Maxine Weiss Kunz

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Family Law Attorney in Elmhurst, IL

Weiss-Kunz & Oliver, LLC
 | 110 E. Schiller Street, Suite 320
Elmhurst, IL 60126
Phone: 312-761-4960
Fax: 224-241-3241
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2017 - 2020
Selected To Rising Stars: 2011, 2013
Licensed Since: 2005
Practice Areas:
  • Family Law
Attorney Profile

Partner and founding member of Weiss-Kunz & Oliver, LLC, Maxine Weiss Kunz is a family law attorney serving the people of Northern Illinois. She has san Avvo “Superb” rating, has been named a Top 10 Under 40 in family law by the National Academy of Family Law Attorneys and a Top 40 Lawyer Under 40 by the American Society of Legal Advocates.

Ms. Weiss Kunz’s focus areas include divorce, adoption, appeal, prosecution and defense, premarital and postnuptial agreements, collaborative law, parentage/paternity actions, child representative/guardian ad litem, dissolution of same sex marriages, and uncontested guardianships. The Center for Conflict Resolution and the Circuit Court of Cook County certified her as a mediator, and she holds a membership with the Collaborative Law Institute of Illinois.

Those in the following areas benefit from Ms. Weiss Kunz’s services: Evanston, Skokie, Morton Grove, Park Ridge, Wilmette, Glenview, Oak Park, Des Plaines, Niles, Oak Brook, Oak Park, River Forest, Riverside, Westchester, Downers Grove, Wheaton, Naperville, Westmont, Woodridge, Lake County, Cook County and DuPage County. She is admitted to practice in Illinois state courts and before the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

In 2002, Ms. Weiss Kunz graduated from Indiana University Bloomington with a Bachelor of Arts and then attended Chicago-Kent College of Law Illinois Institute of Technology to obtain a Juris Doctor. She also received a certificate in trial advocacy and alternative dispute resolution and finished the National Institute of Trial Advocacy’s Family Law Trial Advocacy Program in 2015. Ms. Weiss Kunz is a member of the American Bar Association, the DuPage County Bar Association, the Chicago Bar Association and the Illinois State Bar Association.

Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Family Law (100%): Alimony & Spousal Support, Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Divorce, Marital Property, Same Sex Family Law

Focus Areas

Alimony & Spousal Support, Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Divorce, Marital Property, Same Sex Family Law


Selected to Super Lawyers for 4 yearsmiddle-imageSelected to Rising Stars for 2 years

Super Lawyers: 2017 - 2020 Rising Stars: 2011, 2013

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About Maxine Weiss Kunz

Admitted: 2005, Illinois

Professional Webpage:


  • Emerging Family Lawyers, "2016 Guide to Jewish Living in Chicago," Leading Lawyers Magazine, 2016
  • CALI Award of Excellence in Family Law, Chicago Kent College of Law, 2005
  • Super Lawyers "Rising Star", 2011, 2012, 2014
  • American Society of Legal Advocates, Top 40 Lawyer Under 40, 2017, 2018, 2019
  • Best Arbitrators & Mediators in Chicago, Expertise, 2016
  • Super Lawyers "Super Lawyer", 2017, 2018, 2019
  • Lawyers of Distinction, 2018
  • Top Women Attorneys in Illinois, Chicago Magazine, 2013
  • Nominated as top 10 lawyers under the age of 40 by the National Academy of Family law Attorneys., Top 10 Under 40, National Academy of Family Law Attorneys, 2015
  • Selected as an Emerging Lawyer for year 2016 in the area of Divorce and Family Law., Emerging Lawyer, Emerging Lawyers, 2016
  • Rated a top 10 superb attorney by, in Family Law., 10 Stars by Avvo,, 2014
  • Selected as "10 Best" by clients. Recognizing excellence... allowing clients to make wise decisions., 10 Best Client Satisfaction Award, American Institute of Family Law Attorneys, 2016

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Certified Child Representative and GAL (Cook County, IL), 2014
  • Guardian ad Litem, Cook County
  • Certified Mediation, Cook County (Chicago), 2013
  • Collaborative Law certification, 2006
  • Certified - Parenting Coordinator, 2014

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Chicago Bar Association, Member, 2008-2013
  • DuPage County Bar Association, Member, 2005-Present
  • Collaborative Law Institute of Illinois, Fellow, 2005-Present
  • Illinois State Bar Association, Liaison for the Health Care Section Council, 2015-Present
  • Illinois, 2005
  • Council Member of Illinois State Bar Association., 2007
  • Federal Court (Northern District), 2013
  • American Bar Association, Member, and Delegate for ISBA, 2015
  • Member, Lilac Tree (Development Committee), 2015

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Ethical Considerations for Lawyers, Basic Skills Course for New Lawyers, 2008
  • Caselaw Update: Parental Unfitness in Adoption Actions, GAL Training for Adoption Cases in DuPage County, 2007
  • A nonmodification clause in a Marital Settlement Agreement was upheld despite the unallocated nature of the award of child support and maintenance, IRMO Doermer, 955 N.E.2d 1225, (1st Dist. 2011)
  • "Email Etiquette," Illinois State Bar Association Bar News, 2007
  • "Collaborative Law - A Brief Overview," Illinois State Bar Association, 2009
  • Changes to Illinois Supreme Court Rule 216, Illinois State Bar Association, 2011
  • "Stree-Free Divorce: Conversations With Leading Divorce Professionals - A Conversation with Maxine Weiss Kunz," Featuring Maxine Weiss Kunz, 2017
  • ARDC hearing board recommends overturning disciplinary action charged against family law attorney, Illinois State Bar Association Family Law Newsletter, 2012
  • "Tips From One Working Mom," Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, 2013
  • Authored article providing tips to young lawyers entering the world of law., Author, "Interviewing Tips: Suggestions for Wowwing Your Interviewer", Illinois State Bar Association, newsletter, Law, 2015
  • "New law intends to create transparency for woman consumers," The Catalyst, 2018
  • Lectured on how orders of protection are abused in they system., Lecturer, "Orders of Protection: sword or shield", Chicago Bar Association, Law, 2015
  • Presented on advanced topics in custody litigation., Visitation Rights, Visitation Rights of Nonparents. Advanced custody issues., MCLE, Law, 2014


  • In 2013, published article on balance between working and lawyering as a mother., Tips from Working Mom, Chicago Daily Law Bulletin
  • ARCD hearing board recommends overturning disciplinary action charged against family law attorney: summary of hearing., Article on ARDC Disciplinary Review Hearing, ISBA, Newsletter 2012

Educational Background:

  • Family Law Trial Advocacy Program, National Institute of Trial Advocacy, July 2015
  • Indiana University-Bloomington, B.A., Telecommunications & Psychology, Minor in Business, 2002

Industry Groups

  • Family Law


  • “Maxine is a hardworking detailed attorney. She is not only an advocate for her clients, but is professional and courteous.”
  • “Maxine has a broad base of knowledge and experience in divorce law. She is a fierce advocate for her clients yet always professional with opposing counsel. Maxine provides her clients with expert and compassionate representation, skillfully guiding them through the divorce process.”
  • “I have had occasion to work directly with Maxine on many cases over the past 10 years and have found her to be a very effective advocate for her clients while maintaining a high degree of professionalism toward counsel. She is respected by her peers and well-liked by judges in the jurisdiction in which we both practice.”
  • “Maxine is an outstanding family law lawyer. She is knowledgeable and ethical, and I always recommend her to clients, family and friends.”
  • “Maxine Weiss-Kunz is an outstanding family law attorney to whom I give my highest recommendation, without reservation.”
  • “Maxine is a fierce advocate for families and children. I have personally observed her work and have referred friends to her when I am unable to assist or if there is a conflict.”

These comments were made by fellow attorneys during the annual nomination process.

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Office Location for Maxine Weiss Kunz

110 E. Schiller Street
Suite 320
Elmhurst, IL 60126

Phone: 312-761-4960

Fax: 224-241-3241

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Last Updated: 10/17/2019

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