|IL||Active And Authorized To Practice Law||2002||05/16/2017|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Nation's Top One Percent||National Association of Distinguished Counsel||2017|
|Leading Lawyer in Family Law||Leading Lawyers Network||2017|
|10 Best Attorneys in Illinois - Family Law||American Institute of Family Law Attorneys||2017|
|Best Lawyer||Best Lawyers||2017|
|Leading Lawyer in Family Law||Leading Lawyers Network||2016|
|Best Lawyer||Best Lawyers||2016|
|Leading Lawyer in Family Law||Leading Lawyers Network||2015|
|Best Lawyer||Best Lawyers||2015|
|Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers||2012|
|Attorney/Managing Principal||Law Offices of Jonathan Merel, P.C.||2009 - Present|
|Attorney||Kamerlink, Stark, McCormack & Powers, L.L.C.||2002 - 2009|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|American Bar Association||Member||2002 - Present|
|Illinois State Bar Association||Member||2002 - Present|
|Chicago Bar Association||Member||2002 - Present|
|Wall Street Journal||Obesity Fuels Custody Fights||2011|
|Chicago-Kent College of Law Illinois Institute of Technology||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2002|
|University of Wisconsin, Madison||Political Science||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1999|
Posted by Eryk
Your avvo review:
My divorce case was not technically difficult, but I needed help immediately and Jonathan Merel and his associate Brad Kaye were able to leap in and help me with custody issues right away. Both men were aware my divorce was very difficult for me emotionally and their professionalism didn't just extend to legal analysis and representation; they also encouraged me and helped me through an awful period of my life, carefully explaining what was going on all the time. Jonathan was always prompt about getting back in touch with me when issues arose. And while Jonathan and Brad are both smart and affable, they were also dogged in defending my interests. Once, in court, faced with opposing counsel mocking me directly, Brad responded aggressively in my defense — something that deeply impressed me, and for which I am still very grateful. Additionally, I quickly came to prize Jonathan's astute legal analysis and vision for where he wanted my case to go. I'd highly recommend The Law Offices of Jonathan Merel to those looking for competent, kind, and candid divorce attorneys. They know the law. They helped me get a result I can live with and which is helping me move on with my life. And, maybe more importantly, it's clear they actually give a damn about their clients. That last bit is worth its weight in gold.
Posted by anonymous
Jonathan was initially referred to me by a friend. Upon my initial consultation, I liked his no nonsense approach but since I was concerned with costs since I had been recently laid off at the time, I didn't initially hire him. Worst decision made! I ended up having to go through two lawyers who unfortunately didn't accomplish anything and only delayed the process. I came running back as my divorce became more complicated. He quickly setup a consultation as I needed to bring him up to speed and I hired him on the spot. Jonathan and Melissa were extremely helpful and were straight to the point. After all the divorce drama with my ex husband, the divorce is now over and I thank them both for finally giving me my freedom.
Posted by Sathya
My experience with Merel has been truly unique and exceptional. I was amazed at his knowledge and expertise in solving a complicated international divorce case like mine. He was extremely professional - The promises were strictly adhered to and exceeded in terms of timeliness and the speed with which the case was resolved. The cost was much lower than estimated. Billing was very professional and at no point in time I had a second thought of doing business with Merel. Even after two years after the settlement when I had a question about the case, Merel replied to me immediately and set up a meeting to provide answers to my questions. This support has been exceptional.
Last but not least - on the day of judgement, I had walked into the court forgetting my wallet at home and had no cash or card to pay for the parking too . Merel generously helped me with cash. This goes a long way in telling me that he truly cares for his clients.
In short, I would recommend Merel for a stress-free and fair experience.
Michael Lodermeier, Divorce and separation Attorney
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
Jonathan is professional, tenacious and highly competent. He strikes the right balance between fighting for his clients and maintaining an effective relationship with his opposing counsel. When I have a conflict with a potential client, Jonathan is one of the first people I recommend.
John Conniff, Divorce and separation Attorney
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
Jonathan is one of the finest family law attorneys I know. We worked together on many complex cases during my time with his firm. Jonathan's knowledge of the law and the legal system are invaluable assets to his clients. I would not hesitate to recommend Jonathan to anyone in need of a family law attorney.