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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 - 2022
Selected to Rising Stars: 2011, 2013
Licensed in Illinois Since: 2005
Practice Areas: Family Law
Attorney Profile

Principal and founding member of Weiss-Kunz & Oliver, LLC, Maxine Weiss Kunz represents clients in Elmhurst, Illinois, in matters of traditional litigation, adoptions, collaborative law and family law. This includes the following: dissolution of same-sex marriages, child representation and guardian ad litem, mediation, parentage/paternity actions, appeals prosecution and defense, premarital and postnuptial agreements and divorce.

Ms. Kunz has an Avvo “Superb” rating and was named in “Top 40 Under 40” by the American Institute of Legal Advocates. The National Academy of Family Law Attorneys named her in “Top 10 Under 40” in Family Law in 2015 and gave her the “10 Best Client Satisfaction Award” in 2016. Expertise also named her one of the “Best Arbitrators & Mediators in Chicago” in 2016.

At Indiana University Bloomington, she earned a Bachelor of Arts in telecommunication and psychology with a minor in business before moving on to law school. Ms. Kunz attended the Chicago-Kent College of Law, where she earned a certificate in Alternative Dispute Resolution & Trial Advocacy and her Juris Doctor. In 2015, she also finished the National Institute for Trial Advocacy’s Family Law Trial Advocacy Program.

Admitted to practice in the state of Illinois, Ms. Kunz is also admitted before the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. She is a member of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, the American Bar Association, the Collaborative Law Institute of Illinois, the Illinois State Bar Association, The Chicago Bar Association and the DuPage County Bar Association. Ms. Kunz is also an alumni ambassador for her alma mater, the Chicago-Kent College of Law.

Practice Areas
  • 100%Family Law
Focus Areas

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

Selections

6 Years Super Lawyers
2 Years Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2017 - 2022
  • Rising Stars: 2011, 2013

About Maxine Weiss Kunz

First Admitted: 2005, Illinois

Professional Webpage: https://www.wkofamilylaw.com/attorney-profiles/maxine-weiss-...

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Ethical Considerations for Lawyers, Basic Skills Course for New Lawyers, 2008
  • Presented on the do's and dont's of drafting Premarital Agreements and Postnuptial Agreements., Presenter/Lecturer, Do's & Don'ts of Premarital Agreements, DuPage County Bar Association, 2021
  • Caselaw Update: Parental Unfitness in Adoption Actions, GAL Training for Adoption Cases in DuPage County, 2007
  • A non-modification 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
  • "Stress-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

Honors/Awards

  • 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 Avvo.com, in Family Law., 10 Stars by Avvo, Avvo.com, 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

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

Newsletters

  • 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

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

  • Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, 2020 to present, 2020
  • 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

Industry Groups

  • Family Law

Comments

  • “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

Last Updated: 11/16/2021

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