Lisa M. Giese

Partner

Over the last two decades, Lisa has handled thousands of uncontested and contested family law cases, including pre and post-decree divorce cases, support modification and enforcement proceedings, paternity and parenting time (visitation) matters, allocation of parental responsibilities (custody) and removal (relocation) cases, DCFS appeals, orders of protection, and guardianship cases. Lisa is a zealous advocate for her clients and knows when a case should be settled and when it requires aggressive representation and litigation.

Lisa currently serves on the Child Law Section Council and is a prior member of the Family Law Section Council of the Illinois State Bar Association. Lisa is the Chair of the Children's Advocacy Committee and Wellness Committee and is a prior director of the Board of Directors for the DuPage County Bar Association. Lisa is also a past director the DuPage Association of Women Lawyers. Lisa serves on the board of directors for the DuPage Legal Aid Foundation and The Pie Project.

As a trained guardian ad litem with the Eighteenth Judicial Circuit Court of DuPage County, as well as Cook, Kane and Will County, Lisa has been appointed by the Court on numerous occasions to serve in that capacity and to make recommendations in accordance with the best interests of the children. Lisa has also served many years as a volunteer for the Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) program in Cook and DuPage Counties assisting the Court in complex abuse and neglect cases within the juvenile court system. While in law school, Lisa focused her studies in family law and earned her Certificate in Child and Family Law.

Lisa's experience with bankruptcy and complex financial issues regularly aids her in her practice of family law, where the two fields often become intertwined. If your current or ex-spouse has filed bankruptcy while you are in the midst of a pre or post-decree divorce case, or you yourself are considering filing, contact Lisa immediately to determine what your rights and obligations are.

Practice Areas

Education

J.D., Loyola University Chicago School of Law, Chicago, Illinois, 2008
Certificate in Child and Family Law

B.A., Michigan State University, James Madison College, 2004
Honors: Dean's List, Major: Political Theory and Social Relations

Professional & Bar Association Memberships

Illinois
Member Since: 2008

U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois
Member Since: 2008

U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois Trial Bar
Member Since: 2009

United States Supreme Court
Member Since: 2015

Kane County Bar Association

DuPage County Bar Association

Illinois State Bar Association

Published Works

  • "Supreme Court Rule 304(a): Does including the language of the rule in an order make it appealable? " Illinois State Bar Association, Family Law Newsletter 2015
  • Til Death Benefits do us Part: The Effect of Marital Settlement Agreements on Beneficiary Designations, DCBA Brief, 2010
  • Substitution of Judge as a Matter of Right and the Application in Post-Judgment Proceedings: A Domestic Relations Perspective, DCBA Brief, 2012
  • Navigating Section 607.6 of the IMDMA: The Use of Counseling Communications in Litigation, DCBA Brief, 2020

Speaking Engagements

  • "Role of the GAL from the Perspective of the GAL"
    DuPage County GAL Training Seminar, 2013 & 2015
  • "GAL Appointed -Now What?"
    Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education (IICLE), 2014
  • "Child Interviews, Evaluations and Investigations"
    DCBA Family Law & Practice Seminar, 2015
  • "GAL Role: Appointment through Testimony" ISBA GAL Training, 2019

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyers Rising Star Distinction, 2013-2018
  • Super Lawyers, 2019 and 2020
  • DuPage County Bar Association Service Award, 2014
  • DuPage County Bar Association Director's Award, 2020
  • Elite Lawyer, 2020

Employment History

Kollias & Giese, P.C.

  • Managing Partner, 2014-2020

Anderson & Associates, P.C.

  • Associate Attorney, 2008-2014

Hanley Flight & Zimmerman, LLC

  • Law Clerk and Legal Secretary, 2006-2008
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