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Matthew J. Stanton

DUI and DWI Attorney at Gurnee, IL

5.0   17 reviews

also known as Matt Stanton, Stanton & Wharton

  • Licensed for 19 years
    State IL
    Acquired 2004
    Active and Authorized to Practice Law No misconduct found

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

About Matthew

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CLIENT RATING - 5 Stars!!! 



Experience, Knowledge, Integrity



    • Criminal Defense - If you are charged with a crime, choosing the right attorney is the most important decision you will make.  It could mean the difference between a conviction on your record or a dismissal of all charges.  Whether you are guilty of wrongdoing, or innocent of charges against you, you deserve a quality legal defense.
    • Divorce - In spite of what you may have heard, the truth is that there are no real winners in a divorce case.  The best outcome typically involves a compromise that results in an efficient, if not perfect, resolution -- one that allows for both parties to get on with their lives again.



Stanton & Wharton
4949 Grand Ave
Suite 6 A
Gurnee, IL, 60031-1821
Stanton & Wharton
800 East Northwest Highway
Suite 814
Palatine, IL, 60074
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Posted by Katy | August 12, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Amazing Lawyer
Mr. Stanton helped me with my divorce in 2016. He made a very difficult time in my life go much easier than expected. Mr. Stanton once again helped me with another case from 2019-2020. My home was in the process of being foreclosed on. The bank kept saying no and that there was nothing I could do to save my home. Mr. Stanton did not back down and was able to save my home from foreclosure. I will forever be grateful for his hard work and kindness. He is a wonderful person who genuinely cares about his clients. I highly recommend Mr. Stanton.
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Posted by Karan | October 4, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Lawyer. Great Guy
Matt went out of his way to help me in a DUI and driving with a suspended license case to get me the best possible deal. He really cares about your life and makes the process easy as possible for you.
Posted by Donald | July 22, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great experience
Mr Stanton handled a serious situation for me...and I must say I couldn't remember having such a worrie free experience.he kept communication open and got me the results I wanted in a hurry.i would recommend highly.ty Mr Stanton I'm looking forward to seeing you again.
Posted by Al Y. | June 21, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
My to go to when I need legal advice
I read all the reviews above and it s exactly what I think of Matt. Matt was my client before I became his client and from what I learned from our interactions is he loves helping people and he is not like others who are only motivated by money. He does this because he loves what he does and he loves people. This is the honest truth and if you meet him you will see that what all these people are saying is very true. Highly recommended
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Posted by anonymous | August 10, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Kind and Smart... Just Brilliant!
Mr. Stanton helped me through an incredibly emotional OP case in Chicago. Not only is he a clever and brilliant lawyer, he took the time to listen to me and appreciate what I was going through. Most lawyers just looked at the case and said it would be fine, but they did not try to understand what was going on or how I felt. From the start, my experience with Mr. Stanton was different. First of all, his assistant, Mary, is incredibly sweet, bright, and helpful. She texted me on her day off, called me after she had gotten home, and went out of her way a number of times to ensure I was taken care of, even though I had never met her. Who does that?! To me it shows that not only is Mary awesome, but that Mr. Stanton must be a decent person, because no assistant would otherwise do all of that! Within the first few minutes of our consultation, I knew he was the right person for me. He did not pressure me with the stakes if I did not hire a lawyer. He did not dismiss the stress I was in. He listened and even worked with me on the cost of his services due to my circumstances. In court, he was brilliant. He has a friendly manner which not only extended to me and the people I was with, but my ex, as well. I think it helped make the situation go by a lot more smoothly. While diplomatic and kind toward the other party, there was never a doubt that he had my back the entire time, ensuring that I would be taken care of. Honestly, you do not have to look any further if you are seeking a lawyer. Just talk with Mr. Stanton and you will see what I am talking about.
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Posted by anonymous | December 1, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Person
Matthew Stanton has represented my spouse in a DUI case and child support case. Matthew has continually supported my spouse in and out of court. We are both very thankful to have met Matthew. He has not only been a great lawyer but a good friend.
Posted by Gustavo | November 29, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I was in a sticky situation with a suspended license ticket. My fiances grandparents referred me to Matt, it was very short notice court date but Matt pulled some strings and still made it work for. He was on time for the court date, and he really came through with what I asked of him. We had all the paperwork I needed ready for him. All for a really affordable price also, will definitely contact him for future issues if they occur, thank you Matt !
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Posted by Heather | October 26, 2016
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Best Attorney Ever!!!
This man is our attorney that turned to friend! He is a man of his word and will do anything in his power to makes things happen! He has done so much for me and my family and we are so grateful! We couldn't have done it without him! Best attorney ever! Highly recommended!
Posted by Shan | July 26, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Divorce case
Mr. Stanton is one the best lawyers in Illinois. He represented my divorce case and helped me through my toughest times. Whenever I felt nervous about anything, Mr. Stanton reassured me that everything will be alright. He was calming, and made a difficult situation easy. There is no other lawyer I would've chosen to represent my case.
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Posted by Lin-Z Davis | June 7, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Best Lawyer Ever!
I met Mr. Stanton in 2007 when he represented me in my uncontested second divorce. Mr. Stanton accepted my case despite my financial situation at the time. He spent time talking with me and took into consideration who I was as a person. He worked w/me to make it possible to move forward in my life. When I reached out to Mr. Stanton in early 2016 for a consultation regarding a custody situation from my first divorce, Mr. Stanton not only remembered me, but remembered specifics about both me and my case! Beginning with our first encounter, I found Mr. Stanton to be honest, clever, pragmatic, forthright, genuine, and compassionate, with a calm demeanor that has alleviated a lot of my anxiety during stressful situations. He’s worked to involve me so I felt comfortable with the process and was patient by taking the time to ensure I understood everything. His concern has always been getting a quick resolution that I was comfortable with. Unlike other lawyers I’ve encountered whose focus is concentrated on money, Mr. Stanton has integrity. There were many occasions where he could (and probably should) have charged me for his time, yet didn’t. Any other attorney would capitalize on an opportunity to bill their client, but Mr. Stanton is empathetic and concerns himself with what’s fair & just. He has a depth of legal knowledge and has offered accurate, invaluable, & useful legal advice. And unlike most lawyers, he’s easily reachable by phone and e-mail After all my interactions with Mr. Stanton, I’d consider him my attorney and my friend. I respect & highly recommend Mr. Stanton as an attorney and whole-heartedly support him in his pursuit to become State’s Attorney for Lake County.
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Posted by Cindy Barker | June 5, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Great Attorney
Mr. Stanton helped me last minute to file my divorce papers. Since his help, I've been following his political journey. He is the right person for change. I will be supporting him in his quest for State's Attorney and will highly recommend as an attorney. I didn't hire him but he completely filled out my court papers. I had no idea what I was doing and he took the time to help. His action showed me what a kind, thoughtful person he is. What a great guy with great values!
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Posted by Disne | May 24, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very personal persons. He's a caring person had guided me while I was going thru a divorce
Posted by anonymous | January 4, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Recommend this Attorney
If you have never been directly involved in the legal system, you might go into it expecting justice, fairness, and a timely resolution to your problem; however, like me and many others, you will soon find yourself entangled in a game that is not necessarily fair, and that has the potential to drain you financially. When I had been in court previously, the lawyer I had then did nothing to prevent extended litigation, and in fact, seemed to prolong it himself. I later consulted Mr. Stanton regarding some post-decree matters and quickly saw the value of his approach, which foremost included minimizing emotional and irrelevant issues. After consulting with Mr. Stanton I came to see that one's best legal counsel in not an attorney who hates your ex as much as you do. Your best legal counsel is a lawyer who can clarify and address the important issues in order to get resolution as quickly as possible...and as much as possible avoid lengthy legal processes that will harm, more than help you. Here is the crux of the matter: When searching for an attorney you need someone pragmatic, forthright, and honest; someone who can cut to the chase and spare you as much turmoil as possible, For emotional support look to your friends and family; but for legal advice, find an attorney who is not a game player in the system. Matthew Stanton is a person of depth and knowledge who knows how to get a case resolved so you can move on with life. I'd highly recommend him.
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Posted by Ace | March 4, 2015
Hi, im a young black male that owns a t shirt shop in waukegan in a building where Matthew use to have an office in. Im only telling the truth when i say that Matthew fought a child support case for me for a kid that wasn't mines. I'd had two judges and lawyers tell me that there was nothing i could do about it and i would have to pay child support until she was 18. I ran into him in the hallway and i explained what i was going through. Matthew took the case and without a huge payment or a whole lot of lawyer promises. he fought for me all the way until the judge agreed to his argument and we over turned a case that I was told was a lose lose case. I hug him all the way down the hall! He was better than a lawyer he was a friend first! thank you forever Matt....Ace
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Posted by Mike | March 2, 2015
Excellent lawyer
Matt handled my divorce and made a troubling experience much less troubling. He kept me up to date on important happenings with my case and the results were fair for both of us. She even agreed for once
Posted by anonymous | March 20, 2013
Excellent Results
Matt gives more than legal advice; he stands with you shoulder to shoulder throughout your case. His manner is relaxed, and his style is unconventional, but don't let that fool you, cause he knows his stuff. And as a nice bonus, he actually likes his clients.
Posted by anonymous | April 23, 2012
Caring Attorney who listens
Matt is one of the only attorneys that I have met in the family law system who actually cares about his clients. He is honest and doesn't waste your money or play games. He is a good person. Unfortunately many others in the system are not and are out for money or power. Matt is out for what is right, just, and fair. He also doesn't focus on charging you for every second of time that you talk to him. I have a lot of respect for this man! He has fought hard for me and in many instances we have prevailed.
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AVVO RATING 8.3 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Senior Partner
  • Stanton Law Center
  • 2005 - Present
  • Adjunct Professor
  • Chicago Kent College Of Law
  • 2005 - Present


  • Chicago-Kent College of Law Illinois Institute of Technology
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2004
  • Columbia College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • N/A

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Bernas v Gerdes
  • settlement for Plaintiff


  • Lake County Debtor and Creditor Commitee
  • Attorney Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • 19th Judicial Court
  • Volunteer Attorney
  • 2011 - Present
  • Lake County Bar Association
  • Attorney Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Attorney Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Attorney Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • San Diego Bar Association
  • Attorney Member
  • 2005 - 2007
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish
  • Filipino
  • Igbo
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Honors and Awards

  • Certificate of Appreciation
  • Nineteenth Judicial Circuit
  • 2014
  • CALI award for Justice and the Legal System
  • Chicago-Kent College of Law
  • 2001


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Speaking Engagements

  • Milwaukee 53206
  • Mass Incarceration
  • 2018
  • Milwaukee 53206
  • Mass Incarceration
  • 2018
  • CLE Seminar
  • Bankruptcy and Divorce
  • 2012
  • Fox News TV Interview
  • Alienation of Affection - Happy Valentine
  • 2009
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Attorney endorsements

Received (6)
Given (8)
Endorse Matthew
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 10
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I simply cannot say enough about him. He provides personalized legal services to many individuals in an exceptional, professional manner while demonstrates a sincere concern for each client. He is aggressive when necessary, yet compassionate for the feelings of his clients. I highly recommend Matthew Stanton to any individual who seeks a competent and compassionate attorney"
Family Attorney | Feb 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Feb 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Matt Stanton is an excellent attorney who is held in the highest regard by the Judges and lawyers of Lake County, Illinois. He is both an extremely bright and extraordinarily compassionate man who is driven not by money but rather his deep desire to do the best possible job for his clients during their darkest hours.. All who know Matt Stanton consider him trustworthy.skillful and highly competent. For all of these reasons one could not do any better than hiring Matt Stanton for any difficult or emotionally charged legal matter."
Family Attorney | May 22
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Matt is an excellent lawyer and a true professional!"
Divorce and separation Attorney | Nov 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Matthew is a great attorney and an even better man. I've known Matt for over 6 years, and he is of the highest professional and personal integrity. I would not hesitate to hire Matt as my personal attorney, nor would any other lawyer that I know; he is truly a lawyer's lawyer."
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