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Cecilia Hynes Griffin ("Leah") is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and holds a law degree from Loyola University in Chicago. Leah began practicing law in 1990 at Rudnick and Wolfe, now known as DLA Piper, in the areas of environmental and real estate law. Since 1993 she has practiced family law exclusively and, in 2003, formed Griffin & McCarthy, LLP, as one of two founding partners. Now known as Griffin McCarthy & Rice LLP, the firm is a boutique law firm practicing exclusively in the area of family law. With offices in downtown Chicago, Burr Ridge and Lincolnshire, Griffin McCarthy & Rice LLP handles cases in Cook County, DuPage County and Lake County.


With over 22 years of experience in family law, Leah has handled amicable straight forward agreements as well as numerous complex family law matters, including multifaceted business valuations, income determination issues, dissipation claims, tracing of marital and non-marital assets, as well as custody, visitation and removal disputes.


Leah has been nominated an Illinois Leading Lawyer and an Illinois Super Lawyer in the area of Family Law from 2008-2014. She is a Fellow in the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. Admission to this national organization requires extensive oral and written testing, and peer and judicial recommendations. Leah presently is Vice President of the Illinois Chapter of the Academy and serves on the Family Law Section Council of the Illinois State Bar Association. She is also past editor of the Section’s family law newsletter. She is a frequent lecturer and has authored numerous articles on family law topics.



Leah has extensive litigation experience and has been a faculty member at the prestigious Houston Family Law Trial Institute teaching other family law attorneys advanced courtroom skills. She also has been hired as an expert witness in family law matters. Leah is a trained mediator, is a practitioner of collaborative law and is a member of the Collaborative Law Institute of Illinois. In addition, Leah was recently selected to be on the list of approved mediators for financial and custody related matters by the Circuit Court of Cook County. Utilizing these various skill sets, Leah has a strong track record of successfully negotiating and settling cases but also has the experience needed to effectively advocate for the client in the courtroom when necessary and as a last resort.


Practice areas


  1. Divorce: 75%
  2. Family: 25%



Hourly ($400-450/hour)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Mark V. Clay

    I highly endorse Mrs. Griffin. Truly exceptional and caring attorney who gets great results in representing clients! I want all people with legal problems to contact her first.


    Mark Clay Immigration Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Neal Adam Simon

    Cecilia is a very good attorney who advocates for her clients.


    Neal Simon Family Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

Griffin McCarthy & Rice LLP

55 W Monroe St Ste 990
Chicago, IL, 60603-5143


ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law199005/17/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top 100 Super Lawyers Family LawIllinois Super Network2014
The Alumni Award for Excellence in LawSaint Ignatius College Prep2013
Leading LawyerLeading Lawyer Network2013
Super LawyerIllinois Super Network2013
Super LawyerIllinois Super Network2012
Leading LawyerLeading Lawyer Network2012
Leading LawyerLeading Lawyer Network2011
Super LawyerIllinois Super Network2011
Super LawyerSuper Lawyer Network2010
Leading LawyerLeading Lawyer Network2010
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PrincipalGriffin McCarthy & Rice LLP1998 - Present
AssociateKSB Family Law Firm1993 - 1998
AssociateRudnick & Wolfe1990 - 1992
Association namePosition nameDuration
Illinois Chapter American Academy of Matrimonial LawyersVice President2013 - Present
Illinois State Bar Association Family Law Section CouncilBoard Member2013 - Present
Illinois Collaborative Family Law InstituteMember2008 - Present
Publication nameTitleDate
Illinois State Bar Association Family Law NewsletterCollege expense contributions by divorced parents: Reservations about reservation provisions2011
Illinois State Bar Association Family Law NewsletterThe treatment of Social Security benefits in the allocation of marital assets after In Re the Marriage of Crook: Neither divide nor considerN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Loyola University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1990
University of Notre DameGovernment and International AffairsBA - Bachelor of Arts1987
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
IFSEA Annual ConferencePost Judgment Modification of Maintenance and Child Support2014
Houston Family Law Trial InstituteFamily Law Litigation Training2013
Chicago Bar Association CLEChild Support Modification and Enforcement2013
Houston Family Law Trial InstituteFamily Law Litigation Training2012
AAML Columbus Day SeminarThe Scope of Representation of the Family Law Attorney2012
Houston Family Law Trial InstituteFamily Law Litigation Training2011