C-K Law Group Practice Areas

The C-K Law Group has seven areas of specialty, each headed by an experienced attorney who is known for their work. Additionally, we partner with the Greater Chicago Legal Clinic for their renowned, groundbreaking work in Environmental and Energy Law. Details on each area of practice are listed below. Fees for service vary depending on practice area.

C-K Law Group Practice Areas

Criminal Defense Litigation: Experienced veteran criminal defense attorney Richard S. Kling handles an extraordinarily wide range of cases including state and federal serious felonies including capital cases, state and federal appellate and post conviction matters, wrongful conviction cases, and civil rights litigation including excessive use of force cases.

Civil Litigation: Represents plaintiffs in cases that involve employment discrimination and retaliation, wage and hour law, whistleblower actions, consumer law, class actions, and other complex litigation. Its supervising attorney, Jamie Franklin, has been a plaintiff-side litigator her entire career.

Family Law: Represents parents and children in domestic relations matters ranging from pre- and post-nuptial agreements; legal separation; divorce; allocation of parenting time and responsibilities; child support; spousal support; and post-decree enforcement, from inception through settlement or trial.  We engage in mediation, litigation, collaborative law, and arbitration. The specialty is headed by veteran family law attorney Rhonda E. de Freitas. 

Employee Benefit Claims: Specializes in benefit claims made under employer-sponsored health, disability, life, and accidental death policies, both the internal appeals process and in litigation. Headed by experienced ERISA and insurance contract law attorney William Reynolds.

Immigration Law: Represents individuals and families in family-based, humanitarian relief, and removal defense throughout the United States under U.S. immigration and nationality law. Under the supervision of Victoria Carmona, who has been practicing immigration law for nearly a decade, the practice prepares affirmative applications and attending interviews before U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, including applications for permanent residency, citizenship, and humanitarian relief including asylum, special immigrant juvenile status, DACA, stays of removal, U-visa and VAWA. Consultations are $80.00 per case; at the consultation, the attorney will determine whether representation is plausible, with services offered below-market at a flat-fee rate.

Tax Law: As a full-service federal tax controversy and transactions practice, we aggressively represent clients in a wide variety of disputes with the Internal Revenue Service. We primarily serve middle-income individuals and small business taxpayers in connection with IRS and Illinois Department of Revenue audits, administrative appeals, and trials before the United States Tax Court, the United States District Court, and the Illinois Independent Tax Tribunal.  Headed by C-K Law Group Director Jon Decatorsmith, a former IRS trial attorney and experienced federal tax litigator, the clinic has in recent years grown to offer not-for-profit organization formation and compliance, return preparer representation, and complex international tax compliance.

Workplace Discrimination: A mainstay of C-K Law Group for 35 years. Attorney Richard Gonzalez has handled hundreds of workplace discrimination and wrongful discharge suits including sexual, racial, and ethnic harassment; equal pay; disability rights; whistleblowing; workplace defamation; and the full array of employment law. The Plaintiff's Employment Law section recovered millions of dollars in compensation for victims of workplace illegality over the years. Among its accomplishments, that section obtained the largest damages award in the history of the Illinois Human Rights Commission.