Meet Elaine

Bio Honors & Awards Admissions Memberships

American University - Washington College of Law, J.D. (2007)
Washington College, B.A., cum laude (2004)

Elaine H. Knowles is a family law attorney at Schiller DuCanto & Fleck LLP. Though new to the firm, Ms. Knowles is a veteran practitioner and brings with her nearly a decade of negotiating and litigating complex family law matters involving business valuations, high conflict custody issues and domestic violence.

Ms. Knowles believes that communication and honesty are crucial in developing case strategies for her clients in order to obtain the best possible outcomes. In this process, she works closely with her clients to help them evaluate their goals and provides realistic advice regarding how best to achieve those objectives. Ms. Knowles is an experienced litigator, but is also collaboratively trained and utilizes alternative dispute resolution including mediation to help settle difficult cases. From the onset of her representation of a client, Ms. Knowles helps clients navigate each stage of their case and provides them with the individualized approach needed. While being a zealous advocate for her clients, she also encourages them to take control of their lives and move forward in a positive direction.

Ms. Knowles has dedicated her career to family law and domestic violence matters, representing employees of international organizations, government consultants, medical professionals, business owners, executives, professional athletes, and their spouses. Ms. Knowles concentrates her practice in all areas of family law, including issues of pre and post nuptial agreements, property division, contract enforcement, maintenance, child support, allocation of parental responsibilities, complex financial matters, restraining orders and orders of protection.

  • Illinois Super Lawyers Rising Star (2019)
  • Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating - AV
  • Maryland Super Lawyers Rising Star (2013-2017)
  • Washington D.C. Super Lawyers Rising Star (2013-2017)
  • Illinois (2017)
  • Maryland (2007)
  • District of Columbia (2013)
  • Cook County Bar Association
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • District of Columbia Bar Association
  • Maryland Bar Association
  • Montgomery County Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Women's Bar Association of Illinois

Ms. Knowles received her Juris Doctorate from American University - Washington College of Law after graduating cum laude from Washington College. Ms. Knowles is licensed to practice law in Illinois, Maryland and the District of Columbia.

Ms. Knowles has received a Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating of AV Preeminent in the field of Family Law, which is the highest possible rating for both ethical standards and legal ability. Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings are ratings by legal peers reflecting Very High General Ethical Standards and Legal Ability (including Legal Knowledge, Analytical Capabilities, Judgment, Communication Ability and Legal Experience). Ms. Knowles has also been selected for inclusion as a Rising Star by Super Lawyers Magazine from 2013 through 2017 by her peers in the legal community.

Ms. Knowles has been an active participant in the Montgomery County Maryland Women’s Bar Association and helped raise money for the Special Olympics through her participation in the annual Polar Bear Plunge. She is also committed to assisting law students develop their trial skills and has served as a judge and evaluator for annual moot court competitions.