"The choices you make in this process can shape the rest of your life. I educate my clients on all of their options, and encourage them to set goals and be pragmatic in securing them."
Jay P. Dahlin is an experienced international family law litigator. He focuses his practice on financially complex divorce matters and contested custody cases. He has successfully litigated cases involving multi-jurisdictional and international child and spousal support disputes, property division, business valuations, child recovery and removal, and enforcement issues. He has also litigated and consulted on matters involving parties’ interests in India, Mexico, Israel, South Africa, Thailand, the United Kingdom, Switzerland and Germany.
Mr. Dahlin guides his clients through the divorce process by educating them about their options and encouraging them to make decisions. His personable and gentlemanly demeanor creates a safe and confidential environment for clients to explore potential paths and chose the one that is best for them.
The legal community has recognized Mr. Dahlin as an effective advocate for his clients. In 2008, the Law Bulletin Publishing Company named him one of Illinois’ “40 Under 40 Attorneys to Watch.” Since 2009, Super Lawyers has named him an Illinois Rising Star. Since 2012, Mr. Dahlin was recognized as a “Leading Lawyer.”
Mr. Dahlin earned his Bachelor of Arts and Juris Doctorate degrees from the University of Illinois. He is also a graduate of the prestigious American Bar Association Trial Advocacy Institute. Mr. Dahlin joined Schiller DuCanto & Fleck LLP in 2003 after clerking for the United States Attorney and the Illinois Attorney General offices and working for a large international litigation firm. He has also served as an Adjunct Professor of Law at the DePaul University College of Law. An avid philanthropist, Mr. Dahlin serves on the Board of Directors of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago.
University of Illinois College of Law, J.D. (2001) (Rickert Award for Excellence in Oral Advocacy; CALI Award for Outstanding Performance in Estates and Trusts) (2001)
University of Illinois, B.A. magna cum laude (1998) (Lincoln Scholar; James Scholar)
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois (2001)
American Bar Association
Illinois Bar Association
Awards and Honors
Law Bulletin Publishing Company’s “40 Illinois Attorneys Under 40 to Watch” (2008)
Illinois Super Lawyers - Rising Star (2009-2013)
Leading Lawyer in Family Law (2012-2013)