In her response, the ex-wife claimed an arrearage of […] ... [Read more]

Will County Judge Sides With BHGA, Dismisses Petition to Terminate Maintenance

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

The February 2015 edition of Divorce Digest reported on a Will County case decided by Judge Matthew G. Bertani that involved Matthew C. Arnoux of Birnbaum, Haddon, Gelfman & Arnoux, LLC. Arnoux represented an ex-wife who was divorced in early 2012 after 20 years of marriage. The ex-husband petitioned the court to terminate maintenance payments, […] ... [Read more]

Appellate Court Hears Arnoux Argue on Employer Child Support Withholding Penalty

Tuesday, February 17th, 2015

On Feb. 11, 2015, Matthew C. Arnoux of the family law firm of Birnbaum, Haddon, Gelfman & Arnoux, LLC, argued before the First District Appellate Court on behalf of a client who was adversely affected when Provident Hospital incorrectly withheld child support she was due. The court, which took the matter under advisement, posted a […] ... [Read more]

Arnoux to Speak at CLE Session on International Child Custody

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015

Matthew C. Arnoux will speak Jan. 27, 2015, at a Continuing Legal Education event titled “A Deeper Look at International Child Custody Issues.” The intermediate CLE session, presented by the Young Lawyers Section of the Chicago Bar Association, takes place at 321 S. Plymouth Ct. in Chicago from 3 to 6 p.m. A total of […] ... [Read more]

Divorce Digest Reports on BHGA Hague Case

Friday, August 29th, 2014

The July 2014 issue of Divorce Digest reported on a case involving Matthew C. Arnoux and the law firm of Birnbaum, Haddon, Gelfman & Arnoux, LLC. Arnoux represented the father of two children who were taken by their mother without notice from South Africa to the United States. The judge ruled in favor of BHGA’s […] ... [Read more]

Arnoux Settles Case Against Employer for Improperly Withholding Child Support

Thursday, July 17th, 2014

  Matthew C. Arnoux recently settled a case for a client who sued the employer of the ex spouse for failing to withhold the proper amount of child support. It was the third time in the last two years that Birnbaum, Haddon, Gelfman & Arnoux has secured a recovery against an employer for improper child […] ... [Read more]

Divorce Digest Reports on Custody Case

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

The June 2014 issue of Divorce Digest reported on a case involving Matthew C. Arnoux and the law firm of Birnbaum, Haddon, Gelfman & Arnoux, LLC. The article describes a case where BHGA represented the mother of four children whose ex husband filed a petition to change custody. Before Arnoux became involved in the case, […] ... [Read more]

Attorney Jonathan Bereman Joins BHGA

Friday, May 30th, 2014

Attorney Jonathan J. Bereman recently joined Birnbaum Haddon Gelfman & Arnoux LLC. A 2013 graduate of the University of Dayton School of Law, Jonathan was admitted to the Illinois bar last year. He has worked as a volunteer attorney at the Legal Aid Society of Metropolitan Family Services representing clients in all areas of family […] ... [Read more]

Divorce Digest Highlights BHGA Case on Multiple Relationships and Custody

Friday, March 7th, 2014

The February 2014 issue of Divorce Digest reported on a case involving Jessica A. Smith and Stuart G. Gelfman of Birnbaum, Haddon, Gelfman & Arnoux, LLC. The article describes how multiple relationships — in this case, a mother who had children with three different fathers — can be a relevant factor in determining what is […] ... [Read more]

BHGA Wins Reversal in Child Support Case

Friday, January 24th, 2014

The law firm of Birnbaum, Haddon, Gelfman & Arnoux filed and secured an appellate court reversal in its client’s favor in mid-January while a case that involved child support was pending. BHGA represented a woman whose ex-husband owns three Wrigleyville rooftops, along with other business interests. He had filed a petition to modify the current […] ... [Read more]

BHGA Prevails in Hague Convention Case

Monday, September 2nd, 2013

After a hotly contested six-day trial, Matthew C. Arnoux of Birnbaum, Haddon, Gelfman & Arnoux LLC and attorney Erin Masters recently secured a court order from the Domestic Relations Division of the Cook County Circuit Court requiring the return of a 2½-year-old child to Ontario, Canada. Arnoux and Masters represented the father, who sought return […] ... [Read more]

Trying to Avoid Adding Pain in Divorce

Saturday, August 10th, 2013

There are two types of divorce lawyers, says James T. Haddon of Birnbaum, Haddon, Gelfman & Arnoux LLC. Some love to fight and spend a lot of time in court. Others are settlement-oriented. Haddon unmistakably belongs to the latter group. When he learns who his opposing counsel is in a divorce ... [Read more]

Jessica A. Smith Featured in Law Bulletin Article on Female Family Law Attorneys

Monday, July 8th, 2013

Birnbaum Haddon Gelfman & Arnoux LLC attorney Jessica Smith was interviewed on June 13, 2013, in the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin. The article describes a new group of young, female attorneys who practice family law in Chicago. Cook County Circuit Court Judge Michele F. Lowrence founded the organization. ... [Read more]

Resilience, Humor, and a Little Magic

Monday, October 24th, 2011

Nobody ever remembers the whole sonnet attached to the Statue of Liberty. It is the lament of Jacalyn Birnbaum, a member at Nadler Pritikin & Mirabelli LLC who can recite Emma Lazarus’ “The New Colossus” with obvious passion and energy. Birnbaum views the Statue of Liberty not just as a patriotic symbol but a role model, a compassionate and nonjudgmental figure she seeks to emulate in her family law practice. ... [Read more]

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin Article on Firm’s Founding

Friday, August 5th, 2011

The founding of the new firm Birnbaum Haddon Gelfman & Arnoux LLC was the subject of an August 4, 2011, article in the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin titled “New local family law firm opens doors with 9 attorneys.” John Flynn Rooney, a Law Bulletin staff writer, authored the news story. Download this Article in PDF format […] ... [Read more]