Kathryn L. Mickelson, a Partner in the Family Law department, aggressively but strategically helps clients navigate their way through sensitive family law matters, including dissolution of marriage, prenuptial agreements, child custody, parentage, and domestic violence. Ms. Mickelson has experience litigating matters in Illinois counties of Cook, Lake, DuPage, McHenry, Kane, Will and Ogle. Over the years, she has distinguished herself from her peers by providing sound and practical advice, tireless advocacy and personal client service.
Ms. Mickelson joined Beermann Pritikin Mirabelli Swerdlove LLP in the summer of 2004, rising through the ranks to Partner in the Firm’s nationally recognized family law department. Prior to working at Beermann, Kathryn gained experience as a clerk for the Criminal Appeals Division of the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office and for the Beijing, China law firm Zhonglun W&D Law Firm in its intellectual property department.
Ms. Mickelson received her Juris Doctorate from the Illinois Institute of Technology’s Chicago-Kent College of Law in 2005, where she was named to the Dean’s List. While at Kent, Ms. Mickelson became a certified mediator through the Center for Conflict Resolution and received certificates in both Chicago-Kent’s Litigation & Alternative Dispute Resolution program and Tulane University/Siena Institute of European Legal Studies’ European Union, Comparative & International Law program. Ms. Mickelson also served as Associate Editor of Chicago-Kent Intellectual Property Law Journal. Ms. Mickelson was admitted to the Illinois State Bar in 2005 and to the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois in 2006.
Ms. Mickelson graduated from the University of Michigan in 1995 with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, with Honors. Prior to embarking in a career in law, Ms. Mickelson was employed in the public relations industry for seven years, managing the complex communications needs of many nationally recognized consumer products and services companies.
Ms. Mickelson is an active member of the Women’s Bar Association of Illinois and has continued to serve as co-chair of the organization’s widely praised domestic relations roundtable committee with the Honorable Jeanne M. Reynolds. Ms. Mickelson was former President of the Associate Board of CARPLS Legal Aid, a Chicago-based legal assistance foundation and is currently a member of the Women’s Network of Make-A-Wish Illinois. Ms. Mickelson has particpated as a panel speaker and lectured for Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education programs, including its Family Law Webinar Series and Divorce Bootcamp. In 2012, Ms. Mickelson was appointed to serve on the Judicial Evaluation Committee of the Chicago Bar Association, which determines the qualifications of standing and prospective jurors.
In 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015, Ms. Mickelson was named a Rising Star by Super Lawyers Magazine, a designation reserved for the top 2.5% of all Illinois attorneys under 40. In 2012, she was recognized as one of the Law Bulletin Publishing Company’s 40 Under 40 Illinois Attorneys to Watch, a peer-nominated award.
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|IL||Active And Authorized To Practice Law||2005||05/11/2016|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Leading Lawyer||Leading Lawyers Network||2017|
|Leading Lawyer||Leading Lawyers Network||2016|
|Leading Lawyer||Leading Lawyers Network||2015|
|Rising Star||Super Lawyers Magazine||2014|
|Rising Star||Super Lawyers Magazine||2013|
|Rising Star||Super Lawyers Magazine||2012|
|40 Illinois Attorneys Under 40 to Watch||Law Bulletin Publishing Company||2012|
|Rising Star||Super Lawyers Magazine||2010|
|Partner, Divorce and Family Law||Beermann Swerdlove LLP||2005 - Present|
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|Coalition of Women's Initiatives in the Law||Board Member||2015 - Present|
|Make-a-Wish Illinois||Women's Network board member||2014 - Present|
|Women's Bar Association of Illinois||Co-chair - Domestic Relations Committee||2012 - Present|
|Illinois State Bar Association||N/A||N/A|
|Chicago Bar Association||N/A||N/A|
|Parent to Parent Newsletter||How I Got Involved in my Kid's School Without Losing My Day Job||2016|
|Parent to Parent Magazine||United Parenting in a Divided Household||2012|
|Chicago-Kent College of Law Illinois Institute of Technology||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2005|
|University of Michigan, Ann Arbor||Sociology||BA - Bachelor of Arts with Honors||1995|
|Center for Conflict Resolution||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Practice Tips for the Intermediate Family Law Practiitioner||Domestic Relations Roundtable||2014|
|Practice Tips for the Intermediate Family Law Practiitioner||Domestic Relations Roundtable||2013|
|Practice Tips for the Intermediate Family Law Practiitioner||Domestic Relations Roundtable||2012|
|IICLE Family Law Webinar Series||Removal||2012|
|IICLE Family Law Webinar Series||Parental Alienation||2011|