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Gloria Virginia Mendoza Schmidt

Family Attorney at Waukegan, IL

5.0   1 review

also known as Gloria Schmidt, Gloria Rodriguez

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About Gloria

Learn Gloria’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Family
    My office handles a variety of family-related cases such as child support, custody, maintenance (alimony), adoption, pre and post nuptial agreements, domestic abuse, protective order hearings, and all phases of divorce proceedings.

    10 years

  2. Criminal defense
    I have never criminally prosecuted anyone in my career because I love the work of defending people and advocating for a fair trial. I have handled everything from petty misdemeanors to serious felonies including police lineups and interrogations.

  3. General practice
    A general practice attorney handles a variety of different issues. In this area we are the perfect "go-to" attorney for individuals, families, and small businesses. We also routinely handle contracts, estate planning, and civil litigation.

    10 years

  4. Education
    I have a passion for children and education and have handled all aspects of IEP/504 plannings, grade appeals, expulsion/suspension hearings, district issues, teacher contract disputes & more, ranging from pre-K through college & master's programs.

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.

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Posted by P.L.R. | July 17, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A truly top-notch, all-around general attorney
I first hired Gloria in 2012 to defend me in an administrative case. The year after, I brought her my custody case and a few years later she won me sole custody for my kid. In between that time she handled criminal, traffic, and landlord/tenant issues for members of my family, negotiated an IEP for a friend of mine who's son was having trouble at school, successfully fought a union agreement for a contractor that I hired, and even won an appeal with the unemployment office for my neighbor, which saved him about $10,000.00. She jokes that she handles "door law," or whatever walks through her door. But it's true, and she will figure out whatever you bring her and make calls and meet with colleagues and experts to cover all the bases. I met other lawyers who are afraid to go outside their area but I think because she's so used to handling so many different things she has the confidence to research and take on whatever you throw at her. She is super compassionate about people and her victories are very personal to her. She will look everywhere for ways to make things work for you. With my kid she kept making sure I didn't give up even though I was so fed up with my ex and with the judge. She worked with me on the finances and took a long payment plan for my custody case, although note she's not the cheapest lawyer on the block. She is tough as nails and will make sure you as the client stay on top of your game too. I had to testify in my case and I felt super prepared, and so where my witnesses, above and beyond my ex's. Her staff people are really nice too, very accommodating and professional. Overall an A+ experience. Within my family and my company she is our go-to attorney for life.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 300-450 per hour
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 6.3 (Good)

Work Experience

  • Managing Attorney
  • The Gloria Law Group
  • 2011 - Present


  • Thomas M. Cooley Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2010
  • University of Colorado - Boulder
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2006


  • Illinois State Bar Association, Standing Committee on Laws Realted to Public Education
  • Attorney Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Attorney Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Attorney Member
  • 2011 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Excellence in Service - Attorney Section
  • Latino American Who's Who's
  • 2011
  • Certificate of Appreciation
  • Access to Justice Clinic
  • 2010
  • Certificate of Appreciation
  • Cooley 501(c)(3) Status Project
  • 2010
  • Certificate of Appreciaton
  • The Kent County Legal Assistance Center
  • 2009
  • Certificate of Appreciation
  • Cooley 501(c)(3) Status Project
  • 2009
  • "Atticus Fitch" Award (peer selected)
  • Cooley Law School Professional Responsibility Class
  • 2009
  • Commandant's Wreath of Military Excellence
  • United State Air Force Academy
  • 2002
  • Coca-Cola Award for Community Service
  • U.S. Presidential Award
  • 2001
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Speaking Engagements

  • Conference at Lutheran Hospital
  • Illinois Power of Attorney Acts - changes in the law.
  • 2010

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Waukegan Family Lawyer Gloria Virginia Mendoza Schmidt
Gloria Virginia Mendoza Schmidt
Family Attorney
Waukegan, IL
Licensed for 11 years