Karen M Lavin

Karen M Lavin

Practicing Since 1982
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

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

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
  • Selected as One of The Top 100 Family Lawyers in Illinois for 2014 by The American Society of Legal Advocates

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • McHenry County Bar Association, Family Law Section, Past President
  • McHenry County Bar Association, Past Chairperson, Continuing Legal Education Committee
  • 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
  • Sunrise Ridge Estates Homeowner's Association, Past President
  • Wonder Lake Zoning Board, Past President
  • Dynamic Professional Women's Network, Member