Colleen Breems, Divorce Attorney, Partner, Beermann

Meet Colleen Breems, Divorce Attorney, Parter, Beermann LLP

Colleen Breems
Colleen Breems, Divorce Attorney, Partner, Beermann LLP


Colleen comes highly recommended to the Divorced Girl Smiling trusted professional team, and I can understand why! Early in our first conversation, I could sense Colleen’s passion and dedication to serving clients in divorce. She is a wonderful litigator if need be, but is also committed to practical and creative solutions in the mediation and collaborative divorce processes. Additionally, Colleen says she truly enjoys acting as a Guardian ad litem when she is appointed by judges in Cook County. She also has experience in adoption and minor guardianship matters. With her personalized and warm approach, I find Colleen to be compassionate, full of energy, and a great listener. I am so excited to have her as a Divorced Girl Smiling trusted professional. Welcome, Colleen!


Jackie Pilossoph, Founder, Divorced Girl Smiling

Colleen’s Bio:

Colleen M. Breems has focused her legal career in matrimonial and family law since its inception. With a devotion to serving individuals in family transition, it is her calling to provide zealous advocacy for her clients, whether it is through skilled and commanding litigation in the courtroom, or in forming practical and creative solutions tailored to meet a family’s individual needs at the settlement table.

Ms. Breems’ practice includes dissolution of marriage and parentage proceedings involving the issues of parental responsibility, support, parenting time, property division, post-decree matters, prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, and orders of protection related to civil litigation. Ms. Breems also has experience in adoption and minor guardianship matters.

Ms. Breems strives to ensure the client feels seen and heard through every step in a case. Ms. Breems understands that there is no “one size fits all” approach to meet a client’s needs, and she therefore provides experienced and creative solutions to meet the unique and individual needs of the client. A dedication to basing her representation in empathy, compassion, encouragement, and empowerment sets her apart.

In addition to serving her adult clients, Ms. Breems also passionately represents children and is frequently appointed by Judges in Cook County to serve as a Child’s Representative or Guardian ad Litem in matrimonial and family law cases. Ms. Breems is also a trained mediator and parent coordinator.

Further, Ms. Breems is dedicated to giving back to the community. She devotes numerous hours each year to her pro bono practice, serving as an active volunteer with Chicago Volunteer Legal Services, providing free-of-charge Guardian ad Litem and Child Representation legal work in Cook County. In addition, she serves as Co-Vice President for the Advocacy Council of the Junior League of Chicago, a 501(c)(3) dedicated to serving the local community.

Ms. Breems holds a J.D. and Certificate in Family Law from DePaul University College of Law. She graduated cum laude from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a B.S. in Human Development and Family Studies.

Professional Associations:

  • Collaborative Divorce Illinois, 2024 – Present
  • Chicago Bar Association, Co-Chair, Young Lawyers Section: Family Law Committee, 2019 – Present
  • Junior League of Chicago, Co-Vice President, Advocacy Council, 2017 – Present
  • DePaul University  College of Law, Dean’s Advisory Council, 2023 – 2026
  • DePaul University Family Law Center Advisory Board, Board Member
  • Women’s Bar Association of Illinois, Member

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Wonderful Experience! Colleen is THE BEST in the business!

Colleen is by far the most detailed, precise, thoughtful, and committed lawyer I have ever worked with. Her ability to navigate difficult and complex situation in a flawless manner is impressive. My case went on for about a year and she was there every step of the way. Her communication skills are absolutely fantastic–she uses proactive communication, which helped me always feel informed . Her ability to toggle between empathy and objectivity is second to none; both skills are a requirement in this line of work, and she takes the cake! She is by far the best in the business and I would recommend her to anyone and everyone time and time again! Thank you for everything you do, Colleen!


Exceptional Professionalism and Preparation

I hired Colleen Breems to represent me in a very challenging
personal matter earlier this year and I was very satisfied. Ms. Breems was
incredibly professional and thorough. I would definitely recommend her.


Thorough, detail-oriented and kind.

Colleen represented me well in front of the judge and on
paper. She was always quick to respond to me whenever I needed something and
communicated well. Colleen was thorough, detail-oriented and kind.


Colleen is a fantastic attorney. She quickly got her head
around my situation with great compassion and understanding. She was able to
advise me on the court system and what to expect. At every court date she came
fully prepared and engaged and went step by step through the whole process with
me. Colleen is an honest, highly skilled attorney, goal minded and always put
my needs first. Colleen did a fabulous job in and out of the courtroom.


Colleen Breems was absolutely wonderful! She kept me informed every step of the way and made sure she was available anytime I needed her. Not many attorneys give out their cell numbers. I would recommend her to anyone I know.


Positive: Professionalism, Quality, Responsiveness

I recently worked with Colleen Breems and couldn’t recommend
her enough. She was always very quick to respond, kept me very informed of what
was going on and was always extremely thoughtful throughout the entire process.
She walked me through every situation, gave me thorough explanations of options
and made recommendations based on what she knew was important to me. Going
through a divorce, it is important to have trust in the attorney representing
you. That trust was not misplaced with Colleen and I’m very happy I had her on
my side.





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