Always get married early in the morning. That way, if it doesn't work out, you haven't wasted a whole day.

Mickey Rooney


Admitted to bar, 1983, Illinois and U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois.

EDUCATION DePaul University (B.S., with highest honors, 1979; J.D. 1983).  Delta Mu Delta.  Author:  "Representing the Prodigious Spouse in Divorce," Illinois Bar Journal, (anticipated date of publication 2003/2004); "Distribution at Divorce of Personal Injury, Workers' Compensation, and Disability Awards," Illinois Bar Journal, September 1999: "Change of Custody Proceedings &endash; Temporary and Permanent IICLE Child Custody," Litigation Handbook, 1992, IICLE Supplement, 1995: "Personal Injury, Workers' Compensation and Disability Awards in Illinois Divorce Cases."  Illinois Bar Journal, October 1990; "The Non-Dischargeability of Maintenance, Child Support and Attorney's Fees under Section 523(a)5 of the Bankruptcy Act," Illinois State Bar Association Newsletter, June, 1988; "Post-Nuptial Agreements," Illinois State Bar Association Newsletter, December, 1985.  Speaker:  Coordinated program and presented "Family Law Basic Update," for Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education (IICLE), May, 1994 in Collinsville, Springfield and St. Louis, MO; "Change in Custody Proceedings&emdash;Temporary and Permanent: "How to Depose an Expert," IICLE, November, 1992; "Personal Injury, Workers' Compensation and Disability Awards in Illinois Divorce Cases," Illinois State Bar Association Mid-Year Meeting, November, 1990; "Family Law," Young Lawyers Division, Illinois State Bar Association, Lawyering Skills Seminar, January, 1990; "Adding Insult to Injury.  The Characterization and Apportionment of Personal Injury Awards, Workers Compensation Awards and Disability Benefits in marriage Dissolution Cases."  North Suburban Bar Association, October, 1989; "a 'Look-See' at Rehabilitative Maintenance," Illinois State Bar Association Update Program, October, 1987; "Pre-Nuptial and Post-Nuptial Agreements."  Northwest Suburban Bar Association, March, 1986; "The Parentage Act," Illinois State Bar Association, January, 1986.  Honors:  Authored and lobbied for the passage of Section 607(b)(1) of the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act (IMDMA) which affords siblings in Illinois visitation rights.  Co-authored the Statute and lobbied for Senate Bill 934, modification of maintenance statute.  Appointed Attorney for the Child by the Bar Relations Sub-Committee of the Domestic Relations Advisory Committee, Cable Television Appearance.  Law Day Program, "You and The Law," May 6, 1995.  Cook County Court Facilitation Program Volunteer, 2002.

CIVIC INVOLVEMENT Cancer Treatment Research Foundation Board appointed to serve on Board of Directors -- 2003; Chris Chelios Charity Golf Classic Committee, 1989 -- AON / Maryville Golf Classic Committee, 1989 -- Committees to raise funds for Maryville City of Youth to aid Father Smyth with care of physically and sexually abused children. 

MEMBER Chicago Special Olympics, Listed in Who's Who, International Executive Guild.  Member:  Chicago (Chairman, Ethics and Fees Subcommittee, 1990-1991; Judicial Evaluation Committee, 1987-1991; Matrimonial Law Committee since 1983); Illinois State (Elected:  Board of Governors, 1991-1997 and 1999-present); Assembly, 1990-1996; 1998-2001; Special Committee on Employment of New Lawyers, 1992; Ad Hoc Committee on Merit Selection, 1992; Appointed:  Illinois Bar Foundation, 1991-1993; Membership Committee, 1992-1993; By-Laws Committee, 1992-1993; Family Law Section Council, 1985-1989; Associate Member, 1989-1990 and American (Vice-Chair, Family Law Committee, General Practice Section, 1990-1992) Bar Associations; American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (Member:  Admissions Procedure Committee, 1992 and 1998; Attorney's Fees Study Committee, 1992; Illinois Chapter Board of Managers, 1989-1994); Appellate Lawyers Association of Illinois, Justinian Society of Lawyers.

PRACTICE AREAS Family Law; Matrimonial Law; Litigation; Finance; Financial Law; Divorce; Taxation; Retirement Benefits Plan; Negotiation; Mediation; Child Custody; Visitation Rights; Premarital Agreements; Postnuptial Agreements; Parentage Actions; Adoption; Entertainment Law; Residential Real Estate.


The Prodigious Spouse: Equitable Distribution and Wealthy Wage Earner

Distribution at Divorce of Personal Injury, Workers' Compensation, and Disability Awards

Our Staff

Alane Hefti

Senior Paralegal 

Alane has been employed in the legal field for over 25 years.Alane began working in the legal profession for partners in a notable insurance defense firm and brings the experience from her role as a team member in the corporate legal department of a billion dollar supplier.

Alane has been a key member of this firm since its inception and is the firm's Senior Paralegal.She has extensive experience in the area of family law and assists firm counsel with case investigation, all aspects of discovery, financial statements, and extensive client/attorney communication.

Alane is involved in the operations of dissolution of marriage cases.Alane works extensively with Debra DiMaggio and is an integral member of the firm.

Brianna Christiano

Law Clerk
Brianna joined the Law Offices of Debra DiMaggio in July, 2015.She is in her second year at Loyola School of Law.

In 2014, Brianna graduated with distinction from DePaul University where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Italian.

At Loyola School of Law, she is involved in various organizations such as the Women's Law Society, the Justinian Society, and is a part of Loyola's mentoring program.

Brianna is involved in all aspects of legal research, organizing, indexing, and summarizing Discovery.


Loyola School of Law, Juris Doctor Candidate 2017

  • Dean's List, Spring 2015

DePaul University, 2014

  • Graduated summa cum laude
  • B.A. Political ScienceĀ and Italian

Madeline Nissen

Junior Paralegal
Madeline joined the Law Offices of Debra DiMaggio as a Paralegal in July, 2015.

In May of 2015, she graduated from the University of Colorado with a Bachelor of Arts and Sciences in Sociology, where she was on the Dean's List.

Madeline is involved with the transcription of documents, corresponding with clients and attorneys, and organizing, indexing, and summarizing discovery.


University of Colorado, 2015

  • B.A. Sociology

CEA Paris Center - Liberal Arts & Social Sciences, spring 2014

  • Semester-long emersion program

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