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Zachary W. Williams

Child custody Attorney at Chicago, IL

4.9   8 reviews
  • Licensed for 29 years
    State IL
    Acquired 1994
    Status
    Retired No misconduct found

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

About Zachary

Learn Zachary’s areas of practice.

4
Practice areas
  1. Child custody
    30%
    Child custody | Child visitation | Child support | Child representation | Child protection | Child abuse | Child neglect | Juvenile law | Call Attorney Williams today for a free consultation.

    29 years

  2. Divorce and separation
    30%
    Contested divorce | Uncontested divorce | Mediation | Separation | Martial property settlement | Enforcement of judgments or court orders | Attorney Williams is an experienced divorce lawyer that can help you through your case.

    29 years

  3. Family
    20%
    Attorney Williams has helped the great people of Illinois with family legal issues since 1994. For a premier and knowledgeable family attorney that will always advocate for you, stop worrying and call him today for a free consultation.

    29 years

  4. Mediation
    20%
    Attorney Williams can handle your mediation.

    29 years

Unflappable and directed, Zach brings a common-sense approach to the courtroom and keeps your case moving forward. Entering his 24th year as a family law advocate, Zach spent 16 years as an Assistant Public Guardian for Cook County before beginning his private practice in 2011.

Zach has represented children in highly contested child custody matters in the Domestic Relations Division and represented children who were state wards in the Juvenile Child Protection Division. Zach is an experienced trial attorney and advocate for the rights of children who are caught in the middle of contested battles. His awareness of how a case can affect an overall family unit has made him a go-to representative for judges appointing attorneys in the most difficult cases.

Zach brings these skills handling child custody matters to private parties. Because of his history as a child representative, Zach is astutely aware of how cases affect children. His experience has provided him with unique insight into how to resolve even the most combative cases: Zach has been a speaker for the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education and at the annual Life Span Symposium on Domestic Violence. He is a former school board president and is a member of a charitable board that serves disadvantaged youth in Evanston. Zach has also been selected an Illinois SuperLawyer for 2018.

Location

Law Office of Zachary W. Williams, LLC
180 N La Salle St Ste 3700
Chicago, IL, 60601-2809
Williams & Farmer
8022 Lincoln Avenue
Skokie, IL, 60077
Zachary W. Williams
1821 Walden Office Square, Suite 400
Schaumburg, IL, 60173
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Reviews

4.9 / 5.0
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Posted by anonymous | September 17, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Efficient and Knowledgeable
I hired Zach to handle my bitter divorce that involved minor children. I could not have had a better person to walk me through the process and him and his team were very supportive throughout the whole process. Zach communicated with me very well, and got time-sensitive motions filed quickly. The costs were relatively low for the quality of effort I witnessed with my case. I would definitely recommend him to anyone who needs a great family lawyer!
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Posted by Gina | June 27, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Lawyer
Court was beginning to drain me, emotionally and financially, as it was affecting my job. When I decided to find a lawyer I knew it was going to be hard considering how expensive they were and the fact many charge for even the initial consultation. Zach not only gave me a free consultation but his prices and the prices of his team members were very reasonable. Hiring him got my parenting agreement revised, my case taken off call and ended the constant back and forth to court. I would definitely recomend him to anyone looking for a family lawyer.
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Posted by anonymous | May 8, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Painless divorce - yes, you read that right
My ex and I used a mediator and Zach handled the legal aspects of our divorce filing. His team reviewed our docs, pointed out specific areas that were likely to catch the judge's attention, and made sure that we had good answers to those items. They worked closely with the mediator to ensure a smooth process. There was no unnecessary redlining of the document, no pushiness. Just a very mature and supportive approach. And in court, it was the same: I knew what to expect at every moment, which made the anxiety-producing process far more manageable.
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Posted by BT | April 19, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Could Not Have Asked for Better
I came to Zach and his team after numerous attempts at divorce mediation had failed. My situation was a tad bit hostile and I was feeling pretty beat up. Zach and his team were exactly what I needed. They offered the right legal guidance, and did so in a way that was supportive. There was a child involved in my divorce and Zach and his team never lost sight of that. They handled the case with experience and expertise, knowing that having a child involved would mean that I would need to continue to have a relationship with my ex, preferably a positive one. It's been 2 years since my divorce and I think about how their foresight has paid off all the time. My ex and I are on better terms than we have ever been and that's made all the difference in the life of our child. In the 2 years since my divorce, I have reached out to Zach's office a few times to get clarification on a part of the settlement or to get a copy of a file. Each time I received a quick reply with exactly what I was looking for. In terms of affordability, legal fees of any kind are always tough to stomach, but Zach's costs were pretty low and nowhere near reflective of the value of his work.
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Posted by anonymous | April 18, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great, efficient lawyer, and highly experienced
I hired Zach Williams to handle my divorce. He did an excellent job, returned my calls and emails very quickly, and was very efficient. Zach understands when to approach a case collaboratively, and when to be tough. He is highly experienced and has practiced in this area of law for 20+ years. I would definitely recommend him.
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Posted by Dave | April 18, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Quick and Painless Divorce
Zach and his team assisted through a divorce proceeding. They handled all aspects and made the process much easier than I had anticipated. There are enough issues in dealing with a divorce and having an attorney that can remove the legal pain is extremely important.
Posted by Bethany | March 7, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Efficient fortitude
Zach was able to make quick adjustments to my divorce that took some rapid 180 degree unexpected turns. He was realistic with what could happen and efficient with getting it.
Posted by anonymous | August 30, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Effective
Zach was effective in helping me get back sole custody of my son. Was very prompt in responding to issues my son had living with my ex and immediately filing the necessary motions corresponding to these issues. Was very flexible with payment plan. Giving 4 stars instead of 5 because there were a moderate amount of times I didn't get a response to my emails but that could've had to do with the fact he was my sons representative and not mine.
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.8 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Law Office of Zachary W. Williams, LLC
  • 2011 - Present
  • Assistant Public Guardian
  • Cook County Office of the Public Guardian
  • 1995 - 2011

Education

  • Collaborative Law Institute of Illinois
  • Interdisciplinary Collaborative Law Certificate
  • 2013
  • Northwestern University
  • Divorce Mediation Certificate
  • 2012
  • The John Marshall Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1994
  • Loyola University Chicago
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1987
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Associations

  • Skokie Community Fund
  • Board Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • Family Law Section Council (ISBA)
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Association of Family and Conciliation Courts
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Youth & Opportunity United
  • Board Member
  • 2011 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2018
  • 10 Best Family Law Attorneys
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2017

Publications

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Speaking Engagements

  • Divorce and Child Custody
  • Child Advocacy
  • 2016
  • Custody Evaluation and Domestic Violence: Toward Best Practices
  • The Interface between Evaluators and Child Representative's
  • 2015
  • Family Law Webcast Series
  • Working with Pro Se Litigants
  • 2013

Attorney endorsements

Received (12)
Given (21)
Endorse Zachary
Family Attorney | May 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"An upright and straightforward attorney. I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Apr 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Child custody Attorney | Apr 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Zach has a vast amount of experience in the area of child custody and divorce. I turn to him often when I need a second opinion on complex family law matters."
Family Attorney | Apr 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Zach is a leader in the family law community due to his ability to help his clients navigate the process to avoid litigation if at all possible. A zealous advocate in the courtroom, Zach always attempts to steer his clients to a settlement acceptable to all. I unequivocally endorse Zach as a family law attorney."
Child custody Attorney | Apr 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Intelligent, compassionate and a fierce advocate for his clients are just a few things that come to mind when asked to describe Zack. I can offer a strong endorsement on his behalf."
Child custody Attorney | Apr 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Zach is an excellent attorney. He is smart, even tempered and effective when advocating for his clients. There are times when I may not be able to represent a particular individual and Zach is on my short list of attorneys that I will send that client."
Family Attorney | Apr 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Zachary. He is extremely knowledgeable, diligent and a strong advocate for his clients."
Family Attorney | Apr 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Zach is a competent, ethical attorney, who I strongly endorse."
Family Attorney | Apr 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Child custody Attorney | Dec 12
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Zach is a dedicated advocate for his clients. He is extremely well respected by the court as well as by fellow lawyers in the community."
Family Attorney | Jan 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Williams is the consummate professional who always places the interests of his clients above all else."
Family Attorney | Jan 19
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Zach is an intelligent and compassionate attorney who is well respected in the legal community."
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Chicago Child custody Lawyer Zachary W. Williams
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