Badesch - Abramovitch

Badesch - Abramovitch

At Badesch Abramovitch, we are dedicated to using our considerable skills to help men, women and children resolve issues they may encounter in the area of family law in Chicago and the collar counties

Firm Overview

We understand the difficulties faced and the need to resolve them proactively, effectively, reasonably and as quickly as possible. We support the concept of mediation and will assist those interested work through that process. We also realize that some situations require an aggressive approach. We have the experience and expertise to effectively handle these kinds of cases as well. Our diverse background allows us to form unique relationships with each and every client.

We will exceed your expectations by providing the highest caliber of legal representation with one on one personal service to help you get the results you desire. Individually, Mr. Badesch and Ms. Abramovitch have gained the respect of their peers. Together, we are confident that we can provide our clients with sophisticated legal representation that they deserve.
Main Office
Main Office
120 North LaSalle Street
Suite 1030
Chicago  IL  60602
  • (312) 372-1639
  • (312) 372-5606
Divorce or dissolution of marriage is the ending of a marriage before the death of either spouse, which can be contrasted with an annulment, which is a declaration that a marriage is void, though the effects of marriage may be recognized in such unions, such as spousal support, child custody and distribution of property.
Child Custody
Child Custody
Child custody and guardianship are legal terms which are sometimes used to describe the legal and practical relationship between a parent and his or her child, such as the right of the parent to make decisions for the child, and the parent's duty to care for the child.

Tina Abramovitch

Tina Abramovitch is a founding partner of BadeschAbramovitch, LLC. Tina received her Bachelor of Arts Degree from McGill University in Montreal, Canada, in 1998. She attended DePaul University College of Law in Chicago, where she received her Juris Doctorate in 2002, along with a Certificate in Family Law. She has devoted her practice and efforts exclusively to Family Law matters since her early days in law school. Tina carries extraordinary experience, knowledge, and insight into the practice of family law, thanks to her boundless energy and dedication to the field and to her clientele. Tina's strong client advocacy and steadfast dedication to each of her clients permeates all aspects of her domestic relations practice.

Tina has successfully represented individuals on numerous multi-faceted issues throughout Illinois, including but not limited to: marital dissolution; paternity; custody; visitation; child support and maintenance issues; asset identification and allocation; valuation and disposition of substantial business interests; pre and postnuptial agreements; post-decree enforcement litigation; gay and lesbian family law, invalidity of marriage; legal separation; adoption; orders of protection; and jurisdictional matters. Her colleagues and her opponents alike attribute her high frequency of success for her clients to her exceptionally persuasive demeanor.

She is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association (Family Law Section), the Chicago Bar Association (Matrimonial Law Committee) Women's Bar Association, and the Chicago Council of Lawyers. Tina was born in Montreal, Canada. She speaks fluent French, and is conversant in Hebrew and Yiddish.

Robert T. Badesch

Robert Badesch received his law degree from DePaul University College of Law in 1975. Badesch spent the first 10 years of his legal career as an Assistant Public Defender where he represented indigent defendants in trial courts, Appellate Courts and the Illinois Supreme Court. Since 1985, Mr. Badesch has devoted his practice to family law, representing men, women and children in Chicago and the surrounding counties. In addition to his full time practice, Mr. Badesch was an Adjunct Professor of Law at Depaul University, teaching classes in Divorce Law, Legal Drafting, and Advanced Issues in Divorce. He also has extensive experience dealing with families with children with special needs.

Since the inception of the award, Mr. Badesch has been named as a Leading Lawyer in Illinois Family Law, an honor selected by his peers as one of the Top 5% of Illinois Divorce lawyers. He has also lectured to judges, his fellow attorneys and law students on issues involving divorce law, ethics, trial advocacy and civility.

Mr. Badesch is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association and served on the Board of Governors of the Chicago Council of Lawyers. He is also on the Board of Directors of the Appleseed Fund for Justice. Mr. Badesch's all around trial experience makes him a highly skilled and strategic litigator and has well served his clients in cases involving property rights, support issues, paternity, prenuptial agreements, custody and visitation issues.

Nicole McKinnon

Nicole McKinnon graduated magna cum laude and received a Certificate in Family Law from the DePaul University College of Law. While in law school, she was awarded a grant to work in the Family Law division of the Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago. She began her career at BadeschAbramovitch as a law clerk and became an associate with the firm upon graduation in 2006. She is appointed to the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services' Child Support Advisory Committee. Nicole is a Member of the Board of the Governors of the Chicago Council of Lawyers and in 2012 received a Special Recognition Award for her pro bono work with the Council of Lawyers/Chicago Appleseed. She is also member of the Illinois State Bar Association and Chicago Bar Association.

Cory Blalock

Cory Blalock received his law degree from Valparaiso University School of Law and became an associate with Badesch Abramovitch in 2007. He is dedicated to his work with children and families. Prior to obtaining his law degree, Mr. Blalock received a Masters of Social Work degree from Loyola University of Chicago and worked as a clinical therapist with children and families involved with the Department of Children and Family Services. In order to gain additional experience, Mr. Blalock worked with the Office of the Cook County Public Guardian representing children in divorce and paternity proceedings.

Mr. Blalock's combined experience in law and social work enables him to represent his clients well in all areas of family law, including divorce, paternity, custody, visitation, guardianship and adoption. Mr. Blalock is also privileged to represent children in contested custody cases as a Child Representative or a Guardian ad Litem.

Mr. Blalock is a member of the American Bar Association, the Illinois State Bar Association, the Chicago Bar Association and the National Association of Social Workers.

William A. McSurley

William McSurley graduated at the top of his class at University of Illinois, Chicago, where he earned his bachelor's degree with the summa cum laude distinction and with Highest Honors. While a student at the university, Mr. McSurley was awarded a scholarship for pre-law students and was chosen for induction into the nation's oldest and most esteemed academic honor societyPhi Beta Kappa.

Following these achievements, Mr. McSurley pursued his passion legal advocacy at the university's College of Law and earned his Juris Doctorate with the magna cum laude honor. Even in law school, Mr. McSurley's stellar work in representing parents and children earned him leadership roleshe was voted President of the Family Law Society and was selected by faculty to be a mentor for law students representing parents in emotionally charged child-centered litigation at the law school's Family Advocacy Clinic.

Mr. McSurley's intellectual rigor and tireless work ethic earned him important internships with judges across the nation. In law school he won a prestigious internship with the U.S. Department of Justice and drafted decisions for the judges of the Executive Office of Immigration Review. He also interned with the judges of the Juvenile Court of Denver, Colorado and the family law division of the Circuit Court of Will County, Illinois. Mr. McSurley's many judicial internships allowed him to develop keen insights into the judicial decision-making processan important advantage in highly-contested divorce and custody cases.

Before joining Badesch Abramovitch, Mr. McSurley litigated complex divorce and custody cases to his client's advantage in Cook, DuPage, Kankakee, Lake and Will counties. As an attorney with Badesch Abramovitch, he furthers his goal of making divorce and custody litigation expeditious for clients and safe for children.

Karen VanderMeer

Karen VanderMeer received her law degree from Boston College Law School. Ms. VanderMeer was a merit scholarship recipient during law school, and an officer of the Children's Rights Group, the Law Student Association's Community Service Organization, and the Public Interest Law Foundation. She also volunteered with organizations assisting victims of domestic violence and their children. To augment her studies, she was a law clerk and worked to establish parental rights for parents having children through gestational surrogacy arrangements and negotiate contracts between the parties. Additionally, she clerked with the Office of the Public Guardian, Domestic Relations Division and was an extern for the Honorable Judge Veronica Mathein. Prior to joining Badesch Abramovitch in 2015, Ms. VanderMeer worked in a small Chicago firm practicing all areas of domestic relations law.

Ms. VanderMeer is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association and the Chicago Bar Association. She is licensed to practice in Illinois and Massachusetts. She is conversant in Spanish.

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