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Marie Sarantakis

Divorce and separation Attorney at Oak Brook, IL

5.0   4 reviews

also known as Maria K. Sarantakis

  • State Years
    Wisconsin - WI 3 years
    Illinois - IL 7 years
    Texas - TX 1 year
  • Licensed for 3 years
    State WI
    Acquired 2020
    Status
    Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 7 years
    State IL
    Acquired 2016
    Status
    Active and Authorized to Practice Law No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 1 year
    State TX
    Acquired 2022
    Status
    MCLE Non-Practicing No misconduct found

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

About Marie

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Marie Sarantakis is a prominent divorce litigator frequently representing high net worth and notable spouses in courtrooms throughout the Chicagoland area. She has earned the designation of CFP, as a Certified Professional Litigator, with the American Academy of Certified Financial Litigators. Ms. Sarantakis is also trained in collaborative law, arbitration, and mediation for those who prefer alternative methods of dispute resolution.

Marie Sarantakis has been recognized as a Top Ten Attorney Under 40 in Illinois for family law by the National Association of Family Law Attorneys, featured as a Rising Star by Thomson Reuters Super Lawyers in Chicago Magazine for five consecutive years, and has been named as a Fellow of the National Association of Distinguished Counsel. She has appeared on Fox nationally-syndacated long-running daytime television show Divorce Court and been a guest on Fox News Radio. 

Ms. Sarantakis is highly active in the legal community and has served as Vice Chair of the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division Family Law Committee, Chair of the Northwest Suburban Bar Association Ethics Committee, and on the Board of Governors of the West Suburban Bar Association. She is a frequent lecturer and author in the legal community. Prior to starting her own practice, she interned for Justice Thomas Kilbride of the Illinois Supreme Court, the Kenosha County States Attorneys Office, and the Kenosha County Public Defenders Office. 

Ms. Sarantakis is the author of the best-selling book "How To Divorce a Narcissist and Win". Outside of her legal practice, she serves as a Christian Divorce Coach and is the President of Adrikos, LLC. She enjoys spending time with her German Shepard, traveling, and cooking. 

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Location

Sarantakis Law Group, Ltd.
1220 Kensington Rd., Suite #250
Oak Brook, IL, 60523

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Reviews

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Posted by anonymous | April 2, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
5 stars are not enough
I don't know what i would have done without Marie. She genuinely cares about her clients and she is a killer in the courtroom. Best outcome I could have hoped for.
Posted by Richard | March 5, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Great, Smart, Hard Working Attorney Who Cares About Your Case
Marie is one of the rare attorneys that actually cares about your case. She is an outstanding lawyer whose knowledge and court room presence are second to none. However, the most important part is she cares about your case! Marie takes the time to explain and advise you. Marie always takes the time and makes you feel like your case is the only case going on. I cannot recommend her enough!
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Posted by Eugene | February 18, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Great Lawyer
The representation that Marie provided in my divorce was outstanding, because she went above and beyond for me. She is highly skilled, an excellent negotiator, well-prepared and creative. Even after the case she provides me with guidance. It takes only meeting her once for you to see what I mean!
Posted by Farhan | November 27, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Father
For over ten years I have been going to the family court in Cook County regarding ongoing visitation interference. After my young child became severely ill, I dropped my petitions with the court, in good faith, hoping that we could care for him without the litigation. The whole ten years in litigation I was represented by the same law firm. After I dissolved my petition, I didn't remain in contact with my attorney's. My son was getting better day by day, year by year. Two years past by and I was blindsided by a erroneous emergency petition. I got notified via email at 6:00 pm that I had to be in Cook County Court the next morning. There was no explanation what the emergency was, just a vague email, from a shady lawyer only stating time and location. I was out of state and unable to contact the law firm I had previously worked with. I was very uncomfortable with the thought of showing up unrepresented. Though it was well past normal business hours, I set about and spent the entire evening reaching out to several attorney's practicing in Cook County. After leaving several messages with several attorney's and law firms, I gave up. At around midnight, I began to prepare my things to drive to Illinois. I was set to go to court in the morning, but I was without representation. Soon after midnight my phone rang, and Ms. Sarantakis was on the line very attentive and concerned with my situation, she listened to my brief introduction to my extremely in-depth case. She assured me that she would take my case and corresponded via email to complete the agreement. Within 15 mins of her call I had legal representation retained. She contacted me on the way to court in the morning and met with me at Starbucks to expand on my case. She was on time, she held a presence in the court room and stopped Mr. Shady attorney from being able to railroad an unrepresented man. Ms. Marie Sarantakis is very professional. She filled in for my attorney with very little notice and represented my extremely in depth case well. She knew what the next step needed to be and followed through with it. I highly recommend her as an attorney.
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 350-500 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Founding Attorney
  • Sarantakis Law Group, Ltd.
  • 2016 - Present
  • Attorney at Law (Of Counsel)
  • Davi & Associates, PC
  • 2016 - 2019
  • Judicial Extern
  • Supreme Court Of Illinois - The Honorable Thomas L. Kilbride
  • 2015 - 2015
  • Student Instructor in Property Law
  • The John Marshall Law School
  • 2014 - 2014
  • Law Clerk
  • Davi & Associates, PC
  • 2013 - 2016
  • Research Assistant in Constitutional Law
  • The John Marshall Law School
  • 2013 - 2014
  • Undergraduate Judicial Extern
  • Kenosha County Courthouse - The Honorable Mary Wagner
  • 2009 - 2009
  • Undergraduate Extern
  • Kenosha County District Attorney's Office
  • 2008 - 2009
  • Undergraduate Extern
  • Kenosha County Public Defender's Office
  • 2007 - 2008
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Education

  • John Marshall Law School, Chicago
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2016
  • Womens Bar Association of Illinois
  • Leadership Institute
  • 2016
  • Center for Conflict Resolution
  • 40-Hour Mediation Certification
  • 2015
  • Carthage College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2012
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Associations

  • American Bar Association Solo, Small Firm, and General Practice Division Family Law Committee, 2019 -2020
  • Vice Chair
  • 2019 - Present
  • American Bar Association Tort Trial and Insurance Practice – Automobile Litigation Committee, 2019 -2020
  • Vice Chair
  • 2019 - Present
  • West Suburban Bar Association
  • Board of Governors
  • 2018 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Chair of YLD Family Law Committee
  • 2018 - Present
  • American Bar Association - Young Lawyers Division - Family Law Newsletter
  • Content Editor
  • 2016 - Present
  • Illinois Lawyers Assistance Program - Associate Board
  • Board Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • Kane County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • Illinois State Bar Association - Law Student Division
  • Chair
  • 2016 - Present
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • ABA Representative for the ISBA Young Lawyers Division (Elected)
  • 2016 - Present
  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
  • Winter Social Planning Committee Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • State & Local Bar Outreach Committee (Executive Appointment)
  • 2016 - Present
  • Chicago Bar Association - Law Student Division
  • Chair
  • 2016 - Present
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Special Task Force on Rule 711 (Presidential Appointment)
  • 2015 - Present
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Young Lawyers Division Newsletter Editor
  • 2015 - Present
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Social Media Content Editor - Young Lawyers Division Page
  • 2015 - Present
  • John Marshall Law School Board of Trustees Alumni Association
  • Student Liaison Committee Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Women's Bar Association of Illinois
  • Social Media Content Editor
  • 2015 - Present
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Young Lawyers Division (Presidential Appointment)
  • 2014 - Present
  • Lake County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Illinois Legal Aid Online - Young Professionals Board
  • Board Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Chair Young Lawyers Family Law Committee
  • 2018 - 2019
  • American Bar Association - Young Lawyers Division - Family Law
  • Vice Chair
  • 2016 - 2017
  • Women's Bar Association of Illinois
  • Top Women Lawyers in Leadership Awards Committee
  • 2016 - 2016
  • DuPage County Bar Association
  • Judge William Bauer Scholarship Recipient
  • 2015 - 2015
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Social Media Content Editor - ISBA President's Page
  • 2015 - 2016
  • Illinois State Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Council Member
  • 2015 - 2016
  • American Bar Association
  • 7th Circuit Lieutenant Governor - Law Student Division
  • 2015 - 2015
  • John Marshall Law School Board of Trustees Alumni Association
  • Freedom & Distinguished Service Award Planning Committee
  • 2015 - 2015
  • Women's Bar Association of Illinois - Communications Committee
  • Chair
  • 2015 - 2016
  • Phi Delta Phi
  • Balfour Scholarship Recipient
  • 2015 - 2015
  • Will County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2014 - 2015
  • State Bar of Wisconsin, Family Law Section
  • Family Law Executive Board Liaison
  • 2014 - 2015
  • Hellenic Bar Association of Illinois
  • Scholarship Recipient
  • 2014 - 2014
  • National Association of Women Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2014 - 2015
  • Justinian Society of Lawyers - JMLS Law Student Chapter
  • President
  • 2014 - 2015
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Law Student Representative
  • 2014 - 2016
  • Phi Delta Phi
  • Chief Magistrate - Stevens Inn Chapter
  • 2014 - 2015
  • Northwest Suburban Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2014 - 2016
  • Justinian Society of Lawyers
  • Newsletter Contributor
  • 2013 - 2015
  • McHenry County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2013 - 2015
  • Orphans of the Storm
  • Adoption Event Volunteer
  • 2012 - 2014
  • Daughters of Penelope
  • Member
  • 2012 - 2013
  • Kenosha Public Museums
  • Paleontology Docent
  • 2009 - 2011
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Lake County
  • Mentor
  • 2006 - 2008
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Languages Spoken

  • Greek
  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star
  • Thomson Reuters
  • 2022
  • Rising Star
  • Thomson Reuters
  • 2021
  • 10 Best Female Attorneys in Illinois
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2020
  • Newsletter Service Award (5 Year Editor for YLD Newsletter)
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • 2020
  • Rising Star
  • Thomson Reuters
  • 2020
  • Top 10 Family Law Attorneys in Illinois
  • Attorney and Practice Magazine
  • 2019
  • Rising Star
  • Thomson Reuters
  • 2019
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2018
  • Fellow
  • National Association of Distinguished Counsel
  • 2018
  • Top 10 Lawyer Under 40 in Illinois
  • National Association of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2017
  • CALI Excellence for the Future Award in White Collar Crime
  • CALI
  • 2016
  • Anthony J. Fornelli Emerging Leaders Award
  • Justinian Society of Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Public Interest Advocate Award
  • Diversity Scholarship Foundation
  • 2015
  • CALI Excellence for the Future Award in Evidence
  • CALI
  • 2014
  • CALI Excellence for the Future Award in Constitutional Law
  • CALI
  • 2014
  • Wingspread Fellow
  • Johnson Foundation
  • 2010
  • Clausen Scholar
  • Carthage College
  • 2007
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Publications

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Speaking Engagements

  • Eleventh Hour CLE Seminar
  • When Facebook Enters the Courtroom: How to Introduce Social Media Evidence at Trial
  • 2020
  • Lunch with Geo
  • Using Social Media Evidence in Family Law Trials CLE
  • 2019
  • DuPage County Bar Association
  • Law Day Presentation at Glenn Westlake Middle School
  • 2019
  • Computers for Senior Lawyers: The Next Steps
  • Computers for Senior Lawyers: The Next Steps
  • 2018
  • College of DuPage Paralegal Studies Program
  • Working in a Small or Solo Practice
  • 2018
  • Illinois State Bar Association, Family Law Section CLE Roundtable - September 14, 2016
  • Presenter on Family Law Pleadings
  • 2016
  • Illinois State Bar Association, Family Law Section CLE Roundtable - November 17, 2016
  • Presenter on Admissions Offered Prior to Trial
  • 2016
  • Fox News Radio - The Dr. Don Show
  • Nutrition and the Raw Food Movement
  • 2014
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (17)
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Divorce and separation Attorney | May 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Marie is a highly-respected attorney. She is generous with her knowledge and helps her peers and numerous organizations within the legal community. I wholeheartedly endorse Marie."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 08
Relationship: Other
"I endorse Ms. Sarantakis."
Family Attorney | Oct 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Sarantakis is one of the most intelligent, hard working, dedicated and compassionate attorneys I have the pleasure of knowing. I attended The John Marshall Law School with Attorney Sarantakis where I was able to work alongside her for multiple years. Attorney Sarantakis exudes determination, focus, and commodore. Attorney Sarantakis is nothing short of being an excellent attorney-at-law. I marvel at the heights she goes to to grow her law firm and provide the very best advocacy for her clients. Attorney Sarantakis is always willing to help others and take time out of her busy schedule. Attorney Sarantakis's law firm continues to grow to new heights and that is by no chance or fluke. Attorney Sarantakis is one of the kindest, most down to earth attorneys that I know. Attorney Sarantakis is a role-model with a gigantic heart. Attorney Sarantakis demonstrates her commitment to greatness in all that shes does. I HIGHLY suggest Attorney Sarantakis for your legal needs."
Family Attorney | Oct 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Marie sets a high bar when it comes to real advocacy. Her professionalism and knowledge of the law allows her to focus on the important issues in her cases and what matters the most for her clients. I strongly recommend her. Margaret Jalili"
Family Attorney | Mar 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I sent Marie all of my Family law cases. She is extremely professional, aggressive in representation, and responsive. I would recommend her to anyone looking for an advocate in a divorce proceeding!"
Family Attorney | May 21
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Highlighly motivated and incredibly skilled in creative negotiations and/or contested proceedings. Five stars."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Feb 09
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jan 24
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Through working with Marie as opposing counsel, I was able to see first-hand how diligent and thorough she is with her clients to ensure their needs are fully represented. I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jan 06
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Maria is a hard working attorney who fights for her clients. She has a strong presence in the courtroom and is a formidable attorney."
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