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Shana Lynn Vitek

Divorce and separation Attorney at Bannockburn, IL

5.0   35 reviews
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  • Licensed for 20 years
    State IL
    Acquired 2003
    Status
    Active and Authorized to Practice Law No misconduct found

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

About Shana

Learn Shana’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    35%
    Shana has the knowledge and experience to represent any client in any divorce matter, from the most basic, uncontested divorce, to highly complex financial and custody disputes.

    21 years, 200 cases

  2. Family
    35%
    Includes Appeals, Child Custody, Collaborative Process, Divorce, Domestic Violence & Orders of Protection, LGBTQ Services, Mediation, Parentage & Paternity, Post-Divorce Enforcement & Modifications, and Prenuptial & Postnuptial.

    21 years, 200 cases

  3. Child custody
    10%
    Custody disputes, whether as part of a divorce or a parentage action, can be devastating to both parents and children. We will explain your options, your rights, and possible solutions to avoid the expense and acrimony of custody litigation.

    21 years, 200 cases

  4. Child support
    10%
    We represent parents in establishing, increasing, decreasing and terminating child support and are well versed in various collection methods.

    21 years, 200 cases

  5. Marriage and prenuptials
    10%
    Whether you are a business owner, an athlete or entertainer, or are simply an individual looking to protect your estate, it may be advisable to consider entering into a prenup, or post-nuptial, agreement to protect your financial rights.

    21 years, 200 cases

TOP-RATED FAMILY LAWYER SKILLED IN HIGH PROFILE CASES PRACTICING IN COOK, LAKE, DUPAGE, & MCHENRY COUNTY

 

Shana L. Vitek has exclusively practiced family law since 2003, representing clients in divorce, child custody, paternity and post-divorce cases. Ms. Vitek has repeatedly been selected as a Leading Lawyer in Family Law, and in 2013 was named one of the "Top 40 Illinois Attorneys Under 40 to Watch" by the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin. She is a member of the firm’s Family Law Sports and Entertainment Division, where she has gained extensive experience litigating high profile cases, with excellent results. Ms. Vitek is also a Fellow of the Collaborative Law Institute of Illinois and a member of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, which encourages parties to take control of the divorce process and make decisions that are in the best interest of the family as opposed to spending substantial time, money and experiencing significant stress in court. Ms. Vitek has also received a Certificate of Professional Achievement in Family and Divorce Mediation Training from DePaul University. She lives in the Chicago area with her husband, Eric, and their daughter, son and two dogs.

 

Awards

Client's Choice 2020,2019,2015
Client's Choice
2020 2019 2015

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Location

Beermann LLP
2275 Half Day Road
Suite 350
Bannockburn, IL, 60015
BEERMANN LLP
161 N. Clark, Suite 3000
Chicago, IL, 60601
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Client's Choice 2020
Client's Choice
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Posted by anonymous | July 22, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Shana helped me protect my child and I'll be forever grateful
It is hard to imagine how my life would be right now if I had not been referred to Shana to help me navigate a very volatile situation with a difficult ex and an infant child. Shana jumped in to help me and most importantly help me protect my child by ensuring the right safety guards were set in motion almost immediately. Her confidence and professionalism displayed in court provided me with a lot of comfort, especially when my ex’s lawyer slung mud. I am so happy I worked with an exceptional and ethical lawyer. I could tell the Judge and GAL appointed respected her for that while it also put my ex’s lawyer back on his heels. My divorce was unbelievably frustrating, emotionally charged, and overwhelming to say the least; Shana was always extremely calm and compassionate, and I know truly cares about me and my child’s well-being. I’m so grateful she was/is on my side and if you’re looking for a phenomenal divorce attorney, look no further.
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Posted by Aaron | May 6, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Shana Vitek of Beermann LLP Attorney Review
Shana Vitek and her team represented me in my 6-year quest for 50/50 parenting time with my daughter (she's 7). It took only five (5) months for Beermann/Shana not only to negotiate 50/50 parenting time (and other matters)... but also eliminate child support payments entirely (and other financial conditions). I found Beermann via a LinkedIn search and placed random phone call, mentioning Shana. As a backdrop, I am a divorced Dad of 7 years. I gave Beermann 5 stars for the following reasons: - Results achieved in a reasonable timeframe - Full transparency of potential headwinds and estimated legal fees in upside/downside scenarios - First Class professionalism - Execution of a tailored strategy that addressed my specific situation - Good coordination and communication of next steps - Ability to achieve results without a face to face meeting - all was done telephonically and e-mail - Beermann has a solid reputation and an extensive network - Shana took the time to understand my goals. She was a straight-shooter and advised on optimal methods to stay out of court - Shana was instrumental in the ongoing negotiations with my ex wife (my ex wife is a litigator) - Lastly, results were achieved in a timely manner (had to say it again). I highly recommend Shana Vitek.
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Posted by Kimberly | June 27, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
This is the lawyer you want, and the team behind you in family court!
I interviewed several lawyers and all were great, however what set Shana apart from the rest is she understood my case and fears and showed she wanted to help me protect my children. She knew that my children were my priority and she never lost sight of that. Together we accomplished my goal at 110%. Her team she has behind her is responsive and very well orginized and never delayed a filing or delivery of documents to me and communicated the opposing sides responses to me immediatly. I filded just before covid lock down of 12/2019 so this took a bit longer than she had said it would--court being shut down, this was not something she could foresee, regardless we still worked on bulding our case and getting all documents shared--she used the time of shut down to orginize and stratigize my case. When I felt like it wasnt going well, she assured me of the process and that we were on target. Trust her and the process!! It might take a bit longer than you want--but when there are children and assets involved it takes a lawyer who is calm and expirenced--Thats Shana!!
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Posted by Sarah | September 2, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great attorney
Shana is a compassionate and a very professional attorney. She helped me navigate my divorce as well as a lawsuit later on. Shana is very objective, straight forward and makes the whole process very smooth. She made sure the process moved along fast, explained the process well to make sure I have a full understanding of my rights. She is not rushing to lawsuits, and has a very calming and soothing personality, which make the client very comfortable in a middle of chaos. I highly recommend her.
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Posted by Lance | August 25, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent representation from Shana and her team
Shana Vitek ad. her team represented me in finalizing my divorce. Due to Covid, the Cook County courts appearances were all conducted via Zoom. Shana was diligent, thorough, and persistent in getting through the frustrating process of working with the court system via Zoom Calls. The presiding judge was unreasonable, rude, and quick to set unnecessary continuances. Thankfully, Shana and her team remained focused and resilient and were able to finalize my divorce. I would strongly recommend using Shana Vitek if you are considering a divorce.
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Posted by Nicole | March 28, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Advocate and Excellent Attorney
I cannot recommend Shana enough. She was patient, kind and a strong advocate for me when I went through my divorce. She knows when things do not need to be contentious and is able to keep your divorce on track so you are not needlessly racking up attorneys' fees. I have recommended her services many times and have only heard great feedback.
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Posted by Joel | October 26, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Had to go back to court!!!
Due to Covid, I lost my job and had to go back to court to modify support until I found a new job. In the middle of Covid, Shana was amazing and very calming during a tense time. The case is now over that I am employed now as if nothing skipped a beat which is unreal.
Posted by anonymous | April 22, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Perfect fit
Shana understands your position/side of things and truly fights for what you want within reason. I felt my case was a little unique for various reasons and she helped secure more than what was statutorily allowed for child support and a few other things for me. My case has been closed for awhile but I can still go to Shana for things that come up and she takes care of them! She handles a lot of cases but makes you feel like yours is most important. She has a good demeanor inside the courtroom and out. She knows the law and knows what the judge will do/say because of her experience. Was a perfect fit for me and my case.
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Posted by anonymous | February 8, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Experienced attorney that is very easy to work with
Shana is an experienced attorney who is very easy to work with. She worked on my divorce case in 2020 and supported me throughout the process. She was knowledgeable and efficient and completed my case in just one month. And what I like most about her is that she is not intrusive to client's privacy and only seek information the client is comfortable to provide unless it is something critical to the case. And she is a very pleasant and uplifting person. In summary, Shana is a great attorney to work with and I definitely recommend her to anyone would have a need.
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Posted by anonymous | December 24, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Shana Vitek - Review
Had a chance to work with Shana and her team (mostly with Leo) on a divorce case that involved lots of unusual aspects, not the common divorce you’d think. When I entered into my divorce, I had no idea where to start and how exactly to navigate through it. Got consultation for free from Shana, then called her later again and surprisingly she didn’t want to charge me - not a common thing when calling an attorney for the second time. During those calls I got a lot of information and realized this is the right firm. I got full support and guidance throughout the whole process with constant updates from Shana’s team. Divorce is by default a complex and emotional procedure, there are ups and downs but as long as you have someone explaining you what is happening, why... you can go through it with half of the tools or with a full suitcase of tools - the latter is definitely the case here!I I would definitely recommend hiring Shana and her team, they are very professional, know their stuff, this goes beyond the bare bones of a divorce, have experience with tons of cases!
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Posted by Kim Victorine | October 5, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Review for Shana Vitek
Shana and her team represented me in a chid support case in 2016/17. She was professional, communicative, and responsive during the entirety of the process, which as anyone who's gone through a divorce with children knows it can be quite cumbersome and grueling. The transparency, availability, and attention to legal details were very much appreciated. I would recommend Shana and her team to anyone needing professional and attentive guidance through such a difficult life transition.
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Posted by Maria | August 10, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Compassionate Lawyer
Shana has been on point, very clear and forthcoming as to the details on IL's divorce laws and filing process from our consultation . She has a broad approach to my case, gave me sound and accurate advice on next steps. I feel very comfortable and unashamed on pouring out my past to her. I encourage anyone to contact and employ her services!
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Posted by anonymous | August 3, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Highly recommend Shana
I have had the pleasure of working with Shana for about a year now. Initially, I had approached her about general questions regarding prenups, custody and child support. In her initial consultation, Shana was very empathetic and gave me great and empathetic advice. I subsequently hired Shana to write a prenup for me. In that process, I felt that she had my back, while also being practical and not engaging in a drawn out back and forth with the other attorney. All in all, I highly recommend Shana and look forward to continuing to work with her.
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Posted by anonymous | June 23, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Was my attorney during my divorce
Ms. Vitek was my attorney for my divorce. I would highly recommend her for anyone who is going through this difficult time. She was very patient, let you get your side of the story out and vent when needed. Which is needed when you are going through something like this. She was always on top of everything, things got filed on time and there were no delays from her end. She definitely kept everything moving forward for my case.
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Posted by Nicole B. | April 13, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
excellent lawyer
So glad I used Shana as my lawyer during my divorce. I wouldn't have known what to do without her. She made the process easier and smoother for me. I would highly recommend her to anyone.
Posted by anonymous | October 10, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Divorce
Shana Vitek was a consummate professional from start to finish. She was beyond very thorough in her original consultation with me and made sure that she kept me in the loop the entire process. I felt like she really looked after my needs both personally and professionally and made sure everything was executed in a timely and professional manner. I also felt that she was very respectful of timing and costs and moved everything along as fast as possible.
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Posted by anonymous | June 19, 2019
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| Consulted Attorney
Super Nice and Helpful
Had a consultation and she was so helpful to talk with. This is a highly emotional journey with little trust in attorneys. Shana listened, cared and gave helpful direction.
Posted by anonymous | June 19, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Client
Shana took the time to listen to my concerns, provide sound legal guidance during the divorce process, and kept my best interest in mind. She always provided the pros and cons of probably dissolution of judgment outcomes that prepared me to make rational and logical decisions throughout the entire divorce process. Shana was responsive to all of my phone calls and email communications. She kept me in the loop at all times with detailed status updates.
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Posted by anonymous | June 11, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
knowledgeable and professional
After my previous attorney was not able to satisfactorily address my questions/concerns regarding my divorce process, I separated my ways with him and decided to retain Shana. From the very beginning, it was clear that she was very knowledgeable and professional. She genuinely listened my concerns, did a great job explaining the steps throughout the process and she always advised me while keeping my best interests in mind. Shana never left any of my questions unanswered. We were able to work together well on long distance; she was very responsive to my e-mails and always accommodated my requests for phone calls in a timely manner, which I highly appreciated. It was clear that her focus was to handle the process in a timely and cost effective way for me while keeping my best interests. I highly recommend hiring Shana if in need of an excellent divorce attorney.
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Posted by anonymous | October 8, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
If you're looking for the best, look no further!
As a mom of 2 young daughters and a difficult ex, I needed a lawyer that was knowledgeable, patient, compassionate and responsive. From the very first phone call to the final closing date in court, she went above and beyond to make sure that all my questions were answered and that the needs of my children and myself were taken care of. She is easy to talk to and explains legal terminology in a way that is easy to understand. She truly cares about her clients and she has the experience and expertise in her field that you want on your side.
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  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
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Resume

AVVO RATING 9.9 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Divorce and Family Law Partner
  • Beermann LLP
  • 2003 - Present

Education

  • John Marshall Law School, Chicago
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2003

Sample of Legal Cases

  • In re Marriage of Husband and Wife
  • Judgment for Wife

Associations

  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
  • Fellow
  • 2021 - Present
  • Lake County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Collaborative Law Institute of Illinois
  • Fellow
  • 2011 - Present
  • International Academy of Collaborative Professionals
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
  • Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation
  • Auxiliary Board
  • 2010 - 2014
  • Steppenwolf Theatre
  • Auxiliary Council
  • 2010 - 2013
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2021
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2020
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2019
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2018
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2017
  • Leading Lawyer
  • Leading Lawyers Network
  • 2016
  • Leading Lawyer
  • Leading Lawyers Network
  • 2015
  • Top 100 Lawyers
  • The National Advocates
  • 2015
  • Leading Lawyer
  • Leading Lawyers Network
  • 2014
  • Top 40 Illinois Attorneys Under the age of 40
  • Chicago Daily Law Bulletin
  • 2013
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Rising Stars
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2012
  • Illinois Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2011
  • Illinois Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2010
  • Illinois Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2009
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Publications

  • Glamour
  • Sorry, We Are Not Breaking Up!
  • 2013
  • SRR Journal
  • The Ethics of Representing Athletes in Family Law Matters
  • 2011
  • The Docket-Lake County Bar Association
  • Top Ten Mistakes in Business Valuations
  • 2009
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Speaking Engagements

  • Asset Protection Asset Protection from a Divorce Lawyers Perspective
  • Asset Protection
  • 2010

Attorney endorsements

Received (5)
Given (4)
Endorse Shana
Divorce and separation Attorney | Oct 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jul 24
Relationship: Co-worker
"Having worked for, and with Shana - she is fantastic. Creative, knowledgeable, compassionate, aggressive and wits all in one. Highly endorse and recommend Shana."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Sep 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Apr 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Shana. She has been handling family law cases exclusively since 2003, and is very well versed in family law. She's an asset to the legal community."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Sep 01
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"I highly endorse this lawyer's work. Shana is one of the hardest working, smartest lawyers in the divorce courts. Shana is compassionate and will fight for her client's rights. Shana has worked on files representing Michael Jordan and R. Kelly and has the skill and competence to represent clients in every facet of family law."