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Teresa Ann Mcadams

Family Attorney at Yorkville, IL

4.6   28 reviews
  • Licensed for 26 years
    State IL
    Acquired 1997
    Active and Authorized to Practice Law No misconduct found

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

About Teresa

Learn Teresa’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    Former prosecutor handling all criminal charges including but not limited to murder, drug related, driving under the influence of alcohol, felonies, misdemeanors and traffic. Secretary of State driver's license reinstatement hearings.

    27 years

  2. Family
    Divorce, custody, child support, domestic violence orders of protection, maintenance, injunctions and contempt of court.

    23 years

  3. DUI and DWI

  4. Real estate
    Real Estate Closings, Short Sales, Contracts, Provisions, etc

  5. Speeding and traffic ticket


Teresa Ann Mcadams
674 W. Veterans Parkway, Suite D
Yorkville, IL, 60560
McAdams & Sartori, LLC
674 W. Veterans Parkway
Suite D
Yorkville, IL, 60560
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  28 customer reviews
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Posted by Kate | September 18, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Divorce made simple
If you are looking for someone to make your like easy , and to simplify the process, than this is your girl! As a 46 year old woman, with very little ability to research due to having 2 jobs and three kids, Terri made it so easy for me! I was dreading the divorce process more than the actual divorce. And I was ready for the divorce! She made this process simple. Comfortable. And fast. She has a way of making you feel ultra comfortable with everything that is going on when you are sometimes at your worst. I cannot tell you what a relief it was for me knowing I was in good, strong, capable hands. I highly recommend this practice, as her paralegal is also quite accomplished. A big thank you to to whole practice.
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Posted by Ernesto | June 21, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Highly Professional Lawyer. The best!!!
Teresa McAdams, is a very professional lawyer with a great knowledge of the law, she has represented me on several occasions with excellent results. I would never hesitate to recommend Teresa Ann McAdams for all your family legal needs. Ms. McAdams, I thank you for your excellent representation and having won all the cases for me. Best Regards
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Posted by anonymous | December 11, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Diligent Attorney
Mrs McAdams and her team were understanding and compassionate. They are experienced in the rule of law which is calming at a time when emotions and uncertainty is so prevalent when going threw a divorce . I thank them all.
Posted by anonymous | May 4, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I have been a client of Teresa McAdams for a few years now, all pertaining to divorce, and post-divorce, related issues. From the time of my intro meeting, to the last judgment representation, Terri and her staff were beyond helpful in fighting for me and my children. The divorce finalization took a few years, but you have to trust in the process. Terri's wealth of knowledge and years of experience will help guide the way! I worked with both Lori and Luisa for most of the day-to-day, and then with Terri when it was time for court. I always had a lot of questions, and Terri and her staff took the time to explain the process, and set the strategy for success. I was very pleased with the outcome of each situation, and highly recommend Teresa McAdams for your family attorney needs.
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Posted by Thomas | September 12, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Best Divorce Lawyer!
I hired Teresa Mc Adams to help me with my divorce. I had been married for 17 years and have children that I wanted to make sure they were taken care of. Teresa Mc Adams was optimistic, compassionate and very efficient. I had a consultation with her and she didn't make any promises but was very clear in writing up what my desires were and the plan we would execute. My now ex wife would not hire an Attorney and was dragging out the divorce. Teresa Mc Adams filed motion(s) that were pertinent to the success of the case. I have two children and she was able to obtain sole custody as my children are the most important part of my life. It was a stressful time in our lives but with Teresa's expertise and experience we were able to complete the divorce and move on with our lives. I recommend Teresa whole heartedly. She is a hard worker and really listens to what you desire. If your looking for a divorce lawyer she is the one!
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Posted by anonymous | February 11, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Justice served
I was wrongfully charged with a DUI after a minor traffic accident. I contacted Teresa McAdams to represent me in case. My first contact with her I realized I'm dealing with a no non sense attorney. She is respected in the court room by all. Teresa is a professional and understand DUI laws to the T. I was amazed how she handled herself in front of a judge. The state had two police officers and one so called off duty cop as witnesses. She found so many holes in their reports and testamony. The verdict- not guilty I highly recommend her in all DUI cases
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Posted by Abraham Salgado | November 22, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Trustworthy lawyer something hard to find.
"I feel so grateful to have found are a true defender of justice. Thank you for allowing me to get started on a more peaceful life. I will never forget and everything we accomplished . I really felt like we are a team. What's also wonderful about you is that, in spite of having so many clients to defend and protect, you make everyone feel as if they're the only one. You are the perfect combination of skill and dedication. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU-for such caring attention to my case. We have only just begun, but what an amazing start." Teresa A Mcadams is a very trustworthy lawyer who goes the extra mile to assist her clients in any way possible, she kept me informed in every aspect of my case. Teresa, I thank you for all you have done and will continue to do for me a my family. If your looking for a lawyer who has your best interest at heart Teresa McAdams is the right lawyer for you. 5.0 Stars, Truly Amazing and Caring Lawyer.
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Posted by Tasha | September 16, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Words do no justice in describing what an incredible lawyer and woman she is.
She cares, she is aggressive, she is beyond intelligent and has more power than most people would like to believe. If you're going to hire any lawyer, speak to her, or her secretaries, that are also informative and sweet, first. Her prices are reasonable, considering the expertise that she has and it is not like she won't work with you. Because she did such a good job with my case, it will be easier for me to carry on other things I need to do to serve justice for the injustices done to me. If I could give more than 5 stars I would. She battled hard for me, was there for me when I needed her the most, even when her work load was massive, she was there, ready. She is NOT like any other lawyer. She isn't in the circle of the corrupt. You want an honest, aggressive warrior for your case, call her! Thanks Terri! ❤
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Posted by Jesus | July 30, 2015
I've had to hire Terri twice for murder cases for family and friends and most recently for myself on a domestic case. Both murders she went beyond what a normal lawyer does and threw her complete self into them and the end the result was more then satisfying. I will be able to see my love ones again on the out side world because of this blessed person. Before I end this she beat my domestic case!!!! if you're looking for a lawyer look no further because what you'll get is honesty and no BULLSHIT!!!!!!
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Posted by Linda | June 8, 2015
Took care of everything!
She represented me on a Child Support case along with Tuition and Extra Curricular fees. She was ready right from the beginning and prepared. She explained exactly what she was going to do and it all worked out for the best. She argued and had supported information for her arguments and proof of everything she was asking for.
Posted by Rachel | March 17, 2015
Excellent lawyer who gets the job done!
Mrs McAdams has handled my divorce and post decree case for years, and I've always been happy with her work. My case is taken seriously and issues resolved in a timely manner. I love Theresa's aggressive approach to resolving issues, while at the same time easing your mind with kind words and a smile. I highly recommend Mrs McAdams!
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Posted by Lisa | December 24, 2014
Teresa Mcadams is the only attorney in my opinion!
I can't believe I am just now writing this review but in my opinion there is no other attorney to even consider retaining. I have a long history with Terri but will discuss when I initially retained her for my child custody case. My nightmare began in 2006 when my 6 yr old's biological father was released from prison & was allowed to go into court with his girlfriend in Kane Co while on parole, make up lies about me with no proof & was given "emergency" temporary custody of my son, who had never been away from me since birth & then he preceeded to go for sole custody. I was not allowed any contact with him for six weeks while I had no choice but to go through the motions in court. I retained an attorney initially who was worthless & I had about given up any hope until I was able to retain Terri, who not only exposed him & his girlfriend for their lies during trial, but thanks to her, I was awarded sole custody of my son. His life would have been ruined if he would have been raised by him & she knew it. She saved my son's life & gave me back mine. She has my complete confidence & is the most straight forward, fair, kind...but tough, confident & intelligent attorney & I can't believe anyone would say she is all about the money because even saying she is fair would be an understatement. She helped me in ways I could not even begin to explain. I have needed her since then to go back into court and she is always there for me with excellent results to say the least. She also helped my daughter tremendously with her criminal case and I also personally know several people that have used her over the years with nothing but positive results. I would & I do, highly recommend her for divorce/child custody and criminal needs. I have to add that my son is 13 now & is a straight A student who Is happy, healthy & thriving. His father hasn't even attempted to see him in two years & has only called him twice in that time. To this day we still give thanks to Terri for her hard work & dedication to make this all possible. I would trust her with mine & my kids' lives and I in fact did. I know if a situation arises in the future when I need her, she will be there.
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Posted by Kristine | November 17, 2014
Made me feel in control
Terri McAdams assisted me on multiple occasions with issues related to my post-divorce. Although the attorney I used for my divorce got the job done, I did not feel comfortable enough to continue using her for on-going issues. Terri, however, was exactly what I was looking for in an attorney. At McAdams I never felt rushed, intimidated or ignorant for asking questions. The office staff was courteous, responsive and knowledgeable. I understood what was going on, and the reasons behind the decisions that were made. For the first time, I felt in control and comfortable with the process. The successful outcomes of my cases/settlements were also a big plus! My only regret is that I didn’t know of McAdams & Sartori, LLC at the time of my divorce. I would have much preferred to go through the actual divorce process with Terri as my attorney.
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Posted by Janice | August 16, 2014
I would place my life in her hands
Teresa M Adams and her highly competent staff are always there to support their clients. She is always clear and explains all of your options. Our case was a very ugly divorce case. She went above and beyond to get the best settlement possible given the situation. She is currently appealing our case as the truth on assets have finally come to light. And I might add she is doing a great job!!!!
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Posted by James | July 25, 2014
honest and trustworthy attorney
I had Teresa mcadams as my attorney for a criminal case and she did an amazing job my case was taking care of she did a good job of researching and filing all the needed documents. I dont believe I would of got the same results with any other attorney I am very thankful and I would recommend her to anyone who is looking for a trustworthy attorney.
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Posted by anonymous | July 9, 2014
She gave me my life back!
In June of 2010, I was arrested for aggervated battery after an altercation with a group of people. By July, my charges were upgraded to felony murder for a man that had passed that I myself had never made eye contact with, let alone touched. After over 2 years in County Jail, a slew of other attorneys having no other solution but to wait for trial and hope for a good outcome and looking at over 25 years if convicted, Terri came in and took over my case. She was always very straight forward and honest with me from the beginning. Fully explained the complicated and tricky way the felony murder rule was written in Illinois and laid out my options. Why every other attorney was hung up on going to trial, I wasn't so sure I was willing to gamble with not only my life but the future of my wife and family. Terri absolutely agreed and although she also really wanted a shot at taking it to trial, she went to work wheeling and dealing with the prosecuter to iron out a plea that I could live with. I ended up having to serve 4 years and am lucky enough to say I am out now to be with my family and watch my kids grow. All due to the hard work, honesty, and dedication of Ms. Mcadams. She was always available to answer a question whether from me or my family. She went out of her way to make sure I understood everything that was going on every step of the process. I would highly recommend Ms. Mcadams to anyone in need of a fantastic attorney.
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Response from Teresa Mcadams July 10, 2014
Thank you for trusting me with your case. Unfortuantely, this fact pattern was one in which the statute was applied in a way in which the legislature did not intend. Similar to the co-defendants, none of you intended this to result in the death of another person. Tragically, the co-defendants took the matter to trial, were convicted, and one will be released from prison in 2032 and the other will be released from prison in 2034. When you consider that result and compare it to the fact that you are free to live your life after a 4 year prison sentence, the review makes more sense. Thank you for your kind words and review.
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Posted by Brian | May 5, 2014
Great Attorney--Very Knowledgeable
I have worked with Teresa ("Terry") and her firm on several occasions. While I would always prefer to settle disagreements without getting attorneys involved, some situations are unavoidable. It is at those times I always call Terry's office. Their staff is very responsive and knowledgeable. Terry is very honest, takes time to listen to my situation, and present a reasonable solution. She has been successful at every case I have brought to their office. I will continue to work with her and her firm as I have always gotten the desired outcome.
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Posted by Gina | January 17, 2014
Consultation was free and definitely worth my time
I met with Teresa about 3 months ago. I was arrested for my first D.U.I. and failed the field sobriety tests and took the breathalyzer test and failed. She asked me a lot of questions about my case and then told me that the best that could happen is that I could get sentenced to the minimum for a 1st D.U.I. and that an attorney would only be taking my money and getting that result. She wrote out the minimum sentence and recommended that I go to court and see if the prosecutor would offer me that without an attorney before I spent the money. That is what happened so I believe that she saved me at least $1,000.00 in unnecessary attorney's fees. I have read the other reviews. I have to disagree about the review that says she cares only about the money. I found her to be honest and she didn't take my money at all. I would go back to her if I ever needed a lawyer. You can tell that she is smart when you talk to her about your case.
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Posted by Johnny | October 1, 2013
Teresa is a great lawyer...
Teresa did a great job with my case. I was wrongly accused of some pretty serious charges in Kane County. Teresa made time to meet with me shortly after my first phone call to her. She was very confident and comforting in explaining that I had a great chance to win this case. It's a pretty scary thing being accused of things you didn't do. I really didn't think I had a chance til I spoke with her. I wound up having a jury trial. Teresa's price was fair and she worked out a great payment plan with me. She easily accomplished everything she said she was going to do in the court room. Added bonus, she made the accusing party AND the state look like idiots. She clearly distinguished all their lies, inconsistencies in their stories and irrelevant points to help the jury easily see what was happening. She clearly took the time to look into all details and she pulled out things I never thought of to help prove my innocence. I believe the jury only took about 6 minutes to find me not guilty. She made the whole horrible experience tolerable and stayed on top of things for the whole 18 months this case took. I would highly recommend Teresa to anyone facing criminal charges. She's a smart and thorough defense lawyer.
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Posted by Darren Denson | July 24, 2013
Realest, Most Honest Lawyer Ever
Teresa McAdams Is by far the best lawyer I've ever had represent me. She's never missed a court date and went beyond to make sure I had all the information I needed to make any and all decisions necessary to my case... I honestly credit my not being on death row to the work Teresa put into my case. if the ILL things being said about her hard work and professionlism were being said of the other lawyers I'd had I could believe it... but Mrs. McAdams worked overtime and faithfully to see that I had the best defense possible... She never lied to me or held anything back from me. if she knew she made sure I knew it as well "right away", she came in on my case after I'd been fighting it for five years and brought to light a great many detail, facts, era's that were being over looked or simply not being shared with me. Ever faithful to her word. There's no doubt in my mind that Teresa McAdams was/is the best choice I could have made in obtaining a lawyer. her staff/team are as well deligent, hard-working, and studious at getting to the bottom of matter's concerning cases she (Terri) take and bring to them to. I've never, until Terri, a lawyer with a staff that I got to know by name & responsibility. She made sure I knew who was doing what on my behalf...if had not been for the concern, hard work, personal time, will to win in Teresa McAdams I'd have been long lost in the system. Its thanks to her that I have hope & a future to look forward to. if I could help anybody who's in face of a case that seems hopeless, my best hand to offer would be Teresa Ann McAdams hands down, all in, and sincerely Teresa McAdams is indeed!!! the lawyer to have... I can honestly say that its her Heart for what she does, and appreciation for the rights of her clients that drives her... not money!! Please take my word for it.. thats not in any manner Teresa McAdams.... or McAdams & Associates, P.C. if ever you or anyone you know needs a great lawyer... Her firm is the one to call.
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AVVO RATING 9.9 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • McAdams & Sartori, LLC
  • 2014 - Present
  • Managing Partner
  • McAdams & Associates, P.C.
  • 2001 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Bruce A. Self & Associates
  • 2001 - 2004
  • Assistant State's Attorney
  • Kane County State's Attorney's Office
  • 1998 - 2001
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  • Northern Illinois University College of Law
  • Juris Doctor
  • 1997
  • Elmhurst College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1993

Sample of Legal Cases

  • IRMO: Cheri Little v. Donald Little
  • Appeal granted.
  • People of the State of Illinois v. Marchello Cappelletti
  • Negotiated plea
  • People of the State of Illinois v. Darren Denson
  • 996 N.E.2d 18 (Ill. 2013)


  • The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Lawyers
  • Associate Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Kendall County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Kane County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1997 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2018
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Notes and Comments Editor
  • Law Review
  • 1997
  • N.I.U. College of Law
  • Mock Trial Competition
  • 1996
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Attorney endorsements

Received (14)
Given (43)
Endorse Teresa
Family Attorney | Oct 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have personally known Ms. McAdams for many years and can say that she is a tremendous advocate for her clients."
Divorce and separation Attorney | May 20
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Teresa is knowledgeable and is always prepared. She is a forceful advocate for her clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Feb 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Litigation Attorney | Jun 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have know Teresa for at least 15 years, going back to the time that she and I prosecuted cases at the state's attorney's office. She handled some of the most difficult felony cases- and always exceeded expectations with outstanding performance. She has repeatedly proved herself as a top-notch attorney over the last 2 decades. (And yet she looks so young, as if she is just out of law school.) I strongly endorse Teresa."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Teresa is well known and respected throughout DuPage, Kendall and Kane Counties as a tough and aggressive defense attorney. I have full confidence in her abilities each time I refer a client to her."
Family Attorney | Jan 29
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Teresa and I have been on opposite sides in several family cases. In every case, Teresa handled herself and the case professionally, was well informed and maintained civility while zealously advocating for her clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Terri for fifteen years. She is a brilliant trial attorney and is highly regarded by her clients, attorneys and judges. Terri is not only an extremely knowledgeable and experienced litigator, she is also one of the best strategists I have worked with in the profession. Terri is passionate about her work and provides her clients with exceptional advocacy. I have the highest confidence in her ability to provide outstanding legal representation. For years, Terri has been the attorney I recommend to my clients, friends and family seeking legal advice or representation in family or criminal law matters."
Family Attorney | Jan 24
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I have worked with Teresa on several matters, and I have always found her to be an experienced and knowledgeable attorney. She is compassionate and pays close attention to her clients and their needs. I highly recommend Teresa as both a family and criminal defense lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 25
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this Attorney for Criminal Defense and Family Law. We have co-chaired a number of jury trials together and she is an impressive trial Attorney. She always seems to be 2 steps ahead of the other attorney. She knows the law and is a natural at applying the facts of a case during the course of an argument to show why her client should win. She is an aggressive attorney who fights for her clients. She takes the time to meet with her clients, is compassionate and truly cares about the outcome of your case. I have seen that she and her staff are very responsive and treat their clients as people and not just another file. I have referred people, including relatives, to her because I know she will explore all possible options to make sure that you get the best possible outcome for your case. If I ever needed an Attorney, I would want Terri working for me."
Family Attorney | Jul 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Teresa is a tough and aggressive trial attorney that you can trust. She is extremely well regarded by Judges, Lawyers and courthouse personnel. She consistently provides her clients with the highest degree of legal representation and results!!! You can trust her to do a great job for you or a loved one!!!"
Family Attorney | Jul 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. She is very knowledgeable and trustworthy."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Teresa for many years. She is an excellent advocate for her clients. She is honest and will always work in her client's best interest."
Family Attorney | Jul 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I've known Terri for over 10 years now and I've worked with and against her on both family and criminal cases. I have a tremendous amount of respect for her legal skills and common sense approach to legal problems that a lot of lawyers do not have! Terri really understands what it means to be a professional, and she always protects her client's interests. She is a creative and hard working attorney, and she's certainly not one to shy away from a trial or other contested hearing."
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