Bernard B. Rinella

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Family Law Attorney in Chicago, IL

Rinella & Rinella Ltd.
 | One North LaSalle Street, Suite 3400
Chicago, IL 60602
Phone: 312-236-5454
Fax: 312-236-6975
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2005 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1961
Practice Areas:
  • Family Law
Attorney Profile

Mr. Bernard Rinella is a senior founding partner at the law firm of Rinella & Rinella Ltd., in Chicago, Illinois, one of the most prestigious law firms in the United States. He maintains a diverse and high-profile family law practice. Bernard Rinella has been president or chairman of each family law organization in Illinois and he has served national family law organizations as well. Mr. Rinella is a successful, strong advocate for his clients as a veteran litigator, trial lawyer and law firm owner. Bernard Rinella has been selected for inclusion in Illinois Super Lawyers for the years 2004-2010.

The premier family law organization in the country, the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, named Bernard Rinella the Fellow of the Year in 2004 for his outstanding contributions to the practice of matrimonial law.

He has been recognized and honored for his excellence in the practice of family law as evident by the numerous professional awards he has received. Town & Country magazine named him one of America's Top Ten Divorce Lawyers, and he was selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America and in the Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers.

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

Focus Areas

Adoption, Alimony & Spousal Support, Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Dissolution, Divorce, Domestic Violence, Juvenile Law, 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 15 yearsbottom-image

Super Lawyers: 2005 - 2019

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About Bernard Rinella

Admitted: 1961, Illinois

Professional Webpage: http://www.rinellaandrinella.com/Attorneys/Bernard-B-Rinella...

Honors/Awards:

  • Outstanding Service to DePaul University, 2010
  • America's Top Ten Divorce Lawyers, Town and Country Magazine, 1998
  • Chicago Sun Times: Chicago's Top Divorce Attorneys, August, 2000
  • Leading Lawyers in IL, 1999 - Present
  • 2004 AAML Lawyer of the Year
  • Best Lawyers in America, 1983 - Present
  • Fellow, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, 1962 - Present
  • Best Divorce Lawyers in America
  • Woodward/White; Best Domestic Lawyers in America

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Chair, Illinois State Bar Association, Family Law Section, 1971
  • Illinois, 1961
  • Advisory Board Member, Divorce Magazine, 1998 - Present
  • International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers U.S. Chapter Counsel, 1998 - 2000
  • Board Member, American Journal of Family Law, 1986 - Present
  • Chicago Committee, Child Welfare League of America, Inc., 1994 - Present
  • Chairman, Divorce Law and Procedure Sub-Committee, American Bar Association, 1987 - 1989
  • Member, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Illinois Chapter, 1965 - Present
  • Counsel, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, 1986 - 1987
  • Member, Board of Governors, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, 1982 - 1984
  • Chairman, Matrimonial Law Committee, Chicago Bar Association, 1980 - 1981
  • Member, Matrimonial Law Committee, Chicago Bar Association, 1963 - Present
  • Council Member, Illinois State Bar Association, 1968 - 1972
  • Justinian Society of Lawyers, 1968 - Present
  • President, Justinian Society of Lawyers, 1977 - 1978
  • United States Chapter Counsel, 1999 - Present
  • International Academy Matrimonial Lawyers, 1990 - Present
  • Chair, Matrimonial Law Committee, Chicago Bar Association, 1983 - 1984
  • Board of Managers, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Illinois Chapter, 1982 - 1983
  • President, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Illinois Chapter, 1981 - 1983
  • Board of Governors, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, 1982 - 1983
  • Member, American Bar Association, Domestic Relations Section Law Notes, 1967 - 1974
  • Parliamentarian, American Bar Association, 1988 - 1990
  • Member, American College of Family Trial Lawyers, 1994 - 2000
  • President, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Foundation, 2000 - 2002
  • Member, American Bar Association, 1961 - Present
  • Member, Illinois State Bar Association, 1965 - Present
  • Member, American Bar Association, Family Law Section, 1977 - Present
  • Member, International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, 1990 - Present
  • Member, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Foundation, 1990 - Present

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Trustee, McGraw Foundation, 1970
  • Director, Sunset Ridge Country Club, 1995 - 1998
  • Director, Childrens' Burn Awareness Program, 1994 - Present
  • President, McGraw Foundation, 1992 - 1995
  • Trustee, Union League Boys Club, 1969 - 1976
  • Chairman, Younger Members Group, Union League Club of Chicago, 1968 - 1970
  • President, University of Michigan Club of Chicago, 1972 - 1973
  • Member, Advisory Board, Institute of Psychiatry Northwestern Memorial Hospital, 1975 - Present
  • Vice President, Advisory Board, Institute of Psychiatry Northwestern Memorial Hospital, 1983 - 1987
  • Parents Council, Miami University (Ohio), 1991 - 1995
  • Chairman, Board of Trustees, Allendale School For Boys and Girls, 1995 - 1998
  • Member, Allendale School For Boys and Girls, 1961 - Present
  • Chairman, Development Committee, Allendale School For Boys and Girls, 1992 - Present

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Winning Cases Through Show and Tell, Family Advocate, Vol. 6, No. 1, 1983
  • Chapter Author Legal Checklists, "Matrimonial Matters", 1983
  • Guest Lecturer, Panelist, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, 1967 - Present
  • Guest Lecturer, Panelist, Illinois State Bar Association, 1967 - Present
  • Lecturer, Family Law in Illinois, Cambridge Institute, Chicago Bar Association, 1988 - 1989
  • Lecturer, Butterworth Publication, Illinois Domestic Relations, 1989
  • Lecturer, Domestic Relations, Continuing Legal Education, 1965 - Present
  • Lecturer, Domestic Relations, Illinois American Journal of Family Law, 1965 - Present
  • Lecturer, Domestic Relations, Chicago Bar Association, 1965 - Present
  • Lecturer, Domestic Relations, Illinois State Bar Association, 1965 - Present
  • Lecturer, Domestic Relations, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, 1965 - Present
  • Family Law, Illinois State Bar Association
  • Family Law Topics, Chicago Bar Association, 1970, 1980, 1990
  • Associate Editor, Domestic Relations Section of "Law Notes", American Bar Association, 1967 - 1975
  • Lecturer, Family Law in Illinois, Cambridge Institute, 1988 - 1989
  • Hidden Assets, Family Advocate, Summer 1989
  • Illinois Domestic Relations Forms (Co-Author), Aspen Publishers, 1989 - Present
  • Antenuptial Agreements and Malpractice: Is the Risk Worth the Reward?, American Journal of Family Law, Vol. 2, No. 2, Summer, 1998
  • Illinois Child Custody Law: An Overview, Illinois Bar Journal, Vol. 76, No. 1, Sept., 1987

Educational Background:

  • University of Michigan, B.A., 1958
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One North LaSalle Street
Suite 3400
Chicago, IL 60602

Phone: 312-236-5454

Fax: 312-236-6975

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