The Stogsdill Law Firm, P.C.

The Stogsdill Law Firm, P.C.

DuPage County Divorce, Child Support, Custody, and Property Division Attorneys Serving Clients in Wheaton, Glen Ellyn, Naperville and Throughout Illinois.

The Stogsdill Law Firm, P.C.

The Stogsdill Law Firm, P.C.

DuPage County Divorce, Child Support, Custody, and Property Division Attorneys Serving Clients in Wheaton, Glen Ellyn, Naperville and Throughout Illinois.

Firm Overview

Choosing a law firm to handle your family law matter is a very important decision. The knowledge and experience of your attorney is an important factor in the outcome of your case. At The Stogsdill Law Firm, P.C., in Wheaton, we have provided high-quality family law counsel and representation for over 40 years in Northern Illinois. Collectively, our attorneys possess more than 110 years of combined legal experience.

For over 40 years, attorney William J. Stogsdill has practiced law with distinction in Illinois. He is deeply committed to every case he takes, and fosters the same work ethic in every attorney at his firm. No matter how simple or complex a case may be, we dedicate ourselves to delivering the best possible outcome for our clients.

Our firm works with all types of clients, including high-asset clients, professionals, and those of modest or moderate incomes. Our attorneys are available at a variety of rates, and we will work with you to meet your budget. For every family law matter, we strive to find solutions that are effective and efficient. If we are not able to settle your case through mediation or negotiation, our experienced trial lawyers will litigate on your behalf.

When the stakes are high, having an aggressive attorney in your corner can make all the difference. Our firm is known for representing our clients' rights and interests both at the negotiating table, and before a judge through litigation. When resolving a case is not possible, we believe in forcefully advocating for our clients in court. Our strong reputation as litigators often helps us to settle challenging cases in our clients' favor. In fact, many of our referrals have come from opposing parties who have witnessed our effective advocacy from the other side.

Main Office

Main Office
1776 S. Naperville Road - Building B, Suite 202
Wheaton, IL 60189

Phone

(630) 462-9500

Family

Representation In Family Law Matters In Wheaton.

Adoption, Civil Unions, Domestic Violence, Orders of Protection & Restraining Orders, Paternity, Prenuptial & Postnuptial Agreements.

Divorce

Trial Lawyers and Mediators Focused on Divorce Matters in Wheaton, IL.

Divorce Planning, Protecting Your Credit Score During Divorce, Alimony / Maintenance, Unallocated Alimony, Taxes and Divorce, Distribution of Marital Property, Dissipation of Assets, Retirement Plans / IRAs / QDROs, International & Interstate Divorce, Post Divorce Modifications & Enforcement, High New Worth Divorce, Business Valuations, Forensic Accounting and Asset Tracing, Protecting Assets & Investments, Sole Custody Vs. Joint Custody (Allocation of Parental Responsibilities), Child Visitation (Parenting Time), Child Relocation or Removal, Grandparent Visitation, Post Decree Enforcement, Non Payment of Child Support.

The Stogsdill Law Firm, P.C.
William J. Stogsdill, Jr., Attorney

William J. Stogsdill joined The Stogsdill Law Firm, P. C. in April of 2012. Since joining the firm, Will has primarily focused on practice in the area of family law. Will has worked on complex financial estates, custody disputes, negotiating property and custody settlements, and orders of protection. In 2011, Will was published in the Illinois State Bar Association Family Law Handbook as a Co-Author with William J. Stogsdill, of the chapter entitled, "Division of Retirement Benefits in Dissolution Proceedings."

Prior to joining The Stogsdill Law Firm, P. C., Will worked as an Assistant State's Attorney in the Criminal Prosecutions Bureau of DuPage County from 2009-2012. He prosecuted over 100 trials and achieved a 91% conviction rate in jury trials. While working as an Assistant State's Attorney, Will sat for the Florida Bar Exam. In 2011, Will was sworn into the Florida Bar. Will is a board member of the Ambassadors for Vision, a charity board whose mission includes raising funds for the Illinois Eye Bank, an organization dedicated to the restoration of sight.

Will earned his Juris Doctorate degree from the John Marshall Law School in 2009. While at John Marshall, Will was a member of the Trial Advocacy and Dispute Resolution Honors Board, Moot Court Honors Council, and participated in trial advocacy competitions. In 2008, Will was the team captain of the team that represented John Marshall in the National Trial Advocacy Competition. Will is also a trained Guardian ad Litem.

Areas of Law
-Divorce
-Child Custody
-Child Support
-Collaborative Law
-Mediation
-Family Law
-Appeals

Education

John Marshall Law School
J.D., 2009

Clemson University
B.S., 2005

The Stogsdill Law Firm, P.C.
William J. Stogsdill, Jr., Attorney

William J. Stogsdill joined The Stogsdill Law Firm, P. C. in April of 2012. Since joining the firm, Will has primarily focused on practice in the area of family law. Will has worked on complex financial estates, custody disputes, negotiating property and custody settlements, and orders of protection. In 2011, Will was published in the Illinois State Bar Association Family Law Handbook as a Co-Author with William J. Stogsdill, of the chapter entitled, "Division of Retirement Benefits in Dissolution Proceedings."

Prior to joining The Stogsdill Law Firm, P. C., Will worked as an Assistant State's Attorney in the Criminal Prosecutions Bureau of DuPage County from 2009-2012. He prosecuted over 100 trials and achieved a 91% conviction rate in jury trials. While working as an Assistant State's Attorney, Will sat for the Florida Bar Exam. In 2011, Will was sworn into the Florida Bar. Will is a board member of the Ambassadors for Vision, a charity board whose mission includes raising funds for the Illinois Eye Bank, an organization dedicated to the restoration of sight.

Will earned his Juris Doctorate degree from the John Marshall Law School in 2009. While at John Marshall, Will was a member of the Trial Advocacy and Dispute Resolution Honors Board, Moot Court Honors Council, and participated in trial advocacy competitions. In 2008, Will was the team captain of the team that represented John Marshall in the National Trial Advocacy Competition. Will is also a trained Guardian ad Litem.

Areas of Law
-Divorce
-Child Custody
-Child Support
-Collaborative Law
-Mediation
-Family Law
-Appeals

Education

John Marshall Law School J.D., 2009


Clemson University B.S., 2005


The Stogsdill Law Firm, P.C.
William J. Stogsdill, Sr., Managing Partner

William J. Stogsdill is the founder and managing member of The Stogsdill Law Firm, P.C, a ten-attorney firm, concentrating in domestic relations law, located in Wheaton, Illinois. William earned his Juris Doctorate from John Marshall Law School in 1974 and was admitted to the Bar on October 1, 1974. William was also licensed to practice in the Northern District Federal Court since 1974 and licensed to practice in the United States Supreme Court in 1980.

Before establishing The Stogsdill Law Firm, P.C, in 1984, William worked as an Assistant State's Attorney, in DuPage County, Illinois, from June, 1973, to November, 1976. He then became a partner of Kowalczyk & Stogsdill, Ltd. from December 1976, to May 1984, and was an Appointed Special Assistant State's Attorney, in DuPage County, Illinois, April 21, 1989. William J. Stogsdill established his firm to meet the needs of all persons involved in family law issues. The firm consists of experienced attorneys who are able to provide family law solutions from complex to even simple cases while providing the services at varying rates in order to accommodate families with varying financial resources. William's vast experience in litigation, his legal knowledge and his constant preparedness for litigation provides the opposing party with strong impetus to avoid contested court proceedings and the client with a strong likelihood of settlement, without the expensive litigation.

Areas of Law
-Divorce
-Child Custody
-Child Support
-Collaborative Law
-Mediation
-Family Law
-Appeals

Education

John Marshall Law School
J.D., 1974

The Stogsdill Law Firm, P.C.
William J. Stogsdill, Sr., Managing Partner

William J. Stogsdill is the founder and managing member of The Stogsdill Law Firm, P.C, a ten-attorney firm, concentrating in domestic relations law, located in Wheaton, Illinois. William earned his Juris Doctorate from John Marshall Law School in 1974 and was admitted to the Bar on October 1, 1974. William was also licensed to practice in the Northern District Federal Court since 1974 and licensed to practice in the United States Supreme Court in 1980.

Before establishing The Stogsdill Law Firm, P.C, in 1984, William worked as an Assistant State's Attorney, in DuPage County, Illinois, from June, 1973, to November, 1976. He then became a partner of Kowalczyk & Stogsdill, Ltd. from December 1976, to May 1984, and was an Appointed Special Assistant State's Attorney, in DuPage County, Illinois, April 21, 1989. William J. Stogsdill established his firm to meet the needs of all persons involved in family law issues. The firm consists of experienced attorneys who are able to provide family law solutions from complex to even simple cases while providing the services at varying rates in order to accommodate families with varying financial resources. William's vast experience in litigation, his legal knowledge and his constant preparedness for litigation provides the opposing party with strong impetus to avoid contested court proceedings and the client with a strong likelihood of settlement, without the expensive litigation.

Areas of Law
-Divorce
-Child Custody
-Child Support
-Collaborative Law
-Mediation
-Family Law
-Appeals

Education

John Marshall Law School J.D., 1974


The Stogsdill Law Firm, P.C.
Bryan S. Estes, Partner

Mr. Estes was trial counsel who successfully argued for the application of "parent alienation" in obtaining approximately an equal division of parenting time for the father of his minor daughter. The application of the "parent alienation" theory was affirmed by the Second District Appellate Court as only one of two (2) cited cases in the State of Illinois which have affirmed such theory. In addition, the trial court's decision with respect to a request for an Illinois Supreme Court Rule 215 Evaluation provided impetus for the Illinois Legislature to enact a provision for the appointment of an independent custody evaluation pursuant to 604.5 of the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act.

Mr. Estes was trial counsel for a seventy (70) year old biological father who sought and was awarded sole custody of his five (5) year old son when the father never previously had a relationship with his son due to the mother's concealment of said child. The mother of the minor filed six (6) various appeals and a request for filing yet another appeal late. All appeals were dismissed and the request for filing a late appeal was denied by the Second District Appellate Court.

Mr. Estes successfully vacated several Judgments for Dissolution of Marriage in DuPage County, Illinois due to fraud, unconscionability and coercion. In one such case, Mr. Estes successfully tried and persuaded the trail court to vacate the award of custody of the three (3) children awarded to the father and ultimately awarded custody of said children to the mother.

Mr. Estes was trial counsel for a parent who sought custody of children when the other parent engaged in or demonstrated interest in sexual deviant behaviors such as; bestiality; sexual masochism, ultimate bondage; sadism; a sexual proclivity for interest in depiction of minors in sexual nude poses. Mr. Estes was trial counsel who successfully tried several custody cases in parentage and dissolution proceedings that ultimately resulted in the award of sole custody of minors to the parent which Mr. Estes represented.

Mr. Estes was trial counsel who successfully tried and traced the acquisition of assets which were determined to be the non-marital property of the spouse who asserted the claim. Mr. Estes has successfully obtained custody of minor children for grandparents of said minor children. Mr. Estes has successfully tried, prosecuted and defended numerous Petitions for Order of Protection for his clients.

Mr. Estes was trial counsel who successfully prosecuted the criminal charge of aggravated sexual abuse by a neighbor to a six (6) year old child for which the defendant was sentenced to incarceration in a correctional facility in the State of Illinois. Mr. Estes vigorously advocates the position of his clients in complicated custody and visitation cases. Mr. Estes also adeptly untangles complex financial facts to maximize the benefits for his clients both at trial, and in settlement negotiations. Mr. Estes has tried successfully more than one hundred cases. Mr. Estes ensures that his client's positions and claims are persuasively presented to the court when efforts to amicably resolve the parties' differences have failed.


Areas of Law
-Divorce
-Child Custody
-Child Support
-Collaborative Law
-Mediation
-Family Law
-Appeals

Education

Southern Illinois University School of Law
J.D., 1987

The Stogsdill Law Firm, P.C.
Bryan S. Estes, Partner

Mr. Estes was trial counsel who successfully argued for the application of "parent alienation" in obtaining approximately an equal division of parenting time for the father of his minor daughter. The application of the "parent alienation" theory was affirmed by the Second District Appellate Court as only one of two (2) cited cases in the State of Illinois which have affirmed such theory. In addition, the trial court's decision with respect to a request for an Illinois Supreme Court Rule 215 Evaluation provided impetus for the Illinois Legislature to enact a provision for the appointment of an independent custody evaluation pursuant to 604.5 of the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act.

Mr. Estes was trial counsel for a seventy (70) year old biological father who sought and was awarded sole custody of his five (5) year old son when the father never previously had a relationship with his son due to the mother's concealment of said child. The mother of the minor filed six (6) various appeals and a request for filing yet another appeal late. All appeals were dismissed and the request for filing a late appeal was denied by the Second District Appellate Court.

Mr. Estes successfully vacated several Judgments for Dissolution of Marriage in DuPage County, Illinois due to fraud, unconscionability and coercion. In one such case, Mr. Estes successfully tried and persuaded the trail court to vacate the award of custody of the three (3) children awarded to the father and ultimately awarded custody of said children to the mother.

Mr. Estes was trial counsel for a parent who sought custody of children when the other parent engaged in or demonstrated interest in sexual deviant behaviors such as; bestiality; sexual masochism, ultimate bondage; sadism; a sexual proclivity for interest in depiction of minors in sexual nude poses. Mr. Estes was trial counsel who successfully tried several custody cases in parentage and dissolution proceedings that ultimately resulted in the award of sole custody of minors to the parent which Mr. Estes represented.

Mr. Estes was trial counsel who successfully tried and traced the acquisition of assets which were determined to be the non-marital property of the spouse who asserted the claim. Mr. Estes has successfully obtained custody of minor children for grandparents of said minor children. Mr. Estes has successfully tried, prosecuted and defended numerous Petitions for Order of Protection for his clients.

Mr. Estes was trial counsel who successfully prosecuted the criminal charge of aggravated sexual abuse by a neighbor to a six (6) year old child for which the defendant was sentenced to incarceration in a correctional facility in the State of Illinois. Mr. Estes vigorously advocates the position of his clients in complicated custody and visitation cases. Mr. Estes also adeptly untangles complex financial facts to maximize the benefits for his clients both at trial, and in settlement negotiations. Mr. Estes has tried successfully more than one hundred cases. Mr. Estes ensures that his client's positions and claims are persuasively presented to the court when efforts to amicably resolve the parties' differences have failed.


Areas of Law
-Divorce
-Child Custody
-Child Support
-Collaborative Law
-Mediation
-Family Law
-Appeals

Education

Southern Illinois University School of Law J.D., 1987


The Stogsdill Law Firm, P.C.
Anthony Sammarco, Partner

Anthony obtained his Bachelor of Science Degree in 1979 and thereafter his Law Degree in 1982 from the DePaul University, College of Law in Chicago. He was admitted to the Illinois State Bar and the United States District Court Bar in 1982.

Since that time he has maintained active memberships in the Will County Bar Association, the DuPage County Bar Association and has served on its Matrimonial Law Committee, the Illinois State Bar Association and in 2006-2007 was a member of the Illinois State Bar Association Section Counsel on Judicial Evaluations. In 2014-2015 he served as a Member of the Illinois State Bar Association Family Law Section Counsel and from 2015-2016 served as a Member of the ISBA ARDC Section Counsel.

Anthony joined The Stogsdill Law Firm, P.C. in the fall of 1993. His experience ranges from simple divorce matters to the most complex cases involving the classification and distribution of property, the amount, duration and reviewability of maintenance, the calculation of income for purposes of support, reimbursement from the marital to the non-marital estate and vice versa, adoptions contested on the basis of unfitness, proceedings under the Illinois Domestic Violence Act for the award, extension, modification and/or vacatur of Orders of Protection as well as appellate proceedings in the Appellate Court of Illinois both First and Second Districts, post-judgment proceedings for modification, enforcement, reconsideration and/or vacatur of final judgments and the drafting and enforcement of pre-nuptial agreements.

Anthony has attended continuing legal education seminars available in order to exchange and develop ideas with members of the bench and bar and has also had an opportunity to lecture at several continuing legal education seminars in 2003 and 2002.

Anthony has also enjoyed the honor and privilege of accepting appointments to serve as children's representative and/or attorney for the minor children over the course of his tenure with The Stogsdill Law Firm, P.C. and is committed to providing pro bono advocacy for the indigent and received the DCBA Pro Bono Service Award in 2007 and again in 2014.

"We as divorce attorneys have the unique opportunity to assist our clients through a very difficult time in their lives. Whether by settlement or trial great results can only be achieved by paying attention to details, identifying issues, listening, and focusing on representing your client aggressively."


Areas of Law
-Divorce
-Child Custody
-Child Support
-Collaborative Law
-Mediation
-Family Law
-Appeals

Education

DePaul University College of Law, Chicago, Illinois
J.D., 1982

The Stogsdill Law Firm, P.C.
Anthony Sammarco, Partner

Anthony obtained his Bachelor of Science Degree in 1979 and thereafter his Law Degree in 1982 from the DePaul University, College of Law in Chicago. He was admitted to the Illinois State Bar and the United States District Court Bar in 1982.

Since that time he has maintained active memberships in the Will County Bar Association, the DuPage County Bar Association and has served on its Matrimonial Law Committee, the Illinois State Bar Association and in 2006-2007 was a member of the Illinois State Bar Association Section Counsel on Judicial Evaluations. In 2014-2015 he served as a Member of the Illinois State Bar Association Family Law Section Counsel and from 2015-2016 served as a Member of the ISBA ARDC Section Counsel.

Anthony joined The Stogsdill Law Firm, P.C. in the fall of 1993. His experience ranges from simple divorce matters to the most complex cases involving the classification and distribution of property, the amount, duration and reviewability of maintenance, the calculation of income for purposes of support, reimbursement from the marital to the non-marital estate and vice versa, adoptions contested on the basis of unfitness, proceedings under the Illinois Domestic Violence Act for the award, extension, modification and/or vacatur of Orders of Protection as well as appellate proceedings in the Appellate Court of Illinois both First and Second Districts, post-judgment proceedings for modification, enforcement, reconsideration and/or vacatur of final judgments and the drafting and enforcement of pre-nuptial agreements.

Anthony has attended continuing legal education seminars available in order to exchange and develop ideas with members of the bench and bar and has also had an opportunity to lecture at several continuing legal education seminars in 2003 and 2002.

Anthony has also enjoyed the honor and privilege of accepting appointments to serve as children's representative and/or attorney for the minor children over the course of his tenure with The Stogsdill Law Firm, P.C. and is committed to providing pro bono advocacy for the indigent and received the DCBA Pro Bono Service Award in 2007 and again in 2014.

"We as divorce attorneys have the unique opportunity to assist our clients through a very difficult time in their lives. Whether by settlement or trial great results can only be achieved by paying attention to details, identifying issues, listening, and focusing on representing your client aggressively."


Areas of Law
-Divorce
-Child Custody
-Child Support
-Collaborative Law
-Mediation
-Family Law
-Appeals

Education

DePaul University College of Law, Chicago, Illinois J.D., 1982


The Stogsdill Law Firm, P.C.
Robert Dale Boyd, Partner

Mr. Boyd graduated from John Marshall Law School in 1975 and immediately began working for the DuPage County Public Defender's Office where he remained as a felony trial attorney for 10 years. During that period of time, Mr. Boyd also established a successful family law practice. In 1995, Mr. Boyd joined The Stogsdill Law Firm, P.C. as a trial attorney specializing in complex financial matters and custody trials. He has tried more than 150 domestic relations cases involving issues of business valuations, complex financial structures and custody and modification of custody issues.

Thirty-five years of being an effective litigator and dogged proponent of his client's interests has given Mr. Boyd a decided edge in effective settlement negotiations. Trial skills are often a deterrent to trials. To date, Mr. Boyd has negotiated settlements in cases involving everything from multi-million dollar estates to more nominal cases. Through the use of business experts and forensic accounting investigators, he has been effective in finding assets buried within layer upon layer of business structuring. Millions have been added to estates resulting in larger awards for his client.

Mr. Boyd has served as a delegate from DuPage County to the Illinois State Bar Association. He has also served on numerous committees for the DuPage County Bar Association including the professional responsibility committee, criminal law committee and in numerous capacities for the family law committee. He has served as an instructor and speaker at various seminars and symposiums held by the DuPage County Bar Association. Further, he is presently appointed to a committee overseeing the DuPage County Evaluation Program and has been appointed to sub committees involving rule changes to said program.

In his personal life, Mr. Boyd spent eight years as a division III assistant football coach at Elmhurst College. Married with one adult and three younger children, Mr. Boyd's interests are largely centered around food - not just eating, but cooking and culinary classes as well.


Areas of Law
-Divorce
-Child Custody
-Child Support
-Collaborative Law
-Mediation
-Family Law
-Appeals

Education

John Marshall Law School, Chicago, Illinois
J.D., 1975

The Stogsdill Law Firm, P.C.
Robert Dale Boyd, Partner

Mr. Boyd graduated from John Marshall Law School in 1975 and immediately began working for the DuPage County Public Defender's Office where he remained as a felony trial attorney for 10 years. During that period of time, Mr. Boyd also established a successful family law practice. In 1995, Mr. Boyd joined The Stogsdill Law Firm, P.C. as a trial attorney specializing in complex financial matters and custody trials. He has tried more than 150 domestic relations cases involving issues of business valuations, complex financial structures and custody and modification of custody issues.

Thirty-five years of being an effective litigator and dogged proponent of his client's interests has given Mr. Boyd a decided edge in effective settlement negotiations. Trial skills are often a deterrent to trials. To date, Mr. Boyd has negotiated settlements in cases involving everything from multi-million dollar estates to more nominal cases. Through the use of business experts and forensic accounting investigators, he has been effective in finding assets buried within layer upon layer of business structuring. Millions have been added to estates resulting in larger awards for his client.

Mr. Boyd has served as a delegate from DuPage County to the Illinois State Bar Association. He has also served on numerous committees for the DuPage County Bar Association including the professional responsibility committee, criminal law committee and in numerous capacities for the family law committee. He has served as an instructor and speaker at various seminars and symposiums held by the DuPage County Bar Association. Further, he is presently appointed to a committee overseeing the DuPage County Evaluation Program and has been appointed to sub committees involving rule changes to said program.

In his personal life, Mr. Boyd spent eight years as a division III assistant football coach at Elmhurst College. Married with one adult and three younger children, Mr. Boyd's interests are largely centered around food - not just eating, but cooking and culinary classes as well.


Areas of Law
-Divorce
-Child Custody
-Child Support
-Collaborative Law
-Mediation
-Family Law
-Appeals

Education

John Marshall Law School, Chicago, Illinois J.D., 1975


The Stogsdill Law Firm, P.C.
Brett T. Williamson, Attorney

Since joining The Stogsdill Law Firm, P.C. in 2006, Mr. Williamson has worked exclusively in the field of matrimonial law. Mr. Williamson is dedicated to providing his clients, no matter the issue, with the experience and knowledge necessary to bring their case to a positive resolution. Mr. Williamson has successfully negotiated settlements and/or litigated issues involving complex financial matters, custody, support and division of property. Mr. Williamson has also successfully negotiated custody/financial settlements as they relate to paternity actions.

Mr. Williamson is also the general counsel and associate board president of Griffith Tutoring. Griffith Tutoring is a non-profit organization preparing at-risk Chicago high school students for the ACT college entrance exam by partnering with businesses and training their professionals to tutor and mentor the students.

Mr. Williamson received a Juris Doctorate degree from The John Marshall Law School in December 2005. Mr. Williamson completed his undergraduate studies at Butler University, where he graduated with a BA in History and English, and also received honors from the History department.

While at Butler, Mr. Williamson was also a member of the Division 1 Lacrosse Team and the Sigma Chi fraternity. Prior to joining The Stogsdill Law Firm, P.C., Mr. Williamson worked as an insurance coverage associate attorney at Bollinger, Ruberry & Garvey in Chicago, Illinois. Mr. Williamson's previous position provided him with a wealth of knowledge and experience in researching and resolving a wide array of contractual issues.

Mr. Williamson is a member in good standing of the DuPage County, Will County, Chicago, and Illinois Bar Associations. Mr. Williamson is involved in the DCBA mentor-mentee program serving as a mentor to a newly admitted member of the Illinois State Bar. Mr. Williamson has been appointed to the Hearing Board of the Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission (ARDC) where he sits on a 3 Judge Panel ruling upon violations of attorneys of the Rules of Professional Conduct.


Areas of Law
-Divorce
-Child Custody
-Child Support
-Collaborative Law
-Mediation
-Family Law
-Appeals

Education

John Marshall Law School
J.D., 2005

The Stogsdill Law Firm, P.C.
Brett T. Williamson, Attorney

Since joining The Stogsdill Law Firm, P.C. in 2006, Mr. Williamson has worked exclusively in the field of matrimonial law. Mr. Williamson is dedicated to providing his clients, no matter the issue, with the experience and knowledge necessary to bring their case to a positive resolution. Mr. Williamson has successfully negotiated settlements and/or litigated issues involving complex financial matters, custody, support and division of property. Mr. Williamson has also successfully negotiated custody/financial settlements as they relate to paternity actions.

Mr. Williamson is also the general counsel and associate board president of Griffith Tutoring. Griffith Tutoring is a non-profit organization preparing at-risk Chicago high school students for the ACT college entrance exam by partnering with businesses and training their professionals to tutor and mentor the students.

Mr. Williamson received a Juris Doctorate degree from The John Marshall Law School in December 2005. Mr. Williamson completed his undergraduate studies at Butler University, where he graduated with a BA in History and English, and also received honors from the History department.

While at Butler, Mr. Williamson was also a member of the Division 1 Lacrosse Team and the Sigma Chi fraternity. Prior to joining The Stogsdill Law Firm, P.C., Mr. Williamson worked as an insurance coverage associate attorney at Bollinger, Ruberry & Garvey in Chicago, Illinois. Mr. Williamson's previous position provided him with a wealth of knowledge and experience in researching and resolving a wide array of contractual issues.

Mr. Williamson is a member in good standing of the DuPage County, Will County, Chicago, and Illinois Bar Associations. Mr. Williamson is involved in the DCBA mentor-mentee program serving as a mentor to a newly admitted member of the Illinois State Bar. Mr. Williamson has been appointed to the Hearing Board of the Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission (ARDC) where he sits on a 3 Judge Panel ruling upon violations of attorneys of the Rules of Professional Conduct.


Areas of Law
-Divorce
-Child Custody
-Child Support
-Collaborative Law
-Mediation
-Family Law
-Appeals

Education

John Marshall Law School J.D., 2005


The Stogsdill Law Firm, P.C.
Christopher John Zaruba, Attorney

Christopher J. Zaruba joined The Stogsdill Law Firm, P.C. in June of 2014. Prior to that, Chris was an Assistant State's Attorney at the DuPage County State's Attorney's Office from 2009-2014. Chris began his career at the State's Attorney's office handling traffic and misdemeanor offenses, including DUI's, orders of protection, and domestic batteries. In 2012, Chris received the Outstanding Misdemeanor Prosecutor of the Year award. He was promoted to the Felony Juvenile Division where he worked closely with DCFS in handling cases involving abused or neglected children. After working in the Juvenile Division, Chris was again promoted to the Felony Trial Division where he handled serious offenses including drug offenses, burglaries, and aggravated batteries. During his time at the State's Attorney's Office, Chris prosecuted over 300 cases to trial, including many jury trials. Prior to leaving the State's Attorney's Office, Chris was selected to participate in the National District Attorney's Association annual seminar on Trial Advocacy which he successfully completed. Now Chris primarily focuses his practice on the area of family law.

In January of 2014, Chris received the honor of being admitted to practice in front of the United States Supreme Court in Washington D.C. He is a member of the United States Supreme Court, Illinois State, and DuPage County bar associations.

Chris earned his Juris Doctorate degree from the John Marshall Law School in 2009. While on the Dean's list at the John Marshall Law School, he was recognized for receiving top honors in the areas of Evidence and Federal Criminal Procedure. Chris also clerked for the Honorable John W. Darrah of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

While attending the John Marshall Law School and while studying for the Illinois bar exam, Chris interned at the DuPage County State's Attorney's Office. During that time, he participated in trials and drafted motions. Prior to being admitted to the Illinois Bar, Chris assisted then-State's Attorney, Joseph Birkett, in successfully prosecuting DuPage County's last Death Penalty case.

He is active in the DuPage County Bar Association, and serves as the 2014 Chair of the Young Lawyers Committee. He was also invited to become and is a member of the Robert E. Jones chapter of the American Inns of Court.

Chris earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana. He also completed a minor in History and was recognized on the Dean's List.

In his free time, Chris has been involved in numerous successful campaigns for Republican candidates throughout the State of Illinois and DuPage County.

Areas of Law
-Divorce
-Child Custody
-Child Support
-Collaborative Law
-Mediation
-Family Law
-Appeals

Education

The John Marshall Law School
J.D., 2009

The Stogsdill Law Firm, P.C.
Christopher John Zaruba, Attorney

Christopher J. Zaruba joined The Stogsdill Law Firm, P.C. in June of 2014. Prior to that, Chris was an Assistant State's Attorney at the DuPage County State's Attorney's Office from 2009-2014. Chris began his career at the State's Attorney's office handling traffic and misdemeanor offenses, including DUI's, orders of protection, and domestic batteries. In 2012, Chris received the Outstanding Misdemeanor Prosecutor of the Year award. He was promoted to the Felony Juvenile Division where he worked closely with DCFS in handling cases involving abused or neglected children. After working in the Juvenile Division, Chris was again promoted to the Felony Trial Division where he handled serious offenses including drug offenses, burglaries, and aggravated batteries. During his time at the State's Attorney's Office, Chris prosecuted over 300 cases to trial, including many jury trials. Prior to leaving the State's Attorney's Office, Chris was selected to participate in the National District Attorney's Association annual seminar on Trial Advocacy which he successfully completed. Now Chris primarily focuses his practice on the area of family law.

In January of 2014, Chris received the honor of being admitted to practice in front of the United States Supreme Court in Washington D.C. He is a member of the United States Supreme Court, Illinois State, and DuPage County bar associations.

Chris earned his Juris Doctorate degree from the John Marshall Law School in 2009. While on the Dean's list at the John Marshall Law School, he was recognized for receiving top honors in the areas of Evidence and Federal Criminal Procedure. Chris also clerked for the Honorable John W. Darrah of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

While attending the John Marshall Law School and while studying for the Illinois bar exam, Chris interned at the DuPage County State's Attorney's Office. During that time, he participated in trials and drafted motions. Prior to being admitted to the Illinois Bar, Chris assisted then-State's Attorney, Joseph Birkett, in successfully prosecuting DuPage County's last Death Penalty case.

He is active in the DuPage County Bar Association, and serves as the 2014 Chair of the Young Lawyers Committee. He was also invited to become and is a member of the Robert E. Jones chapter of the American Inns of Court.

Chris earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana. He also completed a minor in History and was recognized on the Dean's List.

In his free time, Chris has been involved in numerous successful campaigns for Republican candidates throughout the State of Illinois and DuPage County.

Areas of Law
-Divorce
-Child Custody
-Child Support
-Collaborative Law
-Mediation
-Family Law
-Appeals

Education

The John Marshall Law School J.D., 2009


The Stogsdill Law Firm, P.C.
Christopher M. Stanton, Attorney

Christopher Stanton joined the Stogsdill Law Firm, P.C. in May of 2017.Since receiving his license in 2011, Chris was an Assistant State's Attorney in DeKalb, Winnebago and DuPage counties. In that time Chris was tasked with handling a variety of matters including traffic and misdemeanor, domestic violence, DUIs, orders of protection and drug-related offenses. While in DeKalb County, Chris also ran the Diversion Program, for first-time misdemeanor offenders.

Over the course of his career, Chris has brought over 300 cases to bench or jury trial. Prior to leaving the DuPage County State's Attorney's Office Chris was promoted and tasked with running the Forfeiture Division of the State's Attorney's Office. Upon leaving the State's Attorney's Office Chris was presented with an award for Outstanding Service to the Office of the State's Attorney.

Areas of Law
-Family Law
-Divorce
-Orders of Protection
-Criminal Law

Education

Valparaiso University School of Law
J.D., 2011

The Stogsdill Law Firm, P.C.
Christopher M. Stanton, Attorney

Christopher Stanton joined the Stogsdill Law Firm, P.C. in May of 2017.Since receiving his license in 2011, Chris was an Assistant State's Attorney in DeKalb, Winnebago and DuPage counties. In that time Chris was tasked with handling a variety of matters including traffic and misdemeanor, domestic violence, DUIs, orders of protection and drug-related offenses. While in DeKalb County, Chris also ran the Diversion Program, for first-time misdemeanor offenders.

Over the course of his career, Chris has brought over 300 cases to bench or jury trial. Prior to leaving the DuPage County State's Attorney's Office Chris was promoted and tasked with running the Forfeiture Division of the State's Attorney's Office. Upon leaving the State's Attorney's Office Chris was presented with an award for Outstanding Service to the Office of the State's Attorney.

Areas of Law
-Family Law
-Divorce
-Orders of Protection
-Criminal Law

Education

Valparaiso University School of Law J.D., 2011


The Stogsdill Law Firm, P.C.
Eric T. Telander, Attorney

Prior to joining the firm, Eric was an Assistant State's Attorney at the DuPage County State's Attorney's Office from 2010 2013. While an Assistant State's Attorney, Eric was actively engaged in prosecuting cases including misdemeanors and assisting on felony matters. During this time, Eric was selected to represent the Office at the Illinois State's Attorney's and Illinois Department of Transportation's "Under the Influence Seminar." Eric also managed trial strategy and courtroom scheduling for the expedient disposition of cases as a first chair prosecutor, conducting over 100 bench and jury trials. Upon leaving the State's Attorney's Office, Eric was presented the award for Outstanding Service to the Office of the State's Attorney and the Citizens of DuPage County.

Following his time at the DuPage County State's Attorney's Office, Eric opened up his own practice primarily focusing on criminal defense matters across Illinois. During this time, Eric aggressively and successfully defended clients from criminal matters ranging from traffic tickets to serious felonies.

In 2014, Eric closed his practice and became a Partner at Telander and Telander Attorney's and Counselor's at Law. He continued in his representation of clients charged with criminal offenses throughout Illinois including many high profile cases.

Eric earned his Juris Doctorate from Western Michigan University Cooley Law School with a concentration in litigation. Prior to enrolling in law school, Eric graduated from Arizona State University with a bachelor's degree in Tourism Development and Management. During his free time, Eric is an active volunteer for the American Field Service and enjoys traveling and playing sports.

Areas of Law
-Family Law
-Criminal Law

Education

Western Michigan University Cooley Law School
J.D., 2009

The Stogsdill Law Firm, P.C.
Eric T. Telander, Attorney

Prior to joining the firm, Eric was an Assistant State's Attorney at the DuPage County State's Attorney's Office from 2010 2013. While an Assistant State's Attorney, Eric was actively engaged in prosecuting cases including misdemeanors and assisting on felony matters. During this time, Eric was selected to represent the Office at the Illinois State's Attorney's and Illinois Department of Transportation's "Under the Influence Seminar." Eric also managed trial strategy and courtroom scheduling for the expedient disposition of cases as a first chair prosecutor, conducting over 100 bench and jury trials. Upon leaving the State's Attorney's Office, Eric was presented the award for Outstanding Service to the Office of the State's Attorney and the Citizens of DuPage County.

Following his time at the DuPage County State's Attorney's Office, Eric opened up his own practice primarily focusing on criminal defense matters across Illinois. During this time, Eric aggressively and successfully defended clients from criminal matters ranging from traffic tickets to serious felonies.

In 2014, Eric closed his practice and became a Partner at Telander and Telander Attorney's and Counselor's at Law. He continued in his representation of clients charged with criminal offenses throughout Illinois including many high profile cases.

Eric earned his Juris Doctorate from Western Michigan University Cooley Law School with a concentration in litigation. Prior to enrolling in law school, Eric graduated from Arizona State University with a bachelor's degree in Tourism Development and Management. During his free time, Eric is an active volunteer for the American Field Service and enjoys traveling and playing sports.

Areas of Law
-Family Law
-Criminal Law

Education

Western Michigan University Cooley Law School J.D., 2009


The Stogsdill Law Firm, P.C.
Justin Marshall Smit, Associate

Since joining The Stogsdill Law Firm, P.C. in 2000, Mr. Smit has remained committed to providing his clients with the client first attention to detail along with the knowledge and experience required to accomplish the client's desired outcome. Mr. Smit approaches each individual client with the understanding that it is very important to actually listen to the client and reach a consensus as to what they can expect from the given situation.

Mr. Smit obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Law Enforcement Administration from Western Illinois University in 1994. Mr. Smit then went on to graduate from the John Marshall Law School and was admitted to the Illinois State Bar in 1998. Since being admitted to the Bar in 1998, Mr. Smit has concentrated his area of practice exclusively to family law and divorce litigation. Mr. Smit practices in all areas of matrimonial law, from a simple divorce to complex financial and custody matters, pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements, judgment enforcement, pre and post decree custody and support actions, domestic violence and parentage actions.

Mr. Smit has successfully dealt with many unique situations, from negotiating child support and maintenance awards in high wealth cases and the valuation and division of complex marital estates to enforcing pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements. Mr. Smit's successes also include negotiating and litigating complex custody situations including cases with multiple court appointed and independent experts utilized when necessary to determine the best interests of the child.

Mr. Smit is a member in good standing of the ISBA and DCBA and the Family Law sections of each. Mr. Smit was also appointed by the ISBA President to serve on the Standing Committee on Bar Services and Activities. Mr. Smit is also actively involved in the DCBA mentor-mentee program serving as a mentor to a newly admitted member of the Illinois State Bar.


Areas of Law
-Divorce
-Child Custody
-Child Support
-Collaborative Law
-Mediation
-Family Law
-Appeals

Education

John Marshall Law School
J.D., 1998

The Stogsdill Law Firm, P.C.
Justin Marshall Smit, Associate

Since joining The Stogsdill Law Firm, P.C. in 2000, Mr. Smit has remained committed to providing his clients with the client first attention to detail along with the knowledge and experience required to accomplish the client's desired outcome. Mr. Smit approaches each individual client with the understanding that it is very important to actually listen to the client and reach a consensus as to what they can expect from the given situation.

Mr. Smit obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Law Enforcement Administration from Western Illinois University in 1994. Mr. Smit then went on to graduate from the John Marshall Law School and was admitted to the Illinois State Bar in 1998. Since being admitted to the Bar in 1998, Mr. Smit has concentrated his area of practice exclusively to family law and divorce litigation. Mr. Smit practices in all areas of matrimonial law, from a simple divorce to complex financial and custody matters, pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements, judgment enforcement, pre and post decree custody and support actions, domestic violence and parentage actions.

Mr. Smit has successfully dealt with many unique situations, from negotiating child support and maintenance awards in high wealth cases and the valuation and division of complex marital estates to enforcing pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements. Mr. Smit's successes also include negotiating and litigating complex custody situations including cases with multiple court appointed and independent experts utilized when necessary to determine the best interests of the child.

Mr. Smit is a member in good standing of the ISBA and DCBA and the Family Law sections of each. Mr. Smit was also appointed by the ISBA President to serve on the Standing Committee on Bar Services and Activities. Mr. Smit is also actively involved in the DCBA mentor-mentee program serving as a mentor to a newly admitted member of the Illinois State Bar.


Areas of Law
-Divorce
-Child Custody
-Child Support
-Collaborative Law
-Mediation
-Family Law
-Appeals

Education

John Marshall Law School J.D., 1998


Firm Overview

Choosing a law firm to handle your family law matter is a very important decision. The knowledge and experience of your attorney is an important factor in the outcome of your case. At The Stogsdill Law Firm, P.C., in Wheaton, we have provided high-quality family law counsel and representation for over 40 years in Northern Illinois. Collectively, our attorneys possess more than 110 years of combined legal experience.

For over 40 years, attorney William J. Stogsdill has practiced law with distinction in Illinois. He is deeply committed to every case he takes, and fosters the same work ethic in every attorney at his firm. No matter how simple or complex a case may be, we dedicate ourselves to delivering the best possible outcome for our clients.

Our firm works with all types of clients, including high-asset clients, professionals, and those of modest or moderate incomes. Our attorneys are available at a variety of rates, and we will work with you to meet your budget. For every family law matter, we strive to find solutions that are effective and efficient. If we are not able to settle your case through mediation or negotiation, our experienced trial lawyers will litigate on your behalf.

When the stakes are high, having an aggressive attorney in your corner can make all the difference. Our firm is known for representing our clients' rights and interests both at the negotiating table, and before a judge through litigation. When resolving a case is not possible, we believe in forcefully advocating for our clients in court. Our strong reputation as litigators often helps us to settle challenging cases in our clients' favor. In fact, many of our referrals have come from opposing parties who have witnessed our effective advocacy from the other side.

Main Office

Main Office
1776 S. Naperville Road - Building B, Suite 202
Wheaton, IL 60189

Phone

(630) 462-9500

Family

Representation In Family Law Matters In Wheaton.

Adoption, Civil Unions, Domestic Violence, Orders of Protection & Restraining Orders, Paternity, Prenuptial & Postnuptial Agreements.

Divorce

Trial Lawyers and Mediators Focused on Divorce Matters in Wheaton, IL.

Divorce Planning, Protecting Your Credit Score During Divorce, Alimony / Maintenance, Unallocated Alimony, Taxes and Divorce, Distribution of Marital Property, Dissipation of Assets, Retirement Plans / IRAs / QDROs, International & Interstate Divorce, Post Divorce Modifications & Enforcement, High New Worth Divorce, Business Valuations, Forensic Accounting and Asset Tracing, Protecting Assets & Investments, Sole Custody Vs. Joint Custody (Allocation of Parental Responsibilities), Child Visitation (Parenting Time), Child Relocation or Removal, Grandparent Visitation, Post Decree Enforcement, Non Payment of Child Support.

The Stogsdill Law Firm, P.C.
William J. Stogsdill, Jr., Attorney

William J. Stogsdill joined The Stogsdill Law Firm, P. C. in April of 2012. Since joining the firm, Will has primarily focused on practice in the area of family law. Will has worked on complex financial estates, custody disputes, negotiating property and custody settlements, and orders of protection. In 2011, Will was published in the Illinois State Bar Association Family Law Handbook as a Co-Author with William J. Stogsdill, of the chapter entitled, "Division of Retirement Benefits in Dissolution Proceedings."

Prior to joining The Stogsdill Law Firm, P. C., Will worked as an Assistant State's Attorney in the Criminal Prosecutions Bureau of DuPage County from 2009-2012. He prosecuted over 100 trials and achieved a 91% conviction rate in jury trials. While working as an Assistant State's Attorney, Will sat for the Florida Bar Exam. In 2011, Will was sworn into the Florida Bar. Will is a board member of the Ambassadors for Vision, a charity board whose mission includes raising funds for the Illinois Eye Bank, an organization dedicated to the restoration of sight.

Will earned his Juris Doctorate degree from the John Marshall Law School in 2009. While at John Marshall, Will was a member of the Trial Advocacy and Dispute Resolution Honors Board, Moot Court Honors Council, and participated in trial advocacy competitions. In 2008, Will was the team captain of the team that represented John Marshall in the National Trial Advocacy Competition. Will is also a trained Guardian ad Litem.

Areas of Law
-Divorce
-Child Custody
-Child Support
-Collaborative Law
-Mediation
-Family Law
-Appeals

Education

John Marshall Law School
J.D., 2009

Clemson University
B.S., 2005

The Stogsdill Law Firm, P.C.
William J. Stogsdill, Jr., Attorney

William J. Stogsdill joined The Stogsdill Law Firm, P. C. in April of 2012. Since joining the firm, Will has primarily focused on practice in the area of family law. Will has worked on complex financial estates, custody disputes, negotiating property and custody settlements, and orders of protection. In 2011, Will was published in the Illinois State Bar Association Family Law Handbook as a Co-Author with William J. Stogsdill, of the chapter entitled, "Division of Retirement Benefits in Dissolution Proceedings."

Prior to joining The Stogsdill Law Firm, P. C., Will worked as an Assistant State's Attorney in the Criminal Prosecutions Bureau of DuPage County from 2009-2012. He prosecuted over 100 trials and achieved a 91% conviction rate in jury trials. While working as an Assistant State's Attorney, Will sat for the Florida Bar Exam. In 2011, Will was sworn into the Florida Bar. Will is a board member of the Ambassadors for Vision, a charity board whose mission includes raising funds for the Illinois Eye Bank, an organization dedicated to the restoration of sight.

Will earned his Juris Doctorate degree from the John Marshall Law School in 2009. While at John Marshall, Will was a member of the Trial Advocacy and Dispute Resolution Honors Board, Moot Court Honors Council, and participated in trial advocacy competitions. In 2008, Will was the team captain of the team that represented John Marshall in the National Trial Advocacy Competition. Will is also a trained Guardian ad Litem.

Areas of Law
-Divorce
-Child Custody
-Child Support
-Collaborative Law
-Mediation
-Family Law
-Appeals

Education

John Marshall Law School J.D., 2009


Clemson University B.S., 2005


The Stogsdill Law Firm, P.C.
William J. Stogsdill, Sr., Managing Partner

William J. Stogsdill is the founder and managing member of The Stogsdill Law Firm, P.C, a ten-attorney firm, concentrating in domestic relations law, located in Wheaton, Illinois. William earned his Juris Doctorate from John Marshall Law School in 1974 and was admitted to the Bar on October 1, 1974. William was also licensed to practice in the Northern District Federal Court since 1974 and licensed to practice in the United States Supreme Court in 1980.

Before establishing The Stogsdill Law Firm, P.C, in 1984, William worked as an Assistant State's Attorney, in DuPage County, Illinois, from June, 1973, to November, 1976. He then became a partner of Kowalczyk & Stogsdill, Ltd. from December 1976, to May 1984, and was an Appointed Special Assistant State's Attorney, in DuPage County, Illinois, April 21, 1989. William J. Stogsdill established his firm to meet the needs of all persons involved in family law issues. The firm consists of experienced attorneys who are able to provide family law solutions from complex to even simple cases while providing the services at varying rates in order to accommodate families with varying financial resources. William's vast experience in litigation, his legal knowledge and his constant preparedness for litigation provides the opposing party with strong impetus to avoid contested court proceedings and the client with a strong likelihood of settlement, without the expensive litigation.

Areas of Law
-Divorce
-Child Custody
-Child Support
-Collaborative Law
-Mediation
-Family Law
-Appeals

Education

John Marshall Law School
J.D., 1974

The Stogsdill Law Firm, P.C.
William J. Stogsdill, Sr., Managing Partner

William J. Stogsdill is the founder and managing member of The Stogsdill Law Firm, P.C, a ten-attorney firm, concentrating in domestic relations law, located in Wheaton, Illinois. William earned his Juris Doctorate from John Marshall Law School in 1974 and was admitted to the Bar on October 1, 1974. William was also licensed to practice in the Northern District Federal Court since 1974 and licensed to practice in the United States Supreme Court in 1980.

Before establishing The Stogsdill Law Firm, P.C, in 1984, William worked as an Assistant State's Attorney, in DuPage County, Illinois, from June, 1973, to November, 1976. He then became a partner of Kowalczyk & Stogsdill, Ltd. from December 1976, to May 1984, and was an Appointed Special Assistant State's Attorney, in DuPage County, Illinois, April 21, 1989. William J. Stogsdill established his firm to meet the needs of all persons involved in family law issues. The firm consists of experienced attorneys who are able to provide family law solutions from complex to even simple cases while providing the services at varying rates in order to accommodate families with varying financial resources. William's vast experience in litigation, his legal knowledge and his constant preparedness for litigation provides the opposing party with strong impetus to avoid contested court proceedings and the client with a strong likelihood of settlement, without the expensive litigation.

Areas of Law
-Divorce
-Child Custody
-Child Support
-Collaborative Law
-Mediation
-Family Law
-Appeals

Education

John Marshall Law School J.D., 1974


The Stogsdill Law Firm, P.C.
Bryan S. Estes, Partner

Mr. Estes was trial counsel who successfully argued for the application of "parent alienation" in obtaining approximately an equal division of parenting time for the father of his minor daughter. The application of the "parent alienation" theory was affirmed by the Second District Appellate Court as only one of two (2) cited cases in the State of Illinois which have affirmed such theory. In addition, the trial court's decision with respect to a request for an Illinois Supreme Court Rule 215 Evaluation provided impetus for the Illinois Legislature to enact a provision for the appointment of an independent custody evaluation pursuant to 604.5 of the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act.

Mr. Estes was trial counsel for a seventy (70) year old biological father who sought and was awarded sole custody of his five (5) year old son when the father never previously had a relationship with his son due to the mother's concealment of said child. The mother of the minor filed six (6) various appeals and a request for filing yet another appeal late. All appeals were dismissed and the request for filing a late appeal was denied by the Second District Appellate Court.

Mr. Estes successfully vacated several Judgments for Dissolution of Marriage in DuPage County, Illinois due to fraud, unconscionability and coercion. In one such case, Mr. Estes successfully tried and persuaded the trail court to vacate the award of custody of the three (3) children awarded to the father and ultimately awarded custody of said children to the mother.

Mr. Estes was trial counsel for a parent who sought custody of children when the other parent engaged in or demonstrated interest in sexual deviant behaviors such as; bestiality; sexual masochism, ultimate bondage; sadism; a sexual proclivity for interest in depiction of minors in sexual nude poses. Mr. Estes was trial counsel who successfully tried several custody cases in parentage and dissolution proceedings that ultimately resulted in the award of sole custody of minors to the parent which Mr. Estes represented.

Mr. Estes was trial counsel who successfully tried and traced the acquisition of assets which were determined to be the non-marital property of the spouse who asserted the claim. Mr. Estes has successfully obtained custody of minor children for grandparents of said minor children. Mr. Estes has successfully tried, prosecuted and defended numerous Petitions for Order of Protection for his clients.

Mr. Estes was trial counsel who successfully prosecuted the criminal charge of aggravated sexual abuse by a neighbor to a six (6) year old child for which the defendant was sentenced to incarceration in a correctional facility in the State of Illinois. Mr. Estes vigorously advocates the position of his clients in complicated custody and visitation cases. Mr. Estes also adeptly untangles complex financial facts to maximize the benefits for his clients both at trial, and in settlement negotiations. Mr. Estes has tried successfully more than one hundred cases. Mr. Estes ensures that his client's positions and claims are persuasively presented to the court when efforts to amicably resolve the parties' differences have failed.


Areas of Law
-Divorce
-Child Custody
-Child Support
-Collaborative Law
-Mediation
-Family Law
-Appeals

Education

Southern Illinois University School of Law
J.D., 1987

The Stogsdill Law Firm, P.C.
Bryan S. Estes, Partner

Mr. Estes was trial counsel who successfully argued for the application of "parent alienation" in obtaining approximately an equal division of parenting time for the father of his minor daughter. The application of the "parent alienation" theory was affirmed by the Second District Appellate Court as only one of two (2) cited cases in the State of Illinois which have affirmed such theory. In addition, the trial court's decision with respect to a request for an Illinois Supreme Court Rule 215 Evaluation provided impetus for the Illinois Legislature to enact a provision for the appointment of an independent custody evaluation pursuant to 604.5 of the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act.

Mr. Estes was trial counsel for a seventy (70) year old biological father who sought and was awarded sole custody of his five (5) year old son when the father never previously had a relationship with his son due to the mother's concealment of said child. The mother of the minor filed six (6) various appeals and a request for filing yet another appeal late. All appeals were dismissed and the request for filing a late appeal was denied by the Second District Appellate Court.

Mr. Estes successfully vacated several Judgments for Dissolution of Marriage in DuPage County, Illinois due to fraud, unconscionability and coercion. In one such case, Mr. Estes successfully tried and persuaded the trail court to vacate the award of custody of the three (3) children awarded to the father and ultimately awarded custody of said children to the mother.

Mr. Estes was trial counsel for a parent who sought custody of children when the other parent engaged in or demonstrated interest in sexual deviant behaviors such as; bestiality; sexual masochism, ultimate bondage; sadism; a sexual proclivity for interest in depiction of minors in sexual nude poses. Mr. Estes was trial counsel who successfully tried several custody cases in parentage and dissolution proceedings that ultimately resulted in the award of sole custody of minors to the parent which Mr. Estes represented.

Mr. Estes was trial counsel who successfully tried and traced the acquisition of assets which were determined to be the non-marital property of the spouse who asserted the claim. Mr. Estes has successfully obtained custody of minor children for grandparents of said minor children. Mr. Estes has successfully tried, prosecuted and defended numerous Petitions for Order of Protection for his clients.

Mr. Estes was trial counsel who successfully prosecuted the criminal charge of aggravated sexual abuse by a neighbor to a six (6) year old child for which the defendant was sentenced to incarceration in a correctional facility in the State of Illinois. Mr. Estes vigorously advocates the position of his clients in complicated custody and visitation cases. Mr. Estes also adeptly untangles complex financial facts to maximize the benefits for his clients both at trial, and in settlement negotiations. Mr. Estes has tried successfully more than one hundred cases. Mr. Estes ensures that his client's positions and claims are persuasively presented to the court when efforts to amicably resolve the parties' differences have failed.


Areas of Law
-Divorce
-Child Custody
-Child Support
-Collaborative Law
-Mediation
-Family Law
-Appeals

Education

Southern Illinois University School of Law J.D., 1987


The Stogsdill Law Firm, P.C.
Anthony Sammarco, Partner

Anthony obtained his Bachelor of Science Degree in 1979 and thereafter his Law Degree in 1982 from the DePaul University, College of Law in Chicago. He was admitted to the Illinois State Bar and the United States District Court Bar in 1982.

Since that time he has maintained active memberships in the Will County Bar Association, the DuPage County Bar Association and has served on its Matrimonial Law Committee, the Illinois State Bar Association and in 2006-2007 was a member of the Illinois State Bar Association Section Counsel on Judicial Evaluations. In 2014-2015 he served as a Member of the Illinois State Bar Association Family Law Section Counsel and from 2015-2016 served as a Member of the ISBA ARDC Section Counsel.

Anthony joined The Stogsdill Law Firm, P.C. in the fall of 1993. His experience ranges from simple divorce matters to the most complex cases involving the classification and distribution of property, the amount, duration and reviewability of maintenance, the calculation of income for purposes of support, reimbursement from the marital to the non-marital estate and vice versa, adoptions contested on the basis of unfitness, proceedings under the Illinois Domestic Violence Act for the award, extension, modification and/or vacatur of Orders of Protection as well as appellate proceedings in the Appellate Court of Illinois both First and Second Districts, post-judgment proceedings for modification, enforcement, reconsideration and/or vacatur of final judgments and the drafting and enforcement of pre-nuptial agreements.

Anthony has attended continuing legal education seminars available in order to exchange and develop ideas with members of the bench and bar and has also had an opportunity to lecture at several continuing legal education seminars in 2003 and 2002.

Anthony has also enjoyed the honor and privilege of accepting appointments to serve as children's representative and/or attorney for the minor children over the course of his tenure with The Stogsdill Law Firm, P.C. and is committed to providing pro bono advocacy for the indigent and received the DCBA Pro Bono Service Award in 2007 and again in 2014.

"We as divorce attorneys have the unique opportunity to assist our clients through a very difficult time in their lives. Whether by settlement or trial great results can only be achieved by paying attention to details, identifying issues, listening, and focusing on representing your client aggressively."


Areas of Law
-Divorce
-Child Custody
-Child Support
-Collaborative Law
-Mediation
-Family Law
-Appeals

Education

DePaul University College of Law, Chicago, Illinois
J.D., 1982

The Stogsdill Law Firm, P.C.
Anthony Sammarco, Partner

Anthony obtained his Bachelor of Science Degree in 1979 and thereafter his Law Degree in 1982 from the DePaul University, College of Law in Chicago. He was admitted to the Illinois State Bar and the United States District Court Bar in 1982.

Since that time he has maintained active memberships in the Will County Bar Association, the DuPage County Bar Association and has served on its Matrimonial Law Committee, the Illinois State Bar Association and in 2006-2007 was a member of the Illinois State Bar Association Section Counsel on Judicial Evaluations. In 2014-2015 he served as a Member of the Illinois State Bar Association Family Law Section Counsel and from 2015-2016 served as a Member of the ISBA ARDC Section Counsel.

Anthony joined The Stogsdill Law Firm, P.C. in the fall of 1993. His experience ranges from simple divorce matters to the most complex cases involving the classification and distribution of property, the amount, duration and reviewability of maintenance, the calculation of income for purposes of support, reimbursement from the marital to the non-marital estate and vice versa, adoptions contested on the basis of unfitness, proceedings under the Illinois Domestic Violence Act for the award, extension, modification and/or vacatur of Orders of Protection as well as appellate proceedings in the Appellate Court of Illinois both First and Second Districts, post-judgment proceedings for modification, enforcement, reconsideration and/or vacatur of final judgments and the drafting and enforcement of pre-nuptial agreements.

Anthony has attended continuing legal education seminars available in order to exchange and develop ideas with members of the bench and bar and has also had an opportunity to lecture at several continuing legal education seminars in 2003 and 2002.

Anthony has also enjoyed the honor and privilege of accepting appointments to serve as children's representative and/or attorney for the minor children over the course of his tenure with The Stogsdill Law Firm, P.C. and is committed to providing pro bono advocacy for the indigent and received the DCBA Pro Bono Service Award in 2007 and again in 2014.

"We as divorce attorneys have the unique opportunity to assist our clients through a very difficult time in their lives. Whether by settlement or trial great results can only be achieved by paying attention to details, identifying issues, listening, and focusing on representing your client aggressively."


Areas of Law
-Divorce
-Child Custody
-Child Support
-Collaborative Law
-Mediation
-Family Law
-Appeals

Education

DePaul University College of Law, Chicago, Illinois J.D., 1982


The Stogsdill Law Firm, P.C.
Robert Dale Boyd, Partner

Mr. Boyd graduated from John Marshall Law School in 1975 and immediately began working for the DuPage County Public Defender's Office where he remained as a felony trial attorney for 10 years. During that period of time, Mr. Boyd also established a successful family law practice. In 1995, Mr. Boyd joined The Stogsdill Law Firm, P.C. as a trial attorney specializing in complex financial matters and custody trials. He has tried more than 150 domestic relations cases involving issues of business valuations, complex financial structures and custody and modification of custody issues.

Thirty-five years of being an effective litigator and dogged proponent of his client's interests has given Mr. Boyd a decided edge in effective settlement negotiations. Trial skills are often a deterrent to trials. To date, Mr. Boyd has negotiated settlements in cases involving everything from multi-million dollar estates to more nominal cases. Through the use of business experts and forensic accounting investigators, he has been effective in finding assets buried within layer upon layer of business structuring. Millions have been added to estates resulting in larger awards for his client.

Mr. Boyd has served as a delegate from DuPage County to the Illinois State Bar Association. He has also served on numerous committees for the DuPage County Bar Association including the professional responsibility committee, criminal law committee and in numerous capacities for the family law committee. He has served as an instructor and speaker at various seminars and symposiums held by the DuPage County Bar Association. Further, he is presently appointed to a committee overseeing the DuPage County Evaluation Program and has been appointed to sub committees involving rule changes to said program.

In his personal life, Mr. Boyd spent eight years as a division III assistant football coach at Elmhurst College. Married with one adult and three younger children, Mr. Boyd's interests are largely centered around food - not just eating, but cooking and culinary classes as well.


Areas of Law
-Divorce
-Child Custody
-Child Support
-Collaborative Law
-Mediation
-Family Law
-Appeals

Education

John Marshall Law School, Chicago, Illinois
J.D., 1975

The Stogsdill Law Firm, P.C.
Robert Dale Boyd, Partner

Mr. Boyd graduated from John Marshall Law School in 1975 and immediately began working for the DuPage County Public Defender's Office where he remained as a felony trial attorney for 10 years. During that period of time, Mr. Boyd also established a successful family law practice. In 1995, Mr. Boyd joined The Stogsdill Law Firm, P.C. as a trial attorney specializing in complex financial matters and custody trials. He has tried more than 150 domestic relations cases involving issues of business valuations, complex financial structures and custody and modification of custody issues.

Thirty-five years of being an effective litigator and dogged proponent of his client's interests has given Mr. Boyd a decided edge in effective settlement negotiations. Trial skills are often a deterrent to trials. To date, Mr. Boyd has negotiated settlements in cases involving everything from multi-million dollar estates to more nominal cases. Through the use of business experts and forensic accounting investigators, he has been effective in finding assets buried within layer upon layer of business structuring. Millions have been added to estates resulting in larger awards for his client.

Mr. Boyd has served as a delegate from DuPage County to the Illinois State Bar Association. He has also served on numerous committees for the DuPage County Bar Association including the professional responsibility committee, criminal law committee and in numerous capacities for the family law committee. He has served as an instructor and speaker at various seminars and symposiums held by the DuPage County Bar Association. Further, he is presently appointed to a committee overseeing the DuPage County Evaluation Program and has been appointed to sub committees involving rule changes to said program.

In his personal life, Mr. Boyd spent eight years as a division III assistant football coach at Elmhurst College. Married with one adult and three younger children, Mr. Boyd's interests are largely centered around food - not just eating, but cooking and culinary classes as well.


Areas of Law
-Divorce
-Child Custody
-Child Support
-Collaborative Law
-Mediation
-Family Law
-Appeals

Education

John Marshall Law School, Chicago, Illinois J.D., 1975


The Stogsdill Law Firm, P.C.
Brett T. Williamson, Attorney

Since joining The Stogsdill Law Firm, P.C. in 2006, Mr. Williamson has worked exclusively in the field of matrimonial law. Mr. Williamson is dedicated to providing his clients, no matter the issue, with the experience and knowledge necessary to bring their case to a positive resolution. Mr. Williamson has successfully negotiated settlements and/or litigated issues involving complex financial matters, custody, support and division of property. Mr. Williamson has also successfully negotiated custody/financial settlements as they relate to paternity actions.

Mr. Williamson is also the general counsel and associate board president of Griffith Tutoring. Griffith Tutoring is a non-profit organization preparing at-risk Chicago high school students for the ACT college entrance exam by partnering with businesses and training their professionals to tutor and mentor the students.

Mr. Williamson received a Juris Doctorate degree from The John Marshall Law School in December 2005. Mr. Williamson completed his undergraduate studies at Butler University, where he graduated with a BA in History and English, and also received honors from the History department.

While at Butler, Mr. Williamson was also a member of the Division 1 Lacrosse Team and the Sigma Chi fraternity. Prior to joining The Stogsdill Law Firm, P.C., Mr. Williamson worked as an insurance coverage associate attorney at Bollinger, Ruberry & Garvey in Chicago, Illinois. Mr. Williamson's previous position provided him with a wealth of knowledge and experience in researching and resolving a wide array of contractual issues.

Mr. Williamson is a member in good standing of the DuPage County, Will County, Chicago, and Illinois Bar Associations. Mr. Williamson is involved in the DCBA mentor-mentee program serving as a mentor to a newly admitted member of the Illinois State Bar. Mr. Williamson has been appointed to the Hearing Board of the Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission (ARDC) where he sits on a 3 Judge Panel ruling upon violations of attorneys of the Rules of Professional Conduct.


Areas of Law
-Divorce
-Child Custody
-Child Support
-Collaborative Law
-Mediation
-Family Law
-Appeals

Education

John Marshall Law School
J.D., 2005

The Stogsdill Law Firm, P.C.
Brett T. Williamson, Attorney

Since joining The Stogsdill Law Firm, P.C. in 2006, Mr. Williamson has worked exclusively in the field of matrimonial law. Mr. Williamson is dedicated to providing his clients, no matter the issue, with the experience and knowledge necessary to bring their case to a positive resolution. Mr. Williamson has successfully negotiated settlements and/or litigated issues involving complex financial matters, custody, support and division of property. Mr. Williamson has also successfully negotiated custody/financial settlements as they relate to paternity actions.

Mr. Williamson is also the general counsel and associate board president of Griffith Tutoring. Griffith Tutoring is a non-profit organization preparing at-risk Chicago high school students for the ACT college entrance exam by partnering with businesses and training their professionals to tutor and mentor the students.

Mr. Williamson received a Juris Doctorate degree from The John Marshall Law School in December 2005. Mr. Williamson completed his undergraduate studies at Butler University, where he graduated with a BA in History and English, and also received honors from the History department.

While at Butler, Mr. Williamson was also a member of the Division 1 Lacrosse Team and the Sigma Chi fraternity. Prior to joining The Stogsdill Law Firm, P.C., Mr. Williamson worked as an insurance coverage associate attorney at Bollinger, Ruberry & Garvey in Chicago, Illinois. Mr. Williamson's previous position provided him with a wealth of knowledge and experience in researching and resolving a wide array of contractual issues.

Mr. Williamson is a member in good standing of the DuPage County, Will County, Chicago, and Illinois Bar Associations. Mr. Williamson is involved in the DCBA mentor-mentee program serving as a mentor to a newly admitted member of the Illinois State Bar. Mr. Williamson has been appointed to the Hearing Board of the Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission (ARDC) where he sits on a 3 Judge Panel ruling upon violations of attorneys of the Rules of Professional Conduct.


Areas of Law
-Divorce
-Child Custody
-Child Support
-Collaborative Law
-Mediation
-Family Law
-Appeals

Education

John Marshall Law School J.D., 2005


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Christopher John Zaruba, Attorney

Christopher J. Zaruba joined The Stogsdill Law Firm, P.C. in June of 2014. Prior to that, Chris was an Assistant State's Attorney at the DuPage County State's Attorney's Office from 2009-2014. Chris began his career at the State's Attorney's office handling traffic and misdemeanor offenses, including DUI's, orders of protection, and domestic batteries. In 2012, Chris received the Outstanding Misdemeanor Prosecutor of the Year award. He was promoted to the Felony Juvenile Division where he worked closely with DCFS in handling cases involving abused or neglected children. After working in the Juvenile Division, Chris was again promoted to the Felony Trial Division where he handled serious offenses including drug offenses, burglaries, and aggravated batteries. During his time at the State's Attorney's Office, Chris prosecuted over 300 cases to trial, including many jury trials. Prior to leaving the State's Attorney's Office, Chris was selected to participate in the National District Attorney's Association annual seminar on Trial Advocacy which he successfully completed. Now Chris primarily focuses his practice on the area of family law.

In January of 2014, Chris received the honor of being admitted to practice in front of the United States Supreme Court in Washington D.C. He is a member of the United States Supreme Court, Illinois State, and DuPage County bar associations.

Chris earned his Juris Doctorate degree from the John Marshall Law School in 2009. While on the Dean's list at the John Marshall Law School, he was recognized for receiving top honors in the areas of Evidence and Federal Criminal Procedure. Chris also clerked for the Honorable John W. Darrah of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

While attending the John Marshall Law School and while studying for the Illinois bar exam, Chris interned at the DuPage County State's Attorney's Office. During that time, he participated in trials and drafted motions. Prior to being admitted to the Illinois Bar, Chris assisted then-State's Attorney, Joseph Birkett, in successfully prosecuting DuPage County's last Death Penalty case.

He is active in the DuPage County Bar Association, and serves as the 2014 Chair of the Young Lawyers Committee. He was also invited to become and is a member of the Robert E. Jones chapter of the American Inns of Court.

Chris earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana. He also completed a minor in History and was recognized on the Dean's List.

In his free time, Chris has been involved in numerous successful campaigns for Republican candidates throughout the State of Illinois and DuPage County.

Areas of Law
-Divorce
-Child Custody
-Child Support
-Collaborative Law
-Mediation
-Family Law
-Appeals

Education

The John Marshall Law School
J.D., 2009

The Stogsdill Law Firm, P.C.
Christopher John Zaruba, Attorney

Christopher J. Zaruba joined The Stogsdill Law Firm, P.C. in June of 2014. Prior to that, Chris was an Assistant State's Attorney at the DuPage County State's Attorney's Office from 2009-2014. Chris began his career at the State's Attorney's office handling traffic and misdemeanor offenses, including DUI's, orders of protection, and domestic batteries. In 2012, Chris received the Outstanding Misdemeanor Prosecutor of the Year award. He was promoted to the Felony Juvenile Division where he worked closely with DCFS in handling cases involving abused or neglected children. After working in the Juvenile Division, Chris was again promoted to the Felony Trial Division where he handled serious offenses including drug offenses, burglaries, and aggravated batteries. During his time at the State's Attorney's Office, Chris prosecuted over 300 cases to trial, including many jury trials. Prior to leaving the State's Attorney's Office, Chris was selected to participate in the National District Attorney's Association annual seminar on Trial Advocacy which he successfully completed. Now Chris primarily focuses his practice on the area of family law.

In January of 2014, Chris received the honor of being admitted to practice in front of the United States Supreme Court in Washington D.C. He is a member of the United States Supreme Court, Illinois State, and DuPage County bar associations.

Chris earned his Juris Doctorate degree from the John Marshall Law School in 2009. While on the Dean's list at the John Marshall Law School, he was recognized for receiving top honors in the areas of Evidence and Federal Criminal Procedure. Chris also clerked for the Honorable John W. Darrah of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

While attending the John Marshall Law School and while studying for the Illinois bar exam, Chris interned at the DuPage County State's Attorney's Office. During that time, he participated in trials and drafted motions. Prior to being admitted to the Illinois Bar, Chris assisted then-State's Attorney, Joseph Birkett, in successfully prosecuting DuPage County's last Death Penalty case.

He is active in the DuPage County Bar Association, and serves as the 2014 Chair of the Young Lawyers Committee. He was also invited to become and is a member of the Robert E. Jones chapter of the American Inns of Court.

Chris earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana. He also completed a minor in History and was recognized on the Dean's List.

In his free time, Chris has been involved in numerous successful campaigns for Republican candidates throughout the State of Illinois and DuPage County.

Areas of Law
-Divorce
-Child Custody
-Child Support
-Collaborative Law
-Mediation
-Family Law
-Appeals

Education

The John Marshall Law School J.D., 2009


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Christopher M. Stanton, Attorney

Christopher Stanton joined the Stogsdill Law Firm, P.C. in May of 2017.Since receiving his license in 2011, Chris was an Assistant State's Attorney in DeKalb, Winnebago and DuPage counties. In that time Chris was tasked with handling a variety of matters including traffic and misdemeanor, domestic violence, DUIs, orders of protection and drug-related offenses. While in DeKalb County, Chris also ran the Diversion Program, for first-time misdemeanor offenders.

Over the course of his career, Chris has brought over 300 cases to bench or jury trial. Prior to leaving the DuPage County State's Attorney's Office Chris was promoted and tasked with running the Forfeiture Division of the State's Attorney's Office. Upon leaving the State's Attorney's Office Chris was presented with an award for Outstanding Service to the Office of the State's Attorney.

Areas of Law
-Family Law
-Divorce
-Orders of Protection
-Criminal Law

Education

Valparaiso University School of Law
J.D., 2011

The Stogsdill Law Firm, P.C.
Christopher M. Stanton, Attorney

Christopher Stanton joined the Stogsdill Law Firm, P.C. in May of 2017.Since receiving his license in 2011, Chris was an Assistant State's Attorney in DeKalb, Winnebago and DuPage counties. In that time Chris was tasked with handling a variety of matters including traffic and misdemeanor, domestic violence, DUIs, orders of protection and drug-related offenses. While in DeKalb County, Chris also ran the Diversion Program, for first-time misdemeanor offenders.

Over the course of his career, Chris has brought over 300 cases to bench or jury trial. Prior to leaving the DuPage County State's Attorney's Office Chris was promoted and tasked with running the Forfeiture Division of the State's Attorney's Office. Upon leaving the State's Attorney's Office Chris was presented with an award for Outstanding Service to the Office of the State's Attorney.

Areas of Law
-Family Law
-Divorce
-Orders of Protection
-Criminal Law

Education

Valparaiso University School of Law J.D., 2011


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Eric T. Telander, Attorney

Prior to joining the firm, Eric was an Assistant State's Attorney at the DuPage County State's Attorney's Office from 2010 2013. While an Assistant State's Attorney, Eric was actively engaged in prosecuting cases including misdemeanors and assisting on felony matters. During this time, Eric was selected to represent the Office at the Illinois State's Attorney's and Illinois Department of Transportation's "Under the Influence Seminar." Eric also managed trial strategy and courtroom scheduling for the expedient disposition of cases as a first chair prosecutor, conducting over 100 bench and jury trials. Upon leaving the State's Attorney's Office, Eric was presented the award for Outstanding Service to the Office of the State's Attorney and the Citizens of DuPage County.

Following his time at the DuPage County State's Attorney's Office, Eric opened up his own practice primarily focusing on criminal defense matters across Illinois. During this time, Eric aggressively and successfully defended clients from criminal matters ranging from traffic tickets to serious felonies.

In 2014, Eric closed his practice and became a Partner at Telander and Telander Attorney's and Counselor's at Law. He continued in his representation of clients charged with criminal offenses throughout Illinois including many high profile cases.

Eric earned his Juris Doctorate from Western Michigan University Cooley Law School with a concentration in litigation. Prior to enrolling in law school, Eric graduated from Arizona State University with a bachelor's degree in Tourism Development and Management. During his free time, Eric is an active volunteer for the American Field Service and enjoys traveling and playing sports.

Areas of Law
-Family Law
-Criminal Law

Education

Western Michigan University Cooley Law School
J.D., 2009

The Stogsdill Law Firm, P.C.
Eric T. Telander, Attorney

Prior to joining the firm, Eric was an Assistant State's Attorney at the DuPage County State's Attorney's Office from 2010 2013. While an Assistant State's Attorney, Eric was actively engaged in prosecuting cases including misdemeanors and assisting on felony matters. During this time, Eric was selected to represent the Office at the Illinois State's Attorney's and Illinois Department of Transportation's "Under the Influence Seminar." Eric also managed trial strategy and courtroom scheduling for the expedient disposition of cases as a first chair prosecutor, conducting over 100 bench and jury trials. Upon leaving the State's Attorney's Office, Eric was presented the award for Outstanding Service to the Office of the State's Attorney and the Citizens of DuPage County.

Following his time at the DuPage County State's Attorney's Office, Eric opened up his own practice primarily focusing on criminal defense matters across Illinois. During this time, Eric aggressively and successfully defended clients from criminal matters ranging from traffic tickets to serious felonies.

In 2014, Eric closed his practice and became a Partner at Telander and Telander Attorney's and Counselor's at Law. He continued in his representation of clients charged with criminal offenses throughout Illinois including many high profile cases.

Eric earned his Juris Doctorate from Western Michigan University Cooley Law School with a concentration in litigation. Prior to enrolling in law school, Eric graduated from Arizona State University with a bachelor's degree in Tourism Development and Management. During his free time, Eric is an active volunteer for the American Field Service and enjoys traveling and playing sports.

Areas of Law
-Family Law
-Criminal Law

Education

Western Michigan University Cooley Law School J.D., 2009


The Stogsdill Law Firm, P.C.
Justin Marshall Smit, Associate

Since joining The Stogsdill Law Firm, P.C. in 2000, Mr. Smit has remained committed to providing his clients with the client first attention to detail along with the knowledge and experience required to accomplish the client's desired outcome. Mr. Smit approaches each individual client with the understanding that it is very important to actually listen to the client and reach a consensus as to what they can expect from the given situation.

Mr. Smit obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Law Enforcement Administration from Western Illinois University in 1994. Mr. Smit then went on to graduate from the John Marshall Law School and was admitted to the Illinois State Bar in 1998. Since being admitted to the Bar in 1998, Mr. Smit has concentrated his area of practice exclusively to family law and divorce litigation. Mr. Smit practices in all areas of matrimonial law, from a simple divorce to complex financial and custody matters, pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements, judgment enforcement, pre and post decree custody and support actions, domestic violence and parentage actions.

Mr. Smit has successfully dealt with many unique situations, from negotiating child support and maintenance awards in high wealth cases and the valuation and division of complex marital estates to enforcing pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements. Mr. Smit's successes also include negotiating and litigating complex custody situations including cases with multiple court appointed and independent experts utilized when necessary to determine the best interests of the child.

Mr. Smit is a member in good standing of the ISBA and DCBA and the Family Law sections of each. Mr. Smit was also appointed by the ISBA President to serve on the Standing Committee on Bar Services and Activities. Mr. Smit is also actively involved in the DCBA mentor-mentee program serving as a mentor to a newly admitted member of the Illinois State Bar.


Areas of Law
-Divorce
-Child Custody
-Child Support
-Collaborative Law
-Mediation
-Family Law
-Appeals

Education

John Marshall Law School
J.D., 1998

The Stogsdill Law Firm, P.C.
Justin Marshall Smit, Associate

Since joining The Stogsdill Law Firm, P.C. in 2000, Mr. Smit has remained committed to providing his clients with the client first attention to detail along with the knowledge and experience required to accomplish the client's desired outcome. Mr. Smit approaches each individual client with the understanding that it is very important to actually listen to the client and reach a consensus as to what they can expect from the given situation.

Mr. Smit obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Law Enforcement Administration from Western Illinois University in 1994. Mr. Smit then went on to graduate from the John Marshall Law School and was admitted to the Illinois State Bar in 1998. Since being admitted to the Bar in 1998, Mr. Smit has concentrated his area of practice exclusively to family law and divorce litigation. Mr. Smit practices in all areas of matrimonial law, from a simple divorce to complex financial and custody matters, pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements, judgment enforcement, pre and post decree custody and support actions, domestic violence and parentage actions.

Mr. Smit has successfully dealt with many unique situations, from negotiating child support and maintenance awards in high wealth cases and the valuation and division of complex marital estates to enforcing pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements. Mr. Smit's successes also include negotiating and litigating complex custody situations including cases with multiple court appointed and independent experts utilized when necessary to determine the best interests of the child.

Mr. Smit is a member in good standing of the ISBA and DCBA and the Family Law sections of each. Mr. Smit was also appointed by the ISBA President to serve on the Standing Committee on Bar Services and Activities. Mr. Smit is also actively involved in the DCBA mentor-mentee program serving as a mentor to a newly admitted member of the Illinois State Bar.


Areas of Law
-Divorce
-Child Custody
-Child Support
-Collaborative Law
-Mediation
-Family Law
-Appeals

Education

John Marshall Law School J.D., 1998


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