Member Spotlight

Tania K. Harvey

Attorney/Collaborative Law Fellow/Mediator/Guardian Ad Litem // The Law Office of Tania K. Harvey

Please provide a description of your practice.

The Law Office of Tania K. Harvey, P.C. is a Family Law Firm that handles divorce, pre and post nuptial agreements, paternity, and post judgment issues. Our innovative approach to family law focuses on collaboration and mediation. These processes have had astounding success at eliminating the overwhelming and painful process of divorce and allows clients to make decisions on their own behalf and focus on outcomes that ensure everyone will have a fulfilling future. Additionally, it is very important to me that the parents are provided opportunities to learn how to communicate more effectively and realize they are connected for their entire lives due to their children, and they need to ensure they model a healthy relationship. Many children are experiencing trauma passed on from generation to generation—they need to break the cycle and it starts with the parents.

I am currently the Board President for Collaborative Divorce Illinois. CDI is committed to bringing professionals together to encourage clients to choose a Collaborative Process to resolve their disputes. I have seen too many instances of family law issues that have gone to court and decisions are made at the whim of a judge, and all parties walk away angry and with an outcome that doesn’t benefit anyone. However, by using the Collaborative Process, I have seen more instances where clients were able to obtain remarkable results that set everyone up for a successful future. I am proud to be Board President of CDI and further their vision of divorce as a respectful, private, and child-centered process that meets the needs of the entire family.

Why are you a member of the WBAI?

I joined WBAI to meet like-minded people who care about equity and who engage in advocacy to move the legal profession forward. The WBAI provides numerous opportunities for networking, for educational symposiums, advocacy for important issues, and for giving back to the community. I appreciate being part of an organization that is committed to supporting and empowering women.

What do you think is the best way to empower women in law?

As women in the legal profession we need to present a united front and have a collective response to behavior that is unethical or discriminatory. We also need to work together to create a culture and structure in the workplace where women are able to advocate for themselves and obtain positions of leadership. When we work together, we empower one another to be more determined, driven, and engaged members of our profession. Together, we are able to break down those barriers that we face in the legal profession and ensure that women receive the treatment and opportunities that they deserve. We need the support of the judicial and legislative offices in order to accomplish this. It takes a village, as they say, and I am happy to have found a group that supports these initiatives.

What are you most looking forward to in the following year, personally/professionally?

I am really looking forward to continually moving my practice towards a collaborative centered process and get away from the mindset that “we have to go to court.” I am also looking forward to traveling this summer with my children and seeing many sights throughout the United States. We all love history and learning about the past.

Tell us something interesting about you.

I am a first generation Polish American. I am the first one in my family to obtain a college degree, and for that matter, first to obtain a law degree, and first to pass the bar. My parents (who are divorced) worked very hard and encouraged my brother and I to further our education. I am truly so thankful for their sacrifices to make it happen. Although I am still paying off my student loans, in the end, it is all worth it.

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Tania K. Harvey is an attorney at The Law Office of Tania K. Harvey, P.C., a family law firm that handles divorce, pre and post nuptial agreements, paternity, and post judgment issues with an innovative approach focused on collaboration and mediation. Tania joined the WBAI to meet like-minded people who care about equity and who engage in advocacy to move the legal profession forward.