Atty Andrey Filipowicz of Leving Firm Secures Major International
Child Abduction Case Victory
CHICAGO, Sept 4, 2012 – Federal Judge Gary Feinerman issued a landmark ruling on
August 31, 2012, in an international child abduction case in favor of Marcin
Tlustochowicz, who was represented by Andrey B. Filipowicz of the Law Offices of
Jeffery M. Leving, Ltd. Judge Feinerman ruled that Mr. Tlustochowicz’s wife’s removal
of their son from the United States to Poland was wrongful, within the meaning of Article
3 of the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction. Judge
Feinereman’s ruling came after a court in Poland requested that Mr. Tlustochowicz seek
such a ruling from a United States Court.
“This case is unusual in that it marks a new found cooperation between courts of
different countries working together to implement an international treaty, across
international and jurisdictional boundaries,” said attorney Jeffery M. Leving, a leading
authority on international child abduction cases.
The attorneys for Mr. Tlustochowicz worked swiftly and tirelessly on behalf of their
client. The Article 15 Petition was filed on July 11, 2012, and Judge Feinerman put the
matter on an expedited schedule, as the Polish Court is scheduled to conduct hearings on
September 17, 2012. The ruling came in the wake of a full day of trial on August 30,
2012. The wife, who testified via telephone link, came under the sharp cross examination
of Mr. Filipowicz.
At the conclusion of the proceedings, Judge Feinerman took the step of praising the
professionalism and skill of counsel Andrey Filipowicz.
Filipowicz commented that, “I am pleased that my client’s position was vindicated by the
Judge. This is a necessary step on the path to the reunion of father and child. My client
has done everything in his power to secure the return of his son, and I am proud of the
role my Firm has played in making that reunion possible.”
For further information about this case, contact Jennifer Whiteside at 312-296-3666.