A premier legal team for managing high-end, complex divorce cases.

Stephen R. Botti

Stephen R. Botti

  • Principal

Practice Areas:

  • Family Law
  • Divorce
  • Prenuptial Agreements
  • Postnuptial Agreements
  • Marital Settlement Agreements
  • Child Custody and Visitation
  • Business Valuations
  • Property Valuations and Division
  • Alimony
  • Child Support


 Stephen Botti is recognized as a leading family law attorney in the Chicago metropolitan area with a 39-year track record of equitable resolution of complex, high-asset divorces. He has litigated or negotiated settlements in many high-profile family law cases and has significant expertise with complex estates that require sophisticated financial expertise.

Litigation Alternatives

As an experienced mediator with a background in successfully litigating or resolving complex divorce cases, Stephen brings his knowledge and skills to the practice of matrimonial mediation for clients in Illinois and Florida.

Why Mediation over Litigation?

·  Lower Cost

·  Less Conflict

·  More Confidentiality

·  More Control Over Outcomes

Stephen is focused on promoting self-determination of outcomes for divorcing couples allowing them to utilize mediation as an alternative to avoid lengthy, expensive litigation. Mediation, particularly in high profile and high asset cases, offers a discrete option to maintain confidentiality, keeping private family and financial issues out of the court system.

Parenting Time and Co-Parenting

Particularly in cases involving children, Stephen advocates for mediation as a pathway to reducing stress and finding peaceful solutions to assist families to move past the painful ending to happier new beginnings. Stephen’s calming presence and impartial perspective enable couples and their representatives to discuss their needs and interests amicably without the stress of a courtroom setting.

Professional Organizations and Honors

As a member of the Cooperative Divorce Attorneys of Chicago, a select practice group for thought leaders in Alternative Dispute Resolution, Stephen hones his mediation skills through examination of emerging issues and practices in family law.


  • University of Richmond, School of Law, Richmond, Virginia
    • J.D. - 1979
  • University of Richmond School of Business Administration, Richmond, Virginia
    • B.S. - 1976

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois, 1980
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois, 1980
  • Florida, 2011


  • The National Association of Distinguished Counsel - Nation's Top 1% of All Attorneys
  • The National Academy of Family Law Attorneys - One of the Top 10 Family Law Attorneys in the State of Illinois
  • Illinois Super Lawyers Top 100, 2019 - Present
  • Super Lawyers, 2005 - Present
  • Avvo, Top Attorney
  • Leading Lawyers
  • Martindale Hubbell, Peer Rated, 2018
  • Selected by peers as a Leading Lawyer in Family Law
  • Top 100 Attorneys In Illinois, 2023

Professional Associations

  • Fellow of the International Academy of Family Lawyers
  • Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Board of Managers (2011-2014), Vice President (2014-2015), President (2015-2016)
  • Illinois State Bar Association, Member
  • DuPage County Bar Association, Member, Matrimonial Law Committee
  • Justinian Society of Lawyers, Member
  • Illinois Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Past President
  • International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, Member

Past Positions​

  • Cook County, Assistant State's Attorney, 1981 to 1984