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   3Karen Pinkert-LiebLake Forest(847) 615-8300kpinkert-lieb@sdflaw.comkpinkert-lieb@sdflaw.comSchiller DuCanto & Fleck LLPwww.sdflaw.comwww.sdflaw.compinkertliebk.jpgFamily Law
Schiller DuCanto & Fleck LLP
100 N Field Dr Ste 160
Lake Forest IL 60045
Ph.(847) 615-8300 Fx.(847) 615-8284
Recommended by peers in:
Family Law
Advisory Board Member
County:  Lake
Litigator:  Yes

Practice Description:  
Ms. Karen Pinkert-Lieb's strong background in finance, tax law and psychology render her uniquely suited to expertly navigate complex custody and financial cases and advance her client's interests. Her versatility as both a seasoned negotiator and a skilled litigator enable her to achieve the best possible results while always remaining dedicated to her client's priorities. In addition to marital dissolution cases, Ms. Pinkert-Lieb also concentrates her practice in the areas of pre/post marital agreements, civil union dissolutions, and complex parentage.

Ms. Pinkert-Lieb's results both in and out of the courtroom have earned her extensive recognition. In 2011 and 2012, she was named the number 1 woman divorce lawyer in Illinois, as well as one of the top 10 women consumer lawyers by Leading Lawyers. She is also named annually in Best Lawyers of America, Illinois Super Lawyers and Leading Lawyers. In 2000, the Law Bulletin Publishing Company named Ms. Pinkert-Lieb one of the "40 Attorneys Under 40 in Illinois to Watch." She previously served as the Chairman of the Family Law Section of the Illinois State Bar Association where she drafted family law legislation.

Ms. Pinkert-Lieb is also experienced in the field of alternative dispute resolution and is committed to employing the technique best suited to meeting her client's goals efficiently. This flexibility, coupled with her high standard of quality and discretion, enable her to craft creative solutions to the most challenging of cases.

A frequent lecturer on family law topics, Ms. Pinkert-Lieb has also authored chapters for books such as Strategies for Family Law in Illinois and the Family Law Series for the Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education. She has also been published in periodicals such as the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin and Divorce Magazine.

Bar Admissions:  
Illinois, 1993

Law School:  Chicago-Kent College of Law/IIT, J.D., 1993
Law School Honors/Involvement:  With honors

Undergraduate School:  University of Texas at Austin, B.A., 1989

Bar/Professional Association Involvement:  
  • Illinois State Bar Association
    • Chairman, Family Law Section, 2004
    • Coordinator and moderator, Family Law Updates, 2001-2002
    • Coordinator and moderator, Family Law 101, 2002
  • American Bar Association

Awards; Honors; Distinctions:
  • Listed as #1 Female Divorce attorney in Illinois by Leading Lawyers, 2010-present
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America, by Neifeh and Smith, 2010-2013
  • Leading Lawyers, 2005-present
  • Illinois Super Lawyer, 2005-2013
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Peer Review Rated, 2006-2013
  • Top 10 Female Consumer Lawyers in Illinois by Leading Lawyers, 2010-present
  • Top 50 Female Consumer Lawyers in Illinois by Leading Lawyers, 2009-present
  • Top 100 Female Lawyers in Illinois by Leading Lawyers, 2008-present
  • Top 50 Female Lawyers in Illinois by Leading Lawyers, 2005-present
  • Chicago's Top "40 Attorneys Under 40" by Chicago Lawyer Magazine, 2000

Published Legal Writing:  
Client Management and Education, Family Law Handbook, Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education (2003, 2008)

Appeals Court Ruling Imperils Unallocated Support Payment, Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, (December 2000)

Ask the Experts, Divorce Magazine, (March 2001)

Legal Lectures:  
Discovery in Divorce Litigation, ISBA Annual Meeting (2000)

Illinois Premarital Agreement Act, Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education, (March/May, 1999)

Use of the New Discovery Rules in Divorce Proceedings, ISBA Minority and Women Seminar, (May 1997)

Leveling the Playing Field, ISBA Minority and Women Seminar, (May 1998)

Ethics in Domestic Relations Law Firms, ISBA Annual Meeting, (1996)

Firm Description:  
Schiller DuCanto & Fleck LLP is the family law firm that works with clients to solve problems and seeks to achieve the best possible results. With offices in Chicago, Lake Forest and Wheaton, Schiller DuCanto & Fleck LLP is the largest law firm in the country focusing exclusively on family law, and internationally recognized as a model for firms practicing in that field.

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