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Debbie Cohen

Divorce and separation Attorney at Northbrook, IL

5.0   28 reviews

also known as Deborah Cohen

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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.


Licensed for 22 years
State IL
Status Active and Authorized to Practice Law
Acquired 2000
Updated 01/06/2023

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

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  28 customer reviews
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Posted by Cindy | February 12, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
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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| Hired Attorney
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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| Hired Attorney
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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| Hired Attorney
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
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
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
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
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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| Hired Attorney
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
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best divorce lawyer out there
Debbie helped me with my divorce answered all my questions and made everything go smoothly highly recommended
Posted by anonymous | September 24, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Effective and Professional Attorney
I would strongly recommend Debbie for anyone's legal representation. With her representation I had the BEST possible outcome. I was always in the loop as to what was going on with my case and Attorney Cohen had no problem answering all of my questions. I strongly recommend Attorney Cohen for your legal needs.
Posted by anonymous | September 19, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Thank you Attorney Cohen!
I was truly blessed to have been referred to Attorney Cohen by a family friend of mine. She was super kind, attentive, punctual and very thorough with my case. I really appreciate how she was there for me every step of the way, making sure my concerns were addressed and also letting me know what to expect. I couldn’t have been happier with the results and I would strongly recommend her service! Attorney Cohen is simply AMAZING!
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Posted by Robert | January 24, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Ms. Cohen turns a difficult situation into one that shed's a clear picture of hope and prosperity. A lawyer that displays professionalism as well as compassion throughout.
Posted by Dora | January 4, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Awesome Attorney
I did an extensive research before I hired Debbie Cohen as my attorney. I am happy with the outcome of my case and would definitely recommend Debbie for anyone's legal representation. She is kind, understanding and accommodating. Debbie was always available to answer my questions and walk me through the process and legal justice system. She is very knowledgeable, detailed, attative and defended me fiercely. I could not imagine anyone else to stand by my side the way Debbie did.
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Posted by Marina | December 17, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Debbie is an amazing attorney! She always responded quickly to any questions we had and went above and beyond trying to help us out. She is very dilligent and attentive in her work. Our case was solved immediately and we are so happy we had her on our side.
Posted by Cheri | December 2, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Domestic Violence Case
Working with Attorney Debbie was a wonderful experience. She is very dedicated, kind-hearted, and authentic. She is well organized, and always advices what's best for the client, no matter what. Covid 19 has not gotten in the way of her being patient, or conducting her job full scale. in times of emergencies, she is always prepared. After waiting hours (from the original set time) for court to start, she got on the phone to make sure that we had not been forgotten. She helped me with my domestic violent case, and will put you in contact with other attorneys, should you need something outside of her field. She is such a pleasure! Case dismissed!!
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Posted by anonymous | October 28, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Experienced and dedicated attorney
Ms. Cohen is an excellent attorney. Ms. Cohen handled my traffic case professionally and seriously, and she explained the process and options very clearly. Her experience, knowledge and preparation helped me achieve a favorable result in a cost-effective manner. I would highly recommend her.
Posted by Jaime | October 18, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent attorney
Posted by anonymous | August 12, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
After changing attorneys during a legal matter, I then hired Ms. Cohen to represent me. She went above and beyond anything that I could have expected from her. Ultimately, Ms. Cohen delivered a favorable outcome that was not even originally presented to me by my previous Attorney. She remained in constant communication throughout the entire process and was patient and thorough with her insights. I highly recommend hiring Ms. Cohen for legal representation!
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Posted by Monika | August 3, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Simply the Best !
Working with Debbie was an absolute pleasure! She is a fantastic attorney who gives 100% to her clients . I hired her for a traffic case, and was pleased with every step ! Her knowledge and attention to details is on point . Most importantly, she is very responsive, and always available to discuss any concerns or questions you may have ! She really cares, and thats a rare quality !
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Posted by Jon | August 3, 2020
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Wonderful, caring, and always showing empathy
I have know Debby Cohen for 10 years. I have never found an attorney who cares as much as she. She is extremely knowledgeable about the law and always will make time and drop everything on her client's behalf. I would not hesitate to recommend her to anyone. I am so fortunate to have found such a wonderful attorney who cares so much about her clients. Thank you, Debby!
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Posted by anonymous | January 6, 2020
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Deborah is phenomenal. I owe my entire change in life to her! She fought hard every step of the way for my second chance!
I was introduced to Deborah through a family member and I was told she comes highly recommended when dealing with the criminal court system. I was facing a mandatory 8 year sentence and the prosecutor wasn’t letting up on giving me jail time. I stressed to Deborah that my life wouldn’t be the same if I served time and that everything I worked so hard for would fall on one mistake. I had no priors and a college education. For several months myself and Deborah kept in touch oma. Consistent basis of how she was working to get me a lighter sentence such as probation and work hard on the mitigation process with the courts. All in all, Deborah and I came to court several months after my initial hearing and I was granted probation for four years. Again, my offense was 2 Residential Burglary Charges and that’s a high class felony that requires a mandatory sentence of 8 years. The only thing that kept me out of jail was Deborah, she fought hard and guided me thru the entire process with a restless effort. She got the job done with no questions left. I owe everything to Deborah. She changed my life for the better. Without her counsel and her willingness to be invested in making sure I got another chance after making a huge mistake, in which I will never forget, I wouldn’t be where I am today. If you’re looking for a lawyer that has a great reputation and won’t be after anything other than your needs and a shot at a second chance. Deborah Cohen is highly respected and favored in the courts and she will fight for you each and every day, even while you’re going through the worst time in your life, Deborah is our working for you. Make the wise choice and hire Deborah.
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  • Retainer Always
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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

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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