Lester L. Barclay is the managing partner of The Barclay Law Group in Chicago, Illinois. A graduate of Oberlin College and Case Western Reserve University School of Law, he has practiced matrimonial law since 1985. In that time, he has earned a sterling reputation as a skilled litigator who seeks to maintain the family’s integrity during and after divorce. His passionate calling is to help children, who are so often collateral damage in custody and divorce matters. Frequently, the court appoints him Guardian Ad Litem to protect the interests of children in marital breakup. His influential and ethnically diverse law firm serves an equally diverse clientele. The firm’s list of clients has included Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., the Estate of Emmett Till, and the National Black Evangelical Association, and the handling of family law matters involving professional athletes Eddy Curry, Richard Dent, Antwaan Randle El, and Dwyane Wade.
In addition to his law practice, Barclay is a legal advocate for the disadvantaged and a helpful mentor to young attorneys. He also has been actively involved in civic affairs, serving as president of both the Chicago Office of Tourism and Culture, and the Christian Community Health Center in Chicago, and a member of the Illinois African-American Family Commission. Further, Barclay is a friend and advisor to many business owners, corporate executives, pastors, and civic leaders. Generous and compassionate, and in spite of his demanding schedule, Barclay has served as a teen Sunday School teacher for more than 20 years. Barclay is a member of the National Bar Association, Cook County Bar Association, and the Chicago Bar Association.
Lester L. Barclay lives in Chicago with his wife, Dr. Sue Barclay, and their three children.