|IL||Active And Authorized To Practice Law||2002||11/21/2016|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|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 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.
Posted by Catherine
After my first lawyer floundered on numerous occasions and basically did nothing the first 3 months of my divorce (besides keep my retainer), I contacted Jonathan Merel via AVVO on a Sunday morning. He called me back that same day and we met first thing on Monday morning. He and Stefani Radist went work immediately. They did their best to get my case back on track and keep it moving forward. My ex-husband was unreasonable and delayed the proceedings at ever chance that he could until he was laid off from his job. He then expected an obnoxious maintenance payment. What should have been a simple divorce turned into a more complicated chess match. Jonathan and Stefani were knowledge, organized and resourceful. They kept my best interest in mind and fought rigorously on my behalf. As my ex-husband pushed for trial, they prepared me and my case for the long haul. They had an arsenal of experts to support my case. Fortunately, my ex-husband was hired back by his company less than a month before trial. A settlement was then agreed upon. I had felt like my life was in purgatory for 16 months. I couldn’t have asked for more compassionate and supportive lawyers than Jonathan and Stefani. They pulled me out of my despair on many occasions. Every penny spent was worth the outcome. I can’t thank them enough for helping me reclaim my life. I will absolutely refer anyone seeking a divorce attorney to The Law Offices of Jonathan Merel P.C.
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.