150 N. Michigan Ave. Ste. 1420
Chicago, IL 60601

Jeffrey W. Brend

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Levin & Brend, P. C.

Contact Information

20 N. Wacker Drive
Suite 3200
Chicago IL 60606
Work (312) 726-4440
Fax (312) 726-0029

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Jeffrey W. Brend is a Principal of the nationally recognized family law, forensic accounting and business valuation practice Levin & Brend, P.C in Chicago, Illinois. He is a Past President of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Illinois Chapter. Mr. Brend is a Forensic Divorce Attorney and CPA who is also an AAML Certified Family Law Arbitrator and Certified Divorce Financial Analyst. He believes CALM: Collaborate, Arbitrate, Litigate, and Mediate. He has been featured in Fortune Magazine, Newsweek and on the Sky Radio Network as one of America’s Premier Lawyers. He is the only person in the country who is a fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, a Senior Appraiser with the American Society of Appraisers, Accredited Business Valuator with AICPA and a Certified Fraud Examiner. Mr. Brend has been named a LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell AV-rated attorney and an Illinois Super Lawyer (2007 – 2016). He is an adjunct professor at Chicago-Kent Law School, past chair of the Matrimonial Law Committee for the Chicago Bar Association and Founder of the Cook County Court Facilitation Program. He has spoken nationally to the Association of Fraud Examiners, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the American Society of Appraisers.   Along with being a family law attorney, Mr. Brend is a Certified Public Accountant who is qualified as a financial expert to value businesses, determine net income and complete financial investigations. He has written numerous articles about business valuation, forensic accounting and child custody issues along with the textbook “Accounting for Divorce”. He is routinely appointed by the courts to represent children in complex custody and visitation cases. Finally, Mr. Brend is a fellow of the Collaborative Law Institute of Illinois and a member of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals and is exceptionally qualified to encourage the collaborative process from a multidisciplinary perspective.

Family Law
Forensic Accounting
Business Valuation
Collaborative Law
Financial Mediation




When you are facing a divorce, the need for a skilled family law attorney is a given. But often, economic and tax issues surrounding dissolution of a marriage also demand financial expertise. Dividing property not only has a tax impact, but the settlement you make will affect you for years to come. If children are involved, both settlement and issues of child custody, child support and visitation add to the realm of knowledge your attorney must have to achieve the best possible results to secure your future.

Among a select few Chicago law firms with expertise in business valuation and forensic accounting, Levin & Brend offer a broad spectrum of legal and financial services related to matrimonial law.

At Levin & Brend we are uniquely prepared to investigate and evaluate the value of assets in divorce cases, including stock portfolios, mutual funds, pension plans, 401Ks, real estate, closely held businesses, mortgages and loans. Our attorneys also handle business transactions and document changes brought about by divorce. In addition, certification as fraud examiners and business appraisers enable us to provide further dimension to the expertise we offer our clients.


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Legal Organizations

Member: Adj. Prof., Chicago-Kent Law School, Illinois Bar Assn.; Chicago Bar Assn.; DuPage Bar Assn; American Society of Appraisers; Assn. of Certified Fraud Examiners; American Institute of Certified Public Accountants; Chair, Chicago Bar Assn., Matrimonial Law Comm., 2000-2001; Vice-Chair, Chicago Bar Assn. Matrimonial Law Comm., 1999-2000; Secretary, Chicago Bar Assn., Matrimonial Law Comm., 1998-1999; Fellow, Collaborative Law Institute of Illinois.


Illinois Super Lawyer, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014

CLE Presentations

Speaker for the National Constitution Conferences Webinar on the topic of "Tax and Family Law: Practice Tips and Tax Traps to Avoid", 2010; Keynote speaker at the AICPA/AAML National Divorce Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada on the topics of "Tax Law Update" and "Attorney Tricks and Witness Traps, The Litigation Wars", 2010: Moderator and Speaker at the IICLE Divorce Boot Camp on the topic of "Valuing and Dividing Property", 2010; Speaker at the NBI Preventing Critical Financial Mistakes During Divorces Seminar on the topic of "Failure to Understand Asset Types", 2010; Speaker at the IICLE Business Valuation, Financial & Tax Issues Affecting Divorce on the topic of "Using a Joint Expert: Practical and Ethical Considerations" 2010; Speaker at the Will County Bar Association Child Representative Seminar on the topic of "Three Roles: Understanding the Differences Between, GAL, Child Representative and Child's Attorney", 2009; Speaker at the AAML Ohio Chapter 21st Family Law Symposium on the topic of "Attorney Tricks/Witness Traps", 2009; Moderator at the NBI Domestic Relations Court Judicial Forum on the topic of "Financial Issues in Divorce Actions" and "Child Related Issues and Procedural Update", 2009; Speaker at the AAML Illinois Chapter on the topic of "Goodwill: Personal vs. Enterprise" 2009; Speaker at the Citi-Smith Barney conference on the topic of "Simple Steps to Find Hidden Asswets" 2009; Moderator and Speaker at IICLE Money Matters in Divorce on topic of Goodwill in Business Valuations and Forensic Accounting, 2008; Speaker at the ASA International Appraisal Conference on the topic of "Protecting Yourself Against Attorneys", 2008; Speaker at the AAML Ohio Chapter on the topics of "Business Valuations, "Forensic Accounting and Divorce", "Financial Statement Analysis", "Income Taxes", and "Attorney Tricks and Witness Traps", 2008; Moderator and Speaker at Loman Education Services in Cleveland/Cincinnati, Ohio, Divorce Accounting and Tax Issues on the topics of "Forensic Accounting in Family Law Cases" and "Attorney Tricks -Witness Traps - The ABC's of Testifying", 2008; Moderator and Speaker on Judges' Panels at eh 6th Annual IICLE Family Law Conference on the topics of "Child Support and Maintenance Update and Practice Tips", Dividing the Pie - Property Division Update - Implications for Your Practice" and "Handling Custody Cases Under The New Supreme Court Rules", 2008; Speaker at the AAML Chicago Chapter on the topic of "Forensic Accounting in Dissolution Matters", 2008; Speaker at the 12th Annual Middle Tennessee ACFE Fraud Conference on the topic of "Tracing Assets in Divorce Matters", 2008; Moderator and Speaker at IICLE Money Matters in Divorce on topic of Business Valuation, 2007-2008; Moderator and Speaker at Loman Education Services Divorce: Accounting and Tax Issues on the topics of "Forensic Accounting in Family Law Cases" and "Attorney Tricks - Witness Traps - The ABC's of Testifying", 2007-2008; FBI, Attorney Tricks, Witness Traps, 2006; Assn. of CFE, National Conference, "The Pro's Guide to Courtroom Presentation" 2005; Du Page Bar Assn., "The Differences Between Guardian ad Litem, Child Representative and Attorney for Child," 2005; Chicago Bar Assn., "The Treatment of Goodwill in a Divorce Case" 2005; "Tax Impact on the Division of Property and Determination of Support" Illinois Institute for CLE, 2005.


Wiley - Divorce Handbook, Chapter 19: "Preparing for Trial", 2010; Aspatore/Thomson Reuters - Inside the Minds: Strategies for Family Law in Illinois, Leading Lawyers on Leveraging Alternative Dispute Resolution, Negotiating Alimony and Child Support, and Managing Client Expections, Chapter 1: "Marriage Dissolutionin a New Era", 2010; AAML Illinois Chapter Website Article entitled "Business Valuation in Illinois Divorce Cases - Application of Personal Goodwill Discount", 2008; Accounting for Divorce; Taxes, Business Valuation, Forensic Accounting, Retirement Issues Textbook, 2007; "Valuation Issues, The Accountant's Role in Divorce Forensic Financial Investigation Techniques" and "Ethics as it Relates to Tax Consequences in Divorce," National Business Institute, 2005.

AAML National



AAML Chapter

President, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Illinois Chapter, 2013-2014  

President-Elect, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Illinois Chapter, 2012-2013   

Secretary, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Illinois Chapter, 2012   

Board of Managers, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Illinois Chapter, 2010-2011


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