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Mark Saul Schondorf

Divorce and separation Attorney at Northbrook, IL

4.7   15 reviews

also known as Mark Schondorf

  • State Years
    Illinois - IL 13 years
    California - CA 17 years
  • Licensed for 13 years
    State IL
    Acquired 2010
    Status
    Active and Authorized to Practice Law No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 17 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2006
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Mark

Learn Mark’s areas of practice.

4
Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    50%
    Divorce, prenuptial agreements, post nuptial agreements, child custody, child support, property division, college expenses, visitation, collaborative divorce, post-decree modifications of child support, maintenance, emergency orders of protection

  2. Family
    20%

    14 years, 50 cases

  3. Child custody
    15%

  4. Child support
    15%

I have counseled clients in over a hundred divorce, paternity, child custody and child support cases, including trials and contested hearings. I gained my divorce experience at a large divorce firm in downtown Chicago, representing business owners, professionals, and high income/high net worth individuals. 

I graduated from Georgetown University with a degree in finance, which makes me different than almost all other divorce attorneys because I understands complicated financial matters. Most divorce attorneys will not understand business valuations, close corporations, unique investment structures, and retirement assets. I understand tax returns, income statements, balance sheets, and business appraisals that leave most family law attorneys confused. 

 

I moved to Illinois in 2011 to raise a family of my own. As a father and husband, I understand how important it is for a parent to have a close relationship with his or her children, and how a divorce can and will change ever aspect of a person's life. 

Location

Hecht Schondorf, LLC
900 Skokie Blvd.
Suite 104
Northbrook, IL, 60062

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Reviews

4.7 / 5.0
  15 customer reviews
Posted by Scott | July 15, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Follow-Up Review
All concerns have been satisfactorily and honorably resolved. Previous note, while frank, was unfairly harsh with the benefit of time and space.
Posted by Stephen | May 27, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Fair and Effective Divorce Attorney
Mark Schondorf worked diligently and effectively to help me resolve my divorce. Although this divorce did not have a lot of drama as some do, there were tricky business ownership and royalty issues to resolve. Mark patiently worked to resolve these differences that in some cases, due to the opposing council, took longer then they should have. All the while he also billed me fairly and properly. I would recommend him as a competent attorney, a good listener and one sympathetic to his clients needs.
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Posted by anonymous | May 24, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Grateful for the Services
Mark is a very professional attorney who has a thriving and growing firm. He managed my divorce with ease, understanding and efficiency. I would use him again if and when I ever need an attorney/firm to represent me.
Posted by Elizabeth | April 22, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great lawyer!
I consulted and hired Mark to assist with divorce from my spouse of 9 years. I wanted to get it done and over before the end of 2016. With Marks advice I was able to quickly navigate through the steps and how to create some dialog with spouse (my now former). I knew it would be more cost effective if we agreed on everything and file noncontested. He was candid about what a worse case scenario would look like and that I had a good case for a much better outcome. Thankfully spouse and I had no children so we only needed to split assets and liabilities. My former and I were already living in separate accomdations and had already split a majority of assets. I wanted to make sure I protected certain assets during the divorce. Once everything was agreed upon we both went to Marks office to complete all necessary paperwork. Mark prepared all relevant paperwork, had us sign and sent it in to County Clerks office. I asked to get the earliest court date possible and Mark made it happen. Prior to court date he provided email with relevant details for the court date. The day of, he was in communication about his arrival. Prior to entering courtroom he walked me through what to expect and courtroom procedure. My case was the first to be heard that day. I am grateful to Mark for his swiftness in executing my divorce and his sage advice. I would and already have recommended Mark to others.
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Posted by Kumar | April 21, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Divorce case
Even before I hired Mr.Mark, he provided me all the information about my divorce case. I am very happy that I hired Mr.Mark for my complicated divorce case. Mr.Mark is very friendly And he was always been answering your call and providing all the details very clearly which made my life easy during my tough times. I would 100% recommend Mr.Mark for divorce cases. I wish Mr.Mark all the very best.
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Posted by Stuart Litwack | March 7, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
This is the man to hire
I hired mark after dealing with a big firm lawyer for two years and got no where. In 3 weeks mark was able to accomplish more than my other attorney did in two years. Mark will always answer your call or get back to you quickly. Very smart attorney. Very through in all is work. Very fair billing practices. Honest, transparent. If you need a family law attorney look no further, call mark. He is head a shoulders above everyone else!
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Posted by anonymous | February 16, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Great Lawyer, fought for me all the way
Mark is a professional who fought for me in my divorce case. He is punctual, knows the law and is not intimidated. He exudes integrity, honesty and makes sure he understands your case by discussing the issues with you. He is thorough and understands the nuances of the courtroom. Remember he specializes in Family court, divorce and separation. He knows what he is doing. Thanks again Mark for taking my case and making a difficult situation come to a fair resolution and the Judge ruling in my favor. Thanks again. I vow i will recommend your professionalism to anyone needing a great lawyer.
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Posted by anonymous | September 19, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Professional and Compassionate
Mark quickly and effectively settled my divorce. We obtained a fair settlement with little back and forth, saving everyone stress and money, and allowing me to move on with my life. Additionally, Mark showed compassion for my situation. This is important because you don't want a lawyer that makes you feel like you're just a source of billable hours.
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Posted by anonymous | February 6, 2014
Helped a great deal!
I asked Mr. Schondorf for his professional opinion on a business personnel matter. His wise and thoughtful guidance was able to direct me towards the most professional way to handle this situation.
Posted by A.R. | February 6, 2014
Thorough, Compassionate and a Fighter
I have known Mark on a personal level for many years, and based on my own assessment of his character, it was a no-brainer for me that I would hire Mark when I needed his services. I am still in the process of divorcing but I will say this about Mark: he puts the best interests of his clients and their children first; he has a innate understanding of both CA and IL family law; he billed appropriately; and gives sage advice. By sitting down with him for even a brief period of time, I believe that my evaluation of his confidence, knowledge and client sympathy will make itself known to any potential client.
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Posted by Charlene | February 6, 2014
Referral for an amazing Attorney
Mark represented me in a personal injury case. The case settled within approximately one year (very quick turnaround) for a reasonable amount. Mark is very professional, easy to contact, kept me informed at all times, and a very trustworthy attorney. I would refer all of my family and friends to him knowing they would be represented appropriately.
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Posted by A.H. | February 6, 2014
Single mom finds peace of mind
From the moment I met Mark Schondorf and apprised him of my case, he was quick and efficient in his response to my legal needs. His confidence in the courtroom caused me to win my motion in a short period of time. He always answered my calls, texts or email immediately and there was never a time that I was left hanging or without full knowledge of his actions on my behalf. I will always be grateful for his professional demeanor and clear headed representation. If I needed legal help in the future, I wouldn't hesitate to hire him again and again.
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Posted by Mike Marco | February 5, 2014
Legal services at its best...
Mark helped me on two occasions. His service was very friendly, professional, and timely. In both cases we were able to win. Strongly recommend Mark.
Posted by Patricia | October 29, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
client
Mark handled my divorce from August, 2016 till May, 2017. It was extremely emotional and upsetting with horrendous child custody evaluation since my husband was trying to obtain full custody of my son. He worked diligently with the financial end of the case while the custody evaluation was in progress. I highly recommend him, I regret changing attorneys, which is not always a wise choice. divorce.
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Posted by anonymous | May 8, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Awful!
An honest review by a recent client, not a friend or acquaintance posing as one. Let me be clear, stay away from this Firm! I have never been represented by such an incompetent lawyer as with Mr. Schondorf. This attorney brings a big fat zero to the table. You will most likely lose your case and waste your hard earned dollars in the process. You will also find yourself doing most of the talking because Mr. Schondorf is simply unable to articulate any type of defense while in the Court Room. He demonstrated little to no skill-set when working on my case. I take no pleasure in writing a negative review, but with my experience I feel that others have the right to know when services rendered are so bad that they are simply unacceptable. I wish more people did this, and this is one thing that Social Media and reviews are actually good for. I will not judge Mr. Schondorf, and instead try to provide some details around his professional abilities, or there the lack of. Let us start with the most basic items, Mr. Schondorf has terrible organization skills, he is likely to request information from you that you have previously provided him with on a multitude of occasions, this will not only drive up cost but also play on your frustration levels. His overall Legal skills are subpar, I personally found myself challenging Mr. Schondorf on Legal Statutes to the point where I had to directly point him to it. You are likely to find yourself arguing with your own attorney because his lack of skill and performance will be very frustrating to you. You will find yourself investing a lot of time in keeping a close watch on this attorney as a result of his lack of skill-set, knowledge, accuracy, and overall ability. You will also find that his communication is not timely, and his work often contains errors. Be prepared to spend hours looking over his paperwork, and countless emails, all of which is costing you money. The details of your case are likely to be forgotten, so you'll find yourself having to remind him of them. If you decide to go ahead and proceed with hiring him as a representing attorney, be prepared for a long haul! The one thing that this attorney is good at is prolonging even the simplest matters. He is likely to hide behind "this is the process", so be ready for it. Once the case has gone for some time, he will likely try and advise you on settling. This is especially true when the dollars start to run out! This attorney performed so inadequately that it was necessary for me to file a complaint with the ARDC. In addition, I am now forced to consider Legal Malpractice charges against him as I feel I was totally misrepresented. Honestly there are probably a thousand other lawyers that would yield a much better result for you. Good luck!
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 250-340 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Hecht Schondorf, LLC
  • 2016 - Present
  • Partner
  • Hecht & Seidman
  • 2014 - 2016
  • Attorney
  • Law Offices of Mark Schondorf
  • 2012 - 2014
  • Associate
  • Berger Schatz
  • 2011 - 2012
  • Attorney
  • Law Offices of Mark Schondorf
  • 2006 - 2011
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Education

  • Loyola University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2006
  • Georgetown University
  • 2002

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Profit Concepts v. Griffith
  • My Client Prevailed

Associations

  • Lake County Bar Association
  • 2012 - Present
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • 2011 - Present
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • 2011 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles
  • Member
  • N/A
  • California Employment Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2018
  • Top 40 Lawyers Under 40
  • American Society of Legal Advocates
  • 2013

Publications

  • The Docket - A Publication of the Lake County Bar Association
  • Bifurcation in Dissolution Actions
  • 2013

Speaking Engagements

  • BNI We Mean Business meeting
  • What To Do If You Or Someone You Know is Injured
  • 2014
  • RDG Monthly Meeting
  • Financial Aspects of Divorce
  • 2012

Attorney endorsements

Received (16)
Given (18)
Endorse Mark
Family Attorney | Sep 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I write to enthusiastically endorse Mark Schondorf as an attorney. Mark is knowledgable and direct while still maintaining a sense of empathy for his clients. He cares deeply about his work and takes his job seriously. I refer clients to Mark without hesitation."
Divorce and separation Attorney | May 09
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Mark Schondorf is a fine divorce lawyer, who is passionate about his work, and represents his client's interests well. I was recently an opposing counsel to Mark on a difficult case. Mark combined a tough '"no nonsense" approach to the litigation while maintaining a high degree of professionalism throughout the course of the litigation.."
Divorce and separation Attorney | May 15
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Litigation Attorney | Sep 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He is intelligent and brave, willing to take on difficult challenges when presented."
Family Attorney | Jul 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mark is an excellent attorney. He is professional, knowledgeable, and easy to work with."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jul 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mark is an excellent and well-respected attorney in his field. His knowledge of the law and experience have garnered him the respect of his peers as well as the court system. I highly endorse this attorney."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jun 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I met Mark through networking groups, and know him to have an excellent reputation in the legal community."
Family Attorney | Jun 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer, he works tirelessly and most diligently in representing his clients."
Family Attorney | May 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mark is a professional in all manners. I am confident in referring any family/divorce matter to him and knowing the client will receive exemplary service."
Unknown Attorney | May 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | May 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | May 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | May 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | May 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | May 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Mark. I worked in family law for years and it was almost impossible to find lawyers who really knew how to guide clients to the best financial decisions. Mark understands how to value assets, how to help client plan for a secure future and how to keep the costs of a case reasonable, while getting good results. I would never hesitate to send a family law case his way."
General practice Attorney | Apr 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
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