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Michelle Elaine Dahlquist

Divorce and separation Attorney at Wheaton, IL

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About Michelle

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Michelle Dahlquist is a partner at Nigohosian & Dahlquist, PC.  Ms. Dahlquist concentrates her practice in complex family law matters, including divorce, legal separation, paternity, pre- and post-judgment issues, premarital agreements, and appeals.  She has extensive experience handling issues of child custody and visitation; relocation; property identification, valuation, and distribution; child support, maintenance and unallocated support; orders of protection; contribution to college expenses; and various other issues relating to pre- and post-judgment family law litigation. 

Ms. Dahlquist is a Certified Guardian ad Litem with the Circuit Court of the Eighteenth Judicial Circuit, DuPage County.  Ms. Dahlquist was named an Emerging Lawyer by the Leading Lawyer Network in 2015 and 2016 in the area of family law.  She was the recipient of the DuPage County Bar Association Pro Bono Service Award in 2011, and the DuPage County Bar Association Board of Directors Award in 2013.  She chaired the Continuing Legal Education and Membership Committees of the DuPage County Bar Association from 2011-2015, and served as Secretary of the DuPage Association of Women Lawyers from 2011-2013.  In 2015, Ms. Dahlquist was appointed by the President of the Illinois State Bar Assocation to serve on an Illinois State Bar Association special committee for proposed reform of Supreme Court Rule 711, and in 2014, she was appointed by the Presiding Judge of the DuPage County Domestic Relations Division for proposed reform of local court rules regarding mandatory financial disclosure statements.  Ms. Dahlquist remains an active member of the Illinois State Bar Association and the DuPage County Bar Association.  

Ms. Dahlquist has concentrated her practice in family law since the inception of her legal career.  Prior to forming Nigohosian & Dahlquist, PC, Ms. Dahlquist was a partner at Momkus McCluskey Roberts, LLC and was an attorney at Botti Marinaccio, Ltd.  

Ms. Dahlquist earned her Juris Doctor degree from Chicago-Kent College of Law in 2008, and her Bachelors of Science degree, cum laude, from Illinois State University in 2005. During law school, she was named to the Dean’s List on several occasions. During law school, Ms. Dahlquist served as a judicial extern for the Honorable Judge Hardy-Campbell in the Circuit Court of Cook County, Domestic Relations Division, as a legal intern for the Chicago-Kent Family Law Offices, and as a law clerk for a prominent Chicago matrimonial law firm.  

Ms. Dahlquist is a native of the Western Suburbs, where she currently resides with her family.

Licensed for 14 years
State IL
Status Active And Authorized To Practice Law
Acquired 2008
Updated 01/06/2023

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

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Nigohosian & Dahlquist, PC
2150 Manchester Rd, Suite 200
Wheaton, IL, 60187

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Posted by Violeta | December 16, 2020
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Violeta Spasova
I have been working with Michelle for the past 5 years since i filed for divorce the very first time .As the process was long and complicated I always felt safe because she was guiding me trough every step and we overcome every challenge than we faced . I did recommend Mrs Dahlquist to many of my friend who needed to go trough a divorce process as I wanted the best for them. A lawyer who always fight for your rights and get the best for you . As painful as it is ,with her you feel strong and safe . Highly recommend Mrs Dahlquist for anyone who are going troughs divorce. Know your rights, know how the process goes and having trustworthy lawyer guide you trough.
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Posted by anonymous | December 8, 2020
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Attention to Detail
I was referred to Ms. Dahlquist through a friend. We had our initial call and I immediately knew she was the one I wanted to work with. Ms. Dahlquist is very personable, knowledgeable and was able to help me talk through lots of different options regarding my specific case. She and her office were very efficient and quick to respond to any of my calls or emails. A couple months after the case was closed, I had another question come up and I was very quickly responded to. I highly recommend Ms. Dahlquist.
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Posted by anonymous | January 4, 2019
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I agree with the other reviews, Michelle Dahlquist is the best divorce attorney in town!
I was very impressed after reading the numerous excellent reviews from Michelle’s former clients. After having a consultation with Michelle, I knew I wanted her to represent me. She is an extremely skilled attorney with a wide range of abilities. The combination of her intellect, communication skills, determination, poise, integrity and professionalism sets her apart from the other attorneys I considered. Divorce matters are very complex but she didn’t miss anything and was very detail oriented and always focused on all aspect of the case over the years I worked with her. I was impressed by her crystal clear thought process and her ability to remember details and facts she read months ago. She has strong analytical abilities, and always knew what was relevant and what wasn’t relevant. She has excellent timing and always knew what to say and when to say it. She also has excellent writing abilities, works very efficiently, and was always punctual. She worked extremely well under pressure and always remained calm, cool, and collected. She was confident and fearless. Some attorneys said they were strong collaborators, some said they were fierce litigators, but Michelle is excellent at both. If you are looking for a divorce attorney, I would encourage you to schedule a consultation with Michelle and go over your case and your questions/concerns with her. You’ll see why you’ll want her to represent you too, and you’ll see why all these numerous excellent reviews are an accurate description of how skilled of an attorney she is. I also have a lot of respect for her partner Brian, who is an amazing attorney as well. Michelle and Brian run a first class law firm with a wonderful support staff that does very accurate work. I feel blessed that I met such a fine group of people to represent me during my divorce.
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Posted by Stephanie | March 7, 2018
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Michelle Is Who You Want To Represent You!
Upon receiving the news my ex would be filing for divorce I had met with a few lawyers and immediately felt Michelle was best suited to help me! Her experience and genuine caring nature from day 1 made me feel that I would be more than taken care of. She understood my situation, listened to my desired outcome and made it happen in a very quick timeframe! Her professionalism, quick response times and willingness to talk or email at any time greatly helped make this emotional, first time process for me as best as it could be! I would HIGHLY recommend Michelle (and so would my ex as he has already referred her to some of his family members haha!)
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Posted by Nicole | February 8, 2018
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Professional, Loyal, Understanding, Compassionate & Trustworthy
When I decided I needed to find a divorce attorney, I researched highly rated ones in my area. I met with a couple attorneys and after meeting Michelle, I knew she was the perfect fit for me. I only got to the lobby and turned back into her office and told her that she was hired. My divorce (like most) was complicated and from the start, Michelle was understanding and listened to all my questions and concerns and she offered excellent advice. She took the time and answered all my questions and really put herself in my shoes to help me make the best decisions for myself and my young children. I noticed that Michelle is also very respected in the court room and with her peers. When my divorce was almost final and things were getting more complicated, she stood up for me when I couldn't. When anyone goes through divorce, it is very emotional and Michelle always understood that and helped guide me in the right direction. Michelle is trustworthy, professional, knowledgeable, kind and loyal to her clients and I will definitely recommend her to others.
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Posted by Laura A. | January 30, 2018
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Michelle is the Best!
Michelle was all business from the get go. She knew what I wanted out of my divorce and how to get it. Michelle was always spot on with her advice and what would be best for me. You won't be sorry with Michelle. I have recommended her already to a few friends, and I highly recommend her to you.
Posted by JimK | January 29, 2018
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The BEST! Thank You Michelle!
Michelle did exactly what I was looking for. During our initial phone call and consultation she knew the timeline I was looking for and she met that expectation and got it done sooner! She listened to every request and always responded within a reasonable time. Her professionalism is the best! Even on the day of the divorce as much as I was excited to get it over with she knew how hard it was going to be and she stood right by my side and made sure I was ready and she eased my nerves! Thank you Michelle for guiding me and keeping me focused during my divorce you are awesome! Anyone that I know who would need her professional service I will make sure to pass her name and contact information along.
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Posted by Gerald | June 27, 2017
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THE BEST ATTORNEY
Ms. Dahlquist is truly a professional attorney and extremely knowledgeable. Everything she did was fully explained to me before she took any action. Although my divorce ended years ago, there was much confusion with the way my pension was divided. Because of her careful research and experience, I finally got the representation needed. She restored my confidence in the legal system that seldom sides with the husbands.
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Posted by Eileen | June 11, 2017
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The BEST Attorney
Michelle Dahlquist is the best attorney I ever had represent me. (I had a total of 5.) She is very efficient, professional, friendly, honest, and knows exactly what she needs to get the job done. She was respected by the judge, always appeared in court on time and with a confident and respectful demeanor. I truly recommend her if you are looking for the best representation and for an attorney you can trust to fight for your best interest. She went over and above what I had anticipated.
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Posted by anonymous | May 19, 2017
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Friendly and efficient service.
Michelle did a great job taking what I needed and getting it put to paper. We had efficient meetings that resulted in reasonable costs. I felt confident when we went to court that everything would go smoothly and it did.
Posted by Chrissy | March 10, 2017
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Great person to work with through this rough time.
Michelle was always very helpful, understanding, & knowledgeable while I was going through my divorce.
Posted by David | March 6, 2017
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Excellent Representation
Michelle was a caring, compassionate, and understanding person throughout the entire process. I could not have made a better choice. I highly recommend her.
Posted by anonymous | February 28, 2017
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Great Lawyer at a Tough Time
Michelle had recently represented me in a divorce case and although it was a tough time in my life, Michelle's demeanor and professionalism made what I was going through much easier. Michelle was always punctual, professional, and I felt always had my best interests in mind. Michelle was very personable, but at the same time honest at the times where I may have been off-base. I wanted a lawyer that was honest, easy to talk to, professional, and smart. Michelle was all of those things. Compared to my wife's lawyer, who was condescending, sarcastic, and flippant, Michelle was not into games, name-calling, or lying. Finding a lawyer can be tough and I felt however bad my life decisions were up until that point I feel that made the right decision with Michelle. Do not hesitate to use Michelle in any situation as my case was fairly complicated and she knew the laws, strategies, and system to help me maximize the result. From a financial standpoint, Michelle was no more expensive than other lawyers and her billing was fair. I never felt she racked up hours without any kind of result, email, or phone call. In summary, if you are looking for a straight forward lawyer that is professional, approachable, and smart, Michelle is a great pick.
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Posted by anonymous | February 15, 2017
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Highly recommend
Michelle navigated me through my divorce with extreme professionalism. At the same time, she was very understanding and compassionate towards my situation as I went through something as painful as a divorce.
Posted by anonymous | January 23, 2017
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Wonderful attorney to work with
Michelle was really great to work with during my divorce. She was very knowledgeable with navigating such a difficult experience. She was very timely with responding to emails and was always willing to speak over the phone if I had further concerns that couldn't be addressed through email. I felt like Michelle was very fair throughout the process and was able to realistically explain pros and cons of every decision, even down to various wording in documents. I would highly recommend Michelle for anyone looking for an attorney.
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Posted by anonymous | October 23, 2015
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Very Satisfied Client
I interviewed several attorneys and knew the minute I met Michelle that I wanted her to represent me. She was professional yet very approachable and easy to talk to. Her guidance through my divorce journey was greatly appreciated. She is not only an exceptional attorney, but an exceptional person. Thanks Michelle!!
Posted by Mike | September 22, 2015
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Divorce
Michelle was brilliant! I requested that we handle the case as conservatively as possible with regard to legal fees and strategy. My wife was very emotional and I was concerned that we would waste all of our assets battling it out. Michelle represented my interests efficiently and expertly. She came highly recommended and she delivered as advertised.
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Posted by anonymous | August 24, 2015
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Highly recommend!
Michelle is extremely professional and thorough. She was very calm and communicative during the whole process, which was reassuring to me at a very high-stress time. She was organized and efficient, which kept my costs to a minimum. There are no words to describe the gratitude I have for the excellent work she has done.
Posted by anonymous | January 12, 2015
Maintenance Mitigation
I was nearing career retirement and needed legal representation related to the termination of maintenance to my ex-wife. I learned of Michelle through a highly positive personal referral, and retained her services. She was on top of the situation from the start: from the timing of the initial filing, through the maze of red tape, right to the end of the process Michelle was professional, efficient, and displayed an unerring sense of the right way to handle each argument. I could not be more satisfied with her services or the outcome. I also want to commend the outstanding support staff working with Michelle. Each one displayed the same kind of professionalism one hopes to find in a legal team.
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Posted by Kevin | December 9, 2014
Excellent attorney with excellent client communication
Ms. Dahlquist provided excellent support throughout the process. She was thorough and kept me informed of each detail and request that required. She prepared me for the process and made sure all of my questions were answered. Very professional.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Nigohosian & Dahlquist, PC
  • 2017 - Present
  • Partner
  • Momkus McCluskey Roberts, LLC
  • 2013 - 2016
  • Attorney
  • Botti Marinaccio, Ltd
  • 2008 - 2012

Education

  • Chicago Kent College of Law
  • Juris Doctor
  • 2008
  • Illinois State University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 2005

Associations

  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • DuPage County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • Illinois State Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division
  • Executive Committee Member
  • 2014 - 2015
  • Dupage County Bar Association, Membership Committee
  • Chair
  • 2013 - 2015
  • DuPage Association of Women Lawyers
  • Board Member
  • 2011 - 2013
  • DuPage County Bar Association, CLE Committee
  • Chair
  • 2011 - 2013
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Emerging Lawyer
  • Leading Lawyers Network
  • 2016
  • Emerging Lawyer
  • Leading Lawyers Network
  • 2015
  • Board of Directors Award
  • DuPage County Bar Association
  • 2013
  • Pro Bono Legal Service Award
  • DuPage County Bar Association
  • 2011
  • Cum Laude
  • Illinois State University
  • 2005
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Publications

  • Illinois Divorce Digest
  • Percentage Upheld, Deviation Denied
  • 2014

Speaking Engagements

  • Domestic Relations Guardian ad Litem Training
  • Relocation
  • 2019
  • DuPage County Bar Association Family Law Committee Meeting
  • Prosecuting, Defending & Seeking Remedies for Civil and Criminal Contempt
  • 2017

Attorney endorsements

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Given (7)
Endorse Michelle
Divorce and separation Attorney | Sep 17
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Michelle is well-respected in the legal community, professional and very knowledgeable."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jan 06
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jan 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Michelle is extremely professional, responsive, and well respected in the community."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Aug 27
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Mar 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Michelle is an outstanding attorney. I have personally referred her clients over the years and all have reported a positive experience. Her knowledge of the law coupled with her court room prowess makes her an exceptional ally for anyone going through a divorce."
Family Attorney | Feb 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jul 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Apr 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Dec 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly recommend Michelle. She is a hard working attorney. She always keeps her clients' best interests as her main priority, and she also works well with other attorneys in the area to get the job done in an efficient and timely manner."
Family Attorney | Nov 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Michelle is a compassionate attorney who goes above and beyond for her clients. She practices and presents herself in the courtroom and community with great integrity."
Family Attorney | Oct 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Michelle is a uniquely personable attorney; I highly recommend her for matters that require a good negotiator and compassionate representation."
Family Attorney | Oct 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have had the opportunity to deal with Mrs. Dahlquist numerous times. Her professionalism is unmatched, even when we do not see eye to eye on issues, we are always able to have them progress and reach a conclusion that works for everyone."
Family Attorney | Oct 11
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
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Wheaton Divorce and separation Lawyer Michelle Elaine Dahlquist
Michelle Elaine Dahlquist
Divorce and separation Attorney
Wheaton, IL
Licensed for 14 years