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Laura Ann Baluch

Divorce and separation Attorney at Rockford, IL

4.4   31 reviews
Free consultation Virtual consultation available
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  • Licensed for 20 years
    State IL
    Acquired 2003
    Status
    Active and Authorized to Practice Law No misconduct found

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

About Laura

Learn Laura’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    50%

    21 years

  2. Child custody
    15%

    21 years

  3. Child support
    15%

    21 years

  4. Family
    10%
    Divorce, Paternity, Custody, Legal Separation, Marital Property Disputes, Post-Decree Disputes, Prenuptial Agreements, Family Law

    21 years

  5. Personal injury
    10%

    21 years

LAURA BALUCH IS AN ATTORNEY WITH THE LEGAL EXPERIENCE AND EXPERTISE TO WIN YOUR CASE.

Laura Baluch is a highly experienced family law attorney practicing in Rockford, IL.  She services Winnebago, Boone, Ogle, Stephenson, Dekalb, & McHenry Counties.  Laura is a trained Child Representative and Guardian Ad Litem, so she understands the intricacies involved in winning your custody case.  She is also a certified mediator and trained Collaborative Law Attorney. Laura handles an array of cases ranging from high-asset dissolution cases to high-conflict custody cases, as well as simple divorces and child support matters. She has the ability to successfully negotiate and settle your case, as well as aggressively represent you at trial, if need be. Laura Baluch is an aggressive attorney who will represent your best interests from day one.  She was recently named the Best Family and Marital Attorney in the Rock River Valley by the Rockford Register Star, and was named one of the top ten family law attorneys under the age of 40 in the state of Illinois.  She has also been nationally recognized as a top family law attorney by the National Academy of Family Law Lawyers, and has received awards from the National Association of Distinguished Counsel. 

Awards

Client's Choice 2014,2012
Client's Choice
2014 2012

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Location

Barrick, Switzer, Long, Balsley & Van Evera, LLP
6833 Stalter Dr.
Rockford, IL, 61108

Reviews

4.4 / 5.0
  31 customer reviews
Client's Choice 2014
Client's Choice
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Posted by Todd | March 25, 2013
Great attorney that fights for you.
Laura Baluch and her staff did an excellent job with my divorce. Many times the man is on unequal footing in a divorce especially when children are involved, but she makes sure that your rights and the rights of your children are are put first. What many people forget, there isn't a winner or loser in a divorce and custody battle...everyone loses except the attorneys, but that's not their fault, it's just the way the system works. I won't lie, Laura is more expensive that many other attorneys in the area, but she is worth every penny. Laura is extremely hardworking and truly cares about your case. Many other attorneys, with long tenures, simply don't care anymore and will nickel and dime you to death and are only there to collect a paycheck. Laura doesn't just sit idly by and just go with the flow. She works hard to fight for you and provides you with detailed information and always keeps you informed regarding the status of your case. I know that without the services of attorney Baluch, my divorce wouldn't have come out as favorable as it did. I hope to never have to use her again, but if I ever need a family law attorney again, she will be the ONLY attorney I call.
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Posted by anonymous | February 8, 2013
Glowing Review
I hired Laura for my divorce/family law matter. She was recommended to me and I can't tell you how impressed I was with her. She listened to me and responded. She is was able to get me through a tough patch in my life. She was able to help me understand the proper procedures and fought for what I deserved. I am thrilled with her services and would highly recommend her to anyone!
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Posted by Asher Goldman | January 14, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly recommend this lawyer in Rockford, IL!
I was waiting to post a review until my divorce was finalized, as I have had bad experiences with lawyers before. Couldn't be happier with her services! I was very worried going into my divorce, but Laura was straight forward, and didn't promise on anything she wouldn't be able to deliver. Her and her team guided me through the process clearly and efficiently. I would recommend her to anyone!
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Posted by Paul Remer | January 14, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very Satisfied with Service
I highly recommend Laura - she was very helpful with my divorce case and will be recommending her to everyone I know. Thank you
Posted by Drew | January 12, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best of the best!
I have hired attorneys in the past and was left with the feeling that my voice didn't matter. Being charged for the smallest things, even making a single copy and postage to mail a letter, seemed to be more of a priority. I had the exact opposite experience with Ms. Baluch. She really listened to me, fought for what I wanted, and didn't nickel and dime me for every little thing which was appreciated. Communication with her and her staff was great and put my mind at ease during a very stressful time. I highly recommend her!
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Posted by Adam | October 26, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommend!
Excellent lawyer, great person. Helped through the whole process and was understanding to my needs. Highly recommend, I wouldn't have trusted anyone else with a difficult, sensitive situation!
Posted by Jennifer | March 3, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best divorce/Family Law Lawyer around
I have had to use a few lawyers over the years, and I can tell you that Laura Baluch is hands down the best divorce/family law lawyer I have ever used. Her compassion for her clients is like no other, and she will work to get everything you need till the very end, no matter how long it takes. I am so grateful for everything she’s done for myself and my family. If you’re looking for a lawyer who won’t back down, who listens to your needs and wants, then I highly suggest using Laura Baluch.
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Posted by Aly | September 9, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The best Lawyer in City
If you are looking for a divorce lawyer, then Ms.Baluch is your Lawyer. she is a confident, friendly, professional, and serious lawyer. I went to meet with her for a preliminary consultation, by the time I left her office I had already made up my mind. Ms.Baluch comes to court prepared and ready to fight for you. She is excellent. I will highly recommend her to anyone who is looking for a great and an experienced attorney.
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Posted by P.J. | July 9, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I Can Relax Now!
My custody case was aged and extremely complex at best. I didn't know what could be done for me, if anything. I was afraid that the more time went by, the less of a chance I had at being awarded custody, which was the best thing for my son. I was very frustrated and mentally worn down by the time I got to Laura. She was very meticulous and left nothing to chance. I no longer felt like I was at the mercy of a legal system that was becoming more difficult to understand by the day. The guessing game was over, she kept in constant contact with me and truly cared about everything that happened. No question ever went unanswered, nor problem unaddressed. I would recommend her to anyone, she is a machine of brains and determination. P.J.
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Posted by Kyle Cardoza | April 8, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Gave me an excellent referral!
I called and because of the timeframe in which I needed an attorney, she was unable to assist. However, she did provide me with an excellent referral. Thank You, Ms. Baluch!
Posted by Michael | March 8, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Vindication from Child support and freedom financial arrearages.
I thought my last review saved. I sought Attorney Laura in November 2013 after being referred. I was embattled in a 12 year battle in the courts dating back to 2001 with a woman who falsely accused me of being a father to her son. When I met with attorney Baluch she was truly interested in my case and I found her to be an attorney who truly believed in me. She was honest with me and told me she would do her best and I had a case that would change case law. I came with a personal DNA test to show her how I was not the father. We began the journey together and she added another attorney to help out. Great! We got my motion heard but retroactive back to the moment her team found out that I had in fact put a motion in under the Statute of Limitations but the clerk never gave or entered it in my file with the judge at that time. I was relieved to hear my case was beginning to change and unravel for the living one. We made our way into the summer of 2014 when a new judge was placed on our case. Along with him came agreement to perform a judicial order for Child support. Attorney Laura was truly a professional legal storm sent to bring out to the courts the truth. She believed in me. We got our DNA test in September of 2014 or around there and then began the case being dismissed but we had a few hiccups in the journey. It was not until the new year 2014 when another Judge was appointed and then He brought an end to my case after reviewing the work Laura and the team filed. He not only throughout my case, dismissed it retroactive to the date of my petition in 2002. Attorney Baluch knows her stuff. Her staff is extremely professional and she was deserving of her retainer to give me back my life. Thank you Laura I am not the dad. God is blessing Wendy John and You.
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Posted by Carrie | February 19, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The best lawyer around!
I interviewed 3 different lawyers. When I met Laura, I knew she was the best one. She was friendly, smart and really seemed to care about me and my kids. She answered all my questions and got my case started right away. In court she completely destroyed the other lawyer. I now have custody of my kids. I can't tell you how much I want to thank her and Wendy. I am so happy my gut told me to go with her. It was the right decision.
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Posted by anonymous | December 31, 2014
Highly recommended!!!!
Laura handled my case with zeal and tenacity. During the most challenging parts of our litigation, she stood tall, for me, and always had my best interests in mind. She was very articulate and caring. I would highly recommend Laura Baluch. Her reviews are not even close to how good she is!
Posted by anonymous | December 15, 2014
Winning Custody and Removal
When I first decided to fight for custody of my daughter, my friends and family said I was crazy because "the law was favorable to women." I myself believed the same thing until I met with Attorney Laura Baluch who advised me that I had a strong case to modify custody. I learned that it would be a long process through the court system but I don't think that I could have possibly made it without the aid of Attorney Baluch. Her guidance, advice, patience, and foresight helped me win custody of my daughter. I cannot thank Attorney Baluch enough for her representation of me and my family.
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Posted by Ken | November 12, 2014
I am very happy with my lawyer
I hired Laura because I was searching for the best lawyer in town and came across this website. I also asked some of my friends at work, and they said they heard she was the best. We just finished my divorce and I am so happy I went with her. I met with a few different lawyers, but she was the only one who made me feel really comfortable. I felt like she would be able to do the best job for me and I am sure that I was right. She was able to explain everything to me so that I understood it. I saw her argue for me and thought wow. I didn't see any other lawyers who even came close to being as good as she was. The judge seemed to really listen to what she was saying.
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Posted by anonymous | September 10, 2014
Excellent Lawyer!!!!
I am currently in the process of divorce and Laura Baluch is my lawyer. She has always been extremely professional! She returns calls right away and answers every question I have. I never feel rushed when I am talking with her. It is very obvious that she knows what she is doing. She has predicted many things throughout the divorce and she has been right on everything!! I HIGHLY recommend this lawyer. You will not be disappointed!!!
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Posted by anonymous | February 14, 2014
Great Results
I recently finished a family law case with this attorney. Despite her rate of $300 per hour, which was kind of scary, her ability to resolve my case quickly was well worth the money. In fact, it probably saved me money over a less knowledgeable attorney. I really appreciated all of her and her staff's hard work. They both were comfortable, easy to relate to and compassionate toward my issues. I would highly recommend her.
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Posted by Jennifer | June 27, 2012
She's a great lawyer
I heard about her a lot around town as being the best and was happy to hear that it was right. She was so tough with my ex's lawyer. She argued my case so well and I am so happy with my decision to hire her instead of the other lawyer I talked to. I even recommended Laura to my sister, because she needs a good lawyer and a divorce! It was sometimes hard to get a hold of her, but she did always call me back. To me, I was glad I hired her before my ex did.
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Posted by Todd | January 12, 2012
A Lawyer who cares about you and your family!
The first thing that i would like to say about Laura is, the four things at the top of the page Trustworthy,Responsive, Knowlegeable, and keeping me informed, are all things that impress me about her. I have had three lawyer prier to Laura and didnt get the results that i was looking for.Laura and her staff used the law in the way it was intended. I would recommend Laura to any one, Thanks Laura for every thing!
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Posted by Michelle | January 10, 2012
Top Ranking Lawyer
I found Laura right here at Avvo. I was separated from my husband and I have a teenage daughter to support. I was searching for an answer to a question because at the time I had been studying and planning to process my divorce when I saw Laura's pic. I just had a feeling about her presence so I emailed her my question and to my surprise she answered back. I responded back with my gratitude and she invited me in for a consultation. I went to see her and she made me feel relaxed and at ease right away. She asked me my about my history of my marriage and I just talked to her and told her the truth about everything. Always be truthful, it will set you free. She started the process with my divorce the very same day. She has always been responsive right every court hearing. I gave her my trust and she has never failed me. I feel more of a personal relationship with her even though it is a professional relationship. She is very honest and trustworthy. She saved me at a time of despair and great need.
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Barrick, Switzer, Long, Balsley & Van Evera, LLP
  • 2008 - Present
  • Associate Attorney
  • Barrick, Switzer, Long, Balsley & Van Evera, LLP
  • 2003 - 2008
  • Legal Services Intern
  • Michigan State University
  • 2001 - 2002

Education

  • Thomas M. Cooley Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor - Magna Cum Laude
  • 2003
  • Northern Illinois University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1999

Sample of Legal Cases

  • J.O. v K.N.
  • My client was successful, and was awarded joint custody of the minor child, and visitation was promptly ordered on his behalf.
  • IRMO W.R.
  • Plaintiff, represented by Attorney Laura Baluch, was awarded custody of the children and the majority of the Marital Property

Associations

  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2016 - Present
  • Stateline Chamber of Commerce
  • President
  • 2016 - Present
  • Club Blue Committee
  • 2016 - Present
  • National Academy of Family Law Lawyers
  • 2014 - Present
  • The American Society of Legal Advocates
  • 2014 - Present
  • Ignite Young Professionals of Rockford
  • 2009 - Present
  • Winnebago County Bar Association, Litigation Committee
  • 2004 - Present
  • Winnebago County Women's Bar Association
  • 2003 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • 2003 - Present
  • Winnebago County Bar Association Family Law Committee
  • 2003 - Present
  • Illinois Trial Lawyers of America
  • 2003 - Present
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • 2003 - Present
  • Winnebago County Bar Association
  • 2003 - Present
  • Rockton Lions Club
  • 2014 - 2016
  • Roscoe Chamber of Commerce
  • Vice President
  • 2014 - 2016
  • Winnebago County Bar Association
  • Board of Directors
  • 2013 - 2016
  • Roscoe Chamber of Commerce
  • Secretary
  • 2013 - 2014
  • Roscoe Chamber of Commerce
  • Board of Directors
  • 2012 - 2016
  • Ignite
  • Connect Co-Chair
  • 2011 - 2012
  • Winnebago County Bar Association Family Law Committee
  • Chairperson
  • 2009 - 2010
  • American Heart Association
  • Go Red Committee
  • 2008 - 2012
  • Winnebago County Bar Association
  • Secretary
  • 2006 - 2007
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Rockford
  • 2006 - 2008
  • Winnebago County Young Lawyers
  • President
  • 2005 - 2009
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • 40 Leaders Under 40
  • Rockford Chamber of Commerce
  • 2016
  • Best Marital and Family Law Attorney in the Rock River Valley
  • Rockford Register Star
  • 2016
  • 10 Best Family Law Attorneys Under 40
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2016
  • Best Marital and Family Attorney in the Rock River Valley
  • Rockford Register Star
  • 2015
  • 2015 Emerging Lawyer
  • Leading Lawyers Network
  • 2015
  • Nation's Top One Percent
  • National Association of Distinguished Counsel
  • 2015
  • Top 40 Family Lawyer under 40 in Illinois
  • American Society of Legal Advocates
  • 2015
  • Superb Rated Attorney
  • AVVO
  • 2015
  • 2014 Woman of Excellence
  • Rockton Chamber of Commerce
  • 2014
  • Client's Choice Award
  • AVVO
  • 2014
  • Best Marital and Family Attorney in the Rock River Valley
  • Rockford Register Star
  • 2014
  • Top 10 Attorney Under 40
  • National Academy Of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2014
  • Top 40 Family Law Attorneys Under 40 in Illinois
  • The American Society of Legal Advocates
  • 2014
  • 10 years of practice of law & leadership in the community
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2013
  • Superb Rated Attorney
  • AVVO
  • 2013
  • Client's Choice Award
  • AVVO
  • 2012
  • Advanced Collaborative Law Training Certification
  • Collaborative Law Institute of Illinois
  • 2010
  • Family & Divorce Mediation Certification
  • Association for Conflict Resolution
  • 2010
  • Who's Who Among Legal Professionals Lifetime Award
  • Strathmore's
  • 2009
  • Interdisciplinary Collaborative Law Family Law Certification
  • Collaborative Law Institute of Illinois
  • 2008
  • Child Representative and Guardian Ad Litem Certification
  • Winnebago County Bar Association
  • 2007
  • Appreciation Award
  • Winnebago County Bar Association
  • 2007
  • Arbitrator Certification
  • State of Illinois Circuit Court of the 17th Judicial Circuit
  • 2005
  • Licensed to Practice in Federal Court
  • United States Federal Court
  • 2004
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Publications

  • Thomson Reuters
  • Inside the Minds: Strategies for Family Law in illinois
  • 2013
  • WCBA Lawyer Magazine
  • President's Page
  • 2009
  • Illinois Appellate Court
  • IRMO D.L.
  • 2005
  • Michigan Supreme Court
  • Amicus Curiae Brief
  • 2003
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Speaking Engagements

  • CLE for professionals
  • Medicare Set-Asides in Personal Injury Settlements
  • 2013
  • Guardian Ad Litem & Child Representative Training
  • Guardian Ad Litem Reports
  • 2009

Attorney endorsements

Received (5)
Given (5)
Endorse Laura
Unknown Attorney | Feb 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"An excellent lawyer who treats clients with patience, care, understanding, and utmost professionalism - an even better person and I wholeheartedly recommend for future services."
Family Attorney | Oct 02
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I have worked with Attorney Baluch in relation to child support cases as an Assistant Attorney General, as opposing counsel in a child support case, and as the Guardian ad Litem in family cases. Attorney Baluch is an attorney I recommend to my own family and friends."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Nov 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Aug 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have had the opportunity to work with Attorney Baluch in the family courts for many years. She is extremely intelligent and determined, which pairs well with her motivation to effectively represent her clients. Attorney Baluch is a well-respected member of the Bar Association."
Family Attorney | Apr 20
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Laura Baluch is one of the most upfront, honest and efficient lawyers I have had the pleasure to work with."