J.D., with distinction, The University of Iowa College of Law, 2004
B.A., summa cum laude, Illinois State University, 2001
Allocation of Parental Responsibilities (formally child custody)
Chicago Bar Association
Illinois State Bar Association
Women's Bar Association of Illinois
Illinois State Bar Association Standing Committee on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity, Chair 2012-2013
Chicago Bar Association Adoption Law Committee, Chair 2009-2010
Illinois State University Attorneys Advisory Board, Executive Committee
Association for Conflict Resolution, Chicago Chapter
Rachael offers effective representation in all areas of family law with a focus on divorce, allocation of parental responsibilities (formerly child custody), paternity, adoptions and mediation. She works with same-sex couples in allocation of parental responsibility cases. She acts not only as a litigator, but also a negotiator and mediator when necessary.
She offers a unique insight into family law issues from her personal experience with adopted siblings and trial experience as an Assistant State's Attorney handling juvenile abuse and neglect cases. Rachael routinely handles hearings and trials on child support, visitation, and enforcement. She has represented clients in marriage dissolution proceedings, child support, child custody (now allocation of parental responsibility cases), and visitation proceedings.
Rachael is accessible and responsive to client's needs in what may be the most difficult emotional time in his or her life. She offers efficient and well-prepared representation, and is an effective advocate for clients. Her accessibility is evidenced by providing her cell phone number to all clients.
Honors & Certifications
Illinois Rising Star, SuperLawyers, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
Emerging Lawyer in Adoption & Reproductive Technology & Family Law, Leading Lawyers, 2015, 2016, 2017
Certificate in Collaborative Law Practice
Certificate in Divorce Mediation
Volunteer & Pro Bono
Volunteer Court Facilitator, Cook County Domestic Relations Division
Planning Committee, Women Everywhere Partners in Service Project
Volunteer Attorney, Chicago Volunteer Legal Services
Volunteer Attorney, Metropolitan Family Services, Legal Aid Bureau