Nancy Chausow Shafer
Nancy Chausow Shafer is a principal in the Highland Park Matrimonial Law firm, Chausow Shafer P.C. Her practice is concentrated in family law, utilizing the appropriate resolution process for each case, whether Litigation, Mediation or Collaboration. She has made numerous presentations at Continuing Legal Education seminars on the topics of mediation, child representation, and domestic violence, substantive presentations on maintenance, business organization and taxation, discovery tools and tactics and complex financial issues in divorce, as well as the use of technology in the practice of law. The firm utilizes associate attorneys and paralegals to deliver legal services efficiently.
Professional Continuing Education presentations and articles
Chapter Co-Author, Child Custody Litigation, Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education publication 1991 Edition
Various presentations at Continuing Legal Education seminars on various topics, including:
Use of technology in the practice of family law (1999)
Business Valuation for Dummies (2002)
Reading and understanding personal and corporate tax returns and financial statements (2002)
Creative concepts in negotiating maintenance, and Mediation (2003)
Changing Landscape for Removal (2004)
Software for the Family Law Practice (2004)
Presentation of complex financial issues in divorce litigation (2004)
Discovery in Family Law Cases: Other Discoverable Items (2005)
Mediation: Being an Advocate without being Adversarial (2005)
Domestic Partnerships - Financial Implications (2005)
Electronic Discovery (2005)
Hot Tips: QDRO, QMCSO, Tax Law Changes (2006)
Custody: New Rules (2006)
UCCJEA and UIFSA: Understanding Jurisdictional Distinctions (2006)
Discovery Toolbox (2007)
Maintenance Guidelines: A Modest Proposal (2008)
Professional Associations and Awards
Recipient of the AAML 2008 Michael Cohen Award for contributing greatly over the years to the continuing
education of lawyers in the area of Family Law
Selected by her peers as an Illinois Leading Lawyer in Family Law and Illinois SuperLawyer
Fellow, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, 1992 to present
Past member, Illinois AAML Chapter Board of Governors, Illinois Delegate to national AAML Board of Governors
Member of the family law sections and committees of the Chicago Bar Association, Illinois State Bar Association, Lake County Bar Association, and American Bar Association
Past President of the Association of Women Attorneys of Lake County.
Mediation training at CDR Associates in Boulder, Colorado, 1993.
Collaborative Law training, 2003.
Fellow, Collaborative Law Institute of Illinois
Founding member of the Collaborative Family Law Professionals of the North Shore and the Center for
Collaborative Practice, LLC.
Faculty for Mediation Training offered by the AAML, DePaul University and Mediation Training and
Consultation Institute, Ann Arbor MI.