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Paul Louis Feinstein

Divorce and separation Attorney at Chicago, IL

5.0   14 reviews
  • State Years
    Illinois - IL 43 years
    Georgia - GA 44 years
  • Licensed for 43 years
    State IL
    Acquired 1980
    Active and Authorized to Practice Law No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 44 years
    State GA
    Acquired 1980
    Emeritus No misconduct found

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

About Paul

Learn Paul’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    Matrimonial trials and appeals, including litigation of divorce, child custody and visitation, parentage, premarital agreements, valuation of divorce assets, alimony and child support. Collaborative practice.

    44 years

  2. Appeals
    Appeals to all Appellate Courts in Illinois including the Supreme Court.

    44 years

A well known and highly respected Chicago attorney, Paul Feinstein has practiced matrimonial and appellate law since 1980, having obtained his JD degree from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. His undergraduate degree was a BA at Tulane University. He became a fellow of the prestigious American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers in 1991. Paul Feinstein served on the Academy's Board of Directors and was the Chairman of its Amicus Briefs Committee, having drafted briefs in the Supreme Court of Illinois on  important family law issues. He belongs to the Family Law Sections of the American, Illinois, and Georgia bar associations. He is licensed to practice in Illinois and Georgia, as well as the United States Supreme Court. Paul Feinstein has written about numerous matrimonial law subjects and was on the board of editors of the Matrimonial Strategist, a national publication, from 1995 to 2018. He has also lectured before several groups on many family law topics. He devotes a great deal of his practice to appellate and constitutional law and in 1993 was successful in overturning Illinois' automatic asset freeze law in the Supreme Court of Illinois. In 2004, he was successful in having the Supreme Court of Illinois declare the Illinois Child Representative Statute unconstitutional. He handles all litigation aspects of family law issues, trials and appeals, including divorce, property and support, custody, domestic violence, antenuptial agreements, and he practices primarily in Chicago, Paul Feinstein has handled matters throughout Illinois. He has received Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory's highest attorney rating, "AV Preeminent," (5.0 out of 5.0) . Many of his cases involve complex procedural and substantive matters, and involve high-profile people. He routinely fields many calls from lawyers, who request his opinion on legal matters of first impression, and those who simply wish to know "what the law is" on a particular issue. Legislators and bar associations consult with Paul Feinstein to obtain his opinions concerning proposed legislation. Paul is on the Cook County Domestic Relations Division's list of court-approved mediators for both financially related issues and custody related issues.  He is also court-approved to be and has been appointed as child representative, guardian ad litem and attorney for children in contested custody and visitation disputes. Paul is also trained in Collaborative Divorce and is a Fellow of the Collaborative Law Institute of Illinois and a member of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals.


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Paul Feinstein's oral argument in the Supreme Court of Illinois in the McGrath case


Paul Louis Feinstein
10 South La Salle Street, Ste. 1420
Chicago, IL, 60603-1078


5.0 / 5.0
  14 customer reviews
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Posted by Anonymous | January 2, 2024
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Highly Recomended
Mr. Feinstein successfully overturned cook country decisions on my divorce case by making compelling arguments to the Illinois Supreme Court. Paul was very collaborative and was able to articulate the pros and cons of each decision that he empowered me to make. Mr. Feinstein's experience and deep knowledge was evident in the process and was super easy for me to work with. The outcome in my case was incredibly impactful for me financially and I am so grateful for his support. I highly recommend Mr. Feinstein to anyone who is looking for support during a divorce. THANK YOU!
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Posted by anonymous | August 1, 2023
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Recommend without reservation
Mr. Feinstein successfully navigated the Appellate and Supreme Courts for my case. We were able to successfully uphold the lower court's decision. Mr. Feinstein's knowledge and experience made the process as seamless as possible during a very difficult time. His collaboration with my attorney was superb. I recommend Mr. Feinstein without reservation.
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Posted by anonymous | July 31, 2023
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Paul knows the law. He was able to determine what was needed and what was missed in my appeal case. He explained his strategy to me and then articulated it in writing perfectly in front of the court. He didn't leave room for interpretation. He was able to win our arguments and successfully close out my case from appeal.
Posted by anonymous | August 19, 2022
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helped my children start a new life
The appellate court is a mysterious and intractable authority that can undo a hard-won trial decision with the sweep of a pen. You may have the best trial team in the world, but if your case ends up in the appellate court, you need a specialist like Paul Feinstein. Paul took over my case in an appeal where we had already suffered setbacks. He developed and executed a winning strategy on an aggressive timeline that helped my children start a new life. Call him as soon as you receive Notice of Appeal. He will tell you that he got into this business to help families out of a bad spot, and that is exactly what he did for mine.
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Posted by anonymous | February 14, 2022
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Paul did a great job-- analyzed the issues in the case, gave me his assessment, prepared the appropriate brief and most importantly convinced the appellate court.
Posted by anonymous | December 19, 2021
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Extremely Knowledgeable
Paul represented me in my divorce case, and I could not be more pleased with his work. From my initial meetings with Paul, it was clear he was an expert in all legal matters related to family law. Paul was able to answer all my questions with clear explanations and advise me on all of my options. Throughout the entire process, I felt confident that I made the right choice by hiring Paul to represent me.
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Posted by anonymous | January 13, 2019
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Reasons to consider Paul
How do you make the important and correct decision in hiring a divorce attorney to represent you? It is a decision that will have a enormous impact on you and your family. A divorce is a life changing event that will be traumatic and stressful. Paul will give you the best representation throughout this difficult transition for you and your children. In my situation Paul always took into consideration what was best for my children, and me. You will need counsel to develop a strategy to achieve your goals and fight for them in a manner that is as cost effective as possible. Paul is your man with over 35 years of experience in all matters of divorce including trials, appeals, support, and custody issues. Paul is highly regarded by his peers and has mutually beneficial relationships with many of them. How does your attorney make you feel and how attentive are they to your numerous needs? Paul is a great listener and communicator which is essential to a successful result. Paul is very responsive to your needs and questions and makes himself available when necessary in a timely manner. I was extremely fortunate to have a friend that is also a attorney, refer me to Paul. After interviewing total of five attorneys, it was a easy decision to hire Paul to represent me. I encourage you to interview Paul to represent you in one of the most challenging life events that you will experience. I am confident that you will reach the same decision as I did, and will never regret it. I am one of the few matrimonial clients that can call my counselor a friend after a lengthy divorce.
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Posted by anonymous | July 28, 2016
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First-Class Counsel
Paul Feinstein is a first-class attorney with extraordinary legal knowledge, personal integrity, and psychological insight. His exceptional counsel throughout all phases of my case produced an excellent divorce agreement and long-lasting outcome. I highly recommend Paul Feinstein. I'm a grateful client.
Posted by Kate | November 29, 2014
Paul Feinstein
Paul is an outstanding lawyer. His genuine concern for his clients puts him in a class of his own. Paul isn’t interested in wasting any time or money; he looks to move things along as painless and quickly as possible in the worst of situations. He made a difficult process for me, very easy. I would recommend him to anyone going through a divorce.
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Posted by anonymous | July 31, 2014
Tops Among Illinois Divorce Lawyers
I worked with several lawyers before finding Paul for post-decree work after my divorce was finalized. Knows the law, works with you to develop strategies, tough when he needs to be, and well respected by other lawyers and the judges. Although he has a heavy caseload, he works hard to keep the case moving. Always meets his deadlines. If he promises to give you something on Monday, you'll receive it on Monday. Most divorce attorneys in IL with a heavy caseload, don't keep cases moving. I give him my highest recommendation.
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Posted by Patty | January 27, 2014
I Finally Found The Right Attorney!
After six years in court for a complicated divorce I finally found the right Attorney and that was Paul Feinstein. I found Paul's knowledge of Family Law to be beyond impressive. Paul is ethical and a man of much integrity which was a breath of fresh air. Paul helped guide me through a highly distressing experience and I will be forever grateful that I had Paul for my attorney. I highly recommend Paul Feinstein.
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Posted by Janis | January 26, 2014
Best of the Best
Paul Feinstein handled my family law case with the utmost decorum. His experience and knowledge [of the law] allowed us to prevail on nearly every motion. I felt that Paul's guidance was always in my best interest and in the best interest of my young son. Paul is the best of the best.........
Posted by Steven | September 10, 2013
Highly competent family law attorney
Paul handled my divorce in 2004 and did an excellent job. I a particularly appreciated his professionalism and the calm, patient, thoughtful manner in which he advised me on a couple extremely emotional issues. It was also helpful that he was able to keep his fees reasonably low in light of the fact that it was not a complex matter. I would highly recommend Paul to others for his knowledge, professionalism, and excellent "bed side manner" -- a key asset in family law matters.
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Posted by Matt | August 16, 2010
Matthew A. Kirsh
I am an attorney who has known Paul for well over 10 years. I have had many cases with Paul on the other side and I have always found him to be extremely professional, knowledgeable and well-prepared. We recently were co-counsel on a case and Paul's work on that case was excellent. Paul is a well respected appellate attorney and, as such, his knowledge of the law is beyond compare. I would highly recommend Paul as an attorney on any family law matter.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 400-400 per hour
Payment methods
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Dom. Relations Division Procedure and Policy Review Committee
  • Circuit Court Of Cook County/Domestic Relations Division
  • 2012 - Present
  • Chairman, Amicus Briefs Committee
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
  • 2007 - 2012


  • Emory University
  • law
  • 1980
  • Tulane University
  • 1977

Sample of Legal Cases

  • In Re Marriage of McGrath
  • I was successful in appeal to the Supreme Court, made new law concerning what was income for child support purposes
  • In Re Marriage of Sanfratello
  • I was successful in reversing a large money judgment against my client.
  • In Re Marriage of Bates
  • Child Representative Act unconstitutional
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  • Appellate Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
  • Fellow
  • 1991 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Selected by his peers for inclusion in the field of Family Law
  • The Best Lawyers in America©
  • 2020
  • Metropolitan Chicago Family Law
  • U.S. News-Best Lawyers® "Best Law Firms"
  • 2020
  • Illinois Super Family Lawyer, Top 100
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Leading Lawyer -- Family Law and Family Appellate Law
  • Leading Lawyers Network
  • 2019
  • Highest Rating; AV, 5.0 out of 5.0
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2019
  • One of the 10 Best Attorneys
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2017
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  • Matrimonial Strategist
  • Stop and Look Before You Listen! Wiretap and Eavesdropping Laws
  • 2014
  • Matrimonial Strategist
  • The Enforcement of Jewish Marriage Contracts by Civil Courts
  • 2012
  • Aspatore Book publication
  • Chapter in, "Inside the Minds: Strategies for Family Law in Illinois,"
  • 2010
  • Matrimonial Strategist
  • Automatic Restraining Orders in Domestic Relations Cases: Constitutional Challenges
  • 2010
  • see my website for detailed listing
  • numerous articles
  • N/A
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Speaking Engagements

  • Advanced Evidence Seminar
  • Making an Appealing Record on Appeal
  • 2008
  • Child Custody Seminar
  • Dealing with Child Representatives
  • 2005
  • numerous
  • see my website for all lectures given
  • N/A

Attorney endorsements

Received (3)
Given (11)
Endorse Paul
Appeals Attorney | Apr 20
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"When a case on worked on at the trial level was appealed by the opposing party, I referred my client to Paul to handle the appeal. He is an extremely accomplished attorney with a unique understanding of Illinois case law and procedure. He is trustworthy, smart and reasonable. I strongly recommend his work."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Sep 15
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Aug 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Paul is an outstanding lawyer. He is intelligent in all aspects of divorce law. He leaves no stone unturned. He is caring and respectful of his clients. I have the highest respect for Paul. Joy Feinberg"

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Chicago Divorce and separation Lawyer Paul Louis Feinstein
Paul Louis Feinstein
Divorce and separation Attorney
Chicago, IL
Licensed for 44 years