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   3Joy M. FeinbergChicago(312) 376-8860joy@bfsfamlaw.comjoy@bfsfamlaw.comBoyle Feinberg Sharma PCwww.boylefeinbergfamilylaw.comwww.boylefeinbergfamilylaw.comfeinbergjoy.jpgFamily Law
Joy M.
Boyle Feinberg Sharma PC
2 N LaSalle St Ste 1600
Chicago IL 60602
Ph.(312) 376-8860 Fx.(312) 291-9336Leading Lawyers Magazine story about this lawyer
Recommended by peers in:
Family Law
County:  Cook
Practice Description:  
Passionate about trial work from the moment she completed her first cross-examination in law school, Joy M. Feinberg first entered family law after the passage of the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act in 1978. In 1980, she opened the first all-female family law firm in the state of Illinois.

Today, Ms. Feinberg is one of the most highly regarded family law attorneys in the state. A former president of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Foundation, she has twice been named its Fellow of the Year and has played a pivotal role in the development of its national exam. She has also been recognized by the Illinois Chapter of the AAML with the Samuel Berger Award for her overall contribution to family law in Illinois and with the Michael S. Cohen Award for her contributions to the continuing education of family lawyers in Illinois.

Northshore Magazine profiled her as one of the top 20 divorce lawyers in the Chicagoland area in 1997, and Leading Lawyers Magazine has named her one of the top 50 women consumer lawyers in Illinois since 2003. She appears regularly on TV and radio news programs to discuss family law.

In 2006, Ms. Feinberg was named one of Illinois' Top 100 Lawyers. In 2016, Ms. Feinberg was listed in Best Lawyers in America.

Ms. Feinberg is creative in finding solutions to marital disputes. She carves out settlements for her clients with a scalpel rather than a meat cleaver, as one opposing counsel has put it, and is committed to making the divorce process less contentious and painful for clients.

Prior to the Hague Convention on abduction prevention, she helped a mother recover a child who had been removed to Costa Rica by his paternal family when she used the tort of intentional inflection of emotional distress against the child abductors, the first time this had been done in Illinois.

She has written extensively on both financial and child custody issues in divorce and has been a member of the editorial board for Divorce Magazine since 1999. She has additionally worked as a mediator and provided consultation on mediation and mental health issues with regards to divorce.

A child of divorce herself, Ms. Feinberg enjoys a long-lived marriage with fellow attorney Gregory Brown. She is adamant about helping her clients to find happiness on their own.

Bar Admissions:  
Federal District Court
Federal Appellate Court, 1979
Federal Courts, 1980

Year of Birth:  1952

Law School:  DePaul University College of Law, J.D., 1977

Undergraduate School:  University of Illinois, B.A., 1974

Bar/Professional Association Involvement:  
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Foundation
    • President, 1997
    • Secretary, 1993-1995
    • Admissions Procedure and National Exam Committee, 1991-present
    • History of Academy Committee
      • Chair, 1994
    • New Lawyers Seminar on Custody, Child Support and Taxation
      • Teacher, 1994 - 1996
    • Continuing Legal Education
      • Co-chair, 1997, 2000
    • Illinois Chapter
      • Board of Governors, 1989-2003
      • Newsletter Editor, 2000
      • Admissions Committee, 1989-1993, 1997
      • President, 1995-1996
  • International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, United States Chapter, 1990-present
    • President, USA Chapter, 2014-2016
  • Divorce Magazine Advisory Board, 1999-present
  • American Bar Association
    • Family Law Section
  • Illinois State Bar Association
    • Family Law Section Council Chair, 1998-1999
    • Continuing Legal Education Committee, 1990-1995
    • Bar Publications Board, 1992-2002
  • Mediation Council of Illinois
    • President, 1983-1984
  • Lutheran General Hospital Pastoral Psychotherapy Institute Mediation program
    • Mediator, 1982-1987
  • Isaac Ray Center's Custody Evaluation Project
    • Legal Consultant, 1986-1992
  • Chicago Bar Association
    • Matrimonial Law Committee, 1979-present
      • Guardian ad Litem Subcommittee, 1981-1994
  • Institute for Psychoanalysis in Chicago
    • Adjunct professor, course on forensic testimony for mental health experts in custody cases, (with Dr. Robert Galatzer-Levy), 1991

Awards; Honors; Distinctions:
      • Illinois Super Lawyers®, 2006-present
      • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Illinois Chapter Samuel Berger Award for impact in family law in Illinois, 2008
      • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Illinois Chapter Michael S. Cohen Award for contribution to the continuing education of family lawyers, 2005
      • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Foundation Fellow of the Year, 1996, 2003
      • Martindale-Hubbell AV® Peer Review Rating
      • "Top 20 Divorce Lawyers in the Chicagoland Area," Northshore Magazine, 1997

Published Legal Writing:  
  • "Direct Examination of the Business Valuation Expert"; and "What the Judges Believe Is Impressive in the Testimony of a Business Valuation Expert," ABA Family Advocate, Winter, 2002
  • "Sizing Up the Pension Pot"; and "Egelhoff: the Supreme Court Speaks," ABA Family Advocate, Fall 2001
  • "Retirement Benefit Changes Under the 1997 Taxpayer Relief Act," ABA Family Advocate, Spring 1998
  • "Privilege Issues Under the Illinois Mental Health Act Relative to Divorce Matters," AAML Mid-Year Conference publication, 1996
  • "Divorce Taxation," Family Law, Wiley Publications, 1996
  • "Taming Visitation Disputes," AAML Advocate, 1995
  • "Property Tax Issues In Divorce," (co-author), ISBA Family Law Book, 1994
  • "Expert Witnesses and Psychological Testing In Custody Cases," Child Custody, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, 1993 to 2004
  • "Family Law," Survey of Illinois Law, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, 1989-1992
  • "Child Custody," Illinois Family Law, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, 1988 to 2004
  • Post-Trial Motions, (co-author), Illinois Bar Journal, 1978

Legal Lectures:  
  • "Obtaining Critical Information on Your Custody Case," Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education (IICLE), February 2005
  • "HIPPA and the Illinois Mental Health Code - How can you get the information you need?" Chicago Bar Association (CBA) Young Lawyers Section, January 2005
  • Panelist, "Maintenance, Attorneys and Opinion Witness Fees," IICLE, January 2005
  • "Handling Alienation Claims in Divorce Cases," Kentucky Chapter, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML), June 2002
  • "Cross Examining the 'Expert' in an Alienation Case," AAML, Chicago, November 2001
  • "Maintenance Award Trends in Illinois," Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA), Annual Meeting, June 2001
  • "Egelhoff - Its Effect on QDROs and Family Law Practitioners," American Bar Association (ABA) National Teleconference, April 2001
  • "Cross Examination of a Party in a Relocation Case," AAML Oklahoma Chapter, December 2000
  • "Taxation of Child Related Matters in Divorce Cases," AAML Ohio Chapter, October 2000
  • "Drafting Marital Settlement Agreements," IICLE, March 2000
  • "QDRO Updates," ABA Family Law Section, August 1999
  • "Preparing Yourself and Your Expert for a Daubert Attack," CBA Matrimonial Law Committee, September 1998
  • "Advising your Client on Credit Issues during and after Divorce or Bankruptcy," AAML New Jersey Chapter, September 1998
  • "Key Issues in Child Custody - How The New Supreme Court Opinion Witness Rules Affect the Use of Experts"; and "The Mental Health Act Says What? And A Brief Overview of Psychological Tests Used in Custody Cases," IICLE, March 1998
  • "QDRO Clauses You Must Have In Your Orders," New Jersey AAML Chapter Seminar, September 1997
  • "A New Way to Calculate Distribution of Defined Benefit Plan Benefits in Divorce Cases," ABA Family Law Section Hot Tip, August 1997
  • "Interviewing Abused Spouses and Conducting a 'Dangerousness' Assessment," ABA Family Law Section, August 1997
  • "The New Attorneys Fees Statute," CBA Matrimonial Law Committee, May 1997
  • "The New Supreme Court Discovery Rules - Its Impact on Experts," Berger Goldstein Business Valuation Program for Family Lawyers, January 1997
  • "Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)," AAML, Chicago, November 1996
  • "The Impact of the Mental Health Act on Custody Matters," CBA Matrimonial Law Committee, June 1996
  • "Preparing the Client for Custody Evaluation," IICLE Family Law Program, April 1996
  • "Privilege issues in Divorce Cases," AAML, March 1996
  • "Common Errors Made by Business Valuation Experts in Divorce Cases," Berger Goldstein Family Law Program, January 1996
  • "Dividing Pension Benefits in Divorce Matters," DePaul University, November 1996
  • "Privilege Issues under the Illinois Mental Health Act in relation to Divorce Cases," ISBA Mid-Year Meeting, Family Law Seminar, November 1995

    *Ms. Feinberg has testified twice as a defense expert and once as a plaintiff's expert on various divorce matters. She has also argued before the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals defending the trial court's decision on a Hague matter.

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