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Reed, Centracchio & Associates, LLC

REED, CENTRACCHIO & ASSOCIATES, LLC is a forward thinking, full-service family law firm, that maintains in Chicago and abroad, a reputation for solid client representation. In today’s global economy where jobs, education, and travel take people to other states or far away countries, the challenges families face are more complex than ever. Not content to be like other firms, RCA attorneys distinguish themselves by providing unsurpassed customer service and by delivering it throughout the greater Chicago area and on an as-needed basis through its affiliated offices in France (Lyon) and Italy (Rome and Milan).

RCA attorneys work closely with skilled forensic accountants and private investigators to untangle complex financial issues, value business interests, and determine issues of asset allocation, maintenance and dissipation for settlement, emergency relief, or trial. The firm believes strongly in an attorney-client team approach and takes pride in working to resolve matters amicably where possible and through aggressive trial work when necessary.

Areas and Languages of Service

REED, CENTRACCHIO & ASSOCIATES, LLC provides professional services in Illinois for individuals located in the United States, the European Union, and Canada. Correspondence is welcome in English, French, Spanish, and Italian.

Divorce is the first step of a new journey.
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At REED, CENTRACCHIO & ASSOCIATES, LLC, we never lose sight of the fact that divorce is both serious business and raw emotion. As you go through the most difficult time in your life, you need a law firm that is dependable, accessible, skilled, and proactive. You need a firm that listens to you and understands your objectives and fears. You need a team.

RCA gets results because it guides its clients through a complex process only after first putting together an attorney-client team with a clear strategy and objective. We listen to our clients, provide candid advice, and give our clients knowledge that allows them to make informed decisions about their future.

Our team is adept at handling a case of any size. While some clients have already negotiated the larger parts of an agreement with their spouse, and just want someone to draft the paperwork and shepherd the case through the courts, others have issues that require more investigation to locate hidden or transferred assets. Whatever the need, RCA offers the depth necessary to determine true business valuations, locate funds, accurately appraise real estate, and secure a fair outcome at settlement or trial.

For high asset cases with substantial disagreement, we work closely with experienced forensic accountants and private investigators. Together we follow paper trails and use evidence to build a solid case for our clients. Simply stated, we earn our reputation for being aggressive, prepared and proactive.

In every divorce, there is only one outcome. There is only one chance to get it right. The results are long lasting and too important to leave to a less diligent firm. Contact us today to learn what our team can do for you.

Child Support

Everyone would agree that children have expensive needs and require support. However, the amount of support that should be paid is frequently an issue of intense debate. Although child support might seem obvious and simple to the casual observer, having a seasoned practitioner on your side can mean a substantial difference in your bank balance over time.

It is widely known that Illinois now uses income sharing models which serve as guidelines for the amount of support that should be paid, but not everyone understands that the court has the discretion under certain circumstances to order the obligor to pay more or less than the statutory guidelines. Even for the most straight forward case, it is important that your attorney take all factors into account on your behalf. How should bonus money, overtime, fluctuating income, or commissions be treated? What about the many tax issues at play? What about self-employment cases? And what about other expenses such as childcare, school tuition, health insurance premiums, uncovered medical expenses, and multiple family situations?

In additional to quickly and decisively establishing child support obligations that are fair to both those who pay and those who receive support, RCA attorneys have distinguished themselves by collecting an astonishing amount of support arrears from "deadbeat parents." RCA gets results because its attorneys have an intimate working knowledge of both family law and collection law, and the tools each area offers to maximize recovery by locating non-custodial parents, finding their assets, and using state and federal child support laws to ensure payment.

For many years, child support experts have turned to RCA when they needed help in Chicago. If you have child support issues, we urge you to take it seriously. We welcome your call.

International Advisement

REED, CENTRACCHIO & ASSOCIATES, LLC provides professional services in Illinois for individuals located in the United States and is informally affiliated with the independent law office of Isabelle Gandonniere in Lyon, France; Marco Calabrese in Rome, Italy; and Carlo Bottino in Milan, Italy.

Bryan V. Reed maintains an understanding of foreign languages and cultures that prove valuable to RCA’s clients. Having traveled to nearly every country in the EU and performed work assignments in France, Germany, and the United Kingdom, Mr. Reed understands the international issues that confront divorce clients whose dissolution actions might touch or concern more than one country. Drawing on such experience, Mr. Reed recently succeeded in winning a landmark decision for one of his clients, where following two weeks of trial on the issue and extensive oral arguments before the Appellate Court, Illinois for the first time in history dismissed a divorce case and sent it to another country (France) on the basis of forum non-conveniens.


Not every couple wants to engage in a War of the Roses version of divorce or have their differences and private matters aired in open court. For those couples still unable to come to an agreement, RCA offers mediation services with Nicole Centracchio, one of the firms managing partners. Ms. Centracchio is a certified mediator who has the skills and patience to work toward a fair agreement where each party will rightly know that he/she has controlled their own outcome in the case, as opposed to submitting their future to the hands of a judge that may never have the opportunity to fully understand their situation.

Having received her accreditation and training through Northwestern University in Chicago, Ms. Centracchio follows professional and ethical practices to maintain a dignified setting where fairness, respect, and minimization of conflict are the ultimate goals. She believes that the process works not only to maintain peace of mind, but also to promote a friendly, working or co-parenting relationship post divorce. This level of cooperation is especially important for those parties who have children.

Child Custody

There is no issue as contentious or one more likely to drain your emotions as a custody battle (known in courts as an allocation of parental responsibilities). Before you begin, you need an objective assessment of your own strengths and weaknesses. You need a team that will give you honest advice and a good cost-benefit analysis. And you need a team that has the "know how" to get you across the finish line.

At REED, CENTRACCHIO & ASSOCIATES, LLC, we have a track record of turning "unwinnable" cases into victories. Some of our greatest custody achievements have started with clients already accused and outwardly judged of heinous acts they did not commit. By listening to our clients, getting to the truth, and planning our strategy, we turned cases nobody wanted into cases where our clients won custody.

In addition to the experience of all RCA attorneys, Nicole Centracchio, one of the firm’s managing partners, is frequently appointed by judges to represent children in court as a guardian ad litem or child’s representative attorney. Putting children first and maintaining a good reputation for honesty and diligence benefits our clients in our work both inside and outside the courtroom.

No matter how good the team, there are times when the facts do not support a move for custody; at least at the present time. Clients deserve honest advice on this issue, irrespective of what they might want to hear. To that end, RCA attorneys give their clients candid opinions on the strengths and weaknesses of their case. All too often other firms allow their clients to maintain unlikely visions of victory. Eventually, those dreams burst, but only after a great deal of money and mental anguish have been spent. At RCA, we believe that timing in custody is important and "know how" often means "know when." We would welcome an opportunity to discuss your chances for success.

Prenuptial Agreements

If failing to plan is truly planning to fail, then prenuptial agreements are a critical component of a successful marriage...and should the unexpected happen...a successful divorce.

While very few people exchange vows anticipating that a divorce is down the road, statistics tell us that nearly half of all first time marriages do in fact end in divorce. The numbers are even higher for subsequent marriages. Having a well thought out blueprint to follow during the marriage can only help provide stability and prevent arguments. For example, how during the marriage will you and your future spouse treat premarital assets, inheritance, marital income and expenses, and other assets such as real estate, financial investments, retirement and the like? Who will be expected to contribute to marital expenses and in what percentage? If one party owns the marital residence, who contributes to the mortgage and pays down the principal? And will it ever become marital property? Further, if you divorce, how will these same assets be treated upon dissolution of your marriage? What about spousal support? How will a family business be valued?

Second and third marriages add an even greater level of complexity to the situation, if there are children from other relationships that stand to inherit. In such a situation, you arguably have a responsibility to your children to make sure that the euphoria you feel today doesn’t leave them unprotected in the future.

Clearly, one needs only a marriage license to marry. Entering into the contract of marriage is easy, yet what comes after the "I do’s" is everyday life, which can be complicated. Even worse, divorce can be a nightmare. Having a good prenuptial agreement can avoid arguments, stress, and financial losses.

RCA has drafted many prenuptial agreements and takes pride in working with clients to mold each one to meet the client’s needs. If you are a responsible person and wish to discuss planning your future, we invite you to contact us.

Nondiscriminatory Representation

Reed, Centracchio & Associates, LLC is a family law firm, representing families from all over the world in all shapes, sizes, colors, faiths, and sexual orientation. We do not discriminate against any person or groups of people but instead zealously represent the interests of our clients within the parameters of the law. We enjoy helping others and hope that we may be of assistance to you.

The Quality of the Team Makes All the Difference

Meet our team

We Can Handle Any Size Case, No Matter How Complex

Bryan Reed

Principal Attorney

Bryan V. Reed has twenty-seven years of trial experience in state and federal courts. He is admitted and authorized to practice before the United States Supreme Court; all state courts throughout Illinois; the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois; the U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit; and the Federal Trial Bar.

Whether a high asset divorce, a complex custody matter, a substantial maintenance issue, or a large child support collection case, Mr. Reed draws from strategies that he has successfully honed in countless courtroom trials. To bring a further challenge to his regular divorce practice and to keep his litigation skills their sharpest, Mr. Reed for many years additionally chaired arbitration cases where he governed the proceedings, ruled on objections and admissibility of evidence, and led the panel in determining an award.

International clients value Bryan V. Reed’s understanding of foreign languages and culture and find that they relate easily to him. Prior work assignments in France, Germany, and the United Kingdom have enabled Mr. Reed to establish a strong rapport with clients from nearly every EU country, as well as Canada, and many other countries around the world. He meets with clients in the firm’s affiliated office in Lyon, France, on an as-needed basis and regularly works on international family issues with his affiliated colleagues in Rome and Milan, Italy.

Bryan V. Reed was born in Takoma Park, Maryland. He graduated from the University of Louisville with a B.S. degree in political science and from NKU Salmon P. Chase College of Law in the greater Cincinnati area with a Juris Doctor degree. In addition to his current firm, he has also been a managing partner in three prior law firms.


Publications: Numerous articles as a family law columnist in international newspaper publications; A Proactive Approach to International Collections, as seen in publications by the Belgian Trade Commission and the Swiss-American Business council; and various past articles and attorney profiling in Divorce Magazine.

Speaking Engagements: The Christian Legal Society National Convention (Taking Your Divorce Practice to a Higher Level - November 2019); The Chicago Bar Association International and Foreign Law Committee (International Marriage and Divorce Issues – May 2013); Union des Français de l’Étranger section Chicago (UFEC) (Planning for the future; dealing with the past. Advice from a family law attorney on making the best of international relationships – September 2013); and other family law presentations for non-profit organizations.

Honors: Repeatedly selected by peers as a Leading Lawyer in Chicago

Affiliations: Illinois State Bar Association, Chicago Bar Association, DuPage County Bar Association, L’Association des Français et Francophones de Chicago; Anglo Italian Law, and Christian Legal Society.

Practice Areas: All areas of family law

Languages: French

E-mail: Provided upon request. See our Contact Us page.

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Nicole L. Centracchio

Principal Attorney

Nicole Centracchio has litigated family law cases in Illinois courts since 2000 and is widely respected by her colleagues, some of whom tell her she would make a great judge. Ms. Centracchio’s experience is concentrated in family law matters. She is a licensed and approved Guardian ad Litem and Child’s Representative in Cook County, frequently appointed by judges on complex custody cases. She is also approved by the Circuit Court of Cook County as a Financial and Custody Divorce Mediator. Ms. Centracchio has served as a courtroom facilitator in the Cook County Court System where she uses these skills to assist couples with resolving issues and conflicts. She deals with all aspects of divorce issues including contested custody, visitation and financial issues.

As a founding member of this firm, Ms. Centracchio is very committed to providing excellent service to her clients. She takes pride in advising individuals of the most efficient and cost effective way to handle their specific needs.

Ms. Centracchio has extensive experience in litigating and negotiating custody arrangements in a wide variety of cases, including very complex situations where the children’s well being may be at risk. Her first concern in any family law case is to put the children of the marriage first. Intertwined in this concern, is her extensive experience in resolving and litigating the financial aspects, including the division of property, assets, business interests and spousal and child support.

Ms. Centracchio also focuses on the collection of past due child support from parents that have been delinquent in their obligations, the most serious of cases deal with parents who have failed to pay for more than a decade. She has been extremely successful in tracking down and collecting significant sums of money for parents who previously believed these amounts to be uncollectible.

Ms. Centracchio was born in Chicago, IL, and graduated from Lake Forest College in Lake Forest, IL with a B.S. degree in philosophy. Ms. Centracchio then attended and received a J.D. from John Marshall Law School in Chicago, IL, and graduated in January of 2000. Ms. Centracchio was admitted to the Illinois Bar in May of 2000, and then to the U.S. Northern District of Illinois. Ms. Centracchio was also admitted to the Massachusetts Bar in 2003.

Honors: Selected by peers as a Super Lawyer

Affiliations: Illinois State Bar Association; Chicago Bar Association, Justinian Society, and Anglo Italian Law

Practice Areas: All areas of family law.

E-mail: Provided upon request. See our Contact Us page.

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Michelle L. Cassidy

Managing Partner

Michelle L. Cass earned her Juris Doctorate, graduating Cum Laude in 2014 from DePaul University College of Law, where she obtained a Specialization Certificate in Family Law and was awarded the Benjamin Hooks Distinguished Service Award for volunteering 200+ hours while attending law school. Ms. Cass is licensed to practice in the State of Illinois and is a member of the Chicago Bar Association and Illinois State Bar Association. Prior to earning her Juris Doctorate, Ms. Cass graduated Magna Cum Laude from Capital University in Columbus, Ohio, earning a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Public Administration with a minor in English Literature and History.

While attending DePaul University College of Law, Ms. Cass earned several awards for receiving the highest grade in several courses, including: Legal Analysis, Research and Communication I, II, and III; Trial Advocacy; and, Child Protection, Abuse & Neglect. Ms. Cass also served on the DePaul Journal of Women, Gender, and the Law; participated in a Human Rights Practicum in Chiapas, Mexico; and, participated in and later lead a Service Immersion Trip in New Orleans.

As a practitioner, Ms. Cass focuses exclusively on family law. Her understanding and honest approach serves clients well in cases focused on amicable resolution or more contested matters involving litigation. Ms. Cass also enjoys volunteering in the legal community as a mentor for the Legal Prep Charter Academy through the Chicago Bar Association. She also serves as a Co-Chair for the Chicago Bar Association Young Lawyer’s Section Family Law Committee; as a member of the Family Defense Center’s Young Alumni Board, as a member of the DePaul College of Law Family Law Alumnae Board; and, as Program Coordinator on the Executive Board of the Chicago Bar Association’s Alliance for Women. Ms. Cass prides herself on being actively engaged in community service and as a dedicated, zealous advocate for her clients and their families.

Honors: Selected by her peers as a Rising Star Attorney

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Gabrielle DiPrimio

Associate Attorney

The legal process can be intimidating and is often times a journey. Gabrielle recognizes the importance of providing her clients with a roadmap of how to best get to the other side. To that end, she has made it her objective to be a patient, yet zealous advocate who strives to ensure that all her clients are provided with detail oriented, diligent, and conscientious representation. Gabrielle prides herself on working to understand each client, their perspective, objectives and needs in order to be an effective and ardent litigator both in the courtroom and at the settlement table. It is important to her that her clients are armed with the facts and educated with the knowledge and insight to make the best decisions for themselves and their families when confronted with difficult and sensitive divorce and/or custody issues.

Gabrielle focuses her practice on allocation of parental responsibilities, parenting-time, property division, maintenance, child support, and various post-decree enforcement and/or modification issues.

Gabrielle earned her Juris Doctorate from Chicago-Kent College of Law in 2016 where she earned the CALI award for Trial Advocacy II. Prior thereto, Gabrielle graduated with Honors from Indiana University Bloomington Indiana with a Bachelor of Arts in History in 2012

Outside of the Courtroom Facts: Dog Lover. Food connoisseur. Tennis Enthusiast.

Misty Gamino

Associate Attorney

Misty Gamino focuses her practice exclusively in domestic relations. She represents clients in various aspects of dissolution of marriage and parentage proceedings, including allocation of parental responsibilities, parenting time and decision-making, maintenance, property division, post-dissolution matters, prenuptial agreements and all other family law related matters.

Ms. Gamino received a Juris Doctor from Chicago-Kent College of Law in 2013 and obtained her license to practice law in the State of Illinois that same year. During law school, Ms. Gamino made the Dean’s List several times, interned at the Chicago-Kent Immigration Clinic, and clerked for a well-respected guardian ad litem. It was during law school that Ms. Gamino found her passion for family law and became a member of the Child and Family Law Society at Chicago-Kent College of Law. Prior to attending law school, Ms. Gamino attended Northwestern University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature.

Prior to joining Reed, Centracchio & Associates in early 2020, Ms. Gamino gained invaluable experience litigating complex family law issues at other law firms. Ms. Gamino recognizes the importance of listening to her clients and she carefully crafts each case to accomplish her clients’ goals. Ms. Gamino gives her clients honest advice and represents them through both strategically negotiated settlements and, when necessary, fiercely fought litigation.

Languages: Spanish (bilingual)

Lydia A. Karjaka

Associate Attorney

Lydia A. Karjaka was awarded her Juris Doctorate in 2013 from Michigan State University College of Law in East Lansing, Michigan, where she obtained a Certificate in Child and Family Advocacy and earned the highest grade in her Matrimonial Practice course. She is now licensed to practice in the State of Illinois and a member of the Chicago Bar Association. Prior to law school, Ms. Karjaka graduated with High Distinction from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana, earning a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice and Sociology.

Ms. Karjaka has concentrated her practice primarily in child and family law and has represented clients in all aspects of domestic relations matters, including divorce, custody disputes, property division, child support and post-decree matters.

During her legal career, Ms. Karjaka has served as a Guardian ad Litem, representing and protecting abused and neglected children in juvenile court as well as adults and minor children in contested guardianship proceedings in probate court. As a Staff Attorney in a not-for-profit organization, Ms. Karjaka concentrated her work in adoption law and probate matters for low-income families. Ms. Karjaka believes in providing her clients with focused, compassionate and individualized representation. She understands not only the importance of listening to her clients, but also the goal of providing her clients with practical and effective solutions.

Honors: Phi Beta Kappa Academic Honor Society

Lindsay A. Saylors

Associate Attorney

Lindsay A. Saylors earned her Juris Doctorate in 2018 from The John Marshall Law School, where she served on the Executive Board of both the Children and Family Law Society as well as the Student Animal Legal Defense Fund. She was also actively involved with the John Marshall Law School’s Family Law and Domestic Violence Clinic as a 711-licensed-student attorney. Within this role, Ms. Saylors worked under the supervision of licensed attorneys to represent clients who were survivors of domestic violence in an array of family law matters.

Prior to earning her Juris Doctorate, Ms. Saylors graduated from Loyola University Chicago, earning a Bachelor of Science in Criminology and Criminal Justice with a minor in Psychology of Crime and Justice. Ms. Saylors also holds two certifications from the State of Illinois to work with and advocate for survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence. Ms. Saylors started her career in social services, assisting and advocating for survivors of gender-based violence in matters from obtaining shelter and employment, to navigating the legal field. This influenced Ms. Saylors’ decision to become an attorney, and focus her practice on all areas of family law. Before joining Reed, Centracchio & Associates, Ms. Saylors also worked as a law clerk for two other Chicago-based family law firms. Her prior social work experience, coupled with her education allows her to bring a unique perspective to her cases while prioritizing each client’s individualized goals.

Born and raised in the Chicagoland area, Lindsay now resides in the western suburbs with her husband and 3 rescue pets. Outside of the legal community, Ms. Saylors enjoys volunteering for local animal rescues, spending time with her family, running, listening to podcasts, attending concerts, and reading.

Emily Seaholm

Associate Attorney

Emily Seaholm earned her Juris Doctorate in 2018 from DePaul University College of Law. Ms. Seaholm is licensed to practice in the State of Illinois and is a member of the Chicago Bar Association. Prior to attending law school, Ms. Seaholm graduated from Illinois State University with a degree in Organizational Leadership. After graduating from Illinois State University, Ms. Seaholm worked at several major corporations. However, after four years, compelled to create a more substantial change for those around her, she began studying at DePaul University College of Law.

While in law school, Ms. Seaholm was selected as a Kott Gerontology Fellow where she worked as a licensed student attorney, assisting low-income seniors and individuals with disabilities with divorce proceedings and estate planning.

Ms. Seaholm was also chosen to participate in multiple international law programs allowing her to study Human Rights Law and International Criminal Law in Costa Rica and The Hague. In addition, Ms. Seaholm assisted in drafting a Shadow Report to Kenya’s State Report to the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women.

Ms. Seaholm is passionate about providing assistance to others in her local and global community. Ms. Seaholm’s volunteer experience ranges from local state prisons to Puerto Rico, Guatemala and Zimbabwe. Ms. Seaholm’s goal has always been to bring about both substantial and sustainable change for those around her. She brings this same zealousness as an advocate for her clients at Reed, Centracchio & Associates.

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