Staci Balbirer concentrates her practice in the area of divorce and family law with a special focus on assisting families with special needs children.

She believes a positive client relationship is at the core of a successful outcome in divorce litigation and prides herself on putting her client’s needs first, which allows her to zealously advocate on their behalf.

REPRESENTATIVE MATTERS

  • Successfully argued that a mother’s visitation with her infant child should be supervised based upon mother’s conduct with child.

  • “Capped” husband’s obligation to pay maintenance to wife despite husband earning a substantial income.

  • Obtained support for parents with adult special needs children based on a “needs based” analysis.

  • Barred wife from producing any evidence to support her claim of past due college contribution from husband and successfully modified husband’s college contribution based upon a substantial change in circumstances.

SPEECHES AND PUBLICATIONS

Staci has lectured on and authored about family law matters, including most recently before the Northwest Suburban Bar Association on the topic of "How to Calculate Support for Adult Children with Special Needs."

Her recent publications include:

  • Author, "Why the Date We File a Petition for Dissolution of Marriage Just Became Important," Illinois State Bar Association's Section on Family Law Newsletter, May 2016.

  • Co-Author, “The Difficulty in Understanding and Applying Section 5/513(a)(1) of the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act,” the Illinois State Bar Association's Section on Family Law Newsletter.

PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND

Staci joined Aronberg Goldgehn as an associate in November 2014. She has been named a “Rising Star” in Family Law by Illinois Super Lawyers, a designation awarded to no more than 2.5 percent of Illinois attorneys 40 years old or younger or in practice for 10 years or less.

Staci is a member of the ISBA’s Standing Committee on Women and the Law for the 2016-17 bar year. The Committee focuses on areas of law uniquely affecting women and provides a forum to discuss and implement women’s unmet legal needs and issues.

Among her achievements while a student at The John Marshall Law School, she was an invited member of the Morrissey Scholars - a group of individuals excelling in their professional responsibility courses.

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

  • Make-A-Wish Illinois Associate Board, Former Member

  • The Lauri S. Bauer Foundation, Member. The Foundation is Staci's family's charity organization. It helps those suffering from sudden loss of a family member.



The John Marshall Law School, J.D., 2009

Lehigh University, B.A., Psychology; Minor, Religious Studies, 2006



BAR AND COURT ADMISSIONS

  • Illinois, 2009

MEMBERSHIPS

  • Illinois State Bar Association, Standing Committee on Women and the Law, Member (2016-2017)
  • Illinois State Bar Association, Member


ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

  • Named a “Rising Star” in Family Law by Illinois Super Lawyers (2016-2018)

PERSONAL

What would you be doing if you weren't a lawyer? I would be a food critic.
What is the best vacation you've ever been on? Traveling throughout Vietnam on my honeymoon.
What is something most people don't know about you? I am a fantasy football fanatic.