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Laura Diane Horner

Family Attorney at Waukegan, IL

4.3   21 reviews
  • Licensed for 30 years
    State IL
    Acquired 1992
    Active and Authorized to Practice Law No misconduct found

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About Laura

Learn Laura’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    divorce, child custody, child support, military divorce,

    17 years

  2. Family
    all areas of family law including child custody, divorce, child support and post-decree judgments

    17 years

  3. Child custody
    custody, visitation, restrictions of visitation

    17 years

  4. Criminal defense
    worked as a prosecutor for 14 years and can analyze a case from all aspects. Have a good working relationship with the local state's attorney's office. Have negotiated numerous criminal cases including DUI, misdemeanor, traffic and felony cases. Have trial experience in multiple murder cases both as a prosecutor and as a defense attorney.

    17 years

  5. Appeals
    any area of appelate work. Have completed one appeal that when to the Illinois Supreme Court.

    17 years

graduate of the University of Illinois - BS 1989

graduate of Loyola University of Chicago School of Law - JD 1992

Worked in the Edgar County State's Attorney's Office from 1992 to 1997.  Worked in the Lake County State's Attorney's Office from 1997 to 2007.  Went into private practice focusing in family law, criminal defense, juvenile and appellate law in 1997.  Joined the firm of Noonan, Perillo & Polenzani in 1997.  Became partner in the firm Fox, Lunardi, Zeit & Polenzani in 2013.  As a partner I continue to focus in the areas of family, criminal defense, juvenile and appellate law.   

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I served for many years as a board member with the Association of Women Attorney's in Lake County
My husband and I went to Illinois but our oldest chose Indiana University
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Fox, Lunardi, Zeit & Polenzani
9 South County Street
Waukegan, IL, 60085


4.3 / 5.0
  21 customer reviews
Posted by Greg | September 29, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Great Divorce Lawyer
Laura was always a step ahead of the opposing Lawyer involved with my case and always took the time to explain exactly what was happening, why, and next steps involved. She kept an open mind and came up with great outcome to an interesting case. I have since recommended Laura to other friends on mine.
Posted by Nick | December 14, 2020
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She is the hardest working attorney i have ever meet!
Laura was recomend to me by another lawyer. This was the game changer i needed! I have been dealing with a very interesting divorce. Anything and everything has happened. Laura was thrown in after 8 months of crazyness. But she was up to the task. Within a couple weeks. I have visatation. Not having it for the past 5 months. She pressed the judge for more and he excepted. She works tirelessly for my boys and I. Most people have a problem connecting with there lawyers. I have put that to the test. She gets back to you. One of the biggest issues with lawyers. She tells me the best route to go. What should be done first. And at this point i trust her with my life! She will do or almost die trying to get what you want done! I will bet my life on this magic woman!! Side note. Her billing is not normal. She bills you what time she spends on set task. Had two other lawyers and compared. She is literally the only honest lawyer in the book! That is truly saying something right there.
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Posted by Russ | June 28, 2020
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Really glad I chose her to represent me!!
Laura provided a good strategic approach, line of questioning, and most importantly, control over the petitioner's desire and ability to invoke extraneous information into the hearing. I would hire her again in a heartbeat.
Posted by Daniell'e | January 31, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Very supportive and kind
During this difficult time Laura and her assistant Anne were my rock! I was very explicit in what i wanted and Laura delivered. In some instances I thought I wanted one thing but she did what was best for me and my situation. I can't thank her enough, for the relief and peace that she was able to help me achieve. I actually filed in 2013 and decided not to go through with it, based on my experience with her previously it was a no brainier for me to go with her the second time, for the same divorce!
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Posted by Desiree | November 5, 2018
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Child Support Case
Laura was professional and formal, got our child support modification and clarification all done in one court date, was very respectful of what we needed and wanted, and worked in our best interest
Posted by Dia | July 16, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
A shining light during a dark time!
I can’t convey how wonderful Laura has been in helping get through a dark time in life. We often start out with very good intentions in whatever life path we choose and sometimes things go awry. Laura was so professional with the perfect amount of compassion. She listens and offers fair resolutions and possibilities. She definitely walks beside you through the fire and see’s that everyone involved can heal and move forward with their new path. Her continued respect for everyone involved through this process has really allowed everyone to feel comfort and secure and positive about the future. I cherish Laura and commend her for being an expert in her profession. I hold her in the highest regards and will always refer anyone to her that’s seeking help and respresention.
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Posted by Robert | March 27, 2018
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Child support issues
Laura was referred by a lifelong friend who used her services, and spoke very highly of her. I consulted with Laura with my case and although the legal process is never quick enough for me, I got out of the way and let Laura do her job. Laura was attentive to my desires for my case and in the end my petitioner got the short end of the stick. My future legal matters will be handled by Laura as I was completely satisfied.
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Posted by Jarris | February 3, 2018
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Outstanding lawyer
Laura was an amazing attorney. She answered any question I had with promptness and accuracy and never failed to give me the best advice. She got me a child support order on our first court date! I started receiving the funds through the state from my son's mothers paycheck almost immediately. I am a father with primary custody of my son thanks to Laura Horner.
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Posted by Matt | March 21, 2017
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GREAT Divorce Lawyer
Laura was always on point, knows the law from all angles, and represents herself and her clients with fervor. I just wanted to share my thank you text I sent to Laura right after the divorce was finialized: THANK YOU LAURA!!!! You are unbelievably great at what you do. You squeeze everything possible out from all angles, all the while keeping your ethics and integrity on full display. It's impressive to see you run over another lawyer without crossing any lines. Thank you again for everything. I'll talk to you very soon.
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Posted by anonymous | February 1, 2017
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Dedicated Family Lawyer
Court is a process. Statues & legal jargon. I'm a carpenter. Who now has full custody based on..... well me.... And Laura's knowledge, diligence and advice. She's a professional with incredible knowledge of Illinois Family Law, and exactly how all that legal jargon applies to the rest of us. It's a process... and it's not fun. But you best be prepared if you find yourself here. She's not a salesperson, she won't promise stuff just for a retainer. And she's not just available 9-5. Negative reviews? Not every case & person is.... let's say... A winner. Take it for what it's worth. I have my son everyday.
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Posted by Ricky Boling | July 2, 2013
Highly Recommend
I've just begun using Mrs.Horner. She's caring and very responsive to answer all questions. So far she's handled my matter to my satisfaction .
Posted by anonymous | February 5, 2013
Legal service with personal care
Ms. Horner has the experience to litigate many kinds of cases. Mine in particular was rather acromonious and Ms. Horner kept pressure on the other side and I got the results I wanted.
Posted by Tyree | January 31, 2013
She Got the Job DONE!
Laura really helped us get our child custody case resolved in a relatively short period of time. We provided her with information/ behaviors and she quarterbacked the process to get us to resolution. She regularly communicated results and next steps. She is very knowledgeable about the legal system and family law. Don't let her soft spoken demeanor fool you, this lawyer can fight. It is also obvious to see that she is highly respected by her peers and the presiding judges. This is a scary process for anyone to go through; Laura made us feel more comfortable. She regularly re-assured us that we were doing a good thing for our child. She is positive person who kept us moving toward the final goal. She worked with us to allow us to make payments to cover her fee - which was really appreciated.
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Posted by Kevin T, Lindenhurst, IL | April 4, 2011
Child Guardianship Case
I would highly recommend Ms. Horner - in a situation where there was considerable uncertainty, she was excellent in answering our many questions and guiding us accordingly through the process.
Posted by LG | March 31, 2011
Laura is great
Laura's tremendous experience enables her to be extremely knowledgeable about her practice area. She is personable, sensitive and reasonable yet knows how to be deal with the "other side" appropriately when necessary. Laura is also very honest and has a lot of integrity which is important when choosing a lawyer. I highly recommend Laura.
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Posted by anonymous | March 30, 2011
Caring and Devoted
She has really helped me with my legal situation like no other lawyer could. I am very pleased with the outcome and I would recommend her to anyone I know who is dealing with a child custody issue!
Posted by Jeannie | March 29, 2011
If I need an attorney again, she would be my first choice.
I found Laura after more than 4 years in court with another attorney. She picked up the case quickly, was more confident and professional than the other attorney and got it brought to an end quickly. Would definitely choose her again, if I need attorney services.
Posted by anonymous | November 5, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Starts off decent,m but mid way let’s whatever happen.
I’ve put tons of money into this lawyer, at the start she was supportive and ready. But after awhile she not only doesn’t get back to you but rather “ok” things never passed by the client. As a lawyer you are defending people who are “right and wrong” you professional want to be paid then please try to listen more, not blame the client and do what’s best for someone’s “life” cause that’s what they are coming to you for. No one wants their child, separation or divorce case to ruin their time on this planet. I would advise anyone to be cautious of this lawyer.
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Response from Laura Horner December 5, 2018
This review was written after I had the court order this former client to pay the fees he owed me for an intense litigation. I got him additional time with his child.
Posted by anonymous | June 9, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
very deceptive
when I first heard of Laura Horner I was excited I thought she would be the answer ro my prayers in my child custody battle she talks a very good game before you hire her sadly its mostly talk. During the consultation she sounded very confident and made me belive she took what I was going through very personal but its just an act. She is the less. Are a deal attorney she when I hired Laura my problems when from bad to terrible in the end when she couldn't get her way she didn't fight she joined then that's right I ened up in court standing against Laura and my daught we rs mother attorney she set a high child support arrears amount after she told me not to come to court then she after the court had taken a turn on me she then tried her hand in fo get money from me she didn't earn and I had to contact the architect for what she did .Do Not Hire This Attorney unless u want to double your problems
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Response from Laura Horner June 16, 2021
I asked this client for proof of private payment of child support and he could not provide me any receipts for payment. The state disbursement unit and the circuit clerk both had the arrearage amount calculated as was set in the case, there was nothing I could do or argue. I did draft the order that would allow credit for any receipt or proof of direct payment if my client does find that proof. The client's poor record keeping does not make me inattentive, a poor lawyer or on the other side. I was honest to the court and that is my only fault in this case, being ethical and honest.
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Posted by anonymous | March 22, 2015
Waste of time and money
Laura initially came off as a very confident lawyer and reassured me that the issues I was having regarding my ex would be taken care of without any trouble. She acted excited and ready to go. As soon as my ex retained a lawyer, she seemed very intimidated by their high profile. After 1 year, nothing happened with my case except for motions being filed which went no further then just the filings. I would reach out to Laura multiple times about really important issues and most of the responses took weeks, if any response at all. She always made suggestions based off of what she thought the judge would think or how she would look whether it was helping my situation or hindering it. At one point, I started feeling like she was putting me in a worse position then before hiring her. Finally I decided to seek new counsel after going a solid year without any change in my case. After getting a new lawyer, I realized just how unorganized she was, even in her office. Her Secretary was nice but seemed to not know what she was doing. I'm not one to go out of my way to write reviews, but with the amount of money I wasted, I am hoping to save someone else a potential let down financially and mentally.
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  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 9.1 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Fox, Lunardi, Zeit & Polenzani
  • 2013 - Present
  • Associate
  • Noonan, Perillo, Polenzani & Marks Ltd.
  • 2007 - Present
  • Senior Assistant State's Attorney
  • Lake County State's Attorney's Office
  • 1997 - 2007
  • Assistant State's Attorney
  • Edgar County State's Attorney's Office
  • 1992 - 1997
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  • Loyola University School of Law
  • Juris Doctor
  • 1992
  • University of Illinois
  • B.S.
  • 1989

Legal Cases

  • RW vs. TS
  • father won custody of child
  • People v. Kowal
  • plea of guilty to reduced charge


  • Illinois State Bar Associstion
  • criminal law committee
  • 2012 - Present
  • Association of Women Attorneys of Lake County
  • Board Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Lake County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • 2013 top contributor
  • Avvo
  • 2013
  • Teen Court Judge
  • 2012
  • Certified Lead Counsel
  • Illinois Capital Litigation Trial Bar
  • 2010

Speaking Engagements

  • DCFS in house conference
  • Abuse and Neglect trial practice
  • 2010
  • State's Attorney in house conference
  • How to give an effective opening statement
  • 2007

Attorney endorsements

Received (7)
Given (12)
Endorse Laura
Family Attorney | Apr 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jan 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Laura is a highly effective attorney with years of experience handling the toughest cases."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Laura is an excellent lawyer. We had a common client and I found Laura to be an excellent advocate for her clients."
Unknown Attorney | Nov 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
Family Attorney | Jul 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly endorse this lawyer. I have worked with Laura as opposing counsel on several cases in other areas of law and she is always well prepared, professional and courteous. She is very well respected in the Lake County legal community and does an excellent job for her clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 29
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Laura has many years of felony trial experience involving difficult and challenging matters. She is a most effective advocate for her clients. Strongly endorsed."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 29
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
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