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Roland Paul Ernst

Divorce and separation Attorney at Orland Park, IL

5.0   13 reviews

Licensed for 39 years

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I am a highly regarded trial attorney and litigator with extensive courtroom  experience in both the divorce and personal injury field. I have gone to trial in numerous contested  divorce cases, custody cases, wrongful death cases, medical negligence cases and personal injury cases. I have also argued cases in the Illinois Appellate Court, Illinois Supreme Court and the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals.   With more than 32 years of courtroom experience, I know there is no substitute for hard work and thorough preparation of your case. If you are looking for an experienced, skilled and compassionate attorney who will work directly with you to protect you and your interests, contact me at (708) 949-8231 for a confidential consultation.

Licensed for 39 years
State IL
Status Active And Authorized To Practice Law
Acquired 1983
Updated 10/11/2022

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

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Carr O'Rourke & Ernst., Ltd.
10750 W. 143rd Street
Suite 57
Orland Park, IL, 60462

Reviews

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Posted by Beth | August 19, 2014
Roland will get the job done!
If you are looking for a divorce attorney I'm so sorry you are facing such a difficult situation however, if you hire Roland he will help make it as painless as possible. Roland returned my calls the same day, he prepared the documents exactly the way he said he would and his billing never surprised me.
Posted by Tracey | August 5, 2014
Excellent Representation
Roland Ernst is very well versed in several areas of law. I required his services for a family law matter on several occasions. He is not your run of the mill attorney. He is very intelligent, thorough, and considerate of the emotional taxation matters like these can cause. He is willing to answer questions in a timely manner and is patient when you need clarification of the law or just plain do not understand. You will most definitely receive solid legal advice from a professional and respectful attorney. I will use his services again should the need arise, which in family law seems inevitable. Best attorney in the area!
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Posted by Ronald S | December 16, 2021
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I couldn't recommend Roland any more highly
Roland was the attorney for my 2.5 year review of my divorce decree. My first attorney knew divorce law well, however was not very good with unusual circumstances and understanding financials. Roland was an excellent listener and took the time to understand and empathize with what was important to me in outcomes. He not only understood the law, but could see the areas where we could negotiate with my ex and her lawyer. He confidently told me what we had control over and what we could influence. He was very good at educating me on the law and preparing me to have realistic expectations for outcomes. In the end, Roland negotiated a deal for me through a very difficult ex and created a financial solution that everyone was willing to accept. The solution was better than what I had expected and still met the needs of my ex. I couldn't recommend Roland any more highly.
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Posted by anonymous | May 2, 2019
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Outstanding Attorney!!
I came to Roland in high stress Order of Protection situation. I already had the OOP in place but the other party was attempting to have it modified. Roland explained everything from the beginning and never made any promises he couldn’t keep. The counsel I received with Roland was so worth the money and I would hire him over and over again if I needed to. He knows the laws and knows how to explain those laws to help everything make sense. His counsel was so outstanding the other party ended up backing down before the judge. I am so grateful I found Roland and would definitely recommend him to anyone needing an attorney.
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Posted by Gus | January 20, 2019
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Excellant and ethical representation
Divorce can be one of the most challenging times in your life. Roland set realistic expectations from the very beginning and executed superbly every step in the process. Not only was Roland my attorney, he became a coach, counselor and kept me grounded throughout the difficult judicial process. He is highly regarded amongst his peers which I discovered was invaluable. His tenacity and attention to detail made for a successful outcome in my situation. I am so glad Roland was on my team versus the other side.
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Posted by Christine | October 19, 2018
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Outstanding Counsel
Roland Ernst has handled 3 post divorce issues for me. He was recommended to me by 3 different friends who had glowing comments about their experiences. Communication was timely and thorough. Mr. Ernst is an extremely skilled attorney and was instrumental for favorable resolutions to my issues. I always felt that Mr. Ernst explained issues to me in an easy to understand manner. Even though the issues were emotionally charged and financially based, Mr. Ernst kept the process on track to achieve the best possible outcomes. I am so grateful to have used his legal expertise.
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Posted by Rich | November 3, 2016
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Excellent, Professional and Knowledgeable and Personable
Roland was extremely professional and proved to be a reliable source of strength when going through a divorce. I stated that I wanted things to be handled fairly from the beginning and unfortunately the other side does not always play by the same rules. In the end, fairness prevailed and in large part due to Roland's guidance. Not enough good things can be said about Roland as he helped me through this difficult transition!
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Posted by anonymous | September 7, 2016
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Trusted Attorney
Roland handled my case amazingly. I was close to giving in as emotionally, it was taxing. Roland explained to me why I was going through the process and assisting me in the right direction. He cares but is tough when needs to be. Thank you Roland for everything.
Posted by Terri | August 4, 2014
Quality Representation
When a person is in need of a lawyer, it's often a difficult time for that individual. That is why it is so important to find a lawyer you can trust, who has knowledge about the law, who responds in a timely manner, and is sensitive to your needs and emotions. I personally depended on Roland to guide me through important decisions that were in the best interest of my children. I highly recommend Roland Ernst to anyone who wants a lawyer who puts his clients first. Roland has strength, knowledge, perseverance and personal commitment.
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Posted by Roger | July 31, 2014
Outstanding Lawyer
Quality representation - very knowledgeable in all areas of Family Law. Billing is extremely reasonable and very detailed. Roland cuts to the heart of the matter and makes every attempt to avoid the "chafe" that is too often introduced into family law litigation. I trust Roland.
Posted by Lisa | July 30, 2014
Skilled, Trusted, Responsive, Accessible
I was introduced to Roland through a mutual friend, in 2000, while going through a difficult divorce. He began by dispatching with the ineffective lawyer who'd been mishandling my case. He then applied his knowledge of the law to get me a just and equitable settlement of marital property, and handling of child care and medical expenses, and visitation. He assisted me in thinking my way through difficult decisions that promoted the best outcomes for my very young children. In 2003, when my son was diagnosed with developmental disabilities, he helped me navigate the Due Process procedures with my local school district, who had refused to provide my boy with the appropriate support he needed in the public school system. When I remarried in 2006, Roland wrote my prenuptial agreement, to protect my assets. Shortly after my 2nd marriage, my new husbands ex-wife began threatening us and my children. Roland supported us with an emergency order of protection. In 2010, when the public school district completely failed my son, Roland, again, applied his expertise in assisting our family with the conflict resolution proceedings. The following year, he worked closely with our education advocate, and helped us obtain a private placement in a therapeutic day school, where my son is excelling in ways we never imagined possible. When my ex-husband took me back to court, in 2013 to get his child support reduced, Roland negotiated an agreement that protected my daughter's interests regarding college tuition, books, and living and transportation expenses. Always, Roland's first priority is what is in the best interest of his client. For my family, every endeavor for which we have sought legal advice and action, those interests have been served by his keen legal mind, his ethical application of skill, and his compassionate heart. I would - without reservation - recommend Roland Ernst.
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Posted by Michael | July 30, 2014
Quality Representation
Roland is an outstanding divorce attorney. He handled my case from beginning to end with the same level of representation throughout. Roland went through the possibilities and costs associated as the process unfolded, there were never any surprises. Roland is smart, tough, realistic, ethical and above all else trustworthy. I consider him to be a friend and having said that, think it speaks for itself. Not many people emerge from close to two years of emotional, physical and mental stress claiming to have formed a freindship with counsel. Roland knows the law and negotiated a reasonable settlement in spite of the opposition being highly unreasonable at times. I know I hired the right attorney and would highly recommend him to anyone contemplating a divorce or separation.
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Posted by Andrew | July 29, 2014
Best of the best in Family Law
Four years ago my children were abducted by my ex-wife and her live in boyfriend. I had retained Mr Ernst to represent me and my children. Throughout the lengthy court proceedings Mr Ernst was prepared, professional and compassionate. Mr Ernst exhausted every legal resource to ensure that my children were returned safely to Chicago. As a result of Mr Ernst' intelligence, tenacity and genuine concern for the well being of my children they live with me full-time and are thriving. Mr Ernst never wavered in his pursuit to bring my children back to Chicago and placed in my parental care. After nearly two years of court hearings and having to respond to numerous motions filed by my ex-wife the courts acting in the best interest of my children granted me sole-custody, as a direct result of the hard work and drive of Mr Ernst. Both of my children and I owe a huge debt of gratitude to Mr Ernst for all of his hard work, dedication and compassion. It is because of him that we are a family today. I highly recommend Roland Ernst without reservation if you need a lawyer who not only knows the law, but has a deep and abiding concern for his clients and their families.
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Law Offices of Carr, O'Rourke and Ernst, LTD
  • 1983 - Present

Education

  • DePaul University College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1983
  • DePaul University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1980

Associations

  • Will County Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Top 100 Lawyers
  • The National Advocates
  • 2017
  • Top 100 Lawyers
  • American Society of Legal Advocates
  • 2017
  • Client Review
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2016
  • Top 100 Lawyers
  • The National Advocates
  • 2016
  • 2015 10 Best - Client Satisfaction
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2015
  • Top 100 Lawyers
  • The National Advocates
  • 2015
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Publications

  • DePaul Law Review
  • A Liberalization of the Use of Expert Testimonty in Illinois
  • 1982

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Divorce and separation Attorney | Apr 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer... I have known Roland for many years. Not only have I seen his work first hand, I have also had the opportunity to review his billing practices as well. Concerning his work, in my opinion there is none better than Roland when it comes to knowledge and experience concerning family law. He is always prepared, knows the law and know how to structure his arguments to benefit the client in the best way possible. His billing practices and rates are extremely fair and very competitive. In a nutshell, Roland truly cares about his clients and it shows in all that he does for them."
Family Attorney | Apr 07
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I had the pleasure of working with Mr. Ernst as an opposing counsel upon a maintenance review case. He strongly advocates for his client with his sound knowledge of the law, yet remains dignified and courteous to the court and the parties involved."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Nov 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Ernst is an expert in the field and a highly regarded trial attorney."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jul 08
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I had the pleasure of being an opponent of Mr. Ernst in a divorce proceeding. He was an excellent advocate for his client and is well respected in our community. I endorse this attorney."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Mar 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Roland possesses qualities which are paramount in the area of family law. He is a diligent and forceful advocate, and in an often contentious environment, still maintains a high degree of professionalism and civility. He brings a wealth of experience to his cases, and a keen ability to isolate the core issues and offer practical cost-effective solutions."
Family Attorney | Mar 14
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Roland is a highly organized and detail-oriented family law practitioner. I recently second chaired a contested custody trial with Roland, and his abilities are unparalleled. His skills and expertise make him our go-to guy when it comes to Trials and Depositions. I would highly recommend Roland to any of my friends and family and will ask him to assist on cases in the future."
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Orland Park Divorce and separation Lawyer Roland Paul Ernst
Roland Paul Ernst
Divorce and separation Attorney
Orland Park, IL
Licensed for 39 years
Free Consultation