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Debbie Cohen

Divorce and separation Attorney at Northbrook, IL

5.0   40 reviews

also known as Deborah Cohen

  • Licensed for 23 years
    State IL
    Acquired 2000
    Active and Authorized to Practice Law No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Debbie

Learn Debbie’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    Child Support/Custody | Divorce | Legal Separation | Orders of Protection | Spousal Maintenance | Post-Decree | Modification Orders | Litigation

  2. Domestic violence

  3. Family

  4. Criminal defense
    Have you been arrested? Contact Lawyer Debbie Cohen! Assault and Battery | Bail and Bond Hearings | DUI | Criminal Trespassing | Disorderly Contact | Domestic Violence | Drug Charges | Expungements | Fraud | Gun Cases/Weapons | Juvenile | More!

  5. DUI and DWI
    Many people believe they are capable to legally drive after consuming a drink or two or after ingesting marijuana. However, if you get pulled over after you consumed any alcohol/drugs, you may need a DUI Attorney. Call Attorney Debbie Cohen.

I represent individuals in matters involving family law, divorce, custody, orders of protection and criminal defense law. I take the time to get to know my clients and attempt to assure their trust and confidence in my services.  I handle all aspects of divorce and family law and handle traffic, misdemeanor and felony cases. I particularly enjoy assisting teens who get themselves into trouble.

I use my experience, knowledge of the law and familiarity with the court system in order to obtain positive outcomes for my clients. My philosophy of doing business is really quite simple: Treat each client as if they are my sole priority and give each client the personal care and attention sought while diligently working on a successful outcome. 

As a former Cook County Assistant State’s Attorney, I worked for several years on high profile cases. I vigorously represent clients through detailed explanations of the legal process and by offering sound and realistic advice.

I understand that each client’s case is a sensitive matter and I guarantee that I will afford each client the proper attention, dedication and care that each client deserves.



Cohen Law
1363 Shermer Road
Suite 228
Northbrook, IL, 60062
Cohen Law
140 S. Dearborn St.
Chicago, IL, 60603
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Posted by Arianna | April 10, 2024
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Amazing attorney
Debbie was professional and prioritized my urgency with my case. What I needed her for was accomplished in a timely manner and she was very upfront, honest, and communicative. I definitely recommend her.
Posted by Roger | November 16, 2023
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Review of a outstanding Lawyer
I was referred to Debbie by my Excellent lawyer to represent a family member in a acrimonious divorce Debbies experience expertise and tenacity was truly outstanding. With that said what stood out the most was the fact she truly cares . Someone with a heart and empathy is of great importance at a time when lives and families are falling apart I cannot recommend her enough and would be happy to talk with anyone about her
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Posted by Nicole | October 4, 2023
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Caring and compassionate representation
Debbie did a great job representing me in my recent divorce. Debbie laid out all of my options, explained them, and always made sure I was comfortable with the decisions I made. Debbie's paralegal, Cozy was great as well, she was kind, knowledgeable and patience. Divorce is hard, this firm made it so much easier! Thanks
Posted by Hannah | October 4, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Perfect Match for my Divorce
Debbie was kind and understanding during a difficult process. I hired Debbie to assist with my Divorce via recommendation. She was able to help me navigate paperwork and difficult decisions and was happy to educate me along the way. She communicated clearly and often, she kept me up to date on all points of the process. Her rates were fair, and the invoicing was clear and easy to pay. I appreciated all Debbie was able to help me with in my divorce process.
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Posted by Marsha | October 1, 2023
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Great attorney
Jack & I were very pleased with Debbie. She made us feel very well informed and helped ease our anxiety. She was very personable , and I felt we could ask her anything. We have never been through anything like this before, and we were very happy to do it with Debbie.
Posted by anonymous | September 27, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Debbie assisted my family with a traffic citation and was extremely easy to work with, personable, and knew her stuff. My parents are older, and were very nervous despite this being a “minor” situation in comparison. Finding someone in her field who speaks direct to clients in a personable manner is key. Especially someone who works well with all types of clients, age groups, and subject manners. I did the initial legwork of contacted several attorneys prior to passing her information along to my parents, several of which never returned my call. Note- she reached out to me directly within the hour. I would highly recommend her and my parents were extremely comfortable and happy with her services.
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Posted by Jamie | August 17, 2023
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The best attorney
Debbie was the absolute best. She guided me every step of the way. She knows exactly what she’s doing she’s a pro. I would highly recommend her !!!
Posted by Anna | August 10, 2023
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Best and most thorough lawyer!
Debbie is an outstanding lawyer! She fought tooth and nail for my case. She went through everything with me so I could understand what I read, she answered all my questions. I’ve never been through anything like this and I feel if she wasn’t my lawyer I wouldn’t have gotten the outcome I did. Debbie isn’t just a lawyer who wants your money, she cares for you to get the justice you deserve. I feel like Debbie goes above and beyond so you definitely get your moneys worth if you ever worry about pricing. Any person who ever needs a lawyer I’ll always recommend Debbie Cohen because she gets the job done no matter how complicated the case may get. Things got a little unsure for our case at some point but I still was so grateful for her and everything she had done. To me, that means so much. She left an impact on my heart and I cant say thank you enough for the happy life she gave me, my daughter & my family! So once again, if you are looking for a lawyer, she is the one to most certainly hire. I’ve seen so many reviews on other lawyers on how they just cheat you or ignore you until court comes up, it’s a scary feeling when trying to choose, Debbie is the opposite.
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Posted by Melanie | June 15, 2023
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Highly Recommend!
Debbie is a FANTASTIC lawyer! I truly appreciate her professionalism, knowledge of law, and sincerity as all of those aspects are very important when going through something so difficult. It was never hard to contact Debbie when I had a question (I had lots) and she always reached out in a timely manner with any updates. Debbie took the time to understand my case and to get to know me. I felt very comfortable and confident in having Debbie as my attorney and would recommend her to anyone in need of an attorney!
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Posted by Robert | June 12, 2023
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Hard working, honest and reliable.
Debbie has worked with me for over a year and has achieved positive results in my matters from the start. She is extremely hard working and genuinely cares about her clients. I would definitely recommend contacting Debbie if you need someone to be in your corner.
Posted by Debbie Simon | June 7, 2023
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Debbie made feel feel as though I had no need to worry. I was able to place everything in her capable hands .She kept me in the loop constantly and with her confident and calming demeanour I felt no more worries. The outcome of the situation was positive.! I would absolutely recommend Debbie to everyone I k ow for Famiky law
Posted by Adrianna | May 19, 2023
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Outstanding Traffic Lawyer
I recently had the pleasure of working with Debbie Cohen, an exceptional traffic lawyer who skillfully and successfully handled my case. I cannot express enough gratitude for her professionalism, expertise, and dedication to achieving a positive outcome. From our initial consultation, it was evident that Debbie possessed an extensive knowledge of traffic laws and a deep understanding of the legal system. Debbie patiently listened to my concerns, thoroughly examined the details of my case, and provided me with a clear strategy to pursue. What truly impressed me about Debbie was her exceptional courtroom skills and persuasive argumentation. She presented my case with confidence, supported by a wealth of evidence and a comprehensive understanding of the applicable laws. Debbie’s attention to detail and thorough preparation were evident in every aspect of the proceedings. I wholeheartedly recommend Debbie Cohen to anyone in need of a traffic lawyer. Her dedication, legal prowess, and commitment to achieving positive results are truly unparalleled. If you find yourself in a similar situation, do not hesitate to reach out to Debbie for outstanding legal representation.
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Posted by Cindy | February 12, 2023
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Responsive and Effective Counsel
We almost went with another attorney because I was impressed by his "connections". But our adult kid connected with Debbie, as did we as parents when we got to know her and her skilled approach to handling our case. Debbie was able to make connections with everyone concerned in the case. She kept us up to date and informed and was responsive to all of our questions and concerns in a timely manner. The outcome exceeded our expectations based on the mitigation package Ms. Cohen put together. Thanks to her, our family is moving forward in a positive way. Highly recommend Debbie Cohen as effective counsel who gets results.
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Posted by Greg | November 21, 2022
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Divorce - Maintenance Modification
I would highly recommend Debbie Cohen. From the initial meeting to discuss my case to the final resolution, Debbie explained each step of the process. I was always well informed, and her follow-up was excellent. I especially appreciated her guidance and recommendations during the case, ensuring I understood the impact of each decision before we moved forward to the next step. Case resolution was achieved in an effective and prompt manner due to Debbie's professionalism.
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Posted by Bridget | August 17, 2022
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Debbie Cohen is THE BEST. She represented me in my divorce proceeding. My aim was to avoid the horror stories. I did much research, had three or four phone consultations, yet could not decide who to hire. A legal professional recommended Debbie and as soon as I spoke with her my decision was made. Debbie Cohen is experienced, knowledgeable, a great communicator, and a fierce advocate for her client. She displays a high degree of integrity and drive, and is compassionate and kind. Most importantly, I trusted her advice and counsel and felt protected, every step of the way. If you are in search of THE BEST representation, with the best possible outcome, I strongly recommend Debbie Cohen.
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Posted by Thorn | August 3, 2022
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Highly recommended.
Debbie is Fantastic! Very honest and genuine. Have included her since day one of my matter, to help resolve it smoothly. Highly recommend her and would absolutely seek her for any future council. She is the best!!
Posted by CJ | July 20, 2022
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Extremely helpful and friendly
She was willing and able to jump in and help with something on very short notice. She was incredibly nice and knowledgeable. I'm grateful to have found her.
Posted by anonymous | April 26, 2022
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Excellent representation for a minor
We were referred to many attorneys by a friend who knew our situation. Debbie was the only one out of all of them who was provided a thorough consultation. She asked for every detail and showed extreme empathy, yet remained professional. Her efforts during the consultation made it clear that she was putting our needs and concerns first. Debbie is excellent at representing the needs of a minor in any situation.
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Posted by Lynne | October 5, 2021
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Amazing Lawyer
Attorney Cohen in one word is amazing. My husband got a speeding ticket in a construction zone and has a cdl. He walked out of court with a citation for a cracked windshield!!!! Which wasn’t even cracked. Win/win!!!! Just blew our minds!!!
Posted by Timothy | September 25, 2021
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Best divorce lawyer out there
Debbie helped me with my divorce answered all my questions and made everything go smoothly highly recommended
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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Lawyer
  • Cohen Law
  • 2018 - Present
  • Investigator
  • Cook County Inspector General's Office
  • 2013 - 2018
  • Assistant Special Prosecutor
  • Cook County Special Prosecutor
  • 2009 - 2013
  • President
  • Cohen Law
  • 2007 - 2013
  • Litigation Associate
  • Schain Burney Ross and Citron
  • 2006 - 2007
  • Assistant State's Attorney
  • Cook County State's Attorney's Office
  • 2000 - 2004
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  • Chicago-Kent College of Law Illinois Institute of Technology
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2000
  • University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1996

Sample of Legal Cases

  • People vs. Minor
  • Deferred prosecution = Dismissal of All Charges
  • People v. A.T.
  • All charges dismissed against my client.


  • Chicago Bar Association, Domestic Relations
  • Board Member
  • 2020 - Present
  • Forrest Powell Foundation
  • Board Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • N/A
  • Northwest Suburban Bar Association
  • Board Member
  • 2012 - 2013
  • Illinois Association of Criminal Defense
  • Board Member
  • 2011 - 2013
  • Decalogue Society of Lawyers
  • 2010 - 2013
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • 2008 - 2013
  • Women's Criminal Defense Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2007 - 2013
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Best Trial Advocate
  • William Daniel’s Competition
  • 1999

Attorney endorsements

Received (9)
Given (6)
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Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 11
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I first met Deb during a civil litigation matter, wherein we represented the same client as both plaintiff and counter-defendant. I was immediately impressed by her direct, no-nonsense communication style, great sense of humor, and her relentless tenacity/creativity in formulating litigation and settlement strategies. Following the successful resolution of that matter, we developed a close professional and personal relationship. I have referred many criminal defense litigation matters to Deb over the years, and in each and every case without exception, Deb secured a victorious acquittal or pre-trial dismissal with prejudice. Each client thanked me profusely for Deb’s referral, and waxed on effusively about her compassion, commitment and performance. One client in particular told me how Deb’s dismissal of his felony charges changed his life – that he graduated from college and has a fulltime job with the State of Illinois."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Debbie is a passionate and zealous advocate for her clients, taking the time to do whatever research is needed on a case and utilizing her excellent litigation skills where appropriate. In sum, a fantastic attorney!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Debbie is a fantastic lawyer. We started out together in the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office handling various criminal prosecutions and gained immeasurable experience doing so. As a private attorney, she has the litigation skills and demeanor that makes her a very effective Defense Counsel. She is a fierce advocate for her client and achieves excellent results. I highly endorse her."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Aug 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I’ve known Debbie Cohen for many years now as my fellow attorney. She has an enviable reputation in the legal community for professionalism, expertise, and compassion for her clients. I have always found her to be scrupulous and well-prepared. With her years of experience as a prosecutor and a private criminal defense attorney, you cannot go wrong with hiring her. I would also feel confident having her represent me in a family law matter, because I know how capable she is, but more importantly I know she has the life experience and empathy to understand what parties are going through during a divorce and or custody battle. As someone who has been through a protracted family law matter myself, I can speak to the importance of kindness and patience in an attorney representing you during a difficult time. Debbie Cohen is an excellent attorney and I highly recommend her."
Unknown Attorney | Dec 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Phenomenal trial attorney. One of the toughest prosecutors I ever tried a case against. Razor sharp, great trial skills, unrelenting. I have gotten to know Debbie as a member of the defense bar as well and she is one of the most respected attorneys in the Chicagoland area amongst her peers and judges. Honest, trustworthy, dependable, kind and considerate. A consumate professional. I would have no qualms hiring Debbie if I ever needed representation. An absolute credit to the Illinois defense bar and a wonderful human being."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Deborah and I worked together as prosecutors in the Cook County State's Attorney's Office. She is a hard working professional that fights for for her clients. I endorse this lawyer for any DUI or criminal defense matter."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Deborah since law school, and butted heads with her when she worked for the Cook County State's Attorney. She is professional and thorough, and I'm pleased to recommend her work as an attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 05
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I worked with Deborah at The Cook County State's Attorney's Office and know her to be an excellent trial attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ms. Cohen and I met while working at the Cook County State's Attorney's Office. While we have both gone out separate ways from that position, continue to work together and rely on one another as a source of information and collaborative work within the law. Ms. Cohen is an experienced, ethical and conscientious attorney who fights with zeal for her clients and has a strong presence in the courtroom. Most notably, Ms. Cohen shows genuine interest in treating all clients, attorneys, and others with whom she has contact with, with respect and dignity. Something overlooked in our profession these days. I would not hesitate to refer a client to Ms. Cohen."
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