No one said divorce is easy. But we can make it easier. From initial discussions to the entry of a dissolution judgment, along with substantial experience in post-divorce enforcement, we have the knowledge, experience and empathy you need during this life-changing journey.
We understand the emotions, the equitable division of assets, the monetary consequences of divorce and the ever-changing landscape and law controlling these variables.
Most importantly , we understand your relationship with and right to unencumbered access to your most valuable commodity – your children.
Valuations of businesses. Paternity. Maintenance (alimony). Child support. Custody. Parenting time. Division of Assets. Post-decree enforcement and modification of these agreements and judgments.
20 years of practice. Let me help.
Brieske Family Law
77 West Wacker Drive, Suite 4500
Chicago, IL., 60601
Terri L Brieske
Ms. Brieske approaches each case with the goal of an amicable settlement while still providing zealous advocacy on behalf of her clients. She has been referred to as a tough negotiator and litigator while still maintaining compassion for the life changing events her clients are experiencing. With over a decade of practice in the area of family law, Ms. Brieske has substantial experience in all aspects of family law issues, including complex dissolution proceedings, custody issues, mental health evaluations connected to custody matters, protective orders and the division of marital assets. Ms. Brieske has advised clients relating to both prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, and has extensive experience in post-decree matters, including the enforcement of Judgments for Dissolution of Marriage and court orders.
Ms. Brieske also has extensive experience as a general commercial litigator having practiced at some of the largest and most prestigious firms in Illinois. She is an active member of the Illinois State Bar Association, Chicago Bar Association and American Bar Association.
Terri is a member of the Northwestern Law Alumni Club Chicago Board of Directors and volunteers regularly as a judge at Northwestern Law School’s moot court competition. She also participates as a Family Law Court Facilitator assisting pro se clients with all aspects of domestic relations disputes.
Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 1998
- The Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology, Senior Articles Editor
- Bluhm Legal Clinic, Student practitioner, family law
University of Illinois-Chicago, 1994
- Phi Beta Kappa, College Honors
- University Honors
- Distinction in Psychology
- Psi Chi (Chapter Vice President)
- IICLE, Civil Practice (Illinois), Volume III: Trying the Case
- The Trial Advocate: Purpose, Talent and Philosophy
- Theodore R. Tetzlaff, Rodney D. Joslin and Terri L. Brieske
Ms. Brieske is admitted to practice in Illinois.
- Property Valuation/Division of Assets
- Maintenance (Alimony)
- Allocation of Parental Responsibility (Child Custody)
- Allocation of Parenting Time (Visitation)
- Child Support
- Additional Child-Related Expenses
- College Tuition and Related Expenses
- Parental Alienation
- Domestic Violence and Orders of Protection
- Substance Abuse
- Same Sex Divorce/Civil Unions
- Post-Decree Enforcement/Modifications
- Collaborative Divorces
Terri has an excellent breadth knowledge and acumen in the field. Honest and very hard working. Doesn’t cut corners and is very dedicated to her work. And a great lady too!! I would highly recommend her.
Terri Brieske has been a wonderful attorney to work with. She was my divorce attorney and not only did she do a wonderful and thorough job guiding me (patiently) through the process, she checked in with me periodically after the divorce and went out of her way to help when an issue came up years later! She truly cares about her clients, and is a great person inside and out. I would highly recommend her and her firm for your legal needs.
Terrie is an outstanding advocate for her clients. She has a thorough understanding of the law and remarkable writing abilities. Moreover, she is extremely adept in the courtroom. Perhaps most importantly, she invests the time to learn who her clients are such that she is able to obtain the results they desire.
Compassionate and intelligent is how I sum up Terri Brieske. During the course of my divorce Terri was there for me at all times. Her knowledge for law is off the charts and I highly recommend her. Terri was extremely detailed explaining everything that was happening, always kept me calm and positive. She is beyond great and I am very pleased for all of her hard work and devotion while representing me.
I am so thankful for my lawyer, Terri Brieske, who helped me through a variety of challenging, post decree issues. Terri made me feel like her most important client, all the time. She was available when I really needed her (which was a lot). Not only was she relentless and fierce in her pursuit to get my issues resolved – she could also be witty and calm during some stressful times making the whole process easier.
I was fortunate enough to be a GAL on a case with Terri Brieske. I simply cannot praise Terri highly enough. She was always superbly prepared even when an accident required her to send a colleague in her place . She also remembered that sometimes we have to stop being attorneys and do what is best for the client and the children. Anyone looking for a Chicago divorce attorney would be well served by hiring Terri.
Terri was wonderful while I was going through a really tough post divorce battle protecting my children. She really looked after the best interest of my children and accompanied them to court and watched out for them.
I came to Terri Brieske with a critical case that proved too complicated for three prior attorneys. Terri accepted the challenge and brought her keen legal mind to the task. She is a true professional. I knew she had other cases but she always made me feel like mine was the most important one. She will follow through and always return your calls and emails promptly. If you hire Terri, the first step to resolving your legal problem will be over.