Joy M. Feinberg

Top rated Family Law attorney in Chicago, Illinois

Davis Friedman, LLP
Joy M. Feinberg
Davis Friedman, LLP

Practice Areas: Family Law

Licensed in Illinois since: 1977

Education: DePaul University College of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2024
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135 South LaSalle Street
36th Floor
Chicago, IL 60603 Phone: 312-782-2220 Email: Joy M. Feinberg Visit website


An attorney with more than four decades of experience, Joy M. Feinberg is a partner at Davis Friedman LLP, in Chicago, Illinois, where she focuses her practice on particularly complex issues involving business owners; high level executives or their spouses and child-related matters including international child abduction cases under the Hague Convention on the Prevention of Child Abduction.  Ms. Feinberg has substantial experience with the financial aspects of divorce, particularly business valuation, executive compensation, pension and tax issues. She frequently writes and lectures on these and other divorce and family law topics for legal publications and organizations at a national and international level.   She serves clients throughout the Chicago metropolitan area.

The American College of Family Trial Lawyers named Ms. Feinberg one of the “top 100” family law trial attorneys in the United States. The American Institute of Family Law Attorneys named her one of the “10 best” in client satisfaction. The American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers named her fellow of the year on two occasions, and she has been featured in the publication The Best Lawyers in America.

Over the years, Ms. Feinberg has served in leadership positions for the Illinois State Bar Association, the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, the International Academy of Family Lawyers and the Mediation Council of Illinois. She continues to serve on the Advocate editorial board of the American Bar Association’s Family Law Section and is the founder of Women Empowering Women, a training program for female divorce attorneys.

Ms. Feinberg earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois and received her law degree from DePaul University College of Law. She holds a license to practice law before all Illinois state courts and in the Federal District Courts in Illinois.

First Admitted: 1977, Illinois

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Bar/Professional Activity:
  • ISBA, Family Law Section, Chair, 1994-1995
  • AAML, Illinois Chapter, President, 1995-1996
  • ACFTL - 100 lawyers who practice family law in the United States and are fellows of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers are selected to this group of lawyers.  Only 6 fellows are admitted from Illinois.  This is one of the highest honors in Illinois, 2019
  • Forensic Forum, Past President, 2006, 2006
  • ABA Family Law Section, Advocate Editorial Board, 1998 - Present
  • Chair - National Examination Committee of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, 1994
  • Member - Board of Directors, Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education, 1988
  • Co-Chair - Custody Committee, Family Law Section, American Bar Association, 1998
  • President - USA Chapter, International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, 2017
  • Member - Advocate Board of the Family Law Section of the American Bar Association; Editor of the Business Valuation Issue, Winter 2002; Editor of the Pension Issue, Fall, 2001; Editor of the Custody Issue, Fall, 2009., 1998
  • President - American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Foundation, 1997
  • Chair - Family Law Section Council of the Illinois State Bar Association, 1994
Educational Background:
  • University of Illinois, B.A.  
  • American College of Family Trial Lawyers (ACFTL), 1 of 100 in the US
  • AAML Fellow of the Year (twice)
  • Super Lawyer
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • Excellence in Family Law, Samuel S. Berger Award, AAML, 2008
  • One of the Best Trial Lawyers in Family Law, ACFTL, AAML, 2019
  • Excellence in education in the field of Family Law, Michael S. Cohen Award, IICLE/AAML, 2006
  • Named as one of the TOP 20 Chicago Divorce Lawyers, North Shore Magazine, 1997
Verdicts/Settlements (Case Results):
  • Received a $1,500,000 award in a bench trial against the father and paternal grandparents who kidnapped and detained the child from the mother awarded custody in the creative use of a tort action. Result: The child was returned after 4 years from Costa Rica to Chicago and the custody of his mother, 1985
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Author - Chapter on Expert Witnesses and Psychological Testing in Custody Cases, Illinois Child Custody Law, Author, Expert Witnesses, IICLE, 2010
  • Taxation in Family Law, ISBA Family Law
  • Illinois Custody/Parenting Time, Rights and Responsibilities, IICLE: 1988-2018
  • A review of the on the new role of the "custodial" parenting arrangements as they have changed into parenting time and parenting responsibilities as these roles are shared today., Author, Parenting - Allocation of Time and Responsibilities, IICLE, Family Law, 2018
  • Direct Examination of the Business Valuation Expert, Author, Paper, ABA Family Law Section, 2002
  • Egelhoff:  Sizing up the Pension Pot; the Supreme Court Speaks, Author, Article, ABA Family Law Section, 2001
  • This Divorce Taxation Chapter covers the issues of taxability and deductibility of maintenance (alimony) payments; child related tax issues; tax ramifications on the division of assets, including the marital home; pensions; executive compensation; and other assets., Author, Basic Divorce Taxation, IICLE, 2011
  • Author - Chapter on Child Custody, IICLE, Author, Child Custody, IICLE, 2016
Special Licenses/Certifications:
  • One of 100 best trial lawyers in family law in the country, 2019
Representative Clients:
  • Represent many business owners; entrepreneurs; highly compensated executives in their divorces, 2019
Industry Groups:
  • Family Law; Business Valuation; Executive Compensation

Office location for Joy M. Feinberg

135 South LaSalle Street
36th Floor
Chicago, IL 60603

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