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Dean Taradash

Divorce and separation Attorney at Chicago, IL

4.7   70 reviews
Free consultation Virtual consultation available
Free consultation Virtual consultation available
  • Licensed for 24 years
    State IL
    Acquired 1999
    Status
    Active and Authorized to Practice Law No misconduct found

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

About Dean

Learn Dean’s areas of practice.

2
Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    50%

    25 years, 1,700 cases

  2. Family
    50%

    25 years, 1,700 cases

DO YOU NEED A DIVORCE/FAMILY LAW ATTORNEY TO PROTECT YOUR RIGHTS? THE TARADASH GROUP,P.C. IS HERE TO HELP! CALL TODAY FOR FREE CONSULTATION

Dean Taradash, founding member of The Taradash Group, P.C, is known as a tireless advocate for clients who face uncertainty in in a variety of family law issues in the family courts of Illinois. Mr. Taradash has extensive trial and negotiation experience in Domestic Relations courts across Illinois.

Mr. Taradash is highly regarded among his peers as being a strong presence in the courtroom and a persuasive advocate in settlement negotiations. He is a member of the American Bar Association (Family Law Section), the Illinois State Bar Association (Family Law Section), the Chicago Bar Association (Matrimonial Law Committee) and the Illinois Chapter of the Trial Lawyers of America.

For over 20 years, Mr. Taradash has helped clients in all areas of family and divorce law, including custody, visitation, relocation, maintenance (spousal support), and orders of protection. Mr. Taradash is a tireless and fierce advocate for his clients and understands that each client is unique and may have different needs. He tries to empathize with his clients in order to achieve the best results possible. Although Mr. Taradash is always willing to negotiate an equitable and fair settlement, Mr. Taradash understands that is not always possible and has the knowledge and experience necessary to take any issue to trial. 

Mr. Taradash was bor and raised on the north side of Chicago. He went to undergrad at DePaul University and received a degree in political science. He received his juris doctor from  Chicago-Kent College of Law at Illinois Institute of Technology. 

Location

The Taradash Group, P.C.
180 North LaSalle Street, 37th Floor
Chicago, IL, 60601

Reviews

4.7 / 5.0
  70 customer reviews
Posted by Christine | October 24, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The best!
After having my consultation with Dean, I knew that he was the best for for me! He is compassionate, understanding and fierce. He was always straightforward with me and answered my questions with honesty. My ex was very difficult to work with, but Dean knew exactly how to handle any situations that arose. There were kids involved and the divorce was a nasty battle, but he always handled it with dignity and was always very respectful. He is there for you in the long-run, even after the divorce is finalized. He will continue to answer questions and guide you down the right path. He is amazing in court and always fought for what was right for myself and for the kids. It's evident that he is in this to seek out what is in the best interests of his client. I highly recommend Dean to anyone that needs help with navigating life during such a hard time!
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Posted by georgette | June 14, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommend this Brilliant, Tactful, BEST in Class Attorney!
Dean knows how to fight and get you the positive outcome that you and your family deserve. He knows how to apply the law and is incredible at strategizing. Dean understood the ultimate goal my family had and worked flawlessly to execute it. I was blindsided by a court order that held me in contempt. It was a difficult situation, and I was desperate to find a great, reliable attorney who would not only fight for me but would help resolve an issue that for years threatened the financial future of my only child. I wanted this to be over quickly and for good. After spending sleepless nights researching best divorce attorneys, the stars aligned and I was blessed to find Dean, who never left my side since then. While sifting through several years' worth of emails and listening to me sharing every detail of information, Dean was relentlessly patient, took it all in, analyzed it, developed a plan of action and masterfully created motions that refuted every allegation. After having attended every hearing for the last seven years, Dean gave me comfort in knowing that I don’t have to be present at a status hearing. He took charge and handled everything. We were dealing with a difficult, uncooperative ex, who wanted only money. Dean saw right through him, and with his unmatched wit, no nonsense approach and incredibly sharp intellect, Dean put an end to the abusive cycle once it for all by tactfully creating a settlement that eventually won back what was rightfully ours. Despite all of his great qualities, Dean is still affordable. I wished I would have met Dean years ago. In just a few months, Dean accomplished what five previous attorneys couldn't do in seven years. Dean could have stopped others from taking advantage and could have given back to me the life that my family deserved to have. I highly recommend Dean to anyone who’s uncertain about finding a high-quality attorney, to those who have lost hope, to those who are tired of spending their life’s savings on attorneys and having their sanity being dragged through continuances and trivial motions. Dean Taradash is a moral and ethical attorney who is the best advocate you will ever have because he cares about his clients. He has a passion for the job, he is a master at communicating, he is incredibly responsive with a calm and level-headed demeanor and has a trustworthiness and emotional awareness about him like no other attorney I have ever seen. He helped me walk away with my dignity and became an example for my child. Dean changed the course of our lives and he’s got the gift and unmatched talent to change yours.
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Posted by Tom | March 26, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Wow. The best experience possible.
As you will find out if you become involved in a divorce proceeding in Illinois, the law and the system here treat those involved poorly. The only solution is to find a lawyer, who is honest, and knows how to get the job done efficiently. Mr. Taradash enabled me to bypass a tremendous amount of painful, expensive time and money wasting which my ex-wife's gutter attorney was constantly pushing me into. In the end, we legally and honorably humiliated possibly the sleaziest lawyer in Chicago and reached a favorable settlement with her so that she did not receive a reward for her vile behavior during the marriage. Mr. Taradash quoted me a figure at the outset, and I never even saw a bill. The closest thing I got to a bill was a text saying, "We're square." If you think you will be able to find another attorney like that, good luck. I am truly grateful to him for protecting me from the malice of that gutter attorney and my ex-wife both in terms of my assets and not having to deal with them.
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Posted by Angela | July 17, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Fantastic experience
In addition to knowing his stuff, Dean was very supportive during a process that was emotionally difficult. He listened and helped me every step of the way in the divorce process. Dean was very responsive and everything was handled very professionally. Highly recommend.
Posted by Crystal | December 17, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Great Communication and respo
I was in a very complicated situation that involved an order of protection against my ex and then getting subpoenaed to his custody case and having to be a witness. My exes attorneys used my testimony against me and then submitted a motion to try to dismiss my order of protection. Being a victim of abuse causes a lot of trauma and unfortunately victims often do not have the resources and support that they need. I felt completely lost and helpless. I reached out and consulted with multiple lawyers. Dean stood out by far compared to the many other lawyers I spoke with. He was very responsive, great with communication, and was willing to answer questions I had at all hours of the day when most attorneys are not so easy to get a hold of and do not always communicate everything in a timely manner. But he took the time out of his day and what he was doing to respond to me and helped immensely with the concerns I was having in those moments. I think being able to openly and freely communicate with an attorney comfortably is extremely important. He did above and beyond what he needed to do for me and I am so grateful that I was able to consult with him. I highly respect him for that.
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Posted by Michael | November 28, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Finally a Virtuous Divorce and Custody Attorney!
Even if you see it coming, being served with divorce papers feels like an unexpected gut punch. But what about when it's bundled in with a legal filing demanding sole custody? Many attorneys fight fire with fire as a way to "help" get the kids "back". Strong and stupid both start with the same letter, but so does stoic. Dean's approach is more powerful because it is straightforward, diplomatic, and compassionate; no doubt influenced by his own experiences growing up through divorce. In the Basil divorce situation, this saved months, if not years, of righteously fueled court wars. More money can be earned, but we can never get back time, and our children only grow up once. Dean helped me never forget this principle as a way to audit my decision-making when I was feeling amped up. My children are the main benefactors, and he would never expect for this type of debt to be repaid. I never felt gouged like I did with other attorney billing practices. With the benefit of hindsight, it is clear that the services provided by Dean's firm were worth every penny and then some. Frankly, I don't know how he and his staff put up with my petulant tantrums; I guess this is what makes them true professionals! All things considered, I am forever grateful to have chosen this path.
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Posted by Kevin | September 13, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Dean helped save my 8 yr old sons future..
My ex dragged me into another battle. I knew this time I could not negotiate my way out of avoiding court and that I needed an attorney who could eloquently represent me and my son in front of the Judge. Dean did 3 huge things that caused us to be very successful. 1.) He help calm me down, I had a lot of fear and anxiety. 2.) Dean's focused on talking me through what was important for my son and how flexible we could be in order to make a favorable deal. 3.) Dean was a rock star in front of the Judge, Dean was born to do this. Dean was always two steps in front of the opposition. Dean is extremely composed, unemotional and logical and knows when to strike. Dean's emotional IQ is off the charts. I highly recommend Dean Taradash.
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Posted by D | August 13, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
PHENOMENAL
Dean wasn't the first attorney hired dealing with my long, convoluted and extremely stressful case but he was the first person who had case resolved when said he would. His dedication, expertise and integrity, all contributed to that fact! He utilzed legal strategies and solutions that were both smart and cost-effective. I would like to express my immense appreciation and gratitude to Dean for being so knowledgeable, compassionate and resourceful! Many, many thanks !!!
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Posted by anonymous | July 5, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly recommended! Excellent attorney, very attentive and professional
Having to go through a divorce is difficult enough, but having to work with multiple attorneys across different states makes it much more complex. I was lucky enough to have Dean on my side! Dean represented me wonderfully in Chicago, worked professionally with my primary attorney in my home state, was transparent and communicated with me every step of the way. He was direct and honest (which is exactly what I needed - no beating around the bush or giving me false hope) and knew exactly how to handle my case Dean has been great to work with, and anyone who needs a divorce lawyer should look no further than Dean Taradash!
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Posted by anonymous | May 20, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Attorney / Very reasonable fee / Always available for client
Dean is the best family and divorce lawyer and you want him in your team. Dean is helping me get through a very difficult time. Dean is highly effective and competent attorney. He delivers result better than other attorneys and charges many times lower than other attorneys. I have found Dean to be very direct, and he keeps the discussion focused on what is important for the case. He knows the law very well, tells you the range of outcome based on law, and doesn’t overpromise. I would highly recommend Dean anyone going through divorce before wasting your money with other attorneys. Also – Dean is always available when I have a question or I need to talk to him.
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Posted by Chris | January 8, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Excellent Attorney / Fantastic Service
Dean and his office staff helped me out when I was in a pinch last minute and it made a world of difference for my confidence going into the courtroom, as well as the results of the ruling. I called his offices with very last minute notice and they were prompt with their reply. I couldn't be happier with the service and highly recommend working with Mr. Taradash if you're in need. He's knowledgeable, professional, and understanding.
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Posted by anonymous | December 12, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Very Understanding
Had a consultation with Dean as I was considering changing lawyers. Talked on the phone twice actually. He is a great communicator, willing and patient to explain more so than the lawyer I’m paying. After 24 hours of contemplation and leaving him hanging, I decided that the timing was wrong for a change. He was very understanding. Wish I had hired him in the first place.
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Posted by Giana | September 22, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Thank Goodness
Thank Goodness I found Dean. I was a wreck about my divorce and worried about my kids and our finances. To say that he helped me through a very tough time in my life is an understatement. He had my and my children's best interests at heart and he was a zealous advocate for us. He calmed my fears and forced me to see the big picture when I would lose sight of it. I appreciate his help and would recommend him to anyone going through a divorce or custody issues.
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Posted by anonymous | September 13, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Wonderful!
I cannot recommend this attorney enough. From start to finish Dean was responsive and there for everything. Thank you for everything Dean!
Posted by Tyler | September 12, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Honest, fair, and kind!
I do not usually write reviews, but I thought my experience with Dean and the Taradash Law Group warranted one. Dean is not like many attorneys I met. He understands that these "cases" involve real people, real emotions, and real families. Dean and his whole office made me feel like I mattered, and that they understood what I was going through. Thank you very much for all of your help and compassion!
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Posted by Haley | September 12, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
So compassionate and caring!
Nobody wants to be in the position where they need a family law attorney, but I could not have asked for a better attorney than Dean! From start to finish he understood my problems, he made me feel comforted during these hard times, and truly made this emotional process as painless as possible. Thank you very much to Dean and the Taradash law group
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Posted by Pat | September 8, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Outstanding Attorney!
As a fellow attorney in Chicago, I have very high standards as it comes to professionalism, courtesy, responsiveness, and work quality. I can definitely state that Dean not only met, but exceeded, every one of my expectations! Dean was there to help me through a horrible situation, informed me of all the necessary steps, and cut out numerous unnecessary steps a lot of other attorneys would have pushed despite not being necessary. Again, i cannot recommend Dean enough, and I am so grateful I found him. Hopefully I will not be in a position where I need another family law attorney, but should I be, there is no one else I would trust!
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Posted by Derek | August 21, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly recommended
Dean took over for me after 7 years of not getting much done and draining myself financially in the process with other lawyers. Dean was able to fix long unresolved issues in 6 months and I am able to move forward now. I can’t she happier with the job that the Taradash Group did for me and my family. I would encourage anyone to work with Dean!
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Posted by Glenn | January 23, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A caring and effective attorney who will fight for your best interests!
I found Dean via google. At the beginning of my divorce I had a fly by night attorney and was at the point where I was in need of a better one and that’s where Dean came in. From the initial consultation I could tell he was caring, well versed and not afraid to go to bat for his client. My proceedings had kind of stalled out prior to retaining his services. He gathered all the information from my previous attorney and reviewed my case and came up with a plan and communicated everything to me. There were a lot of outrageous requests and demands from the other side that he was able to swiftly deal with and have dismissed. To put it simply, he’s an eloquent warrior for his clients who doesn’t back down. If you want a straight shooter who will fight for you and tell you how it is, he is the attorney for you. His communication with his clients is exceptional and you are truly kept informed every step of the way. You feel you have a real voice and all your concerns are met with genuine care. I can’t imagine how much worse my case would have been had I not found him. I’d highly recommend Dean to anyone out there!
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Posted by George | November 22, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Fair and thorough
Dean and his firm helped me through a very difficult time in my life. Responsive thorough and thoughtful in all theirs efforts on my behalf.
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 185-300 per hour
  • Contingency 25%-33%
  • Pro bono 10 %
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Children's representative
  • Guardian Ad Litem Program
  • 2018 - Present
  • Principal
  • The Taradash Group, P.C.
  • 2014 - Present
  • Managing Partner
  • Taradash & Associates, P.C.
  • 2011 - Present

Education

  • Chicago-Kent College of Law Illinois Institute of Technology
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1999
  • DePaul University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1995

Associations

  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1999 - Present
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1999 - Present
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1999 - Present
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America
  • Member
  • 1999 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • German
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2020
  • Featured Attorney
  • Lawyers of Distinction
  • 2018
  • 10 Best Under 40
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2018
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • Top 10 Attorneys
  • National Academy Of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2018
  • 10 Best
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2018
  • Client's Choice
  • Avvo
  • 2018
  • Keane Award Excellence in e-Lawyering
  • American Bar Association
  • 2008
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Speaking Engagements

  • Coping with Divorce
  • Divorce
  • 2016

Attorney endorsements

Received (27)
Given (10)
Endorse Dean
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jul 22
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | May 09
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse Dean. I found him to be thoughtful and thorough on a matter with a common client."
Divorce and separation Attorney | May 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Highly committed, detail oriented and excellent advocate."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Nov 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer to be one of the most impressive, hardworking, and caring family attorneys I know. Dean will be able to handle your need for a family law attorney with the utmost care, respect, and fervor."
Family Attorney | Nov 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Nov 06
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I strongly endorse this attorney. Dean is diligent, tenacious, professional and an all around great attorney. I can't say enough good things about him."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jan 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Dean is a professional, well-respected, and strong advocate for his clients."
Family Attorney | Aug 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly endorse Mr. Taradash. Truly exceptional and caring attorney who gets great results in representing clients. Keep up the great work!"
Unknown Attorney | Feb 11
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Dec 12
Relationship: Other
"This lawyer is knowledgeable, efficient and talented. I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Nov 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Child custody Attorney | Sep 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. An extremely talented and well respected attorney in the legal community."
Family Attorney | Aug 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Taradash is an outstanding attorney whom I highly recommend."
Unknown Attorney | Jul 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"The time a lawyer spends giving back through sites like this show passion for the law and compassion for people. Kudos to you for helping others with sage advice."
Family Attorney | Jul 20
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Dean demonstrates a high regard for the best interests of his clients and maintains a high standard of excellence in pursuit of his clients' best interests. Since working opposite sides of a dispute with Dean, I have referred other people to Dean knowing that they will be the beneficiary of excellent legal representation."
Alimony Attorney | Jun 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jun 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"An extremely talented and well respected attorney 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 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | May 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | May 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
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Chicago Divorce and separation Lawyer Dean Taradash
Dean Taradash
Divorce and separation Attorney
Chicago, IL
Licensed for 24 years
Free Consultation
Virtual consultation available