Lavin, Karen M.

Karen M. Lavin graduated with high honors in 1978 from University of Wisconsin in Whitewater with a degree in Women's Studies. She went on to Chicago Kent College of Law, graduating with honors in 1982. She began her law career in the Cook County State's Attorney's office, prosecuting serious crimes, including rape, aggravated battery and attempted murder. She shifted into civil practice in 1986.

Areas of Practice

  • Divorce
  • Civil Unions
  • Same Sex Couples
  • Child Support
  • Custody & Visitation
  • Family Law
  • Wills
  • Trusts
  • Estate Planning

Litigation Percentage

  • 85% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois, 1982
  • U.S. Federal Court, 1982


  • Illinois Institute of Technology Chicago-Kent College of Law, Chicago, Illinois
    • J.D. - 1982
    • Honors: Dean's List
  • University of Wisconsin, Whitewater, Wisconsin
    • B.A. - 1978
    • Honors: High Honors
    • Major: Women's Studies

Honors and Awards

  • Outstanding Senior Woman, 1978
  • Who's Who Among U.S. Executives, 1989

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Rotary Club, Board of Directors, 1989 - Present
  • Sunrise Ridge Estates Homeowner's Association, Past President
  • McHenry County Bar Association, Family Law Section, Past President
  • McHenry County Bar Association, Past Chairperson, Continuing Legal Education Committee
  • Wonder Lake Zoning Board, Past President
  • Women in Management
  • Dynamic Professional Women's Network, Member
  • McHenry Area Chamber of Commerce MC3 Networking Group, Member

Pro Bono Activities

  • Board of Directors, Rotary Club of McHenry, 1989 - Present
  • Friends in Service Here (FISH)
  • Big Brothers and Big Sisters
  • Home of the Sparrow
  • Greenwood School Volunteer
  • Board of Directors of Wonder Lake Neighbors Food Pantry, 2011
  • Family Alliance Board of Directors, 2008 - Present
Karen M. Lavin & Associates, PC
Practice Area: Family
Address: 850 South Mchenry Avenue Suite B
City/State/Zip: Crystal Lake , Illinois 60014
EMail : karen@lavinatty.com
Telephone : 815-356-0800
ASLA Membership State: Illinois
Law School: Chicago-Kent

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