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Luke D. Kazmar

Divorce and separation Attorney at Naperville, IL

4.8   35 reviews
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  • Licensed for 19 years
    State IL
    Acquired 2004
    Status
    Active and Authorized to Practice Law No misconduct found

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

About Luke

Learn Luke’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Child custody
    40%
    Custody Detrmination and/or Modification. Skillful motion practice and aggressive litigation when and where necessary.

    19 years

  2. Divorce and separation
    40%
    Out of Court Settlement and Negotiations; Strategy; Contested Proceedings (where parties are unable to reach agreement); Trial Practice; Custody Contests; Motions to Reconsider Rulings; Appellate Practice.

    19 years, 500 cases

  3. Family
    10%

    19 years

  4. Alimony
    5%
    Modification & Collection of Arrearages/Delinquencies

    19 years

  5. Child support
    5%
    Modification & Collection of Arrearages/Delinquencies

    19 years

2021 CLIENT CHOICE AWARD ® / 10 BEST IN CLIENT SATISFACTION ®

For the last 17 years, my practice has been exclusive to divorce and family law cases. I resolve the vast majority cases without litigation.

I routinely navigate complex child custody matters, both inside and outside of the courtroom setting. I address a range of custody issues, including unique custody arrangements/agreements, parental alienation concerns, restricting parental responsibilities, dealing with a narcissistic parent and relocation cases. I customarily work with child psychologists and custody evaluators, and am highly proficient with relevant psychological literature that I draw upon in representing my clients.

I have extensive knowledge of financial principles applicable to divorce, enabling superior asset/liability allocation, discovery of hidden income/assets, optimal tax allocation and support payment litigation. Examples of specific contexts include litigation involving:
• Appraisal of Residential and Commercial Real Estate
• Valuation of Closely Held Companies
• Forensic Accounting and/or Tracing
• Analysis of Diverse, Complex and/or Prodigious Classes of Assets/Liabilities
• Arguments Regarding Upward/Downward Deviation from Guideline Support
• Determination of True and Actual Income

I have been recognized with numerous awards regarding professional excellence in the field of matrimonial law. I am a multi year recipient of the Avvo Client Choice Award and my firm has been recoginzed as a Top 10 Law Firm for Client Satisfaction (American Institute of Family Law Attorneys). In 2021, I was granted the Elite Lawyer designation in the area of Family Law.

Most of my referrals come from former clients, which is something I'm extremely proud of.

Awards

Client's Choice 2021,2014,2013
Client's Choice
2021 2014 2013
Top Contributor 2013
Top Contributor
2013

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Location

Kazmar Feely LLC
1755 Park Street
Suite 200
Naperville, IL, 60563
Kazmar Feely LLC
10 N. Martingale Road
Suite 400
Schaumburg, IL
Luke D. Kazmar
1000 Essington Rd.
Joliet, IL
Kazmar Feely LLC
200 S. Wacker
Suite 3100
Chicago, IL
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Reviews

4.8 / 5.0
  35 customer reviews
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Client's Choice 2021
Client's Choice
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Posted by Dan | May 18, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Lawyer. Great Person. Great Friend
Mr. Kazmar took over a difficult case that two previous "elite law firms" ($550-600 per hour sharks) made a complete mess of, after singing their own praises about how wonderful, big and connected they were. I realize now that some lawyers will say anything to get hired. I feel stupid for not spotting the con, and am 200k poorer for it. Mr. Kazmar took over this "impossible case" and in 4 months, he did so well that my wife fired her ruthless gang of unethical lawyers. My case involved numerous family businesses that my wife ran like a shell game. She argued that even though she generated millions from the businesses over the years, she was ready to go belly up... convenienly with the divorce starting, by the way. After a few depositions, Mr. Kazmar grilled my wife's family so well, getting them to commit perjury under oath multiple times, that all of a sudden a settlement offer came my way. I wanted to accept but Luke told me "no way!" that we could do better. I stuck it out and although I almost got a heart attack on few occasions, I got a sensational deal that will set me for life. Best evidence of the quality service is probably that my wife and her boyfriend ended up almost getting arrested after making numerous threats against me by text and phone. I probably should have gotten an order of protection against them, but Mr. Kazmar stayed true to form and advised me to save my money. If you got a case that requires grit and street smarts, hire Mr. Kazmar and you won't regret it. I referred my sister to his care last year and she had nothing but praises, as he settled her case quickly and efficiently. I told her to fight harder and litigate but she is not a contentious person. That's my idea of great lawyer, someone who can get results in and out of the courtroom. Thank you again my friend!
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Posted by Patrick | April 26, 2020
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Heartfelt Thanks
Mr. Kazmar got me through what had to be one of the hardest time of my life. When I hired Mr. Kazmar, I had a vindictive spouse determined to destroy my life. She wanted to take my kids away from me with a very punitive schedule. She refused to get a job and wanted me to pay her outrageous support. Luke and I worked closely and seamlessly to stop my ex from destroying my life. We had several court battles that got me shared parenting and input into my beloved kids. The support was slashed by about half of what my ex and her lawyers wanted. I was better prepared for the process and was able to testify and bring witnesses who exposed the many lies my ex was trying to sell. Best of all, my ex ultimately saw she couldn't push me around and that her dirty tactics we're going to backfire on her. I live for my kids and think about Mr. Kazmar every time I have them in my home, take them to school, their activities. My ex has to treat me with respect because she knows my lawyer and I won't put up with her bullying. Thank you for everything you did for me and I encourage others who are looking for a relentless and loyal lawyer who will fight for them and believe in them.
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Posted by Kevin | June 27, 2019
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Easy to work with and doesn't over bill you
Luke got my case finished and got me as good a settlement as I could have hoped for. Men always get the shot end of stick in divorce but Luke minimized the impact on my future financial situation. He also did not waste billable hours and kept his charges to a minimum necessary to get the job done. My Ex had twice as many hours and tried to get me to pay them and he successfully argued that they were over-billing since he did not have nearly as many. Luke also showed the ability to check his ego for his clients by bringing in his partner when she had more experience with a judge and it was to our advantage. All in all very happy with the representation I received.
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Posted by Trenton | November 8, 2017
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A lawyer who cares
Where do I start? Is the question I have been asking myself for the better part of a year prior to leaving this review. I wanted to make sure I was completely knowledgeable of everything before I let my emotions take the best of me. Its hard to trust any lawyer, we all believe they are only there for the money. Even though everyone needs to make a living and most lawyers make a decent living, after going through my divorce and everything together with Luke, I can say I don't really know if the money made is worth the stress and pain you deal with as a divorce attorney. I'll put it as frankly as I can here: Luke Kazmar is the only person on earth that fought for me as a parent, going through a highly contested divorce, and fought as hard as I did. Luke genuinely cares about his clients situation. It eats him inside to see the pain his clients are going through. Its almost as if he is a sponge trying to soak up the pain for you. So you can see the bigger picture. Without Luke, I would never have the rights I have today as a parent. Without Luke my child would likely be absent a father. Thank you Luke for everything you have done and continue to do. Do not hesitate to hire Luke. And to all the dads out there, Luke can prove to you the court system isn't as biased towards fathers as everyone says they are.
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Posted by Christina | July 13, 2019
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Exceptional Lawyer
Luke was exceptional in handling my divorce case. He made sure I understood the process every step of the way. He would ask me what I want from the divorce then would advice me with the pro’s & con’s of my choices. He would always consider the long term effect of such choices. I have a minor child with special needs and he would give importance of what would benefit my child the most. I highly recommend Luke.
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Posted by Jeffery | October 22, 2018
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Amicable Divorce Advice
I hired Luke to represent me in my divorce from a 20+ year marriage. Since I knew that the divorce was going to be an amicable one, I needed someone who I knew would protect my interest, respect my opinion and provide advice that was consistent with my wishes. Luke was exactly the attorney that I was looking for. Throughout the course of the negotiations, Luke kept an unwavering balance of support of my decisions and demur. He raised objections and provided insight where he knew it was critically important, yet capitulated when he knew I was adamant about my position. Luke also has an unrivaled knowledge of the law and a keen insight of the system in which he practices. With his support, we quickly negotiated the divorce settlement that I had envisioned, which helped me to move on with my life. Luke Kazmar is an outstanding attorney, who I would recommend to anyone who is seeking to engage counsel.
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Posted by Ralph | March 6, 2022
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Tough and Loyal
Mr Kazmar met and exceeded all of my expectations. Fought extremely hard and smart. Very loyal attorney who was easy to trust. Delivered on his promises and the case went pretty much how he predicted.
Posted by Rachel | December 31, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Amazing Attorney
My divorce was a brutally long and emotionally draining life event that lasted for years. There were times when i wanted to give up and throw in the towel. Luke Kazmar wouldn't allow me to do so. He was an extremely dedicated to the future of myself and my daughter. Thanks to Mr. Kazmar, I am independent, self sufficient and most importantly I have my dignity back. I recommend Mr. Kazmar to any one who will listen. I know that your attorney is not your friend. Yet, Mr. Kazmar has shown such care and consideration that i truly value him as I would a friend or family member. I am grateful and thankful to have had the privilege to meet and have great legal representation in a process I had no clue about. Mr. Kazmar took time to explain the proceedings to me if i had questions. He also was brutally honest when I needed to hear it. There's not enough space here for me to write all the good things I'd like to say. I highly recommend Luke Kazmar he is a true warrior for his clients!
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Posted by Rick | October 26, 2021
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Highly Recommended
Excellent lawyer who helped me during an extremely difficult time. Protected me as a father and always treated me with dignity and respect. Fought hard and smart. I would never have the custody I have without his help and my kids would have suffered. I have recommended Luke to several friends and will continue to in the future.
Posted by anonymous | September 13, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent attorney
I was referred to Mr. Kazmar by my brother, who is an attorney. My wife's attorney was very inflammatory and tried to drag out case and fees. Mr. Kazmar was aggressive in his representation but always tried to guide case to settlement. The case was settled in the end and I was very pleased with the the custody and financial resolution. I have referred people to Mr. Kazmar and will continue to without any hesitation. Thank you for fighting for me.
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Posted by Courtney | August 13, 2021
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Professional and Compassionate
My ex-husband filed for divorce after quitting his job and emptying several accounts. I was horrified that my marriage was ending and my husband was planning to cheat me and our daughters out of money and support. Luke was very aggressive in exposing my ex’s tricks and lies. The judge came down hard on my ex and we were able to move on in financial security. Luke calmed me down and managed the case so that I felt informed and part of the strategy. Thank you for all that you did. So proud to recommend Mr. Kazmar to everyone.
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Posted by Joanne | July 30, 2021
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Outstanding Lawyer
Luke Kazmar was the primary attorney responsible for my divorce. Luke did a wonderful job in getting me generous support and reimbursements from my ex-husband for heavy gambling losses and other wasteful spending. My children benefitted because the parenting schedule gives them the great majority of the time with me, which wasn’t a guarantee since I am a full time professional and mom (which my ex-husband tried to use against me). When the case began, my husband tried to intimidate me with threats, telling me I would be ruined if I did not give in. Luke made me feel very protected which allowed me to not lose my mind over the stressful situation my husband was creating at home. He was patient and empathetic with me but very tough when going against my husband. When the case began, my ex told me to get ready for war because he hired the “best in the business.” It feels wonderful to see how wrong he was!
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Posted by A Williams | June 22, 2020
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If you need the best
Mr. Kazmar provided a five star service in my divorce. He treated me with dignity and respect, not just another check, which was a welcome sight given my cynical view of lawyers. He was always calm and reassuring which did a great deal to ease my very significant anxieties. I feel my strengts as a parents were very skillfully developed and the many flaws of my ex exposed. I'm extremely satisfied with the financial and parenting settlement we negotiated especially since my ex began the case by promising she and her lawyer would "ruin me." I recommend Mr. Kazmar for anyone looking for the best.
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Posted by anonymous | February 13, 2018
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Great Lawyer to work with
My divorce was final last December, we end up settling through mediation. But I cannot thank enough Luke, who become a good friend as well, for giving me all the do and don't and helping me avoid all the pitfalls that could ruin you during this process. Through his guidance, I was able to settle amicably and we made it win-win for both. Luke, you are the best and thank you
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Posted by William | September 30, 2016
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Ability with Integrity
Mr Kazmar is an amazing lawyer. He worked extremely hard and was able to settle my case without me having to go into the court room. I will never forget him or the firm for the tremendous benefit they had on my life. This is the least I can do you to show my appreciation, and I give a five star recommendation.
Posted by Pat | July 13, 2016
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PRO
I am a no nonsense business guy who is into answers not problems. Here is what I would say about Luke. I don’t know if he is number 1, 2 or whatever in the state. I am lucky that I never had to meet an amount of divorce lawyers that would allow me to say something like that, and I’m not sure how anyone can say that about any professional they hire. I do know the guy was a straight shooter with me, and a super competitive guy in court, who was better than any lawyer I heard argue in court. He has a fantastic character in his ability to combine 2 abilities that you’d have hard time finding in lawyer. He is a great negotiator who is very creative in settlement. At the same time, when I needed an eloquent advocate in hearings, he delivered results and was tough as nails. Based on interviews I did most lawyers were either all war or too soft. I wanted a combination and that is what I got.
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Posted by Robert | October 31, 2015
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Great Decision
I had a complicated divorce and Luke was tremendous to work with. My spouse was not helping things by dragging things out as much as possible. I had a family business, support issues, escrowed accounts, various assets and debts to divide. Luke got through the mess and drove home the settlement. He is razor smart, creative, fast and tough as nails. I talked to numerous attorneys before making my choice and I couldn't be happier with the outcome.
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Posted by Jennifer | June 18, 2015
Highly Recommended
Mr. Kazmar is a true professional. He is very detail oriented, intelligent and extremely driven. At the very beginning, he noticed errors in my court case which other lawyers missed. Did a terrific job in guding me through a very complicated divorce and custody situation. Could not imagine navigating through the process without his skill and dedication.
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Posted by Eileen | April 3, 2015
Terrific Law Firm
Highly recommend both Mr. Kazmar and Ms. Feely. Each was instrumental in allowing me to maintain sanity in a very difficult and stressful family situation. Reliable and trustworthy. Really took care of my needs in a contested custody situation. They were creative and tough, but also able to work effectively with my ex husband's lawyer. My strong opinion is that as a result of the quality effort I received, I ended up with the best situation for my children and myself. Happy to recommend.
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Posted by Will | November 14, 2014
Smooth Experience
I was referred to Luke by a friend and decided to hire him as I talked to him on the phone. Luke was able to get the case beautifully organized in short order, with great creativity and flair. He understtoody my ptions and needs. He showed great poise and character. Demonstrated expertise and smarts in guiding me throughout the process. Acted like a professional. I appreciate his efficiency and exceptional results. Job very done!
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Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • KAZMAR | FEELY LLC
  • 2004 - Present
  • Judicial Law Clerk
  • Circuit Court of the Sixth Judicial Circuit
  • 2003 - 2003

Education

  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2003
  • University of Notre Dame
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2000

Associations

  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • DuPage County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Will County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present

Honors and Awards

  • Elite Lawyer
  • Elite Lawyers of America
  • 2021
  • Top 10 Attorney
  • Attorney and Practice Magazine
  • 2021
  • CLIENTS' CHOICE AWARD
  • AVVO
  • 2020
  • Top 10 Illinois Attorney (Family Law)
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2020
  • Top 100 Attorney
  • National Advocates
  • 2019
  • Top 10 Attorney
  • National Academy Of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2018
  • Top 40 Lawyers Under 40
  • American Society of Legal Advocates
  • 2015
  • Omicron Delta Epsilon
  • The International Economics Honor Society
  • 2000
  • Notre Dame Club of Chicago Scholar
  • Notre Dame Club
  • 1996
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Publications

  • AVVO Legal Guides
  • LAW REGARDING REMOVAL OF CHILD(REN) FROM ILLINOIS
  • 2013
  • AVVO Legal Guides
  • Proper Pleadings Necessary to Invoke Judicial Authority
  • 2013
  • Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education
  • Divorce and Depreciating Real Estate Values
  • 2009

Speaking Engagements

  • Business Valuation, Financial and Tax Issues Affecting Divorce
  • Insolvency Considerations in Real Estate
  • 2009
  • Business Valuation, Financial and Tax Issues Affecting Divorce
  • Divorce and Depreciating Real Estate Values
  • 2009
  • Business Valuation, Financial and Tax Issues Affecting Divorce
  • Impacts on Divorce and Appraisal
  • 2009

Attorney endorsements

Received (21)
Given (9)
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Divorce and separation Attorney | Feb 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I had the pleasure of working with Mr. Kazmar several years ago. He was an exceptional mentor and taught me many practical aspects of practicing law. He is an aggressive, creative problem solver, with a true love of the law. If you want an aggressive, creative divorce lawyer in the Chicagoland area, call Kazmar. I'd also recommend reading his contributions on Avvo for sound practical advice."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jun 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Kazmar's experience, knowledge, and insight has enabled him to effectively represent his clients in an aggressive but professional manner"
Family Attorney | Jun 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Dec 25
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I had the pleasure of working with Mr. Kazmar as opposing counsel. He is a skilled and knowledgeable litigator who zealously seeks his clients' best interests."
Family Attorney | Jan 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. One of the best out there. Overall great attorney!!"
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jan 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Excellent reputation within the community."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Oct 14
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Child custody Attorney | May 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"A truly excellent attorney well respected in the legal community. I wholeheartedly recommend him to anyone looking for a lawyer who knows the law and truly cares about protecting the rights of his clients and getting them the most favorable result possible."
Divorce and separation Attorney | May 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer whole heartedly. While Mr. Kazmar is a zealous advocate for his clients, he also knows when a matter or case should settle. He's very sophisticated in his dealings with both his clients and opposing attorneys. He has a keen legal mind and is excellent in the courtroom. He has a rare blend of compassion and integrity and is a formidable opponent."
Family Attorney | Aug 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Luke Kazmar is an extremely knowledgeable and competent family law attorney. I've sifted through his generous and thoughtful contributions to those in need in the avvo.com community, and know of his stellar track record in his real world practice. If one needs an impeccable family law attorney, one needs to look no further."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Mar 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Kazmar possesses a rare combination of legal talent -- smart and savvy, yet pragmatic. His credentials are top-notch and his legal analysis is spot-on. Mr. Kazmar clearly understands the dynamics of artful advocacy, executed in a carefully crafted and well thought out game plan. It is my pleasure to endorse him and send local referrals his way."
Child custody Attorney | Mar 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Kazmar's approach to child custody and family law matters sets him apart from many of his peers---he focuses his advice on proven strategies to win cases. If you have a contested custody of family law matter, I strongly suggest you contact Mr. Kazmar for his insight on your case. In reviewing his advice to prospective clients, it is obvious Mr. Kazmar is focused on winning cases he handles by taking aggressive and effect measures to give you the 'leg-up' from the start of your case."
Family Attorney | Feb 27
Relationship: Other
"Mr. Kazmar gives sound, thoughtful, and practical legal advice. After reading scores of his responses to Avvo questions, I have a high level of confidence in his abilities and would be honored to refer clients to him."
Family Attorney | Feb 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Kazmar displays an expansive level of knowledge in the areas of divorce and family law. Not only does he know the law inside out, he knows how to practically apply it to achieve the best end result for his clients. Very highly recommended."
Family Attorney | Feb 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Kazmar is an excellent Family Law attorney. He is extremely knowledgeable in the area of Family Law and proposes "real world" solutions for his clients. I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer, and commend him for taking the time to answer questions here on Avvo. His responses clearly demonstrate that he is sharp, knowledgeable, and caring, and a superb communicator. A true credit to the profession."
Family Attorney | Feb 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Kazmar is a fellow contributor to Avvo, He demonstrates a knowledge beyond the basics of marriage and dissolution of marriage. He is knowledgable in all areas effecting ordinary people who need an attorney."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
Family Attorney | Feb 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I do not know mus Mr. Kazmar personally, but I have been following him through Avvo, based on what he has said to questioners, I can hardly endorse him. He shows a high level of knowledge, but applied with the practical bent. In my mind that is the best kind of lawyer. I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Feb 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Counselor Kazmar has demonstrated his considerable knowledge of family law and litigation; together with an acute appreciation for the practical aspects of helping real people deal with real problems. I endorse this lawyer."
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