Based on 3 reviews
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Marie is a smart, thoughtful, effective attorney who approaches law the way you would want your advocate to represent you. Above all, she is a person of integrity, who approaches things calmly, strategically and with a solid understanding of the law. Integrity in the field of family law is a rare quality; there are so many egomaniacal, self-serving, self-dealing attorneys out there. You never know if they are out for you or out for themselves. People get so caught up in divorce; they think they have to file this motion and that motion. Most of it is nonsense and just serves to jack up the fees of the attorney, who will gladly tell you why you should be at "war" with your ex. They then start a war for you that nobody can win and everybody, but the attorneys, lose. Marie won't do that. She will counsel you, help you, empower you to make good decisions for yourself. It is the most important thing you could ask for. And, if your ex starts a war against you, I can not think of anyone more effective than Marie at stomping out that fire and getting you safely and reasonably out the other side. Marie is the attorney for people who have a life and want to get on with it, rather than spending every last bit of energy fighting it out in the courts. I could not recommend Marie more highly.
I found Marie Fahnert and her family law practice completely by chance . . . she was the only Chicago family law attorney listed in a NOLO referral database. I was apprehensive walking into her tiny, over-cramped office as there was barely room to sit amongst her and her two paralegals (she has since moved to slightly more spacious accommodations).
I came with a difficult divorce challenge and detailed to her specifically what I was hoping to accomplish. I needed to overturn an ill-gotten Default Judgement. She was forthright about where I should set my expectations (as they were initially both too high and too low) and we began developing a sensible legal strategy that allowed me to do some of legwork (to keep fees reasonable).
What I quickly discovered is that Marie is a hard-working (and sometimes overworked), thoughtful, honest family law attorney. There is no glitz or attitude or pretense. I always felt like I was getting straightforward counsel. Two particular areas of her practice deserve praise. She shines in her research, writing and preparation. And her firm is mostly paperless utilizing the web application Box to create virtual file cabinets to share communications and documents with her clients. I always had access to every document related to my case.
Do not be dissuaded by the fact that she is a younger attorney. She has honed her courtroom presence, never seeming flustered by grumpy judges or overzealous opposing counsel. And, while her hourly rates are not cheap, I still felt her services were a true value.
I couldn't be more pleased with the partnership we created and the positive results of our efforts. I highly recommend her.
I am very thankful for her help. Very happy with her service.