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Wilson, Richard A.

Fall 2014

950 Legal Research

Richard A. Wilson is a partner in the law firm of Grund & Leavitt in Chicago. He has practiced exclusively in the field of family law for more than 20 years, with special emphasis on negotiation, litigation, and appellate practice in dissolution and related matters, including custody and visitation, complex valuation and division of marital and non-marital assets and interests, pre- and post-nuptial agreements, and domestic violence. Wilson's practice has particular concentration in the area of same-sex domestic relations law, where he has long and uniquely distinguished himself, with particular emphasis on the rights and interests of persons in same-sex relationships, including marriage and its equivalents, relationship and parentage recognition, dissolution, custody, visitation and access to children, parentage, transgender rights and interests, and domestic partnerships, and the recognition of such relationships from one jurisdiction to the other. He has frequently spoken and lectured on these issues in both the United States and Canada. Wilson has been an adjunct professor at IIT/Chicago-Kent College of Law since 2009, is a fellow of the American and International Academies of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML and IAML), and is currently vice chair of the American Bar Association's AIDS Coordinating Committee. In April 2007, he was appointed to the LGBT Policy Committee for Obama for America 2008. In April 2012, Wilson was the invited keynote speaker for, and a panelist at, the Harvard Law School 2012 LGBT Law Conference, "The (Dis)United States: Diverse Experiences, Diverse Goals in LGBT Law." His keynote was LGBT Legal Advocacy, Social Change and Family Law: Why Lawyers Matter. He was president of the National LGBT Bar Association from 2006 to 2008.