Jacalyn Friedman Birnbaum


Birnbaum, Haddon, Gelfman, Arnoux, LLC


180 North LaSalle Street 37th Floor
Chicago IL, 60601
Phone: (312) 863.2800
Fax: (312) 863-2801


Practice emphasizes Traditional Client Representation and Litigation


Legal Organizations

Illinois State Bar Assn.: Family Law Section Council, Council Member (2003-present); Member (1992-present); Chicago Bar Assn., Member (1992-present); American Bar Assn., Member (1992-present).


Super Lawyer and Leading Lawyer - designated by peers each year since 2006; Listed as one of the 2011 Illinois Super Lawyers Top 50 Women.

CLE Presentations

Child Representation: Rules, Regulations, Responsibilities, Invited Member of Attorney Panel, LEDDED, Ltd. Seminar, East Bank Club, Chicago, Illinois (June 18, 2010); Parenting Coordinators Be Careful ... Be Very, Very Careful!, Presenter, The Mediation Seminar, LEDDED, Ltd., East Bank Club, Chicago, Illinois (April 2, 2010); Parenting Coordinators: Be Good or Else!, Presenter, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML), Illinois Chapter, 4th Annual Advanced Family Law Issues Seminar, Oak Brook, Illinois (October 12, 2009); Presenter: "Differing Perspectives Related to the Role of Child Representation" (Ledded Ltd. 6/4/09); Presenter: "Court Appointed GAL's: Their Mission, Duties and Practices" (IICLE 7th Annual Family Law Conference 4/10/08); Presenter: Circuit Court of Cook County Domestic Relations Division Child Representative/Continuing Legal Education Seminars: "Practical Considerations in Representing Children" (3/04); "Representing Children, Reconciling Reality with the Rules" (3/01).


"Attorneys Fees in Domestic Relations Cases: The 2009 Amendments to "Leveling the Playing Field", as Member of the Attorneys Fees Committee of the ISBA Family Law Section Council, Illinois Bar Journal, Volume 98, No. 3, March, 2010; "Your Client Wants to Vacation Outside the U.S. but the Other Parent Fears Abduction- If the Destination Country is a Hague Signatory, Here's a Possible Solution," Illinois Sate Bar Assn. Family Law Newsletter, 9/07; ''The Innocent Spouse Exception, Wiksell: No Longer an All or Nothing Proposition, w/B. Richman, American Journal of Family Law, Volume II, No. 2, Summer, 1997; 'Life Insurance Trusts Can Protect Children,' . Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, 1/97; ''Doling Retirement Benefits After Divorce'' 3/96. "How Do you Spell Cash Relief? Q-D-R-O" 5/94.

AAML Chapter

Illinois Chapter, Member, Board of Managers, 1999-2004; 2006-2007.