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
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I have been opposing counsel on cases with Jonathan. He is hard working, moves his cases along, and is a skilled advocate for his clients. Jonathan looks for creative ways to solve family problems in divorce, and really knows what he is doing to get the best result for families.
Lyn Conniff Family Attorney
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
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
|IL||Active And Authorized To Practice Law||2002||08/10/2016|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Best Lawyer||Best Lawyers||2017|
|Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers Magazine||2016|
|Best Lawyer||Best Lawyers||2016|
|Leading Lawyer in Family Law||Leading Lawyers Network||2016|
|Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers Magazine||2015|
|Best Lawyer||Best Lawyers||2015|
|Leading Lawyer in Family Law||Leading Lawyers Network||2015|
|Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers Magazine||2013|
|Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers Magazine||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|
|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|