Victoria L. Masciopinto – Partner Partner
Victoria Masciopinto is a Partner at Pedersen & Houpt, serving as a member of the firm's Litigation and Dispute Resolution Practice Group. Victoria has concentrated her practice exclusively in the area of family law. She initially practiced law with Pedersen from 1996 through 2003, when she took a period of time for a sabbatical and has since returned to rejoin her litigation colleagues.
As a seasoned family law practitioner, Victoria works with the firm's clients in the areas of pre- and post-nuptial agreements, dissolution of marriage, paternity, civil unions, financial settlements, custody and specifically litigates all pre- and post-decree divorce litigation.
She is particularly committed to protecting the interests of the children involved in the marriage dissolution process and is trained as a volunteer facilitator for Rainbows International, an organization which helps children better cope with difficult life situations. She has also provided pro bono legal services to the Family Shelter Service of DuPage County. She educates her clients about child custody and its associated issues, including addressing various forms of co-parenting available to divorcing parents. Victoria is also a trained mediator.
Conversant in Spanish, she received her B.A. in Spanish Business Translation and Communications, and studied a year abroad at the University of Seville, in Seville-Spain.
- Successfully represented the mother in divorce proceedings where the father filed a petition for sole custody of the couples' severely disabled adopted child. Victoria convinced the court to force the husband to voluntarily dismiss his petition or otherwise face sanctions, in order to gain an advantage in the financial aspects of the divorce proceedings.
- Provided pro bono services at the Family Shelter Service's Advocacy Center in DuPage County
Rainbows Facilitator, PADS Volunteer
- September 4, 2014