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Lavin, Karen M.

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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.

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
    • Honors: With Honors
  • 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
  • Outstanding Contribution to the McHenry County Bar Association Legal Aid Program
  • Outstanding Woman of the Year from the McHenry Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Top 100 Family Lawyers in Illinois for 2014, American Society of Legal Advocates (ASLA)
  • “Conservation At Home” Award

Professional Associations and Memberships

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

Past Employment Positions

  • Cook County State's Attorney's Office

Pro Bono Activities

  • Prairie State Legal


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