Annemarie E. Kill

Top rated Family Law attorney in Chicago, Illinois

Avery | Kill, LLC
Annemarie E. Kill
Avery | Kill, LLC

Practice Areas: Family Law, Employment & Labor

Licensed in Illinois since: 1995

Education: DePaul University College of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2008, 2010 - 2023

Avery | Kill, LLC

218 North Jefferson Street
Suite 200
Chicago, IL 60661 Phone: 312-648-9707 Email: Annemarie E. Kill Visit website


A founding member of Avery | Kill, LLC, Annemarie E. Kill focuses her practice largely on family law matters. She assists clients in the Chicago metropolitan area who are facing the end of their marriages and who are dealing with issues such as complex property division, child custody and visitation rights, alimony and child support. To that end, Ms. Kill has extensive experience in the preparation of qualified domestic relations orders that are required for the division of most private retirement plans as well as with qualified Illinois domestic relations orders when dealing with Illinois state or municipal plans.

Outside of the matrimonial area, Ms. Kill's family law experience includes the preparation of prenuptial agreements, paternity disputes, adoptions and grandparents' rights. She also has an employment law practice, providing representation to employees in cases involving workplace discrimination, sexual harassment, wrongful termination, Family and Medical Leave Act disputes, and wage and hour violations. Ms. Kill's overall track record and superb ethics have led to her receipt of numerous honors and accolades from her colleagues, including an AV Preeminent* peer review rating through Martindale-Hubbell. She has also been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, and she has received the Matthew Maloney Tradition of Excellence Award that is presented annually by the Illinois State Bar Association.

Ms. Kill received her legal education at DePaul University College of Law and was awarded her Juris Doctor in 1995. She founded her current firm in 2000. Admitted to practice in Illinois, Ms. Kill is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit and the Supreme Court of the United States. She was a member of the Illinois State Bar Association Assembly, which is that organization's policy making body.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

First Admitted: 1995, Illinois

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Special Licenses/Certifications:
  • American Society for Pension Professionals and Actuaries, former Affiliate Member
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Commissioner, Village of Oak Park Community Relations Commission (2017-2020)
  • Advisory Council, Pro Bono Network (Secretary 2020-present)
  • Board Member, Illinois Bar Foundation (2020-present)
  • Member, International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (2009-2012)
  • Member, Federal Trial Bar
  • Illinois State Bar Association Diversity Leadership Council (Vice-Chair 2009-2010, Chair 2010-2011, Diversity Fellows Coordinator 2011-2012)
  • Affiliate Member, American Society of Pension Professionals and Actuaries (2010-2012)
  • ISBA Special Committee on Impact of Law School Debt on Delivery of Legal Services (2012-2013)
  • Illinois State Bar Association Women and the Law Committee (Secretary 2007-2008; Vice-Chair 2008-2009, Chair 2009-2010)
  • ISBA “Celebrating Women in the Profession Luncheon” (co-chair of planning committee) (2010)
  • Member, Women’s Bar Association of Illinois (WBAI)
  • Illinois
  • Fellow, Collaborative Law Institute of Illinois, 2008-2011
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • Illinois State Bar Association Continuing Legal Education Committee (2009-present); Vice Chair (2019-2021); Secretary (2017-2018); Chair of Programming Focus Group (2011-2015)
  • ISBA, Diversity Pipeline Committee
  • Past Chair Illinois State Bar Association Solo and Small Firm Conference Committee (member, 2009 to present)
  • Member, DePaul University President's Club
  • Member, Chicago Bar Association (CBA)
  • "Haiti:  Past, Present and Future Prospects" forum planning committee
  • CBA/WBAI Joint Task Force on Issues Affecting Women as they Age (2003-2006)
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • Elected to Illinois State Bar Association Assembly (2016-2019; 2008-2014, Budget and Finance Committee 2010-2011)
  • Chair, ISBA Solo and Small Firm Practice Institute
  • DePaul University College of Law Family Law Institute, Board Member (2009-present)
  • Illinois Law and Leadership Institute planning committee (2012-2013)
  • Illinois State Bar Association Young Lawyers Division Section Council (former member)
  • "Lawyers United to Help Haiti Rebuild" planning committee
  • Member, National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA)
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • GRAND Families Program of Chicago (2003-2006, President, 2005-2006)
  • Illinois Bar Foundation, Silver Fellow
  • Commissioner-- Oak Park (IL) Commission on Community Relations
  • Cabrini Green Legal Clinic, volunteer
  • Chicago Volunteer Legal Services, volunteer
  • Center for Disability and Elder Law, volunteer
  • Girl Scout leader (2012-present)
  • Member of Planning Committee, Lawyers United to Help Haiti Rebuild: A Call to Action
Educational Background:
  • Illinois State University, cum laude, 1992
  • Member of Mensa
  • Recipient of Illinois State Bar Association's Diversity Leadership Award
  • Mortar Board Honor Society
  • Best Lawyers in America in U.S. News and World Report
  • Recipient of Illinois State Bar Association Matthew Maloney Tradition of Excellence Award
  • Top 50 Women Illinois Super Lawyers
  • Illinois Leading Lawyer, Illinois Leading Lawyer Network
  • Top 100 Women Consumer Lawyers in Illinois
  • Illinois General Assembly Scholarship
  • Illinois Super Lawyer, Chicago Magazine
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Author, selected chapters, QDRO Creation in Illinois, National Business Institute, 2004
  • Author, “Grandparents Raising Grandchildren—What They Should Know” , ISBA Women And The Law Newsletter "Catalyst", 2005
  • Author, "The United States as Third World Country" (analyzing and comparing maternity leave policies in the U.S. and internationally), ISBA Women And The Law Newsletter "The Catalyst", 2007
  • Author, “Answering the Call of Our Changing Society: The Illinois Religious Freedom Protection and Civil Unions Act” , ISBA Women And The Law Newsletter “The Catalyst,” Fall, 2007
  • Interviewed, “QDRO Pitfalls and Pointers, What Divorce Lawyers Should Know” , Illinois Bar Journal, 2005
  • Guest Lecturer, DePaul University College of Law, Issues in Family Law, QDROs, Spring, 2005 and Spring, 2006
  • Presenter, “QDRO Creation in Illinois” , National Business Institute, 2004
  • Presenter, “Cracking the Pension Code”, Illinois Legal Aid Advocates Conference, 2005
  • Presenter, “Grandparents Raising Grandchildren and Related Issues” , Illinois Paralegal Association Education Seminar, 2005
  • Coordinator, “Hot Topics in Domestic Violence” , Illinois State Bar Association, 2006
  • Coordinator, “The Secret World of Human Trafficking”, Illinois State Bar Association CLE, 2007
  • Presenter, “Qualified Medical Child Support Orders” , Northwest Suburban Bar Association , 2007
  • Moderator, “Girls in the Criminal Justice System—Justice Delivered or Denied?” , Illinois State Bar Association , 2007
  • Coordinator, “Legal Implications of Effective Representation of Unmarried Couples” I, Illinois State Bar Association, 2007
  • “All You Need Is Love. . . And the Right Legislation: The Illinois Religious Freedom Protection and Civil Unions Act (House Bill 1826),” ISBA Diversity Matters Newsletter, Summer, 2008
  • Co-Coordinator, “Human Trafficking and the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children” full day CLE, October, 2014 (internationally recognized as the 2015 winner of the Association for Continuing Legal Education Association’s (ACLEA) Outstanding Achievement Award for public interest CLE)
  • Moderator, “Solo and Small Firm Practice Institute” Illinois State Bar Association CLE, Chicago, Illinois, May, 2015
  • Moderator, “Solo and Small Firm Practice Institute” Illinois State Bar Association CLE, Illinois, May, 2015-2017
Industry Groups:
  • QDROs

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218 North Jefferson Street
Suite 200
Chicago, IL 60661

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