I graduated with honors from DePaul University Law School in 1984 and have been practicing law ever since then.  I began my legal career as a criminal defense attorney at the Office of the State Appellate Defender.  

In 1987, I moved to the Legal Assistance Foundation of Chicago ("LAF"), a not-for-profit agency which provides free civil legal services to low-income people.  I worked at a neighborhood office on the south side of Chicago representing individual clients, primarily focusing on family law issues including divorce, custody and domestic violence Orders of Protection.  I was also the staff attorney on LAF's Women's Law Project, which focused on systemic reform and public policy advocacy around issues that affect low-income women, such as the State's child support enforcement program, parental child abduction, domestic violence, child custody and divorce laws.  

After 20 years as a public interest lawyer, I opened my own practice in 2004, concentrating in family law. 

Throughout my legal career, I have participated in law-related organizations and activities.  Some of the highlights are:

Chicago Council of Lawyers
  • Children and Family Law Committee Chair (2006-Present)
  • Member, Board of Governors (1990-93, 2000-02, 2006-07)
  • Project Director, Child Support Reform Project (1993-2005)

Evanston YWCA 2008 - Present
  • Monthly meetings with participants in domestic violence program to provide legal            information and referrals
  • Consultations with staff of Court Advocacy Project regarding Domestic                           Violence Orders of Protection
  • Trainer at 40-hour domestic violence advocate training

Loyola ChildLaw Program 2007-Present
    Faculty member, ChildLaw Trial Practice

Loyola Law School
    Weekend JD Program taught Family Law class Fall 2018
    LLM Program - developed and teach Financial Aspects of Divorce class 

Illinois Task Force on Child Support 1988 - 1994
  • Member, Board of Directors 
  • President (1992-1994)

Illinois State Bar Association Task Force 
on Illinois Domestic Violence Act1990 - 1993

Attorney at Law