Testimonials

At the Law Offices of Jonathan Merel, P.C., we are focused on one goal: To help you achieve the results you are seeking. We strive to help you reach your goals by providing the highly skilled representation you need to resolve your family law case. Since 2009, we have helped numerous Chicago families find favorable resolutions to some of the most complex disputes. We encourage you to read their testimonials, which show the extent and quality of our service.

  • Brings crystal clarity and bold solutions to complicated matters.
    I highly recommend Jonathan Merel's law office. Divorce is a stressful and emotional time of life and you need great attorneys to support and to help you navigate through this storm. I have a complicated case that went through GAL and evaluation process, difficult opposing counsel, and a long process over 3 years (partially due to pandemic delay). During this period, I've been working closely with Jonathan Merel and David Zwaska. They are fast in response (usually within hours and even over weekends for urgent issues), explain legal matters and procedures in simple terms for me to understand, detail orientated in each circumstance and accurate in the financial calculations, bring crystal clarity and bold solutions to complicated matters. While Jonathan takes leadership, oversees and brings goal and visions to the case, David Zwaska works directly with me on a routine basis, and both of them are great attorneys that are capable of presenting each issue in a logical manner in court and fighting for our best interests and rights. And in my opinion, all these qualities have differentiated Jonathan and David as great attorneys from good attorneys. Now, the divorce is vanishing in my rearview mirror as I am moving into the next chapter of my life, I will definitely go back to Jonathan's office for any future legal assistance.

    - HW

  • They were thorough, thoughtful, respectful and always acted with my interests at heart.
    I wanted to feel as though I had someone in my corner and I got that with Jonathan and Simon. They were thorough, thoughtful, respectful and always acted with my interests at heart. Thoroughly recommended.

    - Former Client

  • Jonathan and his team are everything you want in a lawyer.
    Dealing with family issues, particularly where children are involved, can be a very stressful and emotional time. Dealing with lawyers always scared me in the past as I did not have a good experience before I was introduced to the Merel Family Law Group. Jonathan and his team are everything you want in a lawyer. They are prompt, understanding, knowledgeable, and help walk you through the process every step of the way. They make sure you know all of your options before moving forward. I cannot say enough great things about this firm as I put all my trust in them and they didn't let me down. I am really happy with the outcome of my situation and have only Jonathan and his team to thank for that. I highly recommend Merel Family Law. They took my extremely scary and stressful situation to a place where I now have peace and can move forward.

    - BCT

  • I cannot stress enough how happy I was with their performance and I highly recommend that anyone with a Family Law matter have the Law Offices of Jonathan Merel represent them.
    The Law Offices of Jonathan Merel handled my divorce for me. I cannot stress enough how happy I was with their performance and I highly recommend that anyone with a Family Law matter have the Law Offices of Jonathan Merel represent them. The sound legal advice combined with the personal attention they gave me through the entire process was exceptional and so was the outcome of the divorce. I think the best testimony I can give is to share that after the divorce was finalized, I hadn't spoken to Jonathan or anyone in his firm in over a year and a half. During the holidays last year, my ex-wife tried to throw a very last minute curve ball involving kids schedule during holidays. I left a voicemail for Jonathan Merel asking him to call me. He responded to that voicemail within 15 minutes and had an email out to my ex-wife within the hour. How many Attorneys return calls within 15 minutes to clients they haven't spoken to in over a year? That's the level of service you receive from the Law Offices of Jonathan Merel. I am so grateful that this law firm was recommended to me by another Attorney which also speaks volumes.

    - Richard

  • Jonathan is a great lawyer with great services and results

    Jonathan is a great lawyer with great services and results!

    - John

  • I highly recommend Jonathan and his firm for their professionalism, experience and for getting results!
    I hired Jonathan from a recommendation from a good friend of mine. Jonathan was great right out of the gates! He took his time with me and really laid out everything to expect during this difficult process. I took all of his advice and ended up being very happy with the outcome of my divorce. I highly recommend Jonathan and his firm for their professionalism, experience and for getting results!

    - Matt

  • A huge shout out to Jonathan and his associates (Marleena especially) for all the hard work that was put into my case!
    I hired the Law Offices of Jonathan Merel to help with filing a relocation motion. When I first met with Jonathan he was very positive on the outcome of my relocation, made me very aware of how this was going to be handled and walked me through everything step by step. This became a very complicated case quickly. Through all of it, I had a team by my side keeping everything under control, emails were responded to timely, phone calls were returned timely. I had an emergency over a weekend and Jonathan made himself available to talk/text and to walk me through what needed to be done and how we would continue to handle and approach everything that was going on. The attorney’s I worked with were very strong in my representation, kept me informed on all information and very patient with me, kept me calm and positive. Jonathan and his associates put forth a great argument and under a time constraint of my relocation date with the children had all orders signed and approved within 2.5 months. With lots of negotiations now I can say my children and I are happily living out of state and our lives couldn’t be better today! A huge shout out to Jonathan and his associates (Marleena especially) for all the hard work that was put into my case! I am forever grateful!

    - Kelli

  • If you are looking for a professional and compassionate team and tough as nails family law attorney, this is your man.
    Divorce is never an easy experience. My case had very unique circumstances and an exceptionally difficult ex-husband.  I reached out to Jonathan through an online search and have not regretted it. To say his services and his team is excellent would be an understatement.  My divorce was handled quickly,  thoroughly and the process was very professional. I also had custody and child support involved that was contested at every step, and Jonathan's team supported me and walked me through every step of the way. There were several court dates and investigative work involved for a dead beat dad trying to hide money. Jonathan took time and effort to provide every penny that was owed. The experience was thorough and accurate and communicated from beginning to end. If you are looking for a professional and compassionate team and tough as nails family law attorney, this is your man.

    - Gladys

  • Melissa was a terrific advocate for me
    Melissa was a terrific advocate for me in my Allocation Judgement case. I was never married, but my daughter’s mother and I had been broken up for 11 years, during which we handled all scheduling on our own, with no legal agreement. My ex wanted to get our schedule officially nailed down and legally set. Melissa guided me through this process, protected my rights, and helped to negotiate our trouble areas. I never stepped foot in a courtroom at any point in this process. Melissa handled it all for me, and we were able to agree to terms and sign ahead of our final court date. Melissa’s biggest contribution was helping with the financial component. I am a professional actor, and my employment and income fluctuates constantly. She was able to help present a reasonable reflection of my income, ending with a fair, but very favorable support payment from me. My ex can be very demanding and difficult to work with, but Melissa was a massive help in negotiating this. I highly recommend working with her.

    - Andrew

  • He was very professional, knowledgeable, approachable, and he explained the process very clearly

    I had initial consults with three other attorneys before my initial consult with Jonathan. I have decided to work with Jonathan because, in our initial meeting, he was very professional, knowledgeable, approachable, and he explained the process very clearly answering all my questions satisfactorily. Looking back now, I have made the correct decision to work with Jonathan in this dissolution of marriage case. Having Jonathan on my side was the pleasant part of this unpleasant process.

    During the whole process, Jonathan was always very professional and very responsive, Jonathan is excellent about returning texts (to his cell phone), emails and phone calls. He responded promptly to texts, emails and phone calls. He was always available when I needed him and always offered great legal advice. More importantly, he is very professional, well prepared, supportive, and looks at the long term benefit of the client and the children. I was impressed by his knowledge, his patience, and his experience. At the end, the dissolution of marriage resulted with a nice settlement. I am very satisfied with the services of Jonathan.

    Everyone in the Law Offices of Jonathan Merel was very helpful, organized, and professional. I was also very fortunate to have Aurelija Fitzpatrick, Jonathan’s Associate, working on my case together with Jonathan. She too is very knowledgeable, professional, and responsive. 
    I highly recommend Jonathan and the Law Offices of Jonathan Merel to anyone in need of legal services. Thanks.

    - Faruk

  • Always responsive, always available... this is the man you want in your corner
    Always responsive, always available to you, patient, tough on the opposing team. Responsible, very involved - this is the man you want in your corner during this rough time. Thank you Jonathan.

    - Previous Client

  • There was never any doubt that [Melissa] was on my side
    Once I met Melissa, I knew that I had found the right person to represent me during my divorce. I felt comfortable with her from the start, as she explained what I could expect throughout the process. Melissa was professional, knowledgeable, and always provided excellent guidance. I appreciated her prompt communication when I had questions and concerns. There was never any doubt that she was on my side and fighting for my best interest the entire time. I highly recommend Melissa to anyone needing a Family Law attorney.

    - Previous Client

  • Jonathan was very honest... He didn't waste time or money
    I hired Jonathan's law firm to represent me during my divorce. Jonathan was very honest about what he thought may or may not be the outcome for my personal situation. He didn't waste time or money fighting for things he didn't believe would resolve my case. He has lots of experience and didn't mislead me simply to drag things on.

    - Nina

  • Melissa is personable, knowledgeable and reasonable... I completely trust her

    I contacted Melissa to discuss post-decree custody issues. I wasn’t sure what my options were. My relationship with my ex wasn’t great, but I also wanted to do everything in my power to maintain any respect we could salvage. Melissa recommended a few options and ways to proceed that were very appropriate for our situation. She explained a few angles I hadn’t thought of, and listened to exactly what I wanted to accomplish. Melissa was able to handle my entire case only speaking to me via phone and email, so it was minimally intrusive on my work/home life. We also discussed budget often and she was always very transparent about costs I should expect as the case proceeded.

    Melissa successfully navigated a pre-trial conference and settlement negotiations on my behalf. I was able to obtain sole decision making over my minor child, while keeping the current relationship with the child’s father intact – which was a large part of my goal.

    Overall, Melissa is personable, knowledgeable and reasonable, but also knew when to push back and when I needed to be encouraged to do so. I completely trust her judgment and ability to fight for me and my family. It’s such a relief to have someone like her on my side, even if I never need to use her again!

    - Kelly

  • They fought for my rights and kept me well informed
    Getting divorced was a painful, difficult experience. I was lucky to have Merel’s firm to navigate through the process. Jonathan Merel has a fantastic team, including Melissa Caballero and Stephen Lincoln, who led the charge in my divorce settlement. They fought for my rights and kept me well informed as the case progressed. I highly recommend them if you are looking for an experienced law firm.

    - Alexander

  • Truthful, straightforward, trustworthy

    Jonathan Merel and his colleague Bradley R. Kaye, Law Offices of Jonathan Merel ARE the BEST divorce/family law attorneys you can hire to help you with your divorce process...They get things done in a speedy way to finish, be done, so you can be HAPPY again!

    They are extremely experienced, dedicated, and right on top of things at all times to make sure you get the BEST results possible during and in the finale of your divorce! They achieve and complete things very thoroughly in an extraordinary professional way! Jonathan M. and Brad K. handle arising matters asap, reply to your emails, texts and phone calls immediately with truthful answers, strategies, plans of resolution and even attack (if needed) in an ugly disagreements, conflicts, and disputes with your ex, who just don't wanna do what's right for your children!

    Jonathan Merel will not treat you like a number in his law firm's client statistics. HE WILL make sure your case is NOT put on a back burner until the end of completion of your case, giving you best legal attention at all times when you need him! He will not take your hard earned money and promise you pears on apple trees! Both, Jonathan & Brad are very truthful, straightforward, trustworthy and mostly right on point with what they can accomplish, and what the results in the finale of your divorce will be! Jonathan Merel gets things done with a 100% satisfaction guaranteed for his client, who is going thru a repulsive, unpleasant divorce.

    I highly recommend Jonathan Merel as your divorce attorney!

    I had to fire 2 attorneys BEFORE I hired Jonathan M and wasted a lot of money & time making that mistake...

    Jonathan Merel as my divorce attorney delivered FAST the BEST results I needed for my two wonderful children an I with a 110% satisfaction as his client in the finale! Thanks so much!

    - Marzena G.

  • Shrewd, efficient and relentless

    First if you are reading this review know that:

    1. You are in a bad place in your marriage. 
    2. It is about to get A LOT worse.

    Divorce sucks. Divorce in Cook County sucks worse. That is why you need a shrewd attorney to fight the invariable nonsense you are about to see.

    Jonathan is just that guy. Shrewd, efficient and relentless. Like it or not you are about to enter combat. Go in with the best weapons you can find and follow their advice. I would endorse Jonathan highly based on all the above criteria as he knows the fight well. He will make sure that you are covered and that you get what you deserve regardless of the issues that your soon to be ex raises.

    - Tom

  • [Melissa] is very smart and really saved me from a bad situation
    Hi, Melissa Caballero is wonderful to work with, my X was trying to pursue a fraudulent protection order against me to tarnish my image. Melissa was able to transfer this case into divorce case and then vacate the protection order. Once the divorce process started everything was handled very well. My X was trying to pursue money from me, but she did not want to go through discovery process. So we were able to settle based on the original agreement without any changes and everything was resolved quickly at the end. She is very smart and really saved me from a bad situation that could of hurt my future. I highly recommend her.

    - Derek

  • Melissa was such a positive, supportive lawyer who gave me strength to move forward

    I agree with the other reviewers. My therapist saw Melissa in action while she was a divorce mediator and was impressed. She recommended her to me as part of my safety plan before leaving for an out-of-state residency. I met with Melissa August 2015 and 4 months later, I finally had the courage to leave an abusive partner after 3.5 years of marriage. She immediately got started and ensured my safety. No matter how ridiculous my ex was during the process (it took me 11 months to divorce him without children!), she helped me make the most cost-effective decisions and had a working relationship with the other lawyer.

    Melissa was such a positive, supportive lawyer who gave me strength to move forward and rebuild myself. I would happily recommend her to anyone who wants to stop the cycle of abuse or needs a divorce for other reasons.

    - Previous Client

  • Jonathan Merel was an excellent advisor who had my best interest in mind
    Jonathan Merel was an excellent advisor who had my best interest in mind 100% of the time. Not only was he proactive and efficient, but compassionate at the same time. I highly recommend Jonathan Merel to anyone seeking a divorce attorney.

    - Tiffany