With roots going back to 1961 in Aurora. Gilbert (“Gib”) Drendel and Kevin G. Drendel moved with five other attornies to Batavia in 1994. Through different iterations, the Drendel & Jansons Law Group has remained in Batavia and reopened an office in Aurora when Mark D. Brent joined the Firm in 2009.
Our Group boasts an all-star cast, beginning with our founder, Gib Drendel, a college valedictorian and Harvard Law School grad. Kevin Drendel, his son, graduated magna cum laude, second in his law school class. Carolyn D. Jansons and Roman J. Seckel both finished in the top 10% of their law school classes. Roman Seckel was also the valedictorian of his high school class. Lawrence (Larry) W. Lobb comes from the corporate, in-house counsel world with GM and became a member of the Group after being named the Outstanding New Lawyer by the Kane County Bar Association in 2011. The Group's academic accolades are just a sign post marking the way to professional achievements. Edward J. Boula, III spent a few years in downstate Illinois before we gave him a reason to relocate to the western suburbs. Ed was also near the top of his law school class and was the Lead Articles Editor of the NIU Law Journal, a prestigious position.
The current achievements are a vine bearing fruit from a strong root of leadership in the legal community planted by Gib Drendel in the Kane County Bar Association, the oldest bar association in the State going back to the days when Abraham Lincoln rode the circuit. Those roots include six Bar Association Presidents: Gib Drendel in 1976/77; Thomas McCracken in 1977/78; Susan B. Tatnall in 1989/90 (first female President); Kevin Drendel in 2003/04; Larry Lobb in 2016/17; and Carolyn Jansons in 2017/18.. No other law firm in Kane County can boast as many past presidents.
Larry Lobb has been a member of KCBA Board of Managers since 2012 and became the President in 2016. Carolyn Jansons has also served on the Board of Managers since 2014, and she became the Vice President in 2016 and will be the President in 2017. Roman Seckel became the legal counsel for the Kane County Bar Foundation in 2016, and heads up the Ethics Committee of the KCBA. Edward Boula became the chair of the Local Government Committee in 2016 as well. In addition a the firm as had three recipients of the Kane County Bar Association Outstanding New Lawyer award: Carolyn Jansons in 2006, Roman Seckel in 2010; and Larry Lobb in 2011. Roman Seckel has also been the Kane County Bar Foundation legal counsel since 2016.
All of the current Firm members have chaired multiple Bar Association committee and/or moderated and spoken at continuing legal education seminars for attorneys and non-attorneys. All of the attorneys in the Firm are involved in community leadership as well, including the Lion's Club, Kiwanis, a local library board, Hospice, music foundation, legal aid clinic, coaching local youth sports and in many other ways.
As evidence of the generosity of some of the Firm attorneys, we were honored as the recipient of the Illinois small firm Pro Bono Award from the Illinois Bar Association. Mark Brent was the recipient of the Kane County Pro Bono Award in 2015 from the Kane County Bar Foundation, and Larry Lobb received the Kane County Bar Foundation Pro Bono Award in 2018. Roman Seckel and his family were named the Family of the Year for 2016-2017 by the St. Charles Council #12497 of the Knights of Columbus. Kevin Drendel received the Commitment to Community Award from the North Aurora Mother's Club in 2012.
Mark D. Brent has authored portions of books for attorneys and the general population on family law, including the book, Divorce Proceedings in Illinois: What You Need to Know, published in 2012 by Thompson Reuters. (This book is now obsolete after the comprehensive changes to the Illinois Marriage & Dissolution of Marriage Act.) Roman Seckel has been published in the Illinois Bar Journal and received the Illinois State Bar Association Lincoln Writing Award in 2007. Kevin G. Drendel is a frequent blogger on many topics.
Drendel & Jansons Law Group serves clients in many areas of the law, including business and corporate law, corporate and LLC formation, providing general counsel to businesses, reviewing, drafting and negotiating all types of contracts, handling sales and acquisitions and providing general advice to businesses on an ongoing basis. We encourage good relationships with our clients and are sensitive to the costs. Clients take advantage of the Business Call In Program, which offers unlimited advice for $50 a month ($500 a year) on routine matters that businesses face.
We practice family law, including divorce, child support, spousal support, adoptions, guardianship, and every aspect of family law. The Firm has been a leader in the practice of family law for decades. Gilbert Drendel was the longtime chairman of the Kane County Bar Association Family Law Committee in the past. Carolyn Jansons has also served as the chair of that committee, the largest committee in the 1400 member Bar Association. Gilbert Drendel, Mark Brent and Roman Seckel have written articles and books on the subject. Gilbert Drendel, Carolyn Jansons and Roman Seckel have been frequent speakers on family law topics at continuing legal education seminars to other attorneys.
We do estate planning and administration, including drafting wills, trusts, powers of attorney, living wills, and educating and advising clients in the preparation of their estate plans. We handle the administration of estates, including probate administration, guardianship, and trust administration.
We handle residential and commercial real estate, including sales and purchases, land use and development, zoning, and just about anything having anything to do with real estate.
We now represent clients in bankruptcy, consumer and mortgage loan modification, asset protection, and related matters.
We do other things, but we do not do everything. No one can do it all, and do it well. Therefore, we actively seek out connections and relationships with other attorneys and professionals. If we do not do it, we know someone who does. We maintain close relationships with other attorneys and professionals who do things we do not do. We have developed a network of connections with people who we implicitly trust. We would not refer anyone to someone we would not trust with our own matters.
Following is a summary of the practice areas:
- Family Law, including Divorce, Custody, Support, Paternity, Visitation, Maintenance and Adoptions
- Corporate and Business Planning, Organization & Ongoing Representation
- Estate Planning, including Wills, Trusts, Powers of Attorney and Living Wills
- Estate and Trust Administration
- Elder Law
- Real Estate Sales, Acquisitions, and Development/Zoning
- Real Estate Closings and Post Closing Litigation
- Commercial and Civil Litigation including minor personal injury matters
- Construction Law
- Small Business Representation and Litigation
- Collections and Liens
- Bankruptcy (Chapter 7 & 13)
- Consumer loan and mortgage loan modification
- Foreclosure and Foreclosure Defense
- Trials and Appeals in State Court
- Municipal Law
- School Law
Please view our Service Area page for information on our geographical areas.
“Roman provided his attorney services to me with the utmost professionalism in a very time sensitive eviction case. He kept me informed every step of the way and we communicated flawlessly to ensure the case went just as planned. As a landlord, this is exactly what i needed. I would and likely will hire Roman Seckel again for any legal work I need done in the future.”
- Landlord Client
“While pride myself at being professional, going through something as this has tested my true resolve at times because of its personal and emotional closeness. Your experience and nature of guiding me through the complexities of a divorce are very much appreciated. I remember something you said at the beginning of the process which was “my job is to prepare you for your future”. That you have done, gentle at times and with sternness and conviction at others. Job well done. Trusting you to represent me and your experience and honesty together have prepared me well for my future. I have a future. Thank you.”
- D.R., Family Law Client
“Carolyn has been my lawyer for more than 5 years. She has helped me complete my parenting agreement, divorce, child support and maintenance issues, and change of custody petitions. She defended my rights as a father and represented me well in court. Even through difficult times, she provided level-headed advice that achieved the desired results in my case.”
- Family Law Client
“I've worked with Kevin from both a business and a personal perspective and he has always demonstrated thorough knowledge, provided sound advice, and exhibited the highest ethical standards. I have recommended him to both family and friends.“
- Rob, Business/Corporate Client
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