Attorney Profiles - Child:Robert Segal

Robert D. Segal


"When managing the divorce process for my clients," states Robert Segal, "it is important to constantly bear in mind that the immediate and long-term goals of both parties involved are the same: working toward a better future. To that end I encourage handling things in a dignified and respectful way, and I'm proud when I settle cases fairly and efficiently."

Segal credits his early career in corporate law and litigation as well as his degree in Economics with preparing him to handle divorces requiring sophisticated financial acumen. "Litigating commercial and securities cases developed my ability to quickly assess complex financial scenarios. This initial understanding is complemented by thorough research, providing a strategic advantage for my clients," he explains.

Segal is adept at representing successful business owners, investment bankers, medical professionals, attorneys and others who operate at the pinnacles of their respective fields. "During my almost 30 years as a practicing attorney, I've learned that super-achievers frequently struggle with the divorce process. They lose the element of control so necessary in their own careers and, as a result, feel marginalized or diminished by the divorce process. It is my job to ensure that my clients have a voice throughout the process, making sure their viewpoints and legal positions are accurately and succinctly communicated to opposing counsel and the court in the most persuasive manner possible," Segal states.

He believes his success is due to his natural ability to engage with individuals and understand the unique personal dynamics driving the divorce. In recognition of the fact that children of divorcing parents must be protected from their parents' conflicts to the greatest extent possible, Segal says: "I advise divorcing parents to maintain a cordial relationship as a priority, grasping the bigger picture which will enable them to share in future special occasions, such as their children's graduations and weddings, in an amicable manner."

"I always strive to negotiate terms of settlement instead of seeking adjudication via a contested trial. It is much more favorable when the parties control all aspects of their settlement", Segal adds. "I ask the parents involved, 'Do you really want a judge who in all likelihood never met your children to decide where they should principally reside, or how much time they will spend with each of you?'"

Clients comment that Segal's laid-back and good-natured demeanor sets him apart from the stereotypical divorce lawyer. While he is comfortable with his more relaxed bearing, Segal values his reputation in the legal community as being forthright, ethical and fair — a tenacious advocate for his clients both in and out of the courtroom. "I enjoy my field because I like people. I'm proud that most of my business has grown from referrals by former clients. I consider it a real compliment and a testament to the hard and good work I do for my clients that I have formed friendships with many of them following their divorce."

Admitted to the Bar

1986, Pennsylvania, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania and U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit

1987, New Jersey, U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey

1994, Illinois, U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit


University of Pennsylvania, B.A., cum laude, December 1982

University of Pennsylvania Law School; Temple University, J.D., 1986

Professional Memberships

American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Fellow, 2000-present

Office of the Illinois Attorney General Committee on Implementation of Statewide Child Support Forms, Member, 1997-98

Accomplishments and Publications

Course planner and frequent lecturer, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education annual family law conferences

Frequent lecturer, Chicago Bar Association and other legal and community organizations

Author of numerous articles, Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, and featured in Leading Lawyers Magazine and Crain's Chicago Business

Listed in Illinois Super Lawyers; Leading Lawyers; Super Lawyers

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