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Melissa Veronica Caballero

Divorce and separation Attorney at Chicago, IL

5.0   44 reviews

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Licensed for 12 years
State IL
Status Active And Authorized To Practice Law
Acquired 2010
Updated 01/06/2023

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Law Offices of Jonathan Merel, P.C.
180 N Stetson Ave Ste 1300
Chicago, IL, 60601-6818

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Posted by Jose | January 10, 2023
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Thankful for Melissa and team!
Going through the kind of thing that requires family law is never easy. The team at JM handled the issue very well. They communicated clearly and worked with me to ensure that I got what I needed to be able to move forward with my life. I recommend them.
Posted by Sean | November 18, 2022
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Someone I could trust
Going through the divorce process was daunting to say the least. The first time I spoke with Melissa to discuss my concerns and my goals she listened and responded with understanding as well as a high level path. Her ability to put my mind at ease right from the start added to why I choose to work with her. Her and her team’s timely responses and turnaround on the work was impressive. I felt like I was going through my divorce with her at my side. We were able to get to the finish line faster than I expected with a result that both sides felt good with. She is a reliable and great lawyer and an equally good person, so I can’t recommend her enough. My advice is to choose someone who wants what is best for you, I am glad I did.
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Posted by Mara | November 11, 2022
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Professional, knowledgeable, hard-working, and understanding
Melissa expertly represented me in a complex, post-divorce decree case. She was knowledgeable in all subject areas and researched further when needed. Melissa was consistent and caring from beginning to end--listening to my concerns and keeping me informed--and maintained a trustworthy and professional demeanor as she fought for my best interests. Ultimately, we prevailed. I highly recommend Melissa for family law representation.
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Posted by anonymous | November 5, 2022
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Exceptional
Melissa provided exceptional support and guidance during the trying time that was my divorce. She ensured my interests were well protected and that we achieved a speedy resolution.
Posted by Wendy | October 31, 2022
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Very Knowledgeable
Melissa had a a great balance of compassion and knowledge of family law. She is also confident and very thorough. And if she doesn’t know the answer she will find it!
Posted by anonymous | August 8, 2022
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Knowledgeable and Reliable
I used Melissa for a prenuptial agreement a couple weeks before my wedding. Melissa helped me understand the process and was able to explain the abstract legal terms with situational examples, so I could understand and make better informed decisions. I found her to be very knowledgeable and helpful when it came to pointing out items that could be an easy oversight. She responded to any calls or messages quickly. I highly recommend hiring Melissa!
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Posted by anonymous | August 8, 2022
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Professional, Skilled, Knowledgeable, Dynamic
From the very onset of my divorce case, Melissa actively guided me and her associates in all related activities, and led the case to the successful settlement without financially and emotionally draining trial. Melissa's was available for addressing the issues anytime and every time (literally: even on New Year's Day). Her decisions, guidance and actions, resulted in imperative for the case key milestones. Melissa's professionalism on all levels (even to the opposition counsel) is equally admirable and exemplary. Being represented by Melissa was a great confidence builder.
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Posted by Mike | June 27, 2022
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Great lawyer to have in your corner!
Melissa Caballero did a fantastic job representing me and the kids in a messy divorce. She was thorough and incredibly responsive. Melissa thought outside the box to protect every aspect of our future!
Posted by Stephanie | June 13, 2022
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Highly Recommend Melissa!
Prior to getting married, I hired Melissa to help me through my prenuptial agreement. I did not know much about the process and Melissa was patient and thorough and made sure I understood each part of the agreement. We only had a few weeks to finalize our agreement before the wedding and Melissa was extremely efficient, professional, and made sure I was comfortable with every part of the agreement. She was in constant communication with me, even on the weekends, which I greatly appreciated. If you’re looking for a family law attorney who you can trust has your best interest at heart, I highly recommend that you hire Melissa!
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Posted by anonymous | June 9, 2022
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Efficient and Trustworthy
I had reached out Melissa for some post decree divorce work. The divorce was complicated and contentious and was not looking forward to this process. Melissa efficiently handled the situation and communicated clearly. I would wholeheartedly recommend her for divorce issues.
Posted by Crystal Merklin | May 20, 2022
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Always helpful and always there!
Almost 10 years ago, Melissa assisted me every step of the way with my divorce. She spoke for me during an uncomfortable settlement of full custody of my daughter and finalization of child support. A few months ago, I called Melissa to assist with a response to a motion of modification that my ex-husband filed. She responded and helped us with agreement within weeks. SO glad she has always been only a phone call away, glad to partner with her! I recommend her to anyone that is trying to get through a tough time. She listens, understands and gives great advice! Her time is worth every penny. Thanks Melissa!
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Posted by Dan | May 17, 2022
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Straight Shooter- wont sugarcoat or BS you
When looking for an attorney, I wanted someone tough that would also be straight with me when they needed to be. Melissa was tough for me when I needed her to be as well as good at telling me when I needed to be smart and not fight certain issues for a bigger picture win.
Posted by Matthew | February 11, 2022
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I could not have done this without her and her team
I was faced with an extremely painful and difficult legal situation after false allegations were claimed against me. Melissa and her team represented me accurately and passionately and were able to get the charges vacated/dismissed. I needed an attorney who would listen to my concerns and represent me faithfully in court. Melissa and her team did this. I am grateful for the excellent work they did in an extremely difficult time of my life.
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Posted by anonymous | January 31, 2022
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Highly Recommend Hiring Melissa
Going through a divorce is an incredibly difficult experience. It truly rocks your work. I was so fearful and sad, but Melissa took my hand and walked through the journey with me. To be clear, you should also get a therapist, but Melissa is a wonderful advocate to have on your side. Melissa is thorough, responsive, and an excellent negotiator. I never waited longer than 24 hours to hear from her. Typically Melissa responded between 1-3 hours to my email. We faced some challenging moments during the case, but her work was really stellar. I always felt like I was in good hands. I highly recommend using Melissa as your divorce lawyer.
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Posted by Javier | January 31, 2022
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Quality
Working with Melissa and her team is very reassuring. They take care of everything and put you at ease in difficult times. Melissa fights very hard for her clients and is always one step ahead of the case. I highly recommend her and as the old saying goes, "you get what you pay for" You are paying for quality, professional service, and peace of mind. I highly recommend Melissa and her team, they are truly amazing!
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Posted by anonymous | October 13, 2021
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Melissa is wonderful!
Melissa was such a wonderful and caring person to have in my corner. When I first contacted Melissa I was just reaching out for a consult and a second set of eyes on a case that was pretty much closed. Melissa was very thoughtful and gave me plenty of her time. I hired her shortly after the initial consult. While Melissa and I had a quick and pretty straightforward Child Support case, I was very nervous. Melissa walked me through everything in great detail and answered all of my questions without hesitation. I was very impressed with her on every level. I would highly recommend Melissa.
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Posted by anonymous | May 27, 2021
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Outstanding!
I moved to Chicago after separating from my husband in another state. Melissa helped me weigh the pros and cons of filing for divorce in Illinois, and then laid out a clear path for how to accomplish that when a petition had already been filed in another state. I could not have found a more intelligent and experienced attorney than Melissa to represent me and successfully manage the process of moving my divorce to Illinois. She was always on top of the details of my case and always watching out for my best interests. She has outstanding people skills, knows the law, works efficiently, and truly cares about achieving the best possible outcome. Melissa is the absolute BEST!!
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Posted by Virginia | May 18, 2021
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An Incredible Advocate and Advisor
Melissa is meticulous and determined. Her in-depth understanding of the law and her ability to explain the complexities to someone with no legal background allowed us to partner and work together to find a solution that best for me in my prenuptial agreement. If I were to ever need a divorce lawyer, without a doubt, I would look to Melissa.
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Posted by anonymous | September 28, 2020
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I Didn’t Believe the Words “Compassionate” & “Attorney” Could Be Used in the Same Sentence…
Until I met Melissa Caballero. It seems like in the vastly confusing world of Family Law, there is little sense to be made and even less hope to be had by those involved. After struggling through a decade- long battle of child support that isn’t even mine to pay, I was fortunate to have Melissa represent me against my fiancé’s ex-wife, who’s certain I’m a secret millionaire and determined to maliciously dig through every detail of my life until she finds some sort of treasure. The case details are extensive and perplexing, but it never stops Melissa from digging her heels in immediately to work to protect me and my rights. This powerhouse of a woman spouts off case law like she learned it in Kindergarten, and at no time do you waste time or money explaining anything to her twice. She is assertive, well- spoken, highly astute, and resilient in face of adversity. Underneath her impressively impassioned professionalism, Melissa is warm and kind, and listens patiently to you and your side. She has a clear way of explaining things and a calming effect that leaves you reassured and confident in her advice. I’ve watched my fiancé pay exorbitant amounts of money to various disappointing examples of attorneys in past years, which left me feeling like I would find a unicorn before I found faith in our judicial system. But, I found Melissa, an “Attorneycorn” if you will LOL, and I see a light at the end of the tunnel! Although we are still pulled back into court repeatedly by the ex, my battle for fair Father’s Support Rights continues with renewed gusto towards a principled and civil outcome under Melissa’s competent guidance.
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Posted by Laura | March 20, 2020
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A strong advocate who navigates family law exceptionally well
Melissa is very articulate, intelligent and strategic. Family legal issues are stressful in themselves; having a lawyer who was so highly competent, communicates clearly, and knows the law well helped us stay sane. I am a detail-oriented person, and the fact that Melissa stayed on top of our case details helped me to trust her as we were forced to respond to a crazy petition. We were thankful to have her diligently defending us even as she continued trying to negotiate an agreement with the other side to avoid the full costs of court.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Volunteer Child Representative
  • Chicago Volunteer Legal Services
  • 2014 - Present
  • Associate Attorney
  • Law Offices of Jonathan Merel, P.C.
  • 2009 - Present

Education

  • Chicago-Kent College of Law Illinois Institute of Technology
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2010
  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2007

Associations

  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Co-chair - YLS Family Law Committee
  • 2014 - Present
  • Family Defense Center
  • Young Professionals Board Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Chicago-Kent College of Law Alumni Association
  • Young Alumni Council Member
  • 2012 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2016
  • Leading Lawyer in Family Law
  • Leading Lawyers Network
  • 2015
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2013
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2012
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (2)
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Divorce and separation Attorney | Feb 06
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Melissa is a zealous advocate for her clients but is also a practical and fair negotiator. I endorse this attorney."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Apr 05
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I have been on the opposite side of cases with Melissa. Melissa is a hardworking and diligent attorney. She cares about her clients and advocates assertively for them while at the same time being respectful of opposing counsel. Melissa looks for creative solutions to challenging problems."
Family Attorney | Feb 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I wholeheartedly endorse Melissa as a family law practitioner. She is tough and aggressive when the situation calls for it, but she has also been trained in mediation and collaborative law and puts those skills to use when necessary. Melissa’s background and training give her a unique ability to resolve things both through litigation and settlement."
Family Attorney | Nov 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Melissa is hardworking and knowledgeable. Her energy and passion make her a resourceful and zealous advocate. In addition, Melissa is a good listener, facilitating her ability to understand her client's wants and needs in order to advocate for them. I would not hesitate to refer a client to her and I endorse her."

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Chicago Divorce and separation Lawyer Melissa Veronica Caballero
Melissa Veronica Caballero
Divorce and separation Attorney
Chicago, IL
Licensed for 12 years