I am a well-respected, personable attorney in northern Illinois. I practice primarily in DuPage, DeKalb, Will, Kane, and Kendall counties. I focus my practice on sensible solutions for families facing divorce, separation, or the end of a relationship, whether the case involves custody and parenting responsibilities or financial resolution.  I also focus my practice on family formation, either through adoptions, assisted reproduction, or surrogacy.   I have been ranked as a Leading Lawyer by the Leading Lawyers Network in family law, adoption law, and alternative dispute resolution, and have been named one of the top 10 adoption attorneys in Illinois.   I serve as a guardian ad litem in various family law matters and have been recognized by the circuit courts of DuPage, Kendall, and Kane counties as a respected and caring advocate for children.

Personal Statement

I chose family law for my practice area because it provides me with opportunities to help people find creative and clear solutions to difficult issues when families dissolve.   I have the opportunity to collaborate with clients in looking at better choices in responding to high-conflict issues.   When working with families who want to grow, adoptions are very satisfying.   Adoptive families bring a different joy to my practice, as does helping families grow through assisted reproduction and surrogacy.   As a guardian ad litem and a mediator, I have the challenge of serving as a sounding board for opposing parties to help them develop the best possible agreements on how to manage their futures in a two-household setting.   Not all cases end by agreement, and if I am called to litigate, you can rest assured I will do so with zeal, skill, and professionalism.  My goal is to help clients to the best of my abilities.

When I am not practicing law, I find ways to keep active.   I volunteer as a science coach at a local elementary school.  I was born and raised in the Wheaton area, where I currently reside with my daughter.

Partner

  • Paternity
  • Family Law (divorce, custody, alimony)
  • Adoptions
  • Illinois, 1998
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit, 2000
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2002
  • U.S. Tax Court, 2001
  • University of Illinois College of Law, Urbana, Illinois, 1998
    • J.D.
    • Honors: Magna Cum Laude
    • Honors: Dean’s List; Moot Court
  • Illinois State University, Normal, Illinois, 1995
    • B.A.
    • Honors: Magna Cum Laude
    • Honors: Illinois State University Presidential Scholar; Dean’s List
  • Leading Lawyers, 2016
  • Super Lawyers, 2014 – 2016
  • Super Lawyers, Rising Star, 2009 – 2013

“At the Finish Line: Drafting Sponsorship Agreements That Won’t Trip You Up” (co-author), DCBA Brief, Volume 20, Issue 5, 2008

  • United States v. Thomas, 284 F.3e 746 (7th Cir 2002)
  • Past Employment Positions:
  • Winston & Strawn LLP, Staff Attorney, 1998 – 2005
  • McLean County State’s Attorney’s Office, Rull 711 Intern, 1997 – 1998

Lawyers for the Creative Arts, 2000 – Present

  • French
  • Spanish

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