Emily Carrara

Sullivan Taylor & Gumina, P.C.
1749 Naperville Road
Suite 106
Chicago, Illinois 60601


Areas Of Practice

Child Custody
Legal Separation
Same Sex Disputes


Emily R. Carrara, admitted to practice law in Illinois in 2001, received her law degree from John Marshall Law School in Chicago, Illinois in 2001 with honors.  She is a 1993 graduate of Boston University.  Emily has concentrated in family law and dissolution of marriage cases since beginning the practice of law.  Emily is a member of the American Bar Association, The Illinois State Bar Association, the DuPage County Bar Association, the Kane County Bar Association, the DuPage County Association of Women Lawyers and the Will County Bar Association. She is a Guardian ad Litem for the Circuit Court of the Eighteenth Judicial Circuit. 

Since 2003, Emily has taught and been a presenter for numerous family law seminars, including seminars related to disposition of retirement assets in divorce, including Qualified Domestic Relations Orders, division of pension and retirement benefits, and has extensive appellate experience, including oral argument before the Illinois Supreme Court.

Emily concentrates her practice in family law, including dividing retirement plans, dissolution of marriage cases, representation of Children as Guardian ad Litem, family law appeals, and is consulted by both members of the firm and attorneys outside of the firm regarding division of retirement assets and Qualified Domestic Relations Orders

Curriculum Vita of

Emily R. Carrara


Practice Areas


Family Law; Divorce; Division of Retirement Accounts; Child Custody; Child Advocacy; Juvenile Law; Visitation Rights; Adoption Law; Paternity; Prenuptial Agreements; Guardianship; Appellate Practice.


Admitted to Practice:

Illinois State and Federal District Court, Northern District of Illinois in 2001

The United States Supreme Court in 2004


Professional Employment, Associations and Awards:

  • Sullivan Taylor & Gumina – January 2002 - present
  • Sullivan Taylor, P.C., February 2001 – December 2001


  • American Bar Association Member (ABA)
  • Illinois State Bar Association Member (ISBA)
  • DuPage County Bar Association Member (DCBA)
  • DCBA Family Law Committee Member
  • Kane County Bar Association Member (KCBA)
  • Will County Bar Associations Member (WBCA)
  • Chair, New Lawyer’s Committee, 2003-2004
  • DuPage Association of Women Lawyers (DAWL)
  • Named One of the Eight Women to watch by the DuPage County Bar Association


Academic Background:

            The John Marshall Law School, Chicago

  • Dean’s List
  • Moot Court Executive Board
  • Graduated with Honors


Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts

  • May 1993



  • Presenter, DCBA Basic Skills, December 7, 2007
  • Presenter, DCBA Basic Skills, March 3, 2007
  • Presenter, Grandparent Visitation Post Wickham, January 20, 2007
  • Presenter, Division of Retirement Accounts, October 7, 2010
  • Presenter, Everything You Want to Know about QDROs, January 2011



Continuing Legal Education:

  • Numerous Continuing Legal Education Seminars
  • 2008 KCBA Family Law Seminar, May 8, 2008
  • 2008 KCBA Professional Responsibility Ethics Seminar
  • DCBA CHA/Estate Planning GAL Training, March 29, 2008
  • DCBA Mega Meeting, January 20, 2007
  • GAL/Child’s Representative Training, 2006/2007
  • IICLE The New QILDRO & Social Security Offsets, July 13, 2006
  • DCBA Family Law and Child Advocacy Seminar, April 22, 2006
  • 4th Annual Family Law Conference Spring 2005
  • Kane County Bar Association November 6, 2003
  • Complex Divorce Issues for the Illinois Practitioner, NBI, January 17, 2003
  • Off the Wall Family Law, Part I November 9, 2001
  • Domestic and International Adoption Law Seminar February 21, 2003
  • Qualified Domestic Relations Orders April 2003
  • Dividing Retirement Plans in Divorce in Illinois 2002
  • Family Law 101: Learn from the Experts, ISBA Law Ed Series October 14, 2002
  • DAWL Advocacy Seminar, October 2, 2002
  • DCBA Mega Meeting, Family Law Section, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, & 2003


Appellate Published Opinion:

  • In re the Matter of Felzak v. Hruby, 226 Ill.2d 382, 876 N.E.2d 650, 315 Ill.Dec. 338, Ill., September 20, 2007
  • In re the Matter of Felzak v. Hruby, 367 Ill.App.3d 695, 855 N.E.2d 202, 305 Ill.Dec. 311, Ill.App. 2 Dist., September 05, 2006




            Parenting Agreements for Non-Christian Parents: A Short Primer on Holidays Beyond Christmas.  DCBA Brief December, 2009

Emily Carrara

1749 South Naperville Road Suite 106

Wheaton, Illinois 60189

(630) 665-7676

Fax:     (630) 665-8630

Email: [email protected]