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About Brian R. Dolan

Over 22 years of legal experience.

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Brian R. Dolan

Probate Attorney

I was a military kid following my Marine Corps Gunnery Sergeant father from the East Coast to the West before settling in the heartland of suburban Kansas City where I spent most of my formative years.  Whenever I have lived elsewhere, I always missed that friendly, cooperative, helpful, and hard-working Mid-Western character.  Following in the family tradition of service, I enlisted in the U.S. Navy, mostly as a Navy paralegal, during which I found myself again on both coasts and overseas, twice being deployed to war-torn (now former) Yugoslavia, ultimately ending up at the Legal Service Office at the Great Lakes Naval Training Center just north of Chicago, where I fell in love with Chicagoland.

During my service, I was three times decorated with the Navy Achievement Medal and twice honored by Admiral’s Letters of Commendation.  When my enlistment ended, I stayed in Chicago to finish my undergraduate degree at Northwestern University where I frequently made the Dean’s List and was granted a Schiff Scholarship.  Fulfilling a promise to my wife, a life-long Chicagoan, after graduation, we moved to south Florida to attend law school, after which I entered practice with a small, family-owned firm practicing probate, trust administration, estate planning, wills & trusts and guardianship.

After over 20 years in South Florida, my wife and I recently returned home to the Chicago area, where I have hung my own shingle.  I continue to practice in the areas of probate, trust administration, estate planning, wills & trusts and guardianship.

I am proud to have been rated by my peers as an AV Preeminent attorney with Martindale-Hubbell®.  The Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™ are an objective indicator of a lawyer’s high ethical standards and professional ability, generated from evaluations of lawyers by other members of the bar and the judiciary in the United States and Canada. According to their website, “AV Preeminent is a significant rating accomplishment – a testament to the fact that a lawyer’s peers rank him or her at the highest level of professional excellence.”  I am likewise proud to have been recognized as a “Rising Star” by the editors of SuperLaywers magazine.  I have also earned a Superior (10/10) rating by

As a student at the Shepard Broad College of Law at Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, I received a Florida Bar Foundation Public Service Fellowship and a National Academy of Public Interest Law Fellowship to represent the elderly in various issues confronting seniors as an intern in the Senior Citizens Law Project at Legal Aid Services of Broward County.

Professionally, I am a member of the Florida Bar, Illinois State Bar Association, and Broward County Bar Association.  I am proud to have served on the Florida Bar Military Affairs Committee, looking out for issues concerning military members and their families, and Grievance Committee 17A, protecting citizens from the excesses of unscrupulous attorneys.

I have been active in civil life by regularly handling pro bono cases, being recognized as Attorney of the Month by the Legal Aid Service of Broward County.  Additionally, I served as a member and chairman of the Oakland Park (FL) General Employees’ Retirement Fund. 

Being a long-time scuba diver, I have taken pleasure in participating in beach and waterway cleanup activities in Florida and will continue to do so here in Illinois. I have also affiliated with the Ocean Watch Foundation and was a member of The Dive Bar, a voluntary bar association for scuba diving attorneys.

Marjie and I have been married over 25 years.  We have hundreds of children, and growing, through Marjie’s work as an educator and administrator in early childhood education. 

Professional Affiliations:

  • Illinois State Bar Association (2020-)
  • Florida Bar Association (Real Property and Probate Law Section; Solo and Small Firm Section) (2002-)
  • Military Affairs Committee (2005-2011)
  • Grievance Committee 17A (2012-2015; Vice Chair 2013-2014; Chair 2014-2015)
  • Broward County Bar Association (Real Property and Probate Law Section; Solo and Small Firm Section)(2002-)
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
  • Florida Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
  • Former Adjunct Instructor (Civil Procedure), Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL

Civic Activities:

  • Past Chairman (2009) and member, Board of Trustees, Oakland Park (FL) General Employees’ Retirement Fund (2007-2009)
  • The Dive Bar (Florida’s Underwater Bar Association (2011-2013)
  • Ocean Watch Foundation (2004-2008)