by Kenneth Braswell

It was in the small, weathered courtroom in downtown Chicago where attorney Jeffery Leving felt the weight of the moment. In front of him sat a father, eyes tinged red, barely holding back tears. The fate of this man’s relationship with his child hung in the balance, suspended between legalese and the biases that too often permeate the family court system. The judge peered down, eyes scanning the room as if searching for the truth in the faces before her. Leving cleared his throat. This was a setting all too familiar to him—a setting where he had changed lives.

For over four decades, Jeffery Leving has been a pioneering force in family law, a staunch advocate for father’s rights. A man whose very mission stems from a simple, yet profound belief: “Children with engaged fathers perform better academically and emotionally. When you fight for a father’s right, you are indirectly improving the future of our children.” Leving’s words echo not just his personal sentiment but a whole body of research, one that convincingly shows how integral fathers are to their children’s lives.

Attorney Jeffery M. Leving empowering fathers and community leaders at ICRF Fatherhood Symposium. Photo by Nikoleta Morales

You would be forgiven if you mistook Leving for a typical high-profile attorney. He dons the requisite tailored suit, his language dotted with legalese, his demeanor unwaveringly professional. But spend a few minutes with him, and you soon realize that the attorney facade houses a deeply empathetic soul—one relentlessly committed to redefining fatherhood in the modern age.

“My clients aren’t just cases; they’re human beings, fathers yearning for a fair chance to be there for their children,” Leving has often said. He has taken on landmark cases that have shaped the national conversation around paternity rights, custody battles, and even paternity fraud. His influence isn’t confined to the halls of justice; it’s palpable in legislative chambers, classrooms, and in media.

Leving is also a consultant on family law reforms and has been a significant voice in shaping policies that affect fathers. He’s appeared on numerous media outlets, often as a counterpoint to the prevailing notion that mothers are the more “natural” caregivers. “Too often, fathers are seen as optional family accessories, less necessary than mothers. That stereotype does a disservice to men, women, and children alike,” he points out.

He has penned multiple books, including his seminal work, “Fathers’ Rights,” which has been translated into multiple languages and serves as a guide for many men navigating the family court system. His work is so influential that it’s not just national but international; his legal strategies have been adopted by lawyers across the globe, proving that the issue of fatherhood knows no boundaries.

His work extends beyond the individual to the systemic. Leving’s radio show, where he imparts valuable legal insights to a broader audience, is a testament to this fact. “The more informed people are, the better decisions they can make for their families,” Leving believes. And then there’s his law firm—the Law Offices of Jeffery M. Leving Ltd.—a place where he’s nurtured and trained a new generation of lawyers. These lawyers, fortified by Leving’s experience and values, go out into the world to fight the same fight, armed with both the legal and emotional tools they need.

All of these endeavors stem from Leving’s singular focus: to give fathers a fighting chance in a system that, more often than not, sidelines them. Ask Kenneth Braswell, the CEO of Fathers Incorporated, who puts it succinctly: “What Jeffery does goes beyond just legal representation. He fights for a larger societal shift in how we perceive and support fatherhood. It’s transformative work.”

Developed from an eye-opening interview on the I Am Dad Podcast, the essence of Jeffery Leving emerges not just as an attorney but as a relentless champion of family, a man who understands the long-term impact of his work. “Every case I win sets a precedent, alters the narrative, and most importantly, reunites a father with his child. That, to me, is the most significant win.”

Leving’s advocacy has lit a beacon of hope for countless fathers who had none. It’s often these individual stories that keep him going, tales of dads who, against all odds, win the right to be a part of their children’s lives. These are not just legal victories; they are life-altering moments of reconnection and love, the true essence of family.

As his career continues to unfold, what becomes abundantly clear is that Jeffery Leving has become more than a lawyer, more than an advocate. He is a symbol of a transformative societal shift, a testament to the profound impact one person can have on the lives of many. Leving often says, “Fighting for father’s rights is not just about men, or even just about families. It’s about building stronger, more resilient communities for the future.”

Indeed, as fathers across the nation find empowerment and engagement through Leving’s efforts, we are reminded that the fight for a father’s right to be involved in his child’s life is a fight for the well-being of the child and, ultimately, for the future of our society. Jeffery Leving’s legacy is shaping up to be a profoundly humane one, deeply rooted in the simple yet transformative power of love, law, and fatherhood.

Posted by Fathers Incorporated

Fathers Incorporated (FI) is a national, non-profit organization working to build stronger families and communities through the promotion of Responsible Fatherhood. Established in 2004, FI has a unique seat at the national table, working with leaders in the White House, Congress, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Family Law, and the Responsible Fatherhood Movement. FI works collaboratively with organizations around the country to identify and advocate for social and legislative changes that lead to healthy father involvement with children, regardless of the father’s marital or economic status, or geographic location. From employment and incarceration issues, to child support and domestic violence, FI addresses long-standing problems to achieve long-term results for children, their families, the communities, and nation in which they live.

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