About The Law Offices of Jonathan Merel, P.C.

How We Became a Top Chicagoland Family Law Firm

At the Law Offices of Jonathan Merel, P.C., we specialize in providing legal services to our clients in all aspects of Chicago divorce and family law. What we do is only half of what sets us apart from other divorce firms in the Chicagoland area, though. How we do what we do is just as important.

Attorney Jonathan Merel left a corporate law firm in 2009 and never looked back. From the beginning, he wanted to do things differently than what he had been taught was “the way” to handle family law and divorce cases. Ever since founding the Law Offices of Jonathan Merel, P.C., he has been disrupting big corporate firm stereotypes by perfectly balancing professionalism, authenticity, and deliberate approaches to all aspects of his practice.

When someone comes to our firm, we know that they are at a crossroads in their life. They want guidance to find the path that is best for them. We show them the way with confidence and compassion. We take great pride in affording people the attention that they deserve and obtaining the results that they expect from a giant corporate law firm while also maintaining a personal touch that helps put their worries at ease.

We have offices in Chicago, Highland Park, and Skokie, making it easy to schedule a consultation. Contact us online or dial (312) 487-2795 to learn more.

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  • 2022 Leading Lawyers
    2022 Leading Lawyers
  • Expertise 2021- Best Divorce Lawyers
  • 2021 Expertise- Best Family Lawyers
  • Best Law Firms 2021
    Best Law Firms 2021
  • Leading Lawyer
    Leading Lawyer
  • National Association of Distinguished Counsel
    National Association of Distinguished Counsel
  • Expertise 2020
    Expertise 2020
  • Three Best Rated 2020
    Three Best Rated 2020

Skilled Negotiators for Mediation

Family law disputes are stressful enough. No need to add stress to the situation by going to court if it can be avoided. Though divorce, custody, and other family law proceedings are often adversarial in nature, we recognize that the parties must continue to engage each other long after the case is complete, especially if custody or support issues are involved. We are skilled negotiators who understand how to achieve and prepare negotiated settlements dealing with complex financial, property, custody, visitation, and support issues while also easing tensions in the room. This deliberate approach helps keep your spouse or other family member focused on the discussion, rather than looking for a legal fight.

Three of our top goals as your family law representations are to:

  1. Let you move on with your life.
  2. Create an environment for respectful interactions with your family.
  3. Avoid or reduce future litigation costs.

Unafraid of the Courtroom

While settlement is often the preferred result in any family law proceeding, litigation can become necessary. The attorneys at our firm are impassioned and knowledgeable litigators, always prepared to fight in court to obtain favorable results for our clients. In this way, we can both protect your best interests while aggressively seeking the outcomes that you deserve.

We harness a cost-effective approach to litigation: Be prepared early and keep things simple. We only go to court when it is absolutely necessary, whereas corporate law firms often push for litigation because it means they can increase your bill. We aren’t here to get a paycheck. We’re here to get you through a tough time. 

Honest & Clear Communication

At the Law Offices of Jonathan Merel, P.C., we bring some simplicity into your life by sharing information that many family law firms may not tell you. One thing you need to know about our legal system is there are no “easy wins” or “shortcuts,” and most things are not cut-and-dry or black-and-white. Every family is unique, as are their legal situations.

Many family law firms will tell you anything you want to hear to get your business. A law firm that “promises” or “guarantees” one outcome is a red flag.

We toss aside all the usual tactics that large corporate firms use to try to hook new clients. Instead, we focus on honesty and humanity. We are responsive around the clock because we know you might need us when you least expect a legal complication to arise. We are truthful and transparent because we know you don’t need another person in your life to doubt. We place a real human element in our work because we’re real people who just want you to get to a better place through reliable legal counsel.

We look forward to helping you achieve your goals and put a tough time behind you! Call us at (312) 487-2795 to get started.

Why We're the Right Choice

  • Attorneys Who Provide One-on-One Personal Attention
  • Night & Weekend Appointments Available
  • Constant Communication & Excellent Response Times
  • Consultations to Evaluate Your Case
He works to get the best solutions possible and definitely looks at the long term benefit of the client.


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