About Us

Education
J.D., with distinction, The University of Iowa College of Law, 2004

B.A., summa cum laude, Illinois State University, 2001

Admissions
Illinois, 2004

Practice Areas
Divorce
Parentage
Child Support
Allocation of Parental Responsibilities (formally child custody)
Adoption
Mediation

Memberships
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

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Rachael N. Toft

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.

Speaking Engagements

  • “LGBTQ Family Building Panel Discussion,” MB Financial Bank, Presenter, November 2015
  • “Ethics Case Law,” Chicago Bar Association, Adoption Law Committee, Presenter, May 2015
  • “Going out on Your Own? Hear From Women Who Have Succeeded,” Chicago Bar Association, Alliance for Women Committee, Panelist, March 2013
  • “Building Your Family Fortress, Guardianship and the Second Parent Adoption,” Chicago Women’s Health Center, August 2012
  • “The New Civil Unions Act,” Illinois Law Cable TV Program, Panelist, 2011
  • “Adoption 2011-New Rules, Regulations & Practice Procedures,” Chicago Bar Association, Adoption Law Committee, Moderator, February 2011
  • “LGBT Marriage and Family Law Issues,” Illinois Law Cable TV Program, Panelist, 2010
  • “Contrast of Adoption and Guardianship Law,” Chicago Bar Association, Probate Committee, Speaker, February 2010
  • “Adoption of Foreign Born Children,” Chicago Bar Association, Adoption Law Committee, Moderator, February 2010
  • “Creating Safe, Permanent Homes for Children,” Illinois Law Cable TV Program, 2009
  • “The Child Custody Kit: Navigating Your Custody Trial,” Chicago Bar Association, Domestic Relations Committee, Moderator, February 2009
  • “Adoption 101: The Basics,” Chicago Bar Association, Adoption Law Committee, Moderator, February 2009
  • “Please Doc, May I Have Some Sperm? Non-Spousal Requests for Posthumous Sperm Harvesting,” Chicago Bar Association, Panelist, June 2009

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