Myra A. Foutris is an accomplished and well-respected family law and appellate attorney, having represented hundreds of people in her decades long career in both trial and appellate courts throughout Illinois. In her practice Myra has represented clients in all areas of family and matrimonial law, including contested and uncontested divorces, child custody and support, visitation, relocation, maintenance (formerly known as alimony), property division, pre-marital agreements (“prenups”), and post-marital agreements (“postnups”). Myra has also handled dozens of appeals in family law cases as well as other general civil appeals.
Myra has been repeatedly recognized by her peers as being one of the top attorneys in her areas of practice. Myra has been named to the peer-recommended Leading Lawyers network every year since 2013, was recognized by The Best Lawyers in America© for 2019 and 2020, and was previously included in the Leading Lawyers list of Top 100 Women Attorneys in Illinois.
Prior to joining Foutris Law Office, Ltd., Myra was a partner at the matrimonial and family law firm of Berger Schatz, where she represented high net worth clients in highly contested matters, and was an associate at the law firm of Sachnoff & Weaver, Ltd. in Chicago, where she practiced complex commercial and securities litigation.
Myra’s legal career began with a prestigious and highly sought-after position as a judicial clerk for a judge on the District of Columbia Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C. As a clerk to a judge on the District of Columbia’s highest court, Myra learned the ins and outs of how best to present arguments to an appellate court.
Myra’s inside knowledge about how to write successful appeals has worked to her clients’ benefit, and has led many attorneys to refer their appellate matters to Myra. Myra has achieved significant appellate victories, particularly in family law relocation cases, including In re Marriage of Bhati, 397 Ill. App. 3d 53 (1st Dist. 2010) (reversing denial of mother’s request to move out of state with child), In re Marriage of Kavchak, 2018 IL App (2d) 170853 (affirming grant of mother’s request to move out of state with child), and In re Marriage of Prusak, 2020 IL App (3d) 190688 (on behalf of father, reversing order permitting mother to move out of state with children). Myra was also part of a team that represented a family law client before the Illinois Supreme Court in In re Marriage of Heroy, 2017 IL 120205, which clarified the legal standard for attorney fee awards in matrimonial cases.
Myra has represented clients in family and matrimonial law matters in Cook, DuPage and Lake Counties. She has also represented clients in appeals throughout the State of Illinois, including in the Illinois Supreme Court.
Myra is admitted to practice law in Illinois and Pennsylvania. Myra graduated from the Loyola University Chicago School of Law in 2001, having been a member of the Loyola Law Journal, and served as features editor for the Public Interest Law Reporter. Myra received her B.A., with honors, from The American University in 1997. Myra is the mother of three children and is active in her community, serving on her local School Board.