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Jan R. Kowalski

Divorce and separation Attorney at Chicago, IL

4.9   8 reviews
  • Licensed for 16 years
    State IL
    Acquired 2007
    Not Authorized To Practice Law Due To Discipline Lawyer disciplined by state licensing authority in 2023

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2023. See details

About Jan

Learn Jan’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    There are many complex issues to resolve when a relationship is changing. Having this experienced attorney help you sort through these matters is the best first step towards peace and resolution.

    17 years

  2. Real estate
    Fortune smiles on people who make proper real estate investments, but there also are many legal issues to address when you are buying, selling, leasing or renting properties.

  3. Appeals
    If you have been denied benefits, ruled against in a lawsuit, or have other areas that could be improved by making an appeal, our work is dedicated to helping you attain the positive outcome you desire through an appeal.

    17 years

Seasoned litigator and compassionate parent.  I combine traditional litigation style with collaborative law mediation emphasis to create a winning combination for clients.  This saves clients time, money and aggravation and is more likely to lead to a positive result in terms of time and money.  I offer installment payment plans to make the process affordable and less stressful. 

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Jan Kowalski
1918 West Cermak Road
Chicago, IL, 60608

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4.9 / 5.0
  8 customer reviews
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Posted by Steve | August 18, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly, highly recommended !!!
I can't possibly recommend Jan highly enough. I have had experience with other family law attorneys, and no one has taken the time to listen, and to make sure that I understand both what is possible and what is in my best interest. I did not expect a divorce lawyer to care as much about all of the personal aspects that surround a divorce. Jan understands the law and cares about people. That's an unusual combination in a lawyer!
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Posted by Russell | June 12, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Jan I cannot thank you enough for your excellent service. God bless You! Thank you again.
My Attorney has helped me gain visitation rights and partial custody of my two daughters.
Posted by Jorge Sanchez | November 7, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Real estate work
Jan is a great lawyer. I seen her sign as I was driving and I made a quick stop. I had an issue with a condo association and she handle it great. Her price was very reasonable. She will fight for your rights...
Posted by John | August 28, 2015
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Jan Kowalski
Jan was very informative and took the time to listen to all that I had to say. She provided good advice and clearly was interested in the best resolution for me (not just billing hours). It was a pleasure working with Jan and would be very comfortable working with her again.
Posted by anonymous | April 3, 2015
Highly recommended attorney
I was fortunate to come by Jan Kowalski at the outset of my divorce. Jan's professionalism, empathy, and trustworthiness were reassuring throughout the most difficult chapter of my life. I was comforted by her honesty, integrity and steadfast commitment to my case. Jan aggressively defended my interests, and I was constantly impressed by her understanding of divorce law. Throughout my divorce, I had absolute confidence in her abilities. I highly recommend Jan.
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Posted by Peggy | July 17, 2013
Quick-witted, trustworthy and genuine
I hired Jan to represent me in a horrific post-decree case that another lawyer botched in domestic relations court. We have won virtually every motion of significance and are finally headed (cross my fingers) toward a resolution. I have spent a lot of time with Jan -- in court, in her office and on the phone. She is smart, very easy to talk to and above all trustworthy. She's quick-witted and persuasive in court and has never once come unprepared (unusual in my experience). She'll tell you what she thinks, legally speaking, but she won't try to force a bad settlement down your throat. She's surprisingly honest. I say "surprisingly" because I have been disgusted by and afraid of the other divorce lawyers I met and hired, both when I got divorced years ago and now in this post-decree case. I would have given up if I hadn't found Jan. I actually think she is as determined as I am to resolve my case fairly, even if I can't pay her a fortune. I hired Jan because she had good experience working for a big-time divorce firm, with famous clients. She hasn't disappointed me in that respect. But over time, it's her character that I have come to appreciate most. I am not someone who writes online reviews, by the way -- just wanted to get the information out there for someone else who has a problem and may not know where to turn.
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Posted by judi | July 17, 2013
Jan's the best! She's tough. She tells it like it is. She stuck with me though I can't afford to pay her.
Jan represented me in securing 2 Orders of Protection against my stalking husband. Now, she's representing me on my Petition for Maintenance. She's great at explaining to me what's going on in real words that make sense - not some fancy lawyer talk I don't understand. She always - and I mean always - returns my calls - if not within a few minutes then definitely that morning or afternoon. She has stuck with me even though I can't afford to pay her. She's trying to get my ex to pay her fees. I trust her.
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Posted by Brittany | August 26, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Jan was referred to me by my brother. She has helped him in his divorce. Jan has been with me every step of this long process. Jan not only helped me but those that I have referred to her have been satisfied and happy with the results. My divorce I hope to be finished with this year but so far I'm satisfied with the results I've been getting. I just think the judge isn't as fair by abiding by the guidelines of the law under bidding my case but overall I'll live. Jan is the one of you want a lawyer that will give good results and won't take you to the cleaners.
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  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 50-300 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 1.0 (Extreme Caution)

Professional misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2023.

Disbarment issued in IL, 2023
updated on 11/17/2023

This is the most serious penalty for a lawyer. If this attorney is currently practicing law, you should contact the Illinois State Bar to understand the reasons for this disbarment.

Interim suspension issued in IL, 2021
updated on 01/28/2022

Interim suspension means an attorney lost his or her license to practice during a disciplinary investigation. The suspension typically expires when the investigation is resolved.

Work Experience

  • Principal
  • Jan Kowalski
  • 2013 - Present


  • John Marshall Law School, Chicago
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1992
  • University of Illinois
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1987

Sample of Legal Cases

  • In re Marriage of Lederer
  • affirmed and reversed
  • FirstMerit v. Bridgeview
  • pending
  • In re Marriage of Vivirito
  • Affirmed
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  • Appellate Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • DuPage County Bar Association, Family Law and Practice Committee
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Advocates Society (Chicago)
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Best Mother Award
  • Stella
  • 2005


  • pending publication
  • Divorce Chicago-Style
  • 2013
  • Illinois State Bar Association Family Law Newsletter
  • Districts Diverge on Final and Appealable Orders
  • 2012
  • Illinois State Bar Association Family Law Newsletter
  • Districts Diverge on Life Insurance as Security for Maintenance
  • 2009
  • Chicago Daily Law Bulletin
  • Lozada Holds that State Child Support Obligations May Not Be Satisfied from Federal SSI (Supplemental Security Income) Benefits
  • 2003
  • Chicago Daily Law Bulletin
  • Child Representative May be Called to Testify
  • 2003
  • Chicago Daily Law Bulletin
  • Illinois Appellate Courts Wrestle with 505(a)(3)(h); the Gay-Posey Enigma
  • 2002
  • Chicago Daily Law Bulletin
  • Webcrawling for Matrimonial Law Attorneys
  • 2000
  • Chicago Daily Law Bulletin
  • Apportioning Frequent Flyer Miles in Dissolution Actions
  • 1998
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Speaking Engagements

  • Northern Trust Bank
  • Domestic Relations Presentation
  • 2013

Attorney endorsements

Received (6)
Given (3)
Endorse Jan
Family Attorney | Oct 18
Relationship: Co-worker
"Jan is a passionate advocate for her clients."
Family Attorney | Aug 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly endorse Mrs. Kowalski. Very knowledgeable and caring attorney who gets great results in representing clients. Keep up a great work!"
Child custody Attorney | Jun 24
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer. She is well respected among her peers."
Unknown Attorney | May 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Nov 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I've known Jan for at least 5 years. Jan is a responsible attorney who knows her practice area well. She works hard to get the best possible results for her clients."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Sep 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Jan since law school. She is smart, capable, and an excellent legal drafter and practitioner."
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Chicago Divorce and separation Lawyer Jan R. Kowalski
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Divorce and separation Attorney
Chicago, IL
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This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2023. See details