For 30 years, Karen Conti has been a dynamic and influential attorney in the local and national legal community. Karen has intensive and diverse trial experience from the Circuit Court of Cook County to the U.S. Supreme Court. At the same time, Karen has exceptional negotiation skills which allow her to quickly and creatively settle matters with the least possible expenditure of time and money. She is formally trained and certified as a mediator and in collaborative law. Her handling of numerous high profile cases has created her reputation for fierce advocacy among judges and other lawyers.
Karen now concentrates much of her practice in family law, where she has gained prominence among her peers and the bench. She was appointed by Illinois House Speaker to assist in redrafting the new family laws that took effect in Illinois in 2016. She was solely responsible for the statute regarding grounds for divorce, which modernizes and streamlines the dissolution of a marriage. Karen was a keynote speaker at the Family Rights Rally at the Lincoln Monument in Washington, D.C. on the issue of child custody and parental alienation. As a former partner with the prestigious family law firm of Beermann Pritikin Mirabelli Swerdlove, she handled cases from the highest net worth clients to simple matters of dissolution of marriage.
Some of Karen’s other accomplishments include:
For over 20 years, Karen has been a part of the local and national media. Her name recognition lends her instant credibility and authority wherever she practices. Among Karen’s vast media experience:
Brenda has dedicated her career to representing clients in all areas of family law. Since she became a member of the Illinois Bar, Brenda has focused her practice primarily in divorce, child custody, visitation, orders of protection, DCFS cases, child support, maintenance and complex property division. Prior to joining ContiLaw, Brenda was an associate attorney for four years at a well-established Chicago-based family law firm where she represented over 200 clients. Brenda received her law degree from Loyola University Chicago and her undergraduate degree from Michigan State University, where she was a member of the Dean’s List. During law school Brenda was an intern at the Center for Disability and Elder Law and following her completion at Loyola University Chicago, received a Loyola Public Interest Fellowship with that organization.
Nathaniel is a seasoned and versatile litigator. His vast array of experience includes commercial litigation, employment discrimination, insurance and family law. Nathaniel has prosecuted and defended claims in both state and federal court. Additionally, he has represented clients in a wide variety of forums, including the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Illinois Department of Human Rights, the Illinois Department of Employment Security, the Illinois Department of Insurance, the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation and the Cook County Department of Administrative Hearings. Nathaniel has also represented clients in mediation and arbitration settings. Nathaniel’s family law experience includes divorce, child custody and support, maintenance and complex asset division.
Prior to joining ContiLaw, Nathaniel was an associate attorney with a boutique litigation firm in Chicago. As part of a smaller office, Nathaniel assisted many clients throughout their representation effectively and efficiently, while still procuring the best possible results.
Nathaniel received his law degree from the University of Iowa College of Law and his undergraduate degree from Indiana University. During law school, Nathaniel was an intern with the Iowa Legal Clinic where he assisted in crafting legislation for the State of Iowa relating to building accessibility standards and codes for persons with disabilities and made presentations across Iowa to educate the public about universal design and related legislation.
Nathaniel is admitted to practice in Illinois, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and is a member of the Trial Bar for Northern District of Illinois.
Nathaniel is a member of the Chicago Bar Association and has been named as an Emerging Lawyer by Leading Lawyers Magazine in 2015, 2016 and 2017.
In his personal life, Nathaniel is an avid Chicago sports fan and enjoys spending time with his wife, three children and their dog Buehrle.
Zaneta is a seasoned paralegal and legal assistant. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree and Master’s Degree in Business Administration and has devoted her career to assisting lawyers in representing clients in family and business law matters. Her attention to detail, maturity, and compassion for clients sets her apart from other legal professionals. Her understanding of business issues allows her to facilitate the organization and synthesis of complicated financial documents which are used in the litigation process.
Zaneta is fluent in Polish and proficient in Spanish.