Attorney Profiles

Adam M. Stern

Adam Stern is a licensed attorney in the State of Illinois since 1994.  Mr. Stern began his legal career working at the Legal Services of Northwest Indiana in September of 1994, before taking a position with the Cook County Public Guardian’s office in April of 1995.  Mr. Stern, in his seven plus years at the Public Guardian’s office represented abused and neglected children in Child Protection proceedings and represented the Public Guardian as the legal guardian for disabled adults.  In May 2002, Mr. Stern entered private practice.

Mr. Stern is a 1991 graduate of Boston University with a B.A. in Political Science and a minor in Rehabilitation Counseling.  Mr. Stern graduated the Valparaiso University School of Law in 1994 with honors.   In addition to graduating with honors, Mr. Stern received two awards upon graduating:  Corpus Secondum Award (one of only three recipients) as well as a Public Service award.

Since entering a private practice, Mr. Stern has:

  1. Been an Adjunct Professor of Law;
  2. Has represented the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services in the prosecution of child abuse/neglect case;
  3. Has been an official consulting attorney for the Mexican Consulate in Chicago;
  4. Is a frequent court-appointed Guardian ad litem (GAL) and Attorney in Disabled Adult guardianship cases;
  5. Author of the ICLE chapter on “Citations to Recover Assets”;
  6. Argued before the Illinois Supreme Court in the Mark W. case involving representing the guardian of a disabled adult in a termination of parental rights appeal. 

Professional Associations:

  • National Association of Elder Law Attorneys
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Elder Law Section member
  • Probate practice section member
  • Juvenile law section member
  • American Bar Association


Matthew W. McQuiston

Matthew focuses his practice in the areas of elder law, estate planning, guardianship, and estate administration and litigation, including will contests and trust disputes. He has been an associate at Stern & Associates since May 2010.

Originally from Denver, Colorado, Matthew McQuiston received a B.A. from the University of Colorado in 2003, majoring in International Affairs. Matthew moved to Chicago in 2004 to attend the Chicago-Kent College of Law. He received his Juris Doctor from Chicago-Kent in 2007 with a certificate in Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution. While at Chicago-Kent, he was an editor of the Chicago-Kent Seventh Circuit Review.

Adam and Matthew authored the most recent chapter on Citations to Recover Assets under the Illinois Probate Act published by the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education.

Matthew is an active member of the Chicago Bar Association and Illinois State Bar Association. He is on the Board of GiGi’s Playhouse Chicago, a not-for-profit devoted to assisting children with Down Syndrome. He is also on the Board of Directors of Temple Sholom Chicago. Matthew is highly proficient in Spanish.

Outside of the law, Matthew is passionate about cooking, skiing, and travel.


Melinda M. Tsang 


Melinda received her B.A. from Bryn Mawr College (PA), where she majored in English Literature and minored in Political Science.   She received her law degree from The John Marshall Law School, with a J.D. certificate in Elder Law.  During law school she was an executive board member of the Journal of Information Technology and Privacy Law.

Melinda has long demonstrated her commitment to public service. She has volunteered at the Center for Disability and Elder Law, where she helped low-income seniors and people with disabilities.  She also staffed the Guardianship Help Desk at the Daley Center where she guided Pro Se petitioners through the filing process.  For her work at CDEL, she received the AT&T Pro Bono In Excellence Scholarship Award.

Melinda continues her volunteer work at the Chinatown Pro Bono Legal Clinic where she advises Chinese-speaking clients on common legal matters.  Additionally, she volunteers with Wills for Heroes, where she helps first responders prepare wills, living wills, and power of attorney documents.

Professional Associations:

  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Chinese American Bar Association of Greater Chicago member
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Center for Disability and Elder Law Young Professionals Board member


Outside of the law, Melinda enjoys crafting, travel, and cooking.