CHRISTINE HARNEY – Family Law – Partner

“DDSW_LLP-EliosPhoto2016-18oing my job well means listening like a friend but thinking like a lawyer.”


Phone: (312)-967-7604


Christine Harney represents clients in complex family law matters involving custody disputes, complex financial matters and property division, spousal and child support, business valuations, forensic accounting, premarital agreements, enforcement matters, child removal, and discovery of assets.

Christine understands that a divorce can be one of the most difficult experiences in a person’s life, affecting not just the parties directly involved but also their extended family, friends, and most profoundly, their children. Her compassionate approach is tailored to not only serving her client’s legal needs, but also tending to their emotional needs during this difficult time. Christine carefully explains the various legal and practical alternatives to the client so they can make an informed decision keeping in mind the costs and benefits. While successful negotiation and expedient resolution is the goal in most cases, Christine understands that litigation and zealous advocacy is sometimes necessary.
Christine has worked exclusively in family law since graduating from Loyola University School of Law in 2008, where she received the CALI award in Constitutional Law. Christine has served as a member of the Chicago Bar Association Young Lawyers’ Section Executive Council and co-chair of the Family Law Committee of the Chicago Bar Association Young Lawyer’s Section. Additionally, she has also guest lectured on child support, maintenance, and temporary relief at Loyola University Chicago School of Law.
During Law School, Christine interned at the Loyola Community Law Center Clinic where she served the indigent community in family law proceedings and acted as a Guardian Ad Litem with a 711 license. Christine also participated in Moot Court as a member of the Chicago Bar Association team. Ms. Harney graduated from Loyola University Chicago School of Law with a Certificate in Trial Advocacy.

Professional Associations and Memberships

Harney 2Selected to Chicago Daily Law Bulletin’s “Forty under 40″: 2016
Selected to  Illinois Super Lawyers Rising Star: 2017
Illinois State Bar Association, Member
Women’s Bar Association of Illinois
Chicago Bar Association
Former co-chair of the family law committee of the Chicago bar association young lawyers section


Loyola University Chicago School of Law, Chicago, Illinois – J.D.
Honors: CALI award in Constitutional Law
Loyola University Chicago, Illinois
– B.A (Cum Laude) – 2005
Honors: Departmental Honors in Communication
Major: Communication and English