Distinguished Counsel, Uncompromising Ethics
Fellows of the Illinois Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML) are recognized by judges, other attorneys and clients as the gold standard for family law. In addition to their individual practice, Fellows conduct legal education programs, lead community outreach and support philanthropic initiatives. They also lead the charge in shaping family law legislation and enacting legal reform.
Of the several thousand family law attorneys in the State of Illinois, 110 are Academy Fellows. To earn the distinction of Fellow, these remarkable lawyers, most with decades of experience in family law, have sustained the highest principles in their practice and passed a rigorous review process.
Renowned for providing outstanding service to their clients, Illinois Fellows raise the bar for the practice of family law. Not only do they advance the profession with their exceptional advocacy and uncompromising ethics, they also benefit their clients through expert guidance and protection.
AAML Fellows address myriad issues to achieve the best outcome for their clients, including
- Valuation and division
- Alternative Dispute Resolutions
Get to know. . .
What do you find most rewarding about being a Fellow of the AAML?
It’s the camaraderie. When we have cases against each other, the goal is to fight as hard as you can for our client. Court is an adversarial, somewhat combative process. But once you’re no longer in front of the judge, it’s good to temper that with the social interactions that you get through the Academy. When we can see people on a more human level, it makes us better attorneys.
How long have you practiced family law?
I was licensed in 1995 and worked for 22 years at what is now Grund & Leavitt, where I had a long tenure as managing partner. About six years ago, I started a firm with two good friends which has grown substantially.
What area of family law do you find most interesting?
I find business valuation fascinating—discount rates, cap rates and the different methodologies employed in valuing different industries. It affords me the opportunity to learn so much about so many industries. In cross-examination, we need a working understanding of these fields in order to effectively ask questions.
What’s the best piece of career advice you’ve ever received?
Be overprepared. The more prepared you are, the better attorney you’re going to be—period, end of discussion.
Michael F. Koenigsberger, principal at Dussias Wittenberg Koenigsberger LLP in Chicago, Deerfield and Oak Brook, can be reached at MFK@dwkllp.com and (312)967-7070.
William Boyd Scholarship for African American Law Students
Now in its second year, the AAML Illinois Chapter William Stewart Boyd Scholarship for African American Law Students is sponsored by the Illinois Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. This scholarship is a one-time award of $5,000 to a first-year law student attending Illinois Law Schools during the 2022-2023 academic year.