• American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers/Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education
    Recipient of Cohen Award (for contributions to the professional education of matrimonial lawyers), 2014
  • Best Lawyers in America, 1983-2022
    Family Law; Collaborative Law: Family Law
  • Chicago Sun-Times
    Top 5 Chicago Divorce Attorneys, August 6, 2000
  • Lawdragon
    Leading Family Lawyer, 2020
  • Leading Lawyers Network
    Top 10 Leading Family Law Lawyers in Illinois, 2008 - 2019
    Top 10 Leading Collaborative Divorce Lawyers in Illinois - 2019
    Top 100 Leading Lawyers (all practices) in Illinois, 2013 - 2019
    Family Law, ADR Law: Family 2003 - 2019
    Advisory Board Member: 2004-present
  • Illinois Super Lawyers
    Family Law, Law & Politics - 2004-present
  • The National Law Journal
    "Trailblazer," Divorce, Trusts and Estates - 2016
  • North Shore Magazine
    Top 20 Chicago Divorce Attorneys - June 1997


  • The Family Institute at Northwestern University
    Chair, 2009-2015
    Vice Chair, 2006-2009
    Member, Board of Directors, 2003-present
  • Illinois Humanities Council
    Lead Counsel for Henry VIII of England, mock divorce trial at Field Museum for Chicago Humanities Festival, 1995
  • Gannon Proctor Commission
    Member, 1982-1985.  Appointed by Governor James R. Thompson to study and report on problems relating to women in Illinois.


  • Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education
    Faculty Member, 1975-2002
    Member, Planning committees for family law programs
    Author of chapters of books published by Institute
    Lecturer on subjects relating to matrimonial law

Service To The Bar

  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
    Certified Fellow -1980-present
    Completed Mediation Training - 1995
    Past Member, Board of Managers, Illinois Chapter -1985-1993
    Past Vice President, Illinois Chapter
    Past Chair, Program Committee, Illinois Chapter
    Past Member, Admissions, Court Rules and Continuing Legal Education Committees, Illinois Chapter
  • American Bar Association
    Section on Litigation
         Chair, Domestic Relations and Family Law Litigation Committee, 1988-1990
    Section on Family Law
         Chair, Ethical Practice and Procedures Committee, 1988-1992
         Co-Chair, Federal Legislation/Congressional Relations Committees, 1995-2000
         Member, Advisory Board of Family Advocate, publication of Family Law Section, 1989-1990
         Vice Chair, Continuing Legal Education Committee, 1985-1987
  • American Bar Association - Standing Committee on Specialization
    Member:  Review Panel for Certification regarding Family Law
    Trial Advocacy, 1995-1997
  • Circuit Court of Cook County
    Member, Advisory Committee of Chief Judge on Reorganization of Domestic Relations Division, 1986-1987
    Member, ADR Exploratory Committee of the Presiding Judge of Domestic Relations Division, on New Mediation Rules, 2012-2014
  • Collaborative Divorce Illinois
    Fellow, 2005-present
  • Illinois State Bar Association
    Member, Family Law Section, 1975-present
    Member, Section Council, 1982-1985
  • International Academy of Collaborative Professionals
    Member, 2005-present
  • International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
    Fellow, 1991-1999
  • State Bar of California
    Member, Family Law Section