Maxine Weiss Kunz is a Founding Member and Partner of Weiss-Kunz & Oliver, LLC and has been practicing 100% family law since 2005, including traditional litigation, adoptions, and collaborative law. She is certified for appointment as a Child Representative or Guardian ad Litem in Cook County. She is also certified to practice collaborative law in Illinois. Maxine is a member of the Collaborative Law Institute of Illinois and a certified mediator through the Center for Conflict Resolution and the Cook County courts.
Maxine received her undergraduate degrees from Indiana University-Bloomington, where she double-majored in Psychology and Telecommunications. She earned her J.D. from the Chicago-Kent College of Law where she received a certificate in its Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution program, and was a member of Kent's prestigious Mock Trial Advocacy Team.
Maxine Weiss Kunz has published numerous articles, lectured on various family law issues, and is a member of the following professional organizations: Illinois State Bar Association, Collaborative Law Institute of Illinois, Chicago Bar Association, and DuPage County Bar Association. She is substantially involved in the ISBA, including sitting on committees and frequent volunteer work.
Maxine, her husband, son, daughter, and their pets live west of the city. In her "free time," she enjoys swimming, yoga, and dancing, and is involved in a monthly book club.
- Federal Court (Northern District), 2013
- Illinois, 2005
- Family Law Trial Advocacy Program, National Institute of Trial Advocacy, July 2015
- Chicago-Kent College of Law Illinois Institute of Technology, J.D., Certificate in Alternative Dispute Resolution & Trial Advocacy, Member of Mock Trial Advocacy Team, 2005
- Indiana University-Bloomington, B.A., Telecommunications & Psychology, Minor in Business, 2002
- Guardian ad Litem, Cook County
- Child Representative, Cook County
- Certified Mediator
- Certified Collaborative Lawyer
Bar Memberships & Affiliations
- American Bar Association, Member, ISBA Delegate (2015-Present)
- The Lilac Tree, Development Committee (2014-Present)
- Illinois State Bar Association, Council Member of the Young Lawyer Division (2005-Present), Liaison for the Health Care Section Council (2015-Present)
- Collaborative Law Institute of Illinois, Fellow (2005-Present)
- DuPage County Bar Association, Member (2005-Present)
- Chicago Bar Association, Member (2008-2013)
Honors & Awards
- Best Arbitrators & Mediators in Chicago, Expertise, 2016
- 10 Best Client Satisfaction Award, American Institute of Family Law Attorneys, 2016
- Emerging Family Lawyers, "2016 Guide to Jewish Living in Chicago," Leading Lawyers Magazine, 2016
- Top 10 Under 40 (Family Law), National Academy of Family Law Attorneys, 2015
- Super Lawyers "Rising Star" (2011, 2012, 2014)
- Rated a 10.0 "Superb" on Avvo
- CALI Award of Excellence in Family Law, Chicago Kent College of Law (2005)
- "Interviewing Tips - Suggestions for 'wowing' your interviewer," Illinois State Bar Association, 2015
- "Tips From One Working Mom," Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, 2013
- ARDC hearing board recommends overturning disciplinary action charged against family law attorney, Illinois State Bar Association Family Law Newsletter, 2012
- IRMO Doermer, 955 N.E.2d 1225, (1st Dist. 2011): A nonmodification clause in a Marital Settlement Agreement was upheld despite the unallocated nature of the award of child support and maintenance.
- Changes to Illinois Supreme Court Rule 216, Illinois State Bar Association, 2011
- "Collaborative Law - A Brief Overview," Illinois State Bar Association, 2009
- "Email Etiquette," Illinois State Bar Association Bar News, 2007
- Orders of Protection: Sword or Shield?, Chicago Bar Association, 2015
- Visitation Rights of Non-Parents, Advanced Custody and Visitation Issues, 2014
- Ethical Considerations for Lawyers, Basic Skills Course for New Lawyers, 2008
- Caselaw Update: Parental Unfitness in Adoption Actions, GAL Training for Adoption Cases in DuPage County, 2007