Mr. Stefani is recognized nationally for his innovation and creativity in both litigation and settlement of financial issues pertaining to matrimonial law, particularly those that require a detailed analysis of complex transactions and business valuations. His work on behalf of mainly high net worth clients involves valuations of closely held corporations, partnerships and other entities, child custody and support issues, as well as paternity and domestic violence.
A graduate of the University of Illinois (B.A. Economics 1988) and John Marshall Law School (J.D. 1994), Mr. Stefani was admitted to the Illinois State Bar in 1994. He is also an active member of the Chicago and American Bar Associations, the Abraham Lincoln Marovitz Inn of Court and the Justinian Society of Lawyers.
Mr. Stefani has lectured extensively on such topics as novel discovery techniques, the role of accountants as expert witnesses, business valuations, grandparent visitation rights, and the Illinois Supreme Court Rules for proper disclosure of witnesses. He has also taught classes at Loyola Law School and IIT Kent Law School.
In addition to his recently published works in Chicago Lawyer Magazine posted below, his published works include: "Stock Options and Other Employee Benefits," Family Law Handbook, Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education, 2006; "Effective Use of Discovery and Other Procedural Techniques," Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education, April 2003; "Discovering Unique Forms of Employee Benefits," ABA Family Law Advocate, Winter 2001; "New Law Regarding Modification of Visitation Rights," Illinois State Bar Association Family Law Newsletter, January 2000; "Use of Requests to Admit, Bills of Particular and Authentication of Corporate Records," CBA, Summer 2000; "Cohabitation Agreements," Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education, March/May 1999; "Accountants as Expert Witnesses in Valuation of Corporations," Illinois Academy of Certified Public Accountants, 1997.
Prior to launching Katz & Stefani, LLC, Mr. Stefani served as a partner at Schiller DuCanto and Fleck, as well as Berger Schatz, two of the nation's largest matrimonial law firms. Mr. Stefani was selected by the Leading Lawyers Network and Super Lawyers Network as a top family law practitioner in Illinois. He was also named a top family law practitioner by Chicago Magazine. In 2010, Mr. Stefani was selected for inclusion in the prestigious publication, "Best Lawyers in America".
- November 2012
Disgorgement of Attorney Fees - Chicago Lawyer
- Janaury 2012
Substitution of Judge for Cause - Chicago Lawyer
- When to Value Assets in Divorce - Chicago Lawyer
- June 2011
All in the Family: Setting of a Support Obligation - Chicago Lawyer
- February 2011
New Illinois Rules of Evidence - Chicago Lawyer
- September 2010
Implications of Bifurcated Dissolution of Marriage Proceedings - Chicago Lawyer
- April 29, 2010
All in the Family: New Amendments to Fee Statute - Chicago Lawyer
- September 1, 2009
All in the Family: Collecting Support and Arrearages - Chicago Lawyer
- March 2009
Abatement of Support - Chicago Lawyer
- November 2008
Rewriting the Divorce Act - Chicago Lawyer
- September 2008
Advice for non-divorce lawyers - Chicago Lawyer