Kerry M. Lavelle

PRACTICE AREAS

  • Federal Taxation
  • Business Law
  • Commercial Real Estate
  • Estate Planning

EDUCATION

J.D., DePaul University, College of Law

M.B.A., DePaul University, College of Commerce

Finance and Economics B.A., North Park College

BAR CERTIFICATIONS

Admitted to the Bar of Illinois Supreme Court; Federal District Court; Northern District of Illinois; United States Tax Court. 

BAR ASSOCIATION MEMBERSHIPS

Member of the Northwest Suburban Bar Association, Federal Tax Committee

Former Member of the American Bar Association

Former Member of the Illinois State Bar Association

Chicago Bar Association, previously served on committees in corporate counseling, federal tax and estate planning.

PUBLICATIONS

  • I.R.C. SECTION 482, Tax Implications for Closely-Held Domestic Business Associations , Virginia Tax Review, 1989
  • CONSPIRACY IN CLOSELY-HELD CORPORATIONS , Volume 12, Issue 1, published in the Criminal Justice Journal, Western State University College of Law
  • DRAFTING SHAREHOLDER AGREEMENTS FOR THE CLOSELY-HELD BUSINESS , DePaul Business Law Journal, Volume 4, Number 1
  • THE LEGAL ASPECTS OF STARTING A NEW BUSINESS , published in The Practical Accountant
  • 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.
  • Mr. Lavelle has also published multiple pieces in various Bar Association newsletters, and real estate publications.

PAST INSTRUCTIONAL EXPERIENCES/ SPEECHES GIVEN

Mr. Lavelle is currently an 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. As an adjunct faculty member, he taught courses in Business Law and Economics.

Mr. Lavelle regularly speaks before the Illinois CPA Society and private accounting firms on matters of IRS collection issues, complex audit matters, and detecting, avoiding and defending potential tax fraud cases.

He has spoken at various Chambers of Commerce and Public Libraries in Chicago and the Chicagoland area and was a law and tax "group leader" in a business counseling organization entitled "Insight for Business." Mr. Lavelle is also the former host of NewsMakers, a public policy news/information program on AT&T Broadband, channel 3.

Mr. Lavelle has also addressed several local chapters of the Illinois C.P.A. Society and insurance brokers on various aspects of estate and business planning.

Mr. Lavelle is a former member of the CHICAGO PLANNING COUNCIL, an organization of interrelated estate planning professionals, such as attorneys, CPA's, and financial advisors.

He has taught Harper College Courses in starting up new businesses, and how to buy existing businesses.

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

Mr. Lavelle, along with the other attorneys and staff at Lavelle Law, Ltd. established the Palatine Food Drive in 2002 to support the Palatine Food Pantry in Palatine, Illinois. 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 makes the Palatine Food Drive one of the most successful Food Drives in the northwest suburbs.

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.  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.

Mr. Lavelle is in his sixteenth year as a volunteer attorney for the Clinic for the Disabled and Elder Law (CDEL). Mr. Lavelle has agreed to become the Federal Tax Partner of CDEL, helping administer and evaluate the tax practice CDEL.

Mr. Lavelle has sat on an advisory board of the Palatine Food Pantry.

Mr. Lavelle has worked with Senator Matt Murphy on amending the Illinois statues to replace offensive terminology regarding citizens with developmental disabilities, using more descriptive and sensitive language.

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. 

Kerry M. Lavelle

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