Lisa M. Giese is a licensed attorney concentrating in domestic relations and bankruptcy matters in Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Will and surrounding collar counties. Within the field of family law, Ms. Giese has handled a variety of uncontested and contested cases including pre-decree and post-decree divorce, child support enforcement, paternity and visitation matters, custody and removal cases, DCFS appeals, orders of protection, and disabled adult guardianships. Ms. Giese is a zealous advocate for her clients and knows when a case should be settled and when it requires aggressive representation and litigation.
As a trained Guardian ad Litem with the Eighteenth Judicial Circuit Court, Ms. Giese has been appointed by the Court on numerous occasions to serve in that capacity and to make recommendations relating to custody, parenting time, and removal in accordance with the best interests of the minor children. Ms. Giese has also served many years as a volunteer for the Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) program in Cook and DuPage County assisting the Court in complex abuse and neglect cases within the juvenile court system. While in law school, Ms. Giese focused her studies in family law and earned her Certificate in Child and Family Law upon graduation. Ms. Giese is an active member of the DuPage County Bar Association and Illinois State Bar Association and serves as a director for the DuPage Association of Women Lawyers.
Ms. Giese is also an experienced debtor’s rights attorney and is a regular advocate in bankruptcy, small claims and foreclosure court for families suffering due to the current economic state. Ms. Giese helps homeowners analyze their current situation and determine whether a loan modification or bankruptcy can help them avoid losing their home in foreclosure. Ms. Giese is also experienced in negotiating unsecured debts, including credit card, medical and IRS debt.
Ms. Giese’s experience with bankruptcy and foreclosure regularly aids her in her practice of family law, where the two fields often become intertwined. If your current or ex-spouse has filed bankruptcy while you are in the midst of a pre or post-decree divorce case, or you yourself are considering filing, contact Ms. Giese immediately to determine what your rights and obligations are.
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|IL||Active And Authorized To Practice Law||2008||11/12/2015|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Rising Star||Super Lawyers||2014|
|Rising Star||Super Lawyers||2013|
|Certificate in Child and Family Law||Loyola University Chicago School of Law||2008|
|Associate Attorney||Anderson & Associates, P.C.||2008 - Present|
|Legal Secretary & Law Clerk||Hanley Flight & Zimmerman||2006 - 2008|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Illinois State Bar Association||Family Law Section Council||2014 - Present|
|DuPage County Bar Association||GAL Committee Member||2013 - Present|
|DuPage County Bar Association||Board of Directors||2013 - Present|
|Illinois State Bar Association||YLD Council Member||2013 - 2014|
|Chicago Bar Association||Member||2012 - Present|
|DuPage Association of Women Lawyers||Director||2009 - 2013|
|DCBA Family Law Committee||Member||2008 - Present|
|Illinois State Bar Association||Member||2008 - Present|
|DuPage County Bar Association||Member||2008 - Present|
|Court Appointed Special Advocate||Volunteer Advocate||2004 - Present|
|DCBA Brief||Substitution of Judge as a Matter of Right and the Application in Post-Judgment Proceedings: A Domestic Relations Perspective||2012|
|DCBA Brief||'Til Death Benefits do us Part: The Effect of Marital Settlement Agreements on Beneficiary Designations||2010|
|Loyola University School of Law||Certificate in Child and Family Law||Juris Doctor||2008|
|Michigan State University||(1) Social Relations; and (2) Political Theory||BA - Bachelor of Arts||2004|
|Advanced Custody and Visitation Issues||GAL Appointed -Now What?||2014|
|GAL Training Seminar||Role of the GAL from the Perspective of the GAL||2013|