Bankruptcy, Estate Planning, Probate, Business Law, Business Litigation, Personal Injury and Family Law Attorneys
When you work with Charles T. Newland & Associates, you are working with a dedicated legal team of experienced lawyers, dedicated staff, and focused professionals. Our Northwest Suburban lawyers focus on handling bankruptcy, probate, estate planning, business litigation, business law, family law, real estate, and personal injury matters. Moreover, we draw on a vast network of attorneys and other professionals to provide our clients with comprehensive legal advice.
Contact our office at 847.797.9300 to schedule a free consultation.
Aside from our experience and the quality of our work, what sets us apart from other law firms?
The answer is quite simple. It is our caring team approach that understands the importance of communicating with you. One of the biggest areas of attorney-client dissatisfaction is the lack of communication. Good attorneys have unhappy clients simply because they fail to let their clients know that they are working for them. That is never a problem at Charles T. Newland & Associates. We pride ourselves on our communication with every client. You should never go more than 24 hours without a return phone call or an email from the attorney handling your matter. If for any reason one of our attorneys is unavailable, you will receive some form of communication from one of our knowledgeable staff member that will do their best to answer your questions, provide you needed updates and advise you as to when your attorney will be available to speak to you directly. We also make every effort to provide you with copies of any and all correspondence, pleadings or other filed or served documents so you know for a fact that we are working for you.
Our Legal Team
Charles T. Newland
Charles T. Newland focuses on handling consumer bankruptcy and foreclosure matters, probate estate administration, contested estates, business litigation matters, and personal injury cases. Over the years, he has helped his clients recover millions of dollars in compensation. After earning his bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois at Champaign/Urbana in 1984, he went on to receive his Juris Doctorate, with Highest Distinction (graduating 3rd in a class of 210) from The John Marshall Law School in 1988.Mr. Newland was recently selected by the American Society of Legal Advocates as one of the Top 100 Litigation Lawyers in the State of Illinois for 2014 and is the recipient of a number of other prestigious awards. He is a current member of the Lake County Bar Association, Northwest Suburban Bar Association, the Illinois Trial Lawyers’ Association, Illinois State Bar Association, and the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys. He is the Co-Chairman of the Lake County Bar Association Trusts and Estates Committee and serves as a Court appointed Guardian Ad Litem (GAL) in guardianship cases.
Jeannette C. Zissis
Jeannette C. Zissis is a graduate of the University of Illinois, where she majored in criminal justice and minored in French, earning her BA with college honors in 1984. In connection with her criminal justice degree, Ms. Zissis studied psychology in a variety of advanced courses. She received her Juris Doctorate from DePaul University in 1987, and was admitted to the Illinois bar in 1987.
For several years after graduation, Ms. Zissis was an associate at a boutique general practice firm where she gained hands on experience in all aspects family law. She worked closely with the lead attorney participating in initial client meetings, motion practice, discovery, financial matters, pre trial and settlement conferences, depositions, and preparing and presenting matters for trial.
When her former employer unexpectedly became ill and was forced to dissolve the law firm, Ms. Zissis agreed to continue representing the firm’s family law clients, thereafter establishing her own practice, Jeannette C. Zissis, Attorney at Law. Since then, Ms. Zissis has concentrated her practice in the area of family law, including divorce (dissolution of marriage), Allocation of Parental Responsibilities and Parenting Time (formerly custody): child and spousal support; valuation and division of assets; parentage (paternity); negotiation of settlement agreements; and preparation of pre and post marital agreements. Ms. Zissis’ client base is almost exclusively from referral by current or former clients. Recent clients have observed as follows:
Jeannette represented me in a long and difficult divorce, and she handled everything with exceptional care and skill. She was meticulous in explaining everything to me, and in showing me options which would be most beneficial to my situation. I have heard some horror stories about other divorce attorneys, and I am so grateful to have had Jeannette working on my behalf. I would recommend her to anyone needing a lawyer for divorce. – Tom (2017)
Jeannette was very respectful and extremely knowledgeable. She listened to me and heard my concerns and then would advise without being pushy. Jeannette always kept my best interests first and foremost. I had many questions and she always took the time to explain every detail. She got me through this difficult situation quickly without prolonging the process. I would recommend Jeannette Zissis to anyone who is having to go through a divorce. – Pamela (2016)
Ms. Zissis is extensively trained in alternative dispute resolution, including mediation and collaborative law as well as an advocate of the newest such model, the “cooperative” resolution method. Ms. Zissis attends multiple workshops and seminars annually, in order to continually improve her skills in understanding human behavior and in assisting people with resolution of their matters in a productive and peaceable manner.
Ms. Zissis’ study of the psychological and emotional effects of divorce on adults as well as children has generated her interest in resolving the changing family dynamic in a less damaging manner in order to minimize the costs, both emotional and financial, attendant to this life altering process. This is particularly true in high conflict cases, where fragile relationships between separating spouses or partners and their children can be either protected or devastated.
As a father going through a divorce with a young child it is a very stressful and emotional time. Jeannette really cares about you, she is compassionate, listens to your thoughts and concerns. Jeannette has the experience in divorce court to help you get a better outcome. – Lou (2014)
Although a non-aggressive resolution to these matters is the preferred course, Ms. Zissis is equally skilled and has vast experience in litigating cases. Whatever your situation, Ms. Zissis will offer personalized attention, guidance, emotional support and common sense solutions to your unique situation.
Matthew R. Hess
Matthew R. Hess is the Founder and Principal of Hess Law Firm, LLC, and he serves as additional counsel to Charles T. Newland & Associates. Mr. Hess brings over 15 years of litigation experience with him, spending much of his career litigating complex medical malpractice cases on behalf of both patients and defendant doctors and hospitals. He now dedicates his practice to representing those who find themselves embroiled in contested estate and trust disputes as well as on estate planning, small business matters and general civil litigation.
A native of the Southwest side of Chicago, Mr. Hess earned his B.A. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2000, double-majoring in Political Science and Finance. He went on to obtain his law degree from Chicago-Kent College of Law in 2003. Now a resident of Wheeling, Illinois, he is licensed to practice in the State of Illinois and the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, and is an active member of the Illinois State Bar Association, the Chicago Bar Association and the American Bar Association.
Legal Assistant, Bankruptcy/Real Estate Specialist. Laura has been a legal assistant for over 14 years. Her expertise in the area of bankruptcy, including Chapter 7, Chapter 13 and Chapter 11 is unmatched. She understands the sensitive nature of these procedures and handles each client matter with the utmost respect and dignity. Laura is also proficient in the area of residential real estate and her friendly approach and communication skills go a long way in ensuring that the client’s transaction will get done in a pleasant, efficient manner.
David has a Bachelors of Political Science – Prelaw from Michigan State University and is a Certificated Paralegal from William Rainey Harper College. With a substantial interest in Probate, Estate Planning, and Litigation, David takes pride in learning and understanding the processes involved with Estates and Trusts, whether it is creating estate plans, executing estate plans, or even litigating them. David previously interned for the Domestic Violence Court Division in Rolling Meadows (District 3) by assisting judges with drafting orders of protection, stalking no contact orders, and long-form orders for a variety of many different cases. During his Internship, David familiarized himself with courtroom procedures and gained hands on experience working with attorneys, clerks, and judges in the courtroom environment.
Moreover, our team is also comprised of a diverse network of attorneys and other professionals. We take great care in choosing the members of our professional network and we only refer clients to those professionals that we have used before and whom we trust.
Over the past 25 years of legal service, we have established and maintained positive working relationships with some of the most prominent attorneys in the Chicago area who practice in a variety of disciplines. Because superior client service and exceptional legal representation is our primary concern, if a client has a legal matter outside of our range of experience, we refer them to a competent and experienced attorney who will handle the matter with the same skill and care to which our clients have grown accustomed.
We also have a vast network of other professionals at our disposal, such as accountants, financial planners, health care management companies, social workers, therapists, and real estate agents.
Our Professional Network
We strongly believe that you are judged by the company you keep. Therefore, we take great care in who we refer our clients to for professional services outside of our areas of expertise. Please know that we will only refer you to those professionals that we have used ourselves. If we don’t have firsthand knowledge of their ability to handle your matter, we won’t refer you to them.
Our Attorney Network
With over 2 decades of practicing law, Charles T. Newland & Associates has established and maintained solid working relationships with some of the most prominent attorneys in the Chicago metropolitan area that practice in a variety of disciplines such as: Labor & Employment Law, Domestic Relations, Divorce, Child Custody and Post Decree matters, Securities Litigation, Insurance Law, Construction Law, Commercial Real Estate, Environmental Law, Patent, Trademark, Copyright and other areas of intellectual property matters. If you have a case in one of these areas of expertise don’t hesitate to give us a call. We will see that you are referred to competent, experienced attorneys that will know how to handle your matter from start to finish with the same care we provide.
Other Professional Relationships
In addition to the networking relationships we have with attorneys in various practice areas we are proud of the working relationships we have established with other professionals, including: Certified Public Accounting firms that do tax work for businesses, individuals, estates and trusts; Financial Planners that assist clients with prudent investment choices for funds obtained through settlement, inheritance and other forms of income; Bank and Trust Companies that serve as executors and trustees for very modest to very wealthy estates and trusts; Health Care Management Companies that provide registered nurses, licensed social workers and other therapists to assist with special needs children or elderly disabled adults; Experienced Real Estate Agents and Management Companies to assist with buying, selling and management of residential and commercial real estate.
Schedule a Free Consultation with a Member of Our Legal Team
Contact our office at 847.797.9300 to schedule a free consultation with one of our bankruptcy, foreclosure, estate planning, or business litigation lawyers.