Karen M Lavin

Karen M Lavin

Crystal Lake, Illinois

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.

Karen M. Lavin has been selected as one of the Top 100 Family Lawyers in Illinois for 2014 by the American Society of Legal Advocates (ASLA).

In her free time, Karen enjoys advocating for environmental causes. She recently won the “Conservation At Home” award and will continue to do her part in protecting planet earth.

Areas of Practice

  • Family Law/Divorce
  • Family Law/Custody and Support
  • Family Law/Same Sex Couples
  • Family Law/Orders of Protection
  • Estate Planning
  • Guardianships
  • Real Estate
  • Personal Injury/Plaintiff
  • Pre-Nuptial Agreements

Litigation Percentage

  • 80% 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

  • America's Top 100 Litigator Award - several years
  • Distinctive Woman of McHenry County , 2016
  • Outstanding Contribution to the McHenry County Bar Association Legal Aid Program, 2017
  • Outstanding Woman of the Year from the McHenry Area Chamber of Commerce

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • McHenry County Bar Association, Family Law Section, Past President; Past Chairperson, Continuing Legal Education Committee

Pro Bono Activities

  • Prairie State Legal


  • English (Primary)