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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.


Practice areas


  1. Family: 100%
    11 years



Hourly ($425/hour)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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  • Mark V. Clay

    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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Contact info

161 N. Clark Street, Suite 2600
Chicago, IL, 60601-3243


ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law200505/11/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2016
Rising StarSuper Lawyers Magazine2015
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2015
Rising StarSuper Lawyers Magazine2014
Rising StarSuper Lawyers Magazine2013
Rising StarSuper Lawyers Magazine2012
40 Illinois Attorneys Under 40 to WatchLaw Bulletin Publishing Company2012
Rising StarSuper Lawyers Magazine2010
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Partner, Divorce and Family LawBeermann Swerdlove LLP2005 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Coalition of Women's Initiatives in the LawBoard Member2015 - Present
Make-a-Wish IllinoisWomen's Network board member2014 - Present
Women's Bar Association of IllinoisCo-chair - Domestic Relations Committee2012 - Present
Illinois State Bar AssociationN/AN/A
Chicago Bar AssociationN/AN/A
Publication nameTitleDate
Parent to Parent MagazineUnited Parenting in a Divided Household2012
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Chicago-Kent College of Law Illinois Institute of TechnologyLawJD - Juris Doctor2005
University of Michigan, Ann ArborSociologyBA - Bachelor of Arts with Honors1995
Center for Conflict ResolutionN/AN/AN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Practice Tips for the Intermediate Family Law PractiitionerDomestic Relations Roundtable2014
Practice Tips for the Intermediate Family Law PractiitionerDomestic Relations Roundtable2013
Practice Tips for the Intermediate Family Law PractiitionerDomestic Relations Roundtable2012
IICLE Family Law Webinar SeriesRemoval2012
IICLE Family Law Webinar SeriesParental Alienation2011