150 N. Michigan Ave. Ste. 1420
Chicago, IL 60601

Nancy Chausow Shafer

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Chausow Shafer, PC

Contact Information

734 Central Ave.

Highland Park IL 60035
Work (847) 433-9400
Fax (847) 433-9406

Practice State



Nancy Chausow Shafer is a principal in the Highland Park firm, CHAUSOW SHAFER, PC, concentrating in Matrimonial Law, including Litigation, Mediation and Collaboration. We partner with the client and work together to develop an individual strategy for every case. Our clients are assured the highest standard of advocacy, addressing both the immediate legal issues at hand, as well as the impact upon the client's future.


Practice emphasizes both Alternate Dispute Resolution process of Mediation and Collaborative Practice, as well as Traditional Client Representation and Litigation


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  • Cook, Illinois
  • Lake, Illinois
  • McHenry, Illinois


Northern Illinois University College of Law '80. Mediation Training at CDR Assoc., 1993. Collaborative Law Training, 2003;

Legal Organizations

Family Law Sections and Committees of the American, Illinois, Chicago, and Lake County Bar Associations. Past-Pres., Association of Women Attorneys of Lake County; Member, Collaborative Law Institute of IL; Founding Member, Collaborative Family Law Prof. of the North Shore; Mediation Council of Illinois Association For Conflict Resolution. Founder, Center for Collaborative Practice. Member of AFCC and ACR.


Selected by Peers as a Leading Lawyer in Family Law & IL SuperLawyer. 2008 Recipient of the Michael S. Cohen Award.

CLE Presentations

IICLE, "Divorce Boot Camp Starting Points", 2007-2010; IICLE "Drafting Marital Settlement Agreements" 2006; AAML, IL Chapter, "Jurisdiction Under the UCCJEA and UIFSA in Illinois," 2006; Reading & Understanding Personal, Corporate Tax Returns & Financial Statements; Complex Financial Issues in Divorce Litigation; Creative Concepts in Negotiating Maint.; Changing Landscape for Removal; Business Valuation for Dummies; Discovery in Family Law Cases; Mediation-Being an Advocate Without Being Adversarial; Domestic Partnerships - Financial Implications; Electronic Discovery; Hot Tips-QDRO, QMSCO and 2006 Tax Law Changes; Use of Technology in Practice of Family Law; Software for the Family Law Practice; Business Valuation, Financial and Tax Issue Affecting Divorce; Drafting PreMarital agreements Workshop.


Faculty of AAML Mediation Training; training coach for DePaul Univ. & Mediation Training & Consultation Inst.; Adjunct Faculty: IIT-Kent College of Law, LLM Program, Negotiation and Mediation; Faculty: ABA/NITA Family Law Trial Advocacy Institute.

AAML National

Member, Board of Governors, 2005-07, Chair, Mediation Committee 2010-2013, AAML IL Fellow of the Year

AAML Chapter

President Illinois Chapter 2012-2013, Board of Managers 2003-2005. 2016 IL Fellow of the Year

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