David H. Hopkins - In Memoriam


David H. Hopkins
AKC Canine Health Foundation
Member, Board of Directors

David Harold Hopkins of Western Springs, Illinois, passed in peace after a brave and hard-fought battle against cancer at the age of 75 on August 7, 2019. He is survived by his beloved wife, Marie, of 47 years of marriage, his two children, Melissa and Christopher, and his three amazing grandchildren, Sophia, Declan and Ethan. He will also be forever missed by his two brothers, Jay and Richard.

Born on March 19, 1944 in Farragut, Idaho, he was the middle son of Everett and Bernice Hopkins.

David later graduated from Duke University in 1966 and Columbia Law School in 1969. While working as a summer associate in Chicago, he met Marie on a blind date and subsequent to many Midwestern, home-cooked meals he solidified his decision to move to Chicago upon graduation. He soon after began his full-time legal career with McDermott Will & Emery, where he practiced for 14 years. He later moved to Schiller DuCanto & Fleck LLP, where he practiced matrimonial law with a specialty in tax planning and domestic violence.

Over the decades, he had a substantial impact on the improvements to laws affecting divorcing spouses. From 1980 to 1986, he chaired the American Bar Association’s Domestic Relations Tax Simplification Task Force, which spearheaded the divorce tax reforms to the Internal Revenue Code. He also chaired an Illinois inter-bar association task force that re-wrote the Illinois Domestic Violence Act, as well as chaired a Chicago Bar Association committee that drafted the 1997 law in Illinois known as “The ‘Leveling of the Playing Field’ in Divorce Litigation Enactment”.

Throughout his career, he received several honors, including Best Lawyers in America, Naifeth and Smith (2010-2019), Illinois Super Lawyers (2005-2019), and Leading Lawyers Network – Leading Lawyer in Family Law (2003-2018). Additionally, in 1992 he was the recipient of the Board of Governors’ Award from the Illinois State Bar Association for work that led to the re-write of the Illinois Domestic Violence Act.

Outside of family and work, David’s passion was breeding and raising English Springer Spaniels. He started with his first Springer at the age of 10 and throughout his life he bred 17 open or amateur field trial champions. He passionately served as a Delegate for the American Kennel Club (“AKC”) as well as on the Board of Directors for the AKC Canine Health Foundation, which is dedicated to advancing the well-being of dogs by funding health research projects on a national level. On a local level, David also was actively involved in the Western Springs-Hinsdale Kiwanis Club and served as a past president.

His generosity towards everyone was unparalleled. He will be truly missed not only by his family, but also by many friends and colleagues across different passions and organizations in life.

David’s family has asked that contributions in his memory be made to:
The American Cancer Society at www.cancer.org or to the AKC Canine Health Foundation.

Donations to the AKC Canine Health Foundation can be made online or by mailing a check, marked in memory of David Hopkins, to:
AKC Canine Health Foundation
8051 Arco Corporate Drive, Suite 300
Raleigh, NC 27617

Please contact CHF directly at 919-334-4010 if you need assistance with the online tribute form or for any questions you may have about honoring David Hopkins.

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