Jennifer Cunningham Beeler

Professional Experience

Jennifer Cunningham Beeler is dedicated to helping families in the areas of matrimonial law, guardianship, probate and estates. When she attended DePaul University College of Law, she focused her classes to earn a Certificate in Family Law as part of her law degree. This concentration has played out in her practice to include preparing pre- and post-nuptial agreements, drafting multi-faceted settlement agreements, litigating business valuation, and advocating in highly-contested child-related matters. Jennifer now has had more than a decade of experience in working with clients with high net worth, complex estate plans, family businesses and foundations.  Her practice combines aggressive representation with skilled negotiation to create optimal outcomes for her clients.

Focus on Resolving Disputes

Recognizing that not every case has to be litigated, Jennifer also holds a Certificate from DePaul University’s Center for Dispute Resolution in Family and Divorce Mediation. She has been approved by the presiding judges in Lake County to serve as a financial and custodial mediator, and in Cook County as a financial mediator.  When parties are vested in the mediation process, Jennifer has proven that she can reduce conflict and preserve assets, resulting in a more amicable resolution to a contentious divorce process.  To compliment this, Jennifer is also a Collaborative Law fellow, ready to work with collaborative partners to explore tailored agreements for creative financial settlements, and personalized parenting plans.

Focus on Children

Jennifer serves as a Child Representative and Guardian ad Litem for custodial cases and is sought after in matters involving custodial disputes, development of parenting schedules, and enforcement of child support, college education expenses and visitation compliance. In addition, to her appointed roles in family courts, Jennifer is selected by Judges in Lake County to act as a Guardian ad Litem for elderly and disabled adults. She is an active member of the Illinois State Bar Association and of the Lake County Bar Association. She is a frequent speaker and author of articles on critical topics in family law.

Commitment to Service

Outside of the courtroom, Jennifer is active in community endeavors.  She is slated to become an elected member of the Lake Bluff Park District Board of Commissioners.  She currently serves on the Board of the Lake Bluff Park District Foundation Board, Friends of Lake Bluff Parks, and has served on the various school boards and several charitable organizations.

In Her Personal Life

Jennifer lives in Lake Bluff with her husband and her dogs. She is the proud mother of two adult children.

Awards

Blue Super Lawyers Jcb

Lectures, Seminars & Publications

Speaker, Illinois State Bar Association, May 2014,

Child Representatives, GALs, and Therapists: What CAN WE Talk About?

Speaker, Lake County Bar Association, September 2014,

Child Representative Training Publications

Speaker, Lake County Bar Association, April 2018

Family Law Seminar:  Representing the Impaired Client

“Pot and Parenting Time – Weeding Out the Issues,” Lake County Bar Association Docket, April 2017.

“When God is in the Prenup – Civil Court Enforcement of Religious Divorce in Islam, Judaism and Catholicism,” Lake County Bar Association

Docket, September 2015. Also reprinted in the Family Law Newsletter of the Illinois State Bar Association, December 2015.

“The Silver Divorce: How to Address Social Security Benefits in the Dissolution of Marriage,” Lake County Bar Association Docket, December 2013.

Education

  • DePaul University Center for Dispute Resolution
    • Divorce and Family Law Mediation Training
  • DePaul University College of Law, Juris Doctorate
    • CALI Award Winner in Trial Advocacy
    • CALI Award Winner in Wills, Trusts and Estates
    • Dean’s List
  • Northwestern University, School of Communication, Master of Arts
  • Illinois Wesleyan University, Bachelor of Arts, English and Business Administration

Bar Admissions

​Illinois State Bar

Professional Associations & Memberships

Lake County Bar Association

Illinois State Bar Association