Staci Balbirer concentrates her practice in the area of divorce and family law that encompasses issues related to complex financial matters, the allocation of parental responsibilities, child support, maintenance, property division, pre-and post-nuptial agreements, orders of protection and international custody disputes.
Over the course of her practice, Staci has realized the need for assisting families with special needs children and handles matters for families with special needs children and adults in both the domestic relations and guardianship divisions.
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.
Allowing for a Mother’s international relocation with her minor child.
Successfully defended against Orders of Protection and Stalking No Contact Orders obtained solely to harass client
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:
“The Implementation of Technology in Divorce and Family Law in the United States,” at the "Challenges on Digital Justice" virtual event, May 28, 2020.
"How to Calculate Support for Adult Children with Special Needs," a Northwest Suburban Bar Association program.
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.
Staci joined Aronberg Goldgehn as an associate in November 2014 and was promoted to Member in January 2019.
Since 2023, Staci has been named to The Best Lawyers in America list by Best Lawyers for her commitment to advancing family law. Since 2019, she has been named an Emerging Lawyer in Family Law by Illinois Leading Lawyers, a designation awarded to less than 2 percent of Illinois attorneys 40 years old or younger or in practice for 10 or fewer years. Since 2016, 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 was recently named to the ISBA's Family Law Section Council and is also a member of the ISBA’s Standing Committee on Women and the Law, which focuses on areas of law uniquely affecting women and provides a forum to discuss and implement women’s unmet legal needs and issues. In 2022, she was inducted into the American Academy for Matrimonal Lawyers, an organization that highlights leaders in the matrimonal law industry and promotes excellence and professionalism.
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.
Glencoe Junior Kindergarten, Parent Board Member
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
- U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
- Illinois State Bar Association, Standing Committee on Women and the Law, Member (2016-2020)
- Illinois State Bar Association, Member
- American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Fellow
- Emerging Lawyer in Family Law by Illinois Leading Lawyers (2019, 2020)
- Rising Star in Family Law by Illinois Super Lawyers (2016-2022)
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.