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Patrick Byron Markey

Divorce and separation Attorney at Chicago, IL

4.8   67 reviews

also known as Patrick Markey


Licensed for 20 years

Virtual consultation available

About Patrick

Learn Patrick’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    60%
    Thorough and competent family law attorney dealing with all aspects of divorce, custody, child support, visitation, adoption and pre/post marital agreements.

    21 years

  2. Child custody
    10%

    21 years

  3. Family
    10%

    21 years

  4. Marriage and prenuptials
    10%

    21 years

  5. Uncontested divorce
    10%

    21 years

RESULTS ORIENTED AND RESPONSIVE FAMILY LAW ATTORNEY CALL 312-223-1763 TO DISCUSS CASE

I help clients minimize the destruction of divorce whether it be through the collaborative law model, the court process or mediation. My focus is on complex family law cases and representing professionals and their spouses who value a proactive solution orientated approach to their divorce. Our policy is to provide prompt responses and regular status updates to clients. Keeping the client informed about their cases is the highest priority. We as a firm are accessible when needed. Clients want a speedy resolution to their divorce or family law matter without sacrificing the best possible outcome. I am a strong advocate of the Collaborative Law and mediation dispute resolution methods for their ability to custom-craft solutions, minimize conflict and usually reduce the time of a case. Not only are we experts on family law, but we understand the impact of divorce on children and we help client’s develop co-parenting relationships. Clients deserve to be treated with kindness and empathy during this difficult time. We as a firm represent clients in a professional, ethical manner. The firm uses the latest technology to save time and make the client’s experience easier.

 

 

Licensed for 20 years
State IL
Status Active And Authorized To Practice Law
Acquired 2002
Updated 01/06/2023

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

Contact Patrick

Law Offices of Patrick Markey PC
22 W. Washington St.
Suite 500
Chicago, IL, 60602

Reviews

4.8 / 5.0
  67 customer reviews
Posted by anonymous | December 8, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommend Patrick
I was involved in a messy high conflict divorce case and Patrick was the steady hand and guiding light during the entire process. I thank Patrick for being very knowledgeable, responsive, organized, dedicated, calm, steady, and being a strong advocate during the case. When I felt lost because of the process, Patrick was there to help make sense of things. I also thank his team (Gabby, Jackie) for being responsive, organized, and lending a hand to my case. For those who may need to deal with high conflict personalities, I would highly recommend Patrick for being very effective, steady, and strong in negotiation. In the end, I received the results I was looking for and wouldn't hesitate to recommend Patrick.
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Posted by Henry | August 13, 2017
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Excellent lawyer and counselor
Patrick did a splendid job with my divorce. He is extremely professional, level-headed and focused on a fair and expeditious result. His legal fees, compared to those of the lawyer my wife hired, were fair and reasonable. Patrick and I established a plan and he executed that plan flawlessly. Most importantly, he had to deal with an unpredictable and over-billing opposing counsel and he dis so with grace and professionalism.
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Posted by Tim | March 3, 2021
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Helped me make the best of a poor experience
To start - I consulted Patrick for my divorce and he made me feel comfortable from our first meeting. He made it very clear from our first meeting that the law was on my side, and guess what? It was and turned out exactly like he said it would. And what I mean by that is that the scenario he laid out in our first meeting is exactly how my divorce turned out. I hired Patrick for over 18 months and he and his staff were responsive the whole time. Jackie R. was very calm and kind over the phone, and my dealings with his associates were very professional and accurate. My ex contested many issues with our divorce, mostly including money, and Patrick's dealings with her attorney were forceful but also kind. He made it clear that he was all the way on my side and also the one who was in control of the situation. We went through private mediation with a retired judge who Patrick had a working relationship with and that made me very comfortable during the actual mediation session. It was clear to me that he had been doing this for many years and had relationships with the people making the decisions in these types of cases. Patrick is knowledgeable about the entire process too. I just finished my refinance this week, and Patrick was available for questions I had along the way. He guided me through the whole thing - before I had been served, immediately after I had been served, through the private mediation, and all the way into pre-trial, which is when we ended up settling. I felt like I was guided very well throughout the process. Lastly, the most important thing I think about from my experience is that it really did end up exactly like Patrick said it would. He is very knowledgeable about the law and has the experience to know what to expect, and has the relationships to get you to your destination. I'm sure he'll do a great job for you too.
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Posted by anonymous | November 21, 2019
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Highly Recommend
Patrick helped me deal with an international "custody" and parenting case. The situation was quite complicated dealing with European vs American laws. It was a pretty black and white situation legally, but the US judge wasn't seeing it that way. Patrick started with the same claim from the very beginning, knew the laws better than the 3 judges we had, and in the end, his very first petition that was written for me was essentially what was granted. It unfortunately took us 1.5 years to get a ruling, but that was beyond Patrick's control. He is communicative, values confidentiality, uses modern technology and is prompt with delivering results. I never waited more than 24 hours for anything to post to my file. I never met Patrick in person; we did everything via phone and email and I seriously cannot recommend someone else. I was highly satisfied with his services and the team that works alongside him to make everything happen. The opposing counsel was really trying to "pull some fast ones" or change things around to better her case and Patrick really seemed unphased by the games and just continued to represent me in the best light and himself as well. I think in the end this really helped my case and I also got the verdict I wanted. I receive child support and was not required to relocate. You won't be disappointed with Patrick.
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Posted by Jaime | September 30, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
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Very Happy with Outcome
I was put in contact with Mr Markey via a former employee of his. After meeting him, I made the decision to move forward and have him represent me in my divorce proceeding. In short, I was happy with the long term outlook of the divorce. Altough in the short term I was a bit disappointed, but I understand that there is a little give and take in these matters. But overall, he kept me abreast of the situation, was available whenever I needed to speak or correspond with him and provided excellent representation at the hearing. In short, I would highly recommend Mr Markey as a divorce attorney.
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Posted by Amir | June 19, 2019
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Professional- fair and competitive pricing
He did a great job with my case. Responsive office and did the job in a timely manner.
Posted by Kahina | May 9, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Divorce lawyer that cares
I am recently divorced and while it was done it about 1 year, it was difficult for many reasons. Patrick walked me through the process with patience and checked on me even when he didn’t have to. I was able to walk away without a huge financial debt. Even today, he continues to care even though I have been divorced for nearly 3 months. I’m very happy that I chose Patrick for my lawyer.
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Posted by Angela | February 8, 2019
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Responsive and Knowledgeable Attorney
I hired Patrick to represent me in a contentious divorce. He is extremely knowledgeable about the law and the divorce process in Cook county. He made sure I knew what to expect during each step of the process. In addition to knowing the law and helping me understand my rights, I found Patrick to be empathetic, which I appreciated. I had many questions and concerns. He was easy to get a hold of by phone and email. I would highly recommend Patrick.
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Posted by anonymous | October 2, 2018
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Patrick turned my case around quickly
I found Patrick online after my previous attorney filed an agreement in the court without notifying me, without my consent, and that I felt would draw the case out longer. I had previous misgivings about that attorney because he would often change his explanations about how the case was going to suit his needs. Patrick, to contrast, was very open and upfront about his strategy. He strongly encouraged my participation in the case and required my consent to any agreements. And a small bonus is that his firm uses modern technology to handle documents and file transfers, which helps a great deal when you are dealing with a ton of paperwork. Finally, he responds quickly to questions, and is not just interested in telling you what you want to hear, but what you need to hear. Hopefully, I'll never need his services again but will turn to him if the need arises.
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Posted by anonymous | June 27, 2018
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Awesome Attorney & Person
Calm, patient and measured in his approach, Patrick is everything you need in a divorce attorney. His breadth of knowledge and experience is unparalleled and his communication skills are excellent. He is also backed by an excellent and competent team. During a very difficult time, I was treated with respect and professionalism. If you retain Patrick, you’ll be in the best hands.
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Posted by Benoit | June 14, 2018
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Highly Recommended
Patrick and his Team did a great job at guiding me through the process for a smooth and fair separation. I would recommend to anyone looking for a fair divorce as his approach is always calm and thoughtful.
Posted by Maya | June 13, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Amazing service!
I used Patrick for my Divorce and he was very quick and to the point. His knowledge and amazing service was greatly appreciated. He is sincerely compassionate about his client’s well being. His team was very efficient and updates were sent quickly. All services were handled kindly and with detail. Divorce is a very emotional time and Patrick and his team put the client first...
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Posted by anonymous | June 6, 2018
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Reccomended!
Patrick was easy to set up an appointment with. I only met with him in person once. He was very easy to communicate with and had a good sense of what was needed. I did not want to do a lot of back and forth my husband about the divorce, as we had already decided what we wanted. He was able to move everything along quickly and accurately. Everyone in his office was very helpful, organized, and professional.
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Posted by Chuck Ray | February 15, 2018
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Post-divorce review
Patrick was very approachable and timely with his responses. He was a calming force in a time of disruption - his compassion and humor were instrumental in getting me through a very difficult period. I would recommend him highly as a family lawyer.
Posted by Tanya | December 30, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Patrick will be the perfect lawyer to rely on.
From the outset, in a most difficult situation, Patrick has proven to be a superior lawyer in every sense of the word. As I imagine with most divorces, issues and emotions arise, but I never once questioned Patrick's advice or work, even when his words were not necessarily what I wanted to hear. In every situation he stood behind his words and always followed up with me to make sure I understood what was happening and why. Patrick was one person who could put me at ease in my most difficult time and vulnerability. In a terribly difficult part of my life, I was able to trust Patrick with my future, and trust that his dedication and empathy were genuine; he never proved otherwise. Patrick comes with my absolute highest recommendation for anyone looking for a trustworthy and most dedicated lawyer.
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Posted by anonymous | December 26, 2017
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Legal Representation for Divorce
As anyone can imagine, a divorce can be scary, debilitating, financially draining and an extremely difficult time. While I knew I had to get divorced, the mechanics of putting emotions aside and protecting my interests, and those of my children, are not as easily focused on at times. Patrick did an outstanding job of not only working with me when my concerns were simply emotional, letting me vent - then talking me down, as well as doing an outstanding job of focusing on my legal needs now - and in the future. You can often have feelings that may want you to act in a way that, in the now, seems a good idea - but 5 years from now, would not be in your best interests. Patrick kept me focused, navigated some changing laws that would help me in the future - but also kept me focused on protecting the interests of my children. His engagement with my ex-wife's counsel was outstanding, and while difficult, insulated me as much as possible. His command of the law and legal needs was outstanding, and honestly - I was terrified of getting cleaned out, but Patrick helped me negotiate a deal that allowed me to move on and keep peace of mind. He was always available, extremely conscious of billing time and hourly rate, which can get expensive and made me feel, given the situation, that this would be handled in the best way possible. This could have gone multiple ways, but Patrick helped me get - in my mind - through a situation that could have been much, much worse.
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Posted by Max | December 19, 2016
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Attorney
During my divorce, I was exposed to four sets of attorneys on both sides of the case. Patrick Markey was by far the most competent, most alert, and most knowledgeable on all aspects of the case and the law. He steered through the final stages of the divorce with a steady hand, always knowing how to react and when. If you are unfortunate enough to experience an inevitable divorce, then I would highly recommend Patrick Markey as your counsel.
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Posted by anonymous | February 18, 2016
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Top Notch Attorney
Patrick handled my complicated international removal case very well. As a fellow attorney, my expectations were very high. However, Patrick and his team definitely met the mark. From his co-counsel Gabriela, to his administrative team, I received excellent support throughout my case. He is one of the most responsive attorneys I've ever worked with and always kept me in the know regarding my case. He was very pragmatic while being a strong advocate on my behalf at the same time. I don't think we could have selected a better attorney to represent us in this matter and I would highly recommend him to anyone seeking counsel for a family law/divorce related matter. Patrick is an attorney that you can trust to get the job done and get it done well!
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Posted by Sobia | February 1, 2016
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A five star for sure!
Patrick took over my case in the middle. From the point he took over, I've not had to worry about anything. Devoted and sincere to his cases and clients. He stood by me as a lawyer and a guide( mentor). His team is equally friendly and devoted. I would strongly recommend him. Battling divorce and my rights away from family and new to the country wasn't easy, but Patrick stood with me all the way and did the best to ensure that I was made aware of my rights and not exploited. Highly recommended.
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Posted by LM | November 10, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Efficient, professional and caring
Patrick handled every aspect of my divorce calmly and effectively. He explained everything clearly and clarified all my options. When necessary, he went the extra mile to look after my best interests. Patrick's staff was also always helpful, efficient, and pleasant to work with.
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 250-395 per hour
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Associate Attorney
  • Nottage & Ward
  • 2004 - 2006
  • Associate
  • KSD Law
  • 2002 - 2004

Education

  • Chicago-Kent College of Law Illinois Institute of Technology
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2002
  • University of Minnesota
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1997

Associations

  • Circuit Court of Cook County
  • Court-Certified Mediator
  • 2014 - Present
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Judicial Evaluation Committee
  • 2012 - Present
  • Collaborative Law Institute of Illinois
  • Fellow
  • 2009 - Present
  • International Academy of Collaborative Professionals
  • Fellow
  • 2009 - Present
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • 2002 - Present
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • 2002 - Present
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Nominating Committee
  • 2012 - 2012
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Special Projects Coordinator-YLS
  • 2010 - 2012
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • YLS Co-editor CBA Record
  • 2007 - 2010
  • Chicago Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section
  • Former Co-Chair Family Law Committee
  • 2007 - 2008
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2020
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2015
  • Milton H. Gray Award for Outstanding Project Leadership
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • 2012
  • CALI Award-Conflicts of Law
  • Chicago-Kent College of Law
  • 2002
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Publications

  • Chicago Daily Law Bulletin
  • Starting a Solo Law Practice
  • 2011
  • Chicago Bar Record
  • Book Review of How to Start a Law Practice
  • 2009
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Speaking Engagements

  • Basic Skills for the New Attorney
  • Practice Management Essentials for New Lawyers
  • 2011
  • Adler School of Psychology
  • Divorce Law for Mental Health Professionals
  • 2011
  • "Law at the Library"
  • "Child Support"
  • 2011
  • YLS Family Law Committee
  • Family Law Dissipation
  • 2010
  • Chicago Bar Association-CLE Moderator
  • Trial Issues in Domestic Relations
  • 2010
  • Adler School of Professional Psychology
  • Divorce Law
  • 2010
  • How to Enter Solo Practice
  • How to Enter Solo Practice
  • 2009
  • Family Law Primer
  • Family Law Primer
  • 2009
  • CBA/Chicago Public Library Law at the Library
  • Child Support in Illinois
  • 2009
  • Adler School of Psychology
  • Family Law Primer
  • 2009
  • Nuts and Bolts of Appealing Domestic Relations Cases
  • Domestic Relations Appeals-Moderator
  • 2008
  • Marriage Law 101
  • Marriage Law 101
  • 2008
  • Law at the Library-Child Support
  • Child Support
  • 2008
  • Collaborative Law: Helping Families Divorce with Respect, Confidentiality and Focus on Real Family Needs
  • Collaborative Law-Moderator
  • 2008
  • Adler School of Psychology
  • Family Law Primer
  • 2008
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Attorney endorsements

Received (20)
Given (16)
Endorse Patrick
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jul 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Patrick has been a great mentor. He is a person of integrity, a zealous advocate for his clients, and an experienced litigator."
Family Attorney | Feb 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work & would hire this attorney if I needed a family attorney. He knows what he's doing, has important contacts in the community, and is still working when other attorneys have long since gone home."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Aug 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Markey is a leader in the field of divorce lawyers. His down-to-earth, practical approach is respected by his peers and appreciated by his clients. I endorse him without hesitation."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Apr 06
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Patrick Markey is an outstanding family law attorney. I have worked with Patrick on several Collaborative divorces and he always maintains a very professional demeanor, while diligently and assertively representing his client's interests in a manner that preserves the relationship between the couple. Patrick's ability to solve problems creatively and cooperatively are an asset to his client and the Collaborative process."
Family Attorney | Jan 11
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Patrick was very professional, timely, and a strong advocate for his client."
Family Attorney | Aug 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly endorse Mr. Markey. Truly exceptional and caring attorney who gets great results in representing clients! I want all people with legal problems to contact him first."
Family Attorney | Nov 11
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Patrick is intelligent and tireless in advocating for his clients. His depth of knowledge and work ethic is exceptional. Patrick is a true professional, and I highly endorse him."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Mar 31
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Patrick is a zealous advocate for his clients."
Family Attorney | Feb 12
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Patrick was opposing counsel in a Collaborative case that we recently completed. I appreciated his ability come up with creative solutions when clients seemed to be at an impasse. He was always timely in his response which indicates to me dedication and integrity."
Family Attorney | Aug 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Patrick is an excellent family law attorney: diligent, considerate, empathetic, strategic and solution-oriented. Some attorneys get caught up in the battle of litigation and lose sight of the client's need for a speedy, reasonably-priced resolution to their family matter. Not Patrick: he remains cognizant of a family's financial needs and always looks for a reasonable, fair resolution with opposing counsel. He is particularly good at staying in touch with his clients so that every document he received is shared with his clients on almost the same day -- a relatively rare record of responsibility. I enthusiastically recommend him."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jul 31
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Patrick is professional and knowledgeable. He is ethical and a helpful colleague who will share his thoughts and experience with others."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jul 25
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Patrick Markey is a seasoned practitioner who knows the law, and is well-respected among his peers . I give Patrick all five stars."
Family Attorney | Jul 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Patrick for over a decade and know him to be very good at what he does but to do so with great compassion. I would not hesitate to send any of my friends or family to him if the ever need a family law attorney."
Family Attorney | Feb 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Patrick Markey is a very knowledgable attorney and I would highly recommend him for family law matters."
Family Attorney | Dec 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I met Patrick Markey through the Chicago Bar Association and our mutual involvement in the collaborative divorce community. He is a well-respected lawyer as well as a kind and decent person. I truly appreciate the time and wisdom that he has shared with me."
Unknown Attorney | Dec 11
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Oct 14
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Patrick Markey addresses every case with composure, confidence and commitment. I have worked with Patrick on a Collaborative Divorce case and I as well as other practitioners in my firm have referred him several cases over the years. Each client referred to Patrick reports to me that he did an excellent job. It is always a pleasure to work with Patrick. I trust Patrick and his Judgment as should his fortunate clients."
Family Attorney | Aug 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Patrick Markey is an outstanding attorney. Since his start as an associate at a leading family law firm in Chicago, Patrick has set a high standard for both professionalism and ethics. In his own practice, Patrick works tirelessly for his clients, and will guide them through every step of their case. He has shown a passion for advocacy, and always gets results for his clients. I offer my highest recommendation for Patrick Markey."
Family Attorney | Jan 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"You're in safe hands with Mr. Markey. He is a Lawyer's Lawyer!"
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jul 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have referred several of my clients to Patrick for divorce / custody issues. All of them have been very happy with his work and response time. Patrick is very professional and personable - I wouldn't hesitate to refer him for any family law-related matter."
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