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Betsy (Elizabeth) Ehlen practices exclusively in the area of family law, representing clients in a range of issues including divorce, custody disputes, division of marital assets and real property, spousal and child support, paternity, domestic violence, and civil unions.

Betsy was drawn to family law by the personal nature of the work and because of the unique challenge each new case brings. Betsy prides herself on using creative strategies to reach her clients’ goals. She is widely regarded as a skilled litigator, but she also understands when amicable negotiations should be the first option to meet her clients’ needs while resolving their cases quickly.

Betsy grew up in Shaker Heights, Ohio and received her B.A. from Ithaca College. She earned her J.D. from Washington University in St. Louis School of Law in 2003, where she was a recipient of the Scholar in Law award. Betsy has been licensed in Illinois since 2003 and is an active member of the Chicago Bar Association. When Betsy isn't in court she's honing her competitive edge on the field by coaching and playing field hockey. 



Practice areas


  1. Divorce: 40%
    7 years
  2. Family: 40%
    7 years
  3. Domestic Violence: 20%
    7 years

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  • Mark V. Clay

    I highly endorse Mrs. Ehlen. Truly exceptional and caring attorney who gets great results in representing clients. Keep up a great work!


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Contact info

Law Office of Betsy Ehlen, LLC

500 N. Michigan Ave
Suite 600
Chicago, IL, 60611


ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law200305/11/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Associate AttorneyThe Law Offices of Bradley R. Trowbridge2011 - 2014
VISTA AttorneyLegal Assistance Foundation Of Metropolitan Chicago2009 - 2010
Law ClerkACLU of Eastern Missouri2002 - 2002
Law ClerkLegal Aid Society Of New York2001 - 2001
Association namePosition nameDuration
Chicago Bar Association, Family Law CommitteeMemberN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Washington University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2003
Ithaca CollegeArt HistoryBA - Bachelor of Arts1998
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Representing Victims of Domestic ViolenceDomestic Violence and the law2015
Stephen Terrell: Just UsDomestic Violence2014