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Sheryl Rae Ghezzi developed her early experience as a trial attorney into a private boutique practice that concentrates on complex financial, family law and child custody litigation. Ms Ghezzi has 32 years of legal knowledge and experience addressing the unique issues involved in divorce, valuation and division of property, parenting responsiblity (formerly referred to as child custody), child support, spousal maintenance, children's educational expenses, paternity, prenuptial planning and estate planning directives. Representation of clients with valuation and division of professional practices and closely held corporations is complimented by her extensive knowledge of real estate.

Ms. Ghezzi has lectured, locally and nationally, in the areas of legal ethics, civility and professionalism, child custody, and family law, for the National Business Institute, Illinois State Bar Association and Chicago Bar Association. Practice areas also include child visitation, post decree Judgment enforcement, college expense enforcement, spousal maintenance modification, child support modifcation, and civil union agreements.  She has a wide range of knowledge in general practice issues. Representative clients include physicians, lawyers, entrepreneurs, corporate executives, business owners, clergy members, home-makers, teachers and union members, as well as their spouses.  

Ms. Ghezzi supports her clients as they go through the process of transitioning their lives.  She promotes a cooperative strategy to alleviate the emotional stresses inherent in family law issues. Her practice extends across Cook, Lake, Du Page, Will, McHenry, Kane and Kendall counties.

 The Law Offices of Sheryl Rae Ghezzi has offices in Lincolnwood, Chicago and Crystal Lake, Illinois (by appointment only).  



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Practice areas


  1. Divorce: 50%
  2. Child Custody: 30%
  3. Family: 10%
    31 years
  4. Alimony: 5%
  5. Prenuptials: 5%



Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (always)

Payment types:

Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

6 total 

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  • Agnes Zielinski Olechno

    I have worked with Sheryl closely on many family law cases and she is a very intelligent and ethical attorney. She cares about her clients, works hard to get them results and is well respected by the judges and attorneys who have worked with her.


    Agnes Zielinski Olechno Family Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • James Anthony Palmisano

    I endorse this lawyer. Sheryl is a fine attorney who is extremely knowledeable in the area of family law. Five Stars!


    James Palmisano Divorce and separation Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

Contact info

Sheryl Rae Ghezzi

Focus Forward Family Law
4433 West Touhy Suite 404
Lincolnwood, IL, 60712


ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law198405/11/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top Ten Family Law Attorneys in IllinoisNational Academy Of Family Law Attorneys2016
America's Most Honored ProfessionalsAmerican Registry2016
Illinois Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2016
America's Most Honored ProfessionalsAmerican Registry2015
Top Ten Family Law Attorneys in IllinoisNational Academy Of Family Law Attorneys2015
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2015
Who's Who in AmericaWho's Who2015
Super LawyerSuper Lawyer Magazine2013
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2012
Who's Who in American WomenWho's Who in American Women2010
Who's Who in American LawyersWho's Who Legal2010
Academic AchievementBureau of National Affairs1984
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
FounderFocus Forward Family Law2011 - Present
PrincipalLaw Offices of Sheryl Rae Ghezzi1986 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Bar AssociationMember2016 - Present
Cranbrook Kingswood Alumni AssociationMember2012 - Present
Forensic ForumMember2012 - Present
Executive Women's Golf AssociationMember2008 - Present
Cook County Domestic Relations DivisionCourt Facilitator2002 - Present
Cook County Illinois Domestic Relations DivisionChildren's Representative1992 - Present
Illinois State Bar AssociationMember1990 - Present
Chicago Bar AssociationMember1982 - Present
Lake Forest College Alumni Board of DirectorsBoard Member2008 - 2012
Lincolnwood Human Relation CommissionCommissioner2003 - 2009
Illinois State Bar AssociationMilitary Affairs Committee2002 - 2008
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
John Marshall Law School, ChicagoLawJD - Juris Doctor1984
Lake Forest CollegePolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1977
Cranbrook SchoolsN/AN/A1973
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
TeleconferenceLegal Ethics of Email2014
Oak Brook, Illinois March 2013Divorce Litigation from Start to Finish2013
National Teleconference May 2013Civility and Professionalism2013
National Teleconference November 2012The Ethics of Email 20122012
National Teleconference February 2012The Ethics of Email2012
National Teleconference May 2012Civility and Professionalism2012
Divorce Litigation: From Start to FinishCommencing Divorce Action2011
Preventing Critical Financial Mistakes in DivorceNew Supreme Court Rules Overview2010
A Roadmap Through Divorce ProceedingsBaby on Board: Handling Child Custody, Visitation and Support Issues2009
Preventing Critical Financial Issues During DivorcesEthical Considerations2008
Military Issues in Family LawMilitary Divorce Issues2006
Handling Illinois Divorces from Start to FinishChild Custody Issues2004