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William McSurley


William McSurley practices family law exclusively, representing clients in a wide variety of family-based matters, with a focus on handling contentious divorces involving complex financial issues, difficult custody disputes, or complicated questions of law.

William places an emphasis on using his extensive litigation experience to protect his clients’ economic well-being and the welfare of their children. He is driven to solve the complex legal issues his client’s face using a strategic, adaptive, and compassionate approach, with the singular goal of securing the best outcome for his client—whether by negotiated settlement or at trial.

William’s demonstrated ability to exploit all aspects of the legal process to his client’s advantage has helped clients avoid costly litigation altogether, or to prevail when such conflicts cannot be avoided.

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To schedule a consultation with William, contact him at wmcsurley@merelfamilylaw.com or via phone at (312) 487-2795.


William graduated summa cum laude from the Honors College at the University of Illinois at Chicago with a degree in Anthropology. He then obtained his law degree, magna cum laude, from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he was also honored to be elected to serve as President of the Family Law Society. During law school, William also mentored junior students at the school’s Family Advocacy Clinic and clerked for numerous judges, including the judges of the Will County Domestic Relations Division; Denver, Colorado’s Juvenile Court; and, the U.S. Department of Justice.


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