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Marilyn Fletcher Longwell

Divorce and separation Attorney at Chicago, IL

4.6   28 reviews
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  • Licensed for 49 years
    State IL
    Acquired 1973
    Status
    Active and Authorized to Practice Law No misconduct found

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

About Marilyn

Learn Marilyn’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    40%
    Dissolution of Marriage, legal separation, marital settlement agreements, dissolution of civil unions.

    49 years

  2. Child custody
    20%
    Child custody, child support, alimony/maintenance, visitation, temporary custody and support, child support arrearages.

  3. Child support
    20%
    Child custody, child support, alimony/maintenance, visitation, temporary custody and support, child support arrearages.

  4. Family
    15%
    Parentage/paternity, custody, child support, parenting schedules and decision-making for children.

    49 years

  5. Marriage and prenuptials
    5%
    Prenuptial agreements, cohabitation agreements

WE PARTNER WITH OUR FAMILY LAW CLIENTS FOR RESULTS WHICH BENEFIT THE CLIENT AND THE FAMILY.

I have practiced in various areas of law before concentrating in all areas of Family Law.  My AV peer rating by Martindale Hubbell indicates the highest levels of professional and ethical achievement.  I have twice been short-listed for associate judge in Cook County and served as President of the West Suburban Bar Association in 2010.  Currently I am an appointed member of the Illinois State Bar Association Family Law Section Council and have written and spoken extensively on Family Law subjects.  I practice in Cook, DuPage and Will Counties.

In order to maximize our work for our clients we use a team approach often using lower billing team members to handle tasks which do not require my level of experience.  We give the clients information and guidance in making decisions on their cases and tailor our efforts to the individual client's needs rather than taking a cookie cutter approach.

Awards

AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating
Client's Choice 2012
Client's Choice
2012

Contact Marilyn

Marilyn Longwell & Assoc., P.C.
111 West Washington Street Suite 1625
Chicago, IL, 60602
Marilyn Longwell & Assoc., P.C
800 Enterprise Drive
Suite 208
Oak Brook, IL, 60523
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Reviews

4.6 / 5.0
  28 customer reviews
Client's Choice 2012
Client's Choice
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Posted by Jeff | November 13, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best Divorce Lawyer in Chicago
I hired Marilyn in the summer 2017 to represent me in the final stage of my divorce. My ex was refusing to participate in the process, show up at court., after I filed two years ago. Marilyn was able to quickly secure a trial date which sped things up. We were able to hammer out a fair deal for all sides with unique strategies my previous attorney never mentioned (his rate was lower but less experienced). Marilyn is old school, she likes to meet face to face to spitball ideas, and it works. You really feel like your case has her full attention and personal touch. Her hourly rates were a bit steep compared to other attorneys, but you are buying her experience and reputation, which means all the difference in the world when you reach that final negotiation crossroad that every divorce has. In the end, I am 100% certain I saved money by hiring her firm. First, the total bill ends up lower when she uses her skills to bring the case to the end. Second, the savings in maintenance and child support over 15 years justified the premium rate she charges. In other words, I recommend hiring the best and not shopping for best rates. I was lucky to have found Marilyn and her super smart associate Ebony and now I can move on to the next stage of my life. I have authorized her to use my name as a reference should any prospects have questions. Happily divorced!
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Posted by anonymous | July 5, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Custody Case
As soon as I met Marilyn, I knew that I needed to have her as my attorney. Marilyn and Aurelija have represented me the past four years and I am very fortunate that they stayed by my side throughout a sticky case. They were both very knowledgeable, professional, and quick to respond to any question or concern I had. I would definitely hire her again and again!
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Response from Marilyn Longwell July 6, 2017
This client has been so patient with a complicated situation, a difficult opponent and a problematic judge. We appreciate that she has kept at it to get the best result she could, always keeping her goals in mind.
Posted by Joe | September 21, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Knows the Law
My divorce was amiable. She reviewed the law with me and saw what was already set up by me and my ex. She didn't get in the way, but facilitated an efficient legal process. This kept the cost down while still having legal representation.
Posted by Ronald | September 20, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Managing Engineer Noble Network Charter Schools
Marilyn and her team are simply AWSOME! She recently represented in a particularly nasty and frustrating divorce case. Her and team's knowledge of divorce the law is exceptional. I would recommend her firm to everyone!
Posted by Ousmane | May 2, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Job Marilynn, thanks for the professionalism
When I contacted this law firm, 3 others has declined to handle my case. I travelled from overseas were I am based on limited passport valid only for return in the USA (2 months validity). it was about arrears in child support that I believed i paid already. based on the letter I received I owe more than $43,000 to my ex. Marilyn took the case and reviewed all payments made and documented. I finally only owe $2,600. she saved me the trouble to get a loan to pay another loan. and this was done in less time that I ever expected. she was very professional and efficient above all, the fees of the retainer were very affordable.. the case was interstate and a bit complicated. she helped very efficiently .. Appreciate it Marilyn, Thank you.
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Posted by Mark | February 6, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Marilyn got me through a long ordeal!!!
Marilyn came with high praise from my investigation. She lived up to that praise. She is not only incredibly knowledgeable about the law, but it is her vast experience with all the "players" (judges, consultants, experts, legal colleagues) that gives her an edge above others. If you are looking for a "shark," then you won't want Marilyn. That is not to say she is not aggressive. She takes full advantage of every nook and cranny of the law but she is not abusive in so doing. More than once did she talk me off the ledge and our case is now over to my satisfaction.
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Posted by Nicole | October 11, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Very Professional, Compassionate, & Ethical Lawyers
Marilyn and Ebony were very professional in how they approached my case. They did not treat me like my case was like every other case they have dealt with. And above all, they treated the case honestly and ethically, never telling me things just because that was what I wanted to hear, rather they were honest and forthright.
Posted by Very happy client | April 15, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Game changer
I hired Marilyn after floundering for 2.5 years with another attorney who did not seem to care if I got divorced or not. After the first meeting with Marilyn I knew she was different. She is intelligent, clever and highly intuitive. The same month that I hired her, my case started to move and my whole life improved. She stood up for me and gave my case direction. Ultimately, my divorce is now coming to a close and I have Marilyn to thank for my piece of mind. The settlement was what I had hoped for from the beginning and I really feel that things would have been very different if I had stuck with my other attorney or hired someone else. If you are reading this and haven't hired someone else, I envy you. You have the chance to have Marilyn for your whole case. If you are thinking about switching attorneys, trust your gut and meet with Marilyn. The misery that was my divorce does not have to be yours. Hire her.
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Posted by anonymous | February 24, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Attorney
Marylin and her team are consummate professionals. Very knowledgeable and experienced in their field which went a long way with my case. I recieved great advice and even better representation that always had my best interests in mind. Id highly recommend her and her team if you are going through a divorce or custody battle. She doesnt employ any dirty tricks and remains level headed even when you might not be. 10/10 would hire her again.
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Response from Marilyn Longwell February 25, 2016
We were so happy to work with this client. After the initial trauma of the divorce proceedings he was quickly able to focus on the welfare of his child and guide the proceedings by communicating effectively with his wife so that they were able to cooperate for the child's best interests.
Posted by anonymous | February 9, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very professional and job well done
Marilyn Longwell took my case to completion over custody in a very professional way of handling a case. She never once wanted to use dirty tricks or play games with the other lawyer. And I think that is why I got custody of my daughter. And highly recommend for her for a lawyer.
Posted by Steve | December 4, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Thoughtful and Intelligent Representation
When Marilyn represented me in my divorce, I really appreciated her careful and thoughtful approach to the specifics of my case. She listened carefully to what I wanted and gave great advice, based both on her understanding of the law, what it would permit and on her assessment of what would be the best possible outcome for me and my child. She was also great at helping me keep my cool during some difficult moments with my spouse, keeping me on track with what was really important to me in the big picture. I would definitely recommend her to anyone.
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Posted by Michael | May 16, 2015
The BEST FAMILY LAWYER in Chicago
Marilyn Longwell is a very knowledgeable ffamily lawyer. Marilyn is thorough and upfront with her communications. I believe Marilyn is a straight shooter and if she believes you have a chance of winning she will win. I was skeptical with my custody battles at times not having any legal background but with the halp of Marilyn and her staff I have won my custody case and am a very happy father of two little giirls. I would recommend Marilyn Longwell to everybody that is need of an excellent family lawyer. Without Marilyn and her staff, I would not be a happy father.
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Response from Marilyn Longwell November 25, 2015
This was a long painful battle for Michael and his girls, but with patience, devotion and dedication, Michael succeeded. We guided him and provided the legal know-how, but it was Michael's devotion to his children that won the day.
Posted by rick | February 23, 2015
very satisfied
I was very satisfied with Marilyn’s representation of me in a difficult family law suit, which she handled very effectively. Judges and opposing counsel displayed a lot of respect for her. In my estimation, that respect was very well deserved – and such respect also seemed to increase her effectiveness in court. I hope that I will never again need a family law attorney to represent me in court – but if I do, I plan to call Marilyn.
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Posted by anonymous | January 15, 2015
Priceless
Through out the duration of my trial, Mrs. Longwell maintain a professional attitude, very skillful in her application of the law. She not only knew and upheld the laws pertaining to my case, but she maintain the spirit of the law. What made Mrs. Longwell so different from the other attorneys, she displayed a genuine and warm disposition. All of those qualities played an important part in making our case successful as well as minimizing the sting of such an sensitive case. Although I will probably spend the rest of my life in her debt, it was truly worth it. She has an wonderful staff that compliments her. Mrs. Longwell helped restored the dignity that had been taken away from me not only as a mother but also a woman. I never really expressed to her the depth of my appreciation, words cannot express how I truly feel. If you ever have an opportunity to work with Mrs.Long well, you will also discover a true GEM.
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Posted by Marylu | December 18, 2014
The Consumer's Ally - Small Job, Big Satisfaction!
It may seem like a small thing to ask of a highly rated attorney like Marilyn, but I was incensed. When my car was illegally parked by a theater valet service in Chicago, I was issued a costly parking ticket and sought redress from the theater personnel and their contract valet service. Both businesses were unresponsive to my repeated verbal and written requests to address this problem, much less pay the costly fine that they incurred (which, by the way, kept increasing as time went by with the ticket unpaid). I'm sure these business owners assumed I would eventually just eat the cost...after all, I was one individual against two businesses and what chance did I stand? After months of frustration trying to deal with them on my own, I became very annoyed with the consumer brush off. I could have paid the ticket, but there was a principle involved and I chose to fight back against these irresponsible businesses, hoping that if I was successful, they might think twice about their parking policy and about stiffing the next guy. It was then that I contacted Marilyn Longwell for legal advice and assistance. Throughout the process, she was personable, professional, and patient. She understood the position I was in and the principle behind it and became my ally. She was knowledgeable and persistent in her efforts to resolve this issue on my behalf, ultimately achieving a positive outcome for me in a short period of time. In addition to the fact that I am delighted with the service she provided, I have great satisfaction knowing that the two businesses involved did not get away with stiffing this consumer. Thank you, Marilyn!
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Posted by anonymous | December 15, 2014
Responsive, Caring, Knowledgeable
Marilyn provided excellent representation for me. She is knowledgeable about the law and the court system, and guided me in a sensitive and sensible manner. In a divorce, emotions can run high and Marilyn remained steady and logical which helped me keep calm and focused. Marilyn is responsive, and as a person who also represents children (as well as divorce litigants) she is especially attuned to the needs of children in divorce. She will think through all of the aspects of your cases - even matters you hadn't considered. On a personal note, she is a genuinely interesting person who is well-traveled, well-read, and who has a great sense of humor. Trust her- she's terrific!
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Posted by Ken | September 30, 2014
Marilyn Fletcher Longwell - Lawyer Review
This a very friendly, efficient, professional firm. They took very good care of my case and I am very satisfied with the outcome. If you're in need of a family lawyer I would definitely recommend Marilyn Longwell. Their guidance was valuable and they helped me undestand the process while going through the entire case.
Posted by Corina | September 29, 2014
Wonderful experience with my Lawyer
I found Mrs. Longwell via Avvo. She is professional, honest, thorough and compassionate Lawyer. I hired her to deal with my divorce. Even thou English is not my first language, she always made sure I understood all about the case. Every meeting was very fruitful . She guided me through this process, giving clear indications of what was needed to make this case successful. From the first meeting I felt welcomed and secure. She has a strong personality and the same time she is kind. I will go back to her if I ever need a Lawyer.
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Posted by Jane | December 13, 2013
Peace of mind
I have had ongoing issues regarding my children due to my divorce 10 years ago, and Marilyn has consistently been there on the side of fairness and what is best for the children, as well as supporting my needs as a client. She has consistently given fair and measured advice, and so has helped me navigate the difficult waters of ongoing litigation. I have and will continue to recommend Marilyn to anyone who needs a good lawyer.
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Posted by ariane | February 15, 2013
A Highly Skilled Attorney
Marilyn Longwell is a trustworthy and highly skilled attorney. She took action to protect me, when it was needed and handled negotiations calmly and wisely. She has an erudite mind and she has very high standards. Throughout the divorce I learned that I could always contact her with problems and questions and I learned that I could always rely on her judgement. Going through divorce is immensely stressful and knowing that I had Marilyn Longwell standing up for my rights took a lot of the stress out of the situation. Marilyn is an amazing judge of character and completely knowledgeable in legal proceedings. She is able to work with people sensitively and sensibly and I would recommend her without any hesitation.
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 250-400 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Principal
  • Marilyn Longwell & Assoc., P.C.
  • 1979 - Present
  • Assistant Legal Advisor
  • Illinois State Board Of Education
  • 1975 - 1979
  • Associate
  • Lawrence L. Kotin, Ltd.
  • 1973 - 1974

Education

  • DePaul University College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1973
  • Muskingum College; The Ohio State University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1965

Associations

  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • DuPage County Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • West Suburban Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Women's Bar Association of Illinois
  • Member
  • N/A
  • West Suburban Bar Association
  • President
  • 2010 - 2010
  • Aids Legal Council of Chicago
  • Board Member
  • 1988 - 1989
  • Attorney General's Advisory Commission on Rights of the Handicapped
  • Member
  • 1988 - 1990
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • Most Honored Professionals
  • American Registry
  • 2016
  • Top 10 Female Family Law Attorneys in Illinois
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2016
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2013
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2012
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2011
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2010
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2009
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Publications

  • Illinois State Bar Association Family Law Newsletter
  • Never Say Never--Just Almost Never: Equitable Defenses to Back Child Support Claims
  • 2016
  • Illinois State Bar Association Family Law Newsletter
  • We Need a Statewide Dialogue on the Use of Attorneys Appointed to Represent Children
  • 2015
  • Illinois State Bar Association Family Law Newsletter
  • The Art of Mentoring
  • 2015
  • Illinois State Bar Association Family Law Newsletter
  • Where have all the Grandmas Gone?
  • 2013
  • Illinois State BarAssociation Family Law Newsletter
  • New Power for Guardians of the Disabled--Filing for Dissolution of Marriage
  • 2013
  • Illinois State Bar Association Family Law Section Newsletter
  • The Supreme Court Weighs in on a Question of Income,”
  • 2012
  • Illinois State Bar Association Family Law Section Newsletter
  • Modest Suggestions on How Not to Mess Up a Divorce Case, Part 2
  • 2012
  • Illinois State Bar Association Family Law Newsletter
  • “Modest Suggestions on How Not to Mess Up a Divorce Case, Part 1,”
  • 2011
  • Illinois State Bar Association Family Law Newsletter
  • Confidentiality Issues for Family Lawyers
  • 2009
  • pamphlet
  • Getting Divorced: What to Expect
  • 1990
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Speaking Engagements

  • Family Law Update, 2015: A French Quarter Festival
  • Removal of Children from Illinois
  • 2015
  • Family Law Update
  • Ethical Dilemmas for Child Representatives
  • 2013
  • Family Law
  • Family Law Seminar Series
  • 2012
  • Continuing Legal Education
  • Parentage pleadings
  • 2012
  • Continuing Legal Education
  • Temporary Relief Motions
  • 2011
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Attorney endorsements

Received (5)
Given (3)
Endorse Marilyn
Divorce and separation Attorney | Feb 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Aug 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly endorse Mrs. Longwell. Very knowledgeable and caring attorney who gets great results in representing clients! I want all people with legal problems to contact her first."
Family Attorney | Aug 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Marilyn is very professional, knowledgeable and has numerous years of experience as an Attorney. I highly endorse Marilyn based on my experiences working with her on Family Law matters."
Family Attorney | Aug 01
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. She is attentive, sensitive, responsive, extremely knowledgable, patient, kind, cares about her clients. She is well respected by her colleagues and the judges."
Family Attorney | Apr 07
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Marilyn is a very experienced and capable advocate who always has her client's best interest in mind."

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Chicago Divorce and separation Lawyer Marilyn Fletcher Longwell
Marilyn Fletcher Longwell
Divorce and separation Attorney
Chicago, IL
Licensed for 49 years
Virtual consultation available