Gemma B. Allen

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Family Law Attorney in Chicago, IL

Allen & Glassman Chartered
 | 150 North Michigan Avenue, Suite 3600
Chicago, IL 60601
Phone: 312-853-3000
Fax: 312-853-0309
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2010, 2012 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1972
Practice Areas:
  • Family Law
Attorney Profile

Strong counsel and caring support are hallmarks of Gemma B. Allen’s legal practice. An attorney focusing in the area of family law, Ms. Allen and her firm, Ladden & Allen, Chartered, are committed to representing clients with the philosophy of “aggression with discretion.” By combining her unique blend of strategic thinking and compassion with strong courtroom advocacy, Ms. Allen has established her reputation and has been repeatedly praised for her work by peers and clients alike.

In addition to her legal practice, Ms. Allen and her firm have brought together judges, mental health practitioners, clergy, attorneys and other interdisciplinary professionals who are interested in recognizing and addressing serious family law-related matters. She has authored a book and written more than 100 other articles and lectured on topics pertaining to family law. Ms. Allen practices out of her firm’s office located in Chicago, Illinois.

Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

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

Focus Areas

Alimony & Spousal Support, Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Dissolution, Divorce, Domestic Violence, Paternity, Prenuptial Agreements, Marital Property, Mediation & Collaborative Law, Same Sex Family Law


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Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2010, 2012 - 2019

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About Gemma Allen

Admitted: 1972, Illinois

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  • Selected by Legal Leaders as a Chicago Top Rated Lawyer
  • Selected by her peers as a member of Best Lawyers®.
  • Named by Crain's as one of Chicago's 100 Most Influential Women
  • Selected by her peers as a member of the Leading Lawyers Network®

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Completed coursework in Mediation at Northwestern University School of Law, 2014

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Member, Lake County Bar Association, Family Law Committee
  • Co-Presenter, “The Pros and Cons of Using Social Media in Divorce,” hosted by the Lake County Bar Association, March 2015
  • Co-Presenter, “Crossing the Line: Potential Misuses of Consulting Experts in Family Law Cases,” a think tank co-presented with Forensic Forum, March 2015
  • Panelist, “Business Valuation, Financial and Tax Issues in Divorce,” an all-day conference presented by the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, January, 2015
  • Member, The Florida Bar
  • Member, Lake County Bar Association
  • Member, Illinois State Bar Association
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Admitted to the Florida Bar, 1970
  • Admitted to the Illinois Bar, 1972
  • Co-Chair, Model Mediation Act sub-committee, Illinois State Bar Association
  • Member, Family Law Section, Illinois State Bar Association

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Past President, Forensic Forum
  • Appointed to serve on the Advisory Council on Women of the Chicago Commission on Human Relations
  • Past President, The Lilac Tree
  • Serves on the Board of the John Felice Rome Center at Loyola University, Chicago

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • The complexity of family law, the costs of private litigation, and creativity required in a family law practice all mitigate toward the changing role of consultants in the field. While historically we have viewed them as a hidden weapon on trial, now they are often best used for settlement facilitation whenever and wherever possible. The expertise required in a typical case can range from employment issues, tax expertise, intellectual property assets, trust and estate planning and the list goes on. In the most significant area of family law concern, custody, the importance of consultants is magnified because the issues are so close to the heart of both parties. The strategic use of consultants in custodial and other family law areas is both a skill and an art., Author, The Changing Role of Consultants in Family Law, ABA Family Advocate, Legal, 2014
  • Co-author with retired Cook County Judge Michele Lowrance and financial writer and money advisor Terry Savage. A book written about dealing with the last taboo in relationships: truth and transparency over money and financial fidelity. We suggest ways to tackle this difficult topic in a loving, legal, and partnership-oriented manner to build for better beginnings and fewer endings in all relationships...whether younger, older, marriages, civil unions, same gender, or just living together., Co-author, The New Love Deal: Everything You Must Know Before Marring, Moving In, or Moving On!, Amazon, 2014
  • Author, "Unique Aspects of Family Law in Illinois" for Aspatore, Thomson Reuters., 2011
  • Author, "Family Law: A Mission and a Career", Asporte Press, 2011
  • Co-Author, Social Media and Divorce, Lake County Bar Association's "The Docket," February, 2015
  • Author, Intimate Terrorism, February, 2008
  • Author, Divorce Wars, May, 2008
  • Author, Love & Ego, June, 2008
  • Author, Old Money New Love, September, 2008
  • Author, Tracking Domestic Violence, October, 2008
  • Author, The Top 10 Mistakes Women Make in Divorce, January, 2009
  • Author, Laying Down the Law, March, 2009
  • Author, Love in the time of Financial Chaos, July, 2009
  • Author, The New Law of Love (Civil Unions), January, 2012
  • Author, Should You Stay Together?, December, 2007
  • Author, Child Support Chapter for Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education.
  • Author, Secrets of Successful Partners

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • Guest, FOX-TV Morning Show, “Keeping the Love Alive” (Feb. 2015)
  • Guest, FOX-TV Morning Show, “Keeping the Love Alive” (Feb. 2015)
  • Guest, WGN Radio, “Pet Custody and Divorce” (Jan. 2015)


  • On-line at website which includes (1) segment of a Think Tank, and (2) presentation of Sage Awards.


  • On-line ongoing legal news.

Educational Background:

  • Loyola University of Chicago, Chicago IL, B.S. Magna cum laude, 1966.

Industry Groups

  • American Bar Association
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Lake County Bar Association
  • The Florida Bar
Office Location for Gemma B. Allen

150 North Michigan Avenue
Suite 3600
Chicago, IL 60601

Phone: 312-853-3000

Fax: 312-853-0309

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Last Updated: 4/25/2018

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