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JUDY A. GOLDSTEIN

Attorney-Mediator

Judy Goldstein is a lifelong resident of Chicago and the south suburbs.  She holds bachelors and masters degrees from the University of Illinois at Champaign, and the equivalent of a doctorate from Northern Illinois University.  She taught high school special education for fourteen years and attended law school during her final three years of teaching.  She received her law degree from DePaul University College of Law in 1986 and has been in private practice since she was admitted to the bar that same year.  She is also trained as a mediator for family issues, and as a guardian ad litem (GAL) or child's representative on behalf of the children of parties in domestic disputes.


Ms. Goldstein prides herself in her professionalism and high ethical standards.  She prefers a casual office atmosphere so that clients are as comfortable as possible when discussing stressful personal matters.  Her client base consist of men, women and children as well as business entities.  Her approach to the practice of law is one of client's rights, rather than men's rights or women's rights, since she believes she can best represent her client when she is able to see all aspects of that client's case.


Ms. Goldstein encourages her clients to fully participate in their own cases.  To that end, she makes every effort to keep each client informed of the progress of his or her case so that the client is able to make educated decisions.  Although willing and ready to appear in court and litigate as needed, Ms. Goldstein prefers negotiating settlements whenever possible.  Negotiated settlements allow clients to assist in making decisions that alter their lives rather than leaving important decisions up to the judge.


A 1986 graduate of the DePaul University College of Law, Ms. Goldstein is admitted to practice in all Illinois State Courts.  She is also admitted to practice in the federal Courts in the Northern Districts of Illinois and Indiana as well as the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeal.  She is especially proud that she was admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court in 1994.  She recognizes the need to continually hone her skills and update her knowledge base.  To that end she attends as many seminars and conferences as she can fit into her busy schedule.


When away from the office, Ms. Goldstein is active in the rescue of  racing greyhounds.  She is presently “owned” by three retired racing greyhounds and three Italian greyhounds.  At various times, she has housed as many as nine dogs with special needs.


Judy is also a motorcycle enthusiast.  She owns two Harley Davidsons and travels all over the country, weather and time permitting.  She is also Sr. Ride Captain for Region 8 of the Illinois Patriot Guard Riders, an organization which honors those who have served in the military.


In addition to her interest in dogs and motorcycles, Judy collects antique glass, primarily Steuben and Tiffany glass.  She also collects certain modern art glass, including the works of world famous local artist Charles Lotton.  A significant portion of her glass collection is exhibited in her offices.


Ms. Goldstein invites calls to (708) 479-0800 to arrange a consultation. 

EDUCATION

Juris Doctor, DePaul University College of Law, 1986

B.S., University of Illinois, 1971

M.Ed, University of Illinois, 1972

CAS, Nothern Illinois University, 1976

LICENSED TO PRACTICE

State of Illinois, 1986
Northern District of Illinois, 1987
Northern District of Indiana, 1987
Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, 1987
United States Supreme Court, 1995

PROFESSIONAL & BAR ASSOCIATION MEMBERSHIPS

Illinois State Bar Association
Member - Family Law Section

Will County Bar Association
Member - Family Law and Juvenile Law Committees

South Suburban Bar Association (former)
Board Member - 3 years