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John J. Pembroke

johnFirm founder John Pembroke has more than 27 years of experience as a business and tax lawyer, and 32 years of experience preparing federal and state income, estate and gift tax returns and planning for income, estate and gift tax. Counseling businesses in all of their life cycles, from startups to large companies, as well as individuals, John draws on his broad background to advise clients and draft all necessary documents, plan for business succession and structure closely held businesses to minimize income and estate taxes.

A lifelong resident of Illinois, widely traveled, John believes that Cook County is one of the best places to pursue career and family goals. Gregarious and personable, John recently ran in the Democratic primary for the Tenth Judicial Cook County Subcircuit vacancy.

Married with two young children, John is committed to local education and to his own edification. He has taken dozens of continuing education classes over the years, both in law and taxation, often up to 40 hours a year. Beginning in 1999, John pursued various insurance agent licenses and took seminars on securities law and related subjects, culminating in certification as a personal financial specialist (PFS) in 2002. This designation is equivalent to a certified financial planner (CFP), but available only to licensed CPAs; it qualifies each bearer to Illinois licensing as an investment advisor representative.

John cites community service among his most satisfying achievements. For nearly 14 years, he has served the Rotary Club of Park Ridge in many capacities, most recently as chair of its major fundraising committee and the Make a Difference Scholarship Committee, which has granted $17,500 in scholarships to Park Ridge students during the last three years.

John has earned and maintained for many years an AV* peer review rating of his ethical standards and legal ability from Martindale-Hubble's Peer Review ratings process.

Delia Di Venere

deliaDelia Di Venere focuses her practice on estate planning, probate, estate administration, and probate and trust litigation. Delia works with clients and their families on such matters as preparation of wills, trusts, and powers of attorney. Delia represents clients in connection with probate, trust, and guardianship proceedings.

Delia obtained her undergraduate degree from DePaul University. She obtained her law degree from Drake University Law School where she graduated with honors. Delia is married with one child and lives in Norridge

Marc L. Brown

Marc L. Brown concentrates his practice in estate planning (wills, trusts & elder law, powers of attorney) probate, guardianships and real estate law. He has practiced in Chicago and the Northwest suburbs for the past seventeen years. His undergraduate degree is from Illinois Wesleyan University (majoring in Business & Accounting).

Marc holds two law degrees, a J.D. degree from the Chicago-Kent College of Law, and a Legal Letters Masters (L.L.M.) in Taxation with a concentration in Estate Planning, from DePaul University College of Law. He also holds a CPA designation.

He and his family live in Park Ridge.

Izabela Czajkowska

izabelaIzabela Czajkowska focuses her practice on estate planning, including estate, gift and generation-skipping tax planning, asset protection planning, probate and estate and trust administration, controversy and litigation matters. Izabela also assists clients in business succession, wealth transfer and preservation, marital planning, planning for disability and special needs as well as guardianships. In addition, her practice includes domestic and international income tax and business planning, and she represents individuals, corporations, limited liability companies, and partnerships in a variety of business transactions.

Izabela was named a 2014 and 2015 Illinois Super Lawyers-Rising Star. Each year no more than 2.5% of Illinois lawyers are selected by the Super Lawyers research team to receive this honor. Her primary area of practice is estate planning and probate.

Izabela is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Chicago (B.S., Accounting, with high honors, 2004) and Chicago-Kent College of Law (J.D., 2007). She was admitted to the Illinois State Bar in 2007, and she is authorized to practice before the United States Tax Court. Izabela is a Certified Public Accountant. Izabela and her family reside in Hoffman Estates, Illinois. Izabela is fluent in Polish.

LEGAL ASSISTANTS

Denise A. Livingston

Denise A. Livingston received her Bachelor of Business Administration from St. Mary's College, Notre Dame, Indiana. Denise brings to the firm over twenty years of paralegal experience in the areas of estate and trust administration, real estate, general corporate and estate planning.

Cindy Del Medico

Cindy Del Medico graduated from DePaul University with a Bachelor of Science in Commerce, and has a Masters in Business Administration from Loyola University with an emphasis in Accounting. Cindy has extensive experience in the banking industry working for the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and a major international banking group. Cindy currently assists clients with tax return preparation, financial planning and related services. She also teaches in the Oakton Community College Business Department.

We invite you to contact attorney John Pembroke to schedule a consultation.

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John J. Pembroke & Associates LLC
422 N. Northwest Highway
Suite 150
Park Ridge, IL 60068-3272
Phone: 847-696-0060
Fax: 847-696-0950

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9746 S Roberts Road
Palos Hills, Illinois 60465
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