NICHOLAS J. GALASSO
Mr. Galasso and his son, Nicholas R. Galasso, formed GALASSO P.C. in December, 2014 and have combined their talents and experience to provide clients with a wide and varied expertise in a plethora of legal areas.
In July of 2014, Mr. Galasso was appointed as a Special Assistant State’s Attorney representing DuPage County Adult Protective Services, a governmental department which provides services to the elderly. His primary role is to file actions to protect the elderly from abuse, neglect and financial exploitation by others.
Mr. Galasso joined Haskin, Corrigan & Galasso P.C. as a partner on July 1, 2013 where he worked until the formation of GALASSO P.C. While at Haskin, Corrigan & Galasso P.C., he had the pleasure of working with his son, Nicholas R. Galasso. Mr. Galasso concentrated his practice at HCG in family law and probate matters.
Prior to that, he worked at The Stogsdill Law Firm following a successful and distinguished career as both attorney and judge. After twelve years as a private practitioner concentrating in the areas of corporations, tax, probate and divorce matters, he began his judicial career in 1995 when he was appointed Associate Judge in DuPage County. He presided over many different court calls during his twelve-year career as a judge, including serving in the criminal, civil, juvenile and domestic relations divisions. While serving on the bench in the Domestic Relations Division, he made numerous presentations to practicing lawyers and other judges in multiple areas of family law and participated as a panelist at seminars for judges and lawyers.
While in the Domestic Relations Division, he presided over several hundred cases at one time, and either settled or tried cases involving complex business litigation, contentious child custody and visitation disputes and other contested matters involving all aspects of family law.
His judicial experience bolsters his legal expertise and experience in handling disputes involving maintenance, child support, prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, removal, alienation of affections, marital and other parental rights, valuation and disposition of assets, equitable division of assets and enforcement of legal obligations required by Court Orders. His prior judicial experience as a divorce judge also allows him to assess each case from the perspective of a judge hearing the case, a valuable benefit his clients have enjoyed since he has been in private practice. He is also widely recognized as an accomplished trial attorney and skillful negotiator.
Mr. Galasso received his undergraduate degree from Illinois Wesleyan University and his Juris Doctorate from DePaul College of Law. He has served as an adjunct professor at Aurora University in Aurora, Illinois where he taught Advanced Business Law and Advanced Estate Planning, among other classes. He has two grown children, a son who is an integral part of GALASSO P.C., and a daughter living in Nashville, Tennessee, who is a senior administrative assistant at a Big Four international consulting firm.
While in private practice before he became an Associate Judge, he practiced in the area of taxation and accounting related to individuals and corporations, both those closely-held or family owned and publicly traded corporations. His experience in taxation and accounting of corporations lends itself well to representing divorce clients who have an ownership in an ongoing business, particularly those clients who have a family or small business. Additionally, he also has wide experience with respect to taxation and accounting related to partnerships, sole proprietorships and other forms of business ownership. His tax and accounting background also allows him to understand and provide sound advice regarding all issues of taxation in divorce matters. He also published numerous articles dealing with intricate aspects of the formation and maintaining of corporations.
In 1991, the Governor of the State of Illinois appointed him as Public Guardian of DuPage County, and he served in that capacity until his appointment as an Associate Judge for DuPage County in 1995. As Public Guardian of DuPage County, he was appointed to protect the interests of disabled adults and minors, and he proudly served DuPage County in that capacity. He also worked closely with the Public Administrator of DuPage County during the same period of time and assisted in handling all aspects of the probating of decedent’s estates.
Since 2007, he has been appointed by judges to serve as an arbitrator in divorce cases, he has served as an expert witness and he has served as a Guardian ad Litem for the 18th Judicial Circuit to represent and protect the best interests of children.
He also has been certified as an Arbitrator for the DuPage County Mandatory Arbitration Program and serves as a Chair Person of arbitration panels.
In 2013, he was blessed to receive an award from DuPage County Legal Aid for his distinguished service providing pro bono legal services. He continues to regularly provide pro bono legal services for those in need.
HONORS & AWARDS
- American Institute of Family Law Attorneys 10 Best Illinois Attorneys-2017
- Who’s Who Of North America Top Attorneys-2017
Associations & Memberships
- DuPage County Bar Association
- Illinois State Bar Association
- DuPage County Associate Judge (1995-2007)
- Illinois Judges Association
- DuPage County Justinian Society of Lawyers
- State of Illinois (1983)
- U.S. District Court (1983)
- U.S. Supreme Court (1987)
- DePaul College of Law (1983)
- Illinois Wesleyan University, Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration (1980)