Sheryl Rae Ghezzi

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Top Rated Family Law Attorney in Lincolnwood, IL

Law Offices of Sheryl Rae Ghezzi
 | 4433 West Touhy, Suite 404
Lincolnwood, IL 60712
Phone: 847-675-7570
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2012 - 2013, 2015 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1984
Practice Areas:
  • Family Law
    Attorney Profile

    Sheryl Rae Ghezzi has devoted a 35 year legal career to representing clients with complex family law challenges. Sheryl believes every avenue available should be explored for an amicable settlement but when litigation is required, client satisfaction is best achieved by an attorney and client working closely in developing strategies to achieve the client's goals. Communication is key. Whether a simple uncontested divorce or contested litigation involving child custody and high net worth property issues, clients are kept well informed and participate in the process.

    Sheryl's experience with the divorce process encompasses the valuation and division of marital and non-marital property; parental responsibility for children; children's financial support and specific contributions necessary for children's expenses; children's educational expenses; and spousal maintenance. Valuation complications arising from interests in professional practices, closely held corporations and commerecial real estate are competently resolved.  She approaches each case in a bespoke fashion. 

    Sheryl shares her knowledge by lecturing, locally and nationally, in the areas of family law, child custody, legal ethics, and civility and professionalism. For over 25 years she has represented  children by appointment by the Circuit Court of Cook County. She mentors students and young lawyers through various organizations and educational institutions. Sheryl has been continuously recognized for her achievements and is well respected in the legal community.  

    Practice areas include divorce, child visitation, post decree Judgment enforcement, college expense enforcement, spousal maintenance modification, child support modification, civil union agreements, paternity, prenuptial planning and Estate Planning. Family Law representative clients include physicians, lawyers, entrepreneurs, corporate executives, business owners, clergy members, home-makers, teachers and union members, as well as their spouses.   

    The suburban office is conveniently located off I 94 at the intersection of Touhy Avenue and Lincoln Avenue.  Parking is free.

    The practice extends across Cook, Lake, Du Page, Will, McHenry, Kane and Kendall counties.

     

     
    Practice Areas
    • 100%Family Law
    Focus Areas

    Alimony & Spousal Support, Custody & Visitation, Dissolution, Divorce, Prenuptial Agreements, Marital Property, Same Sex Family Law, Father's Rights

    Selections

    Selected to Super Lawyers for 8 yearsbottom-image

    Super Lawyers: 2012 - 2013, 2015 - 2020

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    About Sheryl Ghezzi

    Admitted: 1984, Illinois

    Professional Webpage: http://www.divorceconfidential.com/attorneys/sheryl-rae-ghez...

    Honors/Awards:

    • Bureau of National Affairs, Publisher, 1984
    • Biography , Who's Who in America, Publisher, 2020
    • Top Women Attorneys in Illinois, Chicago Magazine Super Lawyers, 2013
    • Top 10% professionals in United States, America's Most Honored Professionals , American Registry, 2020
    • Who's Who of American Women
    • America's Most Honored Professionals , American Registry , 2015
    • Who's Who in America 2018
    • Illinois Top 10, National Academy of Family Law Attorneys, 2015
    • Illinois Top 10, National Academy of Family Law Attorneys, 2016

    Special Licenses/Certifications:

    • Illinois Real Estate Managing Broker License, 1981

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Chicago Bar Association
    • Circuit Court of Cook County, Domestic Relations Division, Certified Children's Representative
    • U.S. District Court Southern District of Illinois, 1984
    • John Marshall Law School, Employment Advisory Board, Family Law Chairman, 2014
    • Illinois State Bar Association
    • Circuit Court of Cook County, Domestic Relations Division, Court Facilitator
    • U.S. District Court Central District of Illinois, 1984
    • American Bar Association Family Law Section , 2017
    • Illinois State Bar Association Military Affairs Committee, 2006
    • U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois, 1984
    • Supreme Court of Illinois, 1984

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Village of Lincolnwood, Human Relations Commission 2018 to present, 2018
    • Village of Lincolnwood Illinois  Human Relations Commission, 2004 to 2009
    • Court Facilitator, Circuit Court of Cook County, 2002 to present
    • John Marshall Law School:  Job Advisory Board (Chairman: Family Law Committee) 2013 to present 
    • Children's Representative, Circuit Court of Cook County, 1992 to present
    • Founding Member, Lincolnwood School Foundation, 2002 - 2003
    • Alumni Board of Directors, Lake Forest College, 2007 to 2011
    • Military Affairs Committee, ISBA, 2002 - 2008

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Lecturer, "A Roadmap Through Divorce Proceedings", National Business Institute, Baby on Board: Handling Child Custody, Visitation and Support Issues, March 2009
    • Lecturer, "Preventing Critical Financial Issues During Divorces", National Business Institute, Ethical Considerations,  March 2008
    • Military Issues in Family Law, Lecturer, Military Divorce Issues, Chicago Bar Association, 2006
    • Child Custody Issues, Lecturer, Handling Illinois Divorces from Start to Finish, National Business Institute, 2004
    • The Ethics of Email, National Teleconference, National Business Institute, January 2012
    • Civility and Professionalism National Teleconference, National Business Institute, 2012
    • The Ethics of E-mail 2012, National Teleconference, , National Business Institute, 2012
    • Divorce Litigation from Start to Finish, National Business Institute, 2013
    • Lecturer, Legal Ethics of E-mail National Teleconference, National Business Institute/Westlaw, 2014
    • The Divorce Process, National Business Institute,  September 2011
    • Ethical Considerations, National Business Institute,  March 2010
    • Domestic Violence & Military Personnel, CBA, November, 2006
    • Family Law Ethics, National Business Institute,  August, 2004
    • Civility and Professionalism, National Business Institute, 2013
    • Lecturer, Legal Ethics of E-mail, National Business Institute
    • Legal Ethics of E-Mail, National Business Institute, 2013
    • Commencing Divorce Action, Lecturer, Divorce Litigation - Start to Finish, National Business Institute, 2011
    • New Supreme Court Rules Overview, Lecturer, Preventing Critical Financial Mistakes in Divorce, National Business Institute, 2010

    Other Outstanding Achievements:

    • Who's Who in American Women
    • Who's Who in America, 2016

    Educational Background:

    • Kingswood School Cranbrook, 1973
    • Lake Forest College, B.A. Major: Psychology/Political Science, 1977

    Industry Groups

    • Family Law Attorneys

    Comments

    • “Sheryl Rae Ghezzi has a productive and admirable approach of highly charged litigation”
    • “Sheryl Ghezzi is a dedicated professional. She is thorough and always prepared. She knows the law and also knows how to negotiate.She understands the psychodynamics of clients going through divorce and offers empathetic, practical, and effective representation.”
    • “Sheryl Ghezzi is thorough knowledgeable attorney with the highest ethics who specializes in common sense and clients service.”
    • “Sheryl is an experienced and respected attorney in her field. Her knowledge of the law and dedicated representation would make anyone lucky to have her as their counsel.”

    These comments were made by fellow attorneys during the annual nomination process.

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    Office Location for Sheryl Rae Ghezzi

    4433 West Touhy
    Suite 404
    Lincolnwood, IL 60712

    Phone: 847-675-7570

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    Last Updated: 5/12/2020

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