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Morgan Elizabeth Given

Divorce and separation Attorney at Chicago, IL

5.0   52 reviews

Licensed for 9 years

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Morgan Given is committed to providing the highest quality legal services to families throughout the Chicagoland area. Her mission as an attorney is to help clients successfully navigate the tremendous emotional as well as legal difficulties associated with divorce, allocation of decision-making and parenting time (custody), removal, maintenance, orders of protection, mediation and other family law matters. Ms. Given takes on cases both big and small and has experience working with complex financial matters for clients with multi-million dollar businesses and assets. Ms. Given works tirelessly to achieve the best results for her clients, and believes that a good attorney truly understands and appreciates her client’s individual needs. While always willing to negotiate a fair settlement if it is possible, she also has the knowledge, experience and dedication to take any matter to trial.

Ms. Given has represented clients throughout every stage of the divorce process and is known for her compassionate and detailed approach to family law. Ms. Given is well aware of the unique psychological and emotional stresses family law issues can produce. She also recognizes the importance of not only serving as a lawyer but also as a counselor to her clients. Clients come to Ms. Given during some of the most difficult times of their lives, and Ms. Given understands how to help them through these challenges by being responsive and fully explaining the legal process from the beginning of each case. 

Ms. Given is very aware of the high costs of going through the court system and is always looking for ways to save her clients money while offering the highest quality of service. As her many client reviews can attest, she puts her clients' needs first and foremost. As her client reviews attest, Ms. Given’s clients find her confidence and expertise deeply reassuring.

Ms. Given is a certified mediator and is passionate about helping clients resolve disputes via mediation when appropriate. Many clients are not aware of mediation as an option. Through mediation, Ms. Given serves as a neutral third party to help clients resolve their issues together. This saves clients an enmormous amount of money and time and also allows them to generate a customized settlement agreement uniquely tailored to their specific family needs.

A particular area of family law where Ms. Given flourishes is with cases involving children. Ms. Given is keenly aware of how important it is to protect and shield children from the ugly side of divorce. Far too often, one parent will attempt to use the children as pawns between themselves. Fortunately, Ms. Given has the dedication and experience to handle such situations.

Ms. Given has been exclusively practicing in the area of family law since graduating law school. She began her career in Washington, DC, representing and advocating for victims of domestic abuse as a law fellow at the DC Volunteer Lawyers Project. Ms. Given returned to Chicago in 2014 to work with the Legal Aid Society of Metropolitan Family Services, where she provided legal services to under-represented men and women going through difficult contested divorces. Ms. Given joined the Taradash Group in December 2014, inspired by Mr. Taradash’s personalized approach to family law, and his deep commitment to his clients.

Ms. Given is a member of the Illinois Bar. She received her Juris Doctor from the George Washington University Law School. In law school, she was recognized as a Thurgood Marshall Scholar and was also a recipient of the George Washington Presidential Merit Scholarship and Dean’s Pro Bono Service Award. Ms. Given graduated from DePaul University magna cum laude with Bachelor of Arts degrees in History and English.

Ms. Given is originally from Wheaton, Illinois, a suburb west of Chicago, and now lives in Oak Park with her husband and young daughter. Ms. Given serves clients throughout Cook, DuPage, Will, and Lake areas.

Licensed for 9 years
State IL
Status Active And Authorized To Practice Law
Acquired 2014
Updated 01/06/2023

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Morgan Elizabeth Given
180 North LaSalle St., Ste. 3700
Chicago, IL, 60601

Reviews

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Posted by Candy | June 19, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I was awarded full custody of my baby, thanks to Morgan Given!
Morgan Given helped me during a very difficult custody battle with my child and her father. I live in Texas, and was not able to meet with her in person, but over constant contact over the phone and email, she was able to assist me professionally, and be there for me when I was concerned. I could come to her with my worries, and she would hear me out. No matter how silly or small my fears were, she took the time to answer my questions - and let me know exactly how she would be handling things. She is very hands on, and I did not have a hard time getting in touch with her whatsoever. She handled just about everything herself. She kept me very well informed through out the entire process. Helping me understand what she would be doing, and what I could expect next. She also kept my other local lawyer involved very well informed, and would give me a copy of the emails she sent out on my behalf so I really understood exactly that actions she was taking every step of the way. She took the time to hear me out about what went on in my past, and what I hoped to get out of the custody agreement. She told me what I could expect, and kept all of my goals and concerns at the forefront. Her legal advice was priceless, and I always felt she knew what the next best move would be. Even though we were thrown some very big curve balls that left me feeling hopeless and attacked by the other side, she always handled it and stood up in that courtroom with the proper, professional thing to say and do. She was very attentive to my case, and to my concerns always. In the end, Morgan got me an even better custodial agreement than I could have expected! I just can't thank her enough. I would absolutely recommend her to anyone needing legal help. You will not regret it.
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Posted by Don | March 15, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
You need a Lawyer. She is the one.
Divorce is a complicated, lengthy, and emotionally and potentially financially painful process. Especially if it is not your idea in the first place. Morgan went above and beyond and was able to negotiate on my behalf and get me the result that will allow me to survive this trauma. Her complete knowledge of the law and all the unwritten rules that come with working with court systems day in and day out are assets that you need in your corner right now. Questions were answered quickly and through many different means (email, phone, etc). I don't do reviews every day. But she literally saved me. her negotiations got the alimony down from 12 yrs to 7. If you are getting a divorce. you NEED a lawyer. Morgan Given is that great lawyer who will be there for you and get you through.
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Posted by Hari | October 24, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Promises Kept
Morgan Given is without a doubt incredible . Morgan helped me through a tough time in my life.I had a long battle with my Ex , filed multiple false cases on me . Morgan represented me better than I could have ever imagined. I will be FOREVER grateful for her passionate dedication for what she did to get me out from all false cases filed by my EX . Morgan is prompt, answers any concerns and walks you through the entire process every step of the way. Morgan not only helped me win my case, she coached me on how to better communicate with my child during the process of child custody case. I absolutely recommend her . If you need justice with a peace of mind ,Morgan is your attorney to get the job done.
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Posted by Chris | June 21, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Amazing Attorney!! I could not imagine anyone better to guide me through such a difficult and emotional process.
I am not sure it is possible to fully express my gratitude for the incredible counsel Morgan provided me through a very lengthy and challenging divorce, which involved a very sensitive custody component. Morgan worked tirelessly throughout my divorce, and eased my may concerns....and there were many! Morgan always went above and beyond to be available at those times when chaotic situations came up. Most importantly, Morgan always offered advice with my kids best interest as the focus, and because of that my kids have always been protected and safe. What Morgan has provided me and my kids through a very messy and difficult divorce has felt more like an extension of family, and not just an attorney....And for that I will always be grateful.
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Posted by Alex | November 29, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Born attorney!!!
In couple words: "You are more than lucky if Morgan Given is your attorney, and you are in trouble if she is your opposite counsel !" My case was very hard and complicated, but thanks to Morgan, the Justice prevailed. I don’t wish anybody to go through the divorce process, but if you already there, Morgan will definitely help you to complete the case in the best way. Morgan is very professional, serious, organized and reliable attorney. I can advise her with no doubts. Thank you, Morgan, for all amazing work that you did for me and for your kind support through all that process.
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Posted by David | October 6, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Court Avoided by Sound Legal Advice!
During consultation, Attorney Given masterfully guided me into a full understanding of the case I wished to pursue. She also presented ideas on how I might be able to avoid court and still achieve a satisfactory result. I employed her advice and was successful in a resolution without trial. This attorney is not merely knowledgeable but ethical. In matters of family law I can, without hesitation, recommend Attorney Given.
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Posted by Erika | September 7, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Amazing Lawyer
Morgan was wonderful, she was very knowledgeable. Extremely fast with responses. She makes this process so smooth!
Posted by SV | July 13, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best councel
I was very lucky to have found her and hire her. Ms. Morgan is way way more than one can expect from an attorney. She is highly knowledgable, very sincere, prompt and strategic. Always on top of things and accessible via phone and email. In my case involving jurisdiction issues, from the moment she heard the case she knew exactly how much and what needs to be done to get the case sorted. She always ensured that me and my other attorney were well informed of the proceedings and next steps. Having a good attorney is critical to the case and Ms. Morgan is way more than good. She is the best.
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Posted by Brittany | June 15, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Relocation & custody
Morgan represented my son and I in a very complicated situation with my sons father. Relocation , order of protection, supervised visits...a whole lot of complications & honestly she helped me every step of the way & was very diligent. I had no idea what I was doing or where to start, just knew the ending goal was to keep me and my son safe. Morgan always answered any question I had and was very thorough. Everything Morgan suggested to be granted relocation worked. My son and I were granted permanent residency and it was a true relief. Morgan is very intelligent and knows the court system. I am very grateful for everything Morgan did. Truly. If you are in bad situation and need to get out, do it. Lawyers like Morgan make it possible to create a better life. Extremely grateful for the outcome of this case and I highly recommend her to everyone that needs to be represented. Living my west coast dream with my baby boy thanks to Morgan and her team & all the hard work.!
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Posted by Haysam | May 23, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very professional and understanding
Morgan and Madeline both help me with my divorce. They understood my situation, and advocated for me. Never been divorced before nor did I know what to expect. They helped me through the entire process heard my moments of being upset and didn’t judge me one but. Instead they guided me, listened to me, and still advocated. They were both tremendous at what they do, and will always be greatly appreciated. Highly recommend either one and or the law firm in general. Thank you so much.
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Posted by Julie | March 26, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Morgan helped us immensely
We hired Morgan Given and her colleague Brianna Meyer to guide us and represent us during the most difficult and heartbreaking time our family has faced. We were intervenors, as grandparents, in a custody dispute regarding our granddaughter, whose parents (our son and our granddaughter’s mother) were going through an unusually complicated and contentious custody case. Both Morgan and Brianna were extremely professional, reliable and trustworthy every step of the way. They were very efficient with their time, and ours, and were very cost-conscious, which of course was greatly appreciated. They responded to our inquiries quickly, translated “legalese” for us after every court zoom call so we had a full understanding of all of the issues, and just in general helped us understand what our rights were, what our options were, and what they thought was the best path to pursue. Beyond that, on a more personal level, they were both also very caring and kind, and gave us wonderful advice and support as we made our way through this difficult process. Most importantly, they got us grandparent visitations, which is why we hired them. We believe they gave us excellent representation, and give them the highest endorsement. If, and when, we need legal representation again regarding this matter, we will hire them again without hesitation.
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Posted by Jmg | July 27, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
AMAZING /PROFESSIONAL
Morgan Given is Skilled Hardworking and very caring, Morgan helped me through the painful process of custody and settlement , she fought very hard for me and I always feel like had my back through the process ,she went about and beyond and always there to listen ,she's very attentive and respond to my calls and emails very quickly (even on weekends) , Morgan is extremely knowledgeable in a family law and perused my case with tremendous skills and expertise , I would highly recommend Morgan to anyone in need of a caring genuine and skilled legal representation . having Morgan on my side gave me a piece of mind that I will always be grateful for. Thank you Morgan
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Posted by Adeeb | April 28, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Divorce Lawyer
This review is long overdue. In short, Morgan is an excellent divorce lawyer, and here is why. I hired Morgan in July 2018 to handle my divorce case. My case was simple but my ex-spouse wasn't easy to deal with. Morgan was able to deal with my ex very professionally and legally very very patiently and helped me achieve my goal. I only showed up to court once for my final judgment. She was very supportive and professional and will definitely recommend her services to others. Thank you for all the hard work you put in my case.
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Posted by Cecilia | April 21, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Lawyer!
Morgan managed my divorce process this year and did an amazing job in negotiating on my behalf. The process went smoothly and had the least amount of personal stress. I really appreciate that she took the time to answer all of my questions and to let me know exactly how she would be handling things. I was able to get in touch with her easily both by email and phone. I felt she went above and beyond, was always available, and very thorough. I would highly recommend her to anyone looking for an attorney!
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Posted by anonymous | February 20, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Divorce
Morgan is extremely professional and responsive. She gave me very clear expectations and explained what to do throughout the divorce process. She was very easy to talk to and instantly made me feel at ease when I had my court date. I would certainly recommend her. Thank you for your help, Morgan!
Posted by Sandra | January 9, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very professional
I worked with Morgan and she was an absolute pleasure to work with. She was my divorce attorney and she was extremely prompt, very available, and not to mention thorough. I would recommend her to anyone looking for an attorney. She was not only very professional but also kind during such a hard time.
Posted by Marnisha & Jermaine Thomas | December 18, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Almighty Morgan, Best decision we ever made...!!!
Where do we start, our case was all over the place literally, my husband children had been alienated from him for almost a year, we had been accused of practically any lie you can think of, we had hired a attorney prior to Morgan that talked a good game but didn’t give results, at some point we gave up,my husbands children's mom had token us thru hell and back for almost 4 years we were on our second attorney and losing hope we came across Morgan Givens, from day one she explained “ we wouldn’t have to worry and insured us things will be different” Morgan started our case and from our first court date up until the last court date, Morgan proved to be a ball of fire, she was always prepared, she filed all the right paperwork, she was available via email or call whenever needed... Morgan was familiar with the laws and was very informative when it came to what needs to be done, after 4 years of going in circle... Within one year my husband was granted full custody of his children plus child support, Morgan was there every step of the way, my only advice to her is NEVER CHANGE, you had compassion, always was a voice of reasoning and the most important thing, You kept your word.... Thank you so much me and my family can finally enjoy life.....!!!!
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Posted by Amara | November 6, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Divorce Proceedings
Morgan did an amazing job in allowing my divorce proceedings to go smoothly and with the least amount of personal stress. Divorce is a difficult process to matter if its contested or not and she helped me every step of the way. I highly recommend her to anyone who needs someone who is professional and hard-working.
Posted by Michelle | August 19, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Accessible & Supportive
I hired Morgan for a divorce. She was always quick to respond with definitive recommendations on questions I had during the process. She was able to work with me to deliver a sound settlement agreement, and was by-my-side throughout the entire process. Her attention to detail and experience are only amplified by the obvious passion she has for her practice and her clients. Five-star recommendation, hands-down.
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Posted by Toy | August 5, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Need paternity testing! Go to Morgan!
From the onset due to my son’s father untimely death, Morgan Given was very attentive in handling my special case. My son’s father was deceased and paternity still had to be established. She handled everything in a timely manner, as there were deadlines and certain paperwork required before the paternity testing could begin. Even after paternity was established, Morgan stayed on top of everything ensuring all my required paperwork was complete and certified through the courts. Thanks again Morgan!
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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes

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AVVO RATING 9.8 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • The Taradash Group, P,.C.
  • 2020 - Present
  • Law Fellow
  • Legal Aid Society of Metropolitan Family Services
  • 2014 - 2014
  • Associate
  • The Taradash Group, P.C.
  • 2014 - 2020
  • Project Attorney
  • American Bar Association
  • 2013 - 2014
  • Legal Intern
  • Legal Services of Northern Virginia
  • 2013 - 2013
  • Law Fellow
  • DC Volunteer Lawyers Project
  • 2013 - 2014
  • Law Clerk
  • Quality Trust for Individuals with Disabilities
  • 2012 - 2012
  • Health Insurance Counselor
  • GW Health Insurance Counseling Project
  • 2012 - 2013
  • Legal Intern
  • Prairie State Legal Services, Inc.
  • 2011 - 2011
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Education

  • George Washington University
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2013
  • DePaul University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2010
  • DePaul University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2010

Associations

  • Midwest Access Coalition
  • Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • 2016 - Present
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • 2013 - Present
  • George Washington Alumni Association
  • 2013 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2022
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2021
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2020
  • Client's Choice
  • Avvo
  • 2019
  • Client's Choice
  • Avvo
  • 2018
  • Top 40 Under 40 Family Lawyers in the State of Illinois
  • American Society of Legal Advocates
  • 2017
  • Clients' Choice Award
  • Avvo
  • 2017
  • Clients' Choice Award
  • Avvo
  • 2016
  • Dean's Certificate of Pro Bono Recognition
  • George Washington University
  • 2013
  • Thurgood Marshall Award
  • George Washington University
  • 2011
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Publications

  • WP Diamonds
  • Engagement Ring Laws
  • 2017

Attorney endorsements

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Given (18)
Endorse Morgan
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jul 22
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Aug 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Aug 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have always know Morgan to have a real passion for her clients and her work. She is intelligent and hard-working. She sets the bar high with her ethics and diligence. Not only is Morgan an excellent attorney, she is also an excellent person! You should definitely consider hiring her."
Family Attorney | Nov 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jul 19
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I highly endorse this attorney. Morgan and I battled against each other for several days on a family law matter. She was very thorough and convincing. I had not known her prior to the handling of this case and I was very impressed by her abilities and advocacy."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Dec 30
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I was opposing counsel on a fairly difficult divorce case. Morgan was tough but always professional and a pleasure to work with."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Dec 13
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Morgan is a fierce advocate, yet she presents her client's case in a calm and reasoned manner that results in great success with judges."
Family Attorney | Dec 06
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. She is a fierce advocate for her clients."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Nov 30
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"It was a pleasure to have Morgan as opposing counsel on a recent divorce case, both in and out of court. She was a strong advocate for her client, while being practical in terms of settlement negotiations. I endorse this attorney."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Nov 08
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Morgan and I were counsels on opposite sides of a case recently. In a field where the list of substandard, inattentive and nonresponsive attorneys grows by the week, I was extremely impressed with her quick response time and attention to detail, while advocating for her client's interests without being unreasonable. I absolutely endorse Morgan."
Family Attorney | Feb 22
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I met Ms. Given in law school and we worked together at an organization for a year as attorneys doing domestic violence and custody law. She is honest, hard working, and I endorse her."
Family Attorney | Jan 21
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. Morgan is a very diligent attorney who has a passion for zealously protecting her clients' rights."
Family Attorney | Jan 20
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Morgan is an intelligent and zealous advocate. She is very knowledgeable in all aspects of family law."
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