THE ‘GOOD DIVORCE’ LAWYER
Miles N. Beermann, with Beermann Pritikin Mirabelli Swerdlove,
teaches splitting spouses how to be in the same room together
INTERVIEW CONDUCTED AND EDITED BY BETH TAYLOR
Q: What was it like growing up in Chicago?
A: There’s no place like Chicago. I grew
up in the shadow of Wrigley Field, and
so I’m a lifelong Cubs fan. I lived in a
neighborhood that’s called Lakeview, and
it’s just a marvelous area. But now I’ve
been living in the suburbs for many, many
years. I work downtown.
Q: Early influences?
A: My mother and my father were big
influences on me. My dad was a probate
lawyer, and I grew up in a house where there
was a lot of lawyer talk. My mother was a
secretary when she was younger. And my
grandfather—my mother’s father—was in
the legal system. He wasn’t a lawyer, but my
grandfather was a chief investigator of the
public administrator’s office in Cook County
for about 45 years, and so he knew all the
judges and he knew all the lawyers.
My dad, who was born and raised in
Milwaukee … met my mother in a resort
area in Wisconsin. My dad became a
probate lawyer because of my grandfather,
and he had a 9-to- 5 practice. It was a
much different practice in those days. The
courts were closed in the summertime
because there was no air conditioning, and
you really couldn’t get much done, so we
had my dad for most of the summer, and
we spent those summers in Michigan. I still
spend my summers in Michigan.