Brian N. Rubin
Attorney Brian Rubin, a practicing attorney since 1976, is the parent of three children, one of whom, Mitchell, has Autism. Brian’s law practice, since 1982, when Mitchell was one year old, has been dedicated to serving the legal and future planning needs of his fellow families of children and adults with intellectual disabilities, developmental disabilities, and/or mental illness.
Benjamin A. Rubin
Attorney Benjamin (Benji) Rubin, Brian’s youngest son, Mitchell’s “little/big” brother. Benji graduated from the University of Illinois College of Law, Magna Cum Laude, received his undergraduate degree from Northwestern University, and his Graduate Law Degree, an LLM (Tax), with honors, also from Northwestern University. Benji, a partner in the law firm, joined the practice in 2010.
Judith L. Smith
Attorney Judie Smith has been licensed to practice law in the State of Illinois since 1985. She has been an associate attorney with Brian Rubin since 1996. Judie’s practice, since 1996, has been limited to special needs estate planning and administration for families of individuals with special needs. Judie has handled countless adult guardianship matters for clients in Cook, Lake, McHenry, DuPage and Kane Counties. Her courtroom experience includes preparation and court approval of Medicaid “Pay Back” Trusts (also referred to as “OBRA ’93 Trusts” and/or “d4A Trusts”, preparation and court approval of trust and estate budgets, as well as preparation and approval of trust and estate annual accountings and annual reports. Judie is a member of the Special Needs Alliance.
Melanie B. Hoffman
Attorney Melanie Hoffman has been licensed to practice law in the State of Illinois since 1993. She began her career with the Office of the Cook County Public Guardian, working on behalf of abused and neglected children, and subsequently working in the Disabled Adult Division, responsible for estate administration and guardianship matters. Melanie left the Office of the Cook County Public Guardian to become an associate of Brian Rubin in 1995. Melanie’s practice was limited to estate planning, estate administration and guardianship for families of individuals with special needs. After a period spent raising her family, she renewed her affiliation with Brian Rubin in 2012. Melanie is an affiliate member of the Special Needs Alliance.
Jolie K. Kaplan
Attorney Jolie Kaplan has been licensed to practice law in the State of Illinois since 1996 and became an associate of Brian Rubin in 1997. Inspired by her own experiences having a sibling with special needs, Jolie’s practice was limited to estate planning, estate administration, and guardianship for families of individuals with special needs. After a period spent raising her family, Jolie renewed her affiliation with Brian Rubin in 2019.
OFFICE STAFF & LEGAL ASSISTANTS
Rubin Law, a professional corporation, maintains relationships with other attorneys in order to serve all legal needs of its clients. The firm’s staff also includes legal assistants.
Carmen joined Rubin Law as an administrative assistant in 2015. Carmen can relate to many of the situations our fellow families encounter as she too is the parent of a son with developmental disabilities.
Paralegal Jill Yonover joined Rubin Law in 2017. Jill has an undergraduate degree from Northwestern University and a graduate degree from New York University.
Karen joined Rubin Law as a legal assistant in 2007. Karen has more than 20 years of extensive experience in the areas of estate planning & estate administration.
Brian Rubin’s daughter, and Benjamin’s and Mitchell’s “big sister” (and assistant mother) joined Rubin Law as office manager and legal assistant in 2001. Nicole’s undergraduate degree is in nursing and is a Registered Nurse (RN/BSN). Nicole, as an older sibling, brings an unparalleled understanding of the day-to-day obstacles, and successes that her fellow families of individuals with special needs endure.
Brian Rubin’s wife, joined Rubin Law as a legal assistant in 2001. Linda, as Mitch’s Mom, offers an experienced point of view as someone who has lived through all the trials & tribulations that fellow families of individuals with special needs weather.
Brian Rubin’s son, who has autism among other diagnosed special needs, also works at Rubin Law on Mondays, shredding documents and greeting clients, among other assigned tasks.
Chris joined Rubin Law in 2020, she received her degree in Accounting and Business and paralegal certificate in 1984. Chris has over 30 years’ experience in office management, accounting, legal support, and non-for-profit roles. She is the co-Founder of Bi-County Cooperative Foundation which leaves a legacy of a community embracing special needs individuals in her family’s hometown. Having a daughter with an autism spectrum disorder gives her the unique perspective of what needs to be done not just now but in the future and understands all the fears, tears and joys of the journey that come along with raising a child with a disability. Chris has spent many years working with Autism Projects as mentor, speaker, motivator, consultant. – Special Olympics is her “other” family and has been a “grounding” for her daughter, Amanda, who is an accomplished athlete leader! Her passion is connecting parents with resources, so they don’t have to “reinvent” the wheel. Alone we can do nothing, together we can do it all.