Jennifer A. Shaw

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Family Law Attorney in Edwardsville, IL

Attorney at Law
 | 201 Hillsboro Avenue, Edwardsville, IL 62025
Phone: 618-655-0555
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2012 - 2013, 2015 - 2017
Licensed Since: 1996
Practice Areas:
  • Family Law
Attorney Profile

Jennifer A. Shaw graduated from law school at Ole Miss in 1996. After spending four years working at Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation, she entered private practice. In 2003, she opened her own firm in Edwardsville, Illinois. Jennifer is focused on all areas of domestic relations litigation with special emphasis on unmarried couples, particularly members of the LGBT community. An active member of the ISBA, she has been appointed to numerous committees and has chaired three of them. Currently, serving on the Family Law Section Council and the Standing Committee on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity, she is also a member of the Board of the Illinois Bar Foundation.  She has served on the Board of Directors for the Illinois Equal Justice Foundation and was elected as its secretary in June, 2015.

 
Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Family Law (100%): Adoption, Alimony & Spousal Support, Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Dissolution, Divorce, Domestic Violence, Name Change, Paternity, Prenuptial Agreements, Marital Property, Mediation & Collaborative Law, Same Sex Family Law, Father's Rights

Focus Areas

Family Law: Adoption, Alimony & Spousal Support, Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Dissolution, Divorce, Domestic Violence, Name Change, Paternity, Prenuptial Agreements, Marital Property, Mediation & Collaborative Law, Same Sex Family Law, Father's Rights

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Selected to Super Lawyers for 5 yearsbottom-image

Super Lawyers: 2012 - 2013, 2015 - 2017

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About Jennifer Shaw

Admitted: 1996, Illinois

Professional Webpage: http://www.jashawlaw.com/

Honors and Awards:

  • Best Lawyers in America, 2017
  • Metro St. Louis Region Best Law Firms, Tier 1 Law Firm, Us News and World Report, 2017
  • Board of Governors Award -- Recognized for service and contribution to the ISBA for work with the Family Law Section Council's Collating Committee on the rewrite of the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act, Board of Governors Award, Illinois State Bar Association, 2016
  • Best Lawyers in America, 2016
  • Pro Bono Service Award, Madison County Bar Association, 2015
  • Awarded for excellence and service to clients., Client Distinction Award, Martindale Hubbell, 2013
  • Perfect "10" rating by Avvo.com, Super Rating, Avvo.com, 2013
  • Client Distinction Award, Martindale Hubbell, 2012
  • Young Careerist of the Year, State of Illinois, Business and Professional Women, 2002

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Illinois Department of Child and Family Services Panel Attorney

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • The LGBT Bar Association's Family Law Institute, Member
  • Member, Standing Committee on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity, ISBA
  • Illinois Bar Foundation, Director
  • Assembly Member, Illinois State Bar Association 2007-2013
  • Diversity Task Force, Illinois State Bar Association, 2008-2009
  • Committee on Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission, Illinois State Bar Association, 2000 - 2001
  • Special Committee on Online Legal Research, Illinois State Bar Association, 2005 - 2006
  • Committee on Delivery of Legal Services, Illinois State Bar Association, 2005 - Present
  • Secretary, Committee on Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity, Illinois State Bar Association, 2005
  • Vice Chair, Committee on Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity, Illinois State Bar Association, 2006
  • Chair, Committee on Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity, Illinois State Bar Association, 2008
  • Vice Chair, Committee on Minority and Women Participation, Illinois State Bar Association, 2007
  • Chair, Committee on Minority and Women Participation, Illinois State Bar Association, 2009
  • Secretary, Committee on Minority and Women Participation, Illinois State Bar Association, 2006
  • Diversity Leadership Council, Illinois State Bar Association
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2005
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit, 2007
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Illinois, 1997
  • Family Law Committee, Madison County Bar Association
  • Diversity Pipeline Committee Member, Illinois State Bar Association
  • Vice Chair, Human Rights Section Council, Illinois State Bar Association, 2009
  • Secretary, Human Rights Section Council, Illinois State Bar Association, 2008
  • Past Chair, Human Rights Section Council, Illinois State Bar Association
  • Member, Family Law Section Council, Illinois State Bar Association

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Secretary, Illinois Equal Justice Foundation., 2015
  • Illinois Equal Justice Foundation, Board of Directors, 2009 - Present
  • Children First Foundation, Board of Directors, 2011 - Present
  • Glen-Ed Junior Service Club, 2006 - 2009
  • Board of Directors, Metro-East Human Society, 2006 - 2007
  • President, Phoenix Crisis Center, 2003 - 2004
  • Board of Directors, Phoenix Crisis Center, 1998 - 2004

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

  • Speaker, Child Custody Litigation: Techniques for Trying a Custody Case from Rehearsal to Closing, Illinois State Bar Association, 2013
  • Author, BELOVED PETS – THE OFT OVERLOOKED LEGAL QUAGMIRE, Family Law Newsletter -- Illinois State Bar Association, 2012
  • The Civil Unions Act and its Impact on the Practice of Law , Speaker, St. Clair County Bar Association, 2011
  • The Roadmap to the Illinois Civil Union Act, Speaker, ISBA, 2011
  • Nuts and Bolts of Family Law, Speaker, Ethical Considerations in Representation, ISBA, 2011

Verdicts and Settlements:

  • In re Marriage of Cheatham, 2014 IL App (5th) 130547-U.  The trial court properly denied the Husband's petition for relief from judgement pursuant to Section 1401 of the Code of Civil Procedure.  , 2014
  • In re the Marriage of Agee, 2013 IL App (5th) 130320-U.  A cross-appeal of all issues was taken by the Respondnet.  The Court's failure to address interim attorney's fees was reversed and remanded.  The Court's failure to award attorney's fees at the close of the case was reversed and remanded.  The award of custody was affirmed.  The imputation of income for purposes of child support was affirmed. , 2013
  • In re Parentage of C.W.S., a Minor Child.  Trial Court's award of custody of an infant to the father was affirmed on appeal, 2010

Educational Background:

  • University of Mississippi with a B.S. in Biology; Member: Beta Beta Beta, Biological Honor Society, Tau Beta Sigma and Sigma Alpha Iota, 1993
Office Location for Jennifer A. Shaw

201 Hillsboro Avenue
Edwardsville, IL 62025

Phone: 618-655-0555

 

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Last Updated: 6/14/2016

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