“Quite often when people come into my office for a first meeting, they’re feeling lost and fearful. It means a lot that I can help get people through the fear and get back to where they need to be to make good decisions for themselves.”
With a strong background in forensic accounting and finance, Steve Wittenberg brings to his clients a unique insight into the financial aspects of divorce, including business valuation and the tracing of hidden funds.
Steve takes a pragmatic approach to family law, working with clients to achieve the best possible resolution in the most efficient manner. His careful, measured approach to addressing conflict and advocating for his clients’ interests often brings about negotiated settlements that avoid costly and time-consuming litigation while still achieving desired results.
When it is necessary to go to court, Steve is an adept and savvy counsel, with long experience in Chicago, as well as in greater Cook, Will, DuPage, and Kankakee County courts. Steve’s deep understanding of family law enables him to present substantive, compelling arguments that advance his clients’ interests without creating additional conflict or drama. His aim in litigation is to yield positive, lasting results that enable both parties to move forward without further dispute.
Steve began his legal career as a Hollywood talent agent, but found himself missing the more down-to-earth quality of life in the Midwest. He returned to Chicago and joined the family law practice of his father, Michael Wittenberg, where he quickly discovered a passion for both the business and personal aspects of helping clients protect their financial interests while moving forward in their private lives.
J.D., Chicago-Kent College of Law
B.A., University of Illinois
Memberships and Honors
Steve is a member of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. He was admitted as a fellow to the Academy’s Illinois chapter in 2003, the youngest person ever to be so recognized. He has been honored with numerous awards for his legal and advocacy work, including:
Super Lawyers, 2007, 2011 – 2016
Past Vice President of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and sat on its Board of Governors
He is licensed to practice law in Illinois and in Federal Court.
Articles and Speeches
Steve is a frequent speaker on the financial aspects of divorce for the Illinois Continuing Legal Education group and the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. He has authored numerous articles on business valuation, financial and tax issues in divorce. Steve has lectured on a range of divorce related topics including:
Valuing closely held businesses in the context of divorce cases including the importance of understanding the distinction between enterprise and personal goodwill,
Forensic accounting and the tracing of hidden funds
Maintenance and the impact of retirement,
Dissipation of assets,
The calculation of a spouse’s income for divorce purposes,
How to prepare clients to meet with a custody evaluator,
Removing a child’s residence from the state of Illinois.