Doing an Awesome Job Representing Me
Deanna, This looks good. Thanks for having my back on this. You are doing an awesome job representing me. Much appreciated. ~ Rafael, September, 2022
Most Knowledgeable Person
I have always said that Gary is the most knowledgeable person on the first floor (the first floor is the divorce court rooms). ~ Attorney Bella Rappaport on Gary’s knowledge of the local court rules in the 19th Judicial Circuit. September, 2022
Blessing to Have My Children Back
Good Morning Mr. Strauss: I appreciate your help over the past months. It is a blessing to have my children back at our home. ~ Family Law Client, September 2022
Thank You for all Your Hard Work
Michael, Thank you for all your hard work. ~ Family Law Client, September 2022
Boom! Mic Drop!
Michael, I read your email to the other lawyer and my response is ‘Boom! Mic Drop!’ Love how you put him in his place. ~ Family Law Client, September 2022
You and Gary Are Doing Your Best
Michael, I know you and Gary are doing your best. I greatly do appreciate it. ~ Family Law Client, August 2022
You Are Wonderful!!!!!
Gary, Thanks, you are wonderful!!!!! ~ Dawn, August 2022
Awesome Work Deanna!
Awesome work Deanna! You did awesome!! Thank you very much. ~ Josh and Nicole, August 2022
Thank You So Much!!!!!
Gary, you and your team are rock stars in my book thank you so much!!!!! ~ Chris, August 2022
Forever Grateful for All Your Support
Mike, Words cannot express how much you mean to us! We are forever grateful for all your support, care, kindness & awesomeness! ~ Family Law Client, August 2022
Very Fortunate to be in Your Hands
Gary, thank you to you and your team for your amazing work. I know that this has been a difficult case for all involved. The fact that you care about your clients and put them first truly shows. My daughter and grandchildren were very fortunate to be in your hands. ~ Liz, July 2022
Amazing Throughout This
Gary, every single one of you guys have been amazing throughout this. Thank you all for everything you have done for the kids and I. ~ Megan, July 2022
Font of Knowledge
Gary, I can’t tell you what a font of knowledge you’ve served as for me and so many other lawyers (and judges) of your and younger generations. You’ve really done yeoman’s service in raising the standard of the bar. Thanks so much for your contribution. ~ Wes Cowell, Cowell Family Law, PC, June 2022
Thanks to Gary
Thank you so much for your assistance on this case. You have lifted all the stress related to this divorce case since 2013. I appreciate your dedication. May 2022
Thank You for All You Do!
Mike, on behalf of the Partnership for a Safer Lake County, thank you for presenting at the 2022 Symposium for a Safer Lake County. Your presentation on new legal developments was informative and extremely helpful to lawyers in this area. Your experience, insights and “war stories” were appreciated by all of us! Thank you for all you do! ~ My very best, Charlene, Co-Chair, Partnership for a Safer Lake County, May 2022
You Help Make Us Better Lawyers!
Michael, Thank you so much for taking the time to present at the Family Law Seminar – You help make us better lawyers! Congratulations on your new appointment! ~ The Family Law Committee, May 2022
One of the Best Divorce Lawyers in the State of Illinois
Gary is one of the best divorce lawyers in the State of Illinois. He treats his clients with respect. His knowledge of the divorce and custody laws is outstanding. ~ George “Geo” Bellas, Bellas & Wachowski Law Firm, March 2022
Invaluable to Our Practice Community
Thank you again for your input, Gary. I think that you are invaluable to our practice community. ~ Sincerely, Lisa Wiemken, attorney, March 2022
Truly a Pleasure Working with You and Your Team
Gary, It was a pleasure speaking with you today. As always, truly a pleasure working with you and your team. Stay healthy. ~ Kimberly, March 2022
Appreciate Your Expertise
Thank you Mike! I appreciate your expertise and will keep my fingers crossed that all stays well. ~ Blake, March 2022
Thank You Gary
Thank you, Gary. I appreciate you sharing your insight and many years of experience. By the way, I have always been grateful that you help others by sharing on the ISBA listserv your deep knowledge and your command of IL family law. ~ Tanya Witt, The Witt Law Firm, February 2022
Thank You Again for Your Help
Mike, Thank you again for your help. I truly appreciate your directness and willingness to be candid with me. ~ Lisa, February 2022
Thank You for Your Assist in Court
Mike: Just wanted to send you a note saying thank you for your assist in court this morning. I greatly appreciate it. ~ Kimberly Hinkle, attorney, February 2022
Thanks to Gary
Dear Gary, Thank you so much for working very hard to get me everything I was to get into my name, according to my Divorce Judgement. I know how hard this had to be, considering the fact that [my ex-spouse] wouldn’t cooperate in keeping with anything that would possibly help me. The [vehicle title] and the confirmation that I am the irrevocable beneficiary of the life insurance policy gives me such hope that the end is so close – for you especially and for me. ~ Carol, January 2022
Thank you so much!!
Hi Mike, Thank you so much!! The students LOVED your presentation. Thank you for talking about the paralegal role within family law and of your exciting cases. It was great that you stayed to answer so many questions. Everyone really appreciated how “real” you were in talking about the unexpected events in cases and your respect for the people that work together in your office. I hope you’ll come back next spring. Thanks Mike! ~ Sara, after Michael’s guest lecture for the Family Law Paralegal Course, January 2022
Appreciate the Work and Advice you Both Provided
In response to Gary & Michael’s recent comments regarding Judge Lombardo’s upcoming transfer from family law, Judge Lombardo writes “Thank you both for your kind and generous words….. I appreciate the work and advice you both provided as it made my job easier and more enjoyable.”
The Best Mentor a Young Lawyer Could Ever Have
Gary, That is correct, [you are] the best mentor a young lawyer could ever have. I will never forget your kindness and patience. Even when you are being a . . . difficult person, I remind myself of how helpful you were/are. I think it is one of the reasons that I now enjoy teaching new lawyers. Thank you Gary! ~ Denis, January 2022
Really Appreciate All of the Time and Work
Gary, I really appreciate all of the time and work you’re putting into Marek’s adoption. ~ Family Law Client, January 2022
Grateful for All That You Are Doing
Gary, Thank you for your continued patient support. I am grateful for all that you are doing on my behalf. ~ Family Law Client, January 2022
Appreciate Everything You Do for Me and My Kids
Good morning Mike, this is great news, I really appreciate everything that you do for me and my kids! ~ Family Law Client, December 2021
Appreciate Everything You Did for Me
Mike, Thank you so much for everything. I appreciate everything you did for me. ~ Family Law Client, November 2021
Excellent Job, Gary
Congratulations! Excellent job, Gary. ~ Dwayne Douglas, Law Offices of Dwayne Douglas, October 2021
Nice Job Mike
Nice Job Mike, I appreciate your efforts. ~ Jim, October 2021
Nothing Short of Amazing
Gary was nothing short of amazing. He was very understanding of my situation and provided helpful guidance. Gary was prompt in his responses and always took the time to meet with me and talk through any concerns or questions I had. If you need someone you can trust and won’t treat you as a number, then Gary is the Attorney for you!! Thank you, Gary ~ Family Law Client, October 2021
Thanks for Being There
Gary, Thanks for being there for me and supporting me. I really do appreciate all that you and everyone at your firm does for me and my kids. Just in case I don’t mention it. 😊 ~ Judith, September 2021
My Favorite Lawyer
Well, Michael is my favorite lawyer and has helped me with my horrible divorce and has helped me get custody of my kids away from the abusive mom. He is amazing. ~ Family Law Client, September 2021
Thanks to Gary & Deanna…Pleased With the Outcome!
I thank you so much for your representation through this unfortunately long process. In the end I feel opposing counsel accomplished nothing! I am well pleased with the outcome. ~ Charles, August 2021
Michael Never Gave Up Fighting for my Kids and my Rights
A fierce advocate for my children and my rights as a father I am eternally grateful to Michael Strauss and the critical impact he had as the GAL appointed for my children. As a father, I had already witnessed how difficult it was to change the parenting agreement in order to grant me more time with my kids, despite what my children wanted and what was so clearly in their best interest. I was honestly beginning to lose hope, because the system can be so dysfunctional and rarely weighs the rights of the father as much as the mother. Then Michael was appointed, and the whole trajectory of our case shifted. Immediately, my kids felt like they could trust him, and he made every effort to hear everything they had to say while always respecting their confidentiality. He made sure my kids were the priority in our case, and he never let anyone lose focus on that. He is incredibly intelligent, and his approach was straightforward and logical, making rational decisions without being swayed by any story my ex came up with. He was professional but relatable, and very easy to talk to. You could tell he was very well respected in the courtroom, especially by the judge, who held Michael’s evaluation and subsequent recommendations in the highest regard. As a result, our previous parenting arrangement totally flipped; I am now the legally-recognized custodial parent for all three of my children. I have two of my kids 100% of the time, and the third about 86% of the time. Additionally, I was granted 100% decision-making in all areas. I didn’t even think it was possible, but Michael never gave up fighting for my kids and my rights as their father. He is a fierce advocate for what is right, and my kids and I owe him everything. I cannot recommend Michael enough, whether you are the mother or the father, because he is fair in a system that rarely treats fathers fairly, and he will not back down! ~ Family Law Client, August 2021
Thank you so very much!!!! :)) Please share this with Mike “You are an OUTSTANDING attorney!!!! I say this wholeheartedly and we are so grateful that you represented us last Friday!!!! My family was so impressed with you!!!! You are such a professional and expert at what you do!!!! If we need anything in the future I will call you right away!!!!” Have a great day ~ Martha, August 2021
Thanks to Deanna
Thank God and my lawyer. The services I received were amazing. Deanna helped me in all my cases and always answered my questions. Thank you for everything. Thank you for taking care of me and my kids. ~ Evanina, August 2021
A Pillar to the Legal Community
Gary, I also wanted to say a special thanks for always putting others first, and offering your wise words. You are truly a pillar to the legal community and always have been. I, personally, very much appreciate it and want to thank you. ~ Attorney David S. Kerpel, July 2021
Michael Strauss…Great Attorney!
I have a great attorney! You may not see this but you control the environment..and are under [his] skin. ~ Family Law Client, May 2021
Gary, Thank you for all your efforts. ~ Bruce, May 2021
Well Done Gary!
Gary, I very much enjoyed your presentation and the way you did it as a scenario. It was more engaging and interesting. Well done! ~ Tiffany, April 2021
Supreme Master of All That is in the Orbit and Gravitational Pull of Family Law
Gary, Great presentation but I may have to get an OP against you for beating my brains to a pulp with all the fact scenarios coupled with all that good and juicy information, case law, and other comments, insights, and suggestions. Beautifully done by a Supreme Master of all that is in the orbit and gravitational pull of family law. Hope all is well because you looked good on screen. ~ Bob, April 2021
Worth Every Moment and Penny
Gary and Michael, Thank you all for everything you did. That was a long and stressful 6 months, but worth every moment and penny. I appreciate you all. ~ Laura, March, 2021
Very Pleased with How You Are Handling the Case
Hi Gary, I am glad we had that call Tuesday. I have been stressed out and feel much better. I’m very pleased with how you are handling the case and get a kick out of some of your replies to Mr. Bell. ~ Family Law Client, March, 2021
Thank You for Your Help
Mike: I wanted to thank you for your help in my efforts to get Sxxxxx to comply with divorce orders. It’s not over yet but I’m hopeful. ~ Judy, February, 2021
Awesome. You the Man
Mike, Awesome. You the Man. ~ Christopher, February, 2021
Really Appreciate Your Quick Responses
Mike, Thank you for being so on top of things. I really appreciate your quick responses all the time. ~ Hannah, February, 2021
Thank You For How Hard You and Your Firm Have Worked On This
Dear Gary, I want to start off by apologizing. I am extremely sorry, for what a pain in the ass this case has been and for what an unbelievable pain in the ass spouse and opposing counsel have been and continue to be. I honestly can say that I don’t think I have ever met someone as pompous and self righteous as he. I too want nothing more than to settle this case and move on. I will agree to whatever you and the Judge suggest is fair. I truly don’t know how to thank you for how hard you and your firm have worked on this case and am forever indebted to you. Thank you ~ Heather, February, 2021
Grateful For Your Representation
Thank you Mike. I am grateful for your representation and for preventing me from having to re-testify to the past acts of abuse and harassment.
Again, my thanks ~ Family Law Client, February, 2021
Thanks to Gary…Knowledge of Illinois Law a Great Help
Thank you for your assessment of my situation. I am terribly grateful. Thank you for sharing your knowledge of Illinois law it was a great help. ~ Regards, Cheri, January 2021
Thank You So Much Deanna!
Thank you so much Deanna! You ROCK ~ Family Law Client, January 2021
Answered All My Questions and Eased My Mind
I found Michael and his law firm on Google. I’m so glad I contacted him. I needed help with my child support case, I was extremely overwhelmed and didn’t know what to do because of my ex and his manipulative ways. I told Michael about my situation and he didn’t hesitate to help me out. He and his staff were patient, helpful and very kind. They answered all my questions and eased my mind so much. I’m so happy with how my case was handled and the outcome. I’m definitely going to contact him again if i ever need legal help. He’s the man! ~ Lenita, December 2020
Kudos to Deanna Hoyt
Good morning Mike and Gary, I have been meaning to reach out to you but time has gotten away from me due to all of my divorce chaos and the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. It is important for you to know that during our court date on November 30th, Judge Christensen called out Deanna’s excellent delivery and articulation in presenting my case and arguments in countering Tom’s numerous motions as well as her explicit conveyance in our petition for contribution to marital home and children expenses. It was my understanding in speaking with Deanna thereafter that Tom was extremely irate at the judge’s decision(s) because he believed Dxx was entitled to much more than what the judge ruled upon. Whereas it wasn’t a best case scenario for me, I do understand that it could have been worse. I am confident that Deanna will see this divorce through towards a most fair settlement as governed by IL law, having my best interest at hand. She is most professional and I know by her determination, perseverance, (and her Loyola University-Chicago grad smarts!) she will continue to be a very valuable member to your legal team. You are lucky to have her and I am proud to have her as my counsel! ~ Amy, December 2020
You Are the Best!!!
Deanna, Thank you sooo much for doing the attached letter for me, I will definitely keep it in a safe place to refer to from time to time. You are the best!!! Thanks again for everything. Happy Holidays!!! ~ Monica, December 2020
Thank You So Much!
Thank you so much! I really appreciate all of your help. I’m so lost without you my friend. Thank you Michael have a wonderful evening. ~ Family Law Client, December 2020
God Bless You Mike
Mike, I truly cannot thank you enough. Being a parent, I’m sure you understand but the only thing that is important to _____ is being a part of her son’s life. Without yourself…, this would not be obtainable. I appreciate more than words describe for making this happen and promise you from here on out, things will be different. God bless you Mike. This is Saint Yves, patron Saint of lawyers… and abandoned children. Keep him close. Thank you Mike. ~ Family Law Client, December 2020
Passion, Dedication and Professionalism
Dear Deanna & Gary, I would like to thank you for your patience and help with my case and also for your passion, dedication and professionalism. Just saying “Thank You” doesn’t seem enough. I hope you know how much appreciated you really are. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your families!!! Thank you ~ Monica, November 2020
Deanna and Michael: There not words to explain how this has affected my day, and my outlook, in a positive way. Thank you for your diligence, and keeping me in check along the way, so that you were able to do what could be done, when the opportunity presented itself ~ Bob, November 2020
Thanks to Deanne
Thank you again Deanna-great work! ~ Amy, November 2020
Not All Attorneys Are Created the Same
I had gone through a difficult divorce where my previous attorney had me sign a marriage settlement agreement that he(previous attorney) said could be changed at anytime. That was not the case. My ex was involved in a family limited partnership that was not factored into her maintenance which left me paying her a large sum of money each month for 14 years. Michael and Gary argued and won the case. Her maintenance was terminated and my life has been given back to me. Not all attorneys are created the same. There are some who are really bad and some who are very good. Michael and Gary are the best!! Kevin ~ October 2020
Touched My Heart and Lightened My Soul
Gary and Michael, I am truly overwhelmed, although not surprised in the least, by your generosity and kindness. The contribution to the Safe Place in my Mom’s honor would have made her so happy, as it does me. Both of you practice what you preach and give of yourselves to so many people and causes. You are both inspirations to everyone who knows you and I am proud to be in that group. Losing a parent is never easy, but the grief is a little easier to bear with thoughtful gestures like this one. I will send a more formal thank you note but would have been remiss if i did not reach out to you both right away. Gary and Mike thank you so much. You have touched my heart and lightened my soul at this difficult time. Warmly, Randie ~ September 2020
Really Appreciate Your Help
Michael, thanks for always getting back to me so fast. I really appreciate your help. Family Law Client ~ September 2020
Michael, I just wanted to say thank you for everything. I’m super pleased at how easy and fast everything went for my divorce. I appreciate your help and your time. On to the next chapter. ~ Karilee, August 2020
Thank You for Representing My Friend
Dear Michael, Thank you for representing my friend. I knew you were the perfect lawyer for her and she agrees. Your values, ethics, and excellent legal abilities show themselves in every case you take on. Thank you again. ~ Hon. Judge Nancy Waites (retired), August 2020
You Are Both Inspirations
Gary and Michael: Both of you practice what you preach and give of yourselves to so many people and causes. You are both inspirations to everyone who knows you and I am proud to be in that group. ~ Hon Judge Randie Bruno, August 2020
Thank You for Protecting My Biggest Assets…My Children
Gary, Michael, & DeAnna, Due to the unexpected death of my beloved mother and running two Covid-19 units I wanted to express a belated Thank you that’s long overdue. Each of you deserve a “shout out” and much gratitude in your roles and participation while working on my case over the years. Your team effort approach is vigilant, knowledgeable and offers no-nonsense representation. Not only is this concept refreshing but your practice offers a full menu of legal services that craft a legal strategy response to maximize personal attention to each client’s unique needs and circumstances. The quality of your services is reflective in your quality outcomes. You set the bar high and become the benchmark of Lake County as evidenced by your community driven service, reputation, and return clientele. To each of you……thank you for protecting my biggest assets…my children. Words can’t express how truly grateful I am. I appreciate each of you and time spent while working on my case. ~ Family Law Client, August 2020
Definitely the Real Deal
Congratulations Michael! You are definitely the real deal. ~ Illinois state senator Melinda Bush, August 2020
Appreciate How Gary Thinks and Communicates
Don’t tell him I said this (for fear of stroking his ego), but I appreciate how Gary thinks and communicates. Pure. Unemotional. Logical. Refreshing. ~ L. Steven Rakowski, Attorney at Law, July 2020
Couldn’t Have Gotten a Better Team
To Gary and Firm, Thank you for representing me during these last 3 years or so. With its ups and downs, you didn’t give up. I could not have gotten a better team. You’re amazing. I will never forget that first spring break I got for the first time…Thank you! ~ Jason & Family, July 2020
Mike: You’re amazing!!! ~ Family Law attorney Deanna J. Bowen, June 2020
Thank You Again
Mike, thank you again so much for your wonderful endorsement! ~ Charlene D. Quint, J.D., Certified Domestic Abuse Professional, Counselor at Law, June 2020
Knew That You Would Be Able to Help
I knew that you would be able to help her. You are an excellent lawyer. ~ Retired Judge Nancy Waites, June 2020
Always Have the Best Answers
Attorney Nettie Sabin responded to Gary’s comment for question: How can i protect my children?
You always have the best answers to these questions. ~ Attorney Nettie Sabin, June 2020
Helped Me Get the Best Outcome for My Child
I highly recommend this law firm. They helped me with my child custody case. They helped me get the best outcome for my child. Michael Strauss was my lawyer. He stayed on top of everything and communicated with me effectively. He was always available and willing to answer any questions I had. The firm bills pretty fairly and they are very helpful in working with you to make payments. Thank you Schlesinger & Strauss. ~ Family Law Client, June 2020
Thanks to Michael Strauss for His Leadership!
Many thanks to Attorney Michael Strauss for his leadership and hard work on behalf of the Illinois State Bar Association, Family Law Section Council! We are pleased to share the many comments we have received for Michael’s commitment to the Family Law Section Council:
“Good work, Mike! Sorry, to have it end in the middle of a pandemic and have you not get the appropriate appreciation. You were a great leader and you had a very successful year.” ~ Heather Hurst, former Chair of the Section Council
“Thanks Mike for all that you have done and the sacrifices you have made. I know I speak for many of us with our appreciation and gratitude.” ~ Jean L. Conde, Esq.
“Mike – it’s been a pleasure to serve under you. Stay safe and stay well.” ~ Arlette G. Porter, Esq.
“Congratulations Mike and leadership on a great year under extraordinarily difficult circumstances.” ~ Curtis Bennett Ross
“Thank you “ fearless leader”!! You did a wonderful job as the Section Council Chair under very challenging circumstances. You are much appreciated.” ~ Robin Miller
“Well Done Mike!!! You did a great job!!” ~ Lane Harvey
“Mike: Echoing everyone else, thank you for your leadership over the past year through difficult and new circumstances! We’re lucky to have your voice and advocacy on the council.” ~ Stephanie Tang
” I just love your whole vibe! Hope you’re doing well my friend. And kudos again on an amazing bar year.” ~ Masah S. SamForay
“I echo Curtis and Arnold. Thank you Michael and the members of the Council, past and present.” ~ Judge Grace Dickler
“Mike-congratulations on a successful year during difficult times. Your leadership sets the bar high, but I know that Sally, Susan and Stephanie are up to the task. Family Law is a special group, one that I consider to BE family and of whom I’m very proud, all the more so due to your leadership and efforts this year.” ~ Rory T. Weiler, Illinois State Bar Association 3rd Vice President
“Hi, Mike: I want to add that I think up through the Spring, you did a great job. Your attention to legislative happenings and the political weather were exemplary. After coronavirus hit, you set a great example of how to stay-the-course and keep on getting things done. You obviously faced a lot of difficult situations that few could rise to meet . . . and you did a masterful job. Thanks for all of it.” ~ Wes Cowell
“Mike, I can only add my congratulations on a difficult but exemplary year. You took everything in stride and moved us forward under your leadership. For this I too am grateful. Hope to see you and everybody soon.” ~ Susan Rogaliner
” Mike, I add my congratulations and thanks to you for your leadership, and commitment to the ISBA and especially to Family Law. I know Sally, Susan and Stephanie will do a great job going forward.” ~ Anna P. Krolikowska
“Yes Mike, Great Year!” ~ Angel M. Traub
” Michael: I just want to say how much I appreciate your leadership. Your strength of spirit, and your passion for the law is an enduring testament to you as both a leader in the ISBA and as a well-respected attorney. You did an amazing job during these difficult times. Thank you for your hard work and dedication.” ~ Margaret A. Bennett
” And thank you to Mike and everyone who made this year run so very smoothly.” ~ Kathleen
“And Mike, personally, congratulations on doing a great job. I know its not easy trying to “herd cats” and manage the traffic. You were outstanding.” ~ William Scott
Best of the Best
Michael: I tell everyone you are the best of the best at that. Thank you for all you’ve done all you do and will continue to do- truly a heart like Jesus! ~ Kelly, June 2020
Kudos to Atty Gary Schlesinger
Gary, I have always admired you for your diligent and and knowledgeable contributions to this group [Illinois State Bar Association]. Thank you ~ Brian McKillip, Dupage County Judge, Retired, May 2020
Michael to Receive Richard H. Teas Legislative Support Award
Michael, I am pleased to inform you that the Illinois State Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Legislation has selected you to receive the 2019-2020 Richard H. Teas Legislative Support Award.
You were nominated by Gary Schlesinger to receive this award, which is conferred by the ISBA. This award acknowledges an ISBA member’s meritorious service provided in support of ISBA’s legislative efforts in the Illinois General Assembly.
This award is given in memory of Richard H. Teas, a long-time member of the ISBA Trusts and Estates Section Council, who contributed hours of his own time in analyzing, drafting, and testifying on legislation. He was highly respected by legislators and legislative staff for his competence, ethics, and diplomacy.
In the past, the ISBA has presented each award winner with a plaque in recognition of their service to the profession at an awards reception over the summer. Unfortunately, we are unable to plan an event at this time. But we do plan to have a reception to honor you and all award winners in the future. More details about the event will be forthcoming. In the meantime, we plan to acknowledge you in the Illinois Bar Journal as well as other publications.
On behalf of the ISBA and the Standing Committee on Legislation, please accept our thanks and congratulations for your efforts and service. Thank you ~ Jim Covington, Illinois State Bar Association, May 2020
Thanks to Deanna
Deanna, Thanks…Have a nice day and I appreciate your work [on the division of marital property and invalidating the post prenuptial agreement]! ~ Andrea, May 2020
WOW! Extremely Impressed
Gary & Deanna, First of all WOW! I am extremely IMPRESSED with all your hard work and relentless hours that you and your team have dedicated to my case. What an intense trial…I knew that I was in great hands and that you both had my back. I am very grateful for all your hard work, professionalism and representing me for the renewal of my restraining order. Thank you for all the preparation, research and always being there for me. You have no idea what a relief it is to get my restraining order renewed! I understand that it is just a piece of paper, but it is also means that he needs to stay away from me and gives me a little more peace of mind to be able to sleep at night. Abuse is abuse and unfortunately he doesn’t recognize what he has done to me as abusive. Gary and Deanna you both came out swinging…he has been schooled again by amazing attorneys! The truth always prevails. All of your staff is amazing and I thank you from the bottom of my heart. WELL DONE!!!!!!! ~ Family Law Client, May 2020
If You Want the Best…
I read all the reviews on this site before I hired Gary and his firm. I was concerned with the overwhelming comments on his style of communication but I wanted the best. I accepted that Gary handles his cases his way and learn to work with that. I wasn’t hiring a pen pal, I hired him to win my case. As everyone knows, men are the treated as the bank in divorce cases and Gary minimized my liability. I didn’t hire Gary to tell him what to do. I told him what I was willing to accept as fair and he achieved results over and above that. Gary likes to say that a divorce is 10% law and 90% psychological. Gary’s ability to use his relationships made all the difference in world. I didn’t hire Gary, he accepted to take my case and he was worth every penny he charged me and then some. He accepted my case after my first pre-trial and it paid off. In the end he was able to negotiate a deal that far exceeded his costs. I will recommend his firm to anyone who wants get a fair settlement but understand that you are not in charge and to let him do what he is great at and that is getting results. I will admit, his communication style is unique but his results are what you are paying for. ~ Family Law Client
Fabulous Job Amidst Very Trying and Unusual Circumstances
Thanks Mike, you’ve done a fabulous job amidst very trying and unusual circumstances. Great having gotten to know you. Stay safe. ~ Honorable Grace G. Dickler, Circuit Judge and Presiding Judge, Cook County Domestic Relations Division, May 2020
We Never Felt so Supported Like with All of You
Thank you so much for the prompt response. I want you to know that we never felt so supported like with all of you, we really appreciate from the bottom of our hearts for all what you are doing for our granddaughter and us. Thank you!!! ~ Monica, April 2020
Recommend This Firm to Anyone
We have worked with Michael Strauss at this firm since 2010. He is always very informative and helpful. Michael and his staff have always had great customer service, and made us feel like our case mattered (we weren’t just a number to them). Their billing was always very fair and they even let us split a couple of payments up when we needed to. I would recommend this firm to anyone looking for legal services. ~ Family Law Client, April 2020
Thank You for Everything
Thank you for EVERYTHING. I appreciate you. We have all talked and are now on the same page. We are getting him today. She understands that this is the new norm now. Take care and stay healthy Mike. ~ Family Law Client, April 2020
Michael: Thank you. You have actually now answered for the most part most of my questions. It has not been easy but with Stay At Home Order…I appreciate you getting back to me via email which is helping expedite things. Thanks and I will keep you posted. ~ Jerry, April 2020
Truly Are an Amazing Lawyer
Michael, Yes I know it has been a long road, but you have always been there protecting me and the girls. I am honestly shocked of how far we have come and how everything has turned out. Thank you for never giving up and listening to all my stupid emotional request. You truly are an amazing lawyer and thank you for everything you have done for us. Thank you ~ Bobby, March 2020
Doing an Excellent Job
Hi Kaitlyn, I am sorry that you’ve had to work so hard chasing me down. You are doing an excellent job and thank you! Best wishes ~ Andrea, March 2020
Thank You All for Your Help
Thank you all for your help with my case and the work you’re continuing during these uncertain times. I hope you all stay healthy and make the most of the time with your loved ones! ~ Charice, March 2020
Thank Mike for his Kind Sentiments and Leadership
I would not only like to thank Mike for his kind sentiments and leadership but all the members of this Council and the Bar for their cooperation, kindness and assistance during this unprecedented time. ~ Grace G. Dickler, Presiding Judge, Circuit Court Cook County, Domestic Relations, March 2020
You Serve the Community in an Exemplary Way
Thank you Mike for a great job today and for leading the meeting on Saturday. You serve the community in an exemplary way. ~ Elizabeth Felt Wakeman, Wakeman Law Group, P.C. February 2020
Integral Part of Getting it to Resolution
Michael: Thank you for being a part of this case. You were an integral part of getting it to resolution so quickly. Caryn and I are both grateful. I hope to have the opportunity to work with you again in the future. ~ attorney Loren E. LaPidus, February 2020
Amazing Advice and Always Listened
Michael helped me with my long drawn out divorce. He always gave me amazing advice and always listened to me. My biggest concern was always my kids and that I wanted to see them as much as possible. My ex wife always used the kids against me throughout the divorce and Michael would not let that happen and fought for me as a dad who wants to see my kids always. Michael never gave up and I ended up with almost 50% time with my kids. I am so thankful that he never gave up on my kids and I. I highly recommend Michael and the firm. ~ Rob, February 2020
Appreciate All Your Help
Michael, I appreciate all your help in this. God bless. ~ Family Law Client, February 2020
Thank You Gary, Michael and Deanna
Thank you Gary, Michael and Deanna for everything you have done for me and my kids. ~ Sana, February 2020
Thanks for Getting This Done!
Gary, you’re awesome – thanks for getting this done! ~ Susan M. Lampert, Attorney, January 2020
Gary: Wow! You’re Awesome!! Thank you! ~ Joseph M. Modica, CPA, CVA, MAFF, CMC, January 2020
Would Hire Him Again
Michael Strauss is a very good lawyer and gets right down to business. I would hire him again if need be – he really care about his clients and making the right decisions. ~ Paige, January 2020
Appreciate Everything You Have Done for My Family
Michael: Thank you for everything I appreciate everything you have done for my family ~ Family Law Client, January 2020
Thank You for All of Your Work!
Mike, Thank you for all that you did as a co-chair of the Gala committee. Your dedication and passion for victims of domestic violence and human trafficking is amazing and we thank you for all of your work! ~ Gratefully, Damaris Lorta, Chief Development Officer, December 2019
Thank You for Being a Presenter at the 2019 Symposium
Dear Michael S. Strauss, On behalf of The Partnership for a Safer Lake County, I would like to thank you for being a presenter at the 2019 Symposium. The Partnership for A Safer Lake County could not have presented a successful conference without your help. Thank you again! ~ The Partnership for A Safer Lake County, December 2019
Thank you for all of your hard work Gary! Best wishes ~ Andrea, November 2019
Thanks Again for All of Your Hard Work
Michael: Thanks again for all of your hard work on the case as I know that you put a lot of time and effort into this for me. I greatly appreciate all of your efforts. It worked out in the end – he still has to pay child support. I haven’t tested the extra payment option yet – will be submitting expenses to him at end of month and will see what he does. If I run into problems with it, I will let you know. I am happy that he has to pay towards college and that the statute was NOT overturned. Hopefully it will stay in effect now for awhile, or at least for as long as she is in undergrad. Keep me posted if you hear anything new with respect to the statute. Once again, Thank you for everything! ~ Family Law Client, November 2019
Appreciate ALL That You and Your Firm Have Done
Michael, I really DO appreciate ALL that you and your firm have done for me and my kids. ~ Family Law Client, October 2019
Just wanted to compliment you on your article in the family law newsletter. Right on! I have been doing this for close to 34 years and the same problem has existed since the beginning. When lawyers treat people as a business first and a client second, this is what they do! Kudos Michael! ~ Laura Kern, October 2019
Put Me in a Better Spot Than I Ever Imagined
Thanks Michael. You were tremendous to work with and put me in a better spot than I ever imagined. I appreciate all you did for me. ~ Steven, October 2019
The Best Advocate in Your Corner
Michael is passionate at what he does, is extremely thorough, pays attention to all the details, follows up on everything and you know that you have the best advocate in your corner. Michael helped my daughter in an extremely difficult divorce that ended up being assigned to courts in Arizona, he has continued to follow up though he is no longer involved in the case. Going above and beyond is the norm for Michael as well as his staff. Trying to find a good lawyer is difficult at best because most individuals have never had the need before. Trying to find a good lawyer under stressful circumstances and in a limited time frame is nearly impossible. Stop searching and contact Michael. You will be glad you did. ~ Family Law Client, October 2019
We greatly appreciate your time and Mr. Strauss’ insight and expertise when he spoke with me. ~ Family Law Client, September 2019
Very Professional..Couldn’t Ask for Better Representation
Michael, I couldn’t of asked for a better representation than you and your firm. You are very professional and you take great pride and care in what you do. Your knowledge and insight are some of the many great characteristics on why I would recommend you and your firm. Thank you. ~ Dan, September 2019
Peace of Mind That I Was in Great Hands
Going through a divorce can be a rough ride. Having Michael Strauss and his firm represent me gave me the peace of mind that I was in great hands. Michael has such great knowledge of the law and really takes pride and care in what he does. I would highly recommend Michael Strauss and his firm. ~ Family Law Client, September 2019
Michael, Thank you so much for all of your help. Your awesome. ~ Family Law Client, September 2019
Grateful For All of Your Expertise and Help
Gary, I can’t tell your office staff how grateful I am for all of your help and understanding. This has been a trying 7 years. I don’t think that by any means it is done yet but am extremely grateful for all of your expertise and help. ~ Colin, August 2019
Very Pleased I Have You On My Team
Thank you Michael for your sound guidance, genuine human approach and integrity. I am very pleased I have you on my team. ~ Jane, August 2019
Provided Guidance and Professionalism
Michael Strauss assisted with enforcing my parenting time post divorce. My ex decided that my 16 year old could make the decision as to where he/she wanted to live; completely undermining my parenting ability. Long story short, Michael saw right thru this. He filed the necessary paperwork in court, answered my phone calls and met with me in person. Ultimately, we appeared before a judge and we won! Not only did I get my days back with my daughter/son but the judge basically told my ex he must follow the parenting agreement. At all times, Michael was firm, understood my case and provided guidance and professionalism along with reassurance. Thank you again Michael! ps. Friendly staff too. ~ Family Law Client, August 2019
Kudos to Attorney Michael Strauss, ISBA Family Law Section Chair
Mike, Thank you for your work as the ISBA Family Law Section Chair. You have really excelled in your career. Thank you especially for your kind words in your Chair’s column. I am honored to be one of your mentors! ~ Matt Shaw, August 2019
Thank You Once Again On Doing A Great Job
I would like to thank Michael and his staff for helping me in my legal matter. I found Michael to be experienced, responsive, knowledgeable and honest. The communication was always prompt and to the point. I felt like Michael truly cared and wanted the matter resolved as much as I did. Thank you once again on doing a great job. I would highly recommend Michael to anyone seeking legal representation that is fair, honest and affordable! ~ Rasa, August 2019
Kudos to Attorney Michael Strauss, ISBA Family Law Section Chair
Mike, Thank you for your work as the ISBA Family Law Section Chair. You have really excelled in your career. Thank you especially for your kind words in your Chair’s column. I am honored to be one of your mentors! ~ Matt Shaw, August 2019
Thanks to Gary & Deanna
Gary, I wanted to personally thank you for a wonderful service you provided my child! As I said to Deanna, even though you were representing the opposing side, please consider this email as a letter or recommendation for your firm’s services, and thank you for caring about my child’s best interests.
I also express to you a special thank you to Deanna, and let you know she was outstanding as far as I can tell thus far in her knowledge as an attorney and ability to handle a difficult case. Thank you again! P.S…and you got some cool socks, hands down☺ ~ August 2019
Best Decision I’ve Ever Made
Hiring Michael and his team was the best decision I’ve ever made. I can’t thank him and Deanna enough for all of the hard work they put into my case. They are easy to get a hold of and respond to questions and concerns very quickly. If you want results, these guys are the ones to have on your side. Thank you again for everything! Alex ~ August 2019
Blown Away By His Compassion and Dedication
Michael Strauss and his team are exceptional. In the most challenging and emotionally taxing time in my life, they have gone above and beyond to support me. Not only does he do thorough legal work, beyond that he truly cares for the people he represents. I am blown away by his compassion and dedication to his cases. Marissa ~ July 2019
Appreciate All You and Your Team’s Hard Work
Michael, thank you very much for taking care of this today. I’m sorry I was such a mess at our meeting. I’ll be very happy to have this resolved so I can try to move forward with my life. I really appreciate all you and your team’s hard work. Family Law Client ~ July 2019
Efficient, Caring, Understanding and Fair!
Attorney Michael Strauss started working on my case before I walked out the door! Had a complicated situation and got us into court the following day after our consultation. He was in the court room before court started spoke with me before and afterwards. WE WON IN COURT! He returns my phone calls immediately and emails me back immediately. He is efficient caring understanding and fair! Thank you for all your help! ~ Family Law Client, July 2019
Top Of Our List for Lake County Referrals
Mike, You are top of our list for Lake County Referrals as you probably know! Regards, Raif ~ July 2019
Always Gave Me Hope…Never Stopped Fighting For Me
Using this amazing law firm was the best choice I ever could of made for my divorce. The three attorneys are very professional and extremely knowledgeable of all the laws. They work together on cases if need be, but they are all up to date on all the cases. Every time I called or emailed they responded right away. They fought for me in my nasty divorce and got me my girls more then I thought was possible. My ex made our divorce so bad with all the lies and accusations it was hard on me. They always gave me hope and they never stopped fighting for me. I am a dad and I love my girls more then anything. The firm knew that and never lost sight of that. I am an extremely happy dad now and I have my girls 50% of the time. My divorce is finally over and I couldn’t be happier how they helped me finalize my divorce. They are a great firm and I highly recommend them.. Robert ~ June 2019
Responded Promptly and Answered All of My Questions
Michael was very empathetic to my situation and clear/straightforward with his communications. He always responded promptly and answered all of my questions. He is very detail oriented and ran me through every possible outcome with complete honesty. His rates were very fair. I would highly recommend him. Family Law Client ~ June 2019
Can’t Tell You How Much I Appreciate It
Michael: Thank you very much for your help today. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate it. ~ Family Law Client, June 2019
Truly Appreciate Michael’s Help
Hi Michael, Thank you again for all of your help on this case. I truly appreciate it. I am so glad that I will be able to go on to college and put this all behind me thanks to your help and guidance. ~ Family Law Client, June 2019
Greatly Appreciate Your Advise
Michael & Rachael: Thank you both very much for your time and efforts with this. I greatly appreciate your advise. ~ Brian, May 2019
Amazing Firm and I Highly Recommend
Amazing firm and I highly recommend it!!! Thank you Michael Strauss and you are the best!!! ~ Dina, May 2019
Not Your Biggest Case…How Your Firm Advocates Makes Me Feel Like It Is
Gary, thanks for your help today. It is appreciated. I know I’m that I am not your biggest case but how your firm advocates for me makes me feel like it is. ~ Tal, April 2019
They Care About Really Helping Their Clients
This firm is highly recommended. They are highly experienced and knowledgeable. They care about really helping their clients. We have many mutual clients who are extremely satisfied with their services. ~ Paralegal, Newland and Newland, LLP, April 2019
Best Birthday Present I Got
Deanna, I keep reading your petition. It is so strong. The way you put this together – how the facts are bluntly stated, the abuse frankly disclosed – our story in black and white – this was the best birthday present I got this year. I feel empowered when I read this petition. By sharing this with the universe I literally feel taller right now, and I wanted you to know this. And to thank you. ~ Family Law Client, March 2019
Gary and Deanna, was a pleasure meeting with you today & I truly appreciate the amount of stress you removed from my plate today after our 1st meeting. Thank You!!! ~ Kelly, February 2019
You Changed My Life
Gary and Mike, there are few firms who truly perform on a near miracles level like Gary, Mike and their firm. For me they took years of turmoil and 528 days without my children into 50/50 parenting time. I’m a disabled adult with a limited income they still worked with me. Life changing results for me. This firm truly does exemplary work and strives for excellence. If you are in need of true experience and skill backed by iron morality with exceptional law ethics then Schlesinger & Strauss is who you need. I was recommended to them after I exhausted all options in a divorce case by the Lake County Bar Association referral services. With Gary and the expert help of his firm this case in months it’s settled. I recommend them to anyone who puts family first, they protect your parental rights as fiercely as they would their own children. ~ Gene, January 2019
Means A Great Deal To Me
Mike, I appreciate your help today. It may be small to you, but it means a great deal to me. So, thank you. ~ Talia, December 2018
Thank You All For Your Help
Michael, thank you all for your help. Divorce is never easy and you and Rachael made me feel very comfortable through the entire process! ~ Josh, December 2018
A Huge Weight Off My Shoulders
Rachael and Gary,Thank you both for your guidance and assistance with the divorce. It’s a huge weight off my shoulders and I’m happy to be moving on. ~ David, December 2018
Highly Recommend Them
Michael was very kind, patient, compassionate, and knowledgeable, with a friendly team/staff working alongside him. I had Michael for my divorce, from my abusive husband, who abandoned me & our daughter. Michael was very patient and thorough in explaining everything that was going to happen, as well as all my options, at a time when I felt frustrated, hopeless, and lost. Schlesinger & Strauss is a law firm with heart & passion for what they do. I highly recommend them. ~ Family Law Client, December 2018
Thank you very much!
Thank you very much! Please tell Gary he’s awesome. I simply love the guy!
Best wishes. ~ Andrea, December 2018
Deanna, THANK YOU for all you do! ~ Gina, November 2018
Lake County Bar Association Pro Bono Award
Dear Gary, Michael, Rachael, and Deanna, Amber, David, Silvia and Aaliyah – I was so pleased to see your firm at the center of attention at the recent LCBA Pro Bono Awards luncheon, as you are so deserving. Thank you for setting a high bar and serving as role models in our personal and professional communities. With heartfelt congratulations and best wishes ~ Liz, October 2018
Thanks to Rachael
Rachael, great…Thanks for all the work and attention! The letter on the same day as court was a nice touch. ~ David, October 2018
He Went Above And Beyond
We hired Michael Strauss to help us with documents for an amicable divorce. Complications arose and he represented me solely. I trusted him with the thorough legal advice he offered. I never get that he would unnecessarily escalate my situation, which was a huge concern based on stories I have heard. He encouraged me to be fair and balanced while also informing me of what I was legally entitled too. He was very prompt with communication around any questions or concerns I had with my case. He went above and beyond dealing with a tight deadline. He also helped to secure a fantastic mediator to help our process. I have recommended him to several friends and they have also had great experiences with him. ~ Daphne, October 2018
Your Team Did A Great Job
Gary, I appreciate your assistance in the matter with my wife. We came to a good resolution. Your team did a great job of keeping me advised and offering alternatives to a solution. I also appreciated you keeping the expenses to a minimum. Thank you. ~ Dave, September 2018
Highly Recommend Michael Strauss
Mike helped me on two separate occasions with post divorce issues. He is knowledgeable, quick to respond, kept me updated on my case, and was able to achieve the result I was hoping for. The office staff was also responsive and easy to work with. I definitely made the right choice in hiring Michael Strauss as my attorney. ~ Beth, September 2018
Appreciate All Your Hard And Thoughtful Work
Thank you again Amber, and nice to finally meet you today! I appreciate all your hard and thoughtful work on my case! ~ Anne, September 2018
Thank you Rachael
I can finally breathe a sigh of relief. I appreciate everything that everyone at Schlesinger & Strauss has done for my daughter and me. God bless you all. ~ Frances, August 2018
Awesome And I Would Highly Recommend Him
My husband and I were starting the divorce process and I hired Michael as my attorney. Not only was Michael knowledgeable but he was able to explain how the process works and was very clear about my options. Fortunately for me and my family my husband and I worked it out and we did not go through with the divorce. Even though we did not go through the entire divorce process he only charged me for the service he did and it was a fair rate. During the entire process he always replied to my messages very, very quickly! He was awesome and I would highly recommend him. ~ Family Law Client, August 2018
Thank You For Everything
Michael, thank you for everything. I really love seeing my girls every week and honestly if it wasn’t for you I would get to see them much. ~ Bobby, August 2018
Thank You So Much
Michael, thank you so much…You probably hear this all the time but you were so awesome. Thank you again so much! ~ Becca, August 2018
Really Appreciate All Of Your Work
Deanna & Gary, I really appreciate all of your work on this. ~ Elizabeth, August 2018
Made A Bad Situation So Much Better
Mr. Strauss, I want to thank you again for everything. For me, you have made a bad situation so much better. I will highly recommend you to anyone ever in need of a great attorney. ~ Dennis, August 2018
I cannot say enough GREAT things about this entire firm! They worked relentlessly to help me regain full custody of my daughter and in a timely fashion. Gary was amazing, not only professional, but also honest and kind. I HIGHLY recommend Schlesinger & Strauss to anyone in search of a lawyer in this area. Thank you Schlesinger & Strauss for bringing my baby home! I am forever grateful! ~ Emily, Family Law Client, July 2018
Thank you Aaliyah. Appreciate the excellent work! Great responsiveness. ~ Dave, Family Law Client, July 2018
Truly Top Notch Professionals
Gary and Staff, thanks again for handling my case in a very efficient and professional manner. You and your staff are truly top notch professionals and uphold the true meaning of code of conduct in the courtroom and outside of the courtroom. It’s nice to see integrity and professionalism. ~ Family Law Client, July 2018
Gary: Opposing counsel said he owes you a handshake. He left Court hot and he said that you “kicked his ass fair and square,” that you are a “true gentleman” and that he “learned a lot.” ~ Opposing counsel, July 2018
Appreciate You Taking My Case
Michael, Thank you so much. I appreciate you taking the time and taking on my case. You are a kind, altruistic person. ~ Family Law Client, July 2018
Thanks So Much
Mike, I read your correspondence…It was awesome. Thanks so much for representing me, Mike. Really, thanks. ~ Family Law Client, July 2018
We Appreciate All Your Help
Dear Mr.Schlesinger, We would like to thank you for your time and services. We appreciate all your help. ~ Sincerely, Teresa and Stanisław, June 2018
Thank you for all that you do for the betterment of our communities
Dear Mr. Strauss, on behalf of the Lake County Housing Authority and my team on the Family Self-Sufficiency Program, I would like to sincerely thank you for attending our Black Tie Gala. I hope that you and Mrs. Strauss, along with your in-laws, enjoyed the evening. Congratulations once again! Thank you for all that you do for the betterment of our communities. ~ Jelena Milunovic, Family Self-Sufficiency Manager, Lake County Housing Authority, June 2018
Expertise and Advice a Great Help
Thank you so much…Your expertise and advice was a great help. My son and I have a great relationship now…I am glad I fought for him. ~ Child Custody Client, June 2018
Thanks to Amber & Gary…Awesome, Thorough, Detailed
Thank you so much Amber. And thank you Gary for such awesome and thorough and detailed work. ~ Anne, June 2018
Compassionate & Understanding…Michael Listened to What Was Important to Me
I highly recommend Michael and his team. I hired him part-way through my divorce process due to dissatisfaction with my first attorney. Michael took my case and got it on track. He spent time learning my case and learning the complexity of what we were dealing with. I felt that he understood how to deal with a high conflict case and he took the time to listen, with compassion and understanding. He gave great advice but also listened to what was important to me. If you’re in need of legal representation I would highly recommend Michael Strauss. ~ Family Law Client, June 2018
Highly Recommend Deanna Hoyt…Fantastic Attorney!
I would highly recommend Deanna Hoyt. I hired her and Michael Strauss part-way through my divorce process due to dissatisfaction with my first attorney. As soon as they were hired they learned my case and got it back on track. Deanna is very knowledgeable and she responded in a timely manner with questions I had related to the documents we were working on and the overall divorce process. I felt confident in her ability to litigate, on my behalf, against opposing counsel. My case was complex and high conflict due to opposing party but she knew how to navigate through those difficult waters. Quite frankly, I believe she continued getting better and better throughout the entire divorce process and I believe she will continue to be a fantastic attorney a great asset to Michael’s team. If you’re in need of legal representation I would highly recommend Deanna Hoyt. ~ Family Law Client, June 2018
Thank You So Much Michael
Mr Strauss, Thank you so much for your hard work and for all your help. I will pick up my files next week. May God continue to bless you. ~ Marigayle, June 2018
So Excited to Put This Behind Us! Thanks to Michael
Michael, Your approach was fantastic and definitely got us to this point. Thank you, thank you!! I’m so excited to put this behind us! ~ Family Law Client, June 2018
Thanks to Gary & Rachael
Gary & Rachael, Only one word to pass on to you…‘Thanks’…For all you have done. ~ Denny, June 2018
Michael & Deanna – appreciate all you and Deanna did for me and my daughter!
Thank you, Michael! I appreciate all you and Deanna did for me and my daughter! If I ever need to go back to court in the future for this I plan to use your firm. Thank you and have a great day! ~ Michelle , June 2018
Michael – You’re good at what you do
You’re good at what you do. Thanks again. ~ Carrie, June 2018
Gary – appreciated watching you work today
You are a solid advocate and competent attorney and I appreciated watching you work today. ~ Opposing counsel, June 2018
Gary – Thank You!
Thank you for all your fight! ~ Christine, May 2018
Michael – Congratulations and keep up the great work!
Thank you for your congratulations on my new upcoming position as Vice Chair of the Family Law Committee.
I can’t tell you how grateful I am that you are serving as the Vice Chair of the Family Law Section Council of the ISBA. Your work there is so important to the Family Law Committee in Lake County.
Congratulations and keep up the great work! ~ Marjorie Sher, May 2018
Thanks for your continued hard work Gary! ~ Jarrod, May 2018
Thanks to Gary & Yari
Gary and Yari, I confirm that I have received and read this letter. Oh my gosh, I can’t thank you enough for representing me in the case. What a well written letter. ~ Kind Regards, Kim, May 2018
Great Firm…Happy With Outcome
You guys are a great firm and I am so happy I used you guys. I couldn’t be happier with the outcome. ~ Robert, May 2018
Recommending to Everyone I Know!
Michael, Just so you are aware, I will be recommending you to everyone I know. You are so amazing and I cannot tell you how much I appreciate your direction and help. ~ Brenda, April 2018
So Grateful For Your Courage
Michael, I just wanted to say thank you for fighting so hard for children like mine who you don’t know or represent. I am so grateful for your courage to speak out against HB4113. ~ Erin, April 2018
Thanks to Michael for Standing Up for Illinois Families
Mr. Strauss and Family, My name is Andrea Wilson and I work at the Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence. People have shared with me how you have stood up to fight against HB 4113. Thank you for all that you have done standing up for the safety of Illinois families. People have also shared some of the price you and your family are paying for the stand you’ve taken. I cannot imagine dealing with such threats and hatred. Please know that there are people, families and organizations like ours that are grateful for you and the sacrifices you have made. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. ~ Thank you, Andrea, April 2018
Gary – Thank You For All The Hard Work
Thank you for all the hard work to get my divorce finalized and finished. ~ Robert, April 2018
Mike & Deanna, I Can’t Thank You Enough
I just received the email you sent and I truly can’t thank you enough.
You have given me so much comfort knowing that I have such an amazing group of lawyers on
my side. This is the first time in 10 years I am finally fighting back and not letting my ex and his
wife bully me anymore. I appreciate you and Deanna more then I can ever express and I will be forever
grateful to you. You have an amazing staff!!!
Thank you from the bottom of my heart!!! ~ Tracey, April 2018
Excellent stuff Gary and Rachael! ~ Jarrod, April 2018
Thanks to Mike…Outstanding!
Mike, You did a great job coordinating the opposition to HB 4113. Your testimony in opposition today and at the prior hearing was outstanding, and brought to the attention of the entire General Assembly the bill’s deficiencies and the sponsor’s flawed rhetoric. You work tirelessly in opposition to the bill, and we are all very grateful. Thank you, Mike and to all the other members of the Section Council that spent their time and effort in opposition to HB 4113. ~ April 2018
Great Job Deanna
Deanna did a great job yesterday considering the circumstances. Thank you Deanna! ~ Family Law Client, April 2018
Your Feedback Has Been Amazing
Gary, you have helped answer some questions I posted on Avvo and your feedback has been amazing. ~ Jennifer, April 2018
Helped Me Turn My Life Around
Michael, I was surfing A Safe Place’s Facebook page, and came across the post regarding your 2018 Access to Justice Award. Such an amazing award for an amazing person who has helped me start to turn my life, and my children’s lives, and many other’s lives- around. The world needs more people like you. Congrats!! ~ Family Law Client, March 2018
Deanna, Thank you very much for your exceptional help on this matter [order to waive interest in a child support matter]! I will be sure to leave an awesome review for you! ~ Family Law Client, March 2018
Thanks to Rachael!
Well done, Rachael! Thank you! ~ Chris, Family Law Client, March 2018
Thanks to Gary – Unpaid Support Case
With regard to holding an ex-spouse in contempt for non-payment of roughly 25K in back support, “Gary, Thank you for all your work! I appreciate your help!” ~ Lora, March 2018
Congratulations to Michael, 2018 Access to Justice Award Recipient
Michael – With much mazel, congrats on being awarded the Access to Justice Award. This is certainly a wonderful event and I am sure you would not have received it without excellent and long standing work in helping low income persons in Lake County who are experiencing family law issues. You are certainly to be highly commended for your good work. Congrats again. ~ James L. Schwartz, February 2018
I love you!!! This is awesome!!! Thank you Michael – just what I would expect in a REAL lawyer!!! Can’t wait for reply. ~ Family Law Client, January, 2018
Thanks to Mike
Mike, Thank you so much for working so hard for my family. ~ Dina, December 2017
Thanks to Gary and Mike
Gary and Mike, Happy holidays to you and yours! Thanks for all your help. ~ Dina, December 2017
Works Well With Opposing Counsel
Michael, Pleasure to work with experienced counsel with your reasonableness. ~ Best, Jene’t, Opposing Counsel, December 2017
Exceeded Every Expectation!
Do you want results in your case? You should take the time to read this.
I came to Mike and Gary after having a horrible and expensive experience with another firm. I was sure the position I was left in by the other firm was unrecoverable. Do you want results? I sure did. I got them here. These guys exceeded every expectation and re-instilled in me of faith for the profession I’d come to question. There are a lot of lawyers out there to choose from. They all have advertising. How could you know who the pick? After the experience I had, I wanted to take the time to offer a testimonial that might save someone reading this a whole mess of grief…and whole lot of money. No, I’m not a paid advertiser, just someone who went through a two-year hellish divorce until I was referred to Mike and Gary – one of the best decisions I ever made was to retain them. What do you really want from your lawyers? I know now: ethics, a bent towards protecting the children first, expertise in the process and case law precedents, a solid reputation and rapport within the counsel community, and rapport with those ultimately in control of your future – the judges. Oh, and how about results and getting the job done? Don’t look any further; those aspects are all right here. Between Gary and Mike, I found their ability to cite precedent off the cuff absolutely astounding. I found their reputation within the community of Lake County lawyers one of respect and amiability, and they had the respect and goodwill with the judges. Yes, and they made it happen – got results – real results. These guys never wasted time to inflate the bill, quite the opposite; all the while exceeding my expectations on what was possible for me. That’s why I took the time to write this.
Do you want a therapist? Better go get one because you won’t find that service here. These guys are no nonsense and very busy. If you want a lawyer who’s going to write back long emails to your rants about how you feel, and all your irrelevant garbage (not to be flippant – I know these are very important to us as real people going through an all too real difficult time – yes – it really hurt), you better save that stuff for a therapist, or a close family member or friend….sparingly of course. A lawyer isn’t a therapist, your best friend, father, mother, sister, brother… or baby sitter (of us or our children LOL). Some lawyers will happily allow you to engage them at $350 per hour to listen to our heartaches and maybe even encourage us to spin wheels down those expensive roads. These guys are too busy to gouge your money in that way – they don’t need to – they’re too busy. Think about that. Most of a law firms business comes from referrals. They’re busy for a reason, busy getting results – not with the BS.
This process is really tough and I hope my words might help someone who is about to begin. Had I come to these guys initially, I would’ve saved months and months of grief and tens of thousands of dollars. I really hope this does help: be positive, tell the truth, focus on the children first, remember the process has an end but how we act through it lasts forever, and hire an incredible lawyer with ethics – the legal consequences last quite a long time also… if not forever. It gets a lot better in many ways when you have the right people on your side. I’m sure you have the friends and family – retain Gary (Mike here in his review) for the legal part of your team. Chin up and good luck to you. ~ Dean B., December 2017
Your office has done more for me than anyone has in the last two years. I am eternally grateful. ~ Family Law Client, October 2017
Thanks to Michael…Couldn’t Have Done It Without You!
Michael, OMG. I honestly can’t thank you enough. You have no idea how much I wanted this and I didn’t think it was going to be possible. You are amazing, thank you for making this happen, I couldn’t have done it without you. ~ Adoption Client, October 2017
Thank You for Standing With Me
Thank you for everything. I was glad to have you and your firm standing with me through this process. ~ Lindsay, October 2017
You Have Done an Absolutely Amazing Job!!!!
Gary, thanks for the quick response and I forgot this was not the OP case. I would like for you to continue to represent me as you have done an absolutely amazing job!!!! Thank you again for everything you and your staff have done!! ~ Kimberly, October 2017
We Appreciate the Time & Effort!
Gary and Staff, We want you to know how much we appreciate the time and effort you are putting into this divorce case. Thank you for your continued efforts to get this case over & done with!! ~ Norm & Kathy, October 2017
Thanks to Gary for Volunteering Time and Talents
Gary, Thank you for handling this for us [and] for them. You are a mensch. ~ Margaret C. Benson, Executive Director, Chicago Volunteer Legal Services, October 2017
Thanks to Michael
Dear Michael, A HUGE thank you for volunteering your time, expertise, and energy to our Thursday evening workshop, New Child Support and Parenting Laws on Thursday, September 14th. We had a total of 33 women in attendance on the day, which is a great turnout!…We were so thrilled you were able to join this presentation. Thanks again for participating. ~ Sincerely, Lorraine C. Murphy, Executive Director of The Lilac Tree, September 2017
Very Pleased With Results!
Mike, I just wanted to say thank you very much for what you and Gary did. I got 97% of what I wanted and that’s extraordinary. You fought a dirty, hard fighter for me. I am very pleased with the end result. Gary, we were probably meant to hang out with guitars instead of legal crap in our laps… ~ Dean, September 2017
Thank You So Much for What You Did Today
Thank you so much for what you did today. Your legal skill proceeded you, but your ability to digest such a mountain of data so quickly was absolutely impressive, your professional and likable demeanor in and out of the courtroom something I’m so pleased to be associated with, and your quick resolution of a near two year nightmare absolutely extraordinary. You both are incredible…thank-you! ~ Dean August 2017
Thank you so much for everything. ~ Family Law Client, August 2017
Michael: Thank you so much for being the caring person that you are. Very grateful for all that you do. Beyond words. ~ Family Law Client, August 2017
Wow. I think you’re doing great, Gary. Thank you. ~ Lori, August 2017
Thank you for always answering my questions
I just wanted to say thank you to you for always answering my emails with my many questions. You were able to alleviate a lot of my stress! Take care. ~ Colleen, July 2017
PS – Thank you!
Your paralegal told us you spent 6 hours researching my case and filing a 6 page motion for me. You take very good care of us and I hope you know how much we appreciate it…please know how much I appreciate all your hard work and taking my case seriously. ~ Family Law Client, July 2017
Recommending Them to My Friends
I’ve meet with lawyers before, and met with Michael this past week. And I can honestly say I’ve never felt so comfortable and confident with the help and information he provided. I was scared of what can happen in my situation, and he assured my fiance and I that things will work out. And I believe him. Schlesinger and Strauss was recommended by my friend, and I will be recommending them to my friends. ~ Heather, July 2017
Thanks to Alexa
You all are great!!! Thank you. ~ Rodney, July 2017
Thanks to Gary
Thank you for your help on this case. ~ Tracy, July 2017
Thanks to Michael
Michael, Thank you…I’m sorry I was such a baby. Thank you for being so nice. And for working hard for me. We won today. Yes, yes we did, thanks to you. ~ Family Law Client, May 2017
Thanks to Michael Strauss
Thank you for your advice and your representation…It’s been a rough one, but glad it’s over; so, thank you again. ~ Family Law Client, April 2017
Favorite Lawyer in the World!
Just read your article recent case concerning contempt. Glad you are on my side. Thanks for all you do Gary-
We love ya! Favorite lawyer in the world! ~ Leo, April 2017
Best Attorney in Town
I told them all Michael Strauss is the best attorney in town. And Gary too. And then I went on and on about how you never let things get that far south with my case, even though you had a million opportunities to engage in a blood bath. It’s the truth! ~ Family Law Client, March 2017
Thanks to Michael
Mike, It was really nice seeing you, I appreciate everything you did for us. Thank you very much and God bless you and your family. ~ Family Law Client, March 2017
Gary, we appreciate what you do. We could not do it. You’re great! Please keep up the good work. ~ Leo, March 2017
Hi – thanks for the speedy response. You guys are so awesome.♥ ~ Anne, February 2017
Michael does have an amazing knowledge of the law and has a way with calming his clients. He is a good guy and I would recommend anyone to this firm because of Michael’s knowledge of the law, no BS attitude. Thank you all again. ~ Family Law Client, January 2017
Thank you Michael! I do think you guys did do a great job! Your team is the first lawyers I’ve actually liked! Lol. I’m also planning on using you guys in the future for some custody issues. I appreciate the patience! Thanks!! ~ Family Law Client, December 2016
Appreciate Your Support
Gary, I wanted to thank you for your help yesterday in the case. I appreciate your long time support for Sona in her efforts to protect and defend her children and their future. The outcome and drama was not what I expected, but at least this chapter is over for now. It was nice to finally meet you and I hope you and your family have a great Christmas holiday season. Thank you again ~ Todd, November 2016
Thanks to Gary!
Thank you Gary for looking out for my best interests! ~ Lisa, November 2016
Order of Protection Hearing Follow-Up
Michael, THANK YOU!! You are awesome!!!!!!! This is your calling. ~ Family Law Client, November 2016
Always There For Me
Gary, I wanted to thank you for representing me in my OP case and always being there for me. I couldn’t have done it without you again!! See you in a couple years to renew my OP. Enjoy the holidays! ~ Family Law Client, November 2016
Thanks to Gary
Thank you for your time and efforts! ~ Robert, November 2016
Thank you again!
Dear Michael, On behalf of The Partnership for a Safer Lake County, I would like to thank you for being a presenter at the 2016 Symposium for a Safe Lake County. We received wonderful feedback from those who attended the conference, many of whom attended your breakout session…It was a full day of learning and sharing, which left people eager not only to utilize their new resources, but also to learn more.
The Partnership for a Safer Lake County could not have presented a successful conference without your help. Thank you again! ~ Most appreciatively, Terri Olian, October 2016
Thanks to Mike for His Expertise at the “2016 Symposium for a Safer Lake County”
Mike, Thanks again for speaking at today’s symposium and working with Damaris and I in spreading awareness around the issue of domestic violence. I appreciated your time and expertise with this event and hope we can work together again in the future. ~ Regards, Jamie, October 2016
Well Done Gary!
Gary,Your presentation was informative and well delivered! Kudos! ~ Margaret, October 2016
Mike, Thank you for hanging in there with me through all of this. I couldn’t have done it without you. You and your staff are true professionals and I truly can’t thank you enough. ~ Family Law Client, October 2016
Thanks to Gary
Gary, I want to thank you for all you do for me. ~ Kathy, August 2016
Gift to the Legal Community!
Gary, As always, thank you for thorough and thoughtful response. I very much appreciate your generosity of time and knowledge. You are a gift to the legal community! Thank you ~ Morgan, August 2016
Thanks to Gary
Gary, Thank you for all you do! ~ Jetty, August, 2016
Michael, I’m amazed by you. Thank you, thank you, thank you. ~ Family Law Client, August 2016.
Hello Mike, Thank you so so much for all of your help. You are always great with us. Thanks again. ~ Family Law Client, August 2016
That’s Why I Hired You!
Mike, I am seeing all the emails come through and appreciate you guys stepping up and forcing the issue. That’s why I hired you. So, thank you, I really appreciate it. ~ Family Law Client, July 2016
Thanks to Mike
Thank you so much Mike. You really came through for me today and I truly appreciate it. ~ Family Law Client, July 2016
Thanks to Gary
Gary, YOU ARE MY KNIGHT IN SHINING ARMOR!!! ~ Kathy, July 2016
Thank You Guys for Your Support
Thank you. This is not something you ever want someone who is close to you to go through. So thank you guys for your support. ~ Family Law Client, July 2016
Thanks to Michael
Michael, Thank you and your team for your help over the past 5 years. ~ Nicole, July 2016
Gary’s Reputation Says It All
I have known Gary a long time. I have hired him on multiple occasions and would do so again. His reputation says it all. Read about him from professional references. Gary does what is best for you when you know not what that is. Do you really want to be billed for responses to emotionally charged emails that serve no purpose? He does not work that way. Some Lawyers take every opportunity to rack up your bill. Not Gary. He knows what to say and when to say it. Retain him, leave him alone, let him do his job. He is not your pen pal, I have spoken to Gary a handful of times yet have complete faith in his work because I have been to his local lectures and know his background. It is a discipline to realize this in personal legal matters however he need not be advised by you or I. He has been doing this a long time and HE IS VERY GOOD AT WHAT HE DOES. ~ Leo, July 2016
Complex Interstate Visitation Case
Gary is an elite Attorney and super Lawyer representing me in a complex interstate visitation case whom has been in the upper echelon of his profession for quite some time. He has and continues to represent me in a manner that regularly leaves me assured that my opposition is outmatched. His staff is friendly, punctual with forwarding documents and responding to calls and emails, and always more than fair with their billing practices. I would choose no other Attorney than Gary Schlesinger for any family law matters. ~ Brook, July 2016
Incredibly Happy! Post-Divorce Motions
Gary is calm, patient, strategic and supportive. He represented me against two motions (ridiculous motions) filed by my ex-husband who is an attorney himself. The opposing attorney and my ex-husband tried every “trick” they could find to try and intimidate me and Gary. They were and they are relentless bullies. Gary, however was confident, calm and reassuring to me every step of the way. In trial, he outshined the opposing counsel with his confidence and his presence. Moreover, Gary completely flummoxed my ex-husband on cross examination. It was really a remarkable feat, considering my ex-husband calls himself openly a “brilliant trial lawyer.” I should also note that my ex-husband’s father is also an attorney, so Gary and I faced three attorneys: the opposing counsel, my ex-husband and his father. The outcome was as expected, as the judge decided the case in short amount of time in our favor. Gary and his staff are professional and wonderful people. I would highly recommend him and I would hire him again if needed. ~ Andrea, June, 2016
Thanks to Gary
Gary, You are my hero…last leg of this 16 year ordeal for me. Thank You for seeing me and my family through this. ~ Jerilee, May 2016
Thanks to Michael
Michael, Just a quick note to say thank you for those notes today. So, nice to know I have someone in my corner defending me. Thank you. ~ Family Law Client, May 2016
Couldn’t Have Done It Without Mike’s Help!
Dear Mike, Thank you for your continued support of A Safe Place and the EmpoweRun 5K. Thanks to your sponsorship and support, this year’s race was our most successful 5k yet! We couldn’t have done it without your help. A Safe Place is able to continue providing life-saving services to survivors of domestic violence and their families. ~ Thank you! Pat D., May 2016.
Thanks to Gary
Thank you, again, for all you did for me. I have sent a number of people your way and will continue to do so. All my best. ~ Wendy, April 2016
Gary, You are wonderful and your email is incredible. You are a good person. I knew that from day one. Your firm is filled with nice people. ~ Andrea, April 2016
Honest, Accurate Information
Mike, Just wanted to thank you again for all of the time you spent with us last night. I know we kept you a lot longer than I had hoped, and I hope we didn’t cut into your family time too much, but we felt so incredibly comfortable with you, and I knew that we would get honest, accurate information and that you would understand the situation.
It meant a lot that you spent all of that time – you’re the best, and I greatly appreciate it. Thank you. ~ Family Law Client, April 2016
Gary, You are the best!! ~ Attorney Valerie I. Steiner, Clark & Steiner, LTD, April 2016
Thanks to Gary
Gary, Your the best! ~ Kimberley, March 2016
Best of Hands
Gary, Thank you for all you do. I do know I am in the best of hands. Thank you in advance ~ Kathy, March 2016
Thanks to Michael…Great Work
Dear Mike, Thank you for joining us for ASCC this year, and for all of your great work on Friday. We appreciate your participation, and your willingness to help develop opportunities for our students. It means a great deal to the College and our students. Have a great week! ~ Greg Miarecki, University of Illinois College of Law
Razor Sharp Insight…A True Advocate
I can’t say enough positive things about Michael Strauss. My ex-husband was/is an extremely high conflict, narcissistic personality (Google it), extremely controlling and abusive, and within about thirty seconds of our initial meeting, Michael knew EXACTLY what he was dealing with. He met all my fears and concerns with a swift and confident supportive argument. I truly felt “advocated” for. He also had an almost immediate sense of what level of emotional stress I had the capacity to endure and took that into careful consideration when handling my case.
He priced me fairly, didn’t sugarcoat anything or draw things out, returned emails and questions within a very short time frame, and in general just really made me feel like he appreciated my business and took my case and my questions very seriously. You might think that all that should be a given, but you would be surprised how many people complain about their divorce attorneys.
I am now several years post decree and will shortly be in need of a revised parenting agreement due to life changes. (marriage, job change, etc.) I’m so glad I know exactly where to go for help. ~ Anne, February, 2016
Thanks to Michael
Thank you Michael, this is fantastic news. I appreciate all the help. ~ Thanks so much again, Josh, February 2016
Dear Mr. Schlesinger, I wanted to take a few minutes to thank you again for all the advice you gave me as my ABA Family Law Mentor. Since becoming licensed to practice in November, I have used your list as a guide for steps I should take to get myself immersed in the field. Specifically, I have signed up for mediation training, I joined the ISBA family law and CBA Matrimonial Law Committee and young lawyers committees for both, I read the Illinois Divorce Digest and try to attend a CLE a month, particularly any regarding the recent major revisions to the statutes. I really appreciate all the guidance you provided me (and continue to provide me through your insightful answers on Avvo). Thank you again. ~ Best, Stephanie T., Attorney, February 2016
Grateful for Support
Michael, I continue to be grateful to you and Laurie for your support and advice during flare-ups. You guys are the best. ~ Anne, February 2016
Gary, You are awesome!!!! ~ Mary, December 2015
Thanks to Gary
Happy Hanukkah Gary. You’re a good man and I take the advice you’ve given to me to heart. I appreciate you. ~ Dave, December 2015
Thank You Gary
Thank you for all that you do! It is not easy work dealing with emotionally charged people, but you have the personality and temperament to handle the most unflattering of characteristics found in all human behavior. Also, your staff are amazing! ~ Warmly, Andrea
Dear Gary, WE THINK YOU’RE AWESOME!Thank you for your perfect response. ~ Leo, November 2015.
Michael, Thank you for your services. Definitely will recommend you to others. ~ Mark, October 2015
Michael, My pleasure with the referrals…you’re a fantastic attorney! Thanks again. ~ Laurie, October 2015
Really Appreciate You
Michael, I want to thank you for seeing me today. I have been such a total wreck and you always seem to calm my nerves and make me feel safe. Thank you so much for that. Thanks ever so much. I really appreciate you. ~ Family Law Client, October 2015
Thank You for Your Support
Michael, Thank you for your support yesterday. It was a long day and rather anxiety filled for me…Thanks again for yesterday. ~ October, 2015.
My Kids and I Are Forever Grateful
Gary, thank you so much for sending me the order and successfully handling my case! Thankful that the “retroactive sum” will be automatically garnished from his check so that I do not have to receive payment from him directly (he would not have done it on his own). My kids and I are forever grateful. I can use my name!! Bless you and have a wonderful Holiday. ~ Andrea, September 2015
Thankful You Were Involved with My Son
Gary, I just wanted to take the time to let you know that through it all, and there has been a great deal of it, I will always look back and be thankful that you were the one involved with my son. I have found you to be a man of great common sense and fairness. Truly one in a billion! I will keep in touch with you regarding my son in his growth as a young man. He did great working this summer and now is ready to get to his real job – Education. Thank you for all you have done for my son! Great Regards ~ Chris, August 2015
Thank You Both for All You Did Today
Thank you both for all you did today. It really does make this experience easier
with knowing I have good people representing me. Sorry if the arguing got a
little intense, he’s not the easiest person to deal with. Have a great weekend! ~ Eileen, August 2015
Truly a Blessing…Greatly Impressed
To the inspirational and generous legal team at Schlesinger & Strauss LLC,
Thank you for your generous support and efforts in my dissolution of marriage…your services are truly a blessing to me and my family to help me gain independence from an abusive husband who left me and my girls with no support. Everyone’s continuing optimism, patience to explain this process, professionalism, compassion, and levity let me know I was in good care.
Specifically, I’d like to thank your paralegal, Laurie Cagle. She emailed and explained many documents for me. She gave helpful instructions for preparing my financial reports. She answered many of my questions and reassured me several times.
Michael Strauss’ optimism and expertise comforted me greatly as I faced this life-changing obstacle. He effortlessly and positively responded to all of my questions. As we faced down the 18 month schedule of court dates, he assured me the end was in sight.
Lastly, I want to thank Gary Schlesinger…his talent for turning my distress with levity coupled with his sympathy for my suffering, is evidence of his enduring integrity.
With everyone’s help at Schlesinger & Strauss, I was able to retain my modest home and car, keep sole custody and obtain child support for my girls. I’ve restarted my life with peace, dignity and stability. ~ Sincerely, Angela, August 2015
Thanks! You guys are great. ~ Thomas, July 2015
Thank You Gary
Gary, I wanted to take a second to say thank you for being you! ~ Respectfully, Chris, June 2015
I appreciate all the help you’ve given me. ~ Paul, June 2015
Thank You Gary
Thank you again for representing me. You did one hell of a job!!!! ~ Kim, June 2015
You and your staff has been great. ~ Thomas, June 2015
Thank You Gary
Thank you so much. ~ Frank, May 2015
Couldn’t Have Done It Without Gary
Thank you again for all your hard work and help. I couldn’t have done this without you!! ~ Kind Regards, Kim, May 2015
Thank you for your efforts on my behalf. ~ Best Regards, Charles, May 2015
You excelled today. Thanks ~ Rosemary, May 2015
Every Time I am With My Kids I am So Grateful
Michael, I also wanted to thank you for everything. A year ago I never thought this would be possible. Every time I am with my kids I am so grateful. I don’t know how you deal with people going through this on a daily basis. I hope I’m not too much of a headache! ~ Bill, May 2015
Michael, You are doing a great job and I am truly blessed to have you on my case. Thank you for your patience and I look forward to seeing you again soon. ~ Family Law Client, May 2015
Great Lawyer that Knows the Law and Will Fight for You!
I had one heck of a legal case with my ex-husband. I knew that I needed one of the best divorce lawyers in Lake County and went immediately to Gary! Gary has many years of experience dealing with divorce and KNOWS the laws. Gary always responded to my emails and questions the same day or in the evenings and on weekends. His responses were via email and phone calls. The paralegals in his office are also great to work with and always very responsive. Please keep in mind that Gary is usually in court and will respond to your emails when he can or in the evenings. His emails are very direct and to the point (no fluff) he tells you the truth and does not lead you on like other lawyers. Everyone tries to be a lawyer and it’s hard to let someone else take control. Once you understand Gary’s style you can sit back and relax and know that he has your back. This man is amazing to watch in action and his responses to other lawyers are impressive! Gary fought like hell for my case and came out swinging right from the start. Gary is well respected by many fellow colleagues and the Judges in Lake County. Very fair with billing and his hours. I highly recommend Gary and can’t thank him enough for taking on my case! ~ Kimberley, April 2015
Gary, Thanks for the letter and for all your assistance. I am very grateful for your help, time and understanding throughout this very difficult process. ~ Jose, Family Law Client, April 2015
Michael Handled Case with My Best Interests at Heart
As with any divorce, this was a very emotional time and Michael handled my case with my best interests at heart. He was compassionate, understanding, a fierce advocate for me during a very difficult time, extremely knowledgeable of the laws and a stellar professional the entire way. He was always quick to return phone calls, emails and/or texts. Always! My questions/fears were answered. His paralegal Laurie is amazing as well. She was always on top of things and even great at lending an ear! Michael knew the laws better than the other attorneys–my ex went through two. He researched other cases similar to mine and had an execution route for every scenario. We were prepared for trial, but in the end my ex finally settled. Michael is very respected among his peers and knows pretty much everyone. I have recommended him to multiple people for family law. I wouldn’t trust anyone else as I want others to feel secure going into a very emotional time. He will take care of you, this is not a game to him, he understands these are people’s lives in his hands. ~ Colleen, Divorce Client, April 2015
Thanks to Gary
Gary, I read the letter and I want to thank you for being my advocate. ~Take Care, Jodi, March 2015
Thank You From the Bottom of My Heart!
Everyone at Schlesinger & Strauss, Thank you for all your hard work, research and numerous hours working on my case. Thank you for always answering my calls and emails. I know they were annoying at times. I thank you from the bottom of my heart! ~ Thanks, Kim, March 2015
Honored to Have Gary and Mike
Honored to have Gary and Mike representing me! ~ Leo, March 2015
Can’t Thank You (Michael) Enough
Seriously Michael, I can’t thank you enough for all that you’ve done!!! ~ Family Law Client, March 2015
I Recommend Gary Schlesinger
I recommend Gary Schlesinger. My ex wife has been harassing me for years. Gary and his team have been my only protection from her unwarranted claims and accusations. His billing is fair and his response time is better than other attorneys I have had in the past. Thanks for your support Gary! ~ A Divorce Client, March 2015
Feel Like a Huge Weight has Been Lifted
Gary, Thank you to you and your staff for helping to bring my divorce to a close yesterday. I feel like a huge weight has been lifted and that I can finally move on with my life. Thank you ~ Stephen, A Divorce Client, March 2015
Thank you for Being There for my Kids
Mike, you deserve your money. Thank you again for being there for my kids & God bless you & your family. ~ Respectfully, Kevin, February 2015
Thanks Gary For Your Time & Experience
Dear Gary, We want to thank you for giving us the clarity and closure we were seeking. We appreciate the time you took to obtain copies of all the files and read through them in order to gain an understanding before giving us thoughts with our situation…Thank you so much for your time & experience. ~ Family Law Client, February 2015
Thanks to Gary
Gary, You’re awesome, thank you! ~ Attorney, Susan L., February 2015
I Can’t Express Enough How Grateful I Am
Thank you. I can’t express enough how grateful I am for everything your team did for me. ~ DS, January 2015
Exceeded My Expectations!
Gary & Team, Thank you for everything today. I am happy to be able to put an end to this matter with my
ex husband. Today’s outcome has definitely exceeded my expectations. ~ Divorce Client, January 2015
Hired the Right Guy
Mike, By the way, congratulations on your very notable recognition as a Rising Star and 40 under 40. I knew I hired the right guy.
~Regards, Michelle, November 2014
Helped Me Through the Most Trying Time of My Life
At the moment, things are just fine. I just wanted to say thank you to Gary and the rest of the staff at this firm. You guys have no idea how much you helped me through THE MOST trying times of my life. All to the benefits of my kids, who by the way are doing amazing. Gary you are my favorite Attorney in the world! Have a happy Holiday to all of you!!! ~Leo, November 2014
Sincerely Appreciate Your Effort
Gary, I sincerely appreciate all of your effort with this. You will probably need another vacation after this week back!~ Ernie, November 2014
Staff is Excellent
Mr. Strauss, I appreciate your time and your staff’s prompt attention throughout this matter. Your staff was excellent. November 2014
Michael, Thank you for your assistance, I have total faith I am in the best of care legally with you and Gary. November 2014
Contributions to the ISBA Appreciated by President-Elect
Gary, Thank you for your words. I have known you for a long time; if my memory serves me correctly, I first met you when I was appointed to and we both (you were already a member) served on the Family Law Section Council and that was a while ago, at least for me.
I have always been impressed by your comments and observations whenever an issue was brought up, discussed and debated by the Council. You would know the law and the everyday, practical application to people and their given issues, as their families were breaking up. Common sense applied to a lot of your comments.
My recollection from those early Saturday morning meetings is that I may have sometimes disagreed with your proposition but I had no disagreement with how you framed and presented your position and how you brought it to the table; many times I was in full agreement with you.
You, and many other members of the ISBA just like you, bring and share with others your knowledge, your skills and your experiences and every one of us, members of the ISBA, benefit from it.
And therein lies all the good that the ISBA collectively does for all the lawyers and Judges of Illinois. On a pro-bono basis, we are willing to share our knowledge and time with all who care to participate. ~ Umberto Davi, 2015 President-Elect of Illinois State Bar Association, November 2014
I Would Not Want Any Other Lawyer
Mike, I respect what you do and I would not want any other lawyer in the world to represent me. ~Andrea
Gary Eased My Fears
Gary, Thank you so much for following up with me and your can date feed back to my personal divorce situation. You gave me a lot to think about and eased some of my fears. You are obviously good at what you do and I appreciate your thoughts and direction… I cannot tell you how helpful it was to spend the brief amount of time with you to understand a little bit more about what my next steps are. Thank you again. ~Jennifer
Stock Option Considerations
Mike, Thank you for sending me this information on treatment of stock options. It was very helpful. I really appreciate your advice. ~Sara
Appreciate the Help
Gary, Thanks again for all of your help, I sincerely do appreciate it. ~Ernie
Thanks for Everything
Hi Mike, Thanks again for everything you have done for me these past two weeks. Have a great day!!!! ~ Sincerely and Thankfully, Kevin C.
Appreciate the Communication
I really appreciate the communication you guys have been providing. I’m very fortunate to have your team working for me. ~Joseph B.
Thanks again for all you did with my case. I really appreciate it! ~ Anne S.
Gary, Thank you for everything as I know this case was a nightmare from every aspect and I may have seemed ungrateful at the time – but thank you for getting it done and finalized! ~ Steve
Thanks for everything. Today went well. ~ Nicole
Gratitude in a Difficult Time
Hello Gary, Michael, and Laurie, I would like to extend my gratitude to all of you for helping me through this difficult time. Thank you again,
Thank you so much, Mike!…cliché but words truly cannot capture how thankful and relieved I am. God willing, things will continue to progress along in the best interest of my children…and complete resolution is ahead of us. You are amazing!
Thanks for the awesome letter. That was great!!!
Thanks Gary and for all that you do.
Thanks to Mike
Mike, Thanks so much for your time and efforts! ~ Jenny
Thanks for keeping your fees so manageable, and for the great job you’re doing.~ Neal
Confident in Referring Clients to You
Your thoughtfulness is gratefully appreciated. We are always very confident in referring clients to your office. We thank you. ~ NJA, P.C.
Hey, Michael, I just wanted to thank you for doing your job well and agreeing to be my lawyer. This process is frustrating at times and stressful most of the time, but one thing I am not worrying about is my attorney’s competence. ~ Brian
Honest, Prompt & Professional
Thank you for all your help with this. I still can’t believe it happened. You were incredibly knowledgeable, honest, prompt, professional, and so on. I will definitely pass your name onto anyone I know that is looking for a family practice attorney. ~ M.P.
I can always count on you & Gary to answer my questions without judgment. Thank you. ~ Fellow attorney in the area.
Thank you for your kind and helpful assistance. ~ P.N.
Once again, I am compelled to express to you my undying gratitude for the professionalism and caring concern you both showed in handling my divorce… ~ V.L.P.
Honest and Efficient Regarding Invoice
Just received your invoice. I admire your honesty and efficiency. I am afraid the other party’s lawyer is pounding the file. ~ M.O
Thanks for the win!! ~ N.B.
Dear Mike, we truly can not thank you enough for helping us with the adoption. Going through something so emotional was made so much easier because you were a part of it all.
Thank you for your patience today. I truly do appreciate what you accomplished today. ~ Regards, John
Thanks again Mike for everything you have done for me. I appreciate the patience you had with me. ~ Ralph
Made me Feel Comfortable
Mike, Just wanted to take a second and thank you for all the work you did on my behalf with the divorce. After my horrible experience with XXXXX, it was great to be with an attorney who not only made me feel comfortable but also gave me the confidence to know that if my wife and I hadn’t of come to an agreement that I had no doubt I would’ve won in court with your representation. Thank You for all you did.
Had My Back
Mike, Thank you for all you do. The phone calls, text messages, and the way you have looked out for my children and I. It is nice to know someone as special as you has my back. Please know how much I appreciate everything.
Mike, We appreciate you so much. You don’t know what it means to us that you understand what yesterday was for us. It was happy and also so upsetting. Thank you for understanding and being the wonderful person you are. And truly, thank you for helping us. It meant so much to us. Having someone we know help with such a sensitive issue was a blessing. Thank you.
Thanks for the AWESOME letter written to Eric’s attorney- Perfect! ~ L.P.
I drove Nick up north yesterday morning and just got home now. I have the letter. THANK YOU! I appreciate it more than you know. ~ Karen
It is nice to write to you and know that you are doing well. It is so pleasure for me to know you and your amazing team. You are the best! ~ Polina, June 1, 2013
No Other Attorneys for Us
Dear Gary and Michael, We wanted to thank you for all you are doing for our family. There are no other attorneys we would trust our family with. ~
Paul & Bonnie
Mike, I had an amazing experience with you as my lawyer. I have referred you and mentioned the support of the people on your team as well. Wow, a SPECIAL thank you for helping me and my children-and Ron (tough lessons). By the Aimee is a special lady, she was EXTREMELY helpful in my communication today-and prior regarding advice on how I should pay you. She has been a wonderful go-between to help me not have to request calls back from you because she gives quick tips. I appreciate HER and she is a great reflection of your legal team. Please pass her a kudos for me. ~ Andrea,
January 22, 2013
The Right People at the Right Time
Dear Michael, I first wanted to thank you so much for being there today and staying so late. I believe that God has always put the right people in my life at the right time to help me. You have been a blessing for my children, for me as well, but I know that it’s them that you really care about. And that is a blessing for me as well. I also wanted to thank you for taking the time and for caring enough to bring Bill and me together and talk to us. I know that you had no obligation to do that and that it was done from your heart. ~ Sincerely, Deanna 1/9/2013
Professionalism and Heart
Mike, I know sometimes your job must be very tough having to navigate people through such a difficult time in their lives. You have a gift and I thank you for helping me through this difficult time with such professionalism and heart.
Hello Michael! By the way, for the record, I feel great. I cannot put into words the gratitude I have for walking me through the most horrific ordeal of my life. But, I will find them, and let anyone who will listen to me know how amazing you, and your firm are.
Nice work. Thank you ~ John, 11/29/2012
Need People Like You
Have a great Thanksgiving with your family. I’m thankful for all you do for my kids and the many families in IL who need people like you who fight for our rights. ~ Kathleen
Thanks for your work on the matter. You don’t bill enough. ~ Stuart A. Reid, The Law Offices of Stuart A. Reid, P.C.
THANKS MIKE! YOU ROCK! ~ Caroline
Great to See My Children Again
Gary, Thank you, thank you , thank you! It was really great to see my children again.
Gary is the attorney in Lake County to whom I refer all my domestic law matters, and he does an excellent job. I have already spoken to him about this case, and he is expecting a call to set up an initial appointment.
Can’t Say Enough
Gary represented me when I was divorced 32 years ago, and I have known him longer than that. He is extremely well informed, experienced, energetic. I can’t say enough nice things about him. He practices in Libertyville, Lake County, Illinois.
Confident and Fortunate
Mike & Gary, First I would like to say thank you from both my wife and I for your time, expertise and counsel yesterday. We feel very confident and fortunate to have your firm representing us.
Champion the Rights of Men and Women Alike
Dear Gary, Legal representation at the level of expertise and service your team provides is unbelievably rare. Everyone on your team puts forth immense effort and cares about each client deeply. You and your team champion rights equally for both men and women alike. Carrying the legal load you carry is not easy and yet you have never sacrificed your client’s needs. Over the years I have had many dealings in the legal community and your fairness with fees is beyond reproach. From the bottom of my heart-Thank You. ~ Sincerely, Jim
Dear Gary, Just a little note to thank you for your great work in court. We can’t express how much gratitude we have for you and your office girls. We had so much fun with “Little Chris”, what a miracle. We missed out on so much and now we have him back, thanks to you, and a bigger thanks for including me! We are so happy!
Support and Guidance Appreciated
Dear Gary and Staff, Well what a journey . . .Thank you for all your support and guidance and for believing in me. ~ Fond regards, V.
Finally Felt Someone Fighting for My Children
Thank you, Gary, for all you did yesterday in court. It has been the first time in nearly 10 years that I finally felt someone fighting for my children. . . . and that the court listened. You and Mike have always provided me the light at the end of a long tunnel.. . . Thank you both for fighting for my kids. It means more than you know. ~ Kathleen-February 2012
Gary and Michael-I appreciate your professional work on my divorce case over the last year. ~ Sincerely, David
I want to thank you and your firm for providing professional and excellent representation for my divorce on 11/2/11. You provided very knowledgeable counseling and advice and my divorce had a fair and reasonable outcome. I will certainly recommend you to anyone who needs representation in any Family Law matters. Once again, thank you very much for your representation. ~ Best regards,Tom
Child Support Makes the Difference
Gary, THANK YOU for really fighting for me and my children today. I know how frustrating my case is for both you and Mike, and I just don’t have money. I want you to realize that this little bit of child support makes the difference of whether I make my rent this month or not having a roof over our heads again.
Hopefully, today’s order will be enforced and I can move on with my life and begin to rebuild without monthly court dates:-) You did really good! Mike did a great job on the dates he appeared as well and karma is showing itself. Thank you!!! ~ Jenifer” 09-12-2011
Light at End of Tunnel
Gary, Thank you for your continued help. It’s nice to see a light at the end of the tunnel…and it isn’t a train. 🙂 ~ Very truly yours, Keith
I know it was a hectic day today. I just wanted to say thank you for working on my case. I appreciate it. ~ Jose
Dear Gary, legal representation at the level of expertise and service your team provides is unbelievably rare. Everyone on your team puts forth immense effort and cares about each client deeply. You and your team champion rights equally for both men and women alike. Carrying the legal load you carry is not easy and yet you have never sacrificed your client’s needs. Over the years I have had many dealings in the legal community and your fairness with fees is beyond reproach. From the bottom of my heart thank you. ~ Jim
Gary, Thank you – you and your team are amazing.
Helped Through a Nerve-Wracking Journey
Dear Gary, it has been a long and nerve-wracking journey. 6 months out of 18 months I worked with you. You have matched our expectations. You have eventually stopped this unfair non-sense. Despite being in the divorce law field full of unethical greedy lawyers, you have managed to remain a gentleman with high moral & ethical values! I wish I had retained you from the beginning but, at least, I am lucky that you agreed to work with me for the last 6 months. Thank you very much, Gary!
Thank you so much for your excellent work on this…case. ~ Michael
Highly Regarded…Can Finally Focus on My Family
Now I can finally focus on my family…. I cannot thank you enough and pray that God continues to bless you and yours. You are highly regarded, very professional, and I appreciate your patience with me during this ordeal… PS. I got married July 22 so we finally have what we deserve – a wonderful MAN in our life! Thanks again!
Dear Mr. Schlesinger, thank you for your tireless efforts on my behalf in obtaining the divorce from (name omitted). Thank you also for your continued concern for the well being of my children and the recovery of my health. All of your support, including that of your staff has heartened me greatly in this traumatic circumstance and helped my family and I to soldier on.
Thank you very much “for what your works have done to ensure a better, more peaceful life” for me.
Thanks Gary, You’re the best!
Held Ex Accountable
Gary, Thank you for your expertise and professionalism in the court room today. You definitely held [my ex-husband, name omitted] accountable for his actions, which no other attorney has ever accomplished to date. I appreciate your support during these very difficult times. I’m very fortunate to have selected you to represent me. Again, thank you for all your help.
Glad You Were on My Team
Thank you both for all the effort you made on my behalf. I’m glad you were on my team. From a soldier in Afghanistan whose case we just finished.
Thank You for Your Support
I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for all your hard work and putting up with my panic attacks. Thank you for your support. I shall be a life long fan.
Completely DElighted with the Outcome
I am completely delighted with the outcome but better was your court room maneuvers. Awesome! To watch a master at work had me holding my breath at times.
Appreciate Your Help
I appreciate your help and guidance through the past year.
Professionalism Burnt in Memory
Thank you so much for all your help in bringing this divorce to a close. You were magnificent and your professionalism in court was and is burnt in my memory. Thank you again. Your staff was as professional as you are.
Will Always Remember
I appreciate everything you did for me and will always remember that.
“…thank you for your representation. Your help has been invaluable.”
Help in Guiding
Thank you for your help guiding me through my divorce.
Thank you and your staff for all your help.
One Hell of an Attorney
I want to thank you for believing in me. You are one hell of an attorney and I am glad you are on my side.
An Attorney That Cares
The controls that you think you once had in your life have now spiraled out of control and are now in the hands of the courts. Without Michael at my side I do not know what I would have done. His confidence and responsiveness was key and extremely valuable. He is not just an attorney with all the knowledge of the law. He is an attorney that cares. As scary as situations arise during the divorce, Michael would take the time to explain them to me because they were beyond my comprehension. He is extremely understanding and patient as I would ask the same questions or panic over things that seemed frightening to me. He would help me cope not just by listening to all my concerns but also giving me advice based on each situation as it arose. No matter how big or small the question or concern, he had an answer. . . I want to thank you, Mike for all your hard work and dedication that lead me through the most trying time of my life. No words, actions, or amount of money can ever repay all the things that you have done for me and my family.