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A well known and highly respected Chicago attorney, Paul Feinstein has practiced matrimonial and appellate law since 1980, having obtained his JD degree from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. His undergraduate degree was a BA at Tulane University. He became a fellow of the prestigious American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers in 1991. Paul Feinstein currently serves on the Academy's Board of Directors and is the Chairman of its Amicus Briefs Committee, having recently drafted briefs in the Supreme Court of Illinois on  important family law issues. He belongs to the Family Law Sections of the American, Illinois, and Georgia bar associations. He is licensed to practice in Illinois and Georgia, as well as the United States Supreme Court. Paul Feinstein has written about numerous matrimonial law subjects and is currently on the board of editors of the Matrimonial Strategist, a national publication. He has also lectured before several groups on many family law topics. He devotes a great deal of his practice to appellate and constitutional law and in 1993 was successful in overturning Illinois' automatic asset freeze law in the Supreme Court of Illinois. In 2004, he was successful in having the Supreme Court of Illinois declare the Illinois Child Representative Statute unconstitutional. He handles all litigation aspects of family law issues, trials and appeals, including divorce, property and support, custody, domestic violence, antenuptial agreements, and parentage.While he practices primarily in Chicago, Paul Feinstein has handled matters throughout Illinois. He has received Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory's highest attorney rating, "AV Preeminent," (5.0 out of 5.0) . Many of his cases involve complex procedural and substantive matters, and involve high-profile people. He routinely fields many calls from lawyers, who request his opinion on legal matters of first impression, and those who simply wish to know "what the law is" on a particular issue. Legislators and bar associations consult with Paul Feinstein to obtain his opinions concerning proposed legislation. Paul is on the Cook County Domestic Relations Division's list of court-approved mediators for both financially related issues and custody related issues.  He is also court-approved to be and has been appointed as child representative, guardian ad litem and attorney for children in contested custody and visitation disputes. Paul is also trained in Collaborative Divorce and is a Fellow of the Collaborative Law Institute of Illinois.


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Practice areas


  1. Divorce & Separation: 70%
    35 years
  2. Appellate: 30%
    35 years



Hourly ($350-375/hour)

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    Paul is an outstanding lawyer. He is intelligent in all aspects of divorce law. He leaves no stone unturned. He is caring and respectful of his clients. I have the highest respect for Paul. Joy Feinberg


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Contact info

10 South La Salle Street, Ste. 1420
Chicago, IL, 60603-1078


ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law198011/12/2015
GAInactive Member in Good Standing 198011/07/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Selected by his peers for inclusion in the field of Family LawThe Best Lawyers in America©2016
Illinois Super Family Lawyer, Top 100Super Lawyers2015
Leading Lawyer -- Family Law and Family Appellate LawLeading Lawyers Network2015
Highest Rating; AV, 5.0 out of 5.0Martindale-Hubbell2015
Tier 1, Metropolitan Chicago Family LawU.S. News-Best Lawyers® "Best Law Firms"2015
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Dom. Relations Division Procedure and Policy Review CommitteeCircuit Court Of Cook County/Domestic Relations Division2012 - Present
Chairman, Amicus Briefs CommitteeAmerican Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers2007 - 2012
Association namePosition nameDuration
Appellate Lawyers AssociationMember2010 - Present
American Academy of Matrimonial LawyersFellow1991 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
see my website for other published decisionsN/A
Messenger v. EdgarAutomatic Stay ruled unconstitutional
In Re Marriage of BatesChild Representative Act unconstitutional
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Publication nameTitleDate
Matrimonial StrategistThe Enforcement of Jewish Marriage Contracts by Civil Courts2012
Aspatore Book publicationChapter in, "Inside the Minds: Strategies for Family Law in Illinois,"2010
Matrimonial StrategistAutomatic Restraining Orders in Domestic Relations Cases: Constitutional Challenges2010
see my website for detailed listingnumerous articlesN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Emory University School of LawN/AJD - Juris Doctor1980
Tulane UniversityN/AN/A1977
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Advanced Evidence SeminarMaking an Appealing Record on Appeal2008
Child Custody SeminarDealing with Child Representatives2005
numeroussee my website for all lectures givenN/A