Andrew Vaughn, Attorney & Founder

Meet NuVorce Founder Andrew Vaughn (Drew Vaughn).

chicago divorce attorneyRegardless of the issues in your case, Andrew G. Vaughn will develop a case strategy that uses a combination of his litigation and negotiation skills to ensure that you receive the best possible result. The most successful strategy for your case may require the use of aggressive litigation (i.e. courtroom advocacy) techniques. In that event, Mr. Vaughn will employ his extensive litigation background related to complex financial and contested custody issues to your benefit. Mr. Vaughn has successfully litigated multiple issues such as: valuation of closely held businesses, validity of pre-marital agreements, custody of and visitation with minor children, analysis of maintenance/alimony claims, complex tracing of assets and streams of income, injunctive relief, orders of protection, international jurisdiction, and disproportionate division of marital estates. In the alternative, when the most effective strategy for your case calls for reaching a negotiated settlement, Mr. Vaughn can utilize his skills as a negotiator to your benefit. Mr. Vaughn was a member of the Negotiation Team while attending Loyola University Chicago School of Law and has added practical experience to his academic background by participating in many negotiations of multi-million dollar cases as well as contested custody cases.

Mr. Vaughn is a graduate of Augustana College (Class of 2003) where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Scandinavian Studies, English, and Political Science with an International Focus. While at Augustana College, Mr. Vaughn was nominated to the Dean’s List, received the Simpson Scholarship for excellence in the Swedish language, was selected to have his senior thesis published, and received the Award of Excellence from the National Consortium of Academics and Sport for his stellar performance as both a student and a member of the track and field/cross country teams. After graduating from Augustana, Mr. Vaughn accepted an academic scholarship to Loyola University Chicago School of Law (Class of 2006). While a law student, Mr. Vaughn sharpened his practice skills as a member of both the Negotiation Team and the Client Counseling Team. In addition, Mr. Vaughn was an active member of the Business Law Society and the International Law Society.

Throughout law school, Mr. Vaughn also demonstrated his dedication to serving those most in need by volunteering with Cabrini Green Legal Aid and interning with the Center for Disability and Elder Law. Mr. Vaughn later accepted a position with the Center for Disability and Elder Law as the Pro Bono Family Law Coordinator. As a result of his dedication to public interest work, Mr. Vaughn has received the Public Service Award from the Illinois State Bar Association, the Law Student Volunteer of the Year Award from Cabrini Green Legal Aid, and the Pro Bono Recognition Award from Loyola University Chicago School of Law.

After leaving the Public Interest sector, Mr. Vaughn worked with two U.S. News and World Report Top Tier law firms (Schiller DuCanto & Fleck and Katz & Stefani), first as an associate and later as the youngest partner in firm history. Mr. Vaughn is also a Professor of Advanced Issues in Domestic Relations Law and the Domestic Relations Law Practicum at Loyola University Chicago School of Law (2008-present) and has been named a Rising Star by Super Lawyers and an Emerging Leader by Leading Lawyers.

In addition to his active law practice and professorial activities, Mr. Vaughn is a frequent lecturer on a wide range of topics including: injunctive relief, strategies for deposing expert witnesses, and the rights and remedies of same sex couples in Illinois. In addition, Mr. Vaughn is active in the community via his role on the Development Committee of Epic Academy (a Chicago charter school), volunteering with Cabrini Green Legal Aid, raising funds for MS research and for veteran’s causes, via his role as a member of the Business Advice & Financial Planning Section Council of the Illinois State Bar Association, and via his role as a member of the Standing Committee on Law Office Management & Economics of the Illinois State Bar Association.

Education:

  • University of Notre Dame, Mendoza College of Business, M.B.A. (2014)
  • Loyola University Chicago School of Law, J.D. (2006)
  • Augustana College, B.A. Scandinavian Studies, English, Political Science with an International Focus (2003)

Court Admission:

  • Illinois (2006)

Memberships:

  • American Bar Association (member of the Law Practice Management Section)
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Chicago Bar Association

Awards and Honors:

  • Named a Rising Star in the Field of Family Law – Super Lawyers (2016)
  • The only divorce attorney ever to be named an Innovator – Crain’s Chicago Business (2015)
  • Named an Emerging Leader in Family Law – Leading Lawyers (2015)
  • Ranked a Perfect 10 out of 10 and named as a Top Divorce Attorney by Avvo (2015)
  • Named a Rising Star in the Field of Family Law – Super Lawyers (2015)
  • Selected to design and teach the Domestic Relations Law Practicum – Loyola University Chicago School of Law (2015)
  • Named a Rising Star in the Field of Family Law – Super Lawyers (2014)
  • Featured in Chicago Magazine as a Top Young Lawyer (2014)
  • Named a Rising Star in the Field of Family Law – Super Lawyers (2013)
  • Named to Chicago Business Journal’s “People on the Move” for legal and professional accomplishments – Chicago Business Journal (2013)
  • Appointed to Business & Financial Planning Section Council – Illinois State Bar Association (2012-Present)
  • Appointed to Standing Committee on Law Office Management & Economics – Illinois State Bar Association (2012-Present)
  • Development Committee – Epic Academy Charter High School (2011 – present)
  • Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, Committee Member on Business Valuation, Financial, and Tax Issues Affecting Divorce (2010-2011)
  • Professor of Advanced Issues in Domestic Relations Law, Loyola University Chicago School of Law, (2008-present)
  • Cabrini Green Young Professionals Board, Co-Chair (2007-2009), Member (2009-2011)
  • Client Counseling Team Coach, Loyola University Chicago School of Law, (2007-2010)
  • Outstanding Adjudicator Award Nominee, Chicago Urban Debate League (2007, 2008)
  • Pro Bono Recognition Award, Loyola University Chicago School of Law (2006)
  • Public Service Award, Illinois State Bar Association (2005)
  • Law Student Volunteer of the Year, Cabrini Green Legal Aid (2005)

Lectures:

  • Divorce Math, Lilac Tree (2014)
  • Divorce Finance Basics for Women, Lilac Tree (2013)
  • Divorce Considerations When Transitioning A Family Business to The Next Generation, Presentation at the Illinois State Bar Association’s Continuing Legal Education Seminar “Succession Planning: Managing the Transition” (2013)
  • Taxation, Capital Gains, and Business Valuation in Divorce – Chicago Professionals Networking Group (2012)
  • The Lawyer as a Storyteller – Epic Academy (2012)
  • Negotiation Strategies for High Conflict Situations – Business Networking International (2012)
  • The Fundamentals of International Crimes Against Humanity – Epic Academy (2011)
  • The Art of Negotiation – Chicago-Kent College of Law (2011)
  • The History and Evolution of Marital Property Law – Loyola University Chicago School of Law (2010)
  • Litigating Injunctive Relief in the Domestic Relations Division – Chicago Bar Association (2009)
  • Depositions of Expert Witnesses – National Association for Certified Valuation Analysts (2008)
  • Illinois Cohabitation Law – DePaul University College of Law (2007)
  • Legal Rights and Remedies of Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual, and Transgender Couples – Center on Halsted (2007)
  • The Practice of Family Law – Guest lecturer for Professor Sacha Coupet at Loyola University Chicago (2006)
  • How to Perform an Initial Client Interview – Center for Disability and Elder Law training offered to the offices of Much, Shelist, Denenberg, Ament, and Rubenstein, P.C. (2005)
  • Public Service Opportunities for Law Students – Northwestern University School of Law (2004)

Publications:

  • Navigating Concurrent Personal Injury and Divorce Cases – Illinois State Bar Journal (2015)
  • Standards of Value in Business Valuation – The Counselor, the newsletter for the Illinois State Bar Association’s Business & Financial Planning Section Counsel (2013)
  • Supply, Demand, and the Future of Your Law Firm – The Bottom Line, the newsletter for the Illinois State Bar Association’s Committee on Law Office Management & Economics (2012)
  • Don’t Network Like an Accountant – The Bottom Line, the newsletter for the Illinois State Bar Association’s Committee on Law Office Management & Economics (2012)

 

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