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Donato Pesce

Family Attorney at Naperville, IL

4.5   33 reviews

Licensed for 17 years

About Donato

Learn Donato’s areas of practice.

3
Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    40%
    If you are looking to end your marriage, Attorney Pesce can help you through this. Chances are good it will be an emotionally trying and difficult period in your life. You will need a lawyer that is compassionate yet aggressive.

  2. Family
    40%
    Attorney Pesce is a premier family law attorney that can help you with your family legal needs. He has years of experience helping people in Illinois through their family issues. Give him a call now.

  3. Child custody
    20%
    Your children are your most important asset. To make sure your parenting schedule is fair to both parents, call Attorney Pesce today for a case evaluation.

Don Pesce received his Juris Doctorate from the IIT/Chicago-Kent College of Law in 2005. After being admitted to the Illinois Bar in 2005 and the Florida Bar in 2006, Don decided to dedicate his legal career to divorce and family law. As such, Don has been practicing in the divorce and family law arena, with an emphasis in DuPage County, for the entirety of his legal career.

Don is a passionate and enthusiastic problem solver who loves the intellectual challenges of family law from the initial consultation to the final agreement or judicial ruling. As an experienced divorce and family law attorney, Don handles every type of case, from the simple agreement to the most intricate and delicate situations, with precision, persistence, and care.

Don takes pride in his ability to communicate with clients. Don gives clients one-on-one attention every step of the way. He thoroughly explains the legal process from the first action to the last. Don always makes it his goal to specifically tailor an individualized strategy for his clients in order to attain a favorable outcome. This includes considering the calculation of cost-benefit analysis in every case, carefully taking into account his clients' wishes and finances simultaneously. Don has valuable experience working with clients in every financial situation, including the protection of multi-million dollar estates.

Licensed for 17 years
State IL
Status Active And Authorized To Practice Law
Acquired 2005
Updated 10/11/2022
State FL
Status Inactive
Acquired 2006
Updated 11/23/2022

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Pesce Law Group, P.C.
Pesce Law Group, P.C.
700 Commerce
Suite 500
Oak Brook, IL, 60523
Pesce Law Group, P.C.
1333 Burr Ridge Pkwy
Suite 200
Burr Ridge, IL, 60527
Pesce Law Group, P.C.
Lake Forest Office
Lake Forest, IL
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St. Charles Office
Saint Charles, IL
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Reviews

4.5 / 5.0
  33 customer reviews
Posted by Mark | April 26, 2015
Don delivers when others could not!
Having gone through four other lawyers in a particularly contentious case I sought out a lawyer that was knowledgeable, direct, time-efficient and truly willing to listen to my concerns and objectives. Don delivered on all counts. I really appreciated Don's effective use of time and practical approach. I truly felt that he was in my corner and the corner of my daughter. I would highly recommend Don to any client that values the characteristics that I found so helpful in my case!
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Posted by Bianca | April 21, 2015
Extremely professional and compassionate
Don helped me (and my three children) through a difficult time with utmost professionalism, legal knowledge, and compassion. I could not have asked for a better attorney. My divorce outcome was much better than I could have ever expected thanks to him and his team.
Posted by Marylou | March 2, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The best of the best!
In my experience, going through legal issues and grief at the same time isn’t easy. However, Don made me feel reassured and made it known that he had my back the entire time. As a single mother, money is tight and don is reasonable with pricing. He understands and knows that everyone is going through different situations and I really appreciated that during my time as his client. One thing that stood out to me most about Don is the way he educates his clients through the entirety of the case. I was always thoroughly explained the process of every thing that was going to happen each court date. Also, Don is reputable in the court room which is a huge plus. Today I have a huge weight lifted off my chest because Don was able to get the case closed with all my needs/wants. I was recommended to hire Don as my attorney and I would definitely recommend him to anyone else! 10/10 Attorney!
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Posted by Kat | December 1, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent family law attorney
I was battling an interstate child support case for non payment with no results and decided to hire Don to represent me in the DuPage County court system. His expertise expedited a case that allowed a non compliant parent to slip through the cracks in our legal system for a decade. Don is extremely well-versed and experienced in family law and I could not have chosen a better attorney to represent my children and myself. I can’t say enough how grateful we are for his lead and expertise in our case. I can tell you first hand he goes above and beyond to fight for his clients. Where the court child support system was failing us, he became our champion, our voice and we are forever grateful.
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Posted by Phil | April 13, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A top notch Attorney
I hired Mr. Pesce when my Ex-wife took me back to court to increase Child Support. He was very upfront and honest letting me know what to expect in certain areas of my case were we had a good argument and also where there was no need to argue. I respect his honesty and appreciate that he would always return phone calls and emails before the end of the day. My only regret is I wish I would have hired Mr. Pesce to represent me from the beginning of my divorce. Mr.Pesce knows the laws and will fight for your best interests.
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Posted by anonymous | March 4, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Divorce
Mr. Pesce was efficient and easy to work with. He listened to your situation and gave you the pros and cons of which way to go. He suggested in your benefit and was willing to go the extra length to get results. He communicated regularly. Overall, I would recommend Mr. Pesce. I would also recommend attending each court date even if they suggest you do not need to be there. It helps the process move along and get results, otherwise to many continuous court dates and Mr. Pesce was agreeable and made the flow instead of dragging out a divorce for no need. You are able to stand up for yourself with the judge after all the case is about you not continuous court dates.
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Posted by anonymous | February 5, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very Helpful & Professional
Don helped me with my visitation case and my child and I received the best outcome. Don really listened to our situation and gave the best advice for the best interest of my son. I am very happy with what we accomplished and I could not have done it without Don.
Posted by Samantha W | October 18, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Professional and dedicated
After a consultation with Donato Pesce I knew he was the lawyer for my divorce and child custody case. He was very knowledgeable in the law and dedicated to helping me fight for what was right in my situation. I am very pleased with his professionalism and the outcome. I was ignorant to American laws and he explained every step to me as we went so that I was completely prepared for everything. Truely an understanding and kind person. He doesn't just look at you like a paycheck. Definitely would recommend to anyone needing a family court attorney.
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Posted by Jayme | August 27, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Thanks!
Don Pesce is an excellent lawyer who took my case in and came to a resolution. I would recommend him to anyone who is in a child support /visitation battle. He listens and gives great advise and knowledge. Thanks Don.
Posted by jose | April 15, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
the absolute best!
after reading reviews about don pesce online i gave his office a call and left a message with his secretary. within 20 minutes don called me and explained how everything worked and all of my options. this was all new to me i didnt know what to expect but don really knows his stuff and is a very fast thinker he also tried his best to keep cost down. i now have custody of my 4 year old son. in the future i hope to never need another attorney but if i do it will definitely be done pesce! A+
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Posted by J. Cain | February 24, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
One Outstanding Attorney!!!
Don is one of the most thorough and knowledgeable attorneys that is out there. He represented me through a 2 year custody/paternity case in which he assisted me in finding my daughter whom I had not seen in over 10 years. Don was instrumental in the transition of me being reintroduced to my daughter and regaining the privilege of being a Father once again.
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Posted by Nina | September 9, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Awesom
Don Pesce was my attorney in my divorce case. He helped & advised me throughout the process with his down to earth attitude & amusing character. Don advised me to seek a mediator re: Child Custody Agreement before he was hired at my attorney. Not only did it resolve the issue, his recommendation showed me that he was a practical & kind attorney that cared about his clients. I would certainly refer him to my friends
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Posted by Jim | May 17, 2015
Divorce
I believe most married couples never plan to go thru a divorce but unfortunately many do. In my situation I can honestly say it would never happen to me. But it did. I found myself looking for appropriate legal representation....someone who was there to help me and not judge me. In my first consult with Don, I found him to be very candid but also highly supportive. He laid out the basics of ILLINOIS divorce law and what I should expect. He explained every detail and helped me map out what the coming weeks/months would look like. Don was professional, highly knowledgeable and very responsive. You would have thought he was only working on my case. Albeit Divorces are no fun at all Don at least guided me and provided me with the confidence and support I so desperately needed. I would highly recommend Don and would use him again in the future without hesitation.
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Posted by Pete | May 13, 2015
The best!!
Don was great from my first visit to the last court date. He made sure my visitation with my children was not interrupted and won't be in the future. Thanks again Don
Posted by Scott | April 28, 2015
Set realistic expectations and worked to overcome obstacles
After attempting and failing a collaborative divorce, Don took over and was able to get things back on track. He was very communicative and was able to set my expectations correctly. He let me know how things worked, and what I could expect from the various stages. I felt that the opposition would always delay on the back and forth with various details. In the end, Don was able to put a stop to that by offering to work directly with the opposing council for the final wording, thus eliminating another round of "back-and-forth" I knew my case wouldn't have the "perfect" outcome, but thanks to Don's communication, my expectation was set correctly, and I was able to plan for the outcome that I received.
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Posted by Brittni | April 24, 2015
spendy but worth it.
I spent far more than I ever expected to on a divorce(slow divorce-not his fault). BUT at the end of the day he managed to get an order for child support far exceeding anything I could have imagined getting. He's a fast thinker and gets things done on the spot. He's just full of information and seems to really know what he's doing. I'd rather him on my side than be my opponent.
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Posted by Robert | April 23, 2015
Don Pesce as my counsel
I have retained Don on two occasions and he has given me excellent counsel and informed me of all my options and let me know the situations that may arise in my case from his experience. He is very easy to talk with and at the end of the day he let me know that the ultimate decisions being made were mine. While having worked through many difficult situations that had came up in my case, I always felt he was sticking up for the “little guy” and made sure my voice was heard to opposing counsel and the Judge.
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Posted by Ricardo | April 21, 2015
Excellent Attorney
I had dealings with four other attorneys before I found Don and he was the most helpful, knowledgeable, and proactive lawyer I had dealt with. Don explained the nature of my case in realistic terms so that I understood the reality of what was to come. My case ended for the most part in my favor. All lawyers are expensive for us mere mortals but Don never charged for little things like a phone conversation or pulling my case from a file cabinet to look at it for 5 minutes and then bill me in a 1/2 hr. increment like some other firms do. His explanations are very educational leaving you well-informed and comfortable. I have continued to seek his counsel years after my case was complete and I have always been happy with his service. I would highly recommend Don to anyone.
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Posted by Vanessa | April 20, 2015
A TRUE BLESSING TO HAVE!!!!!!!!!!!!
I had a tough time with child custody a few years back. Then I met Don Pesce. He was comforting, knowledgeable, and took the time to talk to me whenever I needed him. He ALWAYS kept me in the loop in regards to what was going on. When he left the firm I was working with, I dropped everything to find Don to assure that he was still able to work on my case, and sure enough, he continued my case and saw it through to to the end. He was the only person I trusted to help me out. He instilled that comfort and trust with me, and I knew he was going to work as hard as he could to allow me to keep my child safe and in the right environment. Thanks to Don, my son is happy, thriving, and we couldn't be more thrilled with our outcome. Thank you Don for EVERYTHING. Truly a blessing to have found you!!!!
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Posted by anonymous | April 18, 2015
Divorce
My divorce was very unexpected. Don helped me deal with the legal side and looked out for my future while I was in a very hurt state.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Managing Partner
  • Pesce Law Group, P.C.
  • 2015 - Present

Education

  • Chicago-Kent College of Law Illinois Institute of Technology
  • JD/MBA - Juris Doctorate and MBA
  • 2005
  • DePaul University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2000

Associations

  • DuPage County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Emerging Lawyers
  • Leading Lawyers Network
  • 2015
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2014

Publications

Attorney endorsements

Received (20)
Given (16)
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jun 16
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"He's a very knowledgeable attorney who advocates vigorously for his clients."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Jul 13
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jan 20
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse Don. He is a highly skilled attorney and well respected in the legal community."
Child custody Attorney | Aug 31
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Don was appointed as the Guardian ad Litem in my child custody case. Initially, the other side had taken an unreasonable position, but Don brought them to the middle (and reality) and we were able to settle the case in a way that both sides thought was fair."
Child custody Attorney | May 19
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer as a Guardian ad Litem."
Family Attorney | Apr 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Apr 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Apr 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Apr 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Apr 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Apr 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Apr 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Apr 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Apr 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Apr 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Apr 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Apr 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Apr 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Apr 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
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Naperville Family Lawyer Donato Pesce
Donato Pesce
Family Attorney
Naperville, IL
Licensed for 17 years