- Co-Founding Partner
Alan J. Toback has been practicing law for nearly four decades. Mr. Toback focuses on matrimonial and family law with extensive experience in contested and uncontested divorces including matters dealing with custody, visitation, children's issues, paternity, extended family practice, domestic violence, post-divorce modification and enforcement, and pre- and postnuptial agreements. He also excels in cases involving complex financial strategies, business valuations, and tax issues in divorce and family law cases.
Mr. Toback's areas of practice include: Complex matrimonial litigation, Complex visitation and custody, Parentage determination, Post-judgement enforcement, LGBTQ relationships and High profile cases.
Mr. Toback was named one of the top 10 divorce lawyers in Chicago by the Chicago Sun-Times in 2000.
In the case of In Re: Marriage of Walgreen, Mr. Toback successfully defended Loren Walgreen against her in-laws' attempts to terminate her parental rights and adopt her children. In Re: Marriage of Reynolds, Mr. Toback successfully achieved the return of former Congressman Melvin Reynolds' children to the State of Illinois after an alleged wrongful taking of the children to the State of Florida.
Mr. Toback is one of a very select group of Illinois lawyers recommended by their peers for membership in the Leading Lawyers Network for family law. No more than 5 percent of lawyers in Illinois receive this recognition.
Mr. Toback is also highly regarded for his legal ability and ethical standards in the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory. Martindale-Hubbell is the world's leading source of information for the legal profession. The Law Directory is the primary research source used by attorneys when they need authoritative data on their colleagues.
Published Legal Writing:
Mr. Toback has authored numerous articles and nationally published books:
Maintenance, Illinois State Bar Association, Family Law Handbook.
Removal: A Historical and Practical Perspective, Illinois Family Law Report (1992).
Changes to IMDMA May Make It Easier for Spouses to Obtain Maintenance, The Chicago Daily Law Bulletin (1992).
Dissipation of Marital Assets: A Review and Criticism, Illinois Bar Journal (1991).
Domestic Relations: Quick Guide for the Legal Assistant, IICLE (1989).? In Paternity Proceedings - Toback and Lake authored chapter 63.
Family Law & Practice (Matthew Bender, 1986).
Refusal to Submit to Paternity Blood-Testing: A Legal Quagmire, Illinois Family Law at 1 (with Steven R. Lake, 1984).
Panelist: Trial of a Divorce Case - Young Lawyers Section of the Chicago Bar Association (1998); Judge/Evaluator, The National Criminal Justice Trial Advocacy Competition, American Bar Association Criminal Justice Division and The John Marshall Law School, 1998; Moderator: Attorney/Judge, Business Valuation Panel Discussion; Achieving the Goal: Litigation Issues - Business Valuations - Clifton Gunderson L.L.C., Northbrook, Ill. (1998); Effective Solutions: Litigation Issues (1997) Valuation Case Law Update, Berger Goldstein & Co., Northbrook, Illinois (1997); Third Party Practice In Custody Cases - AAML DuPage County (1996); Issues Affecting Valuations of Closely Held Corporate Practices and Personal Service Practices - Critical Solutions Litigation Issues 1996, Berger Goldstein & Co., Northbrook, Illinois (1996); Zells and Beyond - Business Valuations and Goodwill - Illinois State Bar Association Mid-Year Meeting (1994); Moderator: Family Law Update - Illinois State Bar Association Annual Meeting (1994); Dissipation Current Court Trends; and Tips on Presenting Your Case. Chicago Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division - Getting the Financial Edge (1994); Family Law Case Update - Illinois State Bar Association Mid-Year Meeting (1993); Newsletter Editor, Illinois State Bar Association, Dissipation Update Recent Cases are Changing The Way Courts Look at Dissipation - The Young Lawyers Section of the Chicago Bar Association (1993); Recent Case Developments - Illinois State Bar Association Mid-year meeting (1992); Maintenance Law Update - Illinois State Bar Association Annual Meeting (1992); Child Support and The Guidelines - The Young Lawyers Section of the Chicago Bar Association (1991); Instructor: Discovery for Matrimonial Lawyer - The Cash Business Finding Income and Assets IICLE (1991); The Great Dissipation Debate - Illinois Chapter - American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (1990);Illinois Family Law Basic Concepts and Special Problems, Paternity Cases, IICLE (1988).
Areas of Practice
- Complex Matrimonial Litigation
- Complex Visitation and Custody
- Parentage Determination
- Post Judgment Enforcement
- LGBTQ Family Law
- Illinois, 1982
- U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois, 1982
- The John Marshall Law School, Chicago, Illinois
- J.D. - 1982
- Honors: With Distinction
- State University of New York at Albany
HONORS AND AWARDS
- Attorney Alan Jay Toback has Achieved the AV Preeminent®Rating - the Highest Possible Rating from Martindale-Hubbell®.
PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS AND MEMBERSHIPS
- Illinois State Bar Association, Family Law Section Council, Past Chair
- American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Illinois Chapter President, 1998, 2000
- Chicago Bar Association Matrimonial Law Committee
- Illinois Family Support Enforcement Association, Director-at-Large, 2001 to 2002
- American Bar Association