Attorney Profiles - Child:David Goldman

David M. Goldman


David Goldman's first job after college was at a family-owned print shop, working the folding machine. Over the course of 10 years, he worked his way up through the ranks of production, then sales and ultimately management. Spurred by the death of his father, Goldman followed through on his undergraduate aspirations of attending law school. During his last five years at the print shop, he got married, started a family and worked full-time, all while enrolled in night classes at DePaul University College of Law.

Understanding the printing process provided an invaluable, formative education in developing a sense of urgency, anticipating deadlines, and understanding corporate structure and functions. But more to the point: "Once I became management, I was faced with a steady stream of account executives from ad agencies, most of whom were aggressive, neurotic and operating under great pressure. And learning to contend with them," Goldman says with a laugh, "was excellent preparation for arguing cases in family court."

Since then, during his 20 years of practicing family law, Goldman has seen society in general become far more litigious. And while the dictates and limitations of the legal system necessitate that most cases end in settlement, he says parties in divorce proceedings have become more reluctant to accept this reality.

"People are now far more willing to argue the smaller points of a divorce," he says, "This means that a lawyer must be more adroit in order to reach a settlement." Goldman thinks the rising difficulty in reaching settlements doesnt change the fact that most cases will nonetheless need to settle out of court. So his role becomes achieving a successful, satisfying outcome by "using finesse to get the opposition to do what they were probably going to have to do anyway."

In the emotionally charged atmosphere of divorce proceedings, Goldman believes he serves his clients best with his calm, even-handed and savvy approach. "Many people who come looking for my kind of representation have a vision of very combative proceedings. I impress upon them that often it really is in their best interests to settle. I believe my clients appreciate this candor and trust that my counsel comes not from a position of wanting to avoid conflict, but rather from a position of thoroughly understanding the workings of family law and how to avoid mistakes."

"Other lawyers say they regard me as agreeable and cooperative, which facilitates negotiating for my clients," he explains. "Although we strive for a resolution, I offer my clients traditional representation, not mediation. I love doing battle for them, and go into the courtroom with a complete command of their case."

Goldman balances his professional devotion with many outside interests, including hockey, canoeing, camping and an appreciation for opera, symphonic music and jazz. He is an avid photographer, and visitors to his office are sure to find on display the latest location photos from his travels.

Admitted to the Bar

1981, Illinois and US District Court, Northern District of Illinois


University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, B.A., 1971

DePaul University College of Law, J.D., 1981

Professional Memberships

American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Member, 1997-present

Accomplishments and Publications

Approved Child Representative, Circuit Court of Cook County, 1998-present

Listed in Leading Lawyers; Illinois' Top Divorce Lawyers

Community Response Oak Park, Board Member, 1999-2001

Oak Park Temple, Board Member, 1997-1998

Vital Bridges, Board Member, 2001-2009

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