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Shay Formanek


Shay Formanek represents family law clients who require assistance with complex financial issues, division, and valuation of property, allocation of parental responsibilities, child support, relocation, spousal maintenance, and preparing and negotiating settlement agreements. In addition, she is adept at preparing pre-marital and post-marital agreements.

With a noteworthy background in family law, Shay approaches each case with strategic and assertive representation. Shay concentrates her practice on all Matrimonial and Family Law areas, including matters involving complex litigation, mediation, and negotiated settlement agreements.

Shay was drawn to family law at an early age after experiencing divorce firsthand while growing up. In light of her firsthand knowledge and experience, Shay provides her clients with compassionate and individualized support and steadfast representation throughout their cases.

Shay is mediation certified through Chicago’s Center for Conflict Resolution. Shay received her J.D. from Chicago-Kent College of Law and graduated magna cum laude from Western Carolina University in North Carolina.

Shay Formanek was recognized as an Illinois Rising Star by Super Lawyers annually since 2020, an exclusive honor received by only 2.5% of attorneys. She was also selected by the American Academy of Attorneys in 2021 for their TOP 100 designation for Illinois attorneys, and she was further recognized as a 2020 Elite Advocate in Family Law by the American Institute of Legal Advocates (AIOLA) and 2019 Top 40 Young Lawyers through her membership with the National Alliance of Women in Law.


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