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David K. Wolkowitz

Divorce and separation Attorney at Skokie, IL

4.8   17 reviews

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About David

Learn David’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    40%
    All areas of divorce in Illinois, including property division, child custody, visitation, child support, spousal maintenance (alimony), father's rights, and mother's rights.

    12 years

  2. Child custody
    30%
    Child custody matters included trial and appellate cases involving the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act (the "UCCJEA")

    12 years

  3. Uncontested divorce
    20%
    Flat fee uncontested divorce in many counties in Illinois. Fast and affordable, with a lawyer.

    12 years

  4. Domestic violence
    5%
    Obtaining orders of protection, and defending against order of protection in Illinois.

    12 years

  5. Real estate
    5%
    Residential real estate closings in Illinois.

Strategy and efficient play a big role in legal success. I focus on achievable goals. I settle when possible, and litigate when necessary. If I think a particular legal battle is not worth your time and/or money, I'll tell you so. I approach cases strategically, and commonly win against expensive downtown lawyers billing at rates significantly higher than my own.

Having faced a personal custody battle that culminated in my victory in the Michigan Supreme Court, I know from personal experience the challenges faced by those in divorce and custody disputes. 

I've been appointed to the Illinois State Bar Association's Standing Committee on Judicial Evaluations (Cook County); as a member, I participate in evaluating judicial candidates.

While attending law school at Chicago-Kent, I worked for several judges in the Circuit Court of Cook County. I hold a master's degree from Northwestern University, and was a consultant before becoming a lawyer.

 

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Licensed for 11 years
State IL
Status Active And Authorized To Practice Law
Acquired 2011
Updated 01/06/2023

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

Contact David

The Wolkowitz Law Office
8052 Monticello Ave
Suite 202
Skokie, IL, 60076

Reviews

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Posted by Jackson | December 17, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
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Posted by Kamau | March 21, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Extremely Knowledgeable, Competent, Compassionate and Effective
Dave made my highly-contested case a big win! Do not be deceived by the two negative reviews in the past month. Dave Wolkowitz is top-notch. When a reviewer has to resort to name-calling and has no details to his/her case, you have to suspect that something is more wrong with the reviewer than the attorney. From the very beginning, I came to Dave with a case that proved to be quite challenging. Unlike any normal uncontested case, this one proved to be highly-contested and lasted for over 2 years. Throughout this process, there were two trials; an extended order of protection; supervised parenting; financial settlements; property-separation settlements; a court-appointed psychiatrist for custody evaluation; a guardian ad litem; expert witnesses; court transcripts; and hours and hours of testimony. Through it all, Dave was patient, attentive, kind and effective. Dave knew what to do and how to go about doing it, even before the opposing counsel acted. This divorce could have easily costed over hundreds of thousands of dollars. Dave was so cost-conscious that this divorce cost well less than even one hundred thousand dollars! My ex-spouse spent an estimate of three times as much, using four to five lawyers who threw everything but the kitchen sink at us, in court. Dave handled these motions, seamlessly, and with a disciplined fiscal responsibility that would make any member of Congress envious. Dave not only saved me heaps in the divorce, he was highly effective in neutralizing the opposing counsel (OC). One of the OCs tried to steer the case to a different court and by a different process. Dave was not fooled and fought to keep everything on track. Another OC literally tried to belittle him before the Judge, but Dave remained calm and determined. A third OC tried to justify a part of the law in an inaccurate manner, but Dave immediately retorted the correct interpretation. Dave knew the section and subsection of the law right away and brought this to the Court. Folks, this is what makes a good lawyer! Dave knows the law and he is quick on his feet. Dave also knows where to get good resources to back him up. In my case, Dave consulted with a psychiatrist and successfully discredited not one, but two of my ex-spouse's psychiatrists! This was a key battle in my case that I believe ultimately won me full custody of my child and everything else I wanted from the Court. And, because he is quick on his feet, Dave was able to discredit the major positions of both psychiatrists by simply demonstrate how they conflict their own logic and conclusions. Bottom line, if you want a lawyer with a quick wit and an in-depth knowledge of the law, then Dave is your man. Let's be honest, going through a divorce, especially a non-contested one and for the first time, can be emotionally exhausting. Dave made the situation comfortable, with his sense of humor, kind rapport and reassurance with a battle plan. He is open-minded; continuously asking for my input; without requiring me to take time off of work to go to Court every time the OC thinks of something else to falsely accuse me of doing. Even when one OC tried to get me in trouble with my job by involving Human Resources, Dave was there to reassure me and keep me focused on the end-goal. Every OC tried to provoke me in some way (hey, it's what lawyers are known for, right?), Dave showed compassion and understanding - something you normally do not expect from a lawyer. All of this, while keeping general costs low and offering discounts, helped making this divorce yield the best results one could ever ask for. It was well worth retaining Dave Wolkowitz.
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Posted by Jessica | March 17, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Effective, worthwhile
My ex was pulling a bunch of stunts, filing emergency motions, and that type of stuff. Attorney Wolkowitz helped me understand what was going on. Like he said, my ex doing all that stuff just hurt him in the end. Attorney Wolkowitz doesn't like to waste time. At first, I did think he was being too short, but it was really just about doing what was effective. The facts of my case got complicated, but he helped me figure out what to do with all the evidence I had, and it worked. I have referred him to a couple of my friends, and they thought he did a good job too.
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Posted by anonymous | October 21, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Good Detailed explanation
Mr Wolkowitz clarified all my questions and he is very knowledgeable in his area. He explained me about the what can be done within the boundaries of the law and was satisfied with his answers.
Response from David Wolkowitz October 22, 2017
Thank you for those kind words. Cases are sometimes more complicated than we would like. In many situations one can minimize the impact by starting a case sooner, rather than later.
Posted by Rebecca | January 31, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Awesome Lawyer for Divorce
Dave was really helpful, and made the divorce process seamless. I just got everything finalized today in court, and I cannot thank him enough! He was straightforward and answered all my questions honestly. During court, he explained everything I needed to do and it was a relief to not feel confused. Great lawyer!!
Response from David Wolkowitz February 3, 2017
Simplifying divorce is one of my goals. I'm glad we wrapped it up efficiently.
Posted by anonymous | February 20, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
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Divorce & Separation advice session
Outstanding advice
Response from David Wolkowitz August 14, 2017
Thank you. Sometimes simple direction can set someone on the right track.
Posted by Ashlynd | January 7, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
AMAZING1
I asked Mr. Wolkowitz a question regarding my divorce and he emailed me back within 15 mins! I can't thank him enough for giving me peace of mind. Thank you!
Response from David Wolkowitz December 11, 2016
Sometimes issues are very simple, and I try not to make them more complicated than they are.
Posted by Megan | March 30, 2015
Great lawyer--personable, knowledgeable and quick!
I found David while searching online for a reasonably priced divorce lawyer who could help me with my uncontested divorce (in DuPage county Illinois). I contacted him by email and he was very prompt in his responses, knowledgeable and personable while still being professional. He helped me throughout the entire process, explained everything very thoroughly, his price was very reasonable and he honestly just made the whole process seem much less intimidating, and much easier than I expected it to be. It took about a month and a half or so for the whole process beginning to end, which I thought was very quick! I am now divorced and using my last name again, and couldn't be happier. I definitely plan to contact him again if any other legal issues arise. I would also happily recommend him to anyone searching for a lawyer for a divorce.
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Posted by Jacqueline | February 4, 2015
Best gay divorce ever!
Best divorce ever! Ok, my first divorce, but David was amazing. I was having issues working out dissolving my civil union in Chicago while I lived in NY. David made the process super easy, and even followed up with me when I forgot to reply to emails. The process was super fast. He has great manner, is easy to talk to, and I genuinely enjoyed my big gay divorce! He's especially knowledgable about civil unions and gay/queer arrangements, and didn't make me feel like an alien for needing an out of state civil union dissolution. Thanks so much!
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Posted by Kevin | January 27, 2015
Understands Reality
Dave literally saved my life and fought to protect my son, when no one else would listen. Dave listens, asks the right questions, and illuminates reality. He understands emotions can be thick and sometimes even blinding. He will get what is important to the courts to defend your interests, in my case my son, my freedom, and my credibility. Divorce can be stressful enough for everyone involved, but when a child is physically injured by a third party, as mine was, it turns critical. No one wants to admit hurting a child, especially someone else's, and when accused of it some would even cover it up and discredit the one placing blame, as was done with me. False accusations were placed on me and law enforcement got involved threatened me, my brother, and my father, who weren't even involved. Dave worked quickly dealing with the police and the state's attorney, then went to court on an emergency basis halting their efforts against me. The lawyer we were up against had a reputation of being cut throat, having friends in law enforcement and has been practicing law in the same court house for over 20 years. I wish I had a picture of his face after coming out of the judges cambers from a per-trial he practically begged for. He was not smiling anymore, and was carrying paper work that was all but falling out of his hands. He tried to build something against me with no solid foundation. Dave buried his attempts with facts and knowledge of the law. My son lives with me, and I live with out fear of someone else's lies injuring me anymore. Dave is an amazing lawyer! I would have paid anything and he knew that, but still Dave never nickel and dimed me for every little thing he could have. He's honest on billing and is worth far more than what he charges. Uncontested is what he shoots for, but if that cant happen, I have no doubt he will fight for you as hard and smart as he did for me. Highly recommended attorney!
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Response from David Wolkowitz November 28, 2016
Thank you for your kind comments.
Posted by Paulina | January 9, 2015
Rockstar Lawyer
Dave Wolkowitz and his law office are absolutely fantastic! They get you the results you are aiming for! I found Dave via a Google search and after a brief read of his blog, I knew he was the perfect match for my divorce. He immediately calls you upon your request and listens to your situation. He took my case seriously, though it may have been an original one. Most importantly, there was minimal stress in my whole case due to Dave's personality. He remembers that you are a human being with emotions and a life, not just another one of his cases. Alongside, his prices are affordable. Dave is prompt, intelligent and a great personality to have fight for your cause. I would recommend Dave whenever anyone needs a lawyer to stand up for them.
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Posted by Bettina | December 28, 2014
Knowledgeable & trustworthy, you will not be disappointed!
When some lawyers wouldn't touch my divorce, Dave Wolkowitz was more then willing to take on my situation and I never doubted him for a second. There are no hidden fees and he is very clear as to what you will be paying for his services. His fees are great,compared to other lawyers I have had consultations with before Dave. He works fast and responded to every single question I had in great detail so I could understand everything clearly. If you listen to his advice, you will not be disappointed. I would definitely work with him again or recommend him to friends or family.
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Posted by anonymous | June 5, 2014
Great to work with!
Dave was always responsive and quick to assist with our divorce process. He was knowledgeable and made me feel confident and comfortable through the entire process.
Response from David Wolkowitz November 28, 2016
I'm glad I could help you out.
Posted by Michelle-Julia | April 10, 2014
Very pleased :-)
Dave Wolkowitz was very helpful in my uncontested divorce, it was relatively quick and painless, I thought it was going to be a bigger headache,(but don't worry my now ex wife made sure to still give me a headache during the process, but who can escape that?) as I was in a Same sex marriage but everything moved along smoothly, he's intelligent, sensitive, personable and organized. I was having issues finding a lawyer that handled same sex divorces, and was relived to find him, compared to others he's reasonably priced, has a keen understanding of the law and what we needed to do, and no hidden fees or surprises, very straight forward, and confident. I would certainly recommend attorney Dave Wolkowitz, and I'm holding on to his information for anyone that may need him within my inner circles!
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Posted by Sarah | June 14, 2013
quick consultation and availability
He was available when I needed him. Once there was a bit of time to call back, but it wasn't a rush anyway. He helped us come to agreement. Seemed genuine.
Posted by Elizabeth R. | May 20, 2013
Actually does calls back - doesn't make a mess
Got divorced 5 years ago, cost a small fortune. Surprise - problems cropped up when my kids got older. David planned things with me, told me what to expect, and I didn't feel like he was constantly trying to figure out how to bill me more.
Posted by anonymous | September 12, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Unless your divorce is perfect and easy, find someone else
Unfortunately, My divorce had been mediated beforehand and I thought it would be fairly simple for him to draw up the papers for me. Unfortunately I also had a difficult ex who demanded changes or wouldn't sign. I made some simple requests to change wording, etc more than a few times and anytime I asked for revisements I was met with David being annoyed. In the end, my papers did not reflect what my ex and I agreed on and now I am screwed. I have to have papers done all over to protect myself. You get what you pay for. Also, he ignored me for weeks and seemed annoyed to work with me once he got my money. I did not feel he was interested in my interests at all, only his own. I am partially to blame for simply putting up with him and letting him take my money and not demanding accurate divorce papers. I hired him to work for me yet He made me feel like he would "break up with me" if I requested one more change and in the end I feared I would have nothing so I simply settled for subpar and inaccurate papers due to fear of losing money and just desperate to get out of abusive/controlling marriage. I would not recommend unless you have no requests and are ok with a very generic divorce. If you have shared assets or kids protect yourself and go with someone else
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Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • The Wolkowitz Law Office
  • 2011 - Present
  • Clerk
  • Office of the Public Guardian
  • 2010 - 2010
  • Judicial Extern
  • Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois
  • 2010 - 2010
  • Attorney
  • Law Office of Gerald Nordgren
  • 2010 - 2011
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Education

  • Chicago-Kent College of Law Illinois Institute of Technology
  • JD
  • 2010
  • Northwestern University
  • MS - Master of Science
  • 1999
  • University of Illinois
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1997

Legal Cases

  • Divorce & Order of Protection
  • Win
  • Divorce Trial
  • Won trial
  • Order of Protection
  • Order of Protection denied in favor of Client
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Associations

  • North Suburban Bar Association
  • Member, Mock Trial Evaluator
  • 2018 - Present
  • ISBA - Standing Committee on Judicial Evaluations
  • Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • Association for Conflict Resolution
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • 10 Best Attorneys - Illinois
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2016
  • Certificate of Appreciation
  • The Jewish United Fund
  • 2014
  • Certification of Divorce Mediation Skills Training
  • Northwestern University
  • 2014
  • Success Story
  • Radio Advertising Bureau
  • 1996
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Publications

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Speaking Engagements

  • Industry Insiders Event
  • Legal Industry
  • 2017
  • Practice Tracks
  • Family Law
  • 2013

Attorney endorsements

Received (5)
Given (5)
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Divorce and separation Attorney | Mar 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"David is a great lawyer in the community. His contributions are well thought out and relevant."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jun 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have worked with David on a client matter and I have come to know him as a diligent and savvy attorney who works hard to find the best solutions for his clients according to their circumstances. He is competent and efficient."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jul 02
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"David and I have worked on cases both formally and informally. David really cares about his clients and reaching the best outcome for them. He is also very intellectual, so his courtroom arguments are solid and extremely well researched. I highly recommend him."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jun 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Wolkowitz is an outstanding attorney with an exceptional reputation. He is a strong and zealous advocate for his clients and a credit to the legal profession. I highly recommend his legal services."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jun 07
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Chicago divorce lawyer David Wolkowitz is very responsive to clients. He is a strategic thinker and gives personal attention to his cases. Whether the matter involves litigation, or a quick uncontested divorce in Illinois, he is a solid choice. He practices in Illinois counties including Cook County, DuPage County, Lake County, Will County, and Kendall County."