Making A Difference For Dads
Our Chicago based law firm has a demonstrated record of success on behalf of fathers in custody disputes arising in divorce and paternity cases, in related matters such as domestic violence protection orders, and in post-decree matters such as child abduction, parent relocation and modification of child support orders.
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B. Marshall Hilmes
Chicago, IL
B. Marshall Hilmes is a fighter for fathers and an advocate for their children with broad courtroom experience in Chicago, the Collar Counties and Downstate Illinois. He is resolutely determined to bring justice to our clients in family law concerns including divorce, custody, parenting time, child support and DCFS investigations.

Marshall is highly educated, having earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in finance from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville, a Master's Degree in theology from Christian Life School in Columbus, Georgia, and his Juris Doctor from Saint Louis University School of Law. He also has studied abroad in Belgium, Ireland and Spain.

He is a volunteer with the American Red Cross, Compassion International, Habitat for Humanity, Toys for Tots and Court-Appointed Special Advocates for Children.

Marshall's comprehensive litigation experience beyond family law includes criminal, probate, personal injury and small claims, so he can assist fathers with complicated legal needs intertwined with their family issues.

At the Law Offices of Jeffery M. Leving Ltd., Marshall brings his many years of courtroom experience and his passion for justice to fighting for the rights of fathers and protecting the rights of their children.

Important Legal Case Victories:


  • Successfully rescued a handicapped minor from a very dangerous environment. It involved litigation in four counties and convincing a judge to reconsider his previous order, forcing the child back to the dangerous environment. Hilmes thereby got the child legally moved into a safe environment, away from the alleged predator, never to return. Litigation in four counties with conflicting court orders was challenging for the child, parties, judges and attorneys involved.  
  • Recognized by the Department of Justice and U.S. Attorney's Office for a favorable hate crime prosecution, which took the jury a record 12 minutes to convict.
  • Assisted a father on a child support modification. The mother put the child in private school without consulting the father, and tried to make the dad pay for it. Mr. Hilmes represented him in trial and the judge ruled in his favor, explained to the mother that she should have consulted the father. This result saved the father - his client - money and defended his right to co-parent.
  • He assisted a family in safely returning a child to Illinois after both parents ignored a court order not to relocate the child outside of Illinois. Litigation in two states with conflicting court orders was challenging for the parties, judges, and attorneys involved.


Areas Of Practice

  • Family law
  • Criminal Law
  • Catastrophic Personal Injury
  • Probate

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois


  • Saint Louis University School of Law, St. Louis, Missouri
  • Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, Illinois
    • Bachelor of Arts in finance
  • Christian Life School of Theology, Columbus, Georgia
    • Master’s in theology