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Carolyn D. Jansons

068Carolyn D. Jansons (Partner) was born in Columbus, Ohio, in September of 1974. She is a 1996 graduate of Northern Illinois University and a 2001 graduate of Northern Illinois University College of Lawmagna cum laude. She graduated seventh (7th) in her class from Northern Illinois University College of Law and was a member of the Law Review. She is admitted to practice in front of all Illinois State Courts and was admitted to the Bar of the United States Supreme Court in 2006. Carolyn D. Jansons has recently been honored as one of the Top 100 Family Lawyers in Illinois by the American Academy of Legal Advocates.

Carolyn D. Jansons has been tapped for her knowledge in family law to author a chapter on practical instruction to attorneys in the Inside the Minds publication by Aspatore Books. Carolyn authored the Chapter on MEETING NEW CHALLENGES IN SAME-SEX CIVIL UNION AND MAINTENANCE CASES published in Strategies for Family Law in Illinois: Leading Lawyers on Leveraging Alternative Dispute Resolution, Negotiating Alimony and Child Support, and Managing Client Expectations (2014 EDITION)

Carolyn D. Jansons has been named as one of the Top 100 Family Lawyers in Illinois for 2014 by the American Academy of Legal Advocates, and the distinction is carried forward again for 2015.

Carolyn is a member of the Kane County Bar Association and the Illinois State Bar Association.  In 2012, she was elected to serve on the Board of Directors of the Kane County Bar Association for a three-year term, and in 2015 was elected as the Secretary/Treasurer, which puts her on the track to be the Bar Association President in 2017.

In addition, Carolyn has served as the Chair of the Family Law Committee (2010-2012), the Secretary of the Local Government Law Committee and as the co-chair of the Kane County Bar Association’s New Lawyer’s Division (2003-2007). She is currently the Chair of the Rules and Forms Subcommittee of the Family Law Committee and an active member of the Family Law Committee, Civil Practice Committee and Business Law Committee. Carolyn was named the 2006 Outstanding New Lawyer by the Kane County Bar Association. She has appealed many family law cases and appealed a trial court decision and won, establishing favorable law affecting all of the municipalities in the State.  Carolyn has served as an advisor to the Illinois Municipal League on issues related to that case.

Carolyn’s practice areas include family law, municipal law, civil litigation, collection, corporate and business planning and post-closing real estate litigation.

Carolyn can be contacted by email atcdj@batavialaw.com.

Carolyn Jansons practices in the following geographical areas:

  • DeKalb County – including, but not limited to, Cortland, DeKalb, Kaneville, Maple Park, Sandwich, Sycamore, and other areas of DeKalb County
  • DuPage County – including, but not limited to, Addison, Glen Ellyn, Lombard, Naperville, Oak Brook, West Chicago, Warrenville, Wheaton, Winfield and other areas of DuPage County
  • Kane County – including but not limited to, Algonquin, Aurora, Batavia, Burlington, Carpentersville, Elburn, Elgin, Geneva, Gilberts, Hampshire, Montgomery, North Aurora, South Elgin, St. Charles, Sugar Grove,  Wasco and other areas of Kane County
  • Kendall County – including, but not limited to, Millbrook, Newark, Oswego, Sandwich, Sheridan, Somonauk, Yorkville and other areas of Kendall County
  • Cook County, including Chicago, Jo Davies County, McHenry County, Lake County, Ogle County, Will County and Winnebago County depending on the matter

Mark D. Brent

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Mark D. Brent is a native of Aurora. He graduated with honors (Phi Beta Kappa) from the University of Illinois in 1988 and the University of Illinois College of Law in 1991. Mark spent several years doing major tort and insurance litigation with Williams and Montgomery in Chicago. He began his focus on Domestic Relations and Family Law in 1997 in Aurora. Mark was a partner in the firm of Goldsmith, Thelin, Dickson and Brown until 2002, at which time he established The Law Office of Mark D. Brent. The Drendel and Jansons Law Group and The Law Office of Mark D. Brent merged on December 1, 2009.

Mark is a member of the Illinois State Bar AssociationKane County Bar AssociationDu Page County Bar Association, and Kendall County Bar Association. He has twice been the Chair of the Kane County Bar Association’s Solo and Small Firm Committee. He is a member of the Kane County Bar Association’s Family Law Committee. He has been admitted to practice in front of all Illinois State Courts, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, and has been granted temporary (pro hac vice) admission to practice in several states.

Mark Getting Pro Bono Award 2015 - XSmMark received the Pro Bono Award for 2015 given out by the Kane County Bar Foundation for his ongoing pro bono work with Prairie State Legal Services. Mark has always helped the underprivileged with legal services, but two years ago he announced a goal to accept at least one pro bono client every month, and he has kept that commitment.

Mark was recently chosen for membership in the National Association of Distinguished Counsel. Association is an organization dedicated to promoting the highest standards of legal excellence. Less than 1% of practicing attorneys in the United States are recognized as one of the “Nation’s Top Attorneys” exhibiting the highest ideals of the legal profession.

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Mark Brent has also been recognized by the American Institute of Family Law Attorneys as one of the top 10 family law attorneys in his area. According to the AIFLA, they recognize the attorneys who have excelled, as noted by clients and peers. The aim is to recognize the attorneys who are most likely to have satisfied clients.

10 Best 2015 FLAIt is our mission to do so that the perspective new client will be able to take this knowledge and use it in making the tough decision on what attorney or firm to hire. It is the intent of the American Institute of Family Law Attorneys to aid these prospective new clients by saving them time and effort in their own research. We strive to make the most accurate and comprehensive list possible and rely on many different sources to determine the level of client satisfaction that a specific attorney or firm provides.

Mark has several publications to his credit. Among the publications is a book aimed at attorneys to which he contributed as a co-author: Strategies for Family Law in Illinois: Leading Lawyers on Leveraging Alternative Dispute Resolution, Negotiating Alimony and Child Support, and Managing Client Expectations (Inside the Minds) [Paperback] by Aspatore / West Publishing. Mark also published a practical, plain-language guide and introduction to the complicated issue of divorce in Illinois: Divorce Proceedings in Illinois: What You Need to Know [Paperback] by Aspatore / West Publishing.

Mark has always been a trial attorney, and is available to litigate any sort of matter for the firm’s clients. The focus of his practice, however, is on Family Law and Domestic Relations. He is an active member of the family law Bar in Kane, Kendall, Du Page, Will and DeKalb counties. He also takes cases outside this region, and has been retained in divorce cases out of the State of Illinois.

A former Eagle Scout, Mark has been active in Scouting, the outdoors, and has coached football for the Aurora Superstars and the West Aurora School District. Mark is also a long Aurora Kiwanis member.

Mark can be contacted by email at mdb@batavialaw.com.

Mark Brent practices in the following geographical areas:

  • DeKalb County – including, but not limited to, Cortland, DeKalb, Kaneville, Maple Park, Sandwich, Sycamore, and other areas of DeKalb County
  • DuPage County – including, but not limited to, Addison, Glen Ellyn, Lombard, Naperville, Oak Brook, West Chicago, Warrenville, Wheaton, Winfield and other areas of DuPage County
  • Kane County – including but not limited to, Algonquin, Aurora, Batavia, Burlington, Carpentersville, Elburn, Elgin, Geneva, Gilberts, Hampshire, Montgomery, North Aurora, South Elgin, St. Charles, Sugar Grove, Wasco and other areas of Kane County

Roman J. Seckel

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Roman J. Seckel was born in Appleton, Wisconsin, in August of 1979.  He is a 2002 graduate of St. Norbert Collegesumma cum laude, where he was awarded the Rev. Robert Cornell Excellence in Political Science Award.  Roman was also a member of Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity.  He graduated from The John Marshall Law Schoolcum laude, in 2005 and was a Quarter-Finalist in the Dominick L. Gabrielli National Family Law Moot Court Competition. He interned with Illinois State Senator, Peter Fitzgerald, in 2003.  He is admitted to practice in front of all Illinois State Courts and was admitted to practice in the State of Wisconsin in 2006.

Roman is a member of the Kane County Bar Association,Illinois State Bar Association and the Wisconsin Bar Association. Roman has become a frequent lecturer at Kane County Bar Association Continuing Legal Education seminars and has lectured for the Chicago Bar Association.  Roman won the 2007 Illinois State Bar Association Lincoln Writing Award and has written a number of articles for the Illinois Bar Journal.  Roman Seckel’s practice areas include family law, municipal law, real estate, general civil litigation, collection and corporate and business planning.
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Roman J. Seckel has been named one of the Top 10 Under 40 attorneys in the State of Illinois by the National Academy of Family Law Attorneys. According to the NAFLA website, only “the best family law attorneys in each state [are awarded with] our most prestigious honor of being named “TOP 10″, having shown an “extraordinary amount of knowledge, skill, experience, expertise and success in their practice of family law.” According to the NAFLA, only 2% of attorney under the age of 40 with 10 years of practice qualify as a “merging lawyer”. Roman has also been recognized as the “best under 40” among local professionals by the Kane County Chronicle, citing Roman’s compassion and ability to listen and empathize with clients.

Roman can be contacted by email at rjs@batavialaw.com.


Roman Seckel practices in the following geographical areas:

  • DeKalb County – including, but not limited to, Cortland, DeKalb, Kaneville, Maple Park, Sandwich, Sycamore, and other areas of DeKalb County
  • DuPage County – including, but not limited to, Addison, Glen Ellyn, Lombard, Naperville, Oak Brook, West Chicago, Warrenville, Wheaton, Winfield and other areas of DuPage County
  • Kane County – including but not limited to, Algonquin, Aurora, Batavia, Burlington, Carpentersville, Elburn, Elgin, Geneva, Gilberts, Hampshire, Montgomery, North Aurora, South Elgin, St. Charles, Sugar Grove,  Wasco and other areas of Kane County
  • Kendall County – including, but not limited to, Millbrook, Newark, Oswego, Sandwich, Sheridan, Somonauk, Yorkville and other areas of Kendall County
  • Cook County, including Chicago, Jo Davies County, McHenry County, Lake County, Ogle County, Will County and Winnebago County depending on the matter


Kevin G. Drendel

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Kevin G. Drendel (Partner) is a 1982 graduate of Cornell Collegecum laude, and a 1991 graduate of Northern Illinois University College of Lawmagna cum laude.  While at Northern Illinois University, he was a member of the Law Review, and published an article in the University’s scholarly (NIU Law Review 73, 1990).  He also received the West Publishing Award for Outstanding Scholastic Achievement.  He is admitted to practice in front of all Illinois State Courts and the U.S. District Court, the Northern District of Illinois. Kevin is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association and the Kane County Bar Association.  He was a director (1999-2000), the Sec/Treasure (2000-2001), 1st Vice President (2002-2003), and President of the Kane County Bar Association (2003-2004), past Chair of the Local Government Law Committee and has served on the Estate & Probate, Website, Membership, Judicial Evaluation, Appellate Practice and the Delivery of Legal Services Committees and the Kane County Bar Foundation. Kevin is a member of the Christian Legal Society, the Illinois Municipal League, the Illinois Institute for Local Governmental Law, the Illinois Chapter of the National Association of Telecommunication Officials & Advisers (Secretary). He is the General Counsel for the Village of North Aurora and City of Batavia.

Kevin’s practice emphasizes municipal and school law; estate planning, including wills, trusts and powers of attorney; commercial and residential real estate, including, land use real estate development and zoning law; business planning and organization, including business formation, corporate maintenance, buying and selling; commercial and other civil litigation; appellate practice; and collections. Kevin can be contacted by email at kgd@batavialaw.com.


Kevin Drendel has attained a preeminent AV rating from Martindale-Hubbel, the oldest and one time only rating service for attorneys. According to Martindale-Hubbel, only 4% of the 900,000+ attorneys listed have an AV rating (over 4 on a scale of 1-5). Kevin Drendel has a 4.9 client rating.

Lawrence W. Lobb

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Lawrence W. Lobb was born in Michigan in 1968. He graduated from Wayne State University, cum laude (Phi Beta Kappa) in 1994, the University of Toledo College of Law in 1997, and New York Institute of Technology (MBA) with distinction in 2006.  He has earned mediation certificates from Northwestern University.  While in law school, Larry served as an intern for the Hon. David A. Katz and the Hon. James G. Carr of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio. He also worked in the Child and Family Abuse Bureau of the Office of the Wayne County (Detroit) Prosecuting Attorney as the Supervising Intern.

He is admitted to practice before all Illinois and Michigan State Courts, as well as District Courts in the Northern District of Illinois, Central District of Illinois, and Eastern District of Michigan. In 2006, he was admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court.

Larry is a member of the Kane County Bar Association, Illinois Bar Association, State Bar of Michigan, the American Bar Association, and the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys.  He is the past-Chair of the Kane County Bar Association’s Public Relations Committee and is a member of several of its committees including its Residential and Commercial Real Estate Committee. Larry has become a frequent lecturer at the KCBA continuing legal education seminars and was named the 2011 Outstanding New Lawyer by the Kane County Bar Association. He is currently an officer on the on KCBA’s Board of Managers and will serve as its President for the 2016-2017 term.

Larry’s practice emphasizes consumer bankruptcy, residential and commercial real estate (including foreclosure law), zoning and land use, estate planning (including wills, trusts, and powers of attorney), contracts (drafting, negotiation and review), collections (and defense), civil litigation, and mediation (both civil and divorce).

Larry was named one of the Nation’s Top Leading Lawyers for 2017.

Edward J. Boula, III

Boula_Edward_0317-214x300Edward J. Boula, III was born Downers Grove, Illinois, in October of 1986. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Northern Illinois University, graduating Summa Cum Laude and with University Honors. Edward returned to Northern Illinois University for law school where he graduated Magna Cum Laude and served as Lead Articles Editor of the Northern Illinois University Law Review. In law school, Edward had the privilege of working as an Assistant Clerk for Justice Hudson in the Illinois Appellate Court, Second District, and Judicial Extern for Judge Kapala in the Federal Court, Northern District of Illinois. He spent his final semester of law school at the DuPage County State’s Attorney’s Office where he prosecuted misdemeanor offenses. Edward joined the Drendel & Jansons Law Group after spending three years with a well-respected law firm in Central Illinois. During his short tenure in central Illinois, Edward was the President of the Morgan County Bar Association in 2015. He is admitted to practice in all Illinois state courts, the Northern and Central District of the United States District Courts of Illinois. He is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association, and the Kane County Bar Association where he currently serves as Chair of the Local Government Committee.

Emphasis 

Edward focuses his practice on business organization and planning, municipal law, probate and trust administration, civil litigation, and family law.

Geographical Areas

His geographical practice area includes DuPage County, Kane County, DeKalb County, and Kendall County.

Edward can be contacted by email at ejb@batavialaw.com.