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   3Laura M. Urbik KernElmhurst(630) 993-1230lukkidlaw@aol.comlukkidlaw@aol.comLaw Offices of Laura M. Urbik Kern LLCwww.laurakern.comwww.laurakern.comUrbikKernL.jpg Family LawDissolution, Child CustodyPaternity, GuardianshipAdoption, DCFS, JuvenileFoster Parents RightsMediation
Laura M. Urbik Kernlukkidlaw@aol.com
Law Offices of Laura M. Urbik Kern LLChttp://www.laurakern.com
386 N York Rd Ste 204
Elmhurst IL 60126-2367
Ph.(630) 993-1230 Fx.(630) 993-1231
Recommended by peers in:    Extensive Experience in:
Family Law    Dissolution, Child Custody
    Paternity, Guardianship
    Adoption, DCFS, Juvenile
    Foster Parents Rights
    Mediation
County:  DuPage
Litigator:  Yes

Practice Description:  
Ms. Urbik Kern's practice is a child-centered family law practice. In her 25 years as an attorney and the mother of five chidlren, she has always had the goal of protecting children caught in the middle. Her practice is service-oriented where the client's decisions are an integral part of the outcome of the case. She aims to limit litigation, creatively problem-solve and try to minimize the legal fees incurred in the process. She is proud that most of her cases come from clients referring others to the practice.

The firm prides itself on using conflict resolution principles before resorting to litigation. In the event litigation is unavoidable, she is a strong advocate for her clients. She employs mediation, joint meetings and focus on long-term planning after the dissolution has taken place. She utilizes outside services when necessary, encouraging clients to build life skills.


Notable Cases and Results:  
All areas of family law as previously listed from the very simple to the very complex, with generally satisfactory results.


Bar Admissions:  
Illinois Supreme Court, 1984
United States Courts of Appeals, Seventh Circuit, 1984
New York Supreme Court,1985


Hourly Rate:  $300 - $325

Retainer:  Varies Upon Case

Date of Birth:  1957

Law School:  California Western School of Law,J.D. 1984
Law School Honors/Involvement:  Special Commendation for outstanding performance in legal research, writing an oral argument, May 1982; Best Appellate Brief Award, May 1982; American Jurisprudence Award, 1984

Undergraduate School:  College of St. Benedict, St. Joseph, Minnesota

Employment History:  
Law Offices of Laura M. Urbik-Kern
  2004-present
Kubiesa, Spiroff, Gosselar, Acker & Kern, P.C.
  2001-2004
Village of Roselle, village prosecutor
  1994-2007
DuPage County Arbitration Program, arbitrator
  1990-present
Law Offices of Laura M. Urbik Kern
  1987-2001
University of Illinois Officer Trianing School, instructor
  1993
College of DuPage, instructor
  1991-1992
DuPage County Assistant State's Attorney's Office (Traffic, Misdemeanor, Juvenile Court)
  1984-1987
Federal Defender Program, internship
  1983
California Western School of Law, research assistant (Labor Law, Contracts, Enviornmental Law, Agency and Partnership)
  1982 -1983


Bar/Professional Association Involvement:  
Illinois State Bar Association:
  Member since 1997
  Family Law Section Council, 1998-2005
  Continuing Legal Education Committee, 1998-2002
  Ex Officio, 2005
  Chair, Family Law Section Counsel, 2004
  Vice chair, 2002-2003
  Secretary, 2001-2002
  Liaison to DuPage County Bar Association, 1998-2005
  Co-Chair, special Committee on Parental Responsibility, 1997-present
  Assembly Member, 2001-2006
DuPage County Bar Association:
  Director, 1994-1997
  Founder and chairperson, Children's Rights Committee, 1993-1994
  Family Law Committee
DuPage Juvenile Officers Association
Illinois Juvenile Officer Association
National Association of Counsel for Children
DuPage Women Lawyers Association
Association of Family and Conciliation Courts
Illinois Mediation Counsel
Special Task Force on Children's Representatives, 2000-2001
Attorney, General Task Force on Violence to Children, 1997-1999
Task Force on Unified Family Courts, 1997-1999

18th Judicial Circuit Court, DuPage, Illinois:
  Arbitration chair
  Certified as mediator
  Guardian Ad Litem for minors and disabled adults
  Child's representative


Community Involvement:  
City of Elmhurst Police and Fire Commissioner, 2000-2005
City of Elmhurst Youth Commission, 1994
Visitation Council of Catholic Women
  Legislation chair, 1998-present
CASA of DuPage
  Pro Bono staff attorney, 1998-2002
DuPage County Legal Aid Office
  Pro bono attorney, 1997
YWCA
  Legal Night Instructor, 1998-present
Certified child representative, Guardian ad Litem


Published Legal Writing:  
DuPage County Bar Brief, January 1994, editorial


Legal Lectures:  
Oral presentations for Metro Family Services, Tough Love, Illinois State Bar Association, DuPage County Bar Association, and more.


Family:  
Married; five children
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