Attorney Biography

Rob Hurley

Rob Hurley has been a Chicago divorce and family law attorney for over 25 years.  His practice in family law includes divorce, parentage, child custody (allocation of parental responsibilities), visitation (parenting time), child support, grandparents’ rights, orders of protection and post-decree matters.  He is a veteran of many divorce and family law cases and trials in which he has represented clients of diverse backgrounds and financial means who have confronted a wide variety of domestic relations issues.

Altogether, Rob has been a Chicago attorney for over 30 years.  Rob’s first job as a lawyer was as an Assistant State’s Attorney in the Public Interest Bureau of the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office, where he served for five years prosecuting child support and consumer fraud cases.  He has since been in private practice, mainly as a solo practitioner.  He has also served as the Legal Director of Cabrini Green Legal Aid, which boasts a high-quality family law practice.  Rob now concentrates solely in the practice of family law.

Since 1999, Rob has been approved by the Presiding Judge of the Domestic Relations Division of the Circuit Court of Cook County to represent children involved in custody and visitation disputes between their parents.  His appointments have included those as the Child Representative for the children and as Guardian Ad Litem.

Rob received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Government and International Studies from the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana.  He earned his law degree from the Columbia Law School in New York City.  While attending law school, he was a legal intern at the Legal Aid Society in its housing law program, helping clients fight evictions and improve the living conditions in their apartments.  After law school and before joining the State’s Attorney’s Office, Rob was a tenant union organizer for FHA Tenants United in Chicago, where he organized tenant unions in federally-subsidized housing projects to improve housing conditions and maintain affordable rents for low-income tenants.

Rob is admitted to the practice of law in Illinois and in New York.  He also is admitted to the Federal District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.  He is a member of the Chicago Bar Association.

Rob’s volunteer activities include serving as a member of the Advisory Board of the Lawndale Christian Legal Center, which represents youths and young adults involved in the juvenile justice system and in the adult criminal courts.  He was a volunteer attorney for the Coordinated Advice and Referral Program for Legal Services (CARPLS) in Chicago, where he provided advice and counsel to low-income clients in the areas of family law, consumer debt and landlord-tenant matters.  He was formerly a volunteer mediator for the Court Facilitator Program of the Circuit Court of Cook County, where he mediated disputes between pro se litigants in post-decree divorce cases.  For over ten years, Rob was a volunteer mediator with the Center for Conflict Resolution in Chicago, where he mediated disputes between neighbors, customers and merchants, tenants and landlords and the like.  He also conducted court-adjunct mediations in Housing Court cases and assisted in the training of new mediators.

Rob’s pastime activities include reading, cooking and watching good movies.

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