When families face a crisis over a divorce or other family law issues, Caroline helps them navigate their way forward to healthy new lives with a steady hand and an unwavering focus on setting and achieving goals.

Caroline offers experience in managing the gamut of family law matters and working with a wide range of clients, including business owners with valuation cases, high net worth clients, non-working spouses, and high-profile individuals. She also has significant experience in helping families with children who have mental health needs, spouses who have experienced trauma or addiction issues, and clients dealing with high-conflict personalities.

Caroline excels in achieving a settlement, even with cases that seemed intractable and headed for trial. A skilled and efficient negotiator, she helps spouses reach agreement on complicated issues while working hard to minimize legal costs. Caroline pursues successful results through out-of-court options, including mediation and collaborative law, to craft creative solutions that reach her clients’ goals. An equally tenacious litigator, Caroline does not approach litigation lightly or casually but will advocate fiercely for her clients in the courtroom when necessary.

Knowing how disruptive divorce can be, Caroline strives to guide clients toward an approach that begins the rebuilding. Clients appreciate that she understands their feelings while also steering them toward decisions that are in the best interests of them and their children, and not swayed by emotion. While it can be difficult for clients to see at the moment, Caroline assures them that with her steadfast counsel, there is no issue that they can’t resolve.

Prior to joining GoransonBain Ausley, Caroline worked as an attorney with the Legal Assistance Foundation of Chicago, where she represented children with disabilities, children living in foster care, and low-income families. There she focused her practice on cases involving education issues, public benefits, and access to healthcare. Caroline also worked as a victim’s advocate at a domestic violence and sexual assault crisis center.

Areas of Practice

Education

  • University of California School of Law, 2015
    • J.D., Law
    • Dean’s Merit Scholarship
    • Dean’s Award: Education Law and Policy, Community & Economic Development Clinic
  • Indiana University College of Arts and Sciences, 2012
    • B.A., International Studies, Political and Civic Engagement
    • Magna Cum Laude

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois, 2015
  • Texas, 2017

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