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William McSurley

Child custody Attorney at Chicago, IL

5.0   24 reviews

also known as Bill McSurley

  • Licensed for 11 years
    State IL
    Acquired 2012
    Status
    Active and Authorized to Practice Law No misconduct found

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About William

Learn William’s areas of practice.

Aggressive litigation, strategic negotiation.

Mr. McSurley's courtroom successes have impacted families from Illinois to California, reuniting children with their parents. His tireless efforts in all areas of family law have won challenging cases to keep children safe. Such cases center on custody, and have frequently resulted in him expeditiously securing emergency orders of protection, safeguarding children from abuse. 

Mr. McSurley graduated at the top of his class at University of Illinois, Chicago, first earning the summa cum laude distinction with his bachelor's degree and later magna cum laude with his Juris Doctorate from the university's College of Law. He earned Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society's distinctive gold key and was voted president of the law school's Family Law Society. Mr. McSurley excelled as a member of the Family Advocacy Clinic, where he passionately represented parents and children. His stellar work in abuse and neglect proceedings eventually earned him a leadership role, mentoring law students in emotionally charged child-centered litigation. 

Mr. McSurley's intellectual rigor and work ethic earned him coveted internships with judges across the nation, allowing him to develop keen insight into their decision-making process. In law school he won a prestigious internship with the U.S. Department of Justice and drafted decisions for the judges of the Executive Office of Immigration Review. He also interned with the judges of the Juvenile Court of Denver, Colorado and the family law division of the Circuit Court of Will County, Illinois.

As a judicial intern with the family law division of Will County, Mr. McSurley aided judges and worked closely with Judge Dinah L. Archambeault throughout all stages of divorce and custody proceedings.

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Location

Law Offices of Jonathan Merel, P.C.
180 North Stetson Avenue
Suite 1300
Chicago, IL, 60601

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Posted by anonymous | August 9, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly-skilled and competent
"Highly-skilled and competent representation," Bill McSurley I'm very pleased with the end results. The challenges that we faced to bring this case on level ground was no easy task. Because of your hard work, dedication and commitment, Today I stand on solid ground. Nothing brings more unspeakable joy to my heart than to hear the words Dad coming from my children once again. You've done an excellent job pushing that Boulder back up hill. I'm forever grateful for your deliverance and hard work! Thank you so much
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Posted by Gina | July 21, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great firm with a great attorney
I couldn't be happier with the service I received from the Law Offices of Jonathan Merel. William McSurley was my attorney and very attentive to my case. He's very open and honest and quick to communicate with what was going on. Everyone that I talked to was very professional. I hope I don't need to use these kind of services again but if I do, I definitely will be reaching out to William and the Law Offices of Jonathan Merel. I would highly recommend them!
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Posted by Matthew B. | June 24, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Real good guidance
My divorce experience was astoundingly hard, to say the least -- way more complex and difficult than I ever would have anticipated on every level. Without the expertise, professionalism, and integrity of William McSurley I'm certain that my outcome could have been far less favorable. I appreciated his transparency, sincerity, responsiveness, and encouragement in helping me to establish realistic expectations and perspective, as well as coaching me through a process that was entirely foreign and distressing to me. William McSurley balanced confidence and efficiency with patience and empathy. At times, he stopped me from making foolish mistakes. Surely, step by step, he gained and kept my trust -- even through the most unsettling obstacles and curve balls -- by consistently demonstrating confidence, skill, and proficiency in navigating every challenge through the process. Of course, quality legal services are expensive, which is an added stressor on top of numerous additional ways in which a divorce disrupts your life. They were conscious and respectful of this impact in important ways. I respect that family law is a profession where it can be particularly challenging to strike a balance between seeing your customer as both a "person" and a "client". Overall, he accomplished this impressively, over 16 months. My divorce has been final 6 weeks today, and I am grateful. I remember how unsettling the task of choosing a lawyer was -- especially regarding matters so deeply personal and significant. I need to move forward but wanted share my experience with other who might one day face similar extremely challenging situations.
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Posted by anonymous | May 19, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Child custody
William help guide me through a difficult case. He was always available and gave me the direction and advise I needed.
Posted by Kimberly | December 8, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Forever Grateful for William and his services
One of the most underrated traits shared by almost every successful attorney is a strong ability and willingness to listen. This is what I encountered at the very start with William. Not only did he listen, he waited before providing advice and his knowledge. When you contact most attorney’s they ramble and rush you off the phone leaving you to feel unheard and already defeated. William did show true compassion for our case, treated us very well and provided strong and solid advice. We hired him immediately! Great lawyers know their area of practice. He is truly one of the great.
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Posted by Reshon | May 11, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Highly recommended!
William is an attorney that honors his word. I retained William for a custody case and he began working immediately. He took a case that was seemingly unfavorable to me in the beginning and turned it around, completely! His calming demeanor and professionalism were added bonuses in addition to him being a vault of knowledge. He was always kind and attentive and never left me to feel as if I was a bother. He communicates very well and made sure that I understood everything that transpired concerning my case, not leaving me to wonder. In my personal opinion he’s one of the greatest to do what he does. Amazing work!!
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Response from William McSurley May 13, 2021
Thank you, Reshon. You had a difficult case; but, you listened well, worked hard, and did everything I told you to do so that we could get the outcome that you wanted -- and it we got it! Again, congratulations. It was a pleasure to work with you and I wish you and your family all the best in the future.
Posted by anonymous | January 10, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommend!
I was a client of William McSurley. I couldn't have hoped for a more positive, quick and professional experience. His communication was clear and timely and I never felt hesitant to ask questions.
Posted by anonymous | May 23, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The Best!
Everything i could say about William would be positive. He is an amazing, understanding, and intelligent individual. Even though i didn't have a very strong case, he still manage to get the outcome i hoped for. If i ever need this type of legal help again i would defiantly be giving him a call.
Posted by Vianca | May 1, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Candid. Analytical. Authentic. Advocate. Highly Recommend.
I’ve had the honor to hire William McSurley as my attorney during a challenging period in my life. I am a first time single mom, whose child is not even one here; yet I faced a lot of adversity by the other parent. I was recommended the name of William McSurley. From our first phone call to our last appearance in court, Mr. McSurley has been nothing short of AWESOME and extremely candid in all of our conversations, sharing any challenges that may hinder; yet most importantly opportunities that will enhance our strategy in the case. One of the most profound conversation we had in where I was doubtful and scared, William acknowledged my doubts and also shared I had to relinquish the worry and trust he would fight for us. If I didn’t trust him, he was okay in me hiring an attorney that I did trust. Needless to say I completely learned in how to trust William’s approach and fully embrace that he was not just any lawyer, he was and is still very much an advocate for my daughter and I. William is extremely analytical, intelligent, highly educated and knowledgeable on the laws that will help in your case matters. I speak highly of William to those who have asked “How did court go?”. I highly recommend Mr. William McSurley and have already recommended him to two close individuals in my life who have also retained him as their own attorney. I cannot thank William enough but I truly hope he knows and embraces his gift into helping families. I am EXTREMELY Thankful that his gift of advocacy had entered my life as a new single mom. I could not have imagined walking into that court room with anyone other than William McSurley. Thank YOU William for ALL that you have done for my daughter and I and all you will continue to do for many families who need a voice. Thank you for just being YOU!
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Response from William McSurley May 3, 2019
Thank you, Vianca. I'll be here to answer questions or help address any concerns at any time. Please don't hesitate to contact me if you need any help at all.
Posted by Francisco | March 2, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Divorce
William was a great lawyer. Works for months on my divorce and never made me doubt his word. Helped me with everything I needed. Wouldn’t have picked another lawyer.
Posted by Lizette | January 22, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Phenomenal!
William is such a great lawyer and very professional. There are not enough words to describe how greatful I am for everything he has done for me and my son. William has been fighting by my side for about 3 years now and he has done nothing but deliver amazing results. There is honestly no other lawyer I would rather have fighting for me. He genuinely cares about his clients and works like a pro. I wish I could give him more stars.
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Posted by anonymous | June 23, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Divorce
William McSurley gave me amazing advice thru out my divorce. He was amazing knowledgeable. I would recommend him to anyone who needed help in Family Law
Response from William McSurley June 27, 2018
Thank you very much for this review. It was a pleasure working with you, and I wish you all the best for the future.
Posted by Edwin Bush | March 15, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Generous and very helpful
He gave me a lot of help on a case and am grateful. Knowledgeable, courteous and strong. I recommend him.
Posted by Luis A Cancel | September 13, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Amazing Attorney
William McSurley is nothing short of outstanding at what he does! Five Star is not enough. I was involved in a custody/child support battle, and right from the moment I hired him he was just amazing. Honest, caring, helpful, and just down right kicked ass in my case! I would definitely and highly recommend Mr. McSurley. I am extremely grateful for all he accomplished for my son and I. A Huge victory
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Posted by Steve | June 1, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
William McSurley- Excellent Lawyer
I've been in litigation over a decade and it's unfortunate I didn't know William. William is an extraordinary lawyer. Just recently, I witnessed him in the courtroom. He was in complete control and maneuvered methodically. I was amazed at his skill set. William had a great deal of respect from Judges and other lawyers. I'm blessed to have hired William. William is the best lawyer I've witnessed. If anyone is reading this review and needs to hire a great lawyer- William McSurley. Thanks William for all you did! I'm still in awe, of what transpired. Thanks Steve
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Posted by anonymous | April 4, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Lawyer
If you need Real Results , William is your Prime lawyer ...William is the ideal Lawyer where he sincerely cares and is the Symbol of TRUE Justice. He stands right by his client(s) , He turns difficult cases into Immaculate Victory. More lawyers with his caliber are needed.
Posted by Hank | March 6, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Child custody
I will make this short. If you need a lawyer, William is your man. He is straight forward to the point, honest. From day one he is on your side. If I could I would give him 100 stars. And yes won my case. You will not go wrong having William on your team.
Posted by Cindy | December 22, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Hire him first!
After firing my 1st attorney, I hired William. He is honest, knowledgeable and forthright. He knows the law and will stand his ground. He answered my questions in a timely manner, never ignoring me. I believe he genuinely cared about my case, my predicament and helping me get the best possible outcome for my situation. I wish I hired him first! My case was completely hopeless when I hired him, yet he never lied to me, always told me my options and let me decided which path based on what the law is. I would highly recommend William to anybody I know.
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Posted by Kevin | December 7, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Satisfied beyond my expectations. A true pro.
Mr. McSorley handled my custody case for my 16 year old son. I was pro se for a couple years trying to save money, but I decided on a consultation after hearing great things about him. He embraced my case with passion, empathy and confidence. After our confidential consultation I knew right away he was my new counsel. He told me exactly what he needed to do his job, and right after I gave it to him, we were in court and I was awarded custody. I was amazed by his talent and knowledge of the court system. I have been in business for 25 years and use Chris Naveja of Arnstein and Leir for my corporate legal counsel. He's been perfect for me but doesn't handle child custody. He recommended I find a good Will County Family Law attorney to represent me. Great advice as usual, and now I have two attorneys I would HIGHLY recommend. Mr. McSorley far exceeded my expectations and I would strongly recommend him. A very good man and a good attorney.
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Posted by Robert | October 12, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Great
William made it possible for my son to be seen on a regular basis even though his mother did not want to comply
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AVVO RATING 7.7 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • Family Law Attorney
  • Weiman Silberman, LLC
  • 2018 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Badesch Abramovitch, L.L.C.
  • 2015 - 2018
  • Attorney
  • Law Offices of Jeffery M. Leving
  • 2014 - 2015
  • Attorney
  • LeVine, Wittenberg, Shugan & Schatz
  • 2013 - 2014
  • Judicial Intern
  • Circuit Court Of The Twelfth Judicial Circuit, Will County, Illinois
  • 2012 - 2012
  • Judicial Intern
  • Denver Juvenile Court
  • 2011 - 2011
  • Summer Law Intern
  • United States Department of Justice
  • 2011 - 2011
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Education

  • University of Illinois College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor (magna cum laude)
  • 2012
  • University of Illinois, Chicago
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts (summa cum laude)
  • 2009

Associations

  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Attorney Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Attorney Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Will County Bar Association
  • Attorney Member
  • 2012 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • 10 Best Family Law Attorneys
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2017
  • "10 Best" Family Law Attorneys for Client Satisfaction
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2016

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Divorce and separation Attorney | Aug 14
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation