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Benjamin William Meyer

Family Attorney

4.3   11 reviews

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Besides my legal interests, which consume a large amount of my time, I enjoy spending time with my family, the outdoors, home improvement projects, football, and golf.

State IL
Status Not Authorized To Practice Law Due To Discipline
Acquired 2011
Updated 01/06/2023

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2018. See details

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4.3 / 5.0
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Posted by anonymous | September 16, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Well-spoken, knowledgeable Attorney
Ben Meyer represented me during my divorce, which recently concluded with a settlement agreement between myself and my ex-wife. Throughout the course of the divorce, Ben was very knowledgeable and informative, not only regarding my rights as both a father and husband in a long-term marriage, but also regarding each step of the divorce process itself. Ben always kept me well-informed, answered my questions and thoroughly addressed my concerns. At no time during the divorce did I ever feel that he was not working hard to protect my best interests or willing the fight for me. He offered good recommendations, sound advice and practical solutions to various issues and problems which could have otherwise made my divorce a complete nightmare. I sincerely appreciate the effort Ben put into helping me reach a settlement agreement in my case, and I would highly recommend him to anyone who is going through a divorce.
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Posted by Chad | September 16, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Great attorney, I would recommend him to anyone.
I went through a divorce and needed a good lawyer. Ben was very thorough and made sure everything was covered and understood by everyone involved. I was able to ask any questions and get quick, precise answers. He worked with me on my schedule. Everything went very smooth during the whole process. He was easy to contact whenever I had a question or issue. If there is ever any follow up to my case, I will not go anywhere else. I really appreciate everything he did and how solid everything still is. He was very dependable and I would highly recommend him.
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Posted by J.M. | August 30, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Attorney
I recently went through a tough divorce. Benjamin assured me he would get me through the process quickly and efficiently. Not having gone through this process and with it being highly emotional for me, I was very appreciative that he took the lead and laid out his strategy and expectations for me. Benjamin is an excellent communicator. With every step of the process, he took the time to make sure I fully understood what was happening, why it was happening, and the possible scenarios that could play out. This was very important to me, especially with my young children involved. Benjamin gave me clear direction with developing the MSA and JPA. He is an excellent wordsmith. With every step of writing the documents, he would give me suggestions in a way that I felt empowered to make the decision for the content. All in all, Benjamin was true to his promise. The divorce was finalized in 3 months and I am in a very good situation with my children and my ex because of his solid leadership and acumen. I strongly recommend Benjamin!
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Posted by TJM | August 29, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Exceptional Attorney!
I had an exceptional experience working with Ben Meyer. He worked diligently on my behalf. During the most difficult point in my life, I knew that I could rely heavily on Ben’s expertise. He was able to provide me with sure-footed guidance, and he was able to help me avoid paying maintenance to my ex-wife. Even when I waivered, Ben was the rock that kept me grounded. He is a compassionate attorney that will fight furiously for his client’s best interest. I would highly recommend Ben Meyer and the service that he provides as a skilled attorney. The value in capability that Ben offers is well worth the price that I paid for his services.
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Posted by anonymous | May 26, 2015
You Get What You Pay For
When I hired Ben I wanted an attorney who would go to bat for me. I also wanted an attorney who would answer my phone calls and respond to my emails. With Ben I got both. I could tell Ben really cared about my case and protecting my children from my crazy ex-wife.
Posted by T.R. | May 14, 2015
Great Attorney
I was very pleased with Attorney Meyer and how he handled my divorce. My ex-husband works out of town mostly and didn't want the divorce to begin with. he and his attorney stalled every chance they got, which ended up costing me a lot more in legal fees. Ben filed petitions to keep them on course and discovered a bank account my ex was hiding from me for years. The end result of the divorce was I got 60% of our accounts and maintenance. It was worth it. No husband and very happy!
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Posted by Sharon | January 30, 2015
Confident and Capable Representation
I realize my case was very small compared to some of the clients and cases handled by Attorney Meyer, however, I was never treated or made to feel other than a valued client. I always appreciated that when I left a message with questions, I always received a prompt response with answers to my inquiries. Mid-case, Attorney Meyer had to deal with the hurdle of the Dead Man's Act, and I was very impressed and pleased with the strong confidence with which he addressed this issue and was able to change course to accommodate this new twist for our case. Being on the stand during the trial, I want you to know, I never felt anything but strong confidence in Attorney Meyer, who guided me through the entire process. I feel confident and secure that I received the best defense possible in my case. Attorney Meyer was detailed in his presentation and I felt honored to be represented by him and his firm.
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Posted by Jim Mc | January 10, 2015
Divorce settlement
I made a smart move by hiring Ben to represent me in my divorce case. Ben was well prepared in court and understood divorce law in Illinois. I was grateful he was able to negotiate shared custody and help me obtain a higher portion of the martial funds due to my circumstances. I would suggest any father who needs help with divorce or custody to sit down with Ben and learn your rights. Ben pushed hard for me and achieved excellent results in a short period of time.
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Posted by Katie | September 11, 2014
Excellent Attorney
Ben is an excellent attorney. Ben represented me in a very difficult divorce that was loaded with financial and custody issues. He was always spot on with his advice. Although it was a lengthy process Ben kept the case moving forward. I would highly recommend Ben to anyone thinking about filing for divorce.
Posted by anonymous | April 25, 2015
Run!
If you want an attorney who will fight for you and be aggressive please do not hire Ben. We hired him for something that should have been very simple but he kept wanting to settle with the other party even though we knew the other party was not reasonable. Court date after court date, status after status he blew through the retainer plus way more than that and never fought for us. When he saw we were dry, instead of working with us he withdrew after no progress was made and is now filing suit after there was absolutely nothing done in our case. He is not a responsive attorney; our calls and emails were never returned just forwarded emails from other counsel. He filed the initial petition and completely let the other attorney walk in and take over. He told us he wanted to avoid trial at all cost and in the end we were the ones hurt. Now looking for another attorney and even they don't understand why an adjustment has taken over 6 months to work out.
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Posted by anonymous | January 14, 2015
$17,000.00 with ZERO RESULTS
We have been in the Illinois Family Court System for a total of 10 years. We have hired a total of 6 different lawyers (Lake, Will, and Cook County) to support our family. We initially hired Mr. Meyer based off his military experience, and his ability communicate orally that he understood the dynamics of military related custody situations and employment of overseas contractors. It was to our GREAT dismay that we spent over $17,000.00 in less than 7 months to accomplish nothing at all. A total of less than 5 court appearances, 1 in office consultation (initial), various email traffic with a lot of lip service, phone calls that were not beneficial to accomplishing anything but making excuses. Not a single order was entered, and in order for our file to even be transferred to another attorney... we had to pay a significant amount of money that Mr. Meyer claimed we owed him. After hiring a new attorney, in less than 6 months we gained a Sole Custody, a Warrant for Back Child Support, Revoked Visitation, for less than $10,000.00. Maybe with a little more time under his belt, a stronger sense of moral compass; Mr. Meyer would succeed. It is a shame that his years in the military didn't invoke those qualities in his law practice.
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Professional misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2018.

Disbarment by Consent issued in IL, 2018
updated on 06/28/2019

Disbarment on consent means the attorney resigned in order to avoid being disbarred, the most serious penalty for a lawyer.

Work Experience

  • Associate Attorney
  • Faye M. Lyon & Associates
  • 2011 - 2012
  • Extern
  • 17th Judicial Circuit Court of Illinois
  • 2011 - 2011
  • Law Clerk
  • Barrick, Switzer, Long, Balsley & Van Evera, LLP
  • 2010 - 2010
  • Law Clerk
  • Cicero, France, Barch & Alexander, LLC
  • 2009 - 2009
  • Sergeant
  • United Stated Marine Corps Reserve
  • 2005 - 2013
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Education

  • Northern Illinois University
  • J.D.
  • 2011
  • Wheaton College
  • B.A.
  • 2003

Legal Cases

  • In re the Marriage of Birkhaug
  • 50% of gross income as and for maintenance; 50% of marital Estate;

Associations

  • DuPage County Justinian Society
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • DuPage County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Kane County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Northern Illinois University School of Law
  • Law Review - Online Articles Editor
  • 2010 - 2011
  • Northern Illinois University School of Law
  • Law Review - Assistant Editor
  • 2009 - 2010
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • 2015 Client's Choice Award
  • Avvo
  • 2015
  • "10 Best" Family Law Attorneys in Illinois
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2015
  • 2016 Illinois Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • DeGunther Writing Award
  • Northern Illinois University College of Law
  • 2009
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Speaking Engagements

  • MKFM Conference
  • Understanding Stock Options
  • 2015
  • Capstone Event for Paralegal Curriculum
  • What Legal Employers Look For in Paralegals
  • 2015
  • Tips on Finding and Retaining a Job
  • Young Lawyers Association of DuPage County Bar Association
  • 2013
  • Incoming 1L Orientation
  • Managing the Pitfalls of Lawschool
  • 2013
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (5)
Endorse Benjamin
Family Attorney | Sep 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ben is an excellent litigator and a zealous advocate for his clients."
Family Attorney | Sep 01
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. Ben is diligent and attentive to each client's individual set of needs."
Family Attorney | Jul 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ben is professional, courteous and goes above and beyond to work on behalf of his clients. I endorse this lawyer wholeheartedly."
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Benjamin William Meyer
Family Attorney
This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2018. See details