Kristina J. Wayne earned her bachelor of arts in Sociology, with distinction, from Vytautas Magnus University in Kaunas, Lithuania, and her Juris Doctor, cum laude, from Hofstra University School of Law, New York. While in law school, she received an award of excellence for her studies in contract law and was a multiple recipient of Dean’s list honors. She served as Senior Editor of Articles on Family Court Review, a family law publication with an international audience of judges, attorneys, psychologists, social workers and mediators.
Currently a principal at the Law Offices of Kristina J. Wayne, P.C., a law firm established in 2008, Ms. Wayne concentrates her practice in the areas of family and elder law and mediation. In her family law practice she handles a variety of cases ranging from uncontested to complex divorces (some of them crossing international borders), child support matters, foreign judgment enforcement, visitation and custody, orders of protection, paternity actions, and preparation of pre-nuptial agreements. Her elder law cases include preparation of wills, trusts, and powers of attorney; guardianship and probate matters as well as Medicaid planning. Before opening her own practice Ms. Wayne clerked at an elder law firm of Connors and Sullivan in New York, NY, and was an associate at the respected family law firm of Jakubs Wigoda, in Chicago, Illinois. Fluent in both Lithuanian and Russian, she has many clients with multicultural and multilingual backgrounds. Ms. Wayne takes cases in DuPage, Kane, Cook, and Will counties.
Ms. Wayne is a trained mediator who has been court-approved in DuPage County to mediate child custody issues. In her practice, Ms. Wayne has successfully used her mediator training to settle cases and avoid trial expense for her clients.
Ms. Wayne is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association, DuPage County Bar Association, and Kane County Bar Association. In 2011 and 2012, Ms. Wayne was named an Illinois Rising Star in Family Law by Super Lawyers. In 2009, she was recognized by the Presiding Judge of Cook County Domestic Relations for her service as a court facilitator, a volunteer program to help unrepresented litigants. Ms. Wayne is a frequent presenter at legal seminars and an author of articles on family and elder law in Lithuanian ethnic media. She and her husband live in Geneva, Illinois.