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Lisa M. Giese
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Phone: (630) 407-1200
Fax: (630) 313-2685

400 S. Knoll St. Suite B
Wheaton, Illinois 60187

Lisa has handled hundreds of uncontested and contested family law cases, including pre-decree and post-decree divorce cases, child support enforcement, paternity and parenting time (visitation matters), allocation of parental responsibilities (custody) and removal (relocation) cases, DCFS appeals, orders of protection, and disabled adult guardianships. Lisa is a zealous advocate for her clients and knows when a case should be settled and when it requires aggressive representation and litigation.

Lisa M. Giese currently serves on the Child Law Section Council and is a prior member of the Family Law Section Council of the Illinois State Bar Association. Lisa is currently the vice-chair of the Children’s Advocacy Committee and is a prior director of the Board of Directors for the DuPage County Bar Association. Lisa is a past director the DuPage Association of Women Lawyers.

As a trained guardian ad litem with the Eighteenth Judicial Circuit Court of DuPage County, Cook County and Will County, Lisa has been appointed by the Court on numerous occasions to serve in that capacity and to make recommendations in accordance with the best interests of the minor children. Lisa has also served many years as a volunteer for the Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) program in Cook and DuPage Counties assisting the Court in complex abuse and neglect cases within the juvenile court system. While in law school, Lisa focused her studies in family law and earned her Certificate in Child and Family Law.

Lisa’s experience with bankruptcy and foreclosure regularly aids her in her practice of family law, where the two fields often become intertwined. If your current or ex-spouse has filed bankruptcy while you are in the midst of a pre or post-decree divorce case, or you yourself are considering filing, contact Lisa immediately to determine what your rights and obligations are.


J.D., Loyola University Chicago School of Law, Chicago, Illinois, 2008
Certificate in Child and Family Law

B.A., Michigan State University, James Madison College, 2004
Honors: Dean's List, Major: Political Theory and Social Relations

Professional & Bar Association Memberships

Member Since: 2008

U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois
Member Since: 2008

U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois Trial Bar
Member Since: 2009

United States Supreme Court
Member Since: 2015

Kane County Bar Association

Published Works
  • "Supreme Court Rule 304(a): Does including the language of the rule in an order make it appealable? " Illinois State Bar Association, Family Law Newsletter 2015
  • Til Death Benefits do us Part: The Effect of Marital Settlement Agreements on Beneficiary Designations, DCBA Brief, 2010
  • Substitution of Judge as a Matter of Right and the Application in Post-Judgment Proceedings: A Domestic Relations Perspective, DCBA Brief, 2012
Speaking Engagements
  • "Role of the GAL from the Perspective of the GAL"
    DuPage County GAL Training Seminar, 2013 & 2015
  • "GAL Appointed -Now What?"
    Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education (IICLE), 2014
  • "Child Interviews, Evaluations and Investigations"
    DCBA Family Law & Practice Seminar, 2015
Honors and Awards
  • Super Lawyers Rising Star Distinction, 2013-2018
  • Super Lawyers, 2019
  • DuPage County Bar Association Service Award 2014
Employment History
  • Anderson & Associates, P.C.
    Associate Attorney
  • Hanley Flight & Zimmerman, LLC
    Law Clerk and Legal Secretary
Client Reviews
"Dan's expert handling of my divorce case was beyond my expectations. He takes control, documents your facts and summarizes options for you throughout the process. You will always get a timely response by email or phone. He will not forget the facts in your case or be uprepared for milestones along the way. He will advise on important matters but act per your direction. Finally, he will maintain a positive and professional communication with all parties involved." Jacquelyn
"Lisa has been my lawyer for the past 4 years for various court precedings and has been awesome. She always knew what was going on with my case and always took the time to ask what I wanted the end result to be. She’s tough and not scared to speak her mind in a courtroom in order to fight for her client. Lisa also always worked with me financially in order to work around what I could afford. I would 10/10 recommend her to anyone and would hire her again if needed." Cali
"Ms. Defino did an absolutely amazing job working with me on my case. She was very, very prepared, was excellent in responding to calls, emails and messages, understood the law and worked with with partners of her firm if there were areas that we needed advice and other opinions on. Jessica was a very comfortable to work with, super personal and got all of my needs and wants out of my divorce case. I would highly recommend working with Ms. Defino." Matt
"I was represented better than I could have ever imagined. My needs were put first and was treated as a friend rather than a number. My opinions were valued and my doubts were always reassured. My nerves were calmed and the process was always explained. Jane Nagle fought hard for me. she went above and beyond and did everything she could to ensure a great outcome. I couldn't have asked for a better attorney and her firm. Thank you from the bottom of my heart." Marcia