"I seek to educate and empower my clients while providing a seamless transition into the next phase of their lives."
Ms. Karen Pinkert-Lieb’s strong background in finance, tax law and psychology render her uniquely suited to expertly navigate complex custody and financial cases and advance her client’s interests. Her versatility as both a seasoned negotiator and a skilled litigator enable her to achieve the best possible results while always remaining dedicated to her client’s priorities. In addition to marital dissolution cases, Ms. Pinkert-Lieb also concentrates her practice in the areas of pre/post marital agreements, civil union dissolutions, and complex parentage.
Ms. Pinkert-Lieb’s results both in and out of the courtroom have earned her extensive recognition. She was named Family Law Lawyer of the Year by Best Lawyers in America in 2017, as well as the number 1 Female Divorce Attorney in Illinois by Leading Lawyers Network in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2015. She is also named annually in Best Lawyers of America, Illinois Super Lawyers and Leading Lawyers Network.
Ms. Pinkert-Lieb is also experienced in the field of alternative dispute resolution and is committed to employing the technique best suited to meeting her client’s goals efficiently. This flexibility, coupled with her high standard of quality and discretion, enable her to craft creative solutions to the most challenging of cases.
A frequent lecturer on family law topics, Ms. Pinkert-Lieb has also authored chapters for books such as Strategies for Family Law in Illinois and the Family Law Series for the Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education. She previously served as Chair of the Family Law Section of the Illinois State Bar Association where she drafted family law legislation.
Awards and Honors
America's Top 100 Attorneys (Lifetime Achievement) (Illinois) by America's Top 100 publication
Top 10 Attorneys - Client Satisfaction Award from the American Institute of Family Law Attorneys (2017)
Family Law Lawyer of the Year, The Best Lawyers in America (2017)
Fellow in the Trial Lawyer Honorary Society of the Litigation Counsel of America
Top 100 Consumer Lawyer in Illinois in All Areas of Law by Leading Lawyers Network (2016)
Top 10 Women Consumer Lawyer in Illinois by Leading Lawyers Network (2015, 2016)
Top 10 Women Lawyer in Illinois in All Areas of Law by Leading Lawyers Network (2015 and 2018)
Top 50 Female Lawyer in Illinois in All Areas of Law by Super Lawyers (2015, 2017)
Listed as #1 Female Divorce attorney in Illinois by Leading Lawyers Network (2010-2012, 2015)
Listed in The Best Lawyers in America, by Neifeh and Smith (2010-2019)
Leading Lawyers Network (2005-2018)
Illinois Super Lawyer (2005-2018)
Martindale-Hubbell AV Peer Review Rated (2006-2015)
Top 10 Female Consumer Lawyers in Illinois by Leading Lawyers Network (2010, 2012)
Top 50 Female Consumer Lawyers in Illinois (Leading Lawyers Network) (2009, 2012)
Top 100 Female Lawyers in Illinois (Leading Lawyers Network) (2008, 2012)
Top 50 Female Lawyers in Illinois (Leading Lawyers Network) (2005-2007, 2012)
Chicago’s Top "40 attorneys under 40" by Chicago Lawyer Magazine (2000)
Discovery in Divorce Litigation, ISBA Annual Meeting (2000)
Illinois Premarital Agreement Act, Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education, (March/May, 1999)
Use of the New Discovery Rules in Divorce Proceedings, ISBA Minority and Women Seminar, (May 1997)
Leveling the Playing Field, ISBA Minority and Women Seminar, (May 1998)
Ethics in Domestic Relations Law Firms, ISBA Annual Meeting, (1996)
Coordinator and Moderator
ISBA Family Law Updates, (2001-2002), ISBA Family Law 101, (2002)
Client Management and Education,Family Law Handbook, Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education (2003, 2008)
Appeals Court Ruling Imperils Unallocated Support Payment,Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, (December 2000)
Ask the Experts, Divorce Magazine, (March 2001)