Rachel Kolesar

Birnbaum, Haddon, Gelfman & Arnoux, LLC
180 North LaSalle Street
37th Floor
Chicago IL 60601
T: 312.863.2800
F: 312.863.2801

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Rachel Kolesar (née Johnson) joined Birnbaum, Haddon, Gelfman & Arnoux, LLC in the summer of 2017 and has worked exclusively with partner Matthew C. Arnoux since that time. Prior to joining the firm, Rachel was an associate attorney at another prominent Chicago family law firm, focusing her practice exclusively in the area of family and matrimonial law.

Rachel is a graduate of DePaul University College of Law, where she earned a certificate in Family Law. While in law school, Rachel used her 711 law school license as an intern at the Cook County Public Guardian’s Office, Domestic Relations Division, where she assisted in the representation of children in complex custody matters. Rachel also served as a legal extern for the Honorable Judge Ellen L. Flannigan in the Domestic Relations Division of the Circuit Court of Cook County. Through these experiences, Rachel developed critical insight into the profound impact divorce has on both the individual and on the children of divorce. Because of this, Rachel is dedicated to achieving the best results for her clients and is a tireless advocate for them.

Rachel graduated from the University of Iowa with a degree in English and minors in sociology and religious studies.

Professional Recognition:

  • Emerging Lawyer, Law Bulletin Media, 2018-present

Professional Associations:

  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Illinois State Bar Association


  • DePaul University College of Law, J.D., 2015
  • The University of Iowa, B.A., 2012

Bar Admissions:

  • Illinois, 2015