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Paul L. Feinstein

Paul Feinstein

Law Offices of Paul L. Feinstein
10 South LaSalle Street, Suite 1420
Chicago, IL 60603


Illinois (IL)

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T: 312-346-6392
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Practice Areas: Family Law (90%), Appellate (10%)

Family Law



A well known and highly respected Chicago attorney, Paul Feinstein has practiced matrimonial and appellate law since 1980, having obtained his JD degree from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. His undergraduate degree was a BA at Tulane University. He became a fellow of the prestigious American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers in 1991. Paul Feinstein served on the Academy's Board of Directors and as the Chairman of its Amicus Briefs Committee, having recently drafted briefs in the Supreme Court of Illinois on  important family law issues. He belongs to the Family Law Sections of the American, Illinois, and Georgia bar associations. He is licensed to practice in Illinois and Georgia, as well as the United States Supreme Court. Paul Feinstein has written about numerous matrimonial law subjects and is currently on the board of editors of the Matrimonial Strategist, a national publication. He has also lectured before several groups on many family law topics. He devotes a great deal of his practice to appellate and constitutional law and in 1993 was successful in overturning Illinois' automatic asset freeze law in the Supreme Court of Illinois. In 2004, he was successful in having the Supreme Court of Illinois declare the Illinois Child Representative Statute unconstitutional. He returned to the Supreme Court of Illinois in 2012 and was again successful, this time overturning an Appellate Court ruling concerning the definition of income for purposes of child support cases. He handles all litigation aspects of family law issues, trials and appeals, including divorce, property and support, custody, domestic violence, antenuptial agreements, and parentage. He is also called on to consult in all aspects of matrimonial litigation. While he practices primarily in Chicago, Paul Feinstein has handled matters throughout Illinois. He has received Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory's highest attorney rating, "AV Preeminent," (5.0 out of 5.0). Paul Feinstein was selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2014 in the field of Family Law.  Many of his cases involve complex procedural and substantive matters, and involve high-profile people. He routinely fields many calls from lawyers, who request his opinion on legal matters of first impression, and those who simply wish to know "what the law is" on a particular issue. Legislators and bar associations consult with Paul Feinstein to obtain his opinions concerning proposed legislation. Paul Feinstein is on the Circuit Court of Cook County Domestic Relations Division's list of court-approved mediators for both financially related issues and custody related issues. He is also certified to be and has been appointed as child representative, guardian ad litem and attorney for children in contested custody and visitation disputes.

Years of Selection

• Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2014

Certifications and Credentials

About Paul Feinstein

Admitted: 1980, Illinois

Professional Webpage: Info/Lawyers/925038.aspx

Honors and Awards:

  • Paul Feinstein has received Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory's highest attorney rating, "AV Preeminent," (5.0 out of 5.0).  Paul Feinstein was also selected by his peers as an Illinois Leading Lawyer in Family Law and Family Appellate Law.  He has appeared in "Who's Who in American Law." Paul Feinstein was selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2014 in the field of Family Law.

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Paul Feinstein is certified to be and has been appointed as child representative, guardian ad litem and attorney for children in contested custody and visitation disputes.

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Paul Feinstein belongs to the following bar associations: Illinois State (Member, Sections on: Family Law, 1980 to present; Civil Practice and Procedure, 1982 to present) and American (Member, Family Law, Section, 1980 to present) Bar Associations; State Bar of Georgia (Member, Family Law Section, 1980). Fellow: American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (Member, 1991; Co-Chair, Amicus Briefs Committee, 1996-1997, 2000-2001; Chair, Amicus Briefs Committee, 2007-2012; Board of Managers, 2007-2011; Vice President of Illinois Chapter, 2011-2012). Appellate Lawyers Association (Member, 2010 to present).

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Paul Feinstein served on the Illinois Marriage and Family Therapy Licensing and Disciplinary Board (Illinois Department of Professional Regulation), from 1998 through 2003. In 2012 he was appointed to the Cook County Presiding Judge's Domestic Relations Division Procedure and Policy Review Committee.

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

  •    Mr. Feinstein authored a  chapter in, "Inside the Minds: Strategies for Family Law in Illinois," a book published in 2010 by Aspatore Books. Paul Feinstein has been a member of the Board of Editors of the Matrimonial Strategist, a national publication since 1995. His Legal Publications include: "Defining Income for Child Support Purposes: Recent Developments," Matrimonial Strategist, December 2012; "The Enforcement of Jewish Marriage Contracts by Civil Courts," Matrimonial Strategist, April 2012; "Family Lawyers in Trouble; Recent Ethics Decisions," Matrimonial Strategist August 2011; "College Expense Issues in Domestic Relations Cases," Matrimonial Strategist, January 2011; "Automatic Restraining Orders in Domestic Relations Cases: Constitutional Challenges," Matrimonial Strategist, July 2010;  "Current Trends in Long-Arm Jurisdiction", Matrimonial Strategist, January, 2010; "Perplexing Problems Under the Uniform Transfers to Minors Act", Matrimonial Strategist, June and July, 2009;  "Making an Appealing Record on Appeal", Matrimonial Strategist, December, 2008; "Update on Parental Alienation Syndrome," Matrimonial Strategist, July 2008; "Real Estate Minority Interest Discounts In Divorce Cases," Matrimonial Strategist, February 2008; "Taking the Fifth: Pros and Cons," Matrimonial Strategist, August 2007; "Prenuptial Agreements: Recent Trends from State to State," Matrimonial Strategist, December 2006; "Use and Abuse of Experts in Matrimonial Cases," Matrimonial Strategist, November 2005; "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; "How Matrimonial Lawyers Can Avoid Disqualification Due to Conflicts of Interest," Matrimonial Strategist, July 2000; "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 1989.
  • Paul Feinstein writes and lectures extensively on various matrimonial law and appellate law topics. His speaking engagements include: Speaker on Illinois Domestic Violence Act and Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act for Chicago Bar Association, 1982-1986. Speaker, Matrimonial Law Skills Course for Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, 1987. Speaker, Estate Planning Skills Course for Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, 1989-1990. Speaker, Child Custody Seminar, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, 2003, 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.

Verdicts and Settlements:

  •  Paul Feinstein has significant appellate experience and has been involved in many cases including the following reported cases: Messenger v. Edgar, 157 Ill.2d 162, 623 N.E.2d 310 (Constitutional case,Supreme Court of Illinois); In Re Marriage of Mostow, 95 Ill.App.3d 917, 420 N.E.2d 731; In Re Marriage of Rayfield, 221 Ill.App.3d 763, 583 N.E.2d 23; In Re Custody of Rose, 281 Ill.App.3d 423, 666 N.E.2d 1228; In Re Marriage of James, 259 Ill.App.3d 29, 630 N.E.2d 948; McNellis v. O'Connor, 266 Ill.App.3d 1063, 640 N.E. 2d 1354; In Re Marriage of Tyler, 230 Ill. App.3d 1009, 596 N.E.2d 119; Blair v. Mackoff, 284 Ill.App.3d 836, 672 N.E.2d 895; In Re Marriage of Yelton, 286 Ill.App.3d 436, 676 N.E.2d 993; In Re Marriage of Walker, 287 Ill.App.3d 634, 678 N.E.2d 705; Kaufman, Litwin & Feinstein v. Edgar, 301 Ill.App.3d 826, 704 N.E.2d 756 (Constitutional case);  ; In Re Stella, 339 Ill. App.3d 610, 791 N.E.2d 187; In Re Marriage of Epsteen, 339 Ill. App.3d 586, 791 N.E.2d 175; In Re Marriage of Bates, 342 Ill. App.3d 207, 794 N.E.2d 868; affirmed, 212 Ill.2d 489, 819 N.E.2d 714 (Constitutional case, Supreme Court of Illinois);  In Re Marriage of Johnson, 351 Ill. App.3d 88, 812 N.E.2d 661; In Re Marriage of Best, 228 Ill.2d 107, 886 N.E.2d 939 (Supreme Court of Illinois, Amicus Brief for American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers); In Re Marriage of Thompson, 384 III. App.3d 1, 891 N.E.2d 941; In Re Marriage of Sanfratello,   393  Ill.App.3d 641,  913  N.E.2d  1077; Minch v. George, 395 Ill.App.3d 390,  917 N.E.2d 1169;  In Re Marriage of Mather, 408 Ill.App.3d 853, 946 N.E.2d 529; In Re Marriage of O'Brien, 2011 IL 109039, 958 N.E.2d 647 (Supreme Court of Illinois, Amicus Brief for American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers); Johnston v. Weil, 241 Ill.2d 169, 946 N.E.2d 329  (Supreme Court of Illinois, Amicus Brief for American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers); In Re Marriage of Baniak, 2011 IL App (1st) 092017, 957 N.E.2d 469; In Re Marriage of Johnson, 2011 IL App (1st) 102826; In Re Marriage of McGrath, 2011 IL App (1st) 102119, 954 N.E.2d 842, leave to appeal granted,  2012 IL 112792 (Supreme Court of Illinois); In Re Marriage of Epting, 2012 IL App (1st)113727;  In Re Marriage of Vondra,   2013 IL App (1st) 123025;  In Re Marriage of Earlywine, 2013 IL 114779 (Individual Amicus Brief); Berdex International, Inc. v. Milfico Prepared Foods, Inc., 258 Ill.App.3d 738, 630 N.E.2d 998.

Representative Clients:

  • Paul Feinstein's clients have included well-known executives, business owners, professional athletes, politicians, professionals and their spouses. Mr. Feinstein respects his clients' privacy and will not publish their names.


  • This is my oral argument in the Illinois Supreme Court on the McGrath case in which I successfully overturned trial court and Appellate Court rulings determining money regularly withdrawn by an non custodial parent to be income for child support purposes. This was a case of first impression., McGrath v. McGrath Oral Argument

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