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   3Ilene E. ShapiroHighland Park(312) 640-0550ishapiro@grundlaw.comishapiro@grundlaw.comGrund & Leavitt PCwww.grundlaw.comwww.grundlaw.comShapiroIlene.jpgFamily Law
Ilene E.
Grund & Leavitt PC
600 Central Ave Ste 248
Highland Park IL 60035
Ph.(312) 640-0550 Fx.(312) 640-8274Leading Lawyers Magazine story about this lawyer
Recommended by peers in:
Family Law
Advisory Board Member
County:  Lake
Practice Description:  
Ms. Shapiro has distinguished herself practicing in the field of family law for more than 25 years. She has had extensive experience in all areas of family law litigation, including trials, post-decree matters, appeals, settlement negotiations, premarital and post-nuptial agreements and issues relating to retirement benefits and QDROs. She has handled numerous appeals and has prevailed in the appellate court on numerous occasions. She particularly enjoys handling cases with complex and novel legal issues and doing legal writing and research. In approaching her cases, Ms. Shapiro not only attempts to achieve the most favorable outcome for her clients, but also attempts to be practical and cost-effective, giving consideration to the long-term impact of the litigation on the client's quality of life and on family relationships, particularly when children are involved.

Notable Cases and Results:  
Ms. Shapiro recently represented a high-profile legislator in an interlocutory appeal in the Appellate Court of Illinois, First District. After being granted leave to appeal, she prevailed with respect to establishing appropriate venue.

Bar Admissions:  
Illinois, 1978
Federal District Court for Northern District of Illinois, 1978

Year of Birth:  1953

Law School:  Loyola University Chicago School of Law,JD
Law School Honors/Involvement:  Law Journal

Undergraduate School:  Northwestern University

Representative Clients:  
Male and female divorce litigants and their children, adoptive parents

Employment History:  
Grund & Leavitt
  May, 2009-present
Nadler, Pritikin & Mirabelli, LLC
  January 2000 to May 2009
Law Offices of Ilene E. Shapiro
  September 1990 to December 1999
Kalcheim & Kalcheim, Ltd. n/k/a Kalcheim, Schatz & Berger
  September 1978 to August 1990

Bar/Professional Association Involvement:  
American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Illinois chapter
  Certified fellow, 1989 to date
  Past president, 2002 to date
  President, 2000 to 2002
  President-elect, 1998 to 2000
  Vice-president, 1997 to 1998
  Secretary, 1995 to 1997
  Member, Board of Managers, 1990 to 1995
American Bar Association
  Family Law Section, 1978 to date
Illinois State Bar Association
  Family Law Section, 1978 to date
Chicago Bar Association
  Matrimonial Law Committee, 1978 to date

Community Involvement:  
Chicago Volunteer Legal Services
  Volunteer, 1995 to date
  Distinguished Service Award, 1996
Journeys of the Heart Adoption Services, Illinois
  President, Board of Directors, 1998-1999

Published Legal Writing:  
"Discovery Procedures in a Child Support Case - Defendant's Case," Illinois Civil Discovery Practice (Ill. Inst. for CLE, 1992, 1996).

Co-author with Michael Kalcheim:
"Marital Property, Tax Ramifications and Maintenance: Practice Under the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act -A Comparative Study (First Installment," 66 Illinois Bar Journal 324, February, 1978;

"Marital Property, Tax Ramifications and Maintenance: Practice Under the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act -A Comparative Study (Second Installment," 66 Illinois Bar Journal 388, March, 1978;

"Intention Controls: The Theory of Transmutation - The Effect of Placing Property Which Was Initially Non-Marital into Joint Tenancy - The Theory of Commingling - The Effect of Intermingling Marital and Non-Marital Funds," 68 Illinois Bar Journal 320, January, 1980;

"Retrieving Insurance Proceeds Paid in Defiance of Divorce Settlements and Decrees," 61 Chicago Bar Record 199, January - February, 1980;

"Marital Property Cases Called 'Reconcilable,'" Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, July, 1983;

"Transmutation and Commingling: The Supreme Court's Rebuttal of Presumption of Marital Property," Illinois Bar Journal, December, 1983;

"Retirement Plans upon Dissolution of Marriage Under the Retirement Equity Act of 1984," Illinois Bar Journal, Vol. 73, No. 11, p. 600, July, 1985;

"Enforcement and Collection of Pension and Retirement Benefits for the Alternate Payee - Non-Employee Spouse," American Bar Association Family Law Advocate, Fall, 1985;

Co-author with Barry Schatz:
"Has the Illinois Equitable Distribution Statute Advanced the Cause of the Homemaker?" Illinois Bar Journal, Vol. 74, No. 10, p.

Legal Lectures:  
Lecturer - Illinois Paralegal Association (topic of International Adoptions) November 2004

Lecturer - Illinois State Bar Association (topic of International Adoptions) March 2004

Lecturer - Lorman Educational Services, Family Law for Mental Health Professionals, (topic of More Economic Issues in Divorce: Retirement Benefits, Dissipation and Attorney's Fees) March, 2000

Guest lecturer - Illinois C.P.A. Society (topic of preparing for expert testimony before the judiciary) Fall, 1994

Lecturer - Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education, 1988 - 1990; Professional Education Systems, 1988; Chicago Bar Association, 1989 (topics of Retirement Equity Act and QDROs; privileged communications; evidence);

Instructor/guest lecturer - Chicago Kent - IIT Law School, 1987 - 1992 (topic - negotiations); Moot Court Judge, Chicago Kent - IIT Law School, 1980.

Married with daughter adopted from China

Additional Office Locations:  
Chicago Main Office
812 North Dearborn Street
Chicago, Illinois 60610
T 312.640-0500
F 312.640-8274

700 Commerce Drive, Suite 500
Oak Brook, Illinois 60523

Prudential Plaza garage, Millennium Park garage

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