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.
Nicholas V. Vogel
Nick graduated from John Marshall in January of 2016 and later went on to clerk at the Circuit Court of Cook County’s Tax & Miscellaneous Division. As a judicial clerk, Nick was responsible for extensive legal research as well as drafting judicial orders under advisement on worker’s compensation, employment security and eminent domain.
Nick began his professional career as a crime reporter for a daily newspaper in Central Illinois. From there, he went on to win more than 17 awards for his feature writing, investigative journalism, coverage of local government and more. As a journalist, Nick wrote for newspaper companies throughout the State of Illinois, including major newspapers in the Chicago area, like the Sun Times and Suburban Life Publications.
After enough encouragement from family and friends, Nick decided to merge his passion for writing with his interest in the law. In his first year as a student at the John Marshall Law School in Chicago, Nick became Editor in Chief of the student newspaper, which he transformed into a modern, award winning publication. In his second and third years, Nick served on the Moot Court Honors Council and became Articles Editor of the John Marshall Review of Intellectual Property Law (RIPL). Nick also has the distinction of having had two student comments published in RIPL; one on patent law and one Federal regulation of block-chain technology.
As an associate at Charles Newland & Associates, Nick focuses on estate and trust litigation and foreclosure defense.
Jeannette C. Zissis
Jeannette C. Zissis is a graduate of the University od Illionis, 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 Illionis 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, thereafterer 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 supposal 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 attoneys, and I am so grateful to have 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 skilss 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 affects of divorce on adults as well as children 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-aagressive 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 circumstances.
-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.
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, Worker’s Compensation, 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.
Contact Charles T. Newland & Associates for assistance with your legal and other professional needs.