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Rachael Nicole Toft

Litigation Attorney at Chicago, IL

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  • Licensed for 19 years
    State IL
    Acquired 2004
    Status
    Active and Authorized to Practice Law No misconduct found

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About Rachael

Learn Rachael’s areas of practice.

4
Practice areas
  1. Adoption
    25%
    Assist with the family building process for agency adoptions, DCFS adoptions, private adoptions and adult adoptions.

  2. Divorce and separation
    25%
    Represent clients in divorce proceedings.

  3. Family
    25%
    Represent clients in divorce proceedings, custody and support disputes, and paternity actions.

  4. Litigation
    25%
    Trial experience to get you the results you need.

Dissolution of marriage and adoption are significant events that impact the family in different ways. I have the experience and empathy to guide you through the process. In addition to the legal knowledge of the family-building process, I have the first hand experience of being raised with six adopted siblings. I can support you through your divorce with empathy and understanding, but have the trial experience to back it up if your case becomes contentious.

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Law Offices of Rachael Toft
175 E. Delaware Place
6305
Chicago, IL, 60611

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Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Assistant State's Attorney
  • Tazewell County State's Attorney's Office
  • 2004 - 2005

Education

  • University of Iowa College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor, with distinction
  • 2004
  • Illinois State University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts, summa cum laude
  • 2001

Associations

  • Association for Conflict Resolution
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • Illinois State Bar Association, Standing Committee on Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity
  • Ex-Officio
  • 2013 - Present
  • Illinois State Bar Association, Diversity Leadership Council
  • Committee Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Women's Bar Association of Illinois
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • Illinois State Bar Association, Standing Committee on Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity
  • Committee Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • Women Everywhere: Partners in Service Project
  • Planning Committee
  • 2008 - Present
  • Cook County Domestic Relations Division
  • Volunteer Court Facilitator
  • 2008 - Present
  • Chicago Volunteer Legal Services
  • Volunteer Attorney
  • 2007 - Present
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
  • ISU Attorneys Advisory Board
  • Executive Committee
  • 2001 - Present
  • Illinois State Bar Association, Standing Committee Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity
  • Chair
  • 2012 - 2013
  • Illinois State Bar Association, Standing Committee Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity
  • Vice Chair
  • 2011 - 2012
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Adoption Committee Chair
  • 2009 - 2010
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Adoption Committee Vice Chair
  • 2008 - 2009
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Honors and Awards

  • 2018 Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2018
  • Emerging Lawyers
  • Leading Lawyers
  • 2018
  • 2017 Rising Stars
  • Illinois SuperLa
  • 2017
  • Emerging Lawyers
  • Leading Lawyers
  • 2017
  • 2016 Rising Stars
  • Illinois SuperLawyers
  • 2016
  • Emerging Lawyers
  • Illinois Leading Lawyer Network
  • 2016
  • 2015 Rising Stars
  • Illinois SuperLawyers
  • 2015
  • Emerging Laywers
  • Illinois Leading Lawyer Network
  • 2015
  • 2014 Rising Stars
  • Illinois Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • 2013 Rising Stars
  • Illinois Super Lawyers
  • 2013
  • 2012 Rising Stars
  • Illinois Super Lawyers
  • 2012
  • 2010 Rising Stars
  • Illinois Super Lawyers
  • 2010
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Publications

  • Women's Bar Association of Illinois Newsletter
  • A Big Change is Coming to Child Support Calculations
  • 2017

Speaking Engagements

  • MB Financial Bank
  • LGBTQ Family Building Panel Discussion
  • 2015
  • Chicago Bar Association, Alliance for Women
  • "Going Out on Your Own? Hear From Women Who Have Succeeded"
  • 2013
  • Illinois Law Cable TV Program
  • The New Civil Unions Act
  • 2011
  • Chicago Bar Association, Adoption Law Committee
  • Adoption 2011-New Rules, Regulations & Practice Procedures, Moderator
  • 2011
  • Illinois Law Cable TV Program
  • LGBT Marriage and Family Issues
  • 2010
  • Chicago Bar Association Probate Committee Meeting
  • Contrast of Adoption and Guardianship Law
  • 2010
  • Chicago Bar Association Adoption Law
  • Adoption of Foreign Born Children, Moderator
  • 2010
  • Illinois Law Cable TV Program
  • Creating Safe, Permanent Homes for Children
  • 2009
  • Chicago Bar Association, Domestic Relations
  • The Child Custody Kit: Navigating Your Custody Trial, Moderator
  • 2009
  • Chicago Bar Association Adoption Law
  • Adoption 101: The Basics, Moderator
  • 2009
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Please Doc, May I Have Some Sperm? Non-Spousal Requests for Posthumous Sperm Harvesting, Panelist
  • 2009
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Attorney endorsements

Received (7)
Given (2)
Endorse Rachael
Family Attorney | Dec 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I enthusiastically endorse this lawyer. Rachael is passionate about her area of practice and goes above and beyond to provide clients exemplary service with a personal touch."
Family Attorney | Jan 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I am endorse this lawyer. Nicole is an passionate and zealous advocate for her clients. At all times she is a professional to work and collaborate with."
Family Attorney | Aug 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly endorse Mrs. Toft. Very knowledgeable and caring attorney who gets great results in representing clients! I want all people with legal problems to contact her first."
Family Attorney | Jul 13
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Rachael Toft and I have been on opposite sides of many cases in the last nine years. As an Opposing Counsel, I have the utmost respect for Ms. Toft. She is a formidable opponent in the courtroom and a skilled negotiator in the boardroom. She is always extremely prepared, well versed in the law, and reasonable in her dealings. I feel confident recommending Ms. Toft to both clients and friends, knowing that they are in excellent hands."
Unknown Attorney | Jul 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Adoption Attorney | Feb 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Rachael & I are both on the Chicago Bar Assn's Adoption Law Committee and I have observed first hand her committment and dedication to her law practice."
Family Attorney | Aug 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Rachael is a great attorney and advocate, she is ethical, knowledgeable, and sensitivesensitive to her clients' needs. "
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Chicago Litigation Lawyer Rachael Nicole Toft
Rachael Nicole Toft
Litigation Attorney
Chicago, IL
Licensed for 19 years