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Denis M. Gravel

Divorce and separation Attorney at Gurnee, IL

4.9   36 reviews
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  • Licensed for 27 years
    State IL
    Acquired 1996
    Status
    Active and Authorized to Practice Law No misconduct found

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

About Denis

Learn Denis’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    55%
    Contested, Agreed, High Asset Distribution, Business Value Distribution, Same Sex, Military. Many of our divorce cases include Child Custody, Child Support and Maintenance/Alimony issues.

    28 years, 1,500 cases

  2. Child custody
    30%
    Representing both Fathers and Mothers in highly contested Child Custody Cases including Removal and Relocation issues.

    28 years, 300 cases

  3. Child support
    10%
    No issue touches me more than making sure that a parent is properly providing for his/her child/children. Including College Expense cases.

    28 years, 200 cases

  4. Marriage and prenuptials
    4%
    From very simple to extremely complicated.

    28 years, 50 cases

  5. Family
    1%
    Its all we do!!!

    28 years, 2,050 cases

THERE ARE NO PROBLEMS, ONLY SOLUTIONS.

The often emotionally charged areas of Divorce and Child Custody require an attorney that can stay focused on the client's goals. To that end, the client's goals must be clearly identified and a strategy must be developed, from the onset, that will enable the client and the attorney to accomplish those goals. We are skilled, knowledgable, aggressive, resourceful, dedicated attorneys.

 

We have always operated by three simple rules:
- To do our best, always.
- To treat others as we would like to be treated.
- To always do what is right

 

The firm has always limited its practice to the area of Family Law in Lake County.   The reason for this is simple:  The procedural and substantive law is ever changing.   As such, a client with a Family Law issue deserves an attorney who does one thing and only one thing - Family Law.   We handle all types of Family Law cases from the most simple and uncontested to the most complex dispute and all things in between.  We give each case our undivided attention, dedication, and commitment.  You deserve no less.

Awards

Distinguished Peer Review Rating
Client's Choice 2022,2021,2019
Client's Choice
2022 2021 2019

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Reviews

4.9 / 5.0
  36 customer reviews
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Client's Choice 2022
Client's Choice
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Posted by anonymous | June 29, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Amazing experience!
Cannot recommend enough! Denis was nothing but honest and professional from the start. He is truly for the best interest of his clients no matter what. Sara helped me not stress every step of the way and communicated so thoroughly throughout my whole case. Don’t hire anyone else!!!!
Posted by Drew | June 9, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Exceptional
Denis & his team were nothing less then exceptional for my divorce. They were always there when I needed them to be and they always did what was best for me. I could never thank all of them enough.
Posted by anonymous | January 10, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Thank You. Great Job!
Mr. Gravel and his staff were fantastic during the very harrowing time for me. They were always there to answer my questions and to take care of absolutely everything. I especially want to thank Jill K. Buchanan-Ebert, Mr. Gravel's assistant who figuratively held my hand throughout the divorce process.
Posted by anonymous | December 8, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Extremely pleased
We hired Denis and Jocelyn to represent us. They were very attentive and thorough to our needs. They stayed on top of every deadline and detail to our case. We felt very confident and very well represented. Thank you!!
Posted by Evelyn | November 18, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Smooth Process
Everyone was helpful, detail and always available. I never thought I would be divorced in less than a month.
Posted by anonymous | November 17, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Great job!
I worked with Jocelyn to reduce or discontinue the alimony that I was paying. She was able to get it totally discontinued! She explained everything and was always available to answer my questions.
Posted by Farhad | September 18, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A good professional attorney
Denis represented me against an unreasonable parent. Proved himself as a professional with strong ethical standards. We had our moments during a long duration of a case, but overall it am happy with his skill set in family law. He never said/predicted anything that would turn out to be incorrect. Office is also prompt and professional
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Posted by George | September 8, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Outstanding Service
Denis Gravel and his staff are extremely polite, professional and attentive to their client's needs. They made a very unpleasant situation much more bearable. I felt like more than just their client, they made me feel like part of their family!
Posted by Caitlin | July 7, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Knowledgeable and compassionate
I have been searching for an attorney for my divorce and child custody issues and was so thankful I found Denis. He offered an very in-depth consultation, was very compassionate and understanding, and was very knowledgeable about how I should best proceed. I will be retaining him and I would definitely recommend him to anyone in a similar situation.
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Posted by Andrew | August 29, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
ACTIVE FATHERS PLEASE READ!!!!!
I started out my process without an attorney and after having no success decided to attain Denis and his firm. Jocelyn was a lifesaver on my case and truly made me feel like she cared. I would highly recommend any fathers seeking time with their children to use this firm. Marco was also amazing with communicating and keeping me in the loop regarding my case. THANK YOU FOR ENSURING I REMAINED ACTIVE AND PRESENT IN MY CHILDREN LIVES.......
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Posted by Alexis | June 12, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
10/10 would reccomend
They helped me with my case, and were always available to call, email, text with any questions or concerns I had. Always were on top of everything for me and were always very accommodating and understanding. I had the best experience with them and would 10/10 recommend this firm!
Posted by Clarissa | May 31, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Satisfied Client
I'm grateful to have worked with Denis Gravel's team; specifically, Jocelyn Gravel - Wechter. Jocelyn's tenacity, attention to detail and compassion were a winning combination. Jocelyn, along with her team we able to secure a great offer for me from the opposing counsel. I highly recommend this law office.
Posted by James | February 8, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Fair and prompt
The handled my case effectively, and came in under what they had quoted. Sara was delightful.
Posted by Madalina | November 8, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I couldn't be more pleased!
The divorce, the subsequent child support recalculations upon the emancipations of my children - all have been incredibly stressful to me. And then I met Jocelyn Wechter, one of Denis' associates. She worked with me in two similar circumstances, and I felt confident and comfortable enough to let go of my anxiety, and let her handle my case, knowing she had my best interests at heart. I was not wrong. I am done with any legal matters as far as the divorce and child support are concerned, but I would wholeheartedly recommend Jocelyn to those in need of legal services. Thank you, Jocelyn. Thank you, Denis. and Thank you all the paralegals, financial clerks, and assistants for you help.
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Posted by anonymous | March 10, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Family console
Denis and his team were very thorough and made us very comforable with the process
Posted by Jerry | June 3, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Thank You
The Denis Gravel law firm and in particular Attorney Jocelyn were attentive, courteous, efficient, professional and they provide excellent legal representation. They were informative and explained in detail all of the scenarios. They made sure to keep me informed at all times regarding my situation and were very personable. I would highly recommend them to anyone for legal representation.
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Posted by Chad | April 12, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Thank you so much!
I really wanted to take a moment to genuinely thank Denis Gravel and Sara Roberts for the work on my case. They were able to represent me and help me negotiate a quick settlement. I can't thank them enough for getting back to me, answering questions quickly and representing me. I highly recommend them.
Posted by Christine M | March 3, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Great Practice
Denis and his Staff were amazing. Through the consultation all the way through the end of the my divorce. They were always there when I had a question and helped me through this difficult process.
Response from Denis Gravel March 9, 2021
We appreciate your thoughtful review. Thank you for your recommendation.
Posted by Angel | February 26, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Best Decision In A Difficult Time
After seven years my ex decided parenting time was necessary. Knowing this day was coming at some point, I must have met with half of the Family Law Attorneys in Lake County. Denis M. Gravel and Associates was a different experience. Sitting down with Denis Gravel within the first 15 minutes 90% of the worry and anxiety vanished. Working with Jocelyn on my case, to speaking to administrators, scheduling appointments and communicating via email, the care, kindness and professionalism illustrated from each individual was immeasurable. Jocelyn is an intelligent hardworking, quick witted attorney with a wealth of knowledge of family law and extends the utmost care and compassoin to her clients. She is reassuring and delibrate in defining ojbectives expectations and possible outcomes . This case needed a herculean effort to keep the child in this case safe and make sure the courts held the respondent accountable. Half the attorneys in Lake County seemed as if they didn’t want to touch it. This case was particularly grueling and highly emotional in which His Honor in the case, seemingly uncharacteristically, but often turned a blind eye to previous court orders. If left unchallenged could have potentially put the child’s safety at risk. Posing arguments with HIs Honor, making sure our position was on record was essential to the resolution of this case. The resolution that I had imagined. Jocelyn was unwavering. Keeping my child protected and maintaining that the court keep the other parent accountable was 100% fulfilled. Needless to say, prior to reaching out to Denis M. Gravel and Associates I was consumed with worry. Jocelyn, always composed and steadfast persevered and remained positive. Part therapist, allowing me to vent, part friend keeping me optimistic, 100% representative looking out for the well being of myself and my child. The gratitude I have for her, I will never be able to fully convey. THANK YOU JOCELYN GRAVEL WECHTER and Thank you Denis Gravel and Associates. For peace of mind and to feel supported in a difficult time, I HIGHLY recommend Denis M. Gravel and Associates
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Response from Denis Gravel March 1, 2021
We appreciate your high praise. We can't thank you enough for your kind words and recommendation.
Posted by Brittany S | February 26, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Thank you
This was not the easiest of cases but Denis and Tyler certainly delivered their best. I can't click enough stars for Denis and Tyler. Both worked extremely hard on my foreign judgement case and jurisdiction case. They were with me every step of the way and not once did I ever feel like they weren't doing their jobs. They always say "you get what you pay for..." I got so much more than what I paid for. I didn't realize when I hired Denis *30 MINUTES BEFORE MY HEARING* that I had just hired one of the best attorneys I've ever had. He ensured to call me before every hearing. He also ensured that he called me AFTER every hearing. Ensuring I understood what was said and to give me a chance to ask any questions I may have come up with while in the hearing itself. I can promise you, if you hire Denis, Tyler, or any other associate from this law firm, you WILL be in good hands. Denis and Tyler, thank you both so much for being so understanding and especially on my days when I was at a complete loss and didn't know where to turn or who to talk to.
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.9 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Denis M Gravel & Assoc. P. C.
  • 1997 - Present

Education

  • Northern Illinois University College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1996
  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1985

Associations

  • Lake County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1997 - Present
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1996 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Distinguished
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2024
  • Distinguished
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2020
  • Distinguished
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • Who's Who in American Law
  • Who's Who In American Law
  • 2000
  • Class Rank #1
  • Northern Illinois University
  • 1996
  • Law Review
  • Northern Illinois University
  • 1996
  • Moot Court Champion
  • Northern Illinois University
  • 1995
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Publications

  • IICLE Handbook
  • Obtaining Medical Evidence
  • 1997
  • Northern Illinois University Law Review
  • Double Jeopardy
  • 1996
  • Northern Illinois University Law Review
  • Department of Revenue v. Kurth Ranch: Double Jeopardy
  • 1995

Attorney endorsements

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Endorse Denis
Family Attorney | Jun 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Apr 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Feb 11
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Nov 19
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. denis is an absolutely excellent ethical lawyer. over the years he and i have had many cases together. he is very well prepared, very well versed in the law and procedure. i highly endorse him."
Family Attorney | Jun 01
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Mr. Gravel was appointed the children's representative on a very difficult and long-drawn out custody and visitation case. I was impressed with his patience, skill and ability to work with this family. Mr. Gravel is well respected in Lake County and in the community."
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