Kathleen Opal

Family Law

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Phone: (312) 967-7611







Named a 2016 and 2015 Emerging Lawyer in Family Law by Leading Lawyers, Kathleen Opal practices exclusively in the area of family law and counsels clients on a wide range of divorce-related issues, including custody/allocation of parental responsibilities, analysis of complex financial matters, pre- and post-nuptial agreements, contribution to college education, enforcement matters, and the disposition of marital and non-marital assets.
While attending law school, Katie served as a judicial extern to the Honorable Leida J. Gonzalez-Santiago in the Circuit Court of Cook County, Domestic Relations Division. She also served as a legal extern in the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office, Juvenile Justice Bureau.
During law school, Katie was elected to serve on the Student Bar Association Board of Governors as the Chicago Bar Association Representative, 2009-2010, and the American Bar Association Representative, 2010-2011. Upon graduation, Katie was named to Chicago-Kent’s Bar & Gavel Society for students who have distinguished themselves through outstanding service to the law school, the community and the legal profession.


J.D., Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago-Kent College of Law
B.A., Elmhurst College

Memberships and Honors

OPAL2Katie is an active volunteer with the Chicago-Kent Society of Women in Law Mentors Program.  She is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association and the American Bar Association and is licensed to practice law in Illinois and in Federal Court.

She has been honored with numerous awards for her academic and legal work, including:

  • 2016 and 2015 Emerging Lawyer in Family Law by Leading Lawyers which recognizes the top two percent of lawyers under the age of 40.


Speaking Engagements

Katie was a Speaker at the IICLE Family Law Webcast Series on the topic of “Key Case Law Updates in Family Law,” 2015.

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