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Mr. Katz is a co-founder of Katz & Stefani, where he practices in the area of family law. Previously, While at McDermott, Will & Emery Mr. Katz ultimately specialized in domestic and family law with partner Sandra Murphy, continuing his family and matrimonial law focus as a partner at Berger Schatz. During his nearly two decades in practice, Mr. Katz has represented numerous high-profile matrimonial law clients in the worlds of business, sports and entertainment. He was selected as a Super Lawyer as a top family law practitioner in Illinois.
Previously, he was a partner at Berger Schatz and in the litigation department of McDermott, Will & Emery. He graduated from Loyola University of Chicago School of Law in 1989, where he served on the Loyola Law Journal. Mr. Katz was a member of the Illinois State Bar Association Family Law Committee. Mr. Katz was named one of the "40 Illinois Attorneys Under Forty to Watch" by the Law Bulletin Publishing Company in July 2000.
While at McDermott, Will & Emery, Mr. Katz ultimately specialized in domestic and family law with partner Sandra Murphy, continuing his family and matrimonial law focus as a partner at Berger Schatz. During his nearly two decades in practice, Mr. Katz has represented numerous high-profile matrimonial law clients in the worlds of business, sports, and entertainment.
Date of Birth: 1964
Law School: Loyola University of Chicago School of Law, J.D. 1989
Law School Honors/Involvement: Senior member, Loyola Law Journal, 1987-1989
Undergraduate School: University of Wisconsin, B.A., 1985
Bar/Professional Association Involvement:
Family Law Committee
Co-chairman, Young Lawyers Division of the Family Law Committee
American Bar Association
Published Legal Writing:
"Postnuptial Agreements," chapter in Family Law Handbook, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, 1998
"Dissipation," chapter in Tax and Financial Planning Strategies in Divorce
"When Your Elderly Clients Marry: Prenuptial Agreements and Other Considerations," co-authored, 16 American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Journal, 2000
A popular speaker and well-published writer on a wide range of family and matrimonial law topics, Mr. Katz has lectured throughout much of the United States, including talks before the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, the ISBA, the CBA and the National Business Institute. He was actively involved in the early foundation of the expedited child support program in the Circuit Court of Cook County.
The Katz & Stefani team has represented many individuals whose cases involved the distribution of multi-million dollar holdings and required sophisticated financial expertise. Our lawyers have extensive backgrounds in business, financial planning, taxation and accounting. They also have considerable experience in custody issues, including but not limited to international custody disputes involving the Hague Convention, as well as interstate custody disputes brought under the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction Enforcement Act ("UCCJEA").