|IL||Active And Authorized To Practice Law||1980||05/16/2017|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Super Lawyer||Illinois Super Lawyers||2013|
|Super Lawyer||Illinois Super Lawyers||2012|
|Super Lawyer||Illinois Super Lawyers||2007|
|Super Lawyer||Illinois Super Lawyers||2006|
|Super Lawyer||Illinois Super Lawyers||2005|
|Founding Partner||Hoffenberg and Block LLC||2013 - Present|
|Partner||Block and Block||1980 - 2012|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Illinois State Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|Loyola University Chicago School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1980|
|Northwestern University||N/A||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1977|
|Matrimonial Commitee of the Third Municipal Distrct||Matrimonial Law||N/A|
|Illinois State Bar Association||Bankruptcy and Divorce-Essential Tools||N/A|
Posted by Alina Drogaline
When spoke with Gloria Block on the phone I was told by Gloria Block that consultation is free. I came to the office and her partner Alan Hoffenberg took me into his office for consultation. He invited Jonathan Bereman to present my case, since I was looking for least expensive process, as both my ex husband and I already agreed on divorce agreement. Gloria was not present during consultation, she joined in later. Both men were literally laughing at me without even listening to what I wanted. They kept insisting on what would make more profit for the firm suggesting and telling me what I have to get out of my ex husband. Thy were both very much interested in my finances and savings, more than presenting my case and listening what I wanted. It seemed as they wanted to make it so difficult for my ex husband that the divorce would take up to 3-4 years, draining both of bank accounts. I was told to give a deposit of $3,000 for services plus $400 for filing with cook county. My check was cashed the next day. After two weeks I decided not to proceed with the company as it did not feel right (humiliation during consultation - I came for legal advice, but the two men were laughing at me) and requested my deposit back. I never signed contract authorizing them to present me. It took them almost 1.5 months to issue the retainer $ back minus consultation fee (which was promised to be free) and some silly fees in total amount of $567.50. If i were not THAT stupid and did not give them the check Im pretty sure the consultation would have been free. Jonathan, who was supposed to present my case, was unreachable and did not respond to emails promptly (but he did charge $30 for a 20-word email). Not a pleasant experience. I waited for a pretty long time for a fair resolution with Hoffenberg and Block, but it been almost two months now minus $567 out of bank account for NOTHING, otherwise I would have not posted a negative review.
Posted by Maury
My case was mentally and emotionally draining. I watched a system that is not designed for fathers control the life of my son. I was even more devastated in the way his biological mother handled raising/caring for our son and my place in his life. I had never been any way but respectful and supportive of her since the day our son was born.
We went through a Child Rep who took almost (7) seven years to do what he knew he should have done from day 1, while my son suffered mentally and emotionally silently for years. That alone could have destroyed my child. We then went to a Guardian Ad Litem, through Mediation, a Child Therapist, back to Mediation, an Arbitrator, a Judge Mediator and then back to the case judge.
7 Years later, my son is home with me and my wife (who has been an awesome mother figure to him since he was 2 years old and whom he loves dearly). and he is doing very well. This case unfortunately cost him his relationship with his biological mother and has destroyed his faith in the legal system and those that are trained and paid very well to protect the child. I must add that I am working with him through the issues surrounding his mother because no matter how horrible she was to him and to me, nor how she used the legal system to hurt us all for years, it is still important to me for him to have a loving relationship with his biological mother.
I give all of the Glory to God and the team of lawyers he blessed me with. Gloria Block and her Assistant Russell Reid have been true life savers for me, my family and especially our son. Attorney Block helped bring clear direction and purpose to our case. She immediately halted all negative personal/legal action by my son's mother and her Attorney that clearly were directed at prolonging the case while bringing more chaos and negativity into play, which ultimately only harmed our son. She personally held everyone accountable from the first day that she agreed to represent us (4) four years into this case. We had our ups and downs through the legal system, but she kept fighting for my son's well being and ultimately directed the fight that gave my son the peace that every child deserves.
I now have legal residential custody of my son and I oversee all day to day activities and care. He is now at peace, truly thriving and doing very very well.
To not bring direct light to my son and what he has endured, I have to settle on giving a big public "shout out" via the internet to Gloria Block and Russell Reid for being more than our attorneys, but for being a part of our extended family and caring enough to dedicate your legal knowledge for the well being and care of a child who did not deserve what he had endured, but one who now has the direction he needs in life to thrive, uncontrolled and uninhibited while being surrounded in true love, a family that is dedicated to him and being totally blessed with complete support.
Posted by Gary
Ms. Block has represented me in a separation, divorce and child custody dispute that has lasted for more than 10 years. She has done an extraordinary and aggressive job of staying to task in the face of a chaotic series of events, opposing counsel changes, and dysfunctional behavior from the other party.
Ms. Block is relentless in her fight to persuade the court and parties involved to continually do the right thing. She has tremendous experience and knowledge of the law, and uses her resources effectively to bring about a positive outcome. She's extrtemely fair, and considerate of her client's financial resources. She's collaborative, matter-of-fact, and realistic - and works closely to keep her client informed and engaged. My children and I will forever be grateful for her expertise and know-how.