Attorneys

 

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 2001 graduate of Northern Illinois University College of Law, magna 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 is a member of the Kane County Bar Association and the Illinois State Bar Association. She was the co-chair of the Kane County Bar Association’s New Lawyer’s Division (2003-2007). Carolyn was elected as the Secretary/Treasurer of the KCBA in 2015, served as Vice President in 2016 and was sworn in as President in 2017. Carolyn also chaired the Family Law Committee and the Rules Subcommittee of the Family Law Committee. She was the Secretary of the Local Government Law Committee and active in the Civil Practice Committee.

Carolyn was named the 2006 Outstanding New Lawyer by the Kane County Bar Association. She appealed a trial court decision and won, establishing favorable law affecting all of the municipalities in the State and has served as an advisor to the Illinois Municipal League on issues related to that case.

Emphasis

Carolyn’s practice areas include all aspects of family law, including divorce, separation, child custody, child support, spousal support, adoption, guardianship, and civil litigation, collection, corporate and business planning, real estate and post-closing real estate litigation as well as appeals.

Honors

Carolyn was awarded Top 100 Family Lawyers in the State of Illinois for 2016 by the American Society of Legal Advocates. This has carried over from past years, as she has received this award in both 2014 and 2015 as well.

The National Association of Professional Women honored Attorney Carolyn Jansons as VIP Woman of the year for 2014-2015.

Carolyn was named the Outstanding New Lawyer in 2006 by the Kane County Bar Association.

The Kane County Bar Association also presented to Carolyn the Board of Managers Service Award for Director from 2012-2015 as well as Secretary/Treasurer from 2015-2016.

Carolyn D. Jansons Attorney Brochure

Carolyn can be contacted by email at cdj@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 chosen for membership in the National Association of Distinguished Counsel in 2015. The 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 D. Brent Attorney Brochure

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

Roman J. Seckel grew up in Northeast Wisconsin. He is a 2002 graduate of St. Norbert College, summa cum laude, where he was awarded the Rev. Robert Cornell Excellence in Political Science Award and was a member of the Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity. He went on to graduate from John Marshall Law School, cum laude, in 2005. While in law school he was a quarter- finalist in the Dominick L. Gabrielli National Family Law Moot Court Competition and interned for Sen. Peter Fitzgerald.

Roman is admitted to practice in front of all Illinois State Courts and is also admitted to practice law in Wisconsin. Since starting with the firm in 2005, he has become an active member of the Kane County Bar Association, serving as chair of the local Government Committee and as chair of the Legal Ethics Committee. He is a frequent presenter at Kane County Bar Association Seminars, presenting on topics in various areas of his practice including family law, municipal law and guardianship issues. Roman has also presented to the Chicago Bar Association, Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education and Sterling Education Services. Roman has also had multiple articles published in the Illinois Bar Journal and Kane County Bar Briefs.

Emerging LawyerRoman is also active in the community. Among other volunteer efforts, he has served on the St. John Neumann Pastoral Council, the St. Charles Library Foundation Board and as general counsel for the Kane County Bar Foundation.

Emphasis

Roman Seckel’s practice areas include family law, divorce, custody, adoptions, municipal law, real estate, collections, landlord-tenant, corporate and business planning and general civil litigation.

Honors

In January 2014, Roman had his fourth article published in the Illinois Bar Journal. Roman’s first article that was published in the Illinois Bar Journal earned him the Lincoln Writing Award in 2007.

Roman was named Outstanding New Lawyer in 2010 by the Kane County Bar Association.

Roman was one of the Best Under 40 among Fox Valley Professionals in 2015 by the Kane County Chronicle.

Roman was also named Top Emerging Lawyer in 2015 and 2016.

Roman was honored by the Kane County Chronicle as one of the best young professionals under the age of 40 in 2015.

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Top 10 Under 40 Lawyers

Roman Seckel has been named one of the top 10 lawyers under 40 in Illinois by the National Academy of Family Law Attorneys.
 


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 is a graduate of Cornell College, cum laude, and a 1991 graduate of Northern Illinois University College of Law, magna cum laude. 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 received the West Publishing Award for Outstanding Scholastic Achievement. He is admitted to practice in front of all Illinois State Courts in 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 (KCBA). He was director (1999-2000), the Sec/Treasurer (2000-2001), 1st Vice President (2002-2003) and President of the KCBA (2003-2004) and member of the Judicial Evaluation Committee (2016- ). He is past Chair of the Local Government Law Committee and served on Estate & Probate, Website, Membership, Appellate Practice and Delivery of Legal Services Committees at the Kane County Bar Foundation. Kevin is also a member of the Community Foundation Council of Professional Advisors and of the Fox Valley Estate Planning Council. Kevin is a member of the Board of Directors of the Fox Valley Music Foundation and the North Aurora Lion’s Club. In addition, Kevin is a member of the Christian Legal Society, the Illinois Municipal League and the Illinois Institute for Local Governmental Law. He is a past member and secretary of the Illinois Chapter of the National Association of Telecommunication Officials & Advisors. He is the General Counsel for the Village of North Aurora and City of Batavia.


Emphasis

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


Honors

Kevin G. 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 and a 4.7 peer rating.

Kevin was recognized as one of Chicago’s Top Rated Lawyers in 2013-2016 by The American Lawyer in connection with The National Law Journal.

Kevin G. Drendel Attorney Brochure

Lawrence W. Lobb

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Lawrence W. Lobb is a graduate of Wayne State University, cum laude (Phi Beta Kappa), the University of Toledo College of Law, and New York Institute of Technology (MBA) with distinction. While in law school, Larry served as judicial extern 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 Illinois State Bar Association, the Kane County Bar Association, State Bar Association, State Bar of Michigan, and the National Associations of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys. He is the past Chair of the Kane County Bar Association’s Public Relations Committee and has served on its Real Estate, Membership, Website, and Technology Committee. Larry has become a frequent lecturer at the KCBA continuing legal education seminars and has authorized numerous articles for the association.

He is a certified mediator and arbitrator, serving the 16th Judicial Circuit Courts Foreclosure and Child Abuse Mediation programs. Larry previously was a director for Literacy DuPage and supervising attorney for the Autism Legislation Project, LLC.

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

Emphasis

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

Honors

Larry was named the Outstanding New Lawyer by the Kane County Bar Association in 2011.

In April 2014, Larry was elected by the Board of Directors to the position of Secretary/Treasurer of the Kane County Bar Association. Larry then served as its Vice President in 2015 in addition to serving as the President for 2016-2017.

Larry has received a Top Attorney rating of 10.0 from AVVO.

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

Larry can be contacted by email at lwl@batavialaw.com.

Lawrence W. Lobb Attorney Brochure

Edward J. Boula, III

Edward 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.