About Paul J. Bargiel

Paul J. Bargiel has managed 250+ appeals, including 50+ appeals before the Illinois Supreme Court and seven appeals before the United States Supreme Court, and received approximately 200 reported decisions.

Please find below a number of highlighted cases. A complete list of citations will be provided upon request.


Paul J. Bargiel
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Case Law

In Re Marriage of Wade, 408 Ill App 3d 775 (2011)
In this appeal, Mr. Bargiel preserved the entry of a bifurcated judgment for dissolution of marriage which divorced the parties, while reserving all remaining matters for resolution at a later date.  This was the first case to employ a bifurcation to benefit the emotional and mental well being of the parties' children.

In Re Marriage of D.T.W. and S.L.W., 2011 IL App (1st) 111225 (2011)
In this appeal, Mr. Bargiel preserved the custody determination in favor of a professional basketball player which permitted him to remove his two boys from Illinois to Florida.

Walker v. Walker, 701 F 3d (7th Cir. 2013)
In this appeal, Mr. Bargiel was successful in reversing the District Court and having the parties' children returned to Australia, their place of habitual residence, under the Hague Convention.

In Re Marriage of Goldsmith, 2011 IL App (1st) 093448
In this appeal, Mr. Bargiel preserved the husband's interest in nearly $2 million in assets against the wife's claim that she had an interest in these assets because he failed to disclose them prior to entering a marital settlement agreement.

Wolfe v. Wolfe, 62 Ill App 3d 498 (1978)
In this appeal, Mr. Bargiel had the trial court's denial of the husband's request for an annulment based upon the fact that his wife had lied to her religious husband about the death of her former spouse reversed.  Prior to this case, such a lie would not have supported a case for annulment.

Atkinson v. Atkinson, 87 Ill 2d 174 (1981)
In this appeal, decided by the Illinois Supreme Court, Mr. Bargiel preserved an award of custody in favor of the mother against the claim that the custody award was based upon the gender of the children (the children were two little girls) resulting in inappropriate presumptions favoring the mother.