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Paul Chatzky

Divorce and separation Attorney at Northfield, IL

5.0   13 reviews
  • Licensed for 41 years
    State IL
    Acquired 1983
    Active and Authorized to Practice Law No misconduct found

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About Paul

Learn Paul’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    Contested/Negotiated Divorce Complex Divorce Uncontested Divorce Legal Separation Child Custody Child Support Spousal Support

  2. Child custody

  3. Child support

  4. Criminal defense
    Misdemeanor/Felony Defense Domestic Battery Domestic Violence DUI Theft

  5. Family
    Contested/Negotiated Divorce Complex Divorce Uncontested Divorce Legal Separation Child Custody Child Support Spousal Support

  6. Marriage and prenuptials

  7. Violent crime

Mr. Chatzky enjoys the recognition of the Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers and an "AV" Peer Review Rating. Mr. Chatzky is also listed among Illinois "Super Lawyers".


Mr. Chatzky dedicates himself to resolving disputes for his clients in an efficient and cost effective manner. Clients realize excellent legal representation at costs often significantly lower than other large firms.

As an experienced advocate, Mr. Chatzky understands that clients have a right to measure the quality, resourcefulness, and cost of representation. He recognizes that “results” do matter to his clients and is committed to afford zealous advocacy on his client’s behalf where appropriate and justified.

As an experienced counselor, Mr. Chatzky also believes that his clients have the right to be kept informed of the progress of their cases and that they must be informed of pertinent legal issues and concerns that might impact the desired result. 

Mr. Chatzky commits to afford personal attention to his clients to assure that his counsel & advice is premised upon proper understanding and concern.

Mr. Chatzky is a Member of the American Bar Association's Family Law and Criminal Justice Sections.


Law Offices Of Paul Chatzky
790 West Frontage Road Suite 115
Northfield, IL, 60093

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Posted by Kristen L. Gorenberg | January 28, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Attorney
I've known Paul for many years and chose to have him personally represent me in my post-petition divorce matters. I know many divorce attorneys and did not choose to go back to my initial attorney, so this should resonate. Paul is extremely intelligent and is able to handle complex financial situations. He is very knowledgeable on all pertinent case law involved with divorce matters and the local civil procedure and other filing rules. He reminds me of a tax accountant who can rattle off random IRS code sections. His rates are also competitive and he can go up against any large downtown law firm and obtain great results. This I know from personal experience, as my ex-husband was represented by one of the most well-respected and often nasty law firms in downtown Chicago. He is also very sensitive to an individual's personal situation and a compassionate advocate. And most of all, he's a Mensch! I love Paul, he's the best divorce lawyer and a great friend!
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Posted by Matthew | August 19, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Paul is a excellent lawyer that I would highly reccomend
I hired Paul two years ago having used him for multiple petitions since there and have only had very positive experiences. When looking for a family law lawyer he contacted me within a day from when I sent in a request. He called me right away even though it was a Sunday to discuss the situation and gave me advice even prior to our initial consultation. Paul is incredibly skilled and versed in Illinois family law with a very strong background and experience in practicing in Lake county and Cook county. Due to this Paul is able to give very strategic advice and was able to best possible outcome from my legal situation. While he can be aggressive he is not a "bulldog" lawyer as he understands that law is an art and especially family law it is not always black and white so he does his best to lay out the situation, the options and the potential outcomes. He leaves it up to you to decide the best option to take but makes sure you are making an informed decision. Once you have decided how to best handle the situation he will aggressively execute on that decision but will also constantly reassess to make sure you will get the best outcome. Paul is an amazing legal resource and adviser but he will expect you to stay in the driver seat for any legal situation. You will need to do the leg work to provide Paul all the evidence and information but he will then break the information down and advise on the best course of action. As most legal situations are high stress Paul keeps himself incredibly open to communication and has responded to any urgent situations incredibly fast. When you hire him you have his attention and I've felt him truly care about my case and situation. I can not recall a item that it's taken more than 24 hours to get a response of call from him even on weekends and holidays. I would highly recommend Paul and I have personally given his card to several people when they need help in family law.
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Posted by anonymous | April 1, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Best attorney!
Beyond brilliant! Exceptional professionalism & knowledge of the law. This is an attorney that looks out for the well being of his clients to the fullest extent & I believe, treats each & every client with the upmost respect & dedicates himself to each & every case. I would recommend this attorney over & over.
Posted by anonymous | January 21, 2011
Paul Chatzky does the almost impossible
I was faced with a time sensitive set of serious issues, an emotionally unstable and vindictive opponent and limited financial means. Paul Chatzky laid out options, a sound strategy and immediately went to work. I was both fearful of my opponent and the potential consequence if my attorney wasn't successful in avoiding a law suit and both criminal and civil charges, both unwarranted. Within a week, Mr. Chatzky acted on the case, kept me informed, was clearly knowledgeable and avoided my worst fears from happening. I would say he is the most competent and trustworthy lawyer I have ever had. I would recommend him highly . I was particularly impressed with his ability to read and take action against my opponent. His style is calm, non conflictual, firm, and non litigious (if it can be avoided). His use of time in a productive and effective manner far outweighed that of lawyers I have hired before for other matters. I would hire hire him again should I need legal counsel.
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Posted by Mary Ellen | October 7, 2010
Review of Paul Chatzky
I had a great experience. Mr. Chatzky answered all of our questions in a way that we understood, he did not use big words that we could not understand. He took his time and did not rush us. He explained the whole picture with all the different options that we had and left the final decision to us. He was extremely knowledgeable. He made us feel very comfortable. If the occasion ever arose again I would surely contact Mr. Chatzky for representation.
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Posted by marty | August 12, 2010
Review of Paul Chatzky
Paul is, simply put, superlative. His fundamental decency and humanity shines through his every action. He was fair, and at the same time was a zealous advocate for me as a client. He helped me navigate my divorce and was concerned about my emotional state as well as the legal issues.
Posted by Larry | August 5, 2010
Highly Effective Representation in All Matters To Date
Paul is a true professional and advocate. He is exceptionally responsive, attentive and remains current. He effectively handled my spouse's DUI by allowing her to serve a long probationary period and successfully avoid incarceration of any kind. Paul successfully guided, made pleas and took other measures to bring this matter to an advantagous outcome. Obtaining the courts permission for rehabilitation out of state was but one of his critical achievements during his tenure on this matter. Paul Chatzky is clearly respected in the courtrooms in the greater Chicago area and maintains effective working relationships with many in the legal community, as I was readily able to observe first hand. Paul is currently handling all of my estate planning. I highly recommend Mr. Paul Chatzky.
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Posted by Jeff | August 4, 2010
I was taken back to court by my ex-wife who petitioned for more money among others things. Paul did a great job of letting me know what battles to "fight", and others that would either prove to be costly or not likely to go in my favor. He is smart, and knows how to play "tough" when needed, and also how to negotiate well when that tact is called for.
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Posted by Ken | August 4, 2010
Client rating for attorney Paul Chatzky
Attorney Chatzky provided excellent and timely advice and counseled me in a matter that could have resulted in a serious charge against me. I felt that he was not only the consummate professional but also a caring and understanding man who handled this matter as a true friend. I endorse his practice and wholeheartedly recommend him in the areas of law in which he practices.
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Posted by Perry | August 4, 2010
Paul Chatzky Professional Services Review
Professional, attentive, courteous services you would expect from a large downtown firm, all available from a gifted sole practioner. Specifically, Paul Chatzky has advised 3 generations of my family on a multitude of issues. Whether for personal or business matters Paul is always available in a timely, caring manner,....using both inside and outside the box strategies to effect prompt resolutions to all types of matter and concerns. I have a continued comfort in retaining Paul's services for my personal and business needs, and would unquestionably recommend his services to anyone in need of professional guidance.
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Posted by Richard Schaefer | August 4, 2010
Superb service
Paul Chatzy is the best lawyer anyone could hope to have.His professionalism and knowledge is above and behond.I highly recommend Paul Chatzky.
Posted by Gail | August 3, 2010
Mr. Chatzky is an excellent and caring attorney. He is very knowledgeable about the law and did only what needed to be done in order to keep costs down. He is also very thorough. I especially appreciated the way he calmed me down about this very difficult legal situation that I found myself in by telling me not to worry about anything - that he would handle everything. All I had to do is cooperate with him by giving him the information he needed so he could help me and show up at court, etc. I would highly recommend him! Sincerely, Gail A. Gray
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Posted by anonymous | August 3, 2010
Paul Chatzky
Exactly want i needed and wanted, a family lawyer who could demystify estate planning.
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AVVO RATING 9.3 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Principal
  • Law Offices of Paul Chatzky
  • 1996 - Present
  • Instructor-Lawyer's Assistant Program
  • Roosevelt University
  • 1997 - 1999
  • Instructor
  • Century 21 Real Estate Academy
  • 1996 - 1999
  • Managing Attorney
  • Borovsky & Ehrlich
  • 1987 - 1995
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  • University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1982
  • University of Florida
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1980

Sample of Legal Cases

  • People of the State of Illinois v. John Doe (Confidential)
  • Not Guilty
  • The Marriage of John Doe (Confidential)
  • Petition For Modification of Support granted
  • People Of The State Of Illinois v. John Doe (Confidential)
  • Not Guilty


  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1983 - Present
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Lake County Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Roosevelt University LAP Program
  • Instructor
  • N/A
  • Bridgeview Chamber of Commerce and Industry
  • Board of Directors
  • 1985 - 1986
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2018
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2017
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2016
  • Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2015
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Speaking Engagements

  • CLE
  • A Child Custody Trial
  • 2013
  • American Bar Association Negotiation Competition
  • Judge, American Bar Association Negotiation Competition, The John Marshall Law School
  • 2010
  • American Bar Association Negotiation Competition
  • Negotiation Competition
  • 2010
  • Managing Your Legal Career
  • Establishing and managing a law practice
  • 1996
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Attorney endorsements

Received (8)
Given (7)
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Family Attorney | Nov 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have referred a number of clients to Paul and he has met or exceeded both my expectations as well as my clients' expectations. I will continue to refer clients (and family and friends) to Paul."
Family Attorney | Nov 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have had the pleasure of knowing Paul Chatzky for about 15 years or so. Paul is a highly intelligent and dedicated attorney that works very hard for each and every client. I understand Paul to be very responsive to the needs of his clients. I would recommend Paul should you be in need of excellent legal counsel."
Business Attorney | Jan 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have had the privilege of working on a number of cases with Paul and I fully endorse his work. He handles each of his cases with unmatched diligence, dedication and compassion, and delivers superior outcomes for his clients."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jan 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Paul is a terrific lawyer for his clients. He works hard for them, and always protects their rights. He communicates often and well with his clients. He provides status updates for them on a regular basis, and obtains the necessary information to move their project forward. Paul is direct, straight forward, and honest. He is a profile of what the legal profession should present. I am pleased to endorse Paul."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Paul for many years. He is a tireless advocate who delivers great results for his clients. Paul has an excellent reputation amongst his peers."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Paul is always well prepared, totally dedicated to his clients, and an excellent trial attorney."
General practice Attorney | Mar 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Paul is a thorough, conscientious and attentive lawyer. He has a sterling reputation in the community."
General practice Attorney | Mar 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I fully endorse Paul Chatzky. He is exceedingly diligent and a lawyer of great integrity."
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