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Sheryl Rae Ghezzi

Child custody Attorney at Lincolnwood, IL

4.8   34 reviews
  • Licensed for 39 years
    State IL
    Acquired 1984
    Status
    Active and Authorized to Practice Law No misconduct found

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

About Sheryl

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HIGHLY KNOWLEDGEABLE AND EXPERIENCED ATTORNEY. FOR SUCCESSFUL SOLUTIONS IN FAMILY LAW CALL 847-440-3806

I offer clients an extensive range of knowledge and experience in complex financial, parenting allocation (formerly known as custody) and property distribution family law cases.  If you have unique issues that the process of divorce may involve, such as valuation and division of property including closely held corporations and professional practices, parenting responsiblity, child and spousal support, children's educational expenses, paternity, prenuptial planning and estate planning directives, consider a consultation. Practice areas also include child visitation, post decree Judgment enforcement, college expense enforcement, spousal maintenance modification, child support modifcation, and civil union agreements. Past clients have included physicians, lawyers, entrepreneurs, corporate executives, scientists, business owners, clergy members, home-makers, teachers and union members, as well as their spouses.

I have 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. 

Good communication and a hands on approach to each case is a priority when assisting my clients as they go through the process of transitioning their lives.  Although I can aggressively litigate, I promote a cooperative strategy to alleviate the emotional stresses inherent in family law issues when it best benefits my client. 

My offices have the convenient location of Lincolnwood, Illinois a few blocks east of I94 at Touhy Avenue.   

 

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Location

Law Offices of Sheryl Rae Ghezzi
4433 W. Touhy Ave
Suite 404
Lincolnwood, IL, 60712

Reviews

4.8 / 5.0
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Posted by Paul | September 26, 2012
A Super "Super Lawyer"
I recommend Sheryl Ghezzi to anyone who is seeking a knowledgeable attorney who has the experience to handle high conflict between people who are divorcing. Her skills are only exceeded by her compassion. Sheryl was able to negotiate a settlement that was fair for my family concerns and helped me to understand why the divorce took twists and turns. She communicated with me frequently and was always available to answer any question that I had concerning the divorce and her fees. I highly recommend her to anyone who is looking for quality and good results as opposed to a "bargain".
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Posted by Bonnie | September 26, 2012
Honorable, Experienced and Aggressive Litigator
Sheryl Rae Ghezzi was referred to me by my employer and was my lawyer in a contested custody divorce. I was worried for my children and she spent time explaining the complicated process of child custody and the courts. She not only was well informed but was able to present me with various scenarios to give me choices with my own life. Always available (she even returns calls at night and on weekends and once when she was on vacation) Sheryl compassionately helped steer me in the right directions. I highly recommend her services.
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Posted by Chelsea | April 3, 2023
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Tenacious and Understanding
I am more than happy to write a 5-star review for Attorney Sheryl Rae Ghezzi. She is an incredibly skilled lawyer who helped me tremendously with a complicated case, and I cannot recommend her highly enough. From the moment I met Attorney Ghezzi, I was struck by her professionalism, expertise, and dedication to her clients. She took the time to listen to my concerns and questions, and she was always available to discuss the details of my case. Throughout the legal process, Attorney Ghezzi was proactive, detail-oriented, and tenacious. She worked tirelessly to ensure that my rights were protected and that I received the best possible outcome in my case. I cannot overstate how grateful I am for Attorney Ghezzi's help and support. Her expertise and guidance gave me peace of mind during a difficult time, and her dedication to my case was truly inspiring. If you are looking for an attorney who is compassionate, knowledgeable, and effective, I wholeheartedly recommend Attorney Sheryl Rae Ghezzi. She is a true professional and a credit to her profession.
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Posted by Jacaro | June 24, 2019
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The Best Around
As the title explains, Sheryl Rae Ghezzi is the best around. When I was looking for a lawyer to represent me in my divorce, many lawyers that I contacted immediately began to discuss money. None gave me any advice, nor did any respond when I emailed or called them for help in this matter. Ms. Ghezzi contacted me without hesitation. She was very professional and made time to meet. She explained what my options were even if I didn't hire her. For those of us that are divorced or currently are going through one, we can all agree divorces can be a very hard and daunting life decision, but with the help of Ms. Ghezzi this action didn't feel hopeless. The quality services that I received weren't lackluster. I found out why she is a super lawyer. The way she kept me well informed and fought on my behalf was extraordinary. The level of services rendered felt like my case was the only case that was given her full attention. While I do know that she was working on other cases, her energy and diligence seemed effortless. I can't say enough about how she helped me get a fresh started on life. I recommend her %100 to anyone that needs not just a lawyer, but a top tier lawyer. In the future if I need a lawyer again, she's definitely will be the one call.
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Posted by Danielle | November 14, 2017
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Expertise Highly Recommend
Sheryl is an above and beyond experienced attorney who can handle the most difficult cases with her personable warmth. She is knowledgeable, strategic and professional keeping her client's best interest in mind. I highly recommend her for family law matters.
Posted by John | November 13, 2017
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Excellent Attorney!!!!!!!
Sheryl is a remarkable Lawyer,took time to listen to my needs and put my childrens needs in front of everything else.Great knowledge of the laws and different outlets for family needs.Sheryl is confident and professional in all aspects of the law.I was so happy with Sheryl I recommended her for my daughters divorce.
Posted by anonymous | November 12, 2017
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Best Attorney
Sheryl has been a wonderful attorney and has been there day or night to get me though the obstacles and storms of a divorce along with my family, friends and co-workers. She has many years of legal knowledge and has other attorneys on her team. She has kept me focused on brighter days ahead. I couldn't have found a better attorney that does care about how I'm doing.
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Posted by Madelon | November 11, 2017
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Just what I needed
Sheryl was tough in all the right places and soft in all the right places in working through my divorce process which went on for several years. She told me the hard truths in a way that always had my best interests at heart and I could trust her to be honest and clear. She wrked with me to work through tricky issues. She gave me outside resources when i needed them. When things took longer than expected she stuck with it and was reasonable about expenses. Thank you, Sheryl! I know I can come to you when I need you in the future.
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Posted by anonymous | November 11, 2017
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Highly Recommended
I was very grateful to work with Sheryl through the divorce process. She was compassionate and took the time to understand my individual situation and my priorities. She was also very knowledgeable and was very tough in fighting for my interests, and I was very satisfied with the outcome of our settlement. Would definitely recommend.
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Posted by Tish | November 10, 2017
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Experience and Knowledge Pays
Sheryl helped me cope during a very difficult time while deftly guiding me through the divorce process. She answered my many questions, explored all angles to obstacles and provided me options for the best outcome. She gave me useful, practical advice on dealing with my ex and her strategies helped me get what I wanted. She's transparent in all her dealings, no hidden charges or agendas. I've recommended her to friends and will continue to do so. Her knowledge and experience are worth every penny.
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Posted by Elbe | November 9, 2017
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Best team on the planet
Ms. Ghezzi is a caring and patient uber professional. She has an outstanding work ethic and kept us informed, focused and reassured each step of the way. Our family estate was in peril during an unprecedented law suit we were facing. Ms. Ghezzi and co-counsel Steven Russo were the perfect team who achieved a very satisfying outcome. Their total immersion in this case was astounding.... so look no further if what you know you deserve is the absolute best for your or your family's hard earned money. Our family is truly blessed and ever grateful.
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Posted by Jerry Jovero | October 25, 2017
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A Shining light in one of the most difficult periods of my life.
These past 11 months have been a roller coaster of emotions. In regards to child custody, I could not have imagined going thru it without the guidance, direction, support, care and patience that Sheryl provided me and family. She has gone above and beyond me and my family's expectations for navigating thru these tough times. She personally handled everything from beginning to the end. No going thru assistants, phone tag. She has always been personal and available. She kept me focused on looking forward and not back and I think that was crucial. Her expertise in this field is second to none as evidence by successfully upholding my rights as a father. I always felt that Sheryl was consistent in looking after the rights and well being of my son, me, and family. She never wavered from what she and I felt was right. She provided us with piece of mind every trying step of the way. Based on her years of experience and analysis of the situation, everything unfolded as well as we could have hoped and so much more. Best of all, Sheryl continually reinforces doing what's best for the child above all. I could not have asked for anything more. Words on a review could not completely explain how grateful I am for the guidance and support of Sheryl. I can honestly say she helped me like any member of my family has. I trust her and I consider her a part my family as well. She is a shining light in one of the most difficult periods of my life. Thank you Sheryl.
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Posted by Tania | April 1, 2016
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Smart lawyer
Sheryl was referred to me by a mutual friend and I am so glad to have found her. She proved to be fair, kind and aggressive. She is smart and has an uncanny sense of understanding motivations and strategy. I couldn’t be more pleased with the service I got from Ms. Ghezzi.
Posted by Patrick | July 15, 2015
First Class
Sheryl fortunately for me accepted my case in 2014 after I fired my first attorney. I have been very lucky to find an attorney who was so compassionate , encouraging, experienced, and honest during these trying times. Sheryl was always very open and honest with me from day one which was very important to me and I believe I needed this. She had very realistic expectations which were hard for me to accept but in the end she was always right. Too many attorney's out there that will tell you what you want to hear so they can get your money. Sheryl was the first attorney that was honest with me. That being said, just because Sheryl was realistic with me doesn't mean that she didn't get results. I was very satisfied at the conclusion of my case and I wish I had only hired Sheryl at the beginning!
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Posted by Robin | July 14, 2015
Out standing
I have used Sherly in the past so when the ball dropped on my family member Sherly was the first person I called. She is a good listener and gives very helpful advise.
Posted by anonymous | July 13, 2015
Professional
Ms.Ghezzi has truly worked hard to manage my case. She takes time to research new laws and current topics in order to be her absolute best in court and to her clients. Her care and concern for the children in her cases surpasses anything I could have imagined. I would not feel confident without her representation. I have recommended her and will continue to do so.
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Posted by mike | July 13, 2015
mikem
Sheryl was a great lawyer for me. She has helped me with my kids and my ex-wife tremendously, she has done a tremendous job for me when I thought there was no hope on salvaging me relationships with them. I would highly recommend her.
Posted by anonymous | June 21, 2015
Outstanding attorney
Sheryl Rae Ghezzi is truly an exceptional attorney. She is caring and compassionate, highly knowledgeable and a very strong advocate for her clients. I was impressed with her meticulous attention to detail, and the fact that she carried out the necessary tasks in a very efficient and cost-effective manner. She truly cares about her clients. She always responded to my calls, emails and texts very quickly and helped me through a difficult period, guiding me through every step. Her work is always commendable and reflects her high standards. Her professionalism is exemplary. I will not hesitate to recommend Sheryl to anyone seeking legal representation.
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Posted by Connie | June 17, 2015
Sheryl, Our family counsel
My family was in a horrible position. Sheryl's expertise, compassion and professionalism had gotten us through our most difficult times. Sheryl was always just a text, email or phone call away. Always available, anytime with any question or concern. I felt as though she always had our best intrest at heart, and cared about me and my family as more then just a client. She is someone that I hold in the highest regard, and I thank her for what she has done, and given my family.
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Posted by Elisabeth | May 21, 2015
Elisabeth
I come from a family of 8 Lawyers, but the only one I always want is Sheryl. She is intelligent, meticulous and is a very warm caring person. Sheryl dispels all the bad myths about Lawyers. What I like best about Sheryl is her strong moral character and winning personality. Sheryl exudes confidence, so with her on my side I am optimistic about the outcome. Mrs. G/
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Cost

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

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Principal
  • Law Offices of Sheryl Rae Ghezzi
  • 1986 - Present

Education

  • John Marshall Law School, Chicago
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1984
  • Lake Forest College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1977
  • Cranbrook Schools
  • 1973

Associations

  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • Cranbrook Kingswood Alumni Association
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Cook County Domestic Relations Division
  • Court Facilitator
  • 2002 - Present
  • Cook County Illinois Domestic Relations Division
  • Children's Representative
  • 1992 - Present
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1990 - Present
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1982 - Present
  • Lincolnwood Human Relations Commission
  • Commissioner
  • 2018 - 2021
  • Forensic Forum
  • Member
  • 2012 - 2018
  • Executive Women's Golf Association
  • Member
  • 2008 - 2020
  • Lake Forest College Alumni Board of Directors
  • Board Member
  • 2008 - 2012
  • Lincolnwood Human Relation Commission
  • Commissioner
  • 2003 - 2009
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Military Affairs Committee
  • 2002 - 2008
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • Illinois Super Lawyer Magazine
  • 2023
  • Illinois Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2022
  • Illinois Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2021
  • Illinois Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2020
  • Illinois Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2019
  • Illinois Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2018
  • Illinois Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2017
  • Top Ten Family Law Attorneys in Illinois
  • National Academy Of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2016
  • America's Most Honored Professionals
  • American Registry
  • 2015
  • Illinois Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2015
  • Top Ten Family Law Attorneys in Illinois
  • National Academy Of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2015
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2015
  • Who's Who in America
  • Who's Who
  • 2015
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyer Magazine
  • 2013
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2012
  • Who's Who in American Lawyers
  • Who's Who Legal
  • 2010
  • Who's Who in American Women
  • Who's Who in American Women
  • 2010
  • Academic Achievement
  • Bureau of National Affairs
  • 1984
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Speaking Engagements

  • Teleconference
  • Legal Ethics of Email
  • 2014
  • Oak Brook, Illinois March 2013
  • Divorce Litigation from Start to Finish
  • 2013
  • National Teleconference May 2013
  • Civility and Professionalism
  • 2013
  • National Teleconference November 2012
  • The Ethics of Email 2012
  • 2012
  • National Teleconference May 2012
  • Civility and Professionalism
  • 2012
  • Divorce Litigation: From Start to Finish
  • Commencing Divorce Action
  • 2011
  • Preventing Critical Financial Mistakes in Divorce
  • New Supreme Court Rules Overview
  • 2010
  • A Roadmap Through Divorce Proceedings
  • Baby on Board: Handling Child Custody, Visitation and Support Issues
  • 2009
  • Preventing Critical Financial Issues During Divorces
  • Ethical Considerations
  • 2008
  • Military Issues in Family Law
  • Military Divorce Issues
  • 2006
  • Handling Illinois Divorces from Start to Finish
  • Child Custody Issues
  • 2004
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Attorney endorsements

Received (6)
Given (5)
Endorse Sheryl
Family Attorney | Nov 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"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."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Sep 15
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Sheryl is a fine attorney who is extremely knowledeable in the area of family law. Five Stars!"
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jan 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Sheryl is a consummate professional. She provides thorough, thoughtful and effective representation. Her ethical standards are of the highest caliber. Sheryl does not use a 'cookie cutter' approach - she gives each of her clients the benefits of her considered judgment and helps them tailor the optimal outcome for their circumstances. It is a pleasure to endorse her."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jan 24
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Sheryl combines and incredibly sharp mind and strategic capability with a refined sense of morality and common sense. As a result, she is able to find solutions that are mutually amicable where others may not. This serves her clients well, especially in the contentious area of divorce law where normally "take no prisoners" is the norm. I would recommend Sheryl to anyone who is considering or going through a divorce."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Aug 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I'm endorsing Sheryl because she brings her experience of the divorce process, especially its effects on children, to the table when she advises her clients. Not only does she protect her client's short term interests, but she plans for the long term. Sheryl has considerable experience with other divorce lawyers and family law judges so she is well prepared when parties do not reach a settlement. Sheryl has become a trusted advisor when I have a family law question."
Family Attorney | Jul 09
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I have know Sheryl for many years. Sheryl is diligent, hardworking and seeks to find ways to work effectively with her opposing counsel to find the highest and best outcome for her clients."
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