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Deborah Jo Soehlig

T: 312 726-0440 ext. 205
F: 312 726-1448
dsoehlig@fischelkahn.com

 

 

Member:
Chicago Bar Association
Assembly Member 2010-2016
Illinois State Bar Association Assembly Member

 

Admitted to Practice:
State of Illinois, 1987
State of Wisconsin, 1994
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, 1988
Member, Federal Trial Bar
United States Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit, 2014

Deborah Soehlig is a principal at Fischel & Kahn who focuses on trusts and estate administration as well as complex business disputes.

Her practice involves all manner of probate cases, from contested estates and trusts to estate administration matters. Clients turn to her to ensure estates are handled in the way they were intended, with the goal of achieving mutually beneficial resolutions.

Deborah’s success in probate stems from her litigation experience, which includes handling complex, high-end business disputes such as dissolution of business partnerships and breach-of-contract issues.  She has extensive experience in state and federal court, as well as before administrative agencies such as the EEOC and IDES.

She also handles a variety of employment issues, including discrimination and termination matters, as well as advising on employee policies and handbooks.

Deborah is a member of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Section Council of the Illinois State Bar Association and regularly pens articles for its Bench & Bar Section newsletter. She is also the President of the Greater South Loop Association.

She is AV Preeminent Rated by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest level of professional excellence in ethical standards and legal ability.

Professional Honors:
Ms. Soehlig is AV Preeminent Rated by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest level of professional excellence in ethical standards and legal ability.

Education:
Washington University in St. Louis, J.D., 1987
University of New Mexico, B.A. cum laude, 1984
   
Publications:
Lawyer shopping as a sword: It’s time to stop this abuse,  Co-Authors David W. Inlander and Deborah Jo Soehlig, volume 45, no. 4, Bench & Bar (The newsletter of the ISBA Bench & Bar Section Council, October, 2014)
   
Deposition Advocacy: A Step Too Far?
Co-Authors David W. Inlander and Deborah Jo Soehlig, volume 42, no. 5, Bench & Bar (The newsletter of the ISBA Bench & Bar Section Council, May, 2012)
   
When can a judge judge whether a judge can judge?
In Re The Estate of Mary Ann Wilson, 238 Ill.2d 519 (2010). A  Review of the standards and proper procedure for petition of substitution of a judge as analyzed by the Illinois Supreme Court. Co-Authors David W. Inlander and Deborah Jo Soehlig,vol. 41, no. 6, Bench & Bar (The newsletter of the ISBA's Bench & Bar Section Council, June 2011), ISBA, 2011
   
Teaching and Speaking:
She is an adjunct professor of legal writing at John Marshall Law School.
She speaks at estate planning seminars on fiduciary and estate litigation issues.

Recent Cases:
Recently obtained a significant arbitration award for a client which was upheld in the Circuit Court of the District of Columbia and affirmed in the Circuit Court of Fairfax County, VA.
Successfully defended a homeowner in a mechanics lien case in McHenry County where the judgment was less than half the amount sought.

Reported Cases:

Palmer v Southwest Airlines, Co.,
2009 WL 3462043 (N.D. Ill - October 23, 2009)

Gumm v Flickinger, 2005 WL 2488996
(N.D. Ill. August 31, 2005)

Estate of Klehm, 842 N.E.2d 1177 (1st Dist. 2006)


 


Julie P. Brett

Edward F. "Bud" Dobbins

 Morris G. Dyner

 Joel H. Fenchel

Suzanne Glade

David W. Inlander

Robert W. Kaufman

Ronald D. Menna, Jr.

Peter J. Miller

 Mark R. Rosenbaum

Peter J. Schmiedel

David Seidman

Deborah Jo Soehlig