Brian A. Schroeder


"I bring the broader perspective of extensive civil litigation experience, using my understanding of courtroom tactics to look down the road and position cases for a favorable outcome."


An accomplished appellate attorney with more than 20 years of experience, Brian A. Schroeder excels at complex divorce cases that require his strong analytical, research and problem-solving capabilities. Mr. Schroeder’s extensive background in civil litigation offers clients a level of courtroom savvy that is exceptional among family attorneys. He is a superb strategist who utilizes his appellate experience to prepare cases with an eye toward the future and protect his clients’ interests for the years ahead.

Mr. Schroeder is on the vanguard in making the laws that affect clients’ lives, and brings bold and creative thinking to advance his clients’ cases. He made the law in Illinois regarding the custody and use of frozen embryos when couples separate. He has experience in LGBT legal issues, and made the law in Illinois concerning property rights for same-sex partners. Mr. Schroeder also assists clients in defending or opposing prenuptial agreements.

When complex problems arise, Mr. Schroeder draws on his legal knowledge and courtroom experience to give his clients a tactical advantage. An exceptional communicator, he makes compelling presentations that maximize the chances for a winning result. To clients and colleagues alike, Mr. Schroeder is the go-to lawyer for successfully navigating the contentious and complicated maze that divorce often becomes.

A frequent lecturer and writer, Mr. Schroeder has presented seminars in appellate practice for the Chicago Bar Association and the Northwest Suburban Bar Association. He has published articles regarding appellate procedure in the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin. Mr. Schroeder is also active in his community, and has served as President of the Athletic Board for St. Anne School, and has coached boys volleyball and football.

Mr. Schroeder received a B. A. with honors from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He received his law degree, cum laude, from Northern Illinois University, where he was a Notes and Comments Editor for the Law Review.


Interview on WGN radio's Roe Conn show "Why is Sofia Vergara being sued by her own frozen embryos?," December 8, 2016.

Interview on ARD German TV regarding frozen embryos case.

Interview on WGN radio's Roe Conn show "Man sues after claiming ex-girlfriend illegally stole his sperm to have a baby," August 12, 2015.

"Feuding couples bring embryo battles to court," CBS Evening News, July 14, 2015. 

"Appellate court hears oral arguments in frozen embryo case," The Daily Herald, December 3, 2014.

"Does woman need ex's permission to use frozen embryos from 4 years ago?" ABC 7 news, December 3, 2014.

"Former couple battles in court over frozen embryos," Fox 32 news, December 2, 2014.

"Illinois appeals court hears case over frozen embryos," The Chicago Tribune, December 2, 2014.

"Brian Schroeder joins Schiller DuCanto & Fleck as partner," The Chicago Tribune, The Chicago Sun-Times, Illinois Lawyer Now: ISBA Transitions, Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: In the Law Firms, Crain’s Chicago Business: People on the Move, Daily Herald: Fast Tracks, Barrington Patch and NIU Today (May 2014)

"Judge gives embryos to woman over objection from ex-boyfriend," The Chicago Tribune, May 16, 2014

"Judge awards frozen embryos to 42-year-old doctor who froze fertilized eggs with boyfriend who now says he no longer wants children after lengthy legal battle," The Daily Mail, May, 17, 2014

"Cancer survivor gains custody over embryos, ex-boyfriend to appeal," WGN, May 17, 2014

"Court Ruling: Woman Receives Embryo Custody," WTAX News Radio, May 18, 2014

Interview on NBC 5 Chicago regarding frozen embryo case, May 2014

Interview on WGN radio regarding frozen embryo case, February 2015

Interview on CNN New Day regarding frozen embryo case, May 2014

Interview on Al Jazeera America regarding frozen embryo case, June 2014

Awards and Honors

Illinois Super Lawyer (2005-2018)

Leading Lawyers (2015-2018)


Speaker, "Important Considerations Regarding Same Sex Marriages And Civil Unions," Pride Kick-Off Continuing Legal Education, May 2017

Articles and Publications

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