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Ms. Kraft is an experienced attorney concentrating primarily in family law and real estate. She also handles matters in business law and general civil litigation.
She is a fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, an honor held by only one other lawyer in McLean County. Ms. Kraft handles cases in McLean, Logan, Champaign, Dewitt, Livingston and Woodford counties.
She has been recommended by peers as a Leading Lawyer in family law since 2003 and was named an Illinois Super Lawyer on multiple occasions.
Ms. Kraft has made presentations at professional seminars for the Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education, the Family Law Section of the Illinois State Bar Association and Lorman.
Born in 1966 at Bitburg Air Force Base in Germany, she graduated in 1988 with a B.A. from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, where she was a member of Omicron Delta Kappa, a leadership honorary. In 1991, she received her J.D., cum laude, from the University of Illinois College of Law. She was also a Harno Scholar.
Ms. Kraft was admitted to the Illinois Bar and the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois in 1991 and to the U.S. District Court, Central District in 1992.
U.S. District Court
Northern District of Illinois, 1991
Central District of Illinois, 1992
Retainer: Varies by case
Year of Birth: 1966
Law School: University of Illinois College of Law, J.D., 1991
Law School Honors/Involvement: Cum laude; Harno Scholar; Dean's List
Undergraduate School: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, political science, 1988
Undergraduate School Honors/Involvement: Ma-Wan-Da, Senior 100; Omicron Delta Kappa
Ms. Kraft began her practice of law in 1991 as an associate in the law firm of Hinshaw & Culbertson in Rockford, Illinois. In 1992, she returned to Bloomington, Illinois and joined the law firm of Thomson & Weintraub, where she has since become a partner.
Bar/Professional Association Involvement:
American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
McLean County Bar Association
Board of Governors, 2016-present
Illinois State Bar Association, 1991-present
Board of Governors
Family Law Section
Section Council, 2015-present, 2007-2008
Child Law Section Council, former member
Robert C. Underwood Chapter of the American Inns of Court (now disbanded)
Past Vice President
Ms. Kraft completed the Divorce Mediation Skills Course at Northwestern University
Awards; Honors; Distinctions:
Leading Lawyers, Law Bulletin Media, 2003-present
Illinois Super Lawyers
Saints' Alumni Association
Illini Club of McLean County
Prairie State Legal Services
The Miller Park Zoological Society
Board of Directors
Published Legal Writing:
"Preparing Your Clients for Mediation," Illinois State Bar Association, Family Law Section Newsletter, April 2008
"Table Clinics — Demonstrative Evidence, Stipulations," Illinois State Bar Association, Family Law Section, 2017
"Family Law Update — Evidence," Illinois State Bar Association, 2001
"Drafting Marital Settlement Agreements," IICLE, 2008
"7th Annual Family Law Conference, IICLE, 2008
"6th Annual Family Law Conference," IICLE, 2007
"Drafting Marital Settlement Agreements," IICLE, 2006
"Using Discovery Tools to Enhance Your Family Law Practice," IICLE 2005
"3rd Annual Family Law Conference," IICLE, 2004
"Children's Records," Lorman, 2001
Lawyers at Thomson & Weintraub represent clients in matters such as family law, criminal defense, employment law, personal injury, workers' compensation, real estate law and estate planning. This approach allows us to bring in-depth knowledge and extensive experience to the cases we handle, while truly meeting our clients' diverse needs.
The approach has paid off. Our Bloomington attorneys have obtained settlements and jury verdicts in excess of a million dollars for clients in medical malpractice cases, personal injury cases and other civil litigation. We have established a reputation as a leading law firm in Central Illinois.
Ms. Kraft is married with two children.
Parking is available on the street and in the Lincoln-Douglas parking garage at the corner of Front and East streets.