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.


  • Has argued in both Federal and State court issues related to international abduction pursuant to the Hague Convention.

  • Represents clients with adult disabled children as it relates to both support and guardianship.

  • Represents grandparents in establishing visitation rights.

  • Secured a favorable judgement in favor of client outlining the differences between income and assets.

  • Successfully challenged paternity despite the existence of a voluntary acknowledgement of paternity.


Staci has lectured on and authored about family law matters, including most recently:

Her recent publications include:

  • Author, "In international family law, the Hague Convention helps navigate the course," American Academy Matrimonial Lawyers, September 2022.

  • Author, "What to know Before You Take a Hague Convention Case," Illinois State Bar Association's Section on Family Law Newsletter, April, 2022.

  • 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 named to the ISBA's Family Law Section Council and recently accepted the council's appointment of her as the incoming secretary. In 2022, she was inducted into the American Academy for Matrimonial Lawyers, an organization that highlights leaders in the matrimonial law industry and promotes excellence and professionalism and in 2023, she was induced into the international Academy of Family Lawyers, a worldwide association of practicing lawyers who are recognized by their peers as the most experience and skilled family law specialists in their respective countries.

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 University of Illinois Chicago School of Law (fka John Marshall Law School), J.D., 2009

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


  • 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, Family Law Section Council Member (2021-Present) and Incoming Secretary
  • Illinois State Bar Association, Member
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Fellow
  • International Academy of Family 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.