Molly Haunty
Berger Schatz
Family and divorce law
40 Under Class – 2018

You want Molly Haunty on your side if you are involved in any family law issue. She’s a skilled negotiator and a strong presence in the courtroom. But her most essential skill might be her uncanny ability to ease the stress that her clients are often suffering as they work through divorces, prenuptial agreements, property division and child custody issues.

It is this skill – an ability to make her clients feel at ease – that has helped this attorney at Chicago’s Berger Schatz build a thriving family law practice at such a young age.

“Molly is extremely skilled at getting the best results for her clients without the need to resort to personal attacks and hyperbole, which plague the family law arena,” said Jay Dahlin of Schiller, DuCanto & Fleck LLP. “She is excellent at identifying the issues that are most important to her clients and presenting arguments in a well-reasoned and rational manner. I have seen her act as a ‘consensus builder’ in mediation and pretrial negotiation settings to efficiently resolves issues in her clients' interests.”

Aubrey Parker with Beermann Pritikin Mirabelli Swerdlove has seen this ability firsthand.

“Whenever I have a new case and I learn that Molly is on the other side, I breathe a sigh of relief,” Parker said. “I know that Molly, while a zealous advocate, will also always be ethical, reasonable and courteous. When she calls, I always answer. While she's well-suited for settling complex matters, she is also a formidable court presence. She is very well-rounded in all methods of bringing a case to an end.”

Others praise Haunty for her ability to guide clients toward the best possible solution and her even-keel demeanor.

Scott Kramer of Griffin McCarthy & Rice LLP who opposed Hauty in a contentious divorce case said that this young attorney was a calming presence throughout the matter.

“Molly was an avid advocate for her client, but she was respectful of the mediation process and mindful of needing to manage her client through the difficult process,” Kramer said. “It's a pleasure working opposite an attorney like Molly.”

Outside of her practice, Haunty is an associate member of Grace Episcopal Church Vestry; a member of the Hinsdale Historical Society; and an active volunteer with Wellness House of Hinsdale, an organization supporting people affected with cancer. Haunty is chairing the 2018 Wellness House Ball with this organization.