We are one of the largest and most highly regarded matrimonial and family law firms in the nation.
Berger Schatz was established in 1987. The firm’s founding partners shared a passion for bringing the highest professional and ethical standards to the practice of family law. They envisioned a firm that offered sophisticated legal and financial analysis, combined with a personal approach based on the belief that everyone involved in a divorce-related case – the clients, their spouses, and the children – should be treated with respect and compassion.
Since its founding, Berger Schatz has built a reputation for successfully representing clients in cases involving high net worth, complex business or personal assets, and difficult legal questions. The firm has grown to become one of the premiere matrimonial law firms in the nation, with a team of 39 attorneys in two offices, in downtown Chicago and in Lake Forest, representing clients throughout Illinois.
The attorneys at Berger Schatz possess the legal and financial acumen that is essential to guide our clients through the difficult transitions that may arise from a dissolution of marriage: negotiating pre- and post-nuptial agreements; identifying and valuing businesses and other assets; issues involving child custody, visitation and support, as well as assisted reproduction, adoption and family building and, when necessary, litigating at trials and appeals in matrimonial cases.
Berger Schatz: taking the practice of family law to a higher level for over 30 years.
Berger Schatz is one of the largest law firms in the nation dedicated
exclusively to matrimonial and family law. Our clients come to us because
they know we have the discretion, experience and acumen to resolve
their most challenging issues.
As a law firm dedicated exclusively to the practice of matrimonial and family law, Berger Schatz provides its clients with the full array of legal services needed to resolve their matrimonial and family law issues.
Asset and Wealth Identification and Valuation
Divorce cases involving substantial assets or complex estates require specialized knowledge. Berger Schatz attorneys are skilled at identifying and valuing assets and wealth, including real estate, securities, business interests, retirement funds, pension plans, tax shelters (domestic and foreign), overseas accounts, stock options, trusts and other actual or potential sources of wealth.
Negotiation and Litigation
Resolving matrimonial disputes requires patient, persistent negotiation. But to be most effective, negotiation must be balanced by the skills and resources to litigate at the highest levels. Berger Schatz attorneys are experienced litigators–precisely the experience that allows us to avoid litigation when possible, and to prevail in court when necessary. We also have extensive experience negotiating and drafting pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements to provide our clients with reliable, long-term security.
Securing the stability and support of children whose parents are involved in matrimonial or paternity disputes requires both skill and compassion. Berger Schatz attorneys are experienced at resolving child-related issues efficiently, keeping both the children’s and the client’s best interests at the forefront.
Pre- and Post-Marital Agreements
Pre-Marital Agreements (sometimes called “Prenuptial” or “Antenuptial” agreements) allow parties who intend to marry to establish their respective rights and obligations in the event of a future divorce or the death of the spouse. Post-Marital Agreements allow couples who are already married to delineate their rights in a similar fashion. Berger Schatz attorneys are adept at counseling prospective and current spouses about their rights and options, and negotiating and drafting state-of-the-art agreements for our clients.
For divorcing spouses who have a high degree of trust and regard for one another, Collaboration provides the opportunity to take control of the divorce process and its outcome. Through the team effort of the spouses, their collaboratively trained lawyers, and neutral professionals, a settlement is crafted by consensus at whatever pace the parties desire. Several Berger Schatz attorneys are certified collaborative attorneys and fellows of the CLII, and are qualified to represent clients in Collaborative Law cases.
Mediation is a process in which parties try to settle their disputes with the help of a neutral third party, known as a mediator. Regardless, it is essential that each party be represented by an attorney during the mediation process. Berger Schatz attorneys can effectively represent you in a “mediated” divorce. Several Berger Schatz attorneys are also highly trained and experienced mediators, who can mediate disputes as a neutral in cases where Berger Schatz is not representing either party.
Civil Unions and Domestic Partnerships
Berger Schatz represents clients, including LGBT clients, in matters relating to Civil Unions and Domestic Partnerships. We provide the same range and quality of services that we provide for marriage and dissolution of marriage, including the knowledge and skills to address issues that are unique to civil unions.
Berger Schatz Family Building was established to assist our clients through the important journeys of adoption and assisted reproduction. Whether you are single or married, gay or straight, a step-parent, a surrogate, intended parent, or a child of adoption, we will help you understand the laws in Illinois and guide you through your journey. At Berger Schatz Family Building, we are passionately committed to family creation, education, and advocacy. Our Family Building practice is dedicated to helping everyone create their forever family. To learn more about our Family Building services, visit bergerschatz.com/family.
Matrimonial and family law cases are, by their nature, highly personal affairs. Berger Schatz has built its reputation one client at a time, and that individualized focus remains the core of our practice. Every client’s situation is unique and requires a unique strategy. We employ a team approach, bringing the resources of the firm to a case as needed, and engaging the decades of experience of our lawyers to strategize and execute for our clients.
A Network of Professionals
With over 30 years in the Chicago and Illinois legal market, Berger Schatz attorneys are connected to a broad network of professionals and professional resources, which enables our clients to access specialized expertise and professional support to meet their needs beyond legal representation.