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Jonathan Merel is an experienced attorney and litigator who advocates for his clients in all family law proceedings, including settlement negotiations and trials. Jonathan founded The Law Offices of Jonathan Merel, P.C. in early 2009 and the firm has since grown to include 4 attorneys.  


Prior to starting the firm, Jonathan worked at another Chicago-based family law practice for many years. Jonathan has a great deal of experience in obtaining favorable outcomes for his clients in multi-million dollar marital estates and contested custody suits. His ability to settle heated divorces and custody disputes has gained him a great deal of respect from fellow attorneys and judges within the Chicagoland legal community. When settlement is not a viable or reasonable option, Jonathan’s experience as a zealous litigator in the courtroom has produced outstanding results for his clients.


Always committed to his clients and their causes, Jonathan’s philosophy is to build strong, trusting relationships with his clients, founded on compassion, sound legal strategy, and open and frequent communication. Known as a skillful and aggressive negotiator with strong tenacity, Jonathan has an impressive track record of protecting his clients’ best interests and helping them meet their legal goals.


Jonathan has provided his legal expertise to prominent national media outlets such as the Wall Street Journal and NBC’s Today Show. Jonathan was selected as a Super Lawyers Rising Star for 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2016. Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process is multi-phased and includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations.  


Other honors bestowed upon Jonathan include being named as part of the "Best Lawyers in America" by Best Lawyers for 2015 and 2016 and also being named as an "Emerging Lawyer" by Leading Lawyers for 2015 and 2016; both considered very prestigious honors.


Jonathan is a member of the American Bar Association American Bar Association Family Law Committee, Illinois Bar Association, Chicago Bar Association, North Suburban Bar Association, and Lake County Bar Association.


Languages spoken: Spanish

Practice areas


  1. Divorce: 50%
  2. Family: 50%


Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

15 total 

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  • Michael L. Lodermeier

    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.


    Michael Lodermeier Divorce and separation Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

  • John A Conniff

    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.


    John Conniff Divorce and separation Attorney
    Relationship: Worked for lawyer

Contact info

Law Offices of Jonathan Merel, P.C.

Two Prudential Plaza - 180 N. Stetson Avenue
Suite 1300
Chicago, IL, 60601

Law Offices of Jonathan Merel, P.C. (suburban location)

5225 Old Orchard Road
Suite 50
Skokie, IL, 60077



ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law200205/11/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Best LawyerBest Lawyers2017
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2016
Best LawyerBest Lawyers2016
Leading Lawyer in Family LawLeading Lawyers Network2016
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2015
Best LawyerBest Lawyers2015
Leading Lawyer in Family LawLeading Lawyers Network2015
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2013
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2012
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Attorney/Managing PrincipalLaw Offices of Jonathan Merel, P.C.2009 - Present
AttorneyKamerlink, Stark, McCormack & Powers, L.L.C.2002 - 2009
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Bar AssociationMember2002 - Present
Illinois State Bar AssociationMember2002 - Present
Chicago Bar AssociationMember2002 - Present
Publication nameTitleDate
Wall Street JournalObesity Fuels Custody Fights2011
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Chicago-Kent College of Law Illinois Institute of TechnologyLawJD - Juris Doctor2002
University of Wisconsin, MadisonPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1999
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
The Today ShowFamily Law/Divorce/Child Custody2012
Wall Street JournalFamily Law/Divorce/Child Custody2011