Theresa Lechner
Dussias Wittenberg Koenigsberger LLP
Family law
40 Under Class – 2018

Succeeding in family law requires more than just hard work, talent and dedication. Lawyers who want to thrive in this field must also be able to empathize with their clients. They need to understand the incredible stress that often comes with family law cases.

Theresa Lechner, a family law attorney with Chicago’s, Dussias Wittenberg Koenigsberger LLP, has this ability. It helps, too, that she possesses the smarts, work ethic and legal knowledge that has given her a reputation as one of the top young family law practitioners in the region.

“Theresa has distinguished herself within her firm, her former firm and among her peers in all aspects of her work,” said Richard A. Wilson with Richard A. Wilson PC Law Offices. “Known for hard work, persistence and an open welcome of challenges big or small, Theresa eschews the limelight, avoids both exaggeration and self-promotion, is first among many to offer assistance and asks for nothing in return.”

Lechner’s work ethic has become a source of inspiration to other attorneys who have seen firsthand the dedication this family law specialist has for her clients.

“Theresa works harder than any other lawyer I know,” said Stephanie Mack of Kenney Shelton Liptak Nowak LLP. “I believe what distinguishes Theresa from her peers is that she represents her clients as she would herself. “

David Atlas if O'Connell Tivin, Griffin & Burns added, “Theresa's legal skills are beyond reproach and her attention to detail makes her stand out from even the most experienced attorney.”

These results, and the praise she generates from her clients and peers, is one reason why Lechner is highly sought after.

Meighan Harmon with Schiller DuCanto & Fleck says that Lechner has three qualities that help her stand out among her peers.

She is capable of staying focused on legal issues and will not allow herself to get sidetracked by emotional drama. She never loses sight of the analysis needed in complex multi-issue family law cases. And she is dedicated to providing her clients with the best possible service.

“Theresa can keep multiple plates spinning in her cases,” Harmon said. “Despite always dealing with numerous issues, the depth and precision of her analysis remains top notch. Theresa is clearly dedicated to serving her clients, no matter how difficult a client may be. Her patience and perseverance is rare in our practice.”

Outside the courtroom, Lechner is an active member of several organizations, including the Illinois State Bar Association and Wisconsin State Bar Association.