Women in Law 2022

GEMMA ALLEN FOUNDER AND PARTNER Allen & Glassman, Chartered A co-founder of Ladden & Allen, Chartered (now Allen, Glassman & Schatz, LLC) Gemma Allen has represented thousands of men and women on matters spanning the entire range of family law issues. Today, Gemma with her law partners, Todd Glassman and Jonathan Schatz, and their team provide the same level of attention to every case, whether it is a simple uncontested divorce or a high-stakes complex case. She is a court-certified mediator in the Domestic Relations Division of the Circuit Court of Cook County and has previously served many families as a Guardian ad Litem/Child’s Representative. She is currently and has been repeatedly selected by her peers as a member of the Leading Lawyers Network, SuperLawyers, Martindale- Hubbell AV Preeminent Lawyer, Lawyers of Distinction, and Best Lawyers. She was also named as a 2017 Enterprising Women of the Year, has been named one of the Dynamic Women of Chicago, and a Woman of Influence, among other recognitions. Gemma is a past president of The Lilac Tree, a resource for women at all stages of a divorce, and also a past president of the Forensic Forum, a membership organization which provided a platform for forensic experts in the family law field to share information, propose legislation, and work to improve the practice of family law. As a long active member in the Illinois State Bar Association, Gemma has served as an appointed member of its Family Law Section Council, was co-chair of the Model Mediation Act sub- committee, was appointed a member of the Governor’s Task Force on child support, and the Task Force on Attorneys for Children. She is also a member of the Lake County Bar Association, Chicago Bar Association, and American Bar Association, as well as the Florida Bar. Allen & Glassman is known for its history of hosting cutting-edge family law Better Beginnings, Fewer Endings Think Tanks ™, bring together judges, mental health practitioners, clergy, attorneys, and other interdisciplinary professionals who are interested in recognizing and addressing serious family law related matters. Gemma is a co-author with retired Cook County Judge (now mediator) Michele Lowrance and financial writer and money advisor Terry Savage titled The New Love Deal: Everything You Must Know Before Marrying, Moving In, or Moving On! so that readers could learn to protect their financial futures. She is an ongoing presence in the media through radio, and has been featured on WGN, articles, blogs, and seminars regarding the many intersections of business, professional and collegiate sports, and family law.




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