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Kathryn Homburger Mickelson

Divorce and separation Attorney at Chicago, IL

5.0   37 reviews

also known as Kathryn Lee Mickelson


Licensed for 17 years

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About Kathryn

Learn Kathryn’s areas of practice.

4
Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    40%

    16 years

  2. Child custody
    20%

    16 years

  3. Family
    20%
    My practice focuses on all areas of family law, from divorce and separation to visitation and pre-/post-nuptial agreements. Each case is unique; my practice is tailored to each individual client's needs and goals & what is important for that client.

    16 years

  4. Marriage and prenuptials
    20%

    16 years

Nominated by her peers as a Leading Lawyer since 2015, a Super Lawyer since 2012, one of Best Lawyers’ “Women of Influence” in 2017 and one of Crain’s Media’s Most Notable Women Attorneys in 2018, Katy Mickelson, an equity partner at Beermann LLP, represents her clients and their complex financial estates and sensitive family matters with the utmost discretion and confidentiality. From business owners, professional athletes, and some of Chicago’s most influential rain makers to their spouses, partners or "better half's", Ms. Mickelson’s clients come to her for her reputation among colleagues and judges as prepared, responsive, and attentive to the smallest of details, and for her no-nonsense approach to the practice of family law. A first chair trial attorney who is also a certified mediator, Ms. Mickelson treats every case as an opportunity to educate her clients and promote financial and emotional dignity.

The only partner at Beermann to rise from law clerk to owner, Ms. Mickelson channels this drive and tenacity into each case she handles. Her ability to listen and “hear” her clients and then convert these goals into real results contributes to her prominence as one of Chicago’s most influential family law attorneys, a recognition exemplified early on when she was named one of the Law Bulletin Publishing Company’s 40 Under 40 Illinois Attorneys to Watch in 2012. Ms. Mickelson prides herself on her dedicated mentorship of newer attorneys and she strives to be an example through taking on leadership positions in several non-profit organizations and her frequent lecturing and authoring of articles for prominent legal publications such as the American Bar Association Journal.

Client's Choice 2021
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Licensed for 17 years
State IL
Status Active And Authorized To Practice Law
Acquired 2005
Updated 05/11/2016

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

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Kathryn Homburger Mickelson
Beermann LLP
2275 Half Day Road
Suite 350
Bannockburn, IL, 60015
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Reviews

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Client's Choice 2021
Client's Choice
Kathryn received a significant number of 4+ stars in 2021
Posted by anonymous | October 24, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very communicative
I interviewed 3 attorneys before choosing Katy.  The initial conversation with her won me over.  She listened and patiently answered questions that no doubt she'd answered hundreds of times over.  What was to be a divorce of mutual respect quickly turned ugly.  I was happy to have Katy fighting on my behalf every step of the way. She helped me through a very complicated situation in which I had a lot to lose.  In the end, I came away believing it was Katy's expertise and experience that brought the divorce to a successful conclusion. 
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Posted by anonymous | June 3, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Professional, Efficient, and Supportive
I hired Katy and her team to help redraft and carry out my prenuptial agreement. Her expertise and guidance made me feel incredibly confident throughout the process, and her ability to listen to my needs resulted in a final draft that exceeded my expectations. She was very communicative and always available to talk through questions and comments. I highly recommend Katy and her team.
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Posted by Brad | June 1, 2021
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Great attorney who gets the job done
I can’t speak highly enough of Katy. She came into my divorce case after it had been going on for over 2 years. The case wasn’t able to settle because opposing counsel refused to negotiate and just wanted to run up a bill. Katy stayed focused on the issues and was able to get the case resolved. Without her my case would’ve continued for much longer. I highly recommend Katy.
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Posted by anonymous | July 28, 2021
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Thank you!
I initially talked to 4 lawyers based on Avvo reviews and decided to hire Katy because she gave me the most straight forward answers during my initial consultation. I appreciated her transparency and could tell that she is highly experienced. My case is not that complicated and there is no child involved but divorce is never easy and I am glad I had Katy and her team to guide me throughout the process. They all exhibited the highest professionalism and extremely responsive. I felt that I am well represented and would highly recommend Katy to anyone who is going through a divorce.
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Posted by Nikole | May 24, 2022
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Great experience!
Kathryn handled my case so well, she took it personally and made me feel like she really did care it wasn't just another case she truly cares for families and their outcomes for the best result for everyone involved. I was treated so well and understood every step of the way!
Posted by Jennifer | January 27, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommend
Katy helped me navigate a very long and contentious divorce. She was readily available, had great communication, and adapted to the needs of my case. Katy is intelligent and passionate.
Posted by Josh | June 7, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Amazing to work with
Katy and her team are fantastic. They were incredibly helpful in guiding me through what can be an emotional process, making sure I was well-informed and felt confident and supported. The entire process felt collaborative, efficient, and her and the team were a pleasure to work with. I couldn't recommend more highly.
Posted by Chavonne | December 22, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
She is the best lawyer ever!
I highly recommend Kathryn! She is an amazing lawyer and will fight for you. I originally tried to handle the divorce on my own but my ex-husband was not cooperative and it was very difficult to serve him papers. Then the pandemic happened and I felt hopeless and I knew that I could no longer do this on my own. I found her on this website and read all the wonderful reviews and sent her an email. Immediately within the next hour she had responded to me and by the next day, she called to discuss my case. Kathryn is amazing!! she truly listens to you, and is willing to do everything in her power to make her clients happy. Not only her but her amazing staff was also very supportive and helpful to answer any questions or concerns that I might have. As you can imagine going through a pandemic was stressful enough and I was literally able to relax and have peace of mind knowing that my lawyer is taking care of everything for me. She is the best lawyer I have ever had, and if you want peace of mind knowing that someone is truly fighting for you then I would highly recommend her.
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Posted by Nikki | December 21, 2020
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Great Attorney, Great Advice, Great Help
Katy and her team were incredibly helpful, smart, classy, and empathetic. They understood and cared about my concerns throughout my relocation case. Katy navigated me through what information was required and necessary for a strong argument. She explained every step of the way with examples and case law. She was powerful, commanding and credible before the court and though opposing council tried everything in their power to rattle her, Katy kept her cool and remained professional. Her demeanor, knowledge and proactive approach makes her a triple threat. I would highly recommend Katy.
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Posted by Amoreena | September 8, 2020
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Excellent Family Law Attorney
Kathryn has the core values that I was seeking for my divorce in a Family Law Attorney. She has the depth of experience, passion for the law, dedicated focus and connection that I needed to see through the challenges that I encountered during the process. Her expertise was a clearly recognized especially dealing with complex parenting matters for my children. Kathryn was genuinely my rock and provided the insight necessary to keep the process moving to a result that was beyond my expectations. I would highly recommend Kathryn to anyone facing a divorce, with or without children involved.
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Posted by Kelsey | May 19, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommended!!
I was in year three of a grueling and testy divorce when a friend mentioned Kathryn Homburger Mickelson with BEERMANN LLP to me. She had represented my friend in an exceedingly difficult divorce and she highly recommended I contact her. At the time I had an attorney, so months went by before I contacted Katy. I cannot tell you how thankful I am that I did. My only regret is that I did not do it sooner. In hindsight, I realize the quality of your attorney is as vast as the quality of a finding a good doctor. Nothing is more important than having someone represent you who understands what is needed for you and your family. Needless to say, if you are going through something as important and serious as a divorce, especially when children are involved, I can unequivocally recommend Katy to represent you. While my reasons are many to highly recommend Katy, the most important of them is that she is smart, strong and sincerely empathetic to your situation and needs. In a matter of weeks it was as if she had known me for 10 years; I don’t know how she does it. Thank you sincerely Katy for all you have done for me and my children. I am forever grateful. -Kelsey
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Posted by Katie | April 24, 2020
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Child Custody
I have worked with Katy for 7 years, and she has been outstanding as a lawyer. I have had some very difficult situations with my child’s father, and Katy has always been there to support me legally. Katy is quick to respond, communicates very well, and fights for what is just. I highly recommend Katy for your family law needs.
Posted by anonymous | January 9, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Clear communication & sound advice
Katy offered clear and pragmatic counsel on what my rights were, even when it made me uncomfortable to discuss. She was a strong advocate for me and also had a warm and kind manner that I greatly appreciated during the most difficult time of my life. She is very hands on and stayed in touch every step of the way, although the associates she works with were also great.
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Posted by Jae | November 23, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Ms Kathryn Mickelson at Beerman Law Chicago is OUTSTANDING!! 5/5 star review
Ms. Kathryn Mickelson and her team at Beerman Law in Chicago were truly outstanding! I would like to recommend her enthusiastically for anyone in need of a great lawyer. She exceeded all of our expectations as our retained legal attorney for a divorce case. She was attentive, detail oriented and more importantly communicative at each step of the way in the process. She listened to our story in a very approachable manner on initial consultation and evaluated the case analyzing for us all the possible scenarios and outcome; she came up with a solid plan. The case was concluded swiflty and favorably as her team moved quickly with legal proccedings and engaged the other attorney most effectively for an optimal resolution. With all honesty we could not have hoped for a better outcome. Ms Mickelson's legal fees were reasonable and worth every bit of it for the all the services provided. I would like to thank her wholeheartedly once again for all the legal assistance and will most certainly retain her services again otherwise will refer every possible client to her firm.
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Posted by anonymous | September 8, 2018
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Thorough and collaborative representation
Katy has represented me for several years, and she has provided me exceptional representation. She carefully thinks through the issues and possible courses of action, and is always extraordinarily thorough and well-prepared. I have also found Katy very collaborative - she is not driven by ego and an "I know best" attitude, and is always open to questions and suggestions.
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Posted by Molly | August 24, 2018
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Grateful for her kindness and professionalism
In all of our interactions, Kathryn listened carefully, answered all questions clearly, and provided excellent support during a very emotional divorce process. I remain profoundly grateful for her work and assistance during this time.
Posted by Andrew | June 19, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Sympathetic, Adept, and Assertive
Katy helped me through what should have been an easy divorce, but what ultimately proved to be a difficult one. She was patient with me during those times when I was, no doubt, difficult to deal with, and she was always sympathetic to my situation. On the other hand, she was an assertive and adept advocate on my behalf. She was also always upfront with me regarding the case and how settlement negotiations work. This was especially comforting to me because I happened to move out of state almost immediately after hiring her. I suspected the move would complicate the proceedings, but Katy helped to make the transition smooth by keeping me up to date and responding to me quickly whenever I needed assistance. She was also very attuned to my financial circumstances; doing what she could to keep my costs as low as possible. I’m especially grateful for this. I highly recommend Katy, and, although I never want to find myself in the same position again, if I do, then I’d request she represent me again.
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Posted by anonymous | May 14, 2018
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Fantastic Attorney
I cannot speak highly enough of Katy Mickelson. She helped me through an incredibly difficult post-decree matter. Her attention to detail is top notch and it came through in every way - from her response timing to the details written in all the documents to our final outcome. Given an extremely challenging situation, I would recommend Katy to anyone looking for a super competent family law attorney, she's amazing!
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Posted by anonymous | April 16, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Loved working with Katy!
I was lucky to work with Katy on a case with a mutual client (I am in the financial services industry) and got a first hand look at her amazing work ethic and no nonsense approach. I was impressed with her so when the time came for me to go through this process, she was an easy pick. Katy filed for me in September and we were done in December. She was also able to recommend a "like minded" lawyer from another firm who my ex-husband hired. This helped to keep the process from escalating into a circus. I would highly recommend her and her firm.
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Posted by anonymous | February 6, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommended
From the initial consultation to the final judgement, Katy was with me every step of the way. She was highly responsive to email and phone inquiries and explained every step of the divorce process. I always felt that she looked out for my and the kids best interest. She was cognizant of keeping costs at bay, which was truly appreciated. She and her team are utmost professionals in their field.
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 525-525 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Equity Partner
  • Beermann LLP
  • 2005 - Present

Education

  • Chicago-Kent College of Law Illinois Institute of Technology
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2005
  • University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts with Honors
  • 1995
  • Center for Conflict Resolution
  • N/A

Associations

  • Chicago Writers Museum
  • President, Chicago Council
  • 2019 - Present
  • ProVisors
  • Group Leader
  • 2017 - Present
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Economic Club of Chicago
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Coalition of Women's Initiatives in the Law
  • Board Member
  • 2015 - 2018
  • Make-a-Wish Illinois
  • Women's Network/Philanthropy Chair
  • 2014 - 2021
  • Women's Bar Association of Illinois
  • Co-chair - Domestic Relations Committee
  • 2012 - 2020
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Leading Lawyer
  • Leading Lawyers Network
  • 2022
  • Best Lawyer
  • Best Lawyers
  • 2022
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2022
  • Best Lawyer
  • Best Lawyers
  • 2021
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2021
  • Best Lawyer
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2020
  • Leading Lawyer
  • Leading Lawyers Network
  • 2020
  • Best Lawyer
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2019
  • Leading Lawyer
  • Leading Lawyers Network
  • 2019
  • Leading Lawyer
  • Leading Lawyers Network
  • 2018
  • One of Most Notable Women Attorneys
  • Crain's Chicago Business
  • 2018
  • Leading Lawyer
  • Leading Lawyers Network
  • 2017
  • Woman of Influence
  • Best Lawyers
  • 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
  • 40 Illinois Attorneys Under 40 to Watch
  • Law Bulletin Publishing Company
  • 2012
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2012
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2010
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Publications

  • Parent to Parent Newsletter
  • How I Got Involved in my Kid's School Without Losing My Day Job
  • 2016

Speaking Engagements

  • ISBA's Solo and Small Firm Conference
  • Social Media Best Practices – In the Courtroom and with Clients
  • 2020
  • Practice Tips for the Intermediate Family Law Practitioner
  • Domestic Relations Roundtable
  • 2017
  • Practice Tips for the Intermediate Family Law Practitioner
  • Domestic Relations Roundtable
  • 2016
  • Practice Tips for the Intermediate Family Law Practitioner
  • Domestic Relations Roundtable
  • 2015
  • Practice Tips for the Intermediate Family Law Practitioner
  • Domestic Relations Roundtable
  • 2014
  • Practice Tips for the Intermediate Family Law Practitioner
  • Domestic Relations Roundtable
  • 2013
  • IICLE Family Law Webinar Series
  • Removal
  • 2012
  • Practice Tips for the Intermediate Family Law Practitioner
  • Domestic Relations Roundtable
  • 2012
  • IICLE Family Law Webinar Series
  • Parental Alienation
  • 2011
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (1)
Family Attorney | Aug 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly endorse Mrs. Mickelson. Truly exceptional and caring attorney who gets great results in representing clients! I want all people with family legal problems to contact her first."
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