Gregory C. Maksimuk
"I help my clients feel secure in a time of uncertainty and high conflict by attuning myself to their needs, actively guiding them through their cases, and aggressively advocating for their interests."
Greg has devoted his entire professional career to helping clients involved in complex divorces move their cases efficiently toward resolution and achieve the best possible outcomes. He works on all aspects of family law, but concentrates on complicated high-net-worth financial matters for C-suite executives, business owners, and their spouses. He is equally skilled in resolving complex custody and visitation matters.
Recognized as an Illinois Super Lawyer Rising Star and Leading Lawyer, Greg is sensitive to the turmoil and confusion that accompany the divorce process. He puts his clients at ease by assuring they have a clear understanding of what to expect as the process unfolds and by educating them on what the law provides. Aligning expectations with case realities also leads to greater comfort and clarity.
From the beginning to the end of the process, Greg skillfully guides—and stands by—his clients. He helps clarify goals and develops the most appropriate plan and strategy to achieve them. Highly communicative and responsive, Greg keeps clients well-informed, and keeps his promises. He clearly explains the upside and downside of decisions that must be made along the way, as well as the potential outcomes available.
With in-depth knowledge of the law and superb strategic, negotiation, mediation, and trial/litigation skills, Greg tailors his approach to the needs and circumstances of each client, pursuing a cooperative, negotiated settlement when appropriate and viable. When settlement is not viable, he is always prepared and ready for trial. As a trial lawyer, Greg has a reputation for integrity and for being creative, tenacious, and willing to stand up for his clients to protect and secure their futures.
His prowess in high-stakes financial matters includes division of assets, including stock options; income determinations; interpretation of employment agreements and benefits; and the allocation and division of qualified and non-qualified benefits.
Regardless of whether resolution is obtained through negotiation or litigation, Greg’s broad objective is always the same: to provide exceptional service and value to his clients and assure their satisfaction.
Greg has held a number of leadership roles throughout his career. While he has served in many capacities, some notable examples include serving: as President of the Kane County Bar Association, a board member of DuPage Children's Museum Next Gen Board, director of the Kane County Bar Foundation, and member of the Assembly for the Illinois State Bar Association (which is the Supreme policy-making body of that organization).
He earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Bradley University, where he majored in business administration and management, with a concentration on legal studies in business, and minored in economics. He earned his Juris Doctor from the John Marshall Law School, where he was a member of the Corporation Law Association.
He also obtained advanced training in matrimonial law litigation at the American Bar Association’s Family Law Trial Advocacy Institute held at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. In addition, he has received mediation training from nationally recognized mediators, authors and educators.
Awards and Honors
Leading Lawyers (2015-2018)
Illinois Super Lawyers - Rising Star (2010, 2012 - 2018)
The National Trial Lawyers - Top 40 Trial Lawyer Under 40 (2014)
2008 Outstanding New Lawyer Award from the Kane County Bar Association
Board Member, DuPage Children's Museum Next Gen Board, 2016-present
Immediate Past President, Kane County Bar Association, 2016-2017
Director, Kane County Bar Foundation, 2015-2016
President, Kane County Bar Association, 2015-2016
Vice President, Kane County Bar Association, 2014-2015
Committee Chair of Admissions & Membership, Kane County Bar Association, 2014-2015
Secretary / Treasurer, Kane County Bar Association, 2013-2014
Committee Chair of Long Range Planning, Kane County Bar Association, 2013-2014
Member of the Board of Managers, Kane County Bar Association, 2010-2013
Member of the Assembly, Illinois State Bar Association, 2010-2012
New Lawyers Division liaison to the Board of Managers, Kane County Bar Association, 2009-2010
Co-chair of New Lawyers Division Committee, Kane County Bar Association, 2008-2010
Member of Board of Directors & President-elect, St. Charles Rotary Club, 2006- 2008
Faculty Member of the AICPA’s Expert Witness Skills Workshop - American Institute of CPAs (AICPA), 2012
“The Double Dips of Divorce” – Kane County Bar Association Seminar, 2011
“A Primer on Divorce for the General Practitioner” – Kane County Bar Association seminar, 2010
“Child Support Basics” – Kane County Bar Association seminar, 2007.
“Child Support Basics” focusing on the calculation of net income for the purposes of calculating child support – 19th Annual Illinois Family Support Enforcement Association’s Child Support Conference, 2007.
Articles and Publications
“Ten Things a Trial Attorney MUST DO to Preserve the Record for a Family Law Appeal” – Illinois State Bar Association Family Law Section Newsletter, September 2009.
“Avoiding Landmines: Appellate Jurisdiction and the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriages Act” – DCBA Brief, the journal of the DuPage County Bar Association, April 2009. 21 DCBA Brief 8 (April 2009).
“Back to Basics: Preparing a Child Custody Case for Trial” – Kane County Bar Briefs, August 2008.
“Back to Basics: Divorce and a Non-custodial Parent’s Ability to Claim Dependency Exemption” – Kane County Bar Briefs, February 2008.
“Defining a Child-Support Payor’s “Net Income” – Illinois State Bar Journal, September 2007, 95 Ill. B.J. 478 (2007).
"Rehabilitation Complete: The Termination of Rehabilitative Maintenance” – Kane County Bar Briefs, May 2006.