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Jeffrey Ray Esser

Family Attorney at Chicago, IL

4.7   98 reviews

Licensed for 17 years

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About Jeffrey

Learn Jeffrey’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    50%
    If you are looking to end your marriage, Attorney Esser 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
    50%
    Attorney Esser is a premier family law attorney that can help you with your family legal needs. He has over 14 years of experience helping people in Illinois through their family issues. Give him a call now.

    18 years, 100 cases

A TRUSTED ATTORNEY TO HELP YOU THROUGH A STRESSFUL TIME IN YOUR LIFE

A licensed attorney since 2005, I have been representing clients in Divorce and Family Law for over 10 years. The Law Office of Jeffrey R. Esser was founded in 2011 to provide clients with personalized solutions for their legal issues.

After receiving a bachelor’s degree in Classics from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL, I earned a law degree from the University of Southern California. I am licensed to practice law in Illinois and concentrate my practice on contested and uncontested divorce, child support services, wills and trusts, and prenuptial agreements.

Because I believe everyone should have access to a competent attorney, I take on pro-bono cases through Chicago Volunteer Legal Services, and have earned CVLS’s Distinguished Service Award in 2010 and 2012.

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Licensed for 17 years
State IL
Status Active And Authorized To Practice Law
Acquired 2005
Updated 01/06/2023

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

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Reviews

4.7 / 5.0
  98 customer reviews
Posted by anonymous | August 16, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommend
I'm glad I retained Jeffrey for my divorce over the other 3 attorneys I met with. He listened to me, instead of handling the case by rote/formula. He is very proficient in accessing the value and division of retirement accounts and real estate; his results were much better for me than what other attorneys thought I would get. He kept the proceedings moving forward when my ex's attorney was constantly delaying things. He is straight-forward, punctual, organized, and extremely fair with his billing.
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Posted by Charlene | July 29, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Takes the time to explain
I am very satisfied in my experience with Jeffrey. He was very professional and was courteous and kind. He was very good at explaining details and made sure that I understood before moving on to the next thing. The process for an uncontested divorce was made really simple with his help and guidance. I would recommend him to a friend.
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Posted by MELISSA | October 7, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
VERY THANKFUL FOR YOUR PROFESSIONALISM AND EMPATHY!
Jeff is an AMAZING Lawyer who not only treats you like a professional client but will also be there for advice as a friend. I have gone through 2 very difficult divorces with Jeff as my lawyer and I am very thankful to have had him representing me! He went above and beyond with answering calls on his personal cell phone if I had questions! Although, I do not want to ever be in Divorce Court again, if I had to do it again, Jeff (Jeffrey Esser) would be my chosen lawyer again! Thank you for everything you did for me Jeff and for securing my house, my car and all of my money and making sure that I truly didn't lose anything that needs to be with me after my divorce!
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Posted by anonymous | May 28, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
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Jeff was great, the whole process was very painless
He was wonderful, very helpful every step of the way. He made the whole process very painless. Great communication as well. Highly recommended
Posted by Monika | February 23, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Attorney
Jeffrey has been extremely professional, helpful, and responsive throughout our entire divorce process. I am so happy I have found him and could not have been more pleased with his work. Highly recommend!
Posted by Michael | December 16, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great to work with
My wife and I used Jeffrey for an uncontested divorce and he was great during the whole process. Personable and understanding from the initial call all the way up to the follow up call after the process was completed. Strongly recommend him
Posted by Lashawnda | May 12, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The best divorce lawyer that represented me
I want to thank you for this process. You are an amazing attorney and I appreciate all that you have done. I will definitely recommend you to my family, friends and people I know.
Posted by Igor | April 15, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
This is the Lawyer for you.
If you are in an unfortunate situation and looking for an attorney look no further. Jeff represented me on a divorce case. Not only is he the best lawyer I have ever spoken to he is extremely genuine and will go the extra mile to talk to you. Jeffrey gets results. His calm demeanor, knowledge, expertise and willingness to help is second to none. I called Jeff on a Sunday and he did not waste one second getting to work. Very reasonable priced. Honestly stop your search and call this guy. His response time is outstanding. From the bottom of my heart Thank You Jeff for all you have done!
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Posted by Winchell | April 15, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Superstar Lawyer
Never underestimate the power of a lawyer. Jeffrey is a total package when it comes to knowledge, responsive and professionalism. He take good care of my case in a timely and great manner. Bravo to this man. If you’re looking for a lawyer for any legal matters give his team a call. You wont regret it and you’ll have your money’s worth. Thanks again from the bottom of my heart. More powers to you
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Posted by Carrie | April 6, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly recommend
Being my first (and hopefully last) divorce Jeff was great! He explained everything to me, kept things moving, and had my best financial interest in mind. He was extremely professional and personable! I would highly recommend him to anyone who is looking for a divorce attorney!
Posted by Elaina | March 29, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best divorce attorney ever
Everything went very smoothly, he was extremely helpful. I would highly recommend this attorney to anyone who wants a nice Swift and smooth divorce. Thank you again for all of your help
Posted by anonymous | March 18, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Easy and Painless
Mr. Esser makes the whole experience easy and painless. I, for one, wanted and needed an experienced lawyer that knew and understood my needs. Getting in contact with his was easy, even with a pandemic going on. He did all the leg work and fought for everything that I asked for
Posted by anonymous | December 28, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Knowledgeable, thorough and calm attorney
Due to pandemic I thought processing divorce documents was more complicated because of lockdown and limited in-person consultations, I was wrong because Jeff walked me through the entire process. The night I decided to end my marriage, I went online and searched for lawyers with good reviews. I took a chance on him based from good reviews. I sent him a message late that night and as far as I remember that was Sunday and to my surprised, he replied right away. I told to myself, I will hire him as my lawyer and from then on I stopped searching for another lawyer. I trusted him and I feel at ease sharing my marriage situation. He is very prompt answering my questions. He took time explaining legal things in a polite and a calm manner. Within 3 months of processing the marital agreements, my uncontested and inevitable divorce got approved. He was on track of everything and this helped me finalized my divorce at the target date. At the day of the prove up, I appreciated the fact that he is such a good listener mainly because Jeff was able to defend me before the judge. It was indeed a great relief after all the pain and disappointments. My marriage failed but somehow Jeff gave back my dignity. I can't thank you enough! More power to you!
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Posted by Terry | December 21, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A true professional
Look no more. Jeffrey is as professional as he is nice. He turned a nightmaee into a very easy process. He is interested in his clients and listens to your needs. He is easy to reach andtook care of all the paperwork. The judge was a pain (to say the least) but his professionalism and knowledge of the matter made my divorce a simple and easy situation to handle. Best of all he is much more affordale than any other lawer i contacted. He dealt with everything in person, not through some secretary. I re ommend him all heartedly. 5 stars is not enough! Thank you Jeffrey
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Posted by Christian | December 11, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A Great Lawyer!
I found Jeffrey Esser via google last December. I knew that i would need a lawyer for my divorce but i was so unsure of the process. Mr Esser walked me through the process so thoroughly i knew i would be in good hands. Over the next few months he made sure i was up to date on every step in the divorce process and made me feel comfortable with the decisions i made. Hands down 1 of the best experiences i have had with a lawyer. I would definitely recommend him to anyone looking for a smart, resourceful and reasonably price attorney.
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Posted by Brandi | November 24, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very Happy
Very Happy with Mr. Esser, best decision I ever made. Mr. Esser was able to assist with my stalled attempt at a Pro Se divorce. Would definitely recommend, he was very professional and timely with responses. Great results even in the Pandemic!
Posted by MONICA | November 10, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent attorney
Mr. Esser is absolutely fabulous, thorough and on top on his game. I highly recommend him for your divorce proceedings
Posted by anonymous | November 5, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Responsive and professional service
Extremely responsive and professional service at a very reasonable rate. He is compassionate and provided expert and responsive service at each stage of proceeding. He always answered calls. Highly recommended.
Posted by Kristil | October 24, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great lawyer, great person, great experience
I have been working with Jeffrey since 2016 and he has been great from the start. He is knowledgeable, patient, he listens to your concerns and comes up with the best approach to get the best results for his clients. From the divorce, to parenting time, to relocation to unexpected motions months apart, Jeffrey has always been there to assist me and he has always gotten the job done! He is on top of his game and works hard to get the best outcome for his clients! He is the best all around!
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Posted by Melinda | October 23, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Honest, Intelligent, Prepared, and Compassionate
Going through a divorce is incredibly difficult and emotional. The last thing you want to have to worry about is your lawyer. I had previously hired a lawyer to take on my divorce case. The lawyer was unresponsive, and continually made errors in my paperwork. It was so difficult managing this divorce and my previous lawyer. I did some research, and came across Jeff— and I’m so glad that I did. Jeff welcomed me with open arms. He was prepared. He had gotten my voicemail and had looked up my case in the court docket. He gave me a quote and we began the process. I was immediately impressed by Jeff and his knowledge. The judge in my case was quite difficult, so Jeff had to do A LOT of extra work that wasn’t anticipated in my quote. However, he never charged me more. He was always responsive. He called me frequently and gave me email updates. I have high standards. Jeff immediately put me at ease. It was nice to finally have this burden lifted off of my shoulders. I can actually say that I have nothing bad to say— and how rare is that!? Jeff was everything an attorney should be: responsive, intelligent, educated, informed, and compassionate. He gives me hope for the legal field. Don’t hesitate. This guy is honest and I can’t recommend him enough!
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 325-375 per hour
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Managing Partner
  • Law Office of Jeffrey R. Esser
  • 2011 - Present

Education

  • University of Southern California Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2005
  • Northwestern University
  • B.A.
  • 1999

Associations

  • Illinois State Bar Associate
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Best Lawyer
  • Best Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Distinguished Service Award
  • Chicago Volunteer Legal Services
  • 2012
  • Distinguished Service Award
  • Chicago Volunteer Legal Services
  • 2010

Attorney endorsements

Received (6)
Given (9)
Endorse Jeffrey
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jan 06
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Jeff is a gentleman and a scholar. I have had two cases where I was opposing counsel to Jeff and the two cases could not have been more different. One of the cases was a legitimate, "War of the Roses" and the other was a slightly contested matter which resolved in just a few months. He is tenacious and not afraid to go to trial. He always advocates hard for his clients and for that, I strongly endorse him."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jan 05
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I worked with Jeffrey on a case in which I was a guardian ad litem. He was very capable handled a very high stress and acrimonious case with dignity understanding and with great advocacy."
Family Attorney | Dec 21
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Dec 13
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Jeffrey was opposing counsel on a complex divorce involving out of state removal. Jeffrey was very responsive, allowing us to finish the case extremely quickly."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Feb 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have consulted with Mr. Esser on several occasions and have found him to be highly knowledgeable in his practice. I highly endorse Jeffrey particularly for his attention to detail."
Family Attorney | Aug 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly endorse Mr. Esser. Very knowledgeable and caring attorney who gets great results in representing clients! I want all people with legal problems to contact him first."
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