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Having spent my entire 35-year career in a law firm with a strong and prominent family law department, as well as a boutique commercial litigation group, I have been able to concentrate my practice in both areas. As matrimonial law has become more complex and often involves financial issues similar to what I deal with in the commercial arena, my experience in each area enhances the other. Beermann Pritikin Mirabelli Swerdlove LLP has many skilled and dedicated attorneys who work with me on cases as needed.


Although I settle the vast majority of my cases (which is my main goal and usually in the client's best interest), I have extensive trial and appellate experience, including approximately 200 appeals in the state and federal appellate courts. Much of my appellate work involves referrals from other attorneys.


My family law practice includes prenuptial agreements and every aspect of parentage (paternity) and divorce, including complex financial cases, child custody and removal, and post-decree. I have represented clients nationwide in family law and other matters on a pro hac vice basis, as well as in international child custody and other family law disputes. In addition to traditional litigation, I represent clients in various Alternate Dispute Resolution Methods, including mediation and Cooperative Law to achieve fair settlements in an amicable and cost-effective way.


I am a Past President of the Appellate Lawyers Association of Illinois and have lectured and published widely on appeals, family law topics, and other legal subjects.


I am recognized in The Best Lawyers in America in the categories of family law and appellate law; by the Leading Lawyers Network in family law and civil appeals; Marquis' Who's Who in America (2011); and as an Illinois Super Lawyer in family law in Chicago Magazine every year since 2005. I rated "AV Preeminent" under the Martindale-Hubbell ® Lawyer Rating System (5.0 out of 5), based on performance in the following key areas: legal knowledge, analyticial abilities, judgment, communication ability, and legal experience.



Practice areas


  1. Divorce: 75%
    37 years
  2. Appeals: 15%
    37 years
  3. Litigation: 5%
    37 years
  4. Prenuptials: 5%
    37 years



Hourly ($500/hour)

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Beermann Pritikin Mirabelli Swerdlove LLP

161 N. Clark St.- Suite 2600
Chicago, IL, 60601-3243


ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law197811/12/2015
AZInactive 198305/23/2015
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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Illinois Super Lawyer-Family LawSuper Lawyers2013
Leading Lawyer-Family Law and Civil AppealsLeading Lawyers Network2013
Best Lawyers in America-Family Law, Appeals, LitigationBest Lawyers in America2013
Best Lawyers in America-Family Law, Appeals, LitigationBest Lawyers in America2012
Leading Lawyer-Family Law and Civil AppealsLeading Lawyers Network2012
Illinois Super Lawyer-Family LawSuper Lawyers2012
Illinois Super Lawyer-Family LawSuper Lawyers2011
Leading Lawyer-Family Law & Civil AppealsLeading Lawyers Network2011
Best Lawyers in America-Family Law & Appellate LawBest Lawyers in America2011
Illinois Super Lawyer-Family LawSuper Lawyers2010
Best Lawyers in America-Family Law & Appellate LawBest Lawyers in America2010
Best Lawyers in America-Family Law and Appellate LawBest Lawyers in America2009
Leading Lawyer-Family Law & Civil AppealsLeading Lawyers Network2009
Illinois Super Lawyer-Family LawSuper Lawyers2009
Leading Lawyer-Family Law & Civil AppealsLeading Lawyers Network2008
Illinois Super Lawyer-Family LawSuper Lawyers2008
Illinois Super Lawyer-Family LawSuper Lawyers2007
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerBeermann Pritikin Mirabelli Swerdlove LLP1978 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Illinois State Bar AssociationFamily Law Section Council1995 - 1998
Appellate Lawyers AssociationPresident1990 - 1991
Illinois State Bar AssociationCommittee on Sup. Ct. Rules for Family Law Cases1990 - 1990
Illinois State Bar AssociationStanding Committee on Membership and Bar Activities1988 - 1989
Chicago Bar AssociationLiason Committee to Ch. Judge Ck. Cty Dom. Rel. Div.1987 - 1988
Appellate Lawyers AssociationDirector1983 - 1985
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
In re Marriage of McLauchlan, 2012 IL App (1st) 102114, 966 N.E.2d 1151Won appeal.
In re Marriage of Karafotas, 402 Ill.App.3d 566, 932 N.E.2d 510 (2010)Won appeal.
In re Marriage of Holthaus, 387 Ill.App.3d 367, 899 N.E.2d 355 (2008)Won appeal.
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Publication nameTitleDate
ISBA Family Law HandbookAppeals2011
ISBA-Family Law HandbookAppeals in Dissolution of Marriage Cases1995
Appellate Law ReviewStays Pending Appeal1990
IICLE Handbook-Illinois Civil AppealsPerfection of an Appeal1989
Illinois Bar JournalRehabilitative Maintenance in Illinois1987
Illinois Journal of Family LawCase Comment: In re Marriage of Erickson--When Termination of Maintenance Becomes Effective Under IMDMA Section 510(b)1985
IICLE Handbook-Illinois Civil AppealsPerfection of an Appeal1984
Illinois Journal of Family LawShould Illinois Allow a Noncustodial Parent to Recover Damages from the Custodial Parent for Tortious Interference with Visitation Rights?1983
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
George Washington University National Law CenterLawJD - Juris Doctor1978
Northwestern UniversityPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1975
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
IICLE Family Law SeminarInjunction Practice in Dissolution of Marriage Cases2003
Chancery and Special Remedies SeminarAppellate Relief from Temporary Restraining Orders and Injunctions, Chancery and Special Remedies1997
Family Law Update SeminarHot Tips for Avoiding Malpractice When Perfecting Appeals in Marriage Dissolution Cases1996
Chancery and Special Remedies SeminarAppellate Relief from Temporary Restraining Orders and Injunctions1996
Family Law Update SeminarPrivilege: It’s Uses and Abuses1995
Effective Family Law Practice in IllinoisProperty/Maintenance/Child Support/Appeals1993
ABA-Family Law Section Spring MeetingEffective Opening Statement1993
Lawyering Skills SeminarFamily Law1989
ITLA SeminarEvidentiary Problems and Considerations at Sexual Abuse Trials in Illinois1989
CBA Family Law SeminarFamily Law (Moderator and Lecturer)1988
AppealsPerfection of an Appeal1988
Lawyering Skills SeminarFamily Law1987
CBA Family Law CommitteDischargeability of Attorney Fees in Bankruptcy1987
Lawyering Skills SeminarFamily Law1986
Family Law PracticeAdvanced Course of Appeals1986
AAML-Update SeminarUpdate on Supreme Court Rules1986
AppealsPerfection of an Appeal1985
Conference on Family LawChild Custody: Statutes, Standards and Jurisdiction1984
CBA Family Law CommitteeProperty Division in Dissolution of Marriage1984
AppealsPerfection of an Appeal1984
AAML SeminarMatrimonial Appeals1984
Appellate PracticeReview of Appellate Practice1983