Stephanie A. Capps
Stephanie is the founder and principal attorney of The Capps Law Firm. She built the firm on the belief that clients want a lawyer who is personable and understanding yet aggressive and results oriented.
Stephanie initially began her career at a business and commercial litigation firm where she represented businesses and individuals in all stages of litigation. She also handled the formation of business entities, the negotiation of shareholder agreements and prenuptial agreements, corporate dissolutions, and prepared estate planning documents for high net worth individuals and couples.
Stephanie’s experience allows her to approach your needs from the perspective of a business litigator. She currently counsels clients on all aspects of estate planning and trust administration. She understands that devising an estate plan is important for her client's overall mental and financial health. She often times travels to her client's homes to ensure their comfort and convenience throughout the process. Stephanie has also served as a volunteer for Wills for Heroes, where she provides complimentary estate planning services for our servicemen and women.
Stephanie pays close attention to each client's unique situation, whether they are single, married, divorced, or widowed, and whether they have minor children, grown children, special needs children, or no children at all. Some clients have a moderate estate and wish to have a simplified plan in place while others have a large estate requiring more advanced planning techniques. Regardless of the situation, Stephanie tailors each estate plan to fit the unique needs and goals of her clients.
Stephanie also serves as a certified mediator where her business acumen and empathy for others allows her to help parties settle complex disputes in a private setting. Her ability to deliver timely results and realistic expectations are qualities that her clients appreciate. She has twice been named a Top 40 under 40 in family and matrimonial law and served on the Illinois State Bar Association Family Law Section Council from 2016-2022. In 2022, Stephanie was selected by the Marquis Who's Who Publications Board as a subject for inclusion in their biographical record for her professional integrity, outstanding achievement in her field, and for making innumerable contributions to society.
United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
Illinois Supreme Court
Center for Conflict Resolution, Certified Mediator
National Institute for Trial Advocacy, Family Law Trial Advocate
California Western School of Law, Juris Doctorate, cum laude
DePaul University, Bachelor of Science, cum laude
"Should Statutory Rape Cases be Treated the Same as Other Forms of Criminal Sexual Abuse for Purposes of Parenting Time?" Stephanie Capps, Illinois State Bar Association Family Law Section Newsletter, Vol. 65, No. 2, August 2021.
"A Brief Discussion of Inherited IRAs and Non-Modifiable Maintenance," Stephanie A. Capps, Illinois State Bar Association Family Law Section Newsletter, Vol. 64, No. 7, January 2021.
"SCOTUS Provides Guidance for Determining a Child's 'Habitual Residence' Under the Hague Convention," Stephanie Capps, Illinois State Bar Association Family Law Section Newsletter, Vol. 63, No. 11, June 2020.
"Fee, fie, foe...fee? Fee Awards Under 750 ILCS 5/508(a)," Stephanie Capps, Illinois State Bar Association Family Law Section Newsletter, Vol. 62, No. 5, December 2018.
"New Federal Tax Implications on Maintenance Payors and Recipients”, Stephanie Capps, Illinois State Bar Association Family Law Section Newsletter, Vol. 60, No. 8, February 2018.
"New Maintenance Guidelines for Divorcing Spouses”, Stephanie Capps, Illinois State Bar Association Family Law Section Newsletter, Vol. 61, No. 7, January 2018.
“New Income Shares Guidelines: Benefit of Detriment to Your Client?”, Stephanie Capps, Illinois State Bar Association Family Law Section Newsletter, Vol. 61, No.1, July 2017.
“Protecting Against Illicit Access to Implantable Medical Devices”, Stephanie Capps, J. Biolaw & Bus., Vol. 13 Nos 1 & 2, 2010.
Awards and Recognitions
"Stephanie Capps Celebrated for Dedication to the Field of Law," Marquis Who's Who, Press Release December 21, 2022."
Six times appointed to the Illinois State Bar Association, Family Law Section Council, 2016-2022.
Twice named a Top 40 Under 40 in Family and Matrimonial Law by the National Advocates, 2017, 2018.
Selected for inclusion, "Women in Law," Chicago Lawyer, July 2018.
Featured, “Will the New Child Support Guidelines Help or Hurt Your Client?”, Illinois Bar Journal, Vol. 105, September 2017.
Featured, Res Ispa, California Western School of Law, “Alumni Affairs”, Volume XVII, Number 1, Summer 2016.
Featured, Chicago Scene (CS), Social Circles “Bling it On”, Swarovski Red Carpet Event, Modernluxury.com, December 2015.
Recognized for obtaining a favorable trial court decision in a highly contested custody battle, Illinois Divorce Digest, “Grandparent’s Custody Visitation Campaign Ends”, 2013.
Guest Blogger, Today’s Chicago Woman, “Skype Visitation Leaves Parents Unfulfilled”, 2013.
Featured, Lawyers.com, “What’s Wrong with that Doggie in the Window”, 2013.
Guest Lecturer, Chicago Bar Association, “Animal Law and Class Actions”, 2012.
Featured, "Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against Happiness is Pets," Companion Animal Protection Society, February 2012.
David J. Malter
David serves as of-counsel to The Capps Law Firm. He concentrates his practice solely in the area of matrimonial and family law and has over 30 years of experience. David has represented mothers, fathers, husbands and wives in contested family law matters throughout Cook, DuPage, Lake, McHenry, Will and Kendall Counties.
David puts his unwavering concern for children at the forefront of his cases. Being a prior litigant himself, David understands that divorce, especially when children are involved, is one of the most difficult situations a person can encounter. As a result, he explains the law to his clients so they fully understand their rights while also stressing the importance of picking and choosing their battles. He provides consistent updates to his clients to ensure that they remain aware of the status of their case and affords practical advice in accordance with the applicable laws.
David counsels clients on all aspects of family law including child support, maintenance, asset and debt division, parental responsibilities and parenting time. While David makes every effort to settle his cases, whether it is through settlement conferences, pretrial conferences or mediation, he stands firm and ready to take any issue to hearing or trial. David is the founder of The Law Offices of David J. Malter.
Illinois Supreme Court
United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois Illinois Supreme Court
Chicago-Kent College of Law, Juris Doctorate
University of Illinois, Bachelor of Science
The Capps Law Firm
53 W. Jackson Blvd., Suite 957
Chicago, Illinois 60604
Phone: (312) 626-2111 Fax: (312) 984-1504