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.