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.

Katherine A. Walker

Katherine Walker has been a licensed attorney in the State of Illinois since October 2013. She has been an associate at Stern & Associates since June 2014.

Katherine received a B.A. from Augustana College (Illinois) in 2010, where she triple majored in Political Science, Communications, and Religion. She was also a co-captain and a NCAA Division III athlete on Augustana’s softball team. Katherine then attended Valparaiso University Law School, where she received her Juris Doctor and was one of three graduates presented with the Corpus Juris Secundum for the most significant overall contribution to the law school in May 2013. While an active member of the law school’s International Moot Court team, Katherine and her teammates were awarded first place “Best Team” at the D.M.H. Harish Memorial Government Law College International Moot Court competition in Mumbai, India.

Katherine is an active member of the Chicago Bar Association and the Illinois State Bar Association.