Karen Rose Krehbiel

Of Counsel

Creativity coupled with discretion are among the foundations of our practice.

Karen Krehbiel helps sophisticated clients determine their best path forward.

Karen focuses her practice on all aspects of family law proceedings, including child custody matters, parenting agreements, the negotiation and preparation of marital settlement agreements, asset valuations, mediation, and trials. She regularly navigates complex financial and emotional matters to highly advantageous outcomes for her clients.

Why Clients Choose Karen

Although accustomed to working in high conflict situations, Karen is known for guiding her clients with a calm and reasonable approach. Her practical, strategic advice has made her the choice for Chicago’s elite and high net worth individuals and their spouses.


Karen’s clients benefit from her commercial and securities litigation background from her years at premier law firm Milbank in New York City.

Despite her reputation as a formidable litigator, more often she relies upon mediation and arbitration as a means to most effectively and discreetly resolve disputes.

Karen’s interest in family law stemmed from her experience in representing neglected and abused children, first as a law school student and then as a volunteer at Lawyers for Children, a non-profit legal organization based in New York City.


Karen has written on family law topics, including an analysis of the collaborative law approach to divorce. She has also drafted chapters on parenting plans and enforcement of parenting time for a book targeted to judges and published by the National Interdisciplinary Colloquium on Child Custody Law.

Professional Recognition

  • Illinois Super Lawyers
    • Super Lawyers 2020 – Present
    • Rising Stars, 2012 – 2013, 2015 – 2016
  • Leading Lawyers Network, Leading Lawyer, 2013 – Present
  • The Best Lawyers in America® for the practice of Family Law, 2018 – Present
  • Forty Under 40, Law Bulletin Media, 2015
  • Crain’s Chicago Business 40 Under 40, 2015

Community Involvement

  • High Jump, Board Member
  • Rush University Medical Center, Women’s Board Member
Karen Rose Krehbiel, Principal


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University of Michigan Law School, J.D., 2001

Dartmouth College, B.A., cum laude, 1998

Bar Admissions


Professional Leadership

American Bar Association, Member Illinois Bar Association, Member