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Paul L. Feinstein - Chicago, IL

10 South LaSalle StreetSuite 1420 Chicago, IL 60603 - 1078

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Updated: 02/18/2024

Chicago Family Law Lawyer



Mr. Feinstein concentrates his practice in family law, with emphasis on divorce litigation, custody and visitation, and appeals. He has been a speaker on the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act and the Illinois Domestic Violence Act at numerous training programs for the Chicago Bar Association. He has also lectured on attorneys' fees for an ICLE Matrimonial Law Skills course, and on antenuptial agreements for an ICLE Estate Planning Skills course. His articles have appeared in Illinois Family Law Report, Fairshare Magazine, Matrimonial Strategist (where he is also on the Board of Editors), and newsletters for the Illinois State Bar Association and State Bar of Georgia. Mr. Feinstein is listed in Who's Who in American Law and holds the highest rating in a national legal publication. In 1993, Mr. Feinstein was successful in overturning Illinois' automatic domestic relations asset freeze law in the Supreme Court of Illinois. In 2004, he was also successful in having the Supreme Court of Illinois declare the Illinois Child Representative Statute unconstitutional. Many of his cases contain complex procedural and substantive issues and involve high-profile people. Many matrimonial practitioners call Mr. Feinstein to ascertain his opinions regarding various legal questions.

About Paul L. Feinstein

Current Employment Position(s)

  • Sole Practitioner

Practice Areas

  • Family Law 100%
  • Matrimonial Law


  • 100%

Representative Cases


Bar Admissions

  • Illinois, 1980
  • Georgia, 1980
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1997

Specialties and Certifications

  • Illinois Marriage and Family Therapy Licensing and Disciplinary Board, Illinois Department of Professional Regulation, 1998 to 2003
  • Guardian Ad Litem, Child's Representative and Attorney for the Child, Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois

Other Affiliations

  • Phi Alpha Delta, 1977 - 1980 (Secretary, Vice, President)
  • Matrimonial Strategist, 1995 - Present (Member, Board of Editors)
  • Illinois State Bar Association, Family Law Section, 1980 - Present (Member)
  • Illinois State Bar Association, Civil Practice and Procedure Section, 1982 - Present (Member)
  • American Bar Association, Family Law Section, 1980 - Present (Member)
  • State Bar of Georgia, Family Law Section, 1980 - Present (Member)
  • Appellate Lawyers Association, 2010 - Present (Member)

Classes and Seminars

  • Speaker, Illinois Domestic Violence Act and Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act, Chicago Bar Association, 1982 - 1986
  • Speaker, Matrimonial Law Skills Course, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, 1987
  • Speaker, Estate Planning Skills Course, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, 1989 - 1990
  • Speaker, Child Custody Course, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, 2003
  • Speaker, Child Custody Course, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, 2005
  • Speaker, Cook County Child Representative Training Session, 2003
  • Speaker, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Meeting, 2004
  • Speaker, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Meeting, 2005
  • Speaker, Advanced Evidence Seminar, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, 2008
  • Speaker, Business Valuation, Financial and Tax Issues in Divorce Seminar, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, 2013


  • Emory University School of Law, Atlanta, Georgia, 1980
  • Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana, 1977
    Major: Political Science

Fraternities and Sororities

  • Pi Sigma Alpha
  • Phi Alpha Delta


Accepts Credit Cards


Published Works

  • "Creative Remedies for Problems of Short-Term High-Income Earners", Matrimonial Strategist, May, 1999
  • "Tenancy by The Entirety: A Means of Protecting a Debtor Spouse", Matrimonial Strategist, January, 1998
  • "State's Highest Court Says Workers' Comp Awards are Marital", Matrimonial Strategist, October, 1996
  • "When are Workers' Comp/Personal Injury Awards Marital Property?", Matrimonial Strategist, July, 1996
  • "Piercing the Corporate Veil in Matrimonial Proceedings", Matrimonial Strategist, March, 1995
  • "Ramifications of Asserting the Privilege Against Self-Incrimination", Matrimonial Strategist, December, 1994
  • "Interstate Custody Disputes: Deciphering the Statutory Maze", Matrimonial Strategist, January, 1994
  • "Final Obituary for Percentage Child Support Orders", FairShare Magazine, December, 1993
  • "The Automatic Dissolution Stay--Rest in Peace", Illinois State Bar Association Family Law Newsletter, November, 1993
  • "Citations to Discover Assets", Illinois Family Law Report, September, 1998
  • "How Matrimonial Lawyers Can Avoid Disqualification Due to Conflicts of Interest", Matrimonial Strategist, July, 2000
  • "Defining Income For Child Support Purposes", Matrimonial Strategist, February, 2005
  • "Do You Know Your Federal Law? Conflicts of Law Affect Retirement Plan and Life Insurance Benefits", Matrimonial Strategist, June, 2004
  • "Term Life Insurance in Divorce Cases: A New Deal", Matrimonial Strategist, November, 2003
  • "A Case in Point", Matrimonial Strategist, August, 2003
  • "Beyond DNA: Equitable Parentage", Matrimonial Strategist, May, 2003
  • "Use and Abuse of Experts in Matrimonial Cases", Matrimonial Strategist, November, 2005
  • "Prenuptial Agreements: Recent Trends from State to State", Matrimonial Strategist, December, 2006
  • "Taking the Fifth: Pros and Cons", Matrimonial Strategist, August, 2007
  • "Real Estate Minority Interest Discounts in Divorce Cases", Matrimonial Strategist, February, 2008
  • "Update on Parental Alienation Syndrome", Matrimonial Strategist, July, 2008
  • "Making an Appealing Record on Appeal", Matrimonial Strategist, December, 2008
  • "Perplexing Problems Under the Uniform Transfers to Minors Act", Matrimonial Strategist, June and July, 2009
  • "Current Trends in Long-Arm Jurisdiction", Matrimonial Strategist, January, 2010
  • "Automatic Restraining Orders in Domestic Relations Cases: Constitutional Challenges" , Matrimonial Strategist, July, 2010
  • Chapter in, "Inside the Minds: Strategies for Family Law in Illinois" , Aspatore Books, 2010
  • "College Expense Issues in Domestic Relations Cases" , Matrimonial Strategist, January, 2011
  • "Stop and Look Before You Listen! Wiretap and Eavesdropping Laws", Matrimonial Strategist, December, 2014

Office Information


10 South LaSalle StreetSuite 1420 Chicago, IL 60603 - 1078


  • (312) 346-0810


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Included on the 2024 Illinois Super Lawyers list

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  • 2010 Illinois Super Lawyers list
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  • 2008 Illinois Super Lawyers list
  • 2007 Illinois Super Lawyers list

View the profile for Paul L. Feinstein on Super Lawyers


  • Who's Who in American Law
  • Fellow, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, (Co-Chair, Amicus Briefs Committee, 1996 to 1997, 2000 to 2001; Chair, Amicus Briefs Committee, 2007-2012; Board of Managers, 2007-2011; Vice President of Illinois Chapter, 2011-2012)
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • Illinois Super Lawyer
  • Appellate Lawyers Association
  • U.S. News-Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms" List, 2015, Tier 1, Metropolitan Chicago Family Law

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