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Joshua Eary Stern

Divorce and separation Attorney at Evanston, IL

5.0   10 reviews
  • Licensed for 13 years
    State IL
    Acquired 2010
    Status
    Active and Authorized to Practice Law No misconduct found

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About Joshua

Learn Joshua’s areas of practice.

Joshua E. Stern, Esq. is the managing partner of Stern Perkoski Mendez. As a dedicated family law attorney, his goal is to help families through difficult transitions and act as a source of stability throughout the legal process.

Whether you are preparing to marry or are leaving your marriage behind, Josh provides the legal expertise you need while lending an empathetic ear and remaining sensitive to the individual needs of each one of his clients. Because every situation is unique, Josh takes the time to listen to what his clients want and outline their options, so they know what to expect as their case progresses.

Despite his extensive litigation experience, Josh believes most cases can be settled out of court. A talented negotiator, he knows how to strategize and advocate for his clients’ position without creating unnecessary antagonism. Josh specializes in high net worth divorce, LGBTQ+ divorce, negotiated divorce settlements, attorney-assisted mediation, child support, alimony, sole and joint custody, and property division.  we can include more or fewer services here.

Josh started his boutique family law firm, The Law Offices of Joshua E. Stern, in 2013. The firm merged in 2020 with The Law Offices of Nancy Stingle Perkoski to form Stern Perkoski Mendez—allowing for expanded divorce and family law services that serve clients across Cook County and the North Shore, as well as Lake and Will Counties.

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Location

Stern Perkoski
1603 Orrington Avenue
Suite 800
Evanston, IL, 60201
Stern Perkoski
161 N. Clark Ave.
Suite 1600
Chicago, IL, 60601
Stern Perkoski
250 E. Illinois Road
Suite 200
Lake Forest, IL, 60045
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Reviews

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Posted by anonymous | October 8, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Compassionate advocate
Josh was very accessible and supportive during one of the scariest times of my life. He communicated clearly about what I should expect at each stage, and always encouraged me to go with the option I felt most comfortable with. He and his team were also quick to answer any questions I had at the time. My divorce was finalized very quickly thanks to his efforts!
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Posted by Tim | October 3, 2018
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Personable, Talented, Responsive
I've used Josh (and his team) several times now. He is extremely responsive and accommodating, and he thoughtfully parses legal issues into plain language and candid recommendations. I had a time sensitive issue and he solved my problem while negotiating an aggressive timetable. I would enthusiastically recommend him.
Posted by anonymous | March 1, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Multi state divorce case
Josh handled my very difficult case that my ex-wife tried to have transferred to Illinois from Michigan. Josh was able to create a solid case indicating how my ex was not being truthful, to the point that my ex and her attorney withdrew their case. I would highly recommend Josh Stern for any kind of divorce case, messy or otherwise, especially if children are involved [which was the case in my situation]. He was always readily available to talk on the phone and quickly got back via emails.
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Posted by Michael | February 9, 2017
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Excellent lawyer
I contacted Josh and hired him, he was trustworthy and ethical which most attorneys are not. He managed to help me reconcile with my wife and truly is an exceptional man.
Posted by anonymous | December 28, 2016
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Helpful during a difficult time
I was grateful to have Josh's help during my divorce. He explained things clearly, advocated for my interests, and tried to make it as painless as possible. Highly recommended!
Posted by Laura | December 1, 2016
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Josh was great!
Josh helped me through my divorce this fall. He was so easy to communicate with, he always responded promptly when I contacted him and clearly explained everything I had questions about. He made a very stressful process go as smoothly as it possibly could. I would highly recommend Josh to anyone!
Posted by anonymous | June 8, 2016
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A Lifesaver
I felt myself drowning in dark, icy waters with a wave of panic washing over me. This was my experience after two years of stalled mediation and failed negotiations. It was at this point that I called Josh. He is approachable and guided me through each step of the legal process. He provided sound legal advice and brought my divorce to resolution. Josh is dedicated, intelligent and trustworthy. If you are searching for an exceptional attorney, I highly recommend Joshua E. Stern. He will pull you out of the icy waters. I guarantee it!
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Posted by anonymous | September 10, 2015
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Thank the Lord for Joshua
Joshua was/is the second lawyer to address my contentious divorce. The first one was twice as expensive and just didn't seem to have my back. Joshua is young, hard working, intelligent and willing to fight for me when I needed it. I chose Joshua after interviewing 5 other highly recommended more seasoned lawyers, but they all seemed to have way too many clients to really want to win the case for me. Joshua is amazing in every way. I was a little concerned that he was young, but this became more of an asset as the case progressed - he empathized with my situation and was hungry to win. I didn't have to extract legal information from him like other lawyers. All conversations were quick, to the point and filled with legal information. Another big plus, was that he always made time for me and always called back the same day. I seriously couldn't be happier with my choice. Nobody wins in a divorce, but I'm just glad I didn't get screwed over by a pretentious lawyer. Thank you Josh!
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Posted by anonymous | January 29, 2013
Joshus E Stern Law Offices
Joshua Stern worked with me last year to settle a personal legal issue. He helped to quickly & efficiently resolve the matter without me having to appear in court. He communicated well with all parties involved and was excellent about returning calls and keeping everyone updated. I would definitely work with him again if the need arose.
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Posted by anonymous | January 21, 2013
Review for Joshua Stern
Joshua worked for me last fall and I can't speak highly enough about his level of professionalism. He kept constant contact with me, keeping me informed of the process, and helped with any questions I had or any of my concerns. Throughout my entire legal process he was on top of everything, making sure that I was comfortable with everything and that my feelings and needs were met. I would recommend him to anyone.
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 425-425 per hour
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Founder, Managing Partner
  • Stern Perkoski
  • 2012 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Conniff Law Offices
  • 2010 - 2012

Education

  • Emory University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2010
  • DePaul University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 2006

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Child Support From A Cash Employee
  • A fair child support award and a happy client.

Associations

  • The Lilac Tree
  • Committee Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Emerging Lawyer
  • Law Bulletin Publishing Company
  • 2019
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2018
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • 22 Best Chicago Divorce Lawyers
  • Expertise
  • 2017
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2017
  • 22 Best Chicago Divorce Lawyers
  • Expertise
  • 2016
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Speaking Engagements

  • Divorce Mediation Training
  • Introduction To Legal Aspects Of Divorce
  • 2016
  • Divorce Mediation Training
  • Introduction to Legal Aspects of Divorce
  • 2015
  • Addiction and Mental Health Issues in a Divorce
  • Divorce, Addiction, and Mental Health
  • 2014

Attorney endorsements

Received (8)
Given (7)
Endorse Joshua
Family Attorney | Jan 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Child support Attorney | Apr 04
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Josh and I represented opposing parties on a divorce case a few years ago. I found Josh to be extremely knowledgeable, diligent and professional. I have since referred cases to him, and have used him as a resource on others. I highly recommend Josh for anyone looking for a family law attorney."
Family Attorney | Jan 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Oct 18
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Mar 08
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Josh Stern and I worked together for over a year. In that time, he and I collaborated on a number of hearing, trials, and negotiated settlements. Josh is a knowledgeable and hard-working professional, and I would not hesitate to recommend to anyone seeking a family law attorney."
Child custody Attorney | Jan 29
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I opposed Joshua on a highly contentious custody case and came to realize that Joshua has a real penchant for family law. He is able to fiercely advocate for his clients while maintaining a professional rapport with opposing counsel. Joshua was a pleasure to work with and I would highly recommend his services."
Family Attorney | Jan 16
Relationship: Friend
"Josh is a highly talented and knowledgeable advocate for his clients. I would recommend him without hesitation to anyone with a family law matter--no matter what level of complexity or difficulty. Josh keeps his clients fully updated on their cases, he helps them to understand the litigation process, and he makes sure that their priorities and goals come first."
Family Attorney | Jan 16
Relationship: Other
"I attended law school with Josh and have stayed in touch with him since he set up his own practice. Josh has a real passion for family law. His economics background is invaluable in helping his clients think about ALL of the costs of litigation, and not just the costs that can be reduced to dollars and cents. And he likes to win -- which doesn't hurt."
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