• kcurtin@curtin-law.net
  • skahn@curtin-law.net
  • (847) 549-0253

Welcome to CURTIN LAW, LLC

Helping Attorneys and Clients Divide Retirement Accounts

Curtin Law works with attorneys and directly with clients to prepare Qualified Domestic Relations Orders (QDROs), as well as other court orders required to divide retirement accounts and benefits. QDROs are often complex and time-consuming to complete and the process to get them approved can be frustrating and futile. Curtin Law is proficient in the myriad of retirement plan benefits and has streamlined the process to offer superior, knowledgeable service in this focused area of the law.

Contact Curtin Law to discuss the best approach to successfully and cost-effectively complete the QDRO process.


Curtin Law, LLC was established in 2010 by Attorney Kathleen Curtin. She recognized early in her legal career that the division of retirement benefits can be confusing and costly for those who are in the throes of divorce settlement negotiations.

The attorneys at Curtin Law, LLC concentrate in personalized and cost effective QDRO support for attorneys and clients.  They focus on the desired outcome and build a plan to provide efficient legal services, which include negotiation, mediation and litigation.

Attorney Curtin is available to present on QDROs and the division of retirement accounts. Contact Curtin Law to learn more.

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About Attorney Kathleen Curtin

Attorney Kathleen Curtin brings almost three decades of corporate experience and knowledge to her practice. She began her professional career at an international chemical manufacturing company. Kathleen quickly climbed the corporate ladder to ultimately become the top global quality officer.

Her corporate position allowed Kathleen to study law and, within a couple of months of attending law school, she recognized it was a new career path she wanted to explore. Upon graduating, Kathleen began some pro bono work for non-profit legal organizations and identified the need for dedicated QDRO support. Curtin Law was then launched to concentrate on this area of family law.

Kathleen continues to volunteer and provide legal aid at Prairie State Legal Services and the Metropolitan Family Services Legal Aid Society. She served as president of the Association of Women Attorneys of Lake County, a not-for-profit group of legal professionals throughout Lake County, Illinois who are committed to promoting the harmonious practice of law, advancing professional education and providing public service, and she is currently the Treasurer of the Lake County Bar Association.

Kathleen received her Juris Doctorate from DePaul University College of Law where she graduated Cum Laude and was a member of the DePaul Law Review. She also earned her MBA from Long Island University and her bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Farleigh Dickinson University.

  • Illinois State Bar Association

  • Chicago Bar Association

  • Lake County Bar Association

  • Maine Bar Association

Awards and Recognition:

  • 2016 Pro Bono Alumni Award, DePaul University, College of Law

  • 2015 Scott C. Solberg Award (The Legal Aid Society’s Equal Access to Justice Award)

  • 2011 Wayne B. Flanigan Award

  • 2009 Volunteers Lawyers’ Program Award

  • Cali Award for Excellence in Legal Drafting, Family Law, Criminal Procedure and Senior Seminar

Published Articles of Interest

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About Attorney Sarah Kahn

Attorney Sarah Kahn began her legal career in family law, handling divorce, post-decree, child custody and child support matters for several years before shifting her focus to QDROs.  Her familiarity with those issues means that she understands the position in which her clients find themselves when they are in need of QDROs to fully wrap up the loose ends of the often challenging divorce process and move on to the next chapter in their lives.  Her goal is to provide efficient QDRO support to clients and attorneys, and to explain the QDRO process in a way that everyone can understand.

Sarah is active in her local legal community and is a member of the Lake County Bar Association, The Association of Women Attorneys of Lake County, and the Illinois State Bar Association.  She sits on the Board of Directors of the Association of Women Attorneys of Lake County, and is a member of the editorial committee for the Lake County Bar Association's monthly publication, The Docket.

Sarah is a native of Lake County, Illinois, grew up in Buffalo Grove, and graduated from Adlai E. Stevenson High School in 2005.  She received her Juris Doctorate from The University of Iowa College of Law in 2014.  She also earned her bachelor's degree in philosophy from Illinois State University in 2011, graduating summa cum laude.


"Thank you so much for devoting your afternoon to such an important and little understood topic. We got universal praise for it. You not only understood this complex area of the law but have the gift of being able to pass that knowledge on to others."

Kendra Reinshagen, Executive Director,

Legal Aid Society of Metropolitan Family Services

"I was very pleased with the workshop. I definitely left knowing a lot more about different plans and their characteristics. Something I could not say I knew before. Very helpful. Thanks!"

Attendee, Legal Aid Society Workshop,

Handling QDROs and QILDROs

“I always enjoy stopping in to visit with you because I am smarter and happier when I leave.”

“Thank you for educating me on retirement accounts. You explain the division of them in a simple and easy to follow way.”

“I am very grateful for the service you provided. My divorce was a time consuming and traumatic experience for me. It was a pleasure to work with you on bringing closure to the whole process.”

“I am very pleased with the overall experience of working with you. You helped me work through, and understand what was a very complex process to me.”