Marcelle Kott


We help guide you through a difficult process consistent with your particular needs.

Marcy Kott provides smart, concise, and direct family law advice, moving clients from start to finish in a practical and efficient manner.

Marcy represents clients in marital dissolution cases involving complex financial issues, corporate valuations, non-marital asset protection, spousal support issues, child custody and child support disputes, visitation, relocation, international child abduction matters involving the Hague Convention, and visitation. In addition to divorce cases, she has broad experience representing clients in matters involving premarital and postmarital agreements, same-sex marriages, adoption, and complex parentage and assisted reproduction agreements.

Marcy’s practice focuses extensively on alternative dispute resolution. She is a certified divorce mediator and a Fellow of the Collaborative Law Institute of Illinois. Adept in both ADR and litigation, she is committed to utilizing the technique best suited to meeting her clients’ goals. Her flexible approach and practical orientation have enabled her to craft creative solutions to the most challenging cases.


Marcy’s underlying focus in every matter is to provide clients with the tools to make them stronger and more capable. By making a deep connection with each client, she fosters collaboration to achieve the best outcome. Clients value her practical, big-picture advice relating to custody and parenting issues. Her solutions prepare clients for the long term.

Marcy is attentive and responsive and provides clear, action-oriented advice. With an understanding that outcomes are not necessarily determined by who spends the most, she works with clients to develop a strategy that meets their individual, family, and financial goals, deriving the maximum benefit at every turn.


Marcy’s reputation is built on her ability to be both a skilled negotiator and strong presence in the courtroom. Her most essential skill is seen as her ability to ease her client’s stress and to help her clients look to his or her future and long term planning and goals in developing the appropriate mediation or litigation strategy.

Professional Recognition

  • Illinois Super Lawyers, 2020 – Present
  • The Best Lawyers in America®, 2017 – Present
    • Family Law
    • Family Law: Arbitration
    • Family Law: Mediation, 2022 Lawyer of the Year
  • Leading Lawyers Network, 2009 – Present
    • Leading Lawyers Top 10 Adoption Attorneys, 2015
    • Top 100 Women Attorneys in Illinois, 2015
  • Crain’s Chicago Business, Most Influential Woman Lawyer, 2017

Firm Administration

  • Executive Committee, Member

Community Involvement

  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Chicago mentoring program, mentor, 2018 – Present

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The John Marshall Law School, J.D., 1992

Indiana University, B.A., 1989

Bar Admissions


Professional Leadership

American Bar Association, Member

Chicago Bar Association, Member

Illinois Bar Association, Member