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Claire R. McKenzie CPA

Senior Partner

"Having a background in finance and taxation has given me the unique ability to understand the complexities involved in high asset divorce cases. I approach matters from an analytical perspective, and I vigorously pursue my client’s goals and interests."

A Certified Public Accountant as well as an attorney, Ms. McKenzie has an extensive background and experience in complex tax planning and strategies, detailed financial discovery and forensic accounting, case analysis, and litigation, all utilized to achieve favorable settlements for her clients. Prior to attending law school, she was a Tax Manager for one of the largest international accounting firms where she advised individuals, partnerships, closely-held corporations, and publicly traded corporations on complex tax planning and compliance matters. After law school, Ms. McKenzie became a Senior Trial Attorney for District Counsel, Department of Treasury, representing the Internal Revenue Service in complex and varied civil and criminal litigation. While with the Internal Revenue Service, she held the designation of Attorney Advisor to the Commissioner and to field personnel regarding matrimonial law matters. Prior to joining Schiller DuCanto & Fleck LLP in 2001, she was Of Counsel to an established matrimonial law firm in Highland Park, Illinois. Ms. McKenzie is a former Chairman of the Tax Committee of the Chicago Bar Association and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Illinois Society of Certified Public Accountants, Chicago Bar Association, and American Bar Association.

Memberships

Beta Alpha Psi

Chicago Bar Association (Past Chair of Tax Committee)

Illinois Bar Association

Illinois Society of Certified Public Accountants

American Bar Association

American Institute of Certified Public Accountants

Awards and Honors

10 Best Female Attorney - Client Satisfaction Award from the American Institute of Family Law Attorneys (2016)

Listed in The Best Lawyers in America, by Neifeh and Smith (2011-2017)

Leading Lawyers Network (2010-2017)

Listed as a Top 100 Women Consumer Lawyer in Leading Lawyers Magazine (2016)

Illinois Super Lawyers (2012-2017)

 

Lectures

Tax Tips & Tricks; Illinois Society of Certified Public Accountants and Chicago Bar Association, 1998

How to Keep Your Clients Out of the Line of Fire, National Association of Enrolled Agents, 1997

Tax Law Changes & Updates, Chicago Bar Association, 1994 and 1996

Drafting Marital Settlement Agreement

Tax Issues in Divorce

Certification

Certified Public Accountant, Illinois, 1982

Articles and Publications

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