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“Divorce isn’t such a tragedy. A tragedy is staying in an unhappy marriage, teaching your children the wrong things about love. Nobody ever died of divorce”
                                         —Jennifer Weiner

At David Kirsh Family Law and Mediation, we understand that moving forward through difficult family changes may cause pain, but it need not involve long-term suffering. Your divorce should not define your life.


Repeatedly selected by Super Lawyers, Best Lawyers in America, and the Leading Lawyer Network, David brings to his mediation and family law practice decades of expertise in creatively settling cases to save his clients the expense and anxiety of a trial. When a trial becomes necessary, David is a skillful and sage litigator. For example, with his former partner, David won the highest permanent maintenance award following a trial in Illinois history ($52,000 per month).


David is widely known for the humor, empathy, and perspective he brings to even the thorniest of disputes, earning the trust of his clients and the respect of judges and attorneys.



  • Berger Schatz. David joined Berger Schatz as a partner when he returned to Chicago, after practicing in Colorado for 16 years. 2009-2020

  • James, Kirsh, Innes-Brown & Ware, LLC. Founding partner of family law firm in Boulder, Colorado. 2005-2009

  • David Kirsh. Solo practice. In addition to practicing family law in Colorado, David served as counsel for a construction company, including its formation and subsequent joint venture in a multi-home real estate development project. 1993-2005

  • Kalcheim, Schatz & Berger. David joined this practice as it was developing into Chicago’s premier family law practice. 1989-1993

  • Kirsh & Eichner. Founding partner, practicing exclusively in the area of family law. 1985-1989

  • Kirsh & Berman. Associate attorney. The Kirsh here was David’s father, Sandy Kirsh, one of the most admired family law attorneys in the nation. The firm was the springboard from which David founded his first private practice, with lifelong friend Andrew Eichner. 1980-1985



University of Illinois College of Law, J.D., 1980

Duke University, B.A., 1977



Leading Lawyers, 2011-2020

Super Lawyers, 2012-2014, 2018-2020

Best Lawyers in America, 2015-2020



  • Actively engaged in work with the Lawyers’ Assistance Program, which is dedicated to helping legal professionals suffering from alcoholism, drug addiction, or other mental health issues, hopefully before too much damage has been done to family, clients, and the profession

  • Recognized in Colorado for pro bono activities

  • Devoted supporter of Chicago’s wonderful theatrical life



Known to have ridiculous amounts of fun while playing mediocre golf

Brain crammed with mostly useless trivia

Once spent New Year’s Eve with Eric Burden (of The Animals) and Mel Gibson (pre-anti-Semitic meltdown)

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