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Steven Jay Brody

Divorce and separation Attorney at Huntley, IL

4.5   32 reviews

also known as Steven J. Brody & Assoc., Ltd.

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  • Licensed for 33 years
    State IL
    Acquired 1991
    Status
    Active and Authorized to Practice Law No misconduct found

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

About Steven

Learn Steven’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Child custody
    25%
    This includes all areas related child custody, whether in the context of a divorce, paternity, or other family matter, including custody, decision-making responsibilities, parenting time, visitation, child support, and other custody issues.

  2. Divorce and separation
    25%
    This includes a broad range of divorce matters including divorce, legal separation, maintenance/alimony, child support, child custody, marital settlement agreements, prenuptial agreements, and other matters which may arise in divorce matters.

    33 years

  3. Child support
    20%
    The includes all forms of child support cases, whether in the context of a divorce, family, or guardianship case, including collection, enforcement, contempt, trial, arrearages, and other child support issues

  4. Family
    15%
    This includes a broad range of family law matters outside of divorce, child custody, and support, including, adoption, paternity, non-paternity, Orders of Protection, juvenile abuse and neglect, juvenile dependency, and juvenile delinquency.

    33 years

  5. Bankruptcy and debt
    5%
    Chapters 7, 11 and 13

    33 years

  6. General practice
    5%
    This includes all other types of law not otherwise listed, which can be performed on a case-by-case basis, including criminal defense, traffic matters, wills and trusts, probate, contracts, and other types of non-civil litigation activities.

  7. Lawsuits and disputes
    5%
    On a case-by-case basis, this can include all manner of civil litigation including eviction matters, contract disputes, foreclosure, estate partitions, personal injury, and other forms of civil litigation.

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I have been practicing law since 1991.  I recognize that people who seek my services are in a difficult situation.  They would not come to me unless there was a serious issue to be addressed.  I try to treat everyone who seeks out my advice with respect and dignity.  I listen to their story and seek to give timely, practical advice.  Sometimes I have to be brutally honest, but it is important that each client truly understands the situation he or she is facing.  I also know that the practice of law requires diligence.  We must prepare cases as if they are going forward to trial.  This allows us to negotiate settlement from a position of strength and give the best fight possible if the matter is not otherwise not settled before trial. 

Awards

Distinguished Peer Review Rating
Client's Choice 2022,2021
Client's Choice
2022 2021

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Location

Steven J. Brody & Associates
11608 Dean Street
Suite 103
Huntley, IL, 60142

Reviews

4.5 / 5.0
  32 customer reviews
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Client's Choice 2022
Client's Choice
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Posted by anonymous | June 1, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Service Great Results!
When I got divorced, I was required to pay my ex-wife $5,200 per month in maintenance plus provide her health insurance and life insurance. It was costing my over $7,000 per month. I suspected my ex-wife was engaged in another relationship but could not prove she was physically living together with her significant other. Although he was concerned about the lack of a shared residence, Steve explained that this was not necessary to show cohabitation under the law. He provided a series of factors which in totality showed that my ex-wife was cohabiting under the law and therefore her maintenance should be terminated. I provided Steve the evidence which together we organized for hearing. Steve knew the questions to ask at hearing and presented the evidence in a clear and concise manner over a period of 7 days. The judge terminated my obligations saving me more than $84,000 per year. I highly recommend you hire Steve if you want a divorce lawyer that knows the law and how to present the evidence.
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Posted by Ray | November 24, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great service
Steve Brody and associates is a great firm to work with and everyone is a professional, you will not be disappointed.
Posted by Hal | November 29, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Lawyer That Knows How To Win
In November of 2013 I retained Steve to represent me in a divorce and related matters including an order of protection against my wife and child custody proceedings. I was concerned that the odds were against me because I was a man litigating in a forum that favors women. Steve assured me that my fears would be overcome. He was right. I got the order of protection against my wife, he followed through with the divorce and got me full custody with the vast majority of parenting time. My ex-wife appealed and he succeeded in winning the appeal too. Two years after the divorce was done my now ex-wife again tried to get custody and the majority of parenting time. After a long-drawn-out trial, we won again, she appealed again, and we won that too. If you want a trial lawyer who knows how to win then Steve and his firm are the ones for you.
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Posted by M | May 14, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Getting the job done
Title – Getting the job done!!! I had some legal issues and my attorney was not getting back to me or getting the job done. I was referred to Steve. He was responsive and proactive. He jumped right in and guided me through a very difficult situation. I was able to persevere through a difficult situation due to his representation. I am extremely satisfied with his service and representation.
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Posted by JAMES | February 6, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
iF YOU WANT TO GET SOMETHING DONE QUICKLY AND ACCURATLY HE'S YOUR MAN. HE FILED MY DIVORCE ON A MONDAY AND I WAS DONE THAT THUR.
I read all the positive reviews and can only attest to them as accurate. My first meeting with Mr. Brody was enlightening. At first, I perceived him as slightly arrogant, so I commented on that notion. His reply gave me clarity and confidence to write a retainer check right then. He said: "Mr.xxxxx, with all due respect, I don't sugar coat reality and only provide consultative facts. So, you are completely informed at all times as not to later be surprised, confused, or unhappy with my representation for you." "Please don't confuse my confidence with anything other than my credence in experience and expertise," Needless to say, I was pleasantly surprised how well and satisfied in the end how beneficial the final outcome was for me. That's why I retained him for my second divorce and received an even better outcome. I recommend Mr. Brody to all I know who can use his services and they too have been very satisfied.
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Response from Steven Brody November 17, 2021
I'm pleased that you had a positive experience. It was a pleasure working for you and I wish you well.
Posted by Michael | January 19, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Top of the line divorce and family attorney
I have worked with Mr. Brody for many years, regarding a number of family matters. No matter how big or small, Mr. Brody has always given his full attention to the matters, always concentrating on my child's best interests in mind, above all. He is forthright, has impeccable integrity, and will present things clearly and honestly throughout the process, as well as certainly in the courtroom. He alleviates surprises that the court process may present, and clarifies things from the most trivial to the most involved, with detail and concern. With his law firm, you get someone that will fight for your rights, no matter what difficulties present themselves. Highly recommended regarding divorce and family matters, and I know he does great work regarding financial and bankruptcy matters as well.
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Posted by Matt | December 8, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
FIVE STAR Attorney + Superbly Recommended!!
Attorney Steven is an outstanding professional who handled my case so swiftly that it is unimaginable how quickly he got my divorce settled. There was no progress made in my divorce since 2018 Nov, and I hired attorney Steven in July 2020. And lo behold, under his legal counsel, I got divorced under six months of hiring him. He has the impeccable legal knowledge, tremendous energy, his 100k Watt charisma, and confidence are his core strengths; he shared his direct cell phone number and was personally available to me whenever I needed him, even for clarifying small doubts or questions; I even spoke to him on Sundays. He would be there for you, and he will diminish or clear off any doubts that may arise and also shepherd you through the legal system with the best fathomable outcome. I highly recommend attorney Steven Brody, and I wish him all the best for his successful legal career. Attorney Steven is highly revered and respected in the legal arena and especially in McHenry County, IL. If your situation is giving you sleepless nights or heart palpitations, talk to your savior Mister. Steven Brody, and you will see the HUGE difference day ONE you hire him. He is a man of his words!! I only wished I hired attorney Steven in Nov 2018 to have led me not to struggle so much in my personal life until now, i.e., Dec 2020
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Response from Steven Brody November 17, 2021
Thank you for this vote of confidence. I hope all has been well since your divorce.
Posted by christine streveler | May 23, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Steven Brody is my go-to guy.....
I first became acquainted with Steve several years ago when I hired him to represent me in my divorce. I have since consulted with him in several other matters including certain business matters. He has always been accessible, knowledgeable and helpful. Most recently he assisted me with a lease agreement and resolving a business dispute. His advice was timely and on point. I will continue to utilize his services and recommend him to anyone going through a difficult time, especially a divorce.
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Posted by G | February 3, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
BLOWN AWAY
I am a single father of two children ages 13 and 9. Their mother is not involved. On Sunday night DCFS took protective custody of them which prevented me from seeing them. I was scared and did not know what to do. I initially saw Mr. Brody on a Monday at 4:00 P.M., the same day I called his office. He calmed me down as much as anyone could. I could tell he was confident. The next morning we appeared in court when we were first provided a stack of documents and reports. Mr. Brody had the matter continued to Wednesday, the very next morning thereby giving him time to review the paperwork. We went to hearing on Wednesday morning and he was on fire. He knew exactly what was in the reports, and thoroughly discredited the DCFS case worker on the stand. The judge immediately returned my children to my care. He is one BAD dude that does not mess around in the courtroom.
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Posted by Howie | October 5, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Knowledgeable, Dedicated, and Efficient
Mr. Steven J Brody took over as my attorney when I ran into a very difficult issue at the end of my divorce. Steven is a great listener and read through all the information I provided. He was up to speed on everything in a very short time. He is a straight shooter who will tell you what you need to know and will explain strategy and options. He was prompt at communicating in person, over the phone, and via email and texting. In the end, he was able to help me resolve the issue in a very short time and in a way that was fair and amicable when things could have been a lot worse. I strongly recommend Steven J Brody.
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Response from Steven Brody November 26, 2019
Thank you for the recommendation. It was a pleasure to assist you and see that you are pleased with both the service and outcome.
Posted by anonymous | May 8, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great family/ juvenile attorney
Steve was hired onto my case a couple of months after my initial involvement in the child welfare system... my only regret was waiting the month or two to bring him on to my case. Although he was hired to represent me, he worked hand-in-hand with my husband's legal counsel; never losing sight of the ultimate goal of family reunification. Our case was messy, but Steve guided us every step of the way. Would never consider using anybody else in the juvenile/ family system. He's an absolute gem!
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Posted by Maimoona Khan | April 25, 2024
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| Hired Attorney
Very Professional!
Attorney Steve Brody exemplifies professionalism, loyalty, and unwavering knowledge in his field. His dedication to his clients is unmatched, and his expertise ensures that every case is handled with precision and care. I highly recommend Steve Brody for anyone seeking legal representation.
Posted by anonymous | May 2, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Amazing attorney
Steve will fight for you both inside and outside of the court room. He was an amazing trial attorney and kept me well informed during the whole process. He always reassured me, and fought for what was right.
Posted by Dave | May 2, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Call Steve!
Bankruptcy of any kind is a very stressful situation. In our case, our business had been destroyed by the lockdowns of 2020-2021. We sought Steve’s counsel and were very glad we did! He walked us through the entire process in our first meeting and made an unpleasant situation a bit less so. Our case closed months ago and yet Steve is still available to answer questions and provide counsel. I can’t recommend him highly enough! Steve is a good man and a great ally.
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Posted by Justyna | April 22, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Family law
I could not say enough amazing things about both Steven and Timothy. I was referred to Steven by another very reputable attorney and as soon as I sat down for my consultation I knew I was in the right hands. I felt safe. I watched Timothy fight for me as if he was fighting for his own truth, his own life. From the care and support they offer to the knowledge they bring to the table, they are an unstoppable team! Yesterdays victory and Timothy’s will to fight for the truth will be something I am forever going to be grateful for. Again, I cannot thank this firm enough!
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Posted by Kathy | April 22, 2022
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Fantastic Law Firm!
If I could give more than 5 stars I would! Steven and Tim are a fantastic team! From day one to yesterday's victory I watched Tim's determination and knowledge/skills to never giving up on my sister and the truth! Tim, once he's in that court room nothing else counts but the truth! The knowledge and language used by Tim, words cannot even describe. Very professional, friendly, response times are super fast. Tim and Steven made sure my sister understood the whole process. This Law Firm is highly recommended by myself, my sister and the rest of the family/team.
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Posted by Sarah | March 3, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Order of protection
“I hired Mr. Brandner to help me with an order of protection filed against me by a close family member. He came highly recommended and did not disappoint. He sat with me on Zoom for over 2 hours just waiting for the judge to start our hearing! Mr. Brandner showed that the other side had no case, and so the judge dismissed the case without me even needing to put on a defense or any evidence. He was flexible, patient, and kept me informed throughout the entire process. If you need help on your restraining order, call Tim and Steve.”
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Posted by Maria | February 18, 2022
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Great Attorney
My boyfriend’s ex-girlfriend filed a stalking no contact order (restraining order) against me. Approximately one week before the hearing I retained Mr. Brody to represent me. I had sent him various documents for him to review prior to the hearing. He had reviewed the documents and after a short discussion we were ready to go. Mr. Brody was ferocious in the court room. He strategically blocked almost all of her evidence. The judge swiftly ruled in my favor and denied the petition. I won because of his superior skill. Having Mr. Brody in my corner what is the best move I could have made.
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Posted by Ryan | August 15, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Steve is a bulldog with a heart of gold.
Steve Brody is a talented attorney and a great human being. On occasion, he appeared disorganized and disconnected but when it counted, he was extremely sharp and tenacious. He knows the law very well, he tells it like it is, and verified every claim I made along the way. Steve answered most of my calls and emails in a timely matter and on several occasions, he answered when I'm sure many others wouldn't have. I owe a great deal of gratitude to Steve, Natalie and his staff.
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Response from Steven Brody November 26, 2019
Thank you for the compliments. I am happy that we were able to assist you in achieving your goals.
Posted by anonymous | June 1, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The Best in Many Ways
Since 2015, I have worked with two different divorce attorneys, and met five different divorce attorneys who represented my ex-husband. Through these experiences, Attorney Brody stands out in ways I found very important to me as a client. He is dedicated and often works seven days a week. (I just met with him today, on a Saturday morning, at 8:00 A.M..) Attorney Brody is smart and savvy--an important, rare distinction. He knows the law, but he also reads people well, and he knows the correct approach to take to achieve outcomes. He is the perfect balance between street smart and book smart. The trait that also left an impression is his humility; he's a genuine, down-to-earth kind of guy. He won't pepper you with "lawyer talk" to make you feel intimidated or that he's better than you. He doesn't judge. Rather, he is a straight-talker who may not always tell you what you want to hear, but he'll tell you the truth so that he can best help you. He is unconventional, for sure, but I admire that. He is not about to change himself to fit into the stereotype of a family attorney. He does things the way he feels are right and honest whether that is inline with tortoise-shell horned-rimmed glasses attorney stereotypes or not. Yes, his office is filled with piles of papers as some clients have mentioned. Be careful not to misjudge him for this. He knows where things are, and I personally take the piles as a good sign. They mean he is often hired because he is talented. The piles mean that he is busy. The last thing I want as a client is an attorney to have a clean office because that they aren't being hired or means he or she is using precious time on things other than the clients. Attorney Brody doesn't waste his time like this for the simple sake of having an office that may or may not impress you. He cares more for working for you than working to impress you. Just because it's not a system that works for the particular clients who wrote those statements in their reviews, doesn't mean it doesn't work for Attorney Brody. I highly recommend that you contact him.
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Response from Steven Brody November 26, 2019
I appreciate your klnd words. Satisified clients are my goal.
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 300-450 per hour
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.4 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Steven J. Brody & Associates, Ltd.
  • 1998 - Present

Education

  • Arizona State University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1993
  • Loyola University of Chicago School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1991

Associations

  • McHenry County Bar Association Destination Seminar Commitee
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Lake County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • McHenry County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Distinguished
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2022
  • Distinguished
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2020
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016

Attorney endorsements

Received (9)
Given (5)
Endorse Steven
Family Attorney | Jun 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have worked with Steve on many difficult cases. He is an excellent attorney and a true advocate for his clients. He is extremely knowledgeable and I would highly recommend him for anyone that is seeking efficient and effective representation for family law or business issues."
Family Attorney | Jan 21
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have worked with Mr. Brody on several matters. I have always found him to be professional, persuasive, and reasonable. He always puts his clients position at the forefront never wavering in his beliefs. He is at his best when advancing his client's position on the courtroom. I would not hesitate to endorse him or retain him if the need ever arose."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Nov 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Steven Brody exudes confidence in the Courtroom. He is an outstanding lawyer."
Litigation Attorney | Apr 24
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Steve is a competent attorney that focuses on assisting his clients and is a true advocate fro his clients."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Feb 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Aug 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have worked with Steve on many difficult family cases, and have found him to be a passionate advocate for his clients."
Real estate Attorney | Aug 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I was represented by Steve and he did an absolutely stellar job on my real estate matter. As a fellow attorney, I know how I want to be treated. Both Steve and his staff provided efficient, timely and cost-effective service and the outcome of the litigation was better than expected."
Family Attorney | Aug 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. i have opposed steven, been on the same side as him, referred him cases in mchenry county. he is an experienced family law attorney who works hard for his clients and cares about the children in cases."
Family Attorney | Jun 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
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Huntley Divorce and separation Lawyer Steven Jay Brody
Steven Jay Brody
Divorce and separation Attorney
Huntley, IL
Licensed for 33 years
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