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Jenet Gonzalez Pequeno

Family Attorney at Arlington Heights, IL

4.8   19 reviews

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I enjoy practicing in the area of family law very much.  I get to engage with my client's and really put myself alonside them in the trenches.  I can empathize with my client's and I can also lay out a strategy for which we will be taking on some of these obstacles in the family court proceedings.  I want to make my client's comfortable with what is going on and I will give everybody the respect they deserve.  This is a stressful time, you do not need a lawyer who will patronize you but one that gets you.  The more you can understand the process, the better you will be able to prioritize all of your goals. I look forward to talking with you.

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Licensed for 18 years
State IL
Status Active And Authorized To Practice Law
Acquired 2004
Updated 10/11/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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The Law Offices of Jenet G. Pequeno, LLC
215 N. Arlington Heights Road
Suite 104
Arlington Heights, IL, 60004

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Posted by Alex | April 21, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Professional, experienced, extraordinary legal counsel
“Janet Pequeno” has been representing me for almost a decade now. I use “Janet” to represent me in my child custody/visitation legal issues. I have also used “Janet”to represent me for some order of protection issues. If “Janet” is practiced in the area, I need representation he will always be my first pick, if “Janet” isn’t licensed in the area needed, “Janet” will always give me a referral or guide me in the right direction to get the help I need. There are many reasons why I would recommend “Janet” and his law firm to represent you so here’s a few. First of all “Janet” is an honest man, he’s not going to lie to you so you can hear what you want to hear, he’s going to tell you where your situation sits, the many different approaches you can go about your situation, the many different outcomes your case can go depending on the approach you choose to take. There has not been a single text message, phone call, email, court appearance, that “Janet” and staff/team wasn’t going above and beyond for me. There have been several times I have called “Janet” all eager and willing to pay the money to go to court, after explaining the situation “Janet” will tell me my options, explain how the process can go one direction or another, depending on the direction will determine how costly things can get, sometimes he will bring me back to reality, and I ask myself is that issue really worth the trouble and money. If I choose to go to court every time, I’m know “Janet” would happily take my money, but “Janet” wants what’s best for me and my family. In my case to afford court every time I have an issue, I would be in debt, there is no amount of money that would stop me from fighting for my kids, but every time isn’t necessary and “Janet” don’t want to see me waste my money. Not only does “Janet” and team/staff represent you, they get to know you as a person, in a way they make you part of their family. At the end of the day the client chooses which direction to go, and you will get no less than experience, extraordinary, professional, service and legal counsel. All my cases have been resolved in a timely manner, and always exceeding my expectations. If I can give any advice, I’d say always be honest with your attorney if you don’t and something comes up down the road it may or may not hurt your situation, as well change the direction of your case. That is something I’ve never had an issue with “Janet”, you’ll never feel like you can’t tell him something.
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Posted by Nick | September 30, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Wish I would've went with him from the start
Jenet really understood my situation and listened to me. It shows in the judgement. I get my daughter majority of the time. Would recommend to anyone who wants an honest, realistic, and fair attorney!!! Thank you!!
Posted by Miranda | November 19, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Above and Beyond Service
Jenet is a first rate class act attorney all around. When I came to him 2 years ago my child custody case was a disaster from a previous lawyer. Jenet welcomed me with open arms. He listened to every horrid detail and reassured me that he could help. He has taken me thru every step and always explained things to me, made sure I fully understood and answered every question I had even if it was after hours. I was tired and felt defeated and beat up. Jenet breathes new life into his clients. He never over promises and under delivers. It’s actually the opposite, he will over deliver on his promise. Izzy and Mario in his office are amazing. They always have the answers you will need if Jenet is tied up at that moment. They are kind and compassionate and make you feel like you are part of the family. Jenet is always on time with a let’s get to work attitude and is always prepared. You couldn’t ask for a better attorney! Jenet will fight for you and your family. He will take you under his wing and protect you when you feel all hope is lost. What Jenet has is integrity, loyalty and great family values! If there were more attorneys out there like Jenet the justice system would be better served. Thank you Jenet for all you do and for Fighting the good fight always. Jenet started out as my attorney, but now I consider him a friend and part of my family!
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Posted by A.C. | July 2, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Mr. Paqueno Helped me get custody of my daughter
Mr. Paqueno helped me alot in a difficult situation where my daughter was endanger and she was in a bad environment and he was reasonable with payment arrangements which helps alot and he was very understanding and supportive of my situation I and my daughter was going through which he has helped me get custody of my daughter which I am very grateful for his help , support and his professional work he has done as a family lawyer . Thank you Mr. Paqueno !!!
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Posted by Juan | September 29, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Purpose
Driven with a purpose, reliable, and a great advisor. I have used other attorneys before, essentially resulting in a drain of finances and miss guidance into an unsavory outcome. I hired Mr. Pequeno after a massive setback in what I accessed was an acceptable agreement from my prior council, and I was very mistaken. Mr. Pequeno not only rectified this, but his drive in pursuing my best interests was apparent in our conversations and performance/results in the courtroom. A little background, which speaks volumes on Mr. Pequeno’s ability to adapt to many situations. I am a Military Officer, child custody battles are devastating, period, but finding an advocate who understand military pay/LES breakdown, and overall visitation management due to a service member's operational tempo is very difficult to find. He was able to reflect my military obligations and pay structure to propose a very favorable agreement with a significant increase in visitations with my child. All of this in a language the courtroom could understand and providing me with the agreement I should of had. Mr. Pequeno is a very talented Advocate, his mind and heart are all in the right place and that is difficult to find, in a very difficult chapter in someone's life. Thank you Mr.Pequen, for your expertise and understanding.
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Posted by David | August 11, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Won an international removal petition
Jenet is a truly outstanding attorney. He is expert and effective. He made a very difficult and painful process easier and less painful. His charges were completely reasonable and I never once felt he was trying to inflate the cost, or suggest or perform work that wasn’t necessary. He was also very respectful to my ex wife in both thought and deed. I believe that had a positive impact. We won an petition for international removal in less than 2 months. That has to be pretty close to a record. I can recommend him without reservation.
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Posted by angel | June 9, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great work
I when for my consultation he quoted me a retainer and he stuck to it. My case was at the D/C so even with traveling time Mr. Pequeno did not go over the retainer. He got me my visitation with my son even doe my baby mother was not having it. He made her cave in and he got me more time out of her. I see my son all every other weekend from Friday to Monday on the weekend I don't have him I get one over night. Then the last week of each month because of my work schedule I pick up my son on Tuesday and take him back home Sunday night. I have two weeks in the summer. Thank you Mr. Pequeno for the awesome work you did for me and my son. I will recommend to everyone who needs a attorney, you are number one. Hire him ASAP if you need a real straight up attorney who does not pull and punches he gives it to you straight not like other attorney who offer you the world and just takes your money. Thank you, Angel
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Posted by anonymous | May 17, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Someone who loves there job
Jenet helped me and my ex-wife get through our divorce. I am sure there were things that we could of fought about but Jenet really helped us put our differences aside and make it what was best for our child. His professionalism and time that he puts into each detail shows that he is not just getting us done and to the next case. He showed us he really loves his job and cares about his clients.
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Posted by anonymous | September 11, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Extremely helpful, patient, and knowledgeable!!
Jenet helped us through our divorce and was extremely helpful. We were both very anxious and nervous about the entire process but Jenet took care of everything from explaining the process thoroughly step by step to helping us understand exactly what to do at the courthouse. The clerk was extremely impressed how organized all of our paperwork was and said she wished that all attorney's were as complete and thorough as Jenet. I highly recommend using Jenet for all family law related issues - especially those who have never been through the process before. Thanks Jenet!
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Posted by Chinetana | August 17, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Best CARING Family Lawyer Around!
A divorce is never easy. However, Jenet Pequeno turned a challenging situation into something manageable. Jenet has many years of experience in family law. His qualifications resulted in a speedy resolution to an otherwise long and drawn out process; eliminating stress and unnecessary expenses. Jenet was extremely attentive and reasonable with my requests from the divorce, revealing an attorney who truly cares for his clients in such a sensitive transition. Mr. Pequeno provided easy to follow legal advice; error-free documents that appease the judges for a quick resolution. I am so grateful that I had Jenet to represent me; because all I kept hearing was the horror-stories of divorce. Jenet did not waste my time; he saved me a lot of money, while providing superior customer service with full-proof legal advice. Jenet is the best CARING family lawyer around!
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Posted by blackonyx93 | October 11, 2014
Child Support
He really broke down my options for dealing with my retroactive order. He informed of what the courts would and would not allow which helped me make a more informed decision. Thank you!
Posted by Andrew | July 31, 2014
Jenet Pequeno, helped me with my child custody case
Mr. Pequeno assisted me during a difficult time to obtain a joint custody agreement between my son's mother and I after we had split up. I went in for a consultation visit in early June 2011 and engaged his services by mid-June 2011. He kept me informed on my options to pursue and was diligent in ensuring that the legal steps we proceeded with were the best for the situation. By early September 2011 we had a joint custody agreement in place that is fair for both parties. I was content with his services and professionalism and am happy with the current agreement that is in place.
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Posted by Frank | April 10, 2012
VISTATIONS FOR GRANDMA
Started the case back in April 2011, nothing was really getting done at first but after a few months. Mr. Pequeno got vistation done. We still were waiting for over night stays, we finally got them and other holiday this year. So after a year of court and going back an forth with the other party. Mr Pequeno was able to deliver what he was hired to do. After all we are Happy with the outcome..
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Posted by anonymous | February 2, 2012
Jenet Pequeno, Helped me regain my sanity
Mr. Pequeno helped guide me through a very difficult time. His sound advice and direction helped me regain my ability to sleep at night. And he followed up on every step of the way to make sure I knew he had my best interests in mind. I would definitely recommend Jenet Pequeno to anyone seeking an honest and hardworking family law attorney, focused on helping a father retain his rights. I honestly dont know how I would have got through without him.
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Posted by Enrique | January 18, 2012
Professional and helpful!!
Jenet was very professional throughout the real estate process. He went above and beyond all aspects and followed up w/ us regularly. I would highly recommend him to any of my friends or family.
Posted by John | November 28, 2011
Very helpful and knowledgeable.
I first used Jenet's services a few years back when he helped me with some real estate matters and then a traffic violation. I found him very knowledgeable, professional, courteous and efficient. Not to mention, he didn't charge me an arm and a leg. A few months ago I received counsel from Jenet when I was having issues with my lease agreement and a dispute arose between my landlord and myself. Jenet was very helpful interpreting the language of the lease, and explaining to me what my rights were as a tenant. he helped me understand what actions were permitted under the law, and what the legal process of eviction was. If I had listened to my family and friends, it could have been a very messy situation, But thanks to Jenet I was able resolve the issue without any headaches. When I recently had questions on a separate matter involving immigration law, He was honest with me that he was not the best person to talk to and pointed me in the right direction. Jenet is definitely the first person I will call when ever I'm in need of legal advice or service. I know that if he doesn't know he will find out promptly the information needed, or direct me to someone who does know.
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Posted by Roberto | November 8, 2011
Best lawyer ever
Mr.Pequeno, Does not give up easily. He guides you from start to finish. Always making sure that us his customers are happy.
Posted by Tim | November 4, 2011
As good as they come
Without a doubt the best attorney I have ever worked with in any kind of case and capacity, ever.
Posted by anonymous | February 19, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very dissapointed
I would never recommend him !!!! After all the promises that he would help me with my divorce , after all the fees that he charged me ... When we got to court he did nothing but more so so I felt betryed he got me a horriball deal with the oposing attorney behind my back ....trying to convince me that acctually was a great deal ...Just Ridicullos .... I had to hire a different attorney to correct all the mess he got me in to ...JuSt Riddiculos how much time and money lost because of him !!!!
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Response from Jenet Pequeno February 19, 2021
It truly is disappointing to see this type of comment. I know who this is miss Anonymous. I fired you as a client. I can't approve deals without your approval, but negotiating on behalf of clients is something every good attorney does. You liked the deal until you spoke with your family members who are not experienced family law practitioners like myself. Your revised deal wanted to drop the order of protection if your ex would give you SOLE custody. There is actual case law in Illinois that does not allow this. So what you were demanding I do, is actually against Illinois law and public policy. I am ethical. I could not drop an order of protection if you still felt you were in danger. But you wanted to drop it, if your husband would give you custody. You also demanded a refund and I showed you an itemization of my services on your behalf. What you do not tell the public here, is that we went to trial on your order of protection and I won. You got a 2 year order of protection after I did the trial. So there was NO deal ever. The judge heard our arguments at trial and I WON. After that, the judge let me out and your divorce continued. There was NO mess after I left. I wish you nothing but the best. Your anger does not mean that I made a deal behind your client's back. I would NEVER do that to any client. I am sorry that I had to fire you as a client but my ethical standards do not let me go against Illinois law, Illinois public policy, or the professional code of conduct. Sincerely, Jenet G. Pequeno
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 8.6 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Attorney/Principal
  • The Law Offices of Jenet G. Pequeno, LLC
  • 2016 - Present
  • Associate
  • Lavelle Law Ltd.
  • 2013 - 2016
  • Attorney
  • The Law Offices of Jeffery M. Leving, Ltd.
  • 2008 - 2013
  • Partner
  • Garcia & Pequeno
  • 2006 - 2008
  • Associate
  • Michling Hofman Vinton Plaza & Wick
  • 2004 - 2006
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Education

  • University of Miami School of Law, (FL)
  • Juris Doctor
  • 2004
  • Northern Illinois University
  • B.S.
  • 2001

Legal Cases

  • Relocation Across the Pond
  • Father allowed Relocation to U.K. with his daughter.
  • Most Recent Custody Trial Victory
  • My client's 3 year old son is now living with him.

Associations

  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • Northwest Suburban Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Awards

  • Top 40 Lawyers Under 40
  • American Society of Legal Advocates
  • 2017
  • 10 Best in Cient Satisfaction
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2017
  • Absolute Victory
  • Law Offices of Jeffery M. Leving, Ltd.
  • 2009

Speaking Engagements

  • 2011 Stateville Semi-Annual Re-Entry Summit
  • Becoming the father you want to be after incarceration.
  • 2011

Attorney endorsements

Received (18)
Given (23)
Endorse Jenet
Family Attorney | Sep 14
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Jenet is truly one of the best in family law. I have seen him handle some of the most complex issues in his field. He is a hard worker and an aggressive litigator for his clients. I endorse this lawyer!"
Family Attorney | Jan 05
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Jenet is a hard-working and tenacious opponent, but always professional and a pleasure to work with."
Family Attorney | Jan 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jenet is one of the hardest working attorneys I have come across. He is extremely knowledgeable and personable. His care for his clients is paramount, as is his willingness to go above and beyond the call of duty to seek satisfactory results for his clients."
Family Attorney | Jan 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jenet is, by far, a standout in the family law community. His passion for the law is unmistakable. He is an attorney who prides himself on his knowledge of the law, the growth of attorneys in his field, and his unrelenting commitment to his clients."
Family Attorney | Nov 10
Relationship: Co-worker
"Jenet is a passionate attorney and is a valuable member of our firm. Jenet is an excellent mentor who is always willing to assist other attorneys with his knowledge and experience in all areas of family law."
Family Attorney | Nov 09
Relationship: Co-worker
"Jenet is a trusted mentor to other attorneys and I strongly recommend him without hesitation. Jenet is an attorney who combines his legal talents with compassion for both his clients and the community of individuals who submit questions in this forum. He treats clients as humans, not as legal files or retainer checks. In addition, Jenet has considerable experience with other divorce lawyers and family law judges and he is well respected in both the courtroom and in negotiating settlements ."
Family Attorney | Oct 09
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Jenet has a wealth of experience and can offer invaluable insight into any of your family law issues. He will provide you with a realistic view of your situation, and has the tools needed to get you to your ultimate destination. He is level-headed, compassionate, and aggressive. He has worked diligently and obtained results in complex custody, parentage, and removal cases."
Family Attorney | Oct 09
Relationship: Co-worker
"Jenet is thoughtful, considerate, and above all, extremely knowledgeable in all areas of family law. Jenet understands how to fight for his client's rights, and knows how to get the job done."
Family Attorney | Aug 27
Relationship: Co-worker
"Jenet is an outstanding attorney in all areas related to family law and a great advocate for his clients. I fully endorse him."
Unknown Attorney | Aug 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer with no reservation. An extremely talented and well respected attorney in the legal community. Very hardworking and diligent. Consistently achieves superior results. Advice is always practical and on point. I recommend to anyone looking for an attorney who knows the law and truly cares about protecting the rights of clients and achieving the most favorable result possible. I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jul 20
Relationship: Co-worker
"Jenet is a remarkable attorney and good friend. I am consistently impressed by the breadth of his knowledge of family law and his ability to generate creative solutions to clients' issues. He does not hesitate to give whatever is needed of himself to bring a matter to a favorable resolution. I would recommend Jenet to family members and friends without reservation - I can think of no higher praise."
Family Attorney | Jun 12
Relationship: Co-worker
"Jenet is a fantastic family law attorney who achieves the best results for his clients, as a result of his strong knowledge of the law and ability to listen closely to his clients needs and wishes. When there are issues with family - you need someone like that to help guide you and mitigate the legal, emotional and financial hurdles involved. I highly recommend Jenet."
Family Attorney | Mar 13
Relationship: Co-worker
"I strongly endorse Jenet. Jenet is one of the most talented attorneys I know in the Family Law arena. His knowledge and understanding of all facets of family law is top notch, and the professionalism and ethical manner he handles his clients and fellow attorneys is a rare quality these days. His compassion and empathetic and sensitive nature towards his clients his area practice is always noted and appreciated by his clients. I would not hesitate to highly recommend Jenet to any client, friend, or family member. A+ Rating and 5-stars!"
Family Attorney | Oct 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jenet Pequeno brings integrity, diligence and perspective to family law litigation. He is well versed in the intracacies of The Hague Convention. Mr. Pequeno is a strong advocate for his clients. He is well prepared and able to communicate in both Spanish and English. I highly endorse Jenet Pequeno."
Family Attorney | Sep 06
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. Jenet is a highly experienced and tough litigator who has fought for the rights of his clients throughout the State of Illinois. He is able to assist clients in the most complicated and dire situations. He has preserved the rights of his clients regardless of their own ability to communicate their predicaments to the court. If you are facing any issue in Family Court Jenet Pequeno is the man you want on your side."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Aug 27
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Jenet Pequeno is an exceptional litigator who utilizes unique legal strategies to find success in sophisticated cases where there is often little hope. In an almost unwinnable case where the mother concealed the child's whereabouts from the father, Pequeno successfully reunited the father with his little boy - saving the child from years of pain and anguish. In another case, Pequeno obtained custody for a father who almost gave up hope of ever seeing his children again - after the mother absconded with the children. Pequeno received the "Absolute Victory Award" for his superior litigation skills. He is a passionate matrimonial attorney with an impressive track record of victories who cares deeply about his clients."
Unknown Attorney | Aug 13
Relationship: Friend
"If you are looking for a family law lawyer with the highest levels of honor, integrity, character, compassion and experience well-beyond his years, this is your guy. There is no one I would rather have in my corner."
Family Attorney | Apr 02
Relationship: Friend
"I have known Jenet for over 10 years and he is without a doubt one of the most honest and genuine people that I have come across. He puts those characteristics into every case he has and therefore puts forth 110% effort in each of his cases. I don't think there's a better area of law for an attorney like Jenet to be in other than family law as he has the dual quality of being a fighter and having the listening skills and care for his clients that make a strong family law attorney. I definitely endorse Jenet as a family law attorney for your difficult family law case."
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Arlington Heights Family Lawyer Jenet Gonzalez Pequeno
Jenet Gonzalez Pequeno
Family Attorney
Arlington Heights, IL
Licensed for 18 years
Free Consultation