I am a divorce and family law attorney with a very strong financial background as a CPA with a Masters of Tax Law. I am Partner at the firm Harrison & Held, LLP with offices in downtown Chicago.
The divorce process can be complicated and overwhelming. I make sure my clients understand why we are taking each step through this process. I look at the entire situation objectively, always with an eye on the end result; working with my clients to find the best solutions for them and their families. With my proven track record as one of the top rated divorce and family law attorneys in the Chicagoland area, I have helped many people through the divorce process.
I represent people in all aspects of family law. My clients have issues concerning child custody, child support, property division, business valuation, finding hidden assets and income, paternity, domestic violence, adoption, and grandparents’ rights. For those planning to marry, I write prenuptial agreements or postnuptial agreements for individuals who have already taken the big step.
In addition to representing my clients in the courtroom, I solve issues using alternative dispute processes such as Collaborative Law and mediation that can be employed to settle cases between disagreeing spouses. I am a Certified Mediator in the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois in the Domestic Relations Division.
Drawing upon my previous work experience as a Certified Public Account and tax attorney, I negotiate, and if required go to trial for you. I am very strong in cases involving finances.
I am a Fellow in the prestigious American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, which is a select national group of attorneys acknowledged as prominent family law practitioners.
Every year since 2009, I have been recognized by the Leading Lawyers Network and have also been named an Illinois Super Lawyer. A Super Lawyer is considered the best in their profession and “represent the top 5% of the practicing attorneys in Illinois.” I am proud of my credentials that make me recognized and respected by my peers. This year I was included in The Best Lawyers In America© in the practice area of Family Law, which is another peer selected recognition.
According to the Martindale-Hubbell® Lawyer Rating System, I have received the highest rating, which denotes “adherence to professional standards of conduct and ethics, reliability, diligence and other criteria relevant to the discharge of professional responsibilities.”
Throughout the State of Illinois, I am asked to speak at Continuing Legal Education Programs. I have authored articles and a book chapter, been consulted by the print media on family law issues, have appeared on television and radio, and have been quoted in numerous publications. During my career, I have taught courses for and lectured to non-lawyers on a variety of family law issues.
People in crisis want me to help them because I listen to them and understand their point of view. They want someone who can provide the emotional support needed as they go through a critical period in their life. My clients use words like “trustworthy,” “calm” and “empathetic” to describe me. My clients tell me they feel calmer after talking with me. My goal is to help my clients make smart decisions.
I come from a family of lawyers. My father was also a divorce attorney so I have been connected with the profession for decades. With more than 25 years of family law experience, clients know my vast legal knowledge will help them reach a fair settlement.
If you have questions, I’m here to help you. Working together, we can make the best decisions that will have a positive impact on your case, as well as your future.
You can read my blogs and learn more about me at divorcelawyerschicago.org