Kelli E. Gordon

As chair of the Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA) Family Law Section Council, Kelli is helping revise the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act (IMDMA)

Kelli E. Gordon
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Clients don’t have to worry about Kelli E. Gordon’s mastery of the nuances of family law. “I’d rather do family law than anything else,” she admits. Named both a Leading Lawyer® in Family Law by The Chicago Daily Law Bulletin and a Super Lawyer in Family Law by Thomson-Reuters™, Kelli prides herself on helping clients through the most difficult periods of their lives by giving exceptional personal service. “If a client has a question, I make a point of being available and responsive with professional answers.”

Kelli’s experience covers a wide range of family law matters, from the protection of adult disabled children and the division of family businesses, to international kidnappings and unique estate issues, to paternity and adoptions. Her authority on these matters earned her an appointment as chair of the Illinois State Bar Association Family Law Section Council, where she is helping to revise the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act.

Kelli also serves as a mediator, helping families to quickly achieve resolution on legal matters outside a traditional courtroom setting. She works hard to keep up-to-date on the latest developments affecting her clients, from the legal impact of social media to new surveillance technology. She also makes sure interactions with opposing parties are congenial. “Dragging things out is harmful. We’re here to help the family. Getting to a resolution quickly is what’s best so that everyone can move forward.”

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Areas of Practice
Adoption
Alimony & Spousal Support
Child Custody and Support
Children’s Rights
Custody & Visitation
Divorce
Domestic Violence and Neglect
Estate Planning
Family Law
Guardianships & Conservatorships
Landlord/Tenant
Paternity
Prenuptial Agreements
Trusts
Wills, Estates & Probate

Certification
Approved Custody and Visitation Mediator, Circuit Courts of the 7th Judicial Circuit in Illinois, 2007

Bar Admissions
Illinois, 1998

U.S. District Court Central District of Illinois, 1998

U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit, 1998

Education
Southern Illinois University School of Law, Carbondale, Illinois, J.D., 1998

University of Illinois, Champaign, Illinois, B.S., Business Administration, 1995

40-hour Custody and Visitation Mediation training at the University of Illinois-Springfield, January 2007

Professional Membership
American Bar Association, 1998-Present

Illinois State Bar Association, 1998-Present
ISBA Family Law Section Council, 2008-Present, Chair 2014–15

Central Illinois Women’s Bar Association, President, 2005

Sangamon County Bar Association, President, 2011;
Young Lawyers, President, 2005; Law Day Chairman

Lincoln-Douglas Inns of Court, 2005–Present

Honors and Awards
Leading Lawyers

Super Lawyers

Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, 2003–Present

MAJOR CASES

In a custody case where a wealthy spouse kidnapped two children to Costa Rica, Kelli worked with the FBI to bring the children back to Illinois.

Kelli successfully argued for the first bifurcation on account of imminent death in Illinois. A bifurcation is a divorce that allows the parties to be divorced, while financial matters such as the division of assets are postponed. Kelli’s elderly client was dying of cancer, and the bifurcation allowed the client to ensure her biological children would receive a significant portion of her estate, which was not divided from her husband’s property until after her death.

Kelli’s authority on family law matters is so respected that she was chosen to serve as chair of the Illinois State Bar Association Family Law Section Council, which is helping state legislators to rewrite the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act.

Kelli’s family law skills have also been recognized by The Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, which designated her a Leading Lawyer® in Family Law. Leading Lawyers are nominated through a poll of the 60,000 attorneys in Sullivan’s Law Directory and represent the top five percent of attorneys in the State of Illinois.

Thomson-Reuters™ has named Kelli a Super Lawyer in Family Law. Super Lawyers has a rigorous national selection process that recognizes only the top five percent of lawyers in each state.

Published Works
What’s the status of the big family law rewrite?, ISBA Section on Family Law Newsletter, August 2014; Vol. 58, No. 2

Minimum Contacts with Your Out of State Expert, Illinois State Bar Association; Trial Briefs, May 2007; Vol. 52, No. 9

Who is going to Pay for College?, Illinois State Bar Association; Trial Briefs, August 2010; Vol. 54, No. 1

Classes/Seminars Taught
Family Law, Nuts and Bolts, Trial Procedure, Illinois State Bar Association, 2014

Child Custody Litigation: Techniques for Trying a Custody Case from Rehearsal to Closing, Illinois State Bar Association, 2013

Pleading Under the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act and Client Rationalization, Illinois State Bar Association, 2012

Temporary Relief—Emergency, Exparte or Otherwise, Illinois State Bar Association, 2011

Case Law Updates, Illinois State Bar Association, 2010

Inside Divorce Mediation, Illinois State Bar Association, 2009

Support for Non-Minor Children and Educational Expenses, Illinois State Bar Association, 2009

Orders of Protection, Illinois State Bar Association, 2008

Basic Skills, Family Law, Illinois State Bar Association, 2007

Primer on Domestic Violence—Getting Orders of Protection, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, 2007

Strategies for Divorcing Elder Clients with Disabilities, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, 2005

Family Law for the Elderly Client: The Dying Client in Dissolution Matters, Illinois State Bar Association, 2005

Update and Overview of Civil Practice: Service of Process, Illinois State Bar Association, 2005