150 N. Michigan Ave. Ste. 1420
Chicago, IL 60601

Paul L. Feinstein

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Paul L. Feinstein, Ltd.

Contact Information

Ste. 1420
10 S. LaSalle St.
Chicago IL 60603-1078
Work (312) 346-6392
Fax (312) 346-0810

Practice State



Paul L. Feinstein has practiced matrimonial law since 1980. He became a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers in 1991. He has spoken and written about numerous matrimonial law subjects and is currently on the Board of Editors of The Matrimonial Strategist, a national publication. He devotes a substantial portion of his practice to appellate and constitutional law, and in 1993 he 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. 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 a complete range of family law issues, including divorce, custody, antenuptial agreements and parentage. Many of his cases contain complex procedural and substantive matters, and involve high profile people. Paul is also trained in Collaborative Divorce.


Practice emphasizes Traditional Client Representation and Litigation


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  • Cook, Illinois
  • DuPage, Illinois
  • Lake, Illinois


Emory University School of Law, J.D.

Legal Organizations

Illinois State Bar Association, State Bar of Georgia, American Bar Association, Appellate Lawyers Association.


AV Rated, Martindale Hubbell. 

Selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2016 in the field of Family Law.

 Illinois Super Family Lawyer Top 100, Super Lawyers, 2014, 2015 and 2016.

Firm ranked in Tier 1, Metropolitan Chicago Family Law U.S. News-Best Lawyers®  "Best Law Firms"  edition for 2016.

CLE Presentations

Speaker, Business Valuation, Financial and Tax Issues in Divorce Seminar, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, 2013; AAML Evidence Seminar, 2008; Child Custody Seminars, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, 2005, 2003. Speaker, Estate Planning Skills Course for Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, 1989-1990. Speaker, Matrimonial Law Skills Course for Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, 1987. Speaker on Illinois Domestic Violence Act and Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act for Chicago Bar Association, 1982-1986.


Chapter in, "Inside the Minds: Strategies for Family Law in Illinois," Book Published 2010 by Aspatore Books; “Social Security Benefits in Divorce Cases,” Matrimonial Strategist, October 2015; "Stop and Look Before You Listen! Wiretap and Eavesdropping Laws," Matrimonial Strategist, December 2014;  "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.

AAML Chapter

Illinois Chapter: Board of Managers, 2007-2011; Vice President, 2011-2012; Amicus Briefs Committee, Chair, 2007-2012; Co-Chair, 2000-2001, 1996-1997.

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