Skip to main content

William Lowell Opal

Divorce and separation Attorney at Wheaton, IL

5.0   80 reviews
  • State Years
    Michigan - MI 4 years
    Florida - FL 12 years
    Illinois - IL 16 years
  • Licensed for 4 years
    State MI
    Acquired 2020
    Status
    Active in Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 12 years
    State FL
    Acquired 2011
    Status
    Member in Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 16 years
    State IL
    Acquired 2007
    Status
    Active and Authorized to Practice Law No misconduct found

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

About William

Learn William’s areas of practice.

4
Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    50%

  2. Family
    30%
    My courtroom experience enables me to effectively and efficiently represent all types of clients a variety of family law matters including divorce, child custody, visitation, paternity, child support, removal, spousal maintenance, guardianship, pre-nuptial agreements, orders of protection, college expenses, and contempt petitions.

  3. Child custody
    10%

  4. Child support
    10%

No matter what type of case I am handling, I pride myself on client communication.  I file nothing on a client's behalf without giving the client an opportunity to review and understand each facet of every document.  In court, I make sure the client is prepared to face the judge, and knows what to expect before each court appearance. 

 

I also have extensivecourtroom experience.  I have tried over 200 bench trials and 30 jury trials in my career.  I am comfortable in any courtroom, whether it be a family law or criminal matter.  I am not afraid to step into any courtroom and take a matter to trial/hearing to ensure that my clients receive favorable outcomes.

 

Please contact me for a free consultation at or at

Location

Opal O'Brien LLC
310 S. County Farm Rd.
Suite D
Wheaton, IL, 60187

Similar lawyers nearby

Reviews

5.0 / 5.0
  80 customer reviews
5 Star
 
99%
4 Star
 
0%
3 Star
 
0%
2 Star
 
0%
1 Star
 
1%
Posted by Dan | September 18, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Attorney
I've used Bill a few times for issues related to my divorce. He took care of everything and made the process painless. Did an excellent job.
Posted by Stephanie | April 25, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Easy Divorce Process
Divorce is stressful and not enjoyable, but Bill made the process much easier than it could have been had I not retained him for his services. He was very prompt on relaying any information to me and was extremely transparent. He listened to my concerns and helped guide me in the right direction based off of those concerns. His experience and expertise is exactly what I needed during my divorce. I’m very thankful I was able to retain him as my lawyer during this process.
Read less
Posted by Andrea | February 28, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Bill Opal for President!
I came to Bill in trauma. His poise and stealth demeanor saved me in that moment, and 3 years later, he still does. I knew he was the man for the Order of Protection, my son with Autism, abuses, my broken teen, and the finances in complete disarray, moments after hearing his voice on the phone. I interviewed a dozen attorneys as I divorced a Judges son. Not pretty. Did not phase Bill! We started with playing musical courtrooms for someone just to hear us fairly. Did I mention Pandemic divorce? Since then, Bill has not missed a beat, he does exactly what he says he will, when he will. What is ultra special about Bill Opal, is that he listens with the awesome ability to also put his boundaries up gracefully, and keep them up, for what's right, and for the greater good. Best counsel in the history of counsel. He is my hero. We're still in it. Divorced by default, now entangling DCFS, custody evaluations, the GAL, a tax mess, and more importantly, a child with autism, all his therapies, and special education. Bill has never let me down. I always feel protected, and my children. His gallantry and politeness is intriguing to any judge. Bill Opal has a perfect stoic combination of courtliness and elegance at all times. Being dapper and clever in court matters too, and he will represent your case with brilliance and knowledge. Every time. Bill, as well as his entire team, have changed my life. They make it all look so easy. I respect Bill Opals gentlemanliness in Law more that anything. Thank you, to the moon and back.
Read less
Posted by Leticia | February 3, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Exceptional Representation
Divorce is something that no one ever wants to see themselves in, and I have to say that having Bill’s professional representation made it less hectic to process. At all times, he was very responsive, supportive, and upfront when it came to the wants and needs. The fact that he handles his divorce cases like a business transaction makes the emotional piece of it not hinder the whole process. He was very transparent and detailed regarding my rights, and those of my children too. At our divorce hearing, Bill showed up and went through every document in a thorough manner, and we were ready to attest. Thank you so much for representing me so well!
Read less
Posted by anonymous | October 17, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very focused
Bill Opal is very focused, organized, and supportive from start to finish. Excellent 5 star rating overall.
Posted by anonymous | September 30, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best lawyer hands down
Bill was there every moment we needed him, he guided us through the entire process and got the job done efficiently.
Posted by Scott | July 27, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great to work with, understood my situation and strategized accordingly!
My ex served me with papers Friday night at 7 and wanted me to respond by the following Monday. Knew of Bill from a friend and called him on Saturday, Bill called back on Sunday and was ready to take the case on and was well prepared. The ex and I settled out of court and I had the confidence that we would have won if it would of proceeded to court.
Read less
Posted by Rob | July 26, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Consultation - Honest opinion and easy to speak with
I had a consultation with Bill. He took my call right away and despite not taking new clients with my sort of case, he gave me recommendations and answered my questions. He was helpful.
Posted by Fred | July 21, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Straightforward Approach
I was referred to Mr. Opal by a friend who is an attorney. I was immediately struck by his straightforward approach and hired him to handle my divorce. He told me what to expect and talked me through each step of the process. He was prompt at responding to any questions I had along the way, and he reached out to explain documentation that was ready for my review. His professionalism and thoroughness won my trust and made me confident that my case was in the right hands. I have every intention of retaining Mr. Opal again for future issues related to my divorce.
Read less
Posted by Glenn | May 16, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
MR. Opal was great
He took an emotional situation on my part and talked me down from overreacting and probably costing myself a ton of additional attorney fees. Bill explained things to my thoroughly and while I certainly hope I will never need his services again, I will have no problem recommending him to others.
Posted by Gina | April 24, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Divorce
I appreciated the time Bill took to speak with me on the phone and explaining exactly how the proceedings would go. Every question and email was answered immediately. Bill and Jenn made my divorce quick, easy and painless.
Posted by Chris | April 20, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Bill Opal
Bill was hired for my divorce. Everything went very smooth on our end. He was easy to contact and always answered my questions in a timely manner. Highly recommended
Posted by anonymous | October 1, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Bill Opal is the best
I was referred to Bill Opal by a family friend. Hiring him was the best decision. He was helpful throughout the process of requesting child support and a child care agreement. He worked in a timely and efficient manner. During our court hearings Bill was well prepared, professional, and reliable. I would highly recommend hiring Bill for your legal needs.
Read less
Posted by Erik | July 20, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Bill Opal
Bill provided me with the best outcome I could possibly hope for! I was extremely excited about the outcome and the cost of his expertise.
Posted by Dan | June 7, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Trustworthy, phenomenal experience
I have had a couple attorneys over the past 10 years with my family case and I don't think I will need to find another ever again. I would recommend Bill to anyone! Bill did a fabulous job of handling my life in a equitable manner that anyone can trust. I say my life because my kids are my life and as a Dad sometimes you can feel helpless. He made me feel that he is not just there to get paid but to help me get back to life with my child. He gave me clear direction and was never more than a phone call away. The things you see as important he investigates thoroughly but he will also be that down to earth reasoning that made me feel comfortable at every step. As for his performance in court, the times we were in front of a judge Bill was the sharpest person in the room. He was truly fighting for me and was extremely well prepared for all instances. When the other lawyer tried forcing false claims about my income shut that down right away and had solutions that the other lawyer wasn't prepared for because they were sensible which the judges seem to like. He also found the other parent hiding six figures that went undisclosed. I truly feel that he had my best interest at all times and today I share equal placement of my child along with equal responsibilities with the child's other parent. If I had to do it over again I would still use Bill Opal.
Read less
Posted by Tim | March 15, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
To Mr. William L. Opal
I began my search for a divorce lawyer and discussed my case with three attorneys. Bill Opal, being one of those attorneys, was recommended to me by people in the States Attorney's office, who had worked with Bill. When we discussed my case, I liked the fact that he was very "matter of fact", and did not sugar coat my options. Then when I did hire him, we worked together in helping to prove specific facts. Bill told me to try and keep my emotions out of the fact finding. The judge doesn't care!!! It was good advice!! Bill also said that if I were able to collect and organize certain material, it would save me considerable money. Needless to say, I had no problem doing that. When ever I had questions, Bill responded promptly via email or text. One specific aspect of Bill's work that I really liked was that I was always informed immediately on responses by the other attorney. Bill always responded promptly to their requests and statements, yet he always would have to go back, sometimes several times to get their responses. In other words, Bill doesn't drag his feet, he gets after it!! There is no question, I would highly recommend William "Bill" Opal.
Read less
Posted by Klyde | November 6, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Mission Accomplished
Bill helped guide us through a difficult time. With his assistance I was able to secure my rights as a father. His advice was as valuable as his services.
Posted by Cindy | October 30, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Executive Director
Sound, fair, affordable advise, follow up, follow through, detailed, articulate and accessible. He was recommended, and without hesitation, I would do the same.
Posted by John | October 20, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Bill Opal Review
I hired Bill twice for legal services. One was for a divorce case pre-covid(2018). The other was for a breach on the Marriage Settlement Agreement(MSA) during covid. I was very pleased in both instances with Bill's services. In fact for the post Covid case I didn't even have to go to the courthouse. Bill took care of everything virtually for me and followed up via email or a phone call. In both cases he was very professional, understanding, quick to respond, and provided great legal advice. Bill's office is shouting distance from Dupage County Courthouse. Due to how much he practices at Dupage County Courthouse he basically knows the entire building upside down. You can't walk ten feet without someone saying hello to him. Not only does that speak to his approachability. It also speaks to how well he knows everyone there. This includes opposing lawyers and judges. While that doesn't guarantee you anything. He does have a very good idea of what is acceptable and unacceptable to present in court based off the many cases he worked prior with those individuals. Lastly, while I hope to stay away from court in the future. If I need to I won't hesitate to hire Bill a third time.
Read less
Posted by Mike | October 20, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Outstanding Experience
Being in the middle of a custody battle is tough enough and having people backing you and helping you through the process is so very important. Fortunately for me I found a firm that was able to not just feed me what I wanted to hear, but had my back throughout the process to make sure, regardless of my emotions, what was best for me and my son. Bill and his team did that and through their honesty and diligent work were able to give my son and I the opportunity to continue to have a life together that otherwise may not have been had I chosen another office to defend me. They were able to defend me appropriately and honestly and didn't nickle and dime me for every cent like some law offices do. This was a great experience and I recommend any father dealing with something so difficult like a custody battle reach out to the them to help support them.
Read less
View less reviews

Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 45 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 400-400 per hour
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Opal O'Brien LLC
  • 2015 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Roberts PC
  • 2012 - 2015
  • Assistant State's Attorney
  • DuPage County State's Attorney Office
  • 2007 - 2012
  • Judicial Extern
  • Second District Court Of Appeal
  • 2005 - 2005
  • Law Clerk
  • DuPage County State's Attorney's Office
  • 2005 - 2007
  • Law Clerk
  • Norton, Mancini, Weiler & DeAno
  • 2000 - 2004
View all work experience

Education

  • University of Miami School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2007
  • University of Notre Dame
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2004

Associations

  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Federal Trial Bar for the Northern District of Illinois
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • DuPage County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • DuPage American Inn of Court
  • Member
  • 2014 - 2015
  • DuPage County Bar Association, Planning Committee
  • Board Member
  • 2013 - 2014
  • Link Unlimited
  • Volunteer
  • 2008 - 2014
View all associations

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2016
  • Outstanding Misdemeanor Prosecutor
  • DuPage County State's Attorney's Office
  • 2011
  • Business Law Review
  • University of Miami School of Law
  • 2007
  • Magna Cum Laude
  • University of Notre Dame
  • 2004
  • Dean's List
  • University of Notre Dame
  • N/A
View all awards

Publications

Speaking Engagements

  • NVHS Law Classes
  • Civil/Criminal Law
  • 2016
  • February 2015 CLE Meeting
  • Non-Lawyer Ownership of Law Firms
  • 2015
  • DuPage County Bar Association
  • Criminal Law for Paralegals
  • 2015
  • Substance Abuse Panel
  • Law & Consequences
  • 2014
  • Family Law Intake 101
  • Family Law Intake
  • 2014
  • Benet Academy - Entire School
  • Teenage Pitfalls
  • 2014
  • Alumni Speaker Series
  • Legal Profession - Trial Attorney
  • 2014
  • Young Lawyer's Division
  • Moving Up and Moving On
  • 2013
  • Trial Techniques
  • Cook County & Collar Counties State’s Attorney DUI Training
  • 2011
  • Probationary Trooper Joint Training Day
  • DUI Tips and Techniques
  • 2010
  • DuPage County Police Association
  • Recent Trends in DUI Law and the 2009 Changes
  • 2009
  • 2009 Railroad Safety Education and Enforcement Workshop
  • Legal Perspectives on Railroad Safety
  • 2009
View all speaking engagements

Attorney endorsements

Received (18)
Given (18)
Endorse William
Family Attorney | Aug 07
Relationship: Co-worker
"Bill is an excellent attorney in all regards. I do not know anyone more hardworking that Bill. What impresses me most about Bill is his compassion for his clients. I know Bill prides himself on communicating with his clients at all hours, even in the middle of the night if need be, so that they always feel comfortable and they always know what is going on. This is vital for individuals charged with crimes and also for those going through the difficult process of divorce. There are many attorneys out there who are primarily interested in making money off of their clients. Bill is not one of those attorneys, he genuinely cares about his clients and obtaining the best possible results for them. I would highly recommend Bill to anyone looking for a criminal defense or divorce attorney!"
Divorce and separation Attorney | Mar 27
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I have opposed Bill in divorce litigation. He is smart, thoughtful, and reasonable--a forceful advocate without unnecessarily incurring fees by exacerbating litigation where the cost/benefit does not warrant it."
Family Attorney | Dec 16
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have worked with Bill on several matters in the past. I have always found him to be a very knowledgeable and skilled advocate for his clients. I always enjoy working against Bill on resolving a family law issue."
Family Attorney | Feb 10
Relationship: Other
"When I have an issue revolving around family matter I come to William Opal because I know he has likely experienced the issue I am having."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Apr 27
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I would highly recommend Attorney Opal as he is a zealous advocate on behalf of his clients and an excellent attorney."
Family Attorney | Apr 21
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Excellent lawyer; strong negotiator; and, fair with his billing."
Family Attorney | Apr 05
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Apr 05
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Apr 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jun 04
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | May 07
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Feb 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Bill is an outstanding attorney and my go-to-guy for all family law matters. He is a true professional with impeccable integrity."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Feb 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Nov 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 23
Relationship: Co-worker
"Bill is a fantastic lawyer who is always willing to make sure that his client's matters are represented the right way from the minute he comes in on the case. Whether it is a criminal or family law matter, Bill is a zealous advocate who takes the time to make that the client understands what is going on and is comfortable with the plan for their representation. He keeps the client informed and always treats their case with the respect and attention it deserves."
Divorce and separation Attorney | May 28
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Apr 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Bill is one of the very smartest and best lawyers in the courthouse. He is tough and aggressive as well. The Judges love this guy! i would highly recommend him to people in need of a great Lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Mar 31
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
View more endorsements
Criminal defense
Personal injury
Criminal defense
Criminal defense
Divorce and separation
Securities and investment fraud
Divorce and separation
Criminal defense
Criminal defense
Divorce and separation
Criminal defense
Divorce and separation
Wheaton Divorce and separation Lawyer William Lowell Opal
William Lowell Opal
Divorce and separation Attorney
Wheaton, IL
Licensed for 16 years
Free Consultation