During his years of practice since 1969, Mr. Hopkins has specialized in formulating creative tax plans for clients. Over the decades, he has also had a substantial impact on improvements to laws affecting divorcing spouses, both nationally and in Illinois. From 1980 to 1986, Mr. Hopkins chaired the ABA Tax Section's Domestic Relations Tax Simplification Task Force, which spearheaded the divorce tax reforms to the Internal Revenue Code enacted in the mid-1980s. He also chaired an Illinois inter-bar Task Force that re-wrote the Illinois Domestic Violence Act, as well as chaired a Chicago Bar Association Committee that drafted the 1997 law in Illinois known as "The 'Leveling of the Playing Field' in Divorce Litigation Enactment." He is also a founder (and continues as a Director) of The Weitzman Center, a support and networking organization for victims of upscale domestic violence.
Mr. Hopkins has served as chair of the Illinois State Bar Association Family Law Section Council and as Chair of the Chicago Bar Association's Matrimonial Law Committee, as well as a member of the CBA's Board of Managers and the Chicago Bar Foundation’s Board of Directors. He has been a fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers since 1981 and has been selected by peers for inclusion in the 2003-2012 Illinois Leading Lawyers, in the 2005-12 Illinois Super Lawyers, and in “Best Lawyers in America,” Naifeth and Smith (2010-2013).
Mr. Hopkins is a frequent author and speaker, having presented numerous papers in the divorce taxation and domestic violence areas at a wide variety of seminars, symposia, and tax institutes. He is a graduate of Duke University and Columbia University Law School.