Education
Northwestern University School of Continuing Studies, Divorce Mediation Certificate (2016)
DePaul University, College of Law, Juris Doctorate (2009)
University of Phoenix, Master of Arts, Organizational Management (2005)
Duke University, Bachelor of Arts, Biological Anthropology & Anatomy (1998)

Evan D. Whitfield brings a 21st century touch to family law. As a former elite athlete having competed on a world stage, Whitfield brings the same tenacity, discipline and commitment to his family law practice. His unique perspective and diverse leadership experiences on the field have translated to courtroom success. Whitfield is an astute legal strategist whose focus, determination and competitive spirit are equally matched with his personable, relationship focused style of counsel. He connects with his clients and collaborates with them to bring about the best possible result for their cases. Whitfield makes the complex understandable, builds trust quickly and shepherds his clients through difficult terrain with ease.

Whitfield has made his mark as a family law counselor being recognized by many in the industry most recently as a 2017 Illinois Rising Stars by Super Lawyers Magazine for the 3rd straight year. He’s also been named to the Leading Lawyer’s Emerging Lawyer lists from 2015-2017 as well as a Top 40 Trial Lawyer Under 40 back in 2014.
 

  • American Bar Association Military Pro Bono Project Outstanding Services Award (2017)
  • Nominated - National Soccer Hall of Fame Veteran (2016)
  • Best Lawyers in America (2016-2019)
  • Leading Lawyers Network - Leading Lawyer (2018)
  • Leading Lawyers - Emerging Lawyer (2015-2017)
  • Illinois Super Lawyers - Rising Star (2012-2013, 2016-2017)
  • The National Trial Lawyers - Top 40 Trial Lawyer Under 40 (2014)
  • Illinois (2009)
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois (2013)
  • American Bar Association
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Chicago Bar Association

Articles and Publications

  • Professional Goals
  • Many Family Types, One Goal: Children’s Best Interest in Custody Agreements
  • Instant Replay Creates All Kinds of Issues
  • Athletes Try to Keep Proceedings Quiet
  • NHL Lockout Affects Support Proceedings
  • Athletes Cannot Avoid Family Obligations
  • In Divorce, as in Sports, The Preference is For A Level Playing Field
  • Child Support Factors Into Financial Woes
  • Privilege Issues Pop Up with “Handlers”
  • Sports World Faces Social Breakthrough
  • Kobe Bryant Fails to See Benefit of Premarital Agreements in Athletics
  • Humphries Attempts A Buzzer Beater on Prenup With Kardashian Via Petition for Annulment
  • Athlete Disproves Paternity in Court and Avoids Paying Child Support
  • Arrest for Domestic Violence Can Seriously Impair an Athlete's Career
  • Expert Advice Helps Athletes Handle Family Law Issues
  • Professional Sports & Family Law: Lockout Does Not Necessarily Equal Support Modification

After a professional soccer career that took him to the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games and to Belgium’s 1st Division of Soccer, Whitfield earned his Juris Doctor degree from DePaul University, College of Law with a certificate in family law.  While still playing professional soccer he earned an MA in Organizational Management from the University of Phoenix.  Whitfield obtained his Bachelors of Arts in Biological Anthropology & Anatomy with a focus in Primatology from Duke University.

In addition to his law practice, Whitfield gives back to his communities by volunteering for the American Bar Association, the Midwest Olympic Committee and Good Sports, Inc. When not practicing law, Evan enjoys reading and quality time with his spouse and young daughter.
 

Speaking Engagements

  • Sustaining Success Summit, Panelist
  • 37th Annual YWCA Women of Achievement Awards, Emcee
  • DePaul Journal of Sports Law & Contemporary Problems – 2014 Symposium: Panelist “Representing the Professional Athlete”
  • The 6th Annual Helen F. McGillicuddy Awards Symposium: Domestic Violence & Families: Panelist “Athletes, Policies and Punishments - A view of new public policies and reality”