Attorney Profiles - Child:Pam Hutul

Pamela J. Hutul


Pamela Hutul has years of experience in multimillion-dollar disputes, representing many of Chicago's elite business leaders and families with multi-generational wealth. Having guided thousands of clients through the emotional turbulence of divorce, Hutul knows how to maintain objectivity and practicality to achieve the best results. She also discreetly assists clients in identifying and prioritizing their own personal goals.

Hutul believes her challenge is to manage high-stakes negotiations for difficult-to-value matters while aiming to avoid excessive conflict. She demonstrates the toughness of a strong litigator and the sensitivity to the individual's situation that is necessary to devise creative solutions which settle even the most challenging cases. Along with this versatility, Hutul continually applies the most current insights about negotiation and mediation to craft a successful approach personalized for each client. She focuses on protecting her clients' assets and thus preserving their lifestyles, while at the same time helping them move forward.

"Because divorce brings fundamental change," Hutul says, "I think a major part of my job is to ensure that this process results in a brighter future for my clients. The dissolution of such an important relationship produces a necessary transformation, a platform for people to consciously, confidently redefine their goals. To create a new and improved way of living."

Sometimes a resolution may be coaxed through collaboration or mediation, which may yield increasing degrees of cooperation. "In some cases, however, cooperation is just not possible," she admits. When that happens, Hutul is formidable in the courtroom.

She and her colleagues at Davis Friedman are exceptionally competent in all of the areas relevant to family law. "We know how to leverage the expertise of our firms many members," she says. "There is careful, mindful participation among our talented lawyers, who are widely recognized for their leadership in family law. There is an intellectual honesty in our firm, and our group has a true sense of commitment to a higher purpose."

To achieve the best outcome for her clients future, Hutul draws from her 30 years of experience in navigating, managing and valuing complicated business structures, major real estate holdings and entities, and complex financial planning. Coupled with this technical expertise, Hutul's understanding of recent breakthroughs in neuroscience informs her understanding of how people think and make decisions. Further, she believes her approach to forming a partnership with each client yields better outcomes.

Working with them through the legal process, Hutul observes that her introspective clients find themselves at a crucial intersection, asking: "What happened to the dreams I had?" and "Where do I want to go from here? How do I make that happen?"

"Because my clients are part of the planning process from the very beginning, they are better prepared to participate in the decisions that will define their post-divorce lives. As they enter this new venture of reconstruction, they are well fortified and well informed."

Admitted to the Bar

1975, Illinois


Collaborative Law Institute of Illinois, certified in Collaborative Law, named a Fellow, 2012

Harvard Negotiation Institute at Harvard Law School, certified in Mediation, 2011

Harvard Negotiation Institute, completed coursework, 2011

Northwestern University, M.A. and doctoral work, 1990

John Marshall Law School, J.D., cum laude, The Order of John Marshall, 1975

Lake Forest College, B.A., cum laude, 1970

Accomplishments and Publications

William D. and Pamela Hutul Ross Clinic for Sexual Health within NorthShore University HealthSystems John and Carol Walter Center for Urological Health, Co-Founder, 2012

Committee for the Dalai Lamas visit to Chicago, Co-Chair, 2011

Listed in The Best Lawyers in America; Leading Lawyers; Leading Lawyers Network Top 100 Women Attorneys

Active donor, Midwest Hospice and Palliative Care Center, Personal PAC and Northwestern University HealthSystem Faculty Foundation through the William D. and Pamela Hutul Ross Sexual Health Clinic

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