Jay Frank is a senior matrimonial attorney with more than 40 years of numerous achievements.
He represents a wide variety of clients, including attorneys, television and radio personalities, corporate executives, entrepreneurs, sports figures, physicians, accountants and other professionals on a local, national and international basis. In his practice, he has successfully pursued, traced and valued valuable assets. He also has successfully litigated or negotiated premarital agreements, property distributions, support awards and custody and visitation arrangements.
Because divorce cases are more important to clients than any other case, it is important to Jay that he gets to know his clients personally. Recognizing that everything that means anything is on the table – the children, the possessions, the house, the retirement plan and sometimes the family pet -- he cares about doing the right thing for his clients. Jay truly enjoys the practice, working at it six days a week.
He is supported by the firm’s other lawyers who lend their skills in non-divorce matters, such as accounting, business, real estate and retirement plans, in order to provide a unique and effective team approach for every conceivable issue that might arise in a matrimonial situation. In addition, as a member firm of the Legal Netlink Alliance (LNA), a global alliance of carefully selected midsized firms in 115 jurisdictions around the world, Aronberg Goldgehn attorneys such as Jay have the unique ability to deal with issues arising in other states or globally through instant access to high quality representation provided by LNA members. Jay is one of the founders of the Legal Netlink Alliance and currently serves as U.S. Board President Emeritus of the organization.
SPEECHES AND PUBLICATIONS
Jay frequently lectures and writes about family law issues and has been quoted in the Chicago Tribune and Divorce Magazine, among many other publications. His remarks have also aired on television and radio. In addition to authoring many miscellaneous short articles for Divorce Magazine, Jay's published work includes:
- "Dissolution Judgments from Before the Maintenance Guidelines and Modification/Review of these Judgments After the Guidelines,” 2020 Illinois Family Law Report 10
"Is Co-Mingling in a Retirement Account Different," 2018 Illinois Family Law Report 37
"Can You Depend On That Agreed Order? – Maybe Not," 2017 Illinois Family Law Report 45
"Court's Authority to Ban Counsel From Conferring Wtih Client During Testimony," 2016 Illinois Family Law Report 1
"When Incorporating By Reference - Be Careful," 2014 Illinois Family Law Report 37
"Unallocated Family Support Is Alive and Well," 2012 Illinois Family Law Report 161
"Is an Evidentiary Hearing Required In Order to Decide Your Motion?" 2013 Illinois Family Law Report 93
"Dissolution Proceedings By a Guardian on Behalf of a Ward," 2000 Illinois Family Law Report 202
"Different (and Easier) Requirements for Getting Maintenance," The Lilac Tree Newsletter, April, 1993
“Court Cannot Restrict A Spouse’s Visitation By Excluding a Companion Absent a Finding of Serious Endangerment,” 2003 Illinois Family Law Report 154
"Dissipation: The Importance of Objecting to the Expenditure," 2007 Illinois Family Law Report 122
"How to Collect an Interim Fee Award," 2003 Illinois Family Law Report 209
"Does the Mere Issuance of a Rule to Show Cause in a Contempt Proceeding Shift the Burden to the Alleged Contemnor," 2004 Illinois Family Law Report 186
"Application of the Fifth Amendment in Family Law Cases," 2005 Illinois Family Law Report 2
"An Injunction Can Be Binding Against a Non-Party," 2009 Illinois Family Law Report 17
"Do You Have to Respond to Your Opponent’s Motion—Probably Not," 2011 Illinois Family Law Report 57
Jay was also a contributor to "Steps to Follow In Representing a Client Dealing With a 'Suspicious Entity',” by Hon. Michael S. Jordan (ret.).
Jay joined Aronberg Goldgehn in August 1999.
He is a member of the prestigious American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, a group of the 1,500 best family law attorneys in the United States. Among his accolades, since 2003 Jay has been recognized annually as a Leading Lawyer in Family Law by Illinois Leading Lawyers. He has also been named to the Illinois Super Lawyer’s Family Law list since 2005 and to the Best Lawyers in America list for his work in Family Law since 2024.
- Legal Netlink Alliance, Founder and U.S. Board President Emeritus
- Salvation Army Advisory Council, Past President; Advisory Council Member
- Academy Woods Homeowners' Association, Past President
- The Lilac Tree, Center For Divorce Resources, Past President and Member, Advisory Council
- Chicago Marathon Participant - 17 years.
University of Illinois College of Law, J.D., 1968
University of Illinois, B.S. in Political Science, with honors, 1965
BAR AND COURT ADMISSIONS
- Illinois, 1969
- United States Supreme Court
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
- U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
- Illinois State Bar Association
- Chicago Bar Association
- Member of American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
- Illinois Leading Lawyer in Family Law (2003-2020)
- Illinois Super Lawyer in Family Law (2005-2022)
Jay is an avid runner who completes a number of races each year, including participating annually in the Chicago Marathon.
He is married and has two grown children, both of whom practice law in the Chicago area. He enjoys traveling with his wife to different parts of the world to learn about other people and their cultures.
What is your favorite thing about working at Aronberg Goldgehn? Aronberg Goldgehn is a very unique firm and I feel privileged to be a part of it. The camaraderie and the unselfish teamwork cannot be matched.
What would you be doing if you weren’t a lawyer? I don’t know what I would do for a living if I were not a lawyer. The practice of law is a terrific calling and a wonderful opportunity to help people work through their problems. It’s who I am; I really can’t imagine doing anything else.