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Laura Ann Baluch

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Laura Baluch is a highly experienced family law attorney practicing in Rockford, IL.  She services Winnebago, Boone, Ogle, Stephenson, Dekalb, & McHenry Counties.  Laura is a trained Child Representative and Guardian Ad Litem, so she understands the intricacies involved in winning your custody case.  She is also a certified mediator and trained Collaborative Law Attorney. Laura handles an array of cases ranging from high-asset dissolution cases to high-conflict custody cases, as well as simple divorces and child support matters. She has the ability to successfully negotiate and settle your case, as well as aggressively represent you at trial, if need be. Laura Baluch is an aggressive attorney who will represent your best interests from day one.  She was recently named the Best Family and Marital Attorney in the Rock River Valley by the Rockford Register Star, and was named one of the top ten family law attorneys under the age of 40 in the state of Illinois.  She has also been nationally recognized as a top family law attorney by the National Academy of Family Law Lawyers, and has received awards from the National Association of Distinguished Counsel. 


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Practice areas


  1. Divorce: 50%
    13 years
  2. Child Support: 15%
    13 years
  3. Child Custody: 15%
    13 years
  4. Personal Injury: 10%
    13 years
  5. Family: 10%
    13 years



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  • Jeannie Marie Ridings

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    Jeannie Ridings Divorce & Separation Attorney
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  • Kelly Ann Vecchio

    I have had the opportunity to work with Attorney Baluch in the family courts for many years. She is extremely intelligent and determined, which pairs well with her motivation to effectively represent her clients. Attorney Baluch is a well-respected member of the Bar Association.


    Kelly Vecchio Family Attorney
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Contact info

Barrick, Switzer, Long, Balsley & Van Evera, LLP

6833 Stalter Dr.
Rockford, IL, 61108


ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law200311/12/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
2015 Emerging LawyerLeading Lawyers Network2015
Nation's Top One PercentNational Association of Distinguished Counsel2015
Top 40 Familly Lawyer under 40 in IllinoisAmerican Society of Legal Advocates2015
Superb Rated AttorneyAVVO2015
2014 Woman of ExcellenceRockton Chamber of Commerce2014
Top 10 Attorney Under 40National Academy Of Family Law Attorneys2014
Best Marital and Family Attorney in the Rock River ValleyRockford Register Star2014
Client's Choice AwardAVVO2014
Top 40 Family Law Attorneys Under 40 in IllinoisThe American Society of Legal Advocates2014
Superb Rated AttorneyAVVO2013
10 years of practice of law & leadership in the communityMartindale-Hubbell2013
Client's Choice AwardAVVO2012
Advanced Collaborative Law Training CertificationCollaborative Law Institute of Illinois2010
Family & Divorce Mediation CertificationAssociation for Conflict Resolution2010
Who's Who Among Legal Professionals Lifetime AwardStrathmore's2009
Interdisciplinary Collaborative Law Family Law CertificationCollaborative Law Institute of Illinois2008
Child Representative and Guardian Ad Litem CertificationWinnebago County Bar Association2007
Appreciation AwardWinnebago County Bar Association2007
Arbitrator CertificationState of Illinois Circuit Court of the 17th Judicial Circuit2005
Licensed to Practice in Federal CourtUnited States Federal Court2004
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerBarrick, Switzer, Long, Balsley & Van Evera, LLP2008 - Present
Associate AttorneyBarrick, Switzer, Long, Balsley & Van Evera, LLP2003 - 2008
Legal Services InternMichigan State University2001 - 2002
Association namePosition nameDuration
Rockton Lions ClubN/A2014 - Present
National Academy of Family Law LawyersN/A2014 - Present
The American Society of Legal AdvocatesN/A2014 - Present
Roscoe Chamber of CommerceVice President2014 - Present
Winnebago County Bar AssociationBoard of Directors2013 - Present
Roscoe Chamber of CommerceSecretary2013 - 2014
Roscoe Chamber of CommerceBoard of Directors2012 - Present
IgniteConnect Co-Chair2011 - 2012
Ignite Young Professionals of RockfordN/A2009 - Present
Winnebago County Bar Association Family Law CommitteeChairperson2009 - 2010
Winnebago County Bar AssociationSecretary2006 - 2007
Winnebago County Young LawyersPresident2005 - 2009
Winnebago County Bar Association, Litigation CommitteeN/A2004 - Present
Winnebago County Bar Association Family Law CommitteeN/A2003 - Present
Winnebago County Women's Bar AssociationN/A2003 - Present
American Bar AssociationN/A2003 - Present
Illinois Trial Lawyers of AmericaN/A2003 - Present
Winnebago County Bar AssociationN/A2003 - Present
Illinois State Bar AssociationN/A2003 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
IRMO W.R.Plaintiff, represented by Attorney Laura Baluch, was awarded custody of the children and the majority of the Marital Property
J.O. v K.N.My client was successful, and was awarded joint custody of the minor child, and visitation was promptly ordered on his behalf.
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Publication nameTitleDate
Thomson ReutersInside the Minds: Strategies for Family Law in illinois2013
WCBA Lawyer MagazinePresident's Page2009
Illinois Appellate CourtIRMO D.L.2005
Michigan Supreme CourtAmicus Curiae Brief2003
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Thomas M. Cooley Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor - Magna Cum Laude2003
Northern Illinois UniversityCommunicationsBS - Bachelor of Science1999
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
CLE for professionalsMedicare Set-Asides in Personal Injury Settlements2013
Guardian Ad Litem & Child Representative TrainingGuardian Ad Litem Reports2009