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Elizabeth Felt Wakeman

Arbitration Attorney at Crystal Lake, IL

5.0   2 reviews
  • Licensed for 30 years
    State IL
    Acquired 1993
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Fremd High School, Palatine, Illinois
University of Illinois in Champaign/Urbana, BS in Business Administration, Honors
DePaul University College of Law, JD, 1993
Many continuing education courses including:
Certificate in Mediation Training, DePaul University Center for Dispute Resolution, 2005
Collaborative Law Training, 2018
National Business Institute, Brewery and Distillery Law
Probate Guardian Ad Litem training, 2017
Guardian Ad Litem training, 2018
American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers annual seminars
Illinois Association of Defense Lawyers Annual Defense Tactics
E-Discovery / What you Need to Know
Construction cases/Kajima I and II
Managing Complex Claims
Practical Ethical Advice
Court Annexed Mediation and Small Claims Training
Arbitrator Training
Ethics and Professionalism
Trying the Dissolution of Marriage Case
Dissolution of Marriage Judicial Forum
Divorce and Taxes
How to Discredit Business Valuations
Hot Topics in Professional Responsibility
Young Lawyers/judge panel
Art/Ethics of Advocacy
Liz has presented many seminars to divorce recovery groups, counselors, lawyers, hospitals, doctors, and insurance companies and was an instructor for several years for a personal injury trial practice course presented by the Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel. Liz provided seminars in Mapping the Legal Minefield; guidelines for medical practitioners to area hospitals and their staff. She presented “Handling Minor’s Claims” to several insurance carriers.

Liz tried a case with a former law partner which involved one of the earliest cases in which a plaintiff was able to recover damages for grief and sorrow. In that case, a young child’s father was killed in a motorcycle accident. Historically, without a history of significant financial contribution, the recovery for this case would have been minimal. Liz and her colleague successfully argued for recovery despite a lack of financial support from the deceased father to the child.

Liz made new law in the area of compensation for lost wages for a plaintiff who owns a corporation and is not able to earn money for the corporation due to injuries. After this case, the law is now clear that an injured person is entitled to recovery of the loss of those earnings and earning potential.

In the area of family law, Liz has had multiple cases heard by the appellate court with success for her clients. In a recent case, the State of Illinois through Lisa Madigan’s office attempted to seek compensation from a father in Illinois who had children living in Mexico. Madigan’s office was trying to have child support set at Illinois standards rather than the standard that would apply in Mexico where the mother and children live. Liz fought against the idea that Illinois state resources would be utilized to send money out of the country inappropriately when the father was already providing financial support. Liz’s argument in this case was affirmed by the Illinois Supreme Court.

In another case, the court held that the founder of Cancer Treatment Centers of America was in contempt of court which was affirmed by the Appellate Court. Despite this party’s unlimited resources, Liz and her client have defeated him in each appeal on multiple issues thus far. Liz’s client received the largest court ordered maintenance award reported in Illinois.

Liz strives to find ways to help parties avoid litigation and to make the litigation process less stressful. She combines her skills as a litigator and mediator to reach effective results. There are many ways to navigate a divorce and Liz will help you choose the path that will fit your situation best.

Liz has handled a wide variety of family law matters including complex, high-value estates, custody contests, paternity claims, DCFS investigations, and post-decree disputes. Her approach focuses on the continued interaction of the family members under a changed living arrangement. She works hard to get her clients to an equitable and workable result while trying to limit the long-term damage that can arise in a hotly contested divorce. While it is often considered best to avoid the court room in family law matters, staying out of the court room very often depends on being well prepared for a court hearing.

Representing both plaintiffs and defendants in personal injury and medical malpractice litigation she has handled cases in the following areas: automobile, trucking, motorcycle accidents, construction, slip and fall, medical malpractice and other injuries and wrongful death claims.

Liz is very active in her community both professionally and personally.

She served as board member for the International Academy of Dispute Resolution. In that role, she judged national collegiate and international law school mediation tournaments giving her the opportunity to help students from all over the country and the world refine their mediation techniques. Whenever possible, Wakeman Law Group will try to get the parties to the table to try to work out their differences and will develop creative strategies to reach a resolution.

Professional Organizations:
Wakeman has trained lawyers in trial, alternative dispute resolution and mediation techniques. 

Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel
Chicagoland Healthcare Risk Management Society
International Academy of Dispute Resolution
Women in Business
Women in Management
Chicago Bar Association
Illinois Commission on Professionalism Mentoring Program Participant
Illinois State Bar Association, Assembly Member
Algonquin/Lake in the Hills Chamber of Commerce
McHenry County Bar Association
Civil Practice Committee/Section
Liz has served on committees to create, review and supplement the local rules for the 22nd Judicial Circuit.
Liz has assisted in the presentation of multiple continuing legal education courses through the McHenry County Bar Association regarding mediation, evidence and other civil litigation topics.
Illinois State Bar Association
Judicial Evaluation Committee Member (outside of Cook County)
Investigates and interviews judicial candidates to determine their qualifications for serving as a judge
Judge, Lincoln Award Legal Writing Contest
Family Law Section Member
Health Care Law Section Member
Law office Management and Economics Section Member
Tort Law Section Member
McHenry County Bar Association
Family Law Section Member
Lake County Bar Association
Northwest Suburban Bar Association
Mediation Council of Illinois
International Association of Collaborative Professionals
Collaborative Divorce Illinois
Crystal Lake Chamber of Commerce
Algonquin/Lake in the Hills Chamber of Commerce
Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce
Community Involvement:
Lake in the Hills Village Trustee
Parks and Recreation Board Co-founder, Member, Chair
Sunset Fest Committee/ Kids’ Korner Coordinator
Crystal Lake Chamber of Commerce Foundation Board member
Algonquin/Lake In The Hills Food Pantry volunteer
Cub Scout Pack 150, adult leader
Boy Scout Troop 151, adult leader, merit badge counselor (7 badges)
League of Women Voters
Deputy Registrar, McHenry County
Jaycees, Algonquin Lake in the Hills Chamber of Commerce
Communities Against Gangs
Lake in the Hills Airport Advisory Committee
Lake in the Hills Women’s League
Participant in Village of Lake in the Hills committees to hire key employees
Participant in Village of Lake in the Hills community education/cooperation committees
United Way Campaign Coordinator
Junior Achievement: JA and Project Business program instructor
Joy Community Presbyterian Church, steering committee member
Joy Community Presbyterian Church, Sunday School teacher/coordinator
Barrington Presbyterian Church, children’s area volunteer
People for Parks Foundation of Lake In The Hills, Inc., board member
Chair, Pub in the Park Craft Beer Festival
Boulder Ridge Country Club
Inverness Golf Club
Mediator in family law matters in McHenry County
Mediator for Kane County
Guardian Ad Litem in McHenry County family law cases
Our Office:
At Wakeman Law Group, PC, we use the most current technology to keep your legal fees low and we have office hours by appointment only with flexibility for your schedule. Phone messages are sent by email to the appropriate professional and we utilize Westlaw to give our clients the most current research results. With new changes in the law in 2017 and further changes in 2023 regarding child support, we incorporate software specifically designed to give accurate numbers for maintenance, child support and parenting time so that it can be clearly communicated to the court.

Turning Point Peace & Justice Award, 2020

Shaw Media, McHenry County Taking Care of Community, 2019

Shaw Media, McHenry County Women of Distinction, 2018

Leading Lawyer 2013 - 2024

American Institute of Family Law Attorneys

10 Best Attorneys, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2022, 2023
Daily Herald Business Journal, Top Suburban Women Lawyers, 2017

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Wakeman Law Group, PC
741 S. McHenry Ave Suite A
Crystal Lake, IL, 60014
Wakeman Law Group, PC
741 S Mchenry Ave Ste A
Crystal Lake, IL, 60014-7445
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Posted by Samantha | January 31, 2024
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| Hired Attorney
Child Custody
Liz and her team have been amazing. I’ve been fighting a custody case for over 3 years and although it’s been a lengthy and torturous process dealing with my narcissistic ex, we’ve reached a best possible outcome this far. I’m extremely grateful for her attention to detail, timely responses and understanding for my situation. She is someone you can trust and know she has your best interest. Thank you again for everything you’ve done and continue to do as we still have a long road ahead of us.
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Posted by Christine | January 13, 2022
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Kind and intelligent attorney
I have been a client of Liz Wakeman from 2006-2021, as a result of a very litigious ex-husband. Having worked with her for 15 years, I can say unequivocally that she is both an excellent attorney and an outstanding human being. She combines professional expertise with deep and genuine care for her client and those affected by the divorce; in my case, this meant that she prioritized what was best for me and my children. My experience with other attorneys, who often pay more attention to finances than anything else, confirms that this is a special quality of the Wakeman Law Group. Liz is knowledgeable of family practice case law as well as interpersonal dynamics, so she is always striving to de-escalate tensions and reach amicable settlements. In cases where mediating and reaching mutual agreement is impossible because of the recalcitrance of opposing counsel, she is knowledgeable of family case law and effective in trial situations. During the 15 years that I worked with her, she prevailed in court repeatedly while maintaining the highest ethical standards. I am very loyal to Liz and have come to consider her a friend who cares about my welfare and that of my children. The team Liz has recruited is also exceptional; of special note, she has an extremely reliable paralegal who is always available for consultation when Liz is occupied in court. For those searching for a divorce attorney, I would encourage you to ask yourself what kind of person you would like representing you in court. Your attorney is a reflection of you to the judges, to opposing council, and to all the members of your family who are affected by your divorce. I have not regretted choosing Liz – a kind, ethical, and intelligent attorney – to represent me for the past fifteen years.
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  • DePaul University College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1993
  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1987


  • McHenry Bar Association , Civil Practice Committee/Rules Committee
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel
  • Member
  • N/A

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Leading Lawyer
  • Law Bulletin Media
  • 2023
  • Women of Distinction
  • Shaw Media
  • 2018

Speaking Engagements

  • Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital
  • What To Do When the Lawyer Calls, or Writes
  • 2006
  • Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital
  • Mapping the Legal Minefield for Medical Care Providers
  • 2005
  • McHenry County Business Owners
  • Mediation Opportunities for Your Business
  • 2005
  • Lake in the Hills Rotary
  • What’s New in the Law that May Have an Effect on Your Business
  • 2005
  • Farmers Insurance, multiple years
  • Handling Minor’s Claims
  • N/A
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Crystal Lake Arbitration Lawyer Elizabeth Felt Wakeman
Elizabeth Felt Wakeman
Arbitration Attorney
Crystal Lake, IL
Licensed for 30 years