I have been a resident of McLean County since 1977. I graduated from Illinois State University in 1990 and completed my law degree in 1994 as a graduate of The John Marshall Law School. Proud of my Central Illinois roots, I returned to Bloomington Normal to begin my legal career as an Assistant State's Attorney with the McLean County State's Attorney's Office. In 1995, I joined Thomson & Weintraub, LLC, and became a partner with the firm in 2000.
Thomson & Weintraub, LLC has been providing a wide variety of legal services for clients thoughout Illinois since 1941. I am honored to work with my exeptionnal business partners, all of whom are esteemed members of our bar association.
I have concentrated my practice to the areas of family law, divorce, adoption and criminal defense. I have been a member of the Leading Lawyers Network since 2009. Through the Leading Lawyers Network, I have been named a Top Ten downstate woman lawyer as well as a Top Ten downstate female criminal defense attorney.
As an advocate for alternative dispute resolution and through Northwestern University, I became a trained and court approved family law mediator in 2005. Although I certainly enjoy litigation, I have learned throughout my years of practice that helping families resolve disputes with the least amount of court involvement, stress and cost is the only truly successful way to resolve those disputes.
With over 20 years of trial and practice experience, I offer my clients organized, honest, eithical and zealous representation. Please feel free to contact me if you would like to schedule a consultation.
|IL||Active And Authorized To Practice Law||1994||07/06/2019|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Leading Lawyer||Leading Lawyers Network||2017|
|Top Ten Downstate Woman Lawyers||Leading Lawyers Network||2015|
|Top Ten Downstate Women Criminal Defense Attorney||Leading Lawyers Network||2015|
|Partner||Thomson & Weintraub, LLC||1995 - Present|
|Assistant State's Attorney||McLean County State's Attorney's Office||1994 - 1995|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|US District Court Northern District Illionois||member||1995 - Present|
|U.S. District Court Central District Illinois||member||1995 - Present|
|Illinois State Bar Association||member, committee member||1994 - Present|
|McLean County Bar Association||First Vice President||1994 - Present|
|McLean County Domestic Violence Task Force||Co-chair||1997 - 2000|
|Heartland Head Start||Board of Directors||1996 - 2006|
|Family Violence Coordinating Council||Chair||1996 - 1999|
|Robert C. Underwood American Inn of Court||member, co-chair||1995 - 2005|
|Indiana State Bar Association||"Preparing Your Client for Divorce Mediation"||1998|
|Indiana State Bar Association||"Practice Tip: Preparation and Use of Marital Inventories"||1998|
|John Marshall Law School, Chicago||JD - Juris Doctor||1994|
|llinois State University||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1990|
|Divorce Boot Camp||Helpful Hints - Child Support Calculations||2011|
|Conducting the Ethical Family Law Practice||Conducting the Ethical Family Law Practice||2008|
|6th Annual Family Law Conference||Conducting the Ethical Family Law Practice||2007|
|Successfully Analyzing, Negotiating and Trying Your Child Custody Cases||Mediation of a Child Custody Settlement||2005|
|3rd Annual Family Law Conference||Enforcement of Judgments||2004|
|Juvenile Law in Illinois||Termination of Parental Rights||2001|