On this episode, Susan Guthrie speaks with one of the most influential attorneys in Chicago, Beth McCormack, who specializes in complex family law cases including some that have involved estates in the billions!  Find out what one of the top divorce attorneys in the country can teach you about your divorce in this special episode of the podcast!


She's called the "Velvet Hammer" for a reason.  When you first meet Attorney Beth McCormack, her friendly smile and soft voice might lead you to believe that she is a pushover, but spend a couple of minutes with her and you will soon realize you are speaking to someone with a razor sharp wit and incisive intelligence.  These characteristics, combined with empathy and compassion (two of Beth's hallmarks) have made Beth one of Chicago's leading divorce attorneys and has led many high net worth individuals, and more than one billionaire, to put their case in her hands!  With that type of experience, there isn't much that Beth hasn't seen and handled and she is sharing that insider view and experience with you.  Take a listen to this episode, and find out what a billion dollar divorce attorney can teach you - without the billion dollar price tag!


More about this week's Special Guest:  Beth McCormack focuses on highly complex family law matters with vast experience in complex litigation, as well as mediation and collaborative law. Beth also represents children, when appointed by the court, which makes her unparalleled in her ability to navigate complex parenting issues. Beth appreciates the sensitivity surrounding high net-worth, high-profile, and child-related matters, with each requiring a very different skill set.


Ms. McCormack’s practice is founded oncompassion and empathy. She sees it as her responsibility to be aware of each person’s needs, seeking the most appropriate solution for each client.

Ms. McCormack’s vast family law experience enables her to handle and settle complex and sophisticated issues many families face. She is an unwavering advocate for the best interests of children, and easily navigates families through the highly emotional nature of any divorce. 


As one of the most influential attorneys in Chicago, Ms. McCormack has naturally become a mentor to many professionals in the legal community. Her peers consistently nominate her as a Best Lawyer, Super Lawyer, and Leading Lawyer. Most recently, Beth was named top 50 women Super Lawyers. Her work ethic and community involvement have earned her accolades within the legal community, and beyond.

Ms. McCormack has a monthly column in the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, where she educates other lawyers on best practices and writes for many other publications as well. 


In addition to all the above, Beth is one of Susan's favorite people in Chicago and an incredibly wonderful human being who she is honored to call "friend!"


Beth is an equity partner at the award winning divorce and family law firm Beermann LLP in Chicago.  She can be reached at

T: 312-621-9700


Don't forget to follow Beth on Instagram - she has one of Susan's favorite feeds!  @bethfmccormack




SUSAN GUTHRIE, ESQ., the creator and host of The Divorce and Beyond Podcast, is nationally recognized as one of the top family law and divorce mediation attorneys in the country.  She is one of the Co-Chair's of the American Bar Association's DR Section Mediation Committee and is the Founder of Divorce in a Better Way which provides a curated selection of resources and information for those facing divorce and other life changes.  Susan has created a website of curated resources for those facing divorce.  Find out more at www.divorceinabetterway.com.


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This webinar is focused specifically on the fundamentals of setting up a mediation process for parties facing divorce and other family law issues. Susan Guthrie, one of the leading family law and mediation attorneys in the country, shares her practice tips for providing a superior mediation experience to clients while also meeting your needs as a practitioner. 

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