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Zachary Thomas Townsend

Family Attorney at Rockford, IL

3.8   21 reviews
  • State Years
    Wisconsin - WI 11 years
    Illinois - IL 12 years
  • Licensed for 11 years
    State WI
    Acquired 2012
    Status
    Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 12 years
    State IL
    Acquired 2011
    Status
    Active and Authorized to Practice Law No misconduct found

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Location

Pro Legal Care LLC
405 W. State St.
Rockford, IL, 61101
Pro Legal Care LLC - Freeport
223 S. Chicago, Suite 5
Freeport, IL, 61032
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3.8 / 5.0
  21 customer reviews
Posted by John | January 5, 2021
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The Firm to get the job done
Zach couldn't have been better to help in my situation. He was very transparent about the process, his fees and everything in between. From the beginning, Zach and his staff were very attentive and always easy to reach. My case ended up going in my favor which set my son and I up to be able to live our lives safely and stress free. I would hire him over and over if I needed to but luckily that is not necessary. Thank you Zach!!
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Posted by Raneem | May 28, 2018
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Got me the results I wanted
Zachary Townsend is a great attorney. He has represented me the last few years from everything ranging from speeding tickets to landlord issues. Whatever the matter, zach has been a good lister and given a realistic idea of what may happen. Zach goes into every court session prepared and ready to get the results you want. I would definitely recommend him!
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Posted by Rob | January 30, 2018
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Kids
Had a child custody case with child support involved and it was a drawn out affair, but he kept his patience with myself and other multiple attorneys that were placed in my case. He fought for my visitation and had my back. Would recommend him in a second. Very fair and understanding
Posted by Michelle | December 16, 2017
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Grandparent rights
Zach and his secretary Jeannie have helped me in the most devastating time in my life. My son without notice passed away he left behind his 9 yr old son wich I love dearly. The child's mother decided that now that my son is gone that I no longer could see my grandson. Its been a battle and going on for over a year. Zach and his team have helped me through this difficult time and because of him I have been able to see my grandson on regular visits. I highly recommend him for great results!
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Posted by Liz | October 11, 2017
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Best Custody Lawyer in Rockford!
I hired Attorney Townsend to handle what I thought would be an amicable, civil, simple case between two people who just needed to get the paperwork done for custody and child support. It quickly became evident that my ex's goal was to drag out the case as long as he could as a means of having as much contact as possible with me after our breakup. Attorney Zach Townsend was the perfect lawyer for this sort of case. He was calming, reassuring, and always able to de-escalate tense emotional developments in my case. I had to attend court ordered mediation and I felt so completely prepared and ready to make important decisions to move forward when we were stuck. He was also very responsive - I called or texted him several times at odd hours for advice because my ex didn't show up for exchanges and involved police in his attempts to bully and intimidate me. He answered and provided quick and helpful advice and reassured me that I was doing everything I was supposed to per my court orders and parenting plan. Many of my friends have complained that their attorneys have been most concerned with extending the case and maximizing their payments. I felt the opposite - Attorney Townsend was focused on taking care of my problems as efficiently as possible. I can't recommend him enough.
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Posted by derek crocker | December 28, 2016
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Went to bat for me
Zach is who you want as your attorney, he dont pussyfoot around. Unfortunately, ive had to deal with lawyers before, and its hard to get em to do anything. Not so with Zack. He s always doing something or pushing someone n he knows what he's doing. HeAnd got a style too that gotme in good with the judge.
Posted by ronald | December 18, 2016
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Zach Townsend recommendation
If you want a lawyer that listens to your needs then you need to call Zach Townsend at Pro Forma Legal Care at 815-200-8802. I have known Zach for 5 plus years and he has helped me in ways that have shown my ex wife that its not all about her. Zach can help you write any kind of court papers that you may need but if there was ever a time that he couldn't he will help you find someone that could help you. He treats you like family not just a number or paycheck like the big firms do. Call Zach now with all your legal needs and tell him that Ron sent you.
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Posted by Cherish | September 5, 2016
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Attorney Townsend is the best of the best!!!
Zachary Townsend has been my lawyer for over a year since I first met him asking for help. He got an OP that was put on me due to perjury dropped & I wanted to cry because the weight lifted off me was almost too much to bare. He will listen to the problems people have needing help, review evidence thoroughly, give you the best advice he can & he will do everything possible in court so it's a fair hearing/trial. He is worth every penny hiring him. He keeps his clients updated on everything as much as he can (which is almost daily but definitely weekly), he is always a phone call/text message away & he truly cares for his clients seeking justice. He in my opinion is the BEST lawyer anyone can have, my son will go with me when I need to drop something off at Attorney Townsend's office & he looks forward to seeing Attorney Townsend. Don't look any father if you need a lawyer, call him & set up an appointment if you're needing legal advice/representation for anything!!! He is best of the best I have seen & heard, & the BEST lawyer to EVER represent me!!!
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Posted by Misty | August 19, 2016
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Amazing advocate
Attorney Townsend was the best advocate for my divorce. He was patient and involved in every step of the process. I felt heard and like he fought for me every step of the way. I would gladly recommend him to anyone.
Posted by Chanta | July 15, 2016
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Amazing Lawyer
Mr. Townsend was with me all the way through my divorce, almost like a friend when I need the advice and consult. Would refer him to anyone going through the process as it's hard enough having to divorce.
Posted by Smy | June 27, 2016
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A lawyer with brains AND Braun
I have been working with Zach Townsend since 2014 and I have nothing but good to say about Zach. He is an incredibly astute lawyer who not only acts with precision in the courtroom, but also follows through quickly and accurately with all phone and email correspondences. Zach is, generally speaking, very knowledgable in all areas of the law and gets back to me in an efficient manner if he needs to reference information he is not 100% sure about. I appreciate the fact that Zach is not only a barracuda in the courtroom, but he is also a congenial person with whom I am able to speak freely to and feel comfortable around. I recommend Zach to anyone I know because I am confident that he will represent any and everyone with their best of interest and I know that he will always act in the best interest of his clients.
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Posted by Kevin | May 22, 2016
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Zach is highly recommended.
Zach has an amazing attention to detail. He was able to help me through my divorce. When it came to myou custody he was the guy for the job.
Posted by Travis | August 22, 2015
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Professionally Awesome
Let me start by saying Pro Forma and Attorney Townsend were professionally awesome throughout my whole case. After being falsely accused, they got me exonerated the day after my birthday. I couldn't have gotten a better birthday present. if you want an effective communicator and someone to take command of your case, Townsend is the guy. Worth every penny!
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Posted by Ryan | December 20, 2014
My Kids and I thank you again. Great Job
I had used the American Law Firm to gain custody of my four children. I met with attorney Zachary Townsend explained my situation to him, and he let me know the flat out the good points of my case and the bad things that might be a issue. I liked the way he didn't beat around the bush and fill my head with crap. Once I decided to go on with the case Attorney Townsend was right there on track getting things filed asap. Also He kept in contact with every step of the way either by phone or text every time I needed to talk to him he seemed to be available and if not I was receiving a call back in a short time, usually due to him being in court witch is understandable meaning that it is him job, witch I understand completely. I Just want to think Attorney Zachary Townsend for making my dream of having custody of my four children come true, also taking the time to help me get the child support for my children. I would recommend American Law Firm to anyone and if your looking for a attorney that's going to be hard working and takes pride in his work just ask for Attorney Zachary Townsend. Thanks again Attorney Townsend...
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Posted by Dale | January 16, 2018
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Got the job done
Attorney Townsend did a great job took longer than I wanted it to but in the end all that really matters is WE WON !!!!! Would highly recommend attorney Zachary Townsend a real professional for real people
Posted by Marsha | June 18, 2024
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Money Hungry.
Didn’t care about father’s rights, just more money. Gave him all the ammo, no gift of gab. 10 grand later, fired him. Don’t care about what’s best for kids.
Posted by anonymous | May 1, 2022
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He ruined our son's life
We were fighting for custody of my stepson from 2017-2018. Everything about our case should have been a slam dunk for us to get custody of my stepson. Although there was a police report that WOULD have been enough that proved my husband's ex was detrimental to my stepson, the police report was withheld from us by Attorney Townsend for the majority of the time that we were in court fighting for custody of my stepson. We spent an additional 9+ months in court (which we only found out that Attorney Townsend had a police report that could have ended the court case after we received Attorney Townsend's bill) which caused my stepson to go through traumas that we are still dealing with 4 years later. This all could have been stopped if Attorney Townsend would have been honest about whether he had a police report that we had repeatedly asked him if he had. Every time we asked if he had the report, he denied that there was such a report. We only hope that he will not do the same to other families in the Rockford area that are fighting for the best interest of their child(ren).
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Posted by anonymous | March 30, 2022
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Expensive with little results
Been using this attorney for years. Over the past year he has not been aggressive and hasn’t gotten really anything that I needed for my kid. He kept allowing my case to get pushed off and pushed off with my ex not being prepared. At first this attorney was awesome. I feel like he is just after money now. Sooo expensive with little results. When the judge would say we need to push the court date he wouldn’t fight to get it done, even when we were ready. He dropped the ball on many things in court. We had an agreed payment plan that now he wants to change and I cannot afford it due to having two kids….so now he wants to drop me as a client. After I’ve given him close to 30,000 dollars in 7 years and have recommended him to many people. I’m so disappointed in this law firm and will no longer be recommending them to anyone going forward.
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Posted by Stephen | September 15, 2020
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Breach of Representation Agreement on Missing Exploited Children
About a year ago I hired this lawyer to help me recover and protect my young daughters trapped by a known violent abusive felon in Wheaton. I knew going in, that DuPage corruption was in play, and we might not succeed. I didn't ask him to guarantee success, just do everything possible. During the course of his representation, we paid nearly a hundred thousand dollars to find protect and save my daughters from a nightmare. In the end, his office accomplished nothing that proved the girls were alive. During this time of his representation (and his astonishingly weak in court performances), we got a fraudulent restraining order on the girls beloved Grandmothers funeral, and a denial of all contact including phone calls, despite zero allegations of harm by me (the Father) to anyone anywhere. In the end (today) its became plainly obvious the only things he really cared about, was soaking my elderly father desperate and grieving with the loss of his wife of 60 years, and only hoping to re establish contact with his lost beloved granddaughters trapped in sexual exploitation and violence by corruption in DuPage. Throughout this time I pleaded with Townsend to take offensive legal action to protect these children, which he refused to do at every single turn, claiming those actions were not legally justified. A two min search on Google, revealed to me those actions to save these girls were enshrined in State and Federal Law. He lied to me about our legal rights and refused to file legally justified motions to protect the children. In the end all he could muster was to advise me to waive my constitutional rights, the ones he was hired to protect. 5 months after Covid hit, he advised me he would no longer meet wirh me in person no matter what safety precautions breaching his representation agreement, and then withdrew from representation leaving my innocent daughters exposed, because I brought it up to him. Today he refused to address the Judges systematic bias trapping children in violence with felons because he was scared of the Judge. He has knowledge but a bloated staff which I believe warps his view of responsibilities to protect his clents rights, and proved to me he was only interested in covering his own behind and churning an old grieving grandfather out of his family assets, right before he cut and ran leaving little girls trapped with a known violent felon. Words cannot explain how bad he hurt my family for $ while refusing to honor his representation contract.
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Posted by anonymous | September 12, 2018
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Only helped stall my case
I hired Zach under a contract for my divorce case. I was told we could get everything accomplished rather quickly. In 3 months my retainer was spend in 3 court status hearings before I was sent to billing for an additional monetary supplement. Was not worth the 6 K retainer for him to go to court and say no change to the judge. I was grateful he was able to file but abhorred the money hungriness shown with zero results in 3 months. Ultimately changed lawyers. At the charged rate It would have taken me over $42,000 for 21 appearances to accomplish nothing by saying no change your honor. Can't even imagine what the cost would have been to go to trial as ultimately 2 trials were associated with my case before divorce was finalized. Ultimately changed to another lawyer who at least did follow-up and more than stand in front of judge and say no change and schedule himself back in court within the month.
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AVVO RATING 7.6 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Pro Legal Care LLC
  • 2015 - Present
  • Judicial Clerk
  • Ogle County
  • 2009 - 2011
  • Attorney
  • A Law Office of Crosby & Associates
  • 2009 - 2015
  • Law Clerk
  • Cook County Public Defender's Office
  • 2009 - 2009
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Education

  • Northern Illinois University College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2011
  • University of Nevada-Las Vegas
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2008

Languages Spoken

  • English

Publications

  • Bar Briefs (Kane County)
  • To Admit or Not to Admit: Evidence of Cannabis Consumption
  • 2011
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Rockford Family Lawyer Zachary Thomas Townsend
Zachary Thomas Townsend
Family Attorney
Rockford, IL
Licensed for 12 years