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. Brian is the President of The Arc of Illinois; serves on the State of Illinois Guardianship and Advocacy Commission; has been a member of the Board of Directors of Clearbrook (serving more than 3,500 individuals with developmental disabilities) since 1989; is a member of the Board of Directors of Pact, Inc. (PAS/ISC Agent for DuPage County, also available to serve as Trustee of Special Needs Trusts, as well as available to serve as Guardian); is Chairman of the Board of Directors of the SLSF, the foundation supporting the Northwest Suburban Special Recreation Association (NWSRA); served as the founding Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Foundation of The Special Education District of Lake County (SEDOL Foundation); served on the Board of Directors of KESHET (Jewish Parents of Children with Special Needs); served on the Board of Directors of Northpointe Resources; serves on the Board of Directors of the Special Needs Alliance, the national, non-profit, association of experienced special needs planning attorneys (membership is by invitation only); served on the Special Needs Law Section Steering Committee, of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys; was a Charter Member of the Academy of Special Needs Planners; and is a Faculty Member & Text Book Author for the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education (IICLE). Brian is also the Past Chairman of the State of Illinois Statewide Advisory Council on Developmental Disabilities; Co-Chairman of the State of Illinois Autism Task Force since it was established by the Illinois Legislature in 2005; served on the State of Illinois Department of Human Services Office of Inspector General Quality Care Board, Division of Developmental Disabilities Strategic Plan Team; served on the State of Illinois Disabilities Services Advisory Committee (The State of Illinois “Olmstead” Committee); and served on the Division of Developmental Disabilities Quality Committee, among many other State of Illinois Committees and Commissions.
Brian is a former IRS Agent and a former IRS Estate Tax Attorney. Brian served by appointment on the American Bar Association's Sub-Committee on "Special Needs Trusts and Other Protective Vehicles". Brian has served by appointment of the President of the Illinois State Bar Association on that Association's "Section Council" on Estate Planning, Probate and Trust Law. Brian also has served, by appointment, on that Association's "Standing Committee" on the mentally disabled. Brian served three, four year terms, twelve years, as an elected Village Trustee in Buffalo Grove, Illinois (population 45,000) and was the founder of and served as Chairman of the Buffalo Grove Commission for Residents with Disabilities. Brian is a Past President of the Rotary Club of Buffalo Grove and has also served as an Assistant District Governor for Rotary District 6440.
Brian sincerely feels that Mitchell has allowed him, his wife, Linda, as well as “big sister/assistant mom” Nicole and “little/big brother” Benjamin, to better appreciate what is truly important in life... and what is...maybe.. not so important. Brian feels the tremendous responsibility of not only being the parent of a child with special needs, but also as an attorney with the knowledge and ability to assist others in special needs future planning...needed to secure the future of children and adults with special needs. While Brian wishes for Mitchell to have a long, healthy and enjoyable life, he often admits that he prays that he lives at least one moment longer than Mitchell...for that ultimately is the “Parent’s Prayer”...the desire not to ask anyone else to, or to have anyone else have to “take over” the enormous responsibility of caring for their child with special needs...as only a fellow parent could understand. Brian is a frequent author and lecturer on the topic of appropriate future planning for families of individuals with special needs.
Benjamin A. Rubin
Attorney Benjamin (Benji) Rubin, Brian’s youngest son, Mitchell’s “little/big” brother, graduated from the University of Illinois Law School, Magna Cum Laude, and received his undergraduate degree from Northwestern University. Benji is a member of the Academy of Special Needs Planners, an associate member of the Special Needs Alliance, serves as the President of SIBS (Supporting Illinois Brothers and Sisters, the Illinois chapter of the national Sibling Leadership Network - affiliated with the Arc of U.S.), and serves on the Leadership Committee, and as Co-Chair of the Public Funding Advocacy Committee, of the Supported Community Living Initiative, a joint venture of the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago, the Jewish Child and Family Services, and Keshet, regarding residential and day programming for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Having Mitchell as a brother profoundly shaped who Benji is today, and thus the type of law he chose to practice. His personal experiences as a sibling offer a unique perspective into the responsibilities that come with caring for a sibling with special needs. Now, as an adult, those sometimes present and future responsibilities he will share with his older sister regarding his brother’s care, are a concern that he shares with all brothers and sisters of individuals with special needs.
Judith L. Smith
Judie 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
Melanie 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.
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.
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.
- A letter to fellow parents
- A letter to siblings
- Why is it a secret?
- The Illinois Disgrace
- Heart to heart family educational group presentations
Upcoming Lectures and Events
Brian will be speaking at these locations
- [Oak Park] Oak Leyden Developmental Services 05/23/13
- [St. Charles] St. Charles Epilepsy Group 06/04/13
- [San Antonio, TX] 2013 NAMI National Convention 06/28/13
- [Pittsburgh, PA] The Autism Society of America Nat. Conf. 07/10/13
- [Bellevue, WA] The Arc of U.S. 2013 National Convention 08/02/13
- [Elk Grove Village] Clearbrook's Vendor Expo 09/12/13