Law Practice Management
Commercial Real Estate
J.D., DePaul University, College of Law
M.B.A., DePaul University, College of Commerce
Finance and Economics B.A., North Park College
Admitted to the Bar of Illinois Supreme Court; Federal District Court; Northern District of Illinois; United States Tax Court.
BAR ASSOCIATION MEMBERSHIPS
American Bar Association
Illinois State Bar Association
Chicago Bar Association, serving on committees in corporate counseling, federal tax and estate planning
Northwest Suburban Bar Association, co-chair of the Law Practice Management Committee
“The Business Guide to Law: Creating and Operating a Successful Law Firm” ABA Book Publishing (2015) http://bit.ly/1J1p0Aa
Why Every Employer Should Adopt a Social Media Networking Policy, published in 2 parts in the August and September 2010 editing of Construction Equipment Distribution Journal. http://aednet.org/ced-magazine/
The Legal Aspects Of Starting a New Business, published in The Practical Accountant
Drafting Shareholder Agreements for the Closely-Held Business, DePaul Business Law Journal, Volume 4, Number 1
Conspiracy in Closely-Held Corporations, Volume 12, Issue 1, published in the Criminal Justice Journal, Western State University College of Law
I.R.C. SECTION 482, Tax Implications for Closely-Held Domestic Business Associations, Virginia Tax Review, 1989
Mr. Lavelle has also been a frequent contributor to various Bar Association newsletters and real estate publications.
PAST INSTRUCTIONAL EXPERIENCES
Mr. Lavelle is a former adjunct faculty member at John Marshall Law School, teaching a course in I.R.S. Practice and Procedure. He worked as an adjunct faculty member at William Rainey Harper College in Palatine, Illinois where he taught courses in Business Law, Economics and courses related to starting or purchasing business entities.
In 2016, Lavelle was invited to speak at the American Bar Association’s Mid-Year meeting in San Diego, California where he presented The Business Guide to Law: Creating and Operating a Successful Law Firm as part of the Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division CLE program. He is a regular presenter before the American Bar Association in matters of Law Practice Management. http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/arlington-heights/community/chi-ugc-article-palatine-attorney-speaks-at-american-bar-asso-2016-02-10-story.html
Mr. Lavelle regularly speaks before the Illinois CPA Society, private accounting firms and insurance brokers on matters of IRS collection issues, complex audit matters, methods of detecting, avoiding and defending potential tax fraud cases, and various aspects of estate and business planning.
He is a former member of the Chicago Planning Council, an organization of interrelated estate planning professionals, including attorneys, CPA's, and financial advisors.
Mr. Lavelle is also the former host of NewsMakers, a public policy news/information program in the Chicago area.
Along with members of his firm, Mr. Lavelle contributes periodic video tutorials on regarding the law and activities of the firm. Lavelle Law Ltd - YouTube
In 2004, along with the other attorneys and staff at Lavelle Law, Mr. Lavelle established the Palatine Food Drive to support the Palatine Food Pantry in Palatine, Illinois. In 2010, the firm expanded the effort to launch the Arlington Heights Food Drive to support the Wheeling Township Food Pantry. As a large-scale food drive, Mr. Lavelle solicits the assistance of supermarket clients and food distributors in the Chicagoland area. Corporate involvement combined with community outreach make these food drives among the most successful in the Chicagoland area. http://lavellelaw.com/palatine-food-drive
Mr. Lavelle has served on the Board of Directors of the Society for the Preservation of Human Dignity (PHD), a Palatine not-for-profit organization serving unwed mothers and families.
For more than two decades he has served as a volunteer attorney for the Clinic for the Disabled and Elder Law (CDEL) where he has also become the Federal Tax Partner, helping administer and evaluate the tax practice CDEL.
Working directly with Illinois State Senator Matt Murphy, Mr. Lavelle launched a legislative effort to amend the Illinois statutes to replace offensive terminology regarding citizens with developmental disabilities, using more descriptive and sensitive language.
AWARDS AND RECOGNITION
In 2016, Kerry Lavelle was designated a Top 100 Attorney in Illinois by Super Lawyers.
In 2015, Lavelle Law was one of 13 law firms nationally to receive the Beacon of Justice Award for pro bono service from the National Legal Aid & Defender Association (NLADA). http://www.nlada100years.org/node/16336
In 2015, Mr. Lavelle became the 5th graduate in the 50+ year history of Saint Viator High School to receive the Distinguished Alumni Award for his professional achievements and contributions to society. http://www.saintviator.com/alumni/distinguishedalumni/winners
In 2014, Mr. Lavelle was recognized by the Palatine Chamber of Commerce as Business Leader of the Year for contributions to the community. http://www.chicagotribune.com/chi-ugc-article-palatine-chamber-names-kerry-lavelle-as-busin-2014-03-03-story.html
In 2014, Mr. Lavelle was recognized as a Super Lawyer in Illinois by Super Lawyers Magazine. http://digital.superlawyers.com/superlawyers/ilslrs14?pg=61#
The firm was recognized with the highly selective Award for Business Excellence in the Small Business category in 2012. http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20120315/business/703159605/
In 2012 Lavelle Law received the Al Knox Award for Ethics. http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20120702/submitted/120709996/
In 2010, Kerry received the prestigious Spirit of Life Award from the Society for the Preservation of Human Dignity for his efforts within the community. http://sphd.org/whats-new/news/phd-honors-kerry-lavelle-with-spirit-of-life-award-raises-money-for-programs/
PHILOSOPHY ON THE PRACTICE OF LAW
As a practicing attorney, and a founding partner of a law firm that bears my name, I take an especially focused view of serving clients. While certain areas of law can be complex, what matters most in dealing with any legal case is hard work and meeting the needs of our clients. Before we begin any work, whether in the office, in a meeting, a hearing, or the courtroom, it is imperative that we understand your needs, concerns, and all aspects of your case. I believe that our hard work yields categorical preparedness. For this reason, I, and all of our attorneys, take time to meet with you, listen to your concerns, and review the options available to you. Once we have a course of action, I assure you that you cannot find another attorney who will work harder and be more thorough on your behalf. These are the traits that make for exceptional lawyering. I also believe that as a business owner, I have a responsibility to commit to my local community and participate fully in the events that are important to the residents who live and work here. Lavelle Law always has, and always will be, a willing and active contributor to the overall needs of our local community and the people and organizations that make it so vibrant and successful.