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Mary E. McSwain

Divorce and separation Attorney at Wheaton, IL

4.8   19 reviews

also known as Mary McSwain, Mary E. McSwain


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About Mary

Learn Mary’s areas of practice.

4
Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    35%
    practicing all aspects of divorce, family law, custody cases, child support and maintenance cases almost exclusively in DuPage County for 27 years

    40 years, 500 cases

  2. Child custody
    25%
    Your children are your most important asset. To make sure your parenting schedule is fair to both parents, call Attorney McSwain today for a case evaluation.

    40 years, 50 cases

  3. Child support
    25%

    40 years, 500 cases

  4. Real estate
    15%

    40 years, 2,000 cases

Our firm provides quality legal representation to individuals and families located throughout the western suburbs of Chicago. Attorney Mary E. McSwain has nearly 30 years of full time legal experience serving a broad and diverse clientele facing a wide variety of legal issues. We pride ourselves on offering a combination of competence, professionalism, and personal service tailored to suit each client's individual circumstances.

Licensed for 39 years
State IL
Status Active And Authorized To Practice Law
Acquired 1983
Updated 01/06/2023

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

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McSwain Nagle Giese & Rapp, P.C.
400 S. Knoll Street, Suite AB
Wheaton, IL, 60187
McSwain Nagle Giese & Rapp, P.C.
205 1/2 West State Street, Suite C
Geneva, IL, 60134
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Posted by Sam & Anna | October 25, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Thank you , Mary McSwain
We just closed on both the house we sold and the house we just bought! Mary McSwain and her team did an excellent job. It could have been a domino effect from our buyers' buyer down the line but their efficient coordination and communication helped to make a smooth closing. Thank you Mary and your team ! -
Posted by anonymous | June 21, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
An Excellent Attorney
I hired Mary McSwain through a referral. She assisted me in a two-year grueling process of divorce for which I am very grateful today. She is a professional who really understands the law and and the court system. As a lay person, the legal process was/is very nebulous to me. During the 2 years there were moments of doubt and discouragement. I realized during this process that Mary had the whole thing masterfully tethered. She anticipated and executed every legal requirement in a timely manner. She made clear everything that was entitled to me under the law and made those her goals. I realized those moments of doubt were because I was not fully trusting and listening to Mary. She can be trusted 100%. She holds herself to a high standard of integrity which is clearly visible. I have referred her to others and will continue to refer her to anyone who says, "Do you know a good attorney?" My response is, "I will give you the name of an excellent one!"
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Posted by anonymous | April 29, 2019
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10 year battle
Mary did and excellent job making sure my family received all that was deserved as I fought a ten year battle. She is professional, knowledgeable, and really goes after what’s right. Mary and her team made sure I was updated throughout the process and details were explained as they happened. I am extremely grateful to the dedication given to my case and happy it’s behind me.
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Posted by Suzanne | April 24, 2019
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Above and Beyond
Mary did a great job with my real estate sale, which was also part of a divorce settlement. She went above and beyond the call of duty to handle some challenging issues, and got everything done in a timely, professional fashion.
Posted by Donna | March 11, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
BEST experience EVER!
I am eternally grateful to Mary McSwain for helping make the divorce process as smooth as possible. Mary provided me with the information and resources that I needed to make informed choices. Her expertise and guidance throughout the process was of great value to me. I felt incredibly supported by Mary and her staff. She is an excellent communicator and was willing to respond to all of my email questions and phone calls. Mary appreciates her clients and works extra hard to ensure that her clients' needs are met. I greatly appreciate Mary and highly recommend her services to you!
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Posted by MaryAnn | May 6, 2018
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GREAT EXPERIENCE
I hired Mary as a referral many years ago to help me with post-decree child support issues. My husband was abusive and very scary. Mary didn't flinch and never relented until every dime owed me was recovered. Mary was always accessible and supportive during my desperate time of need. subsequently, for many, many years, she has handled my family's needs and my business/real estate needs. My children have used her many times and I have referred her everyone who are always satisfied and they always call to thank me. You will not be disappointed with this choice of attorney!
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Posted by Gregory | November 4, 2017
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A never ending divorce.
My ex-wife and her attorney kept returning to court for one thing or another. Mary finally got everything I wished for and more and it is finally finished! She was professional and her fees were very reasonable.
Posted by anonymous | November 3, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Quality Legal Services
Mary helped me resolve spurious motions against me. She was organized, prepared and reasonable in her arguments. Due to her diligence, I prevailed and and very happy with the results. Thanks!
Posted by Lori | August 3, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Best Experience Ever!!!!!
Mary McSwain was referred to me by my brother. He had her handle a few transactions for him in the past and recommended her to me. From the first phone call, Mary and her assistant Lynn were nothing but professional. Mary explained every detail of the sale of my house to me and that was helpful since I knew nothing about selling a house. She was timely with her verbal and written responses. I dealt a lot with Lynn who is her assistant and she is just as incredible. The people that I had around me for the sale and purchase of new property were awful. The only bright spots in the storm were Mary and Lynn!!! Mary was prompt and on time for every meeting and phone call. I just can not say enough about how much Mary and Lynn helped me through this process. Best people ever!!!!!
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Posted by Lynne and Rick | June 29, 2017
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Real Estate Transaction/sold property and bought other property
We were very satisfied with the work from Mary McSwain in our recent sale of property and purchase of new property and would highly recommend her work to anyone. Thank you again for your services. Respectfully, Lynne and Rick P.
Posted by anonymous | March 12, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Outstanding lawyer
Mary did an outstanding job handling my divorce. She was very realistic and honest with me regarding my expectations and explaining the pros and cons of the issues as they arose. Her guidance proved to be necessary as it surfaced many times when tough choices had to be made. Mary and her staff promptly answered my phone messages and emails never making me feel as though I was imposing or rushed. Her knowledge of the law coupled with her experience and compassion made an an extremely unpleasant situation bearable. Mary was able to help me achieve the best possible outcome for my situation and I will be forever grateful.
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Posted by Airhart Construction | March 17, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Real Estate
Mary McSwain has been our Corporate attorney for 30 years, dealing with all our Real Estate needs. Buying or selling properties, documenting projects, consulting on other legal matters, and much more. Her background, experience, and contacts have been vital to help us in our many needs.
Posted by anonymous | March 15, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Personable, Professional, & Extremely Efficient
Mary has been such a blessing to me through this entire process. She has been there for advice, counsel, and a good laugh when it's needed! She is extremely personable, but professional when needed, and she makes you feel comfortable in every situation. She understands the emotions in her line of work, and has done an amazing job at helping me cope and get through the process. She has also made every effort to expedite this process for me. During our first meeting, I mentioned that I was hoping this could go quickly, and I was never left wondering when she would get back to me. She was very efficient in everything she did, and never let an extended period of time go between our conversations and any updates. I would recommend her 100%. It is comforting to know that I am being represented by the best!
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Posted by Karen | July 26, 2015
Highly recommended
Mary McSwain handled my divorce. She's direct, has years of experience and clearly conducts herself/business with a high degree of integrity. She followed through on every promise and expectation. Mary provided me with solid advice. I have the utmost respect for her. She obviously leads her staff by example, they were outstanding as well. I highly recommend her. She has a nonsense approach and does not waste time. Five stars PLUS.
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Posted by SJ | October 3, 2013
Great Demeanor, Focused Lawyer
Mary has a great demeanor about her, she is direct, and helps you understand the key points of your case as opposed to worrying about the nonsense that comes with divorce cases. Her honesty and her insight enabled me to stay focused on the key items and not get lost in the rhetoric. When opposing counsel tried to take our case off track, she acted decisively and swiftly to ensure that we only discussed the items before the Court. This saved time, money and allowed us to settle the items before the Court in a clear and decisive manner. I recommend Mary to any potential client who needs a lawyer that is focused, puts their clients issues first, and gives you straight factual talk (as opposed to feeding emotional rhetoric). She is a first class act.
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Posted by anonymous | July 23, 2013
OUTSTANDING Experience
I hired Mary to assist me with child support issues with my ex-husband. She is fantastic. She knows exactly what she is talking about and where to go before you can even finish your sentence. She doesn't let you sweat the small stuff that will only stress you out even more, she dives into the case head first with no nonsense. She is honest and will tell you exactly what she thinks without sugar coating anything so that you don't have false hopes. I would recommend her to anyone going through a divorce or having to go back to court for a breech in your agreement. I will absolutely give her a call if/when I need her again!
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Posted by Rick | September 3, 2010
lawyer
Very knowlegeable, hardworking, excellent attorney. Goes the extra mile to give the finest talent in contested family law cases. Well prepared and knows how try a case. Simply one of best attorneys in the county and statewide.
Posted by Pamela | September 3, 2010
Brilliiant Woman
A very knowledgeable woman. Fought tooth and nails to get me what I deserved. Classy and experienced. I have a lot of respect for her.
Posted by R | May 18, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Deceiving and Apathetic
I rarely leave bad reviews for anything, but Mary was very disappointing. In my personal opinion, she gained my trust and then majorly failed me. My case was domestic, I was pregnant and she had me leave my home the night before she went on vacation to Europe. The next morning there was an emergency hearing. The lawyer she used to represent me when she was gone had me meet her 10 minutes before trial to go over my case. I was not prepared at all, the lawyer did not litigate and I lost temporary custody of my son due to the lies of my ex husband. My bill was ran up very high that day. I had to go on leave from work for bed rest and then had my child who needed to stay in the nicu. That, along with an unpaid maternity leave, left me scraping to get by. I did not have the money to pay Mary. She then had a male lawyer call me repeatedly in an attempt to collect $6000, while taking care of a sick newborn, so she then sued me for the money in small claims court. I did not show up to court so she had the judge put a lien on my house. I had sent Mary emails, she knew what was going on, she knew I had no money, I begged her to reconsider court. Mary was very cold, and apathetic after my trial. She showed no remorse for leaving me with poor representation and during such an emotional time that was very upsetting. I developed ulcers from all the stress of being sued and taking care of two children under 3. It was not a joyous time, because of the stress she caused that whole year with my children was a blur and Ive lost that time of their youth forever....I can NEVER get that back. So the price of using Mary cost me much more than any monetary value. This was over two years ago. I just want to make sure this doesn't happen again to another helpless person. Be very careful who you choose.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Education

  • Northern Illinois University College of Law
  • Juris Doctor
  • 1983
  • Loyola University Chicago
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1977

Associations

  • DuPage County Bar Association
  • Director 2000-2006, current member
  • 1983 - Present
  • DuPage County Bar Association, Real Estate Law Committee
  • Chair
  • 2008 - 2008
  • DuPage County Bar Association
  • Director
  • 2006 - 2006
  • DuPage County Bar Association, Court Facilities and Library
  • Chair
  • 2005 - 2005
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Assembly
  • 2002 - 2009
  • DuPage County Bar Association, Law Practice Management Committee
  • Chair
  • 2001 - 2001
  • DuPage County Bar Association, Real Estate Law Committee
  • Chair
  • 1994 - 1994
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • Pro Bono Legal Service Award
  • DuPage County Bar Association, Legal Aid
  • 2005
  • Board Of Directors Award
  • DuPage County Bar Association
  • 2000
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Divorce and separation Attorney | Jun 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer.She is very experienced in all matters related to family law."
Family Attorney | Sep 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work."
Wheaton Divorce and separation Lawyer Mary E. McSwain
Mary E. McSwain
Divorce and separation Attorney
Wheaton, IL
Licensed for 39 years