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Thomas A. Vaclavek

Family Attorney at Barrington, IL

4.9   16 reviews

also known as Tom, Thomas A. Vaclavek Jr.

  • Licensed for 23 years
    State IL
    Acquired 2000
    Active and Authorized to Practice Law No misconduct found

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

About Thomas

Learn Thomas’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Family
    Over 15 years of getting results for my clients.

    24 years, 1,000 cases

  2. Real estate
    Making it easy for my clients to buy and sell their homes.

    24 years, 500 cases

  3. Estate planning
    Providing my clients with wills, trusts, and powers of attorneys.

    21 years, 50 cases

My law practice focuses primarily on all aspects of family law and real estate. I have an extensive background handling various other legal matters including traffic and criminal defense, estates and trust, corporate matters, real estate and civil litigation. My practice concentrates on handling a variety of family matters including complex divorce litigation, collaborative law, mediations, difficult custody disputes, support matters, visitation, significant financial estates, removal, domestic violence, maintenance, pre and post nuptial agreements, civil unions and post-decree matters.  I am often appointed by judges to serve as Guardian for the children’s interests in difficult custody disputes as well.

With over 17 years of experience working in McHenry, Kane, DuPage, Cook and Lake Counties, I have the experience and skill required to handle both complex and simple matters. I serve my clients with respect and compassion and aggressively advocate on their behalf to assure they get what they want and deserve. My clients will tell you that I am a fighter and zealously represent them. They will also tell you that I am different from most other attorneys because I get back to them prompltly, keep the in the loop and work with them to get the best results for them and their family. 

I graduated from Chicago-Kent College of Law in 2000 and the University of Arizona in 1996. In 2018 I received the Distinguished Service Award by the McHenry County Bar Association in recognition of dedicated service and contribution to the citizens of McHenry County. I was recently honored as one of the 10 Best Family Law Attorneys by The American Institute of Family Law Attorneys for the second time in two years.  This year I was also recognized as one of the 10 Best Real Estate Attorneys by the American Institute of Real Estate Attorneys as well.  I was honored in 2012 as one of the “Best Under 40” by the McHenry County Business Journal and was named Member of the Year in 2009 by the Crystal Lake Chamber of Commerce. I am proud to be a board member for CASA and am excited to be involved with various other charitable organizations in the area including Big Brothers Big Sisters for six years. I also served as a board member for McHenry County Housing Authority from 2011 to 2017 and was a member of the Board of Directors for the Crystal Lake Chamber of Commerce and was the founding President of the Young Professionals which has produced many leaders in the community since its inception in 2006.  I currently am on the Board of Governors for the McHenry County Bar Association and the finance committee for the Crystal Lake Chamber of Commerce as well.  I am also a member of the Illinois, McHenry and the Northwest Suburban Bar Associations. 


Vaclavek Stassen, PC
1300 S. Grove Avenue
Unit 100
Barrington, IL, 60010

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4.9 / 5.0
  16 customer reviews
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Posted by anonymous | April 28, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Represented us in a Real Estate Lawsuite
We were represented by both Tom and Mindy in a real estate lawsuit case. They were precise with their research about the case and were very informative when it came to the law and the next steps in our case. We won our case because of the amazing work that was completed by both Tom and Mindy. I can't even begin to tell you how amazing their staff is as well. This is a top notch firm that goes the extra mile beginning with the lawyers to the paralegals and office staff. I highly recommend them if you happen to need AMAZING representation.
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Posted by Jen | October 28, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Truly the best
We used this firm for the sale of our home. Tom was amazing to work with and helped us all along the way. We couldn’t be happier to have worked with such experts! We will recommend them to everyone we know!!
Posted by Ken Z | August 14, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great to work with Tom & his staff - first class professionals who I can highly recommend. They exceeded all my expectations.
Posted by Miranda | November 29, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Professional, personable, knowledgeable
Tom has the expertise and experience in McHenry County. He’s also easy to work with and friendly which is not easy to find in an attorney. I highly recommend him.
Posted by anonymous | September 14, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Firm
Mr. Thomas Vaclavek is a highly skilled and knowledgeable divorce attorney that thoroughly assisted me through a very high conflict divorce. Not only is he an exceptionally bright litigator, he was also was also extremely creative and used sophisticated legal strategies to protect me. He was essentially on-call for me which was necessary when several situations developed that involved domestic violence, financial abandonment, and parental alienation. Just to name a few… When challenges are presented that can define or change someone's life, that's where you'll find confidence and trust with this distinguished law firm. From a personal experience, I can honestly tell you that at times, I felt like I wasn’t discussing important matters with an attorney but rather a friend. Mr. Vaclavek has always been there for me whenever I needed his assistance and I always would find solace knowing that he was on my side. During my time of adversity, I felt safe knowing that I had a competent lawyer by my side who was also tough as nails. He is a no-nonsense professional that in the end even managed to earn compliments on all his hard work from the opposing counsel. I will always be grateful for the firm’s support during that painful time in my life.
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Posted by Eric | September 12, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Exceptional advocate
I could not have had a better lawyer. Tom walked with me through my divorce process that took more than 4 years and immediately after the divorce judgement resulted in another 10 months of litigation due to unfulfillment of the judgement on the other side, as predicted by Tom and others. His counsel was gracious and direct. And he was appropriately forceful at the correct times with the other side. As to the expense - divorce is an expensive process. Tom worked diligently to minimize the expense and get the quality care and case management for which I paid. His partner and office staff were extraordinarily helpful as well - which only further supports Tom being able to do his work most effectively.
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Posted by Karyn Dougherty | September 11, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Tom was amazing during our home buying experience! He made the whole process easy & painless, he was super helpful and explained things in terms we could understand. If we ever had any questions about the process he was quick to respond. I highly reccomened him.
Posted by Michael | September 10, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
When buying a home, it's great to have Tom in your corner!
Tom was very personable and thorough. The entire team made our home buying experience truly pleasurable.
Posted by anonymous | October 13, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Professional and timely
I spoke with Tom in regards to a matter regarding a court case. Although he did not immediately have the answer he followed up with me that day and provided me with an answer.
Posted by Rocio | March 17, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Real Estate
Tom did an excellent job drawing up all necessary documents, contracts, and agreements. He made sure we understood our legal rights and took the time to explain all documents we were advised to sign. Very professional and easy to reach.
Posted by Georgiana | March 12, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great attorney and team
I have referred Tom to multiple clients and he and his team have done an amazing job. They stay on top of important milestone dates during contract and are always accessible. I have appreciated the care and concern they show my clients.
Posted by Jessica | March 8, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great experience!
We used Tom Vaclavek as our attorney during the home buying process. Tom and his team made the process so seamless and made sure that we were well informed and prepared for closing. Very professional, fair compensation.
Posted by Nicole | September 17, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
great experience
I was very pleased with Thomas and how much he helped me! Thomas was very thorough with explaining all documents to me and making sure I had full understanding of my paperwork. Not only did he have my best interest in mind, he also had a great personality! I would definitely use him again in the future.
Posted by Ron | July 28, 2015
Outstanding Attorney and Person
Tom has been my attorney for several years and I am thoroughly satisfied with his competence as my legal representative and equally impressed by his practical and understanding approach. Tom has consistently shepherded me through a number of difficult stages with the optimal level of toughness. This enables him to get results, while at the same time, reduce overall hostility.
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Posted by Josh | April 15, 2014
Great person to work with
Tom is seen by others as competent and innovative with outstanding business awareness. In addition to legal council, those who know Tom routinely seek out his opinion for fresh approaches and ideas in business.
Posted by Brian | March 15, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Hard working
Tom worked with me on my divorce case and was able to work out an agreement with the other party. He was responsive and kept me involved throughout the entire process. I was only required to attend court once and most of our conversations were either by phone or email. I was very pleased and would work with him again in the future.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 375-375 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 9.4 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Vaclavek Stassen, PC
  • 2017 - Present
  • Partner
  • Manassa, Stassen & Vaclavek, P.C.
  • 2013 - 2017
  • Attorney
  • Mohr & Vaclavek
  • 2010 - 2013
  • Attorney
  • Campion, Curran, Dunlop & Lamb
  • 2000 - 2010
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  • Chicago-Kent College of Law Illinois Institute of Technology
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2000
  • University of Arizona
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1996


  • Northwest Suburban Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • International Academy of Collaborative Professionals
  • 2014 - Present
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • 2001 - Present
  • McHenry County Bar Association
  • 2001 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Distinguished Service Award
  • McHenry County Bar Association
  • 2018
  • Ten Best Client Satisfaction
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2018
  • Ten Best Family Law Firms
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2018
  • Ten Best Client Satisfaction
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2017
  • Best Under 40
  • McHenry County Business Journal
  • 2012
  • Member of the Year
  • Crystal Lake Chamber of Commerce
  • 2007
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Speaking Engagements

  • CPE Club
  • Collaborative Law for Professionals
  • 2017
  • Barrington Practice Group
  • Collaborative Law
  • 2016

Attorney endorsements

Received (7)
Given (9)
Endorse Thomas
Family Attorney | Nov 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Tom has a very good reputation in the legal community. He is knowledgeable, responsive and extremely competent. I am always happy to refer matters to Tom when I have the opportunity."
Family Attorney | Feb 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly endorse this lawyer. I have known Tom for many years. He has an excellent grasp of the law and represents his clients effectively and with compassion."
Family Attorney | Mar 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Tom is an exceptional family law attorney. He is very knowledgeable and is a true advocate for his clients."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Mar 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I know Tom to be a talented and zealous advocate for his clients and is well respected in the legal community."
Family Attorney | Mar 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I am pleased to endorse Tom. I've worked with Tom on a few different matters. He always advocates for his client while still maintaining the utmost level of professionalism. He is responsive and knowledgeable in his field. I would refer clients to Tom if I was unable to handle their case."
Family Attorney | Mar 08
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer for Family law and Real estate matters"
Family Attorney | Oct 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
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Barrington Family Lawyer Thomas A. Vaclavek
Thomas A. Vaclavek
Family Attorney
Barrington, IL
Licensed for 23 years