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I am sincerely honored to be recognized as an Influential Women in Business 2017. I know that I couldn’t have gotten here without the terrific team which includes Lawyers Shawn McKenna, Kristin Flanagan, Brandy Wisher, Alysa Feld and my staff Rachel Sara, Joan Wojcik and Ann Roca at The Law Office of Miriam Cooper & Associates, LLC.


Miriam "Mimi" Cooper and Shawn McKenna at the St. Mary's Services Annual Fundraising

Miriam “Mimi” Cooper and Shawn McKenna at the St. Mary’s Services Annual Fundraising Gala, Making Miracles Happen on Saturday, November 11th. The Law Office of Miriam Cooper & Associates, LLC is a proud sponsor of the event. Shawn is a member of St. Mary’s Services Board of Trustees.

Founded in 1887 by the Episcopal Sisters of St. Mary, the guiding principle of St. Mary’s Services is that every child deserves a good home. Working toward this end for more than 127 years, St. Mary’s has provided various services for newborn infants, foster children, birth parents and adoptive families of all races and religions.


Miriam Cooper Has Been Nominated and Accepted as Two Years AIOFLA’S 10 Best in Illinois For Client Satisfaction

The American Institute of Family Law Attorneys has recognized the exceptional performance of Illinois’s Family Law Attorney Miriam Cooper as Two Years 10 Best Family Law Attorney for Client Satisfaction. The American Institute of Family Law Attorneys is a third-party attorney rating organization that publishes an annual list of the Top 10 Family Law Attorneys in each state. Attorneys who are selected to the “10 Best” list must pass AIOFLA’s rigorous selection process, which is based on client and/or peer nominations, thorough research, and AIOFLA’s independent evaluation. AIOFLA’s annual list was created to be used as a resource for clients during the attorney selection process. One of the most significant aspects of the selection process involves attorneys’ relationships and reputation among his or her clients. As clients should be an attorney’s top priority, AIOFLA places the utmost emphasis on selecting lawyers who have achieved significant success in the field of Family Law without sacrificing the service and support they provide. Selection criteria therefore focus on attorneys who demonstrate the highest standards of Client Satisfaction.


Rolling Meadows attorney comes full circle

Attorney Miriam Cooper stands in front of her art work at her office

Miriam E. Cooper, a Rolling Meadows attorney who made the Illinois Super Lawyers list for the fifth time,stepped down from the school board at Northwest Suburban High School District 214, where she enjoyed making decisions on behalf of children. Children became a running thread throughout her career, as it led from studying art in Paris to graduating from Northeastern University with a bachelor’s degree in art and history and being certified to teach. “I didn’t get a teaching job right away. I instead worked at a commercial credit company, then taught for a couple of years,” said Cooper, 66, who lives in Arlington Heights. As fate would have it, she was lured back to the commercial credit company, met her husband who was a commercial credit manager at another company. She found herself dealing a lot with distressed clients over the years. But each time, she had to hand their files over to a lawyer to handle. That made her think about her own abilities to handle such cases and her future. She decided to become a lawyer. At 34, she went to John Marshall Law School. To help save money during those years, she sewed her own suits and clothes for her daughter. Despite her crazy schedule, her love for art remained and she still painted. She graduated from law school, worked with a bankruptcy judge and then switched to an Arlington Heights law firm. She opened her own firm in 1989 and continues to practice family law, helping kids in divorce cases. She feels like everything has come full circle. She’s dealing with kids again, just like she did as a teacher and volunteer at District 214. And her paintings hang on the walls in her office.

 

Former Superintendent Steve Berry, left, Miriam Cooper, former Superintendent Elizabeth Ennis and current Superintendent David Schuler. Cooper, a lawyer office in Rolling Meadow, was also on the board for District 214 for 27 and is now stepping down.

 


St. Mary’s Services appoints a new member of the Board of Trustees.

Shawn McKenna has been appointed to St. Mary’s Services Board of Trustees in Arlington Heights. Founded in 1887 by the Episcopal Sisters of St. Mary, the guiding principal of St. Mary’s Services is that every child deserves a good home. Working toward this end for more than 127 years, St. Mary’s has provided various services for newborn infants, foster children, birth parents and adoptive families of all races and religions. Dedicated social workers counsel women who are experiencing unplanned pregnancies and considering adoption. They also provide preparation and placement services to families pursuing domestic infant adoption. St Mary’s helps both birth and adoptive families. Mr. McKenna is a lawyer at The Law Office of Miriam Cooper where he practices exclusively in the area of family law. His practice focuses on all aspects of domestic-relations litigation and settlement. He is a zealous advocate, and he skillfully represents his clients at various stages of their cases, including at pretrial conferences, depositions, settlement negotiations, hearings, and trials. Shawn attended Western Michigan University, where he received his Bachelor’s degree. He later attended law school at Wayne State University. Subsequently, he was admitted to practice law in Illinois; at which point, he completed a graduate program and obtained a master of law degree (an LL.M.) in family law from Chicago-Kent College of Law. St. Mary’s is an Illinois-licensed, non-profit child welfare agency and a member of Episcopal Charities and Community Services (Diocese of Chicago).