Joseph F. Emmerth

Sullivan, Taylor & Gumina, P.C.

Chicago, Illinois 60601


Child Custody, Co-Parenting, Divorce, Elder, Family, Legal Separation, PreNuptials, Same Sex Disputes

Admitted to practice law in Illinois in 2005, Joseph graduated from Ambassador University, Big Sandy, TX, where he was on the Dean's List and received his B.A., and then graduated from Andrews University, Berrien Springs, MI, where he earned an M.A. in Counseling and was awarded the Nichol Memorial Award for Integrity.  Joseph is a graduate of  DePaul University College of Law, where he served as a student representative on the Law School's curriculum committee.  With several years of experience as a counselor prior to attending law school, Joseph brings unique and valuable experience to the field of domestic relations law.  Joseph is a member of the American Bar Association, the Illinois State Bar Association, the DuPage County, Kane County, and Will County Bar Associations, and remains active in Phi Alpha Delta Legal Fraternity, where he currently serves as Justice of the West Suburban Alumni Chapter.  Joseph was appointed to the Illinois State Bar Association Committee on Judicial Evaluations (Outside Cook County) and is also represents DuPage County as an elected Assembly member of the Illinois State Bar Association, and is admitted to practice at the United States Supreme Court.  A frequent article contributor, Joseph is a member of the DCBA Publication Board, which is responsible for publishing the DCBA Brief.   Joseph also handles marketing and technology systems for Sullivan Taylor & Gumina, P.C.

Joseph concentrates his practice in dissolution of marriage matters, prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, alternative reproductive technologies and surrogacy, parentage cases, and adoptions.

Joseph F. Emmerth practices in Family Law.

Current Employment Position(s):


Areas of Practice:

Parentage Divorce Custody/Visitation/Support Guardianship

Litigation Percentage:

75% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions:

Illinois, 2005


DePaul University College of Law, Chicago, Illinois, 2005 J.D. Honors: Dean's Scholarship Recipient

Andrews University, Berrien Springs, Michigan, 1999 M.A. Honors: With Honors Honors: Dean's List; Nichol Memorial Award for Integrity

Ambassador University, Big Sandy, Texas, 1995  B.A. Honors: With Honors Major:  Liberal Studies/Psychology

Published Works:

"Civil Unions in Illinois: A Cautious Gaze into a Possible Future"
, DCBA Brief, Volume 20, Issue 3, 2007

The Awkward Handshake: US v. Kyllo and How Science Shapes the Law, DePaul Journal of Law & Science, 2, 2004

When There is no Solution, Andrews University Student Movement, 5, 1999

Classes/Seminars Taught:

Counseling Practicum, Andrews University,1999

Honors and Awards:

Nichol Memorial Award for Integrity,1998

Daniel P. Ward Service Scholarship,2004

Professional Associations and Memberships:

American Bar Association Law Practice Management Section

Illinois State Bar Association Judicial Evaluation Committee

Illinois State Bar Association Family Law Section

DuPage County Bar Association Family Law Section; Rules Revision Committee

Kane County Bar Association Family Law Section

Phi Alpha Delta Legal Fraternity Member

National Association of Certified Counselors Past member

Past Employment Positions:

Law Offices of Robert T. Badesch, Trial Clerk, 2003-2005

Cook County State's Attorney - Felony Trial Division, Legal Clerk, 2001


Phi Alpha Delta

Joseph F. Emmerth

1749 South Naperville Road Suite 106

Wheaton, Illinois 60189

(630) 665-7676 

Fax: (630) 665-8630

Email:  [email protected]