Marcy Kott


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Marcy Kott is a smart, concise, and direct family law attorney, moving clients from start to finish with a keen eye for efficiency and success.”

As Principal Attorney at Berger Schatz, Marcy represents clients in a variety of martial 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 understands that lawyers should be solving problems, not creating them. Clients need representation where they feel seen, someone who will cut through extraneous noise to get them them te best result.

A certified divorce mediator and a Fellow of the Collaborative Law Institute of Illinois, and adept in both Alternative Dispute Resolution and litigation, Marcy Kott is committed to utilizing the technique best suited to meeting her clients’ goals. Her flexible approach and practical orientation has enabled her to craft creative solutions to the most challenging cases.


With a unique and ultimately effective blend of fair-minded excellence, pragmatism, and deep empathy for her clients, Marcy provides her clients with the tools and counsel to make them stronger and more capable.

Balancing efficiency and affability, she is adept in both alternative dispute resolution and litigation, striving to settle outside the courtroom, but excelling at litigation when necessary. Marcy’s mission is to understand her clients’ priorities from the first meeting so they feel empowered to exercise control of their lives.

Her practical, clear, action-oriented advice relating to custody and parenting issues sets her apart and ultimately helps prepare clients for the long term.

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 Kott’s reputation is built on her ability to be both a skilled negotiator and a strong presence in the courtroom. Her most essential skill is her ability to ease her client’s stress and help her clients prepare for the future through development of an 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
    • Notable Women in Law, 2022

Firm Administration

  • Executive Committee, Member

Publications & Presentations

It’s a Fresh Start: Divorce Attorney’s Guide to Starting Over, 2021

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