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Elizabeth M. Feely

Divorce and separation Attorney at Chicago, IL

4.8   19 reviews

Licensed for 35 years

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About Elizabeth

Learn Elizabeth’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    33%

    35 years

  2. Alimony
    16%

    35 years

  3. Child support
    16%
    Just lose your job? Call me immediately for advice on modifying your child support obligation.

    35 years

  4. Child custody
    15%

    35 years

  5. Family
    10%

    35 years

  6. Uncontested divorce
    10%

    35 years

OFFICES IN: Chicago & Suburban Locations

I am an experienced matrimonial attorney, having exclusively practiced in the areas of divorce and family law for a period of 34 years. During such time, I worked with and against some of the finest divorce law practitioners in Illinois.

Clients, Attorneys, and Judges know me for being a tough but reasonable litigator, who is capable of crafting creative settlement solutions where possible, and mount vigorous hearings when necessary. I am an especially capable child custody litigator, with an established history of success.  Furthermore, in the context of support and asset allocation, my background and analytical abilities translate to superior results.

I graduated with high honors from the University of Notre Dame where I was bestowed with the prestigious honor, Notre Dame Scholar.  Thereafter, I attended the University of Illinois College of Law, where I graduated with high honors.

Top Contributor 2013
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Licensed for 35 years
State IL
Status Active And Authorized To Practice Law
Acquired 1987
Updated 10/11/2022

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

Contact Elizabeth

Kazmar | Feely LLC
401 N. Michigan
Suite 1200
Chicago, IL
Kazmar | Feely LLC
1755 Park Street
Suite 200
Naperville, IL, 60563
Kazmar | Feely LLC
10 North Martingale Rd
Suite 400
Schaumburg, IL
Kazmar | Feely LLC
1000 Essington Rd.
Joliet, IL
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Posted by anonymous | June 29, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Master Practitioner
Words can not explained the jubilation and relief I felt after getting a favorable outcome dealing with an unwarranted child support suit. 6 months ago my world was turned upside down as I was serve with a summons for child support from a women I knew little about. I talked to 3 different lawyers to gauge their qualifications and expertise. It was clear from the start that Elizabeth was on another level. Not only was she able to provide a game plan from the start but she also removed any doubt that I had. I knew then that justice would prevail and I would be able to clear my name. Her insight into law and its application was one of the main reasons I decided to hire her. Her exemplary demeanor and professionalism separate her from the rest of the pack. Her personality and charisma is included as a bonus. I've come to the realization that in the Chicagoland area there are Lawyers and then their is Elizabeth Feely. During the discovery phase Elizabeth put in countless hours of research which tore to shreds the states accusations. Overall I was able to save thousands of dollars by getting this matter resolve rather quickly considering the fact that Cook county likes to drag their feet. This positive experience with Elizabeth has left me extremely happy and from now on I will referred anyone with a family case to her. For those of you considering to hire a family law lawyer look no further!
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Posted by Christopher | March 23, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A Canadian In Need
I am writing here today to simply state what a wonderful attorney Elizabeth Feely is. My separation / divorce was not one that any lawyer would call simple, as I would come to learn. As a Canadian citizen married to an American citizen in the United States; my ex-partner had managed to seize complete control over my affairs. I was left without even a way to know my immigration status, which was vital during these proceedings. The first nine months of my divorce, I was sadly with what turned out to be an entirely incompetent lawyer; whom, I later discovered had done virtually nothing for my side of the case the entire time I retained him. Upon contacting Elizabeth, I was quickly responded to. She called me, and we soon got to work on finally putting an end to a divorce that was getting close to being longer than the marriage itself. This was no easy task, as my ex-partner and his representation were doing everything they could to be uncooperative going as far as to try and withhold discovery, and more. Elizabeth works with a fierce dedication for her clients, and a genuine care that I can say is rare to find. Along the way, there were many obstacles that were disheartening; but, Elizabeth and her partner continued to work full-speed ahead. Elizabeth managed to bring to an end in less than four months, and that was no easy feat. Even with having to relocate to Canada due to my divorce, Elizabeth kept me entirely aware of how the case was progressing, and she helped this Canadian put an end to a rather tumultuous situation. In the end, even the judge couldn't help but have a smile on his face when we were able to put pen to paper for an agreement that absolutely never would have happened without her. One that nobody could have expected. If you are in need of a brilliant, caring, and passionate lawyer look no further than Elizabeth Feely.
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Posted by C | November 4, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Professional, real, compassionate...
I called Elizabeth Feely to inquire for divorce representation, but unfortunately she is not accepting cases in the county where I reside. Nevertheless, Ms. Feely spoke with me for thirty minutes during which she provided excellent information, advice, and feedback – including a stellar recommendation for another lawyer who does practice where I live. The time she spent on the phone with me, knowing upfront she could not take my case, was beyond impressive. I would have hired Elizabeth without hesitation if I could have, most especially since she displayed an exceptional level of insight, expertise, and passion for representing men facing dissolution of marriage. Based just on this phone call, I could not possibly recommend her more highly!
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Posted by anonymous | July 1, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
star only review
Elizabeth advised me of my options at this time while separated from my uncompromising spouse. He forced me out of the house because of his narcissistic behavior and I don’t have any money to file. He hides everything. Won’t let me in our home without a huge display of childish tantrums. I’m on his insurance.
Posted by Karen | March 2, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Nobody wants to hire a divorce attorney, but if you have to, Elizabeth Feely is the perfect one!
Elizabeth was referred to me by a friend. Nobody ever wants to hire a divorce attorney but Elizabeth and her partner Luke are with you every step of the way. Elizabeth is compassionate and understanding, yet she is a bulldog. She knows the law and she knows how to make the best strategic moves in the case. What sets Elizabeth apart from the rest is her attention to detail. I 100% believe that we avoided going to trial because Elizabeth went over and beyond making sure that she knew every detail of my life - she's almost OVER prepared. Her attention to detail and strong advocacy with the Judge gave the Judge no choice but to side with the recommendations that Elizabeth presented in her extremely well-drafted pre-trial memorandum. Now I can move forward with my life and look forward to brighter, happier days with my children.
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Posted by anonymous | November 26, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Get her on your team!
As someone who has gone thru this more than once, I can categorically say that in my opinion there is nothing easy about divorce. Teaming up with Elizabeth was a winning move. Elizabeth is a passionate advocate for her client and a professional in every aspect of her work. Superbly knowledgeable on the law, confident yet never arrogant and positive thru the whole process. Never was I in doubt that she was on my side. In addition to her legal skill she has a great ability to beneficially interact with everyone involved in the case; The client, the opposition, the judge the support people, her demeanor causes everyone to work together. Excellent attorney, manager, co-pilot! Thanks Elizabeth!
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Posted by Susan | November 17, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Outstanding! Very Knowledgeable! Thorough!
I only wish I would have hired Elizabeth sooner. I initially hired a female attorney in Naperville who dragged my divorce on with a promise that it would be over the next month. That lawyer did nothing for me except put me in debt. After hiring Elizabeth she told me what she needed and pressed on. Elizabeth looked at every angle of my situation and made sure I was protected. She is a lawyer you can trust. She looks out for your best interest not her second home.
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Posted by Joshua | November 16, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Still happy
Elizabeth took on my divorce case in 2014. After my diagnosis of an incurable disease, my wife left me with nothing. Elizabeth took over my case from start to very finish. Everything worked out great. She still emails me to check how im doing. Great lawyer and a good person. Highly recommended.
Posted by Valbona Cela | December 21, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great!
I contacted her and she called me the next day. She is really good with returning phone calls and knows what she is doing. I would recommebd her to any single mom. She keeps me updated and also the best lawyer to get advice.
Posted by Marc | September 21, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Lawering At It's Best
Its been over ten years since Ms. Feely represented me for my divorce. I would just like to say that her long term foresightedness is what really stands out as to the great way she managed my case. This is now years after my divorce and the fantastic work she put in is still positively influencing the big issues from my divorce. In particular, all issues regarding my children and the time I get to spend with them. During my divorce I was extremely worried as to the time I would have with my children since my ex was doing everything possible to gain sole custody and thus trying to nullify my role as a parent. Ms. Feely used her lawyering skills to craft an excellent arrangement of joint custody that has held up for the past 13 years. If Elizabeth excepts your case you are a lucky client!
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Posted by Eric | August 27, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
This Lawyer is Great!
Elizabeth is simply the best. All the other lawyers I interviewed told me it was hopeless. Elizabeth was the only one that siad we could fight. We fight and won, my resolution was far better than I could have opened for. Do everything exactly as she says, it's for your own good.
Posted by Bill | August 25, 2014
FIRST CLASS LAWYER. PROFESSIONAL. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
Elizabeth is an excellent lawyer. I was not confident in how my case was going with my first lawyer and sought a second opinion with the Kazmar Feely law firm to address my concerns. During this consultation, Elizabeth and I reviewed many issues/open questions and Elizabeth presented a well laid out plan for how she would move forward if she took over the case. I was extremely impressed with her professionalism and clear knowledge of all aspects of family law. I retained her on the spot. Elizabeth far exceeded the expectations set in our initial consultation. In the end, my decision to fire my first lawyer and hire Elizabeth paid tremendous dividends. Elizabeth was aggressive with opposing counsel when the situation called for it, but persuasive when she needed to negotiate a settlement. Elizabeth’s results in court were superb. Elizabeth and her law firm gave extra attention when I was not comfortable with or unsure of what to expect during the process. It goes without saying that Elizabeth leverages her 27 years of experience in all aspects of her practice and the results show. Elizabeth runs a first-class operation. I would not hesitate to recommend Kazmar Feely.
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Posted by anonymous | April 24, 2014
FIVE STARS
Very tough and smooth negotiator. When needed, relentless and tough in court without being rude. Experience shows. Have recommended numerous friends to Elizabeth...never had a disappointed referral.
Posted by anonymous | August 29, 2013
Highly recommend!
I can't say enough about Elizabeth. She is professional, so very intelligent and down to earth. She helped me through a very difficult time without putting a financial burden on me. There were times when I wanted to quit but she calmed me down with her reassuring words of wisdom. Elizabeth was my voice when I could not muster the courage to speak. I value her work ethic and tenacity. I received everything I wanted out of my settlement: enough to support my three children without having to uproot them from their home. I feel protected and safe thanks to Elizabeth. If I need an attorney again, she will be the first person I call.
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Posted by Michael | July 12, 2013
Professional, Knowledgeable, and Realistic
I worked with Elizabeth on a divorce case. Some words that describe her are:professional, knowledgeable, and most importantly, realistic. Her passion for her profession became obvious as she made the effort to know me and to understand my situation. It is wasn't for Elizabeth and Luke (her partner), I would have lost my home and the little bit of retirement money that I had saved. I didn't always like the advice she gave me..and at times didn't even follow that advice...but her counsel was dead on accurate. She and Luke always had my interests at heart and were extraordinary in their legal knowledge...they had a well-thought out strategy. As a result, they were nearly always acting, not reacting. I very highly recommend Elizabeth and Luke to anyone in need of a family law team and highly competent advocates.
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Posted by Pat | May 17, 2013
Tough and Compassionate
Elizabeth Feely handled my divorce. She was very caring about my situation and combined court hearings with negotiations to get what I needed for my divorce settlement. She was very compassionate with me, yet she was very tough with my husband's lawyer. I came out with the much better deal. I know I will need advice again to make modifications to our divorce decree and I like having her to be my lawyer when I need her. Her fees were very fair and reasonable, especially when I compare them to other women I know who got divorced.
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Posted by anonymous | April 1, 2013
Simply the Best!!!
Elizabeth is patient, tenacious and very experienced. She's a great listener and very compassionate. I highly recommend her for anyone looking for help with difficult legal problems.
Posted by anonymous | December 21, 2012
Excellent custody lawyer
I'm a male professional who needed a smart, creative lawyer who didn't settle when the first judge told her that I had no chance of winning. With her creative legal arguments and excellent persuasive skills, I was able to win sole custody of my two daughers. I am very grateful to Elizabeth for her no nonsense approach to handling complex divorce cases. Sometimes she's not the easiest to get a hold of, but when she's presenting your case to the judge, she's the best.
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Posted by anonymous | December 2, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
This Woman Should Not Be Allowed To Practice Law !
Hiring Elizabeth to represent me in my divorce case was the worst decision I have ever made in my life. She was more of a hinderance then help. Her strategy was awful and only benefited herself financially. She will suck you dry and leave you in a worse place then you started. You would be better off to represent yourself! In the end my ex wife got exactly what she was asking for and a little more. I was left with almost $50K in attorneys fees.
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Response from Elizabeth Feely December 19, 2019
We're sorry to hear you weren't pleased with your experience. While this matter doesn't sound familiar at first glance, we truly care about each client having a very positive experience with our firm. Please contact me directly so we can address your specific concerns. Thank you.
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 45 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 350-450 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • KAZMAR | FEELY LLC
  • 1994 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Grund Nadler P.C.
  • 1994 - 1994
  • Attorney
  • McDermott Will & Emery LLP
  • 1987 - 1993

Education

  • University of Illinois
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1987
  • University of Notre Dame
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1984

Associations

  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A

Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Top 100 Lawyers
  • American Society of Legal Advocates
  • 2019
  • Top 100 Lawyers
  • American Society of Legal Advocates
  • 2015
  • Featured Attorney
  • Avvo
  • 2013
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2011
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2010
  • BV
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2009
  • Fellowship
  • Public Interest Law Initiative
  • 1987
  • magna cum laude
  • University of Illinois College of Law
  • 1987
  • magna cum laude
  • University of Notre Dame
  • 1984
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Attorney endorsements

Received (10)
Given (6)
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jul 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Elizabeth has a reputation for providing excellent legal representation as well as empathy for her domestic relations clients. Her professionalism toward other attorneys is a standard for the legal profession."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Aug 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Counselor Feely is a compassionate advocate and an experienced litigator. She is a leader in the profession who is generous with her time. She is an asset to the legal community. I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | May 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Ms. Feely is a highly experienced and well respected member of the legal community. She is a zealous advocate for the rights and interests of her clients."
Child custody Attorney | Apr 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. An outstanding and well respected attorney in the legal community. I would recommend her wholeheartedly to annyone needing legal representation."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Oct 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. She is highly respected in the area of family law."
Family Attorney | Aug 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"While I have not worked with, or against, Ms. Feely in the courtroom, I've found her answers and comments on avvo.com to be concise, thoughtful, and valuable to those in need. Clients would be well-served by Ms. Feely."
Family Attorney | Aug 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Feely is well-respected among other attorneys in the Avvo community. Ms. Feely can successfully tackle even the most complex and difficult legal problem with a clear well written response. I endorse and recommend Attorney Feely and her legal services."
Unknown Attorney | Jul 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jul 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Feely is one of the finest Divorce and Family law attorneys in her state. She is a strong and zealous advocate for her clients and a credit to the legal profession. I highly recommend her legal services."
Family Attorney | Mar 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ms. Feely is an intellectually gifted and experienced advocate for family law clients. She has big firm experience and excellent academic credentials. She is also generous with her time and counsel as a contributor to Avvo message boards. I found her answers helpful and insightful."
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Chicago Divorce and separation Lawyer Elizabeth M. Feely
Elizabeth M. Feely
Divorce and separation Attorney
Chicago, IL
Licensed for 35 years
Free Consultation
Virtual consultation available