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Allen & Glassman is frequently contacted by the media for commentary or to request bylined articles on matters pertaining to family law and relationships. The list below contains links to some of those articles. If you are a member of the media and want to schedule an interview with Allen & Glassman attorneys, contact Chris Ruys, Chris Ruys Communications, 312-337-7746 or email her at

Allen & Glassman in the News

Where a couple spends the holidays is such fertile ground for disagreements. But there's a solution.

News that Gemma Allen won Loyola University Chicago’s 2018 Felice Award was featured in Fra Noi, Chicago’s leading Italian-American magazine.

Be careful what you post, share, Tweet or email before, during and after a divorce. Gemma shares her view and offers tips in the current issue of Chicago Woman

Our partner Todd Glassman was named a 2019 Super Lawyers Illinois Rising Star for the seventh year and was among only 2.5% of attorneys in Illinois who were named to the list. In 2018, received, for the second consecutive year, a designation as an Emerging Lawyer™ from Leading Lawyers network. Only lawyers who were most often recommended by their peers are included.

Gemma Allen proudly received Loyola University Chicago’s 2018 Felice Award from the school’s John Felice Rome Center at Loyola’s annual Founders’ Dinner on September 12 at the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel. For photos taken at the event, click here.

Justice delayed can seem like justice denied to children whose basic needs aren’t being met. For a woman and her three sons who’ve been living in England without child support, the situation just got a lot brighter when a Cook County judge ruled Friday that a Chicago consultant must pay $11,000 a month each to the triplets he fathered with the Thai woman. Read Chicago Daily Law Bulletin story here.

The Chicago Daily Law Bulletin shared the news that Gemma Allen would receive Loyola University Chicago’s 2018 Felice Award from the school’s John Felice Rome Center at Loyola’s annual Founders’ Dinner September 12 at the Raddison Blu Aqua. The Felice Award, named after the Rome Center’s founding director John Felice, is among the highest honors given by the university.

For her “tireless work in the areas of marriage and divorce and active participation on multiple councils and boards,” Gemma Allen will receive Loyola University Chicago’s 2018 Felice Award from the school’s John Felice Rome Center at Loyola’s annual Founders’ Dinner on September 12 at the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel.

Todd Glassman was interviewed July 7th on NBC Sports Radio's "The Brian Webber Show" to provide his take from a legal perspective on the latest news in sports. Check it out here:

Gemma Allen was featured as a "Dynamic Woman" in the July issue of Chicago Social and was honored along with other recipients at a reception at The Gwen. For event photos:

Allen & Glassman celebrated the firm’s renaming at a reception held recently at Prime and Provisions. Hosted by the firm’s partners Gemma Allen and Todd Glassman, the event was enjoyed by dozens of guests who nibbled on prime rib and appetizers in the restaurant’s cozy outdoor space. For event photos:

Parenting Trends and Dynamics In and Out of Court from the Child Representative, Guardian ad Litem and Mediator Perspective” is the topic of a Better Beginnings, Fewer Endings Think Tank ™ discussion and brunch to be presented by Allen & Glassman, Chartered, on Saturday, April 21, from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Peninsula Hotel, 108 E. Superior, Chicago. There is no cost to attend but registration is required. 

What an honor! Gemma Allen is featured in the May 2018 issue of Chicago Social magazine as one of the city's "Dynamic Women." Click here.

Online divorce a good idea? In the March-April issue of Chicago Woman, Gemma Allen discusses the pitfalls when divorcing without a lawyer.

One way to begin the healing process when you lose someone you love is to focus on what THEY loved. Gemma Allen shares how she helped fulfill her late husband Albert Nader’s lifelong dream by supporting his company, Questar Entertainment, in their effort to launch an online travel magazine. initially features more than 700 professionally-produced travel videos Initially. Chicago Skyline

In the November-December issue of Chicago Woman magazine, Gemma Allen writes about the difficulties that can arise in a relationship over differing political views.

The Chicago Daily Law Bulletin in its October 9 issue shared the news about Michael Levy joining Ladden & Allen as an associate attorney. 

In the September-October issue of Chicago Woman magazine, Gemma Allen writes about how breaking up can wreak havoc with your heart and health.

Out of consideration for children of unmarried couples and the growing percentage of parents who are live together outside of wedlock, the Circuit Court of Cook County's domestic relations division has eliminated a separate parentage court which was held in the basement of the Daley Center rather than upstairs where other divorcing couple's cases are heard. Gemma Allen is quoted in a Chicago Tribune story, noting that Chicago's court system has rightfully changed with the times.

Noted syndicated columnist Terry Savage writes about the high cost of cohabitation and explains why couples who live together need a cohabitation agreement. Click here to read the article, which mentions the book she co-authored with Gemma Allen and retired Judge (now a mediator) Michele Lowrance called "The New Love Deal." She also offers Gemma's tips on how couples who live together can legally protect themselves, should the relationship end. 

For her success as a business owner, volunteer and mentor, Gemma Allen was named a "2017 Enterprising Women of the Year," an awards program often called "the most prestigious global awards program for women entrepreneurs." Click here and visit page 74 to view a summary of Gemma's accomplishments as they appeared in Enterprising Women magazine

Gemma Allen is featured in Chicago Lawyer's "2017 Women in Law" special section.

Prenups used to get a bad rap. Now they're considered smart, according to Gemma Allen, who elaborates on the issue in the April-May issue of Chicago Woman.

In a recent issue of Chicago Business Journal, Gemma Allen charts her career path, the importance of mentoring, and her advice to others on how to succeed in business and life. Gemma has received the organization's 2017 "Women of Influence" award.

Writing in the March 2017 issue of Chicago Woman, Gemma Allen offers some tips on how to have a good divorce.

News about the Ladden & Allen February 25 Think Tank on the "Uses and Misuses of Orders of Protection” was featured in the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin. For a list of speakers, click here.

In her latest article published in Chicago Woman, Gemma Allen shares tips on how to turn a personal break-up into a gift. — December 2016

Separating the emotional aspects of divorce from the financial realities is so critical. Gemma Allen writes about it in her latest post on Chicago Woman. — August 2016

Britain’s exit from the European Union could have an impact on your finances both as a couple and individually. Gemma Allen explains how in her latest blog post on Chicago Woman. - July 2016

In a Chicago Tribune feature story, Gemma Allen offers practical solutions on getting through a bad break-up. — June 29, 2016

Prenups are about making a love commitment, according to Gemma Allen, who writes about their importance in the June 2016 issue of Chicago Woman. - June 2016

Just in time for June brides and grooms, Gemma Allen discusses the importance of marriage planning along with wedding planning on Fox32’s “Good Day Chicago.” Check it out before walking down the aisle.

The CBA Record published a favorable review in its April-May issue of “The New Love Deal,” a book co-authored by Gemma Allen, Terry Savage and Judge Michele Lowrance (Ret.). - May 2016

In a Q&A feature story in the 2016 SuperLawyers magazine, Gemma Allen discusses creative applications of the law, overcoming sexism and why it’s riskier for clients to dance on tables nowadays. Read it here.

Gemma Allen quoted in a Entrepreneur Article about protecting a business interest in a divorce. How to Keep Your Business Together When Your Marriage Is Coming Apart - January 6, 2016.

Todd Glassman Named an Emerging Family Lawyer in the 2016 Guide to Jewish Living in Chicago

Gemma Allen offers relationship gifts from the heart in FW Chicago -- December 2015

Gemma Allen offers financial tips to unmarried couples who want to live together to readers of Entrepreneur -- November 2015

Gemma Allen and Todd Glassman article on “Social Media and Divorce” published in The Docket, Lake County Bar Association’s monthly magazine. – February 2015

Gemma Allen featured in Fra Noi magazine - January 2015

Ladden & Allen participates in conference on “Business Valuation in Divorce.” - January 2015

Gemma Allen, Judge Michele Lowrance and Terry Savage join WCIU host Jeanne Sparrow, to discuss The New Love Deal, a book that fearlessly explores the financial issues couples confront. Watch the full interview here.

Attorney Gemma Allen talks with WGN Radio’s Bill Moller about the evolving state of marriages, relationships, and divorce, and what legal pitfalls exist for couples today. These topics are explored in depth in the book, The New Love Deal, by Allen and co-authors Terry Savage and Michele Lowrance. Click here to hear the interview.

Gemma Allen joins four other lawyer-authors to offer tips and tricks on making it through the book publishing process. Click here to download the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin article.

The most significant issues in divorce are custody, finance and medical related, writes Gemma Allen in the Winter 2014 issue of the American Bar Association’s Family Advocate magazine. In the article, she elaborates on a relatively new trend to use financial consultants, psychiatrists and other experts to help win divorce cases.

Parental Alienation: Defining the term and recognizing the threat (by Gemma Allen) - October 29, 2014, Chicago Daily Law Bulletin

Magazine review of The New Love Deal. This book is the real deal on love and life, love and the law, and money matters of the heart (Chicago Life) - July 31, 2014.

Gemma Allen quoted in a business article about the high cost of divorce. What happens next in Ken Griffin divorce case (Crain's Chicago Business) - July 28, 2014.

Chicago Divorce Lawyer Gemma Allen Named a 2014 SuperLawyer® - January 23, 2014

Todd Glassman Named a 2013 SuperLawyers® Illinois Rising Star - January 23, 2013

16 years later, think tank series run by divorce lawyers still going strong – September 26, 2013, Chicago Daily Law Bulletin

In digital age, anything you do online can and may be used against you (by Gemma Allen) – July 18, 2013, Chicago Daily Law Bulletin

Modern families will keep lawyers busy for years to come (by Gemma Allen) – March 4, 2013, Chicago Daily Law Bulletin

Chicago Family Lawyer Gemma B. Allen Named a 2013 SuperLawyer® – January 22, 2013

Todd Glassman Named a 2013 SuperLawyers® Illinois Rising Star – January 25, 2013

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Since 2011, Gemma Allen has been a frequent guest on WGN radio, The Bill Moller Show, where she offers her own brand of relationship and marriage advice to listeners.

Check out our photo album with shots from our Cinco de Mayo open house to celebrate our relocation in 2011 to 150 North Michigan Avenue

Articles written by Gemma Allen which appeared in Today's Chicago Woman

Friendly vs. Fierce, How you divorce will impact the rest of your life - October 2013

An Update on Prenuptial Agreements - June 2013

The New Law of Love (Civil Unions) - January 2012

Love in the time of Financial Chaos - July 2009

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Marriage Money Gems With Gemma Allen

Who better to offer relationship tips than Gemma Allen? That’s what BusinessFirst AM host and producer Angela Miles thought when she invited Gemma to deliver weekly “Marriage Money Gems.” So pour yourself a cup of coffee and watch the show which airs weekday mornings in Chicago and in dozens of other markets in the U.S. Or, simply check them out on YouTube at

March 28, 2019
Selling the marital home after a divorce? Take time to consider the options.
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February 22, 2019
Setting and respecting personal boundaries is important in any relationship.
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December 28, 2018
Communication and commitment are keys to working through any relationship issue.
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September 7, 2018
Should you fast-forward your divorce plans in the wake of the new tax law? Here are some things to consider.
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May 2, 2018
In this Marriage Money Gem, Gemma discusses how couples can survive a layoff.
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April 18, 2018
There are steps a spouse can take to protect his or her inheritance.
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February 28, 2018
Money tops the list of what couples fight about the most. Here’s how to resolve these disputes.
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November 5, 2017
In this Marriage Money Gem, Gemma discuss why the divorce rate among professional athletes is so high.
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October 31, 2017
Gemma Allen discusses the MeToo hashtag movement in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein sexual harassment allegations.
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June 12, 2017
Gemma shares the secrets of how married couples can successfully travel together on a business trip.
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June 7, 2017
Money really matters in a relationship, yet it’s difficult for couples to talk about. Gemma explains why communication is key.
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