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Laura I. Baldwin

Family Attorney at Chicago, IL

5.0   27 reviews

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About Laura

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Please contact me today to discuss your legal needs and resolve your matters, whether it be litigation or alternative dispute resolution, at.  I practice family law in Cook, DuPage and surrounding counties.  I am a litigator, trained mediator, and have experience in collaborative/cooperative divorce.  I grew up in Glenview, Illinois.  I received my undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin - Madison, and my law degree from DePaul College of Law. I worked part-time through law school and gained a variety of wonderful experiences. I began my legal career as a defense litigation paralegal at Swanson, Martin, and Bell, LLP prior to law school and continued to work there part time through my third year of law school. At that time, I received a Child and Family Law Fellows award from the Schiller DuCanto & Fleck Family Law Center at DePaul and was placed in an internship with the Chicago Legal Clinic. At the Chicago Legal Clinic, I worked with the family law attorney in the areas of divorce, adoption, and child representation. I was then a judicial extern to the Honorable Judge Panter at the Circuit Court of Cook County Expedited Child Support. I am now an Associate Attorney at Sullivan Taylor & Gumina, P.C., a family law firm in Naperville, IL with offices in Schaumburg and Chicago. I practice family law in Cook, DuPage, Will, Kane, Lake, and Kendall Counties.  

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Licensed for 11 years
State IL
Status Active And Authorized To Practice Law
Acquired 2011
Updated 01/06/2023

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

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Sullivan Taylor, Gumina & Palmer, P.C.
22 West Washington
Suite 1500
Chicago, IL, 60602
Sullivan Taylor, Gumina & Palmer, P.C.
1250 E. Diehl Rd., Suite 400
Naperville, IL, 60653
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Posted by Umme | August 23, 2021
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Great
I worked with Laura and it was pretty intense case. She was really quick to response to my calls and emails. She helped me out a lot as well as understand my difficult situation. She cared about me & my daughter. She was really professional. Thank you Laura for helping me get through this tough journey
Posted by Catherine | October 7, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Revised Parenting Plan
Laura was incredibly helpful and understanding of my needs in drafting a post-divorce, updated parenting plan to better reflect a change in schools and living arrangements for my children. She was clear, concise, and prompt in responses deliverables, all while being completely remote due to COVID-19. I would highly recommend her!
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Posted by Rachel | September 10, 2020
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Fantastic
Laura was extraordinary to work with. She listened to all of my concerns and addressed everything. She always had my back and I knew that she would fight for me. I believe she went above and beyond for me. She is calm, driven and extremely professional. She always responded immediately to my needs and addressed all my concerns. She advocated for me and I really felt the trust between us. I had a very good outcome and could not be happier with my experience with Laura. She is highly personable and worked very well with all parties involved. I was very impressed overall. I would recommend her to my close friends or anyone who needs an excellent divorce attorney. She is one of a kind.
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Posted by Gabe | July 27, 2020
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Excellent Consultation Experience
Laura was extremely professional, knowledgeable, and kind during our consultation. Answered all questions thoroughly and was happy to answer follow-up questions. Gave excellent follow-up advice as well. Would heartily recommend!
Posted by John | January 25, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Very Satisfied
Laura was great to work with. She was quick to respond to any questions or concerns I had. Her guidence through the process was greatly appreciated.
Posted by anonymous | December 31, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
A Top-Notch family law attorney in Chicagoland
Laura was recommended to me by a CDFA whom I consulted with. It turns out she is the exact attorney that I was looking for through my amicable divorce. To avoid the accumulation of high legal bills, I intended to negotiate all the terms with my ex instead of being confrontational. Laura listened to my concerns and patiently led me through the negotiation process. She is personable, professional and efficient compared to a lot of other attorneys that I have consulted with. I highly recommend her to anyone seeking for legal counsel.
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Posted by Kristen | September 1, 2019
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Amazing lawyer
I couldn't have asked for a better lawyer to represent me during my divorce. She went above and beyond from our first meeting to the settlement signing. Laura is incredibly smart and knows the law. When faced with dealing with a difficult spouse, she calmed my fears and was an amazing problem solver. Laura is very personable and makes you feel at ease. When I was at my lowest point, she pulled me up. I will forever be grateful for working so hard for me.
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Posted by Pat | January 22, 2019
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Perfect Experience
Laura was my lawyer during my amicable divorce from my ex-wife. Ironically, one of the most difficult things for a couple divorcing amicably to find are advisors who help them resolve open issues instead of opening new ones. Laura knows exactly how to handle such a situation, and did so perfectly. From the moment of our first meeting she was personable, professional, no-nonsense and interested in what I wanted out of the situation. I strongly recommend her.
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Posted by Kaitlin | January 2, 2019
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The Best
Laura and the team at STG were absolutely amazing. Through out the whole process I was kept updated and informed and not only that but when I had things come up and I needed help, my calls or emails were always returned so quickly! Laura is compassionate and really cares about her clients and their needs. I couldn't have done it without Laura and her team.
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Posted by Rich | September 21, 2018
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A job well done.
I was very satisfied with all the assistance Laura and her team provided me during my divorce process. Laura explained the process to me, guided me through all the steps, set expectations and what will happen. I trusted that Laura had my very best interest in mind and was my strong advocate during the negotiation process. In the end, I am grateful that I had her expertise and experience on my side to achieve a successful divorce settlement. Thank you Laura and STGP team.
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Posted by Victoria | June 15, 2018
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LOOK NO FURTHUR
It has been a challenge for me to put into words just how powerful and graceful my experience was having Laura Baldwin represent me. However I will do my best to pay homage to her. In a time of so much strain and difficulty, Laura brought a whole other level to my situation. I knew I was in good hands from the start; Laura heard me out completely, answered all of my questions, and was extremely detail oriented, all while keeping the big picture in sight. Laura never made me feel high priority, she showed me! I always got timely thorough responses via phone or email. I never felt rushed or foolish for that matter. More so than a lawyer, Laura was a guide who offered the knowledge on how to navigate a challenging venture as an actual unique person, not just textbook information. I came to Laura to embark on a journey all about my children, literally my heartbeats. Truly, I don't think there is anyone more suited for the job of diffusing a frazzled, emotional parent, and getting to the answers and through the processes, than Laura Baldwin. I find Laura as such a classy well rounded person; she is kind, loving and warm, while constantly maintaining focus and confidence. It seems she always has a plan! I am so entirely grateful that I got to have such a positive experience because of Laura's hard work, experience, and wisdom. My family plans to stick with Laura for any future legal matters, and I hope you do too because you are in the best hands possible!
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Posted by Marcelino | May 16, 2018
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One of Chicago’s Finest
A few months ago I hired Esquire Laura for a serious issue. Her co-worker, Esquire Sharron was on board also. A case that was commenced in Cook County that I hired her for was merged with an ongoing case in Will County by my request. Their work is superb, top notch, professional, and straight to the point!
Posted by joanna | March 26, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
successful
Laura was very thorough and very professional. Laura was very attentive to my case. She was very accurate and punctual. She made everything very easy to understand and follow. She provided excellent service to provide specifics to my individual needs for my case. She helped build a strong case and had everything necessary to help me close my case successfully in a timely manner. I strongly recommend her services. She is personable and professional and will treat you and your case to your specific needs. Thank you again for everything and to the success of my case. I will definitely recommend Laura.
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Posted by earl | March 17, 2018
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Great guide through the process.....knowledgeable with compassion
Laura is an advocate that you can trust to explain your options thoroughly, provide a plan to implement those options, and represent you in court in a way that gets positive results. My case was for child custody....Laura was able to make me feel well represented legally, and was compassionate during the emotional pieces. She knows the process and psychology of all family matters.
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Posted by anonymous | July 17, 2017
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A classy, knowledgeable lawyer who knows the system and takes great care of clients
I couldn't have asked for more in an attorney. Laura is a professional who is focused on guiding you through the process as efficiently as possible, always making sure you thoroughly understand what is going on. We were up against an attorney who liked to send a lot of nasty letters and play games just to play a bully and run up the bill on his own client, and Laura always reminded me not to get drawn into that game, that none of that had any bearing on the final outcome, and to stay the course in a respectable manner. She carries herself with class at all times. When it came time for pre-trials and some of the later stages, the judge was critical of opposing counsel's positions, and we always maintained our status as the reasonable ones in the room. The process of divorcing a high-conflict person was difficult, and there were times I grew frustrated with the other side's dirty tactics, but Laura always reminded me not to sink to their level because it wouldn't help in the end. She was 100% right. I wound up with an outcome that was better than I had expected, and I never sunk to the level that so many people do during this process. I have no regrets over how I handled myself in this divorce, and I owe that to Laura. She never lost sight of the goal, and brought me back when I would get worried about little things. You'll get a knowledgeable attorney and advisor who is always in touch, can handle any problem, and is not there to drain your bank account. In the end, you'll get the best possible outcome with Laura. I talked to a couple of attorneys early on, and once I met with Laura, I knew she was the perfect person to represent me. Hire her. I'm glad I did, and you will be too.
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Posted by Suzanne | July 15, 2017
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A Top-Notch Family Law Attorney!! Absolutely the Best.
Thank you doesn’t seem enough for all that Laura Baldwin has done for me. From the moment I hired Laura there was no doubt that I hired the right lawyer for the job. She provided outstanding service and support. She is truly a dedicated Divorce and Family Law Attorney. After my consultation with her, I knew she was the lawyer for my divorce. Her abilities, dedication, efficiency and organization skills are second to none. I highly recommend her for any and all family legal matters that one is going through. She gives you a sense of ease with her knowledge and expertise. She takes on each case with a personalized touch. Her knowledge of the law, the court system and taking the time to understand my situation and what was most important to me was outstanding. Her confidence quickly put me at ease during an emotional time of my life. She was always there for me, making sure I understood everything. She provided One- On-One attention every step of the way to ensure my piece of mind. The Assistants in the office were always so helpful, friendly, outgoing and completely understanding regarding the roller coasters of emotions I felt during this process. I truly appreciate their kindness and respect for the sensitivity of the process. If you want the right lawyer to help you through your roller coaster ride, then call Laura. I truly highly recommend Laura Baldwin.
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Posted by Tom | May 16, 2017
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Laura review
Laura did an excellent job in representing my daughter in her divorce. She offered very sound advise and was always prompt in getting back to us. Would highly recommend her.
Posted by anonymous | May 4, 2017
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Intelligent and kind advocate
Nobody wants to be in The position to hire an attorney. If you are, Laura will be your greatest advocate throughout the process. From the first moment, she was caring and professional. Laura was always available when I had any questions or concerns, as was the staff at the firm. I always felt like I was in capable hands and backed by a supportive team. Laura was thoroughly prepared and detail-oriented. I felt confident throughout the proceedings. During the divorce hearing, she was polite and obviously had a good rapport with the Judges and other attorneys in the Court. She is a zealous advocate who will support any arguments with a legal basis to put her client in the best position! I highly recommend Laura Baldwin as an attorney.
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Posted by Linda | December 15, 2016
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Excellent Legal Representation
As I worked through the unhappy and emotional details of divorcing my husband, I needed a legal advocate who would look out for my best interests. Ms. Baldwin ended up to be an extremely lucky find for me as I had never had a need for a lawyer before and was hoping to find someone I could rely on to represent my best interests. She did just that...and all without ever meeting face to face. She helped me finalize this in a total of 4 months. She is my lawyer going forward!
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Posted by Daniel | August 30, 2016
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Exceptional Representation
Ms. Baldwin is an exceptional attorney with an outstanding grasp of the legal intricacies involved with domestic and family law. As a lawyer of 20 years myself, I could not be more satisfied with the representation I received from Ms. Baldwin. She maintained a strong but pragmatic approach throughout my case and kept me informed of all details and developments as they occurred. I would strongly recommend Ms. Baldwin to any colleagues or friends in need of legal representation in the future.
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Cost

Rates
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Sullivan Taylor, Gumina & Palmer, P.C.
  • 2018 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Sullivan Taylor & Gumina, PC
  • 2011 - Present
  • Judicial Extern to the honorable Judge Panter
  • 32 W. Randolph- Parentage Court
  • 2010 - 2010
  • Supreme Court Rule 711 Law Clerk
  • DePaul Family Law Clinic
  • 2010 - 2010
  • Intern
  • Chicago Legal Clinic
  • 2009 - 2010
  • Paralegal
  • Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP
  • 2007 - 2010
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Education

  • Collaborative Law Institute of Illinois
  • Collaborative Law Skills Training
  • 2018
  • Northwestern University
  • Mediation
  • 2017
  • DePaul University College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2010
  • Roosevelt
  • Paralegal Certificate
  • 2010
  • University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • 2006
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Legal Cases

  • Appeal
  • Trial court affirmed in favor of my client.
  • Financial Divorce Trial
  • After trial, the claim of dissipation against my client was substantially reduced, and my client was awarded his equitable share of assets.
  • College Contribution
  • After trial, my client's petition for contribution was granted, and the opposing party was ordered to pay a signficant sum toward the child's college.
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Associations

  • Chicago Legal Clinic Auxiliary Board
  • President
  • 2017 - Present
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Northwest Suburban Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • DuPage County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • American Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • DuPage Association of Women Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Chicago Legal Clinic
  • Auxiliary Board Member - Summer and Winter Event Coordinator
  • 2016 - 2017
  • DuPage American Inn of Court
  • Member
  • 2011 - 2012
  • DePaul Journal for Social Justice
  • Associate Citation Editor
  • 2009 - 2010
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Emerging Lawyer 2018
  • Leading Lawyers
  • 2018
  • Rising Star 2018
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Emerging Lawyer 2017
  • Leading Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Rising Stars 2017
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Client's Choice Award
  • AVVO
  • 2016
  • Rising Stars 2016
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Certificate in Family Law
  • DePaul University College of Law
  • 2010
  • Child and Family Law Fellows Award
  • Schiller DuCanto & Fleck Family Law Center at DePaul
  • 2009
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Publications

  • IICLE
  • Post-judgment Proceedings, Chapter 5
  • 2017
  • Religious Challenge to Grounds
  • Illinois Divorce Digest
  • 2016

Speaking Engagements

  • Real Estate Concerns in Divorce Proceedings
  • Real Estate Concerns in Divorce Proceedings
  • 2014

Attorney endorsements

Received (13)
Given (17)
Endorse Laura
Family Attorney | Apr 12
Relationship: Co-worker
"Laura is a strong advocate. She is patient and meticulous, and she searches for equitable resolutions to resolve her client's matters efficiently. I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 28
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jan 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Laura Baldwin. She is always prepared, professional, and a strong advocate for her clients. Her clients are fortunate to have her in their corner."
Family Attorney | Feb 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Laura is an asset to the legal community and to her clients. Practicing in family law requires not only knowledge, but compassion. Laura has my endorsement!"
Family Attorney | Jan 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly recommend Laura Baldwin as an attorney. She is very knowledgeable, professional, and responsive. She cares very much about both the quality of the work she does and the people she represents. Laura treats her clients like a real person with a real need, and not just another file on a check list. If I ever personally needed a family lawyer, she would be the first person I would call!"
Family Attorney | Oct 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have had the pleasure of knowing Laura for several years. I often see her in court and always find her to be professional and courteous. She is an excellent advocate for her clients and is extremely knowledgeable. I strongly endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jan 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. She's smart, hardworking, and always keeps her clients' best interests at the core of her strategy."
Family Attorney | Jan 12
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse Laura. We were able to settle a potentially high conflict case without litigation."
Family Attorney | Dec 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Apr 10
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Ms. Danhelka is a skilled litigator and successful advocate for her clients. Her respect towards opposing counsels and her true desire to find solutions for families make her an asset to the Chicago-area family law community."
Family Attorney | Jan 14
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"Laura is an outstanding lawyer. As an associate attorney in our firm she is responsible for handling a wide variety of parentage and divorce matters. She is hard-working, conscientious, and truly cares about her clients' concerns."
Family Attorney | Dec 19
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. Laura is an excellent attorney whose knowledge of the law, and skill in the courtroom, are true assets for her clients. She is extremely professional in handling difficult opposing counsels, but she is never afraid to stand her ground. She's trustworthy and will always give sound advice."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Dec 19
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Laura Danhelka for several years. She is a true advocate for her clients, with great compassion and understanding of the difficulties that her clients experience through this process."
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