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Joel James Degrazia

Criminal defense Attorney at Palatine, IL

4.9   15 reviews
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  • Licensed for 40 years
    State IL
    Acquired 1983
    Active and Authorized to Practice Law No misconduct found

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my goal is to treat each client honestly and experience as a prosecutor for 10 years allowed me to develop my trial skills,so that im very comfortable at trial situations.


Client's Choice 2017
Client's Choice


Joel J DeGrazia,ltd
110 n Brockway
Suite 220
Palatine, IL, 60067


4.9 / 5.0
  15 customer reviews
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Client's Choice 2017
Client's Choice
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Posted by Gary | March 12, 2015
Knowledgeable, planner and straight shooter
Joel was recommended to me by a mutual friend who happened to be a lawyer and a trusted friend. He and Joel had worked together years ago. Joel handled my side of a divorce representing me through not only the bureaucracy of Cook County but expected dealings of an opposing attorney. I found Joel to be focused, knowledgeable and organized. He made himself available when contacted and clearly communicated when and how he would follow-up. He attempted to communicate directly with the opposing attorney trying to avoid court proceedings and costs. This showed he was engaged. Although I had never planned to use him in the past and I have no plans to use him in the future I would recommend him. He even knows a few Lawyers jokes.
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Posted by Claudia | August 10, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Mr .Degrazia was referred to me by another lawyer (Dupage County) who had used him in a case (Cook County) with much success. During my consultation, I liked his no-nonsense approach. I found him to be very knowledgeable and professional. After my ex tried to drag out the divorce by not filing proper documents, Joel knew all the motions to file to get things moving. He was very helpful and available to my many questions and always returned my phone calls or e-mails promptly. I would highly recommend Mr. Degrazia,
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Posted by anonymous | August 7, 2021
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| Consulted Attorney
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Posted by anonymous | May 20, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Positive Experience
I really appreciated Joel's straightforward, fact-based approach to my divorce. What seemed like an easy divorce (no kids, no assets) on the surface became much more complicated by an ex who was refusing to be a willing participant and chose to drag things out unnecessarily over a two-year period. During that time, Joel was always available to paint a realistic picture of potential outcomes and strategize on the best approach. Ultimately, we were able to settle the divorce under basically the original terms that were proposed. While frustrating that I had to pay for two years of attorney's fees before my ex got on board with the reality of the situation, I so appreciate that Joel supported me in sticking to my guns and was flexible with his pricing to the extent that he could. I would recommend Joel if you are looking for an attorney who is very experienced and keeps you grounded in reality versus letting you get carried away with your emotions.
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Posted by Mark | October 23, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Knowledgeable, Professional, and always Reachable
We had hired Joel to help with custody agreement renegotiation. Joel and his team worked hard, at all hours of the day and sometime night, and all were reachable via whatever mode of communication we chose. We called, texted, emailed, and there was always a prompt response for us. Responses were meaningful and fact-based, not speculative. Ultimately, we were successful, sooner than we thought and below cost estimate. We whole-heartily recommend Joel and his team: Erika and Maryam. We hope not to need Joel again, but should we, he would be our first and only call for legal council.
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Posted by anonymous | May 19, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
We share our gratitude here for such a dedicated lawyer, as well as his team's efforts! When I was lost with many unanswered questions in a court hearing concerning my family, Mr. Degrazia and Degrazia's Law Firm provided me with reassurance, found me answers, and assisted us with having the opportunity to overcome a challenging journey of recent with, SUCCESS!!! Thank you, and we appreciate you---!
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Posted by James | September 6, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
GREAT attorney
Joel is an absolute GREAT attorney. He fought for me and got me very good results. He has been in the business a very long time and knows the ins and outs of family law. He answers emails promptly and responds to calls right away. I trusted Joel and he did right by me. Hiring an attorney in a divorce is a very important thing and Joel is a great choice!
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Posted by anonymous | July 6, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best Attorney
I hired Joel in May 2018, he was easy to work with. We stayed with the exact retainer amount that he had committed to. He was available and would call me back. He kept in loop all the time.He knows a lot of people in the court. I am glad I worked with him. I already recommended him to other friends.
Posted by Ken | August 17, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Not having an attorney, I needed one when my wife filed for divorce. A retired judge friend recommended Joel. After the first appointment Joel outlined the steps that would happen during the divorce process. I liked what I heard and saw. He was always keeping me in "loop" as what was happening. I liked how he operated. i.e.: with 35 years as a lawyer, when people speed up, I slow down. And when they slow down I speed up! Great way to operate. Joel is now my "forever attorney" for any thing that requires legal insight.
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Posted by Brian | June 10, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
My wife and I came to Mr Degrazia not looking for a Lawyer but a Mediator. The fact that he could be making twice the money with his Lawyer hat on made me skeptical. How wrong I was. He was superb! I would highly recommend him to anyone going through a terrible divorce.
Posted by Melinda | March 28, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Provided excellent representation, both a honest and supportive attorney
I hired Joel in April of last year after the death of my soon to be ex husband. My mother in law had brought a custody case against me petitioning for full custody of my four year old son. Over the past year we have been in and out of court regarding the matter. Joel was not only incredibly supportive during this difficult time but was also honest and straightforward. He worked with me financially because of my rather difficult financial circumstances. He was ALWAYS readily available for any questions or concerns. We have just finalized an agreement and although it was not ideal, it was certainly doable. I would not have gotten through this process without Joel's continued unwavering support and advice. I would recommend Joel to ANYONE who is experiencing trouble in family law.
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Posted by anonymous | February 27, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
great experience at a difficult time
Very impressed with Joel's knowledge and professionalism. He handled my divorce quickly and efficiently. Thought of things to put in the agreement that I would have never known about and they certainly were appreciated later on when needed. Highly recommended.
Posted by Gia | February 7, 2015
Excellent Attorney
Joel Degrazia was highly recommended to me by several friends (one who happens to also be an attorney who used Joel to represent him in his divorce) when I expressed that I was in need of a divorce attorney. After meeting with Joel and discussing all of my concerns I was pleased with how comfortable and at ease he made me feel as he explained the procedure and how he would be able to assist me through this process. I always felt that Joel was honest and up front, never giving me any false hope and explaining that he would do his best within the limits of the law. You cannot control the actions of the other parties but if you place your trust in and listen to Joel you can accomplish your goals more quickly and efficiently. I strongly recommend Joel Degrazia to anyone going through this process.
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Posted by Nancy | November 21, 2013
Great Lawyer!!!!
Posted by Tanya | February 5, 2015
Wonderful support
Joel was very helpful in my time of need. He was my second attorney after a disaster of a first one. Joel was very honest and up front with what I could and could not achieve in my court case. Although I wanted everything, he helped me get (what in the end) was the most important for myself and my children. He was there every step of the way helping me understand, even the slightest things.
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AVVO RATING 8.3 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Lagattuta Degrazia, Oefelein, LLC
  • 1992 - Present
  • Assistant Attorney
  • Cook County State Attorney's Office
  • 1982 - 1992


  • Northern Illinois University College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1982
  • Elmhurst College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1978


  • Justinian Society of Lawyers
  • Member
  • 1997 - Present
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1992 - Present
  • Northwest Suburban Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1992 - 2015

Languages Spoken

  • English

Speaking Engagements

  • palatine high school
  • search and seizure
  • 2009

Attorney endorsements

Received (4)
Given (1)
Endorse Joel
Divorce and separation Attorney | Nov 29
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Joel is an outstanding trial lawyer. He has extensive Divorce and Family Law expertise. He is very highly regarded by the Judges he appears before."
Family Attorney | Sep 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Joel is a tremendous advocate for anyone needing legal assistance in family law matters. I endorse him 100%."
Family Attorney | Sep 12
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"The first question that Avvo asks is the relationship to the lawyer you are endorsing. The drop down menu gives you several different selections. Joel fits all of the categories! He and I are friends,; we have worked together on cases; have been on opposing sides of cases and I have shared office space with him! I know him as a friend, a leader and as a consummate professional! I was humbled and honored when Joel asked me to endorse him on Avvo. I endorse Joel DiGrazia as a fine lawyer that serves his Clients well! I look forward to working with him or against him in the future as I know he will always be a fine attorney."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Feb 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have had a number of matter with Joel and I find him to be fair, honest and looking out for his client's best interest."
Divorce and separation
Palatine Criminal defense Lawyer Joel James Degrazia
Joel James Degrazia
Criminal defense Attorney
Palatine, IL
Licensed for 40 years
Free Consultation