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Maxine Weiss Kunz

Divorce and separation Attorney at Park Ridge, IL

5.0   23 reviews

also known as Maxine Weiss-Kunz

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  • Licensed for 18 years
    State IL
    Acquired 2005
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EXPERIENCED & COMPASSIONATE FAMILY LAW ATTORNEY. 312-646-4397

Maxine Weiss Kunz is a Founding Member and Partner of Weiss-Kunz & Oliver, LLC and has been practicing 100% family law since 2005, including traditional litigation, adoptions, and collaborative law. She is certified for appointment as a Child Representative or Guardian ad Litem in Cook County. She is also certified to practice collaborative law in Illinois. Maxine is on the board of the Collaborative Law Institute of Illinois and a certified mediator through the Center for Conflict Resolution and the Cook County courts.

Maxine received her undergraduate degrees from Indiana University-Bloomington, where she double-majored in Psychology and Telecommunications. She earned her J.D. from the Chicago-Kent College of Law where she received a certificate in its Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution program, and was a member of Kent's prestigious Mock Trial Advocacy Team.

Maxine Weiss Kunz has published numerous articles, lectured on various family law issues, and is a member of the following professional organizations: Illinois State Bar Association, Collaborative Law Institute of Illinois, Chicago Bar Association, and DuPage County Bar Association. She is substantially involved in the ISBA, including sitting on committees and frequent volunteer work. In March 2018, she was featured in a spotlight article in The Catalyst, the newsletter of the ISBA’s Standing Committee on Women and the Law. The newsletter highlights the passion and dedication that Maxine brings to her work in family law, as well as her achievements and the recognition she has received, including her selection as a 2020 Super Lawyer and as one of 40 Under 40 Attorneys to Watch by the American Society of Legal Advocates.

Maxine is a member of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC), and she sits on the organization's Board of Directors. AFCC is the premier interdisciplinary and international association of professionals dedicated to the resolution of family conflict. AFCC members include many of the leading practitioners, researchers, educators, and policymakers in the family court arena.

Maxine, her husband, three children, and their pets live west of the city. In her "free time," she enjoys swimming and yoga, and is involved in a monthly book club.

Awards

Client's Choice 2016,2014
Client's Choice
2016 2014

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Location

Weiss Kunz & Oliver, LLC
776 Busse Highway
Park Ridge, IL, 60068
Weiss Kunz & Oliver, LLC
110 E Schiller Street, Suite 320
Elmhurst, IL, 60126
Weiss Kunz & Oliver, LLC
77 West Wacker Drive, Suite 4500
Chicago, IL, 60601
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Reviews

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Client's Choice 2016
Client's Choice
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Posted by anonymous | July 17, 2012
Excellent, Intelligent, Prepared, and Respected!
Maxine has 4 excellent qualities: 1. she can skillfully present and argue a case 2. she listens--to me, the Judge, the other lawyer. Why court is in session she holds the floor because she hears everything and responds accordingly 3. she cares and is client-oriented--she is attentive to my priorities and my budget, and acts with these two things in mind. She was both my second lawyer on a protracted divorce settlement, and, now my post-decree lawyer. The difference I have in priorities is reflected the way she represents me--highly appropriate to each situation. 4. She is up-and-coming and very well networked and liked. Maxine works for a large firm, and quite a few Judges and a lot of the legal Big Boys in Cook County not only know her, they respect her. I've watched senior lawyers praise her for her ability to listen, get to the heart of the matter, and reach an agreement. Both Judges I have seen her with listen to her sharp, smart words with open ears. Thanks to Maxine, the Judge now sees what's happening in this case, instead of being drowned out by legal statutes and other chatter. Rulings post-decree with Max have all been in my favor!
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Posted by anonymous | August 28, 2014
Maxine is a top attorney
I went to her for a collaborative divorce (which I know she would have been great at), but my wife would not play ball at all, so it went to litigation. We started trial but ultimately settled in what felt like my favor. Maxine was professional with the other attorney, liked by the judges, and ruled the courtroom. She was able to get me the results that were right for me and my children. Worth her weight in gold.
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Posted by Paul | February 18, 2024
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Maxine is an A+ Divorce Attorney
Maxine is a great lawyer. My ex and I went through a contentious divorce (a divorce I didn't want) throughout 2022. Maxine was my protector, my confidant, my therapist and my attorney. It was the most difficult year of my life and she was there for me at every turn, providing expert legal advice. I recommend her without hesitation.
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Posted by Zihan | May 24, 2021
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Brilliant Lawyer, Excellent Services!
I would be given Maxine 10 stars if I could. She took care of my divorce case in a timely and effective manner that eases my stress. Got my divorce decree within 3 months and no alimony fee paid to my unemployed ex. Maxine and her team is the best divorce lawyer in Chicago! A
Posted by Richard | December 15, 2020
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Firm representation
By working with Maxine, I was provided with knowledgeable and forthright explanations. With clearer understanding, I was able to make informed decisions. These decisions were transparently and firmly implemented to the fullest extent possible.
Posted by anonymous | December 4, 2019
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Excellent listener!
Maxine was an exceptional and compassionate listener. She listened very carefully and attentively and I felt she really heard and understood me. It was clear that her goal was to develop a comprehension understanding of the details of my situation and my thoughts, concerns, and feeling that were impacting the situation. I found Maxine to be very giving of her time and herself, very caring, and calming. In my opinion, these are excellent attributes for an attorney to have.
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Posted by Lisa | April 2, 2018
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Silver Lining
After I found out my husband was cheating on me I was in shock. Days later my shock turned to total loss of control and fear when he changed the locks on our home and took all the money our of our joint account. I called around to several law firms in a complete panic. I spoke to Maxine over the phone and immediately I felt at ease and comfortable with her. She made time to see me right away and after our consultation I was 100% sure she was the right choice to represent me in my divorce. She listened to my concerns and fears and she helped guide me through a scary process. The kindness, professionalism, and hard work they put in to get my divorced resolved in 3 months and my belongings and funds immediately back has left me feeling more optimistic than I could have ever thought possible. I cannot say enough how much respect and admiration I have for Maxine, Gabrielle, and everyone else at the law firm. They fought for me, made decisions that were right for me, and were there for me from beginning to end. I owe them endless gratitude.
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Posted by Consuelo | August 15, 2017
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Divorce
Working with Maxine and her team really made this process easy. WKO was always available to answer calls, and emails. I appreciated that they were very thorough in the marital agreement and looked out for the best interest of her client.
Posted by Amanda Miller | February 1, 2017
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Great find on Avvo
Maxine and her team worked on my complex case for a good year and a half. During that time they were professional, compassionate, always responsive to emails and calls, and worked their hardest for the best result possible. Definitely would recommend.
Posted by Nicole | September 13, 2016
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Excellent Lawyer!
Maxine made my prenup review and signing a breeze! She walked me through and explained everything thoroughly to make sure I understood each and every word. In our initial conversation she told me that her main goal was to get me married which I appreciated. I didn't want this situation to be a stressful battle and she made sure that did not happen meanwhile looking out for my best interests. I appreciated all of her input and that she respected my decisions even if she didn't 100% agree. She was incredibly responsive and a pleasure to work with. I would absolutely recommend Maxine!
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Posted by anonymous | September 8, 2016
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Prenuptial Agreement
Maxine was very thorough and efficient in writing the prenuptial agreement. She got it done quickly and always replied to my emails or phone calls immediately when I had a question. I would recommend her to anyone.
Posted by anonymous | September 8, 2016
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Caring yet gets the job done
Very easy to talk to, great about returning emails and/or phone calls, understanding and caring, extremely knowledgeable - even after my dissolution was completed she was available for advice.
Posted by anonymous | April 20, 2016
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5 Stars
Max is a very professional and caring attorney. She was able to work with the opposing attorney and judge effortlessly to quickly finalize my divorce. I would definitely recommend her.
Posted by Anna | April 20, 2016
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Amazing attorney! Fearless! Will fight for you the same way regardless of how big or small your case is!
Maxine is truly an awesome attorney. I was referred to her by a past client of hers. She listens and gets back to you in a timely manner. I was undecided when I first approached her about getting a divorce and I went back and forth a few times in my decision, but she stayed by me and never got annoyed. She was always honest and fair which is hard to come by these days. Most people have a pre conceived notion that attorneys are "liars" or "crooks." For me Maxine proved that this is not the case. She is a hard worker and her work ethic and client relation skills are on point. She will always give you an option A, B, or C and explain the pros and cons of each choice. As her client she stands by you and looks out for you no matter how big or small your case is. She was so helpful to me during my divorce process. Going through my divorce was, obviously, a very tough time for me, but through Maxine's guidance I discovered that a person needs to stand up for themselves. She made me feel so empowered in filing for divorce. I can't believe there are women out in the world that stay in marriages just because they feel there's no out... There is always an out. Maxine made me realize that no one can bully me. I always felt "in the loop" and truly enjoyed being copied on emails which allowed me the opportunity to be involved in what was going on in my case and staying up to date with the divorce proceedings. Divorce is stressful emotionally, it shouldn't have to be stressful legally. When you have a true knowledgable professional in your corner who is fearless in defending you and puts your best interests first your divorce case will run seamlessly! Truly a wonderful attorney. I wish there were more "Maxine's" in the world of law!
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Posted by Amanda | December 1, 2015
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Knowledgeable and responsive
Going through a divorce, especially with children, is a difficult and confusing process. Maxine and Justin were very professional, compassionate, and patient while helping me. Maxine listened to me when I did know what I wanted and helped me through the aspects of the law with which I wasn't familiar. She was very knowledgeable and her experience showed. Justin was very friendly and capable. I appreciated that they responded to emails or phone calls in a timely manner and made me feel comfortable during a very difficult time. I would work with either of them again.
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Posted by Joseph | November 21, 2015
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Child support
I will say that I am pleased that I found Maxine, she is wonderful and she was kind and always answered my questions, she is a good listener and she works well with the states attorney and other lawyers, I live in Phoenix but she took my case and I got the results that I was looking for. I highly recommend her and would not want to be on the opposite side; going against her. She is they good
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Posted by Marwan | July 6, 2015
Helpful and Patient
Maxine was always very helpful and available to answer my many questions through my divorce process. She followed through on everything that was needed and was very reassuring. She managed to help make the whole process as stress-free as possible. My experience with Maxine and her staff was very favorable and I would definitely recommend her.
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Posted by Carmita | November 25, 2014
Divorce Case
Maxine did an awesome in regards to my divorce, she was very dedicated, knowledgeable and effective in producing a positive outcome in such a short time.
Posted by Demetria | October 8, 2014
Dedicated Client Advocate
Maxine is dedicated to make sure that her clients not only obtain the best legal advice and representation possible, but the best results in Court. Maxine is an experienced litigator but also is an amazing negotiator when it comes to settling cases on behalf of her clients. I would recommend Maxine to handle any and all family law related issues you may have.
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Posted by Heather | September 27, 2014
Amazing lawyer
Mrs. Kunz is an amazing attorney, very knowledgable about family law, adoption law and ALWAYS returned my calls whenever I had a question or needed quick advice. She had also assisted friends of mine going through difficult and contentious divorce proceedings! She's one of a Kind!
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 195-450 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner and Founding Member
  • Weiss-Kunz & Oliver, LLC
  • 2014 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Rosenfeld Hafron Shapiro & Farmer
  • 2008 - 2014
  • Attorney
  • The Law Firm of Debra J. Braselton, P.C.
  • 2004 - 2008

Education

  • Chicago-Kent College of Law Illinois Institute of Technology
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2005
  • Indiana University
  • 2002

Sample of Legal Cases

  • IRMO Doermer, 955 N.E.2d 1225, (1st Dist. 2011).
  • A nonmodification clause was upheld, despite the unallocated nature of the support.

Associations

  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Liason of Health Care Council
  • 2015 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member, ISBA Delegate
  • 2015 - Present
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Council Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • DuPage County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • Collaborative Law Institute of Illinois
  • Fellow
  • 2005 - Present
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2008 - 2013
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2005 - 2009
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2021
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2020
  • Top 40 Lawyers Under 40
  • American Society of Legal Advocates
  • 2019
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2018
  • Collaborative Law Institute of Illinois Award
  • Collaborative Law Institute of Illinois
  • 2018
  • Lawyers of Distinction Award
  • Lawyers of Distinction
  • 2018
  • Top 40 Lawyer Under 40
  • American Society of Legal Advocates
  • 2018
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Top 40 Lawyers Under 40
  • American Society of Legal Advocates
  • 2017
  • Emerging Family Lawyers
  • Leading Lawyers
  • 2016
  • 10 Best Client Satisfaction Award
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2016
  • Top 10 Attorneys Under 40
  • National Academy Of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2015
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2014
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2011
  • CALI Award of Excellence in Family Law
  • Chicago-Kent
  • 2005
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Publications

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Speaking Engagements

  • Jnt. Domestic Relations and Domestic Violence Meeting
  • Orders of Protection: Sword or Shield?
  • 2015
  • Advanced Custody and Visitation Issues
  • Visitation RIghts of Non-parents
  • 2014
  • Basic Skills Course for New Lawyers
  • Ethical Considerations for Lawyers
  • 2008
  • GAL Training for Adoption Cases in DuPage Co.
  • Caselaw update: Parental Unfitness in Adoption actions
  • 2007
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Attorney endorsements

Received (16)
Given (30)
Endorse Maxine
Family Attorney | Oct 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Maxine is a highly respected and renowned family law attorney in the legal community. I have referred her to my clients' cases for many years and the 100% positive feedback assure me she is a Super Lawyer indeed. She is honest, smart, hardworking. I strongly recommend her."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Maxine took the risk to start her own firm and never look back. She met that challenge easily and provides high-quality legal services to her clients."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Apr 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Maxine is smart, professional and a great attorney to have in your corner."
Family Attorney | Oct 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Attorney Weiss Kunz whole heartedly. I practice Bankruptcy law and, as you can imagine, this field and Family law intersect quite often. We often discuss the ramifications of each of our respective areas of law on the other's. She has always been keen to learn as much as possible in order to better advocate on behalf of her clients. She is a zealous attorney and I trust her judgment."
Family Attorney | Jun 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Maxine is a respected family law attorney because she is an empathic, zealous advocate for her clients. Her litigation skills are outstanding. She is also an astute negotiator and mediator. I give Maxine my highest recommendation, without reservation."
Unknown Attorney | Jun 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Kunz is a respected lawyer in her field. She is a zealous advocate for her clients and knows her way around a courtroom and/or settlement table."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jan 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have discussed professional matters with Maxine on several occasions. I am also familiar with a very favorable result that she achieved in a difficult case that I once handled and I have observed her demeanor in court. Maxine is a zealous advocate for her clients and I would highly recommend her."
Family Attorney | Aug 27
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Maxine is an honest, hard-working lawyer with a great reputation in the legal community."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jul 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Maxine is an excellent attorney, representing her clients zealously and maintaining at all times a professional and ethical demeanor. she is a pleasure to work with, and i highly endorser her. clients are fortunate to have her services."
Family Attorney | Jul 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Kunz is an experienced and respected attorney in her field. Her knowledge of the law and dedicated representation would make anyone lucky to have her as their counsel. I endorse this lawyer."
Child custody Attorney | Jun 29
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Maxine is a tremendous Family Law attorney. As a result she is well respected in Chicago's legal community. Maxine is very intelligent and acts with tremendous civility in the courtroom. I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Oct 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Maxine is a zealous advocate for her clients with an excellent reputation in the community. She is always prepared for court, of the highest moral character, and an effective negotiator/skilled litigator."
Family Attorney | Aug 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Ms. Kunz. She is well known in the family-law community. She is professional, honest, very detailed and vigorously defends her clients' rights. Her skills include drafting, negotiation and litigation. Any client would be lucky to have Ms. Kunz as his or her attorney."
Family Attorney | Aug 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Maxine is a professional and courteous attorney with whom I have had the pleasure to oppose in several divorce matters. She strikes a excellent balance between client advocacy and openness to settlement, such that matters are resolved expeditiously and fairly."
Unknown Attorney | Jul 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
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