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Marie Sarantakis

Marie Sarantakis

Top Divorce Attorney in Cook, DuPage, McHenry, Kane, Kendall and Will County
  • Divorce, Family Law, Arbitration & Mediation ...
  • Illinois, Wisconsin
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Biography

Ms. Sarantakis is the Founding Attorney of Sarantakis Law Group, Ltd. in Oak Brook, IL. She concentrates her legal practice in domestic relations. In addition to her work in the courtroom, she is versed in alternative methods of dispute resolution as a mediator, Guardian ad Litem, and Fellow of the Collaborative Law Institute of Illinois. She was recently recognized by Super Lawyers as a Rising Star, named as one of the Top 10 Family Law Attorneys Under 40 in Illinois by the National Academy of Family Law Attorneys, and featured as a Fellow of the National Association of Distinguished Counsel.


Ms. Sarantakis is active in the legal community and leads several committees with the American Bar Association, is an elected Assembly member and Young Lawyers Division Member of the Illinois State Bar Association, and serves on the Board of Governors of the West Suburban Bar Association. She is also a Young Professionals Board Member of Illinois Legal Aid Online and as an Associate Board Member of the Lawyers Assistance Program of Illinois.


Ms. Sarantakis obtained her Juris Doctor degree from The John Marshall Law School. She achieved academic distinction by serving on The John Marshall Law Review and earning three CALI Awards, for the highest grades in her class for constitutional law, evidence, and white collar crime. During that time she clerked as a judicial extern for the Honorable Thomas L. Kilbride of the Illinois Supreme Court. Ms. Sarantakis also previously externed with the Kenosha County State’s Attorneys Office and Kenosha County Public Defenders Office while obtaining her Bachelor of Arts from Carthage College.

Practice Areas
    Divorce
    Collaborative Law, Contested Divorce, Military Divorce, Property Division, Same Sex Divorce, Spousal Support & Alimony, Uncontested Divorce
    Family Law
    Adoption, Child Custody, Child Support, Father's Rights, Guardianship & Conservatorship, Paternity, Prenups & Marital Agreements, Restraining Orders, Same Sex Family Law
    Arbitration & Mediation
    Business Arbitration, Consumer Arbitration, Family Arbitration
    Traffic Tickets
    Suspended License
    Personal Injury
    Brain Injury, Car Accidents, Construction Accidents, Motorcycle Accidents, Premises Liability, Truck Accidents, Wrongful Death
Fees
  • Free Consultation
    ** Restrictions apply.
  • Credit Cards Accepted
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Illinois
Supreme Court of Illinois
ID Number: 6324929
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Wisconsin
Wisconsin Court System
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Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
  • Greek: Spoken
Professional Experience
Judicial Extern for Justice Thomas L. Kilbride
Supreme Court of Illinois
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Judicial Extern for Justice Thomas L. Kilbride
Judicial Extern for Chief Judge Mary Wagner
Kenosha County Courthouse
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Intern
Kenosha County District Attorney’s Office
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Intern
Kenosha County Public Defender’s Office
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Education
The John Marshall Law School
J.D. (2016) | Juris Doctor of Law
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Honors: cum laude - Member of THE JOHN MARSHALL LAW REVIEW
Activities: President of Cook County Student Chapter Justinian Society Chief Magistrate of Phi Alpha Delta Legal Honor Society President of Alternative Dispute Resolution Society
The John Marshall Law School Logo
Awards
Rising Star - Super Lawyers of Illinois
Thompson Reuters
Newsletter Service Award (5 Year Editor for YLD Newsletter)
Illinois State Bar Association
10 Best Female Attorneys in Illinois
American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
Rising Star - Super Lawyers of Illinois
Thomson Reuters
Rising Star - Super Lawyers of Illinois
Thomson Reuters
Top 10 Family Law Attorneys in Illinois
Attorney & Practice Magazine
Rising Star - Super Lawyers of Illinois
Thomson Reuters
Fellow
National Association of Distinguished Counsel
Top 10 Family Law Attorneys Under 40 (Illinois)
National Family Law Academy
CALI Excellence for the Future Award – White Collar Crime
The Center for the Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction
Public Interest Advocate Award
Diversity Scholarship Foundation
Anthony J. Fornelli Emerging Leaders Award
Justinian Society of Lawyers
CALI Excellence for the Future Award – Constitutional Law
The Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction
CALI Excellence for the Future Award – Evidence
The Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction
Wingspread Fellow of the Johnson Foundation
Johnson Foundation
Wisconsin Sociological Association Undergraduate Student Paper Award
Wisconsin Sociological Association
American Criminal Justice Association Undergraduate Student Paper Award
American Criminal Justice Association
Clausen Scholar – Full Academic Undergraduate Scholarship
Carthage College
Patterson Leadership Award
Lake Forest College
Southeastern Wisconsin DECA Fashion Merchandising Management Award
Southeastern Wisconsin DECA
Professional Associations
American Bar Association, Task Force of Lawyer Well-Being to ABA YLD Wellness Team
Task Force Liaison
Current
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DuPage County Bar Association
Editorial Board for The DCBA Brief
- Current
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Northwest Suburban Bar Association, Ethics Committee
Co-Chair
- Current
Activities: 2013, 2016, 2019-present
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American Academy of Certified Financial Litigators
Attorney Member, Certified Financial Litigator
- Current
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American Bar Association, ABA Solo, Small Firm, and General Practice Division Pro Bono and Public Service Committee
Appointed Member
- Current
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DuPage County Bar Foundation
Board of Directors
- Current
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Collaborative Law Institute of Illinois
Fellow
- Current
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Illinois Lawyers Assistance Program
Chair, ALT-NET group
- Current
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Illinois Bar Foundation
- Current
Activities: Lawyers Rock Event Committee, 2017, Bronze Fellow
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West Suburban Bar Association
Board of Governors
- Current
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Illinois State Bar Association, American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division
Delegate
- Current
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Illinois Lawyers Assistance Program
Associate Board Member
- Current
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Illinois Lawyers Assistance Program
Trained Intervention Volunteer
- Current
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Kane County Bar Association
- Current
Activities: 2016-2017, 2020-present
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Illinois State Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division
Newsletter Editor
- Current
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Illinois State Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division
Committee Member (Appointed by the President)
- Current
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Illinois Legal Aid Online
Young Professionals Board Member
- Current
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Phi Delta Phi International Honor Society
- Current
Activities: Chief Magister, Stevens Inn, 2014-2015, Balfour Scholarship Recipient, 2015
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Women's Bar Association of Illinois
- Current
Activities: Committee Member, Top Women Lawyers in Leadership Awards, 2016, Committee Member, Community Outreach and Access to Justice, 2016, Social Media Content Editor, Facebook, 2015 - 2016, Lead Co-Chair, Communications & Social Media Committee, 2015 – 2016
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Hellenic Bar Association of Illinois
- Current
Activities: 2011-2016, 2020-Present, Law Student Scholarship Recipient,2014
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American Bar Association, ABA Solo, Small Firm, and General Practice Division Membership Board
Board Member
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American Bar Association, ABA Solo, Small Firm, and General Practice Division, Family Law Committee
Chair
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American Bar Association, ABA Solo, Small Firm, and General Practice Division Technology & Resource Center Committee,
Appointed Member
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American Bar Association, ABA Young Lawyers Division |Family Law Committee
Vice Chair
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American Bar Association, ABA Wellness Committee
Appointed Member
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American Bar Association, ABA Center for Professional Responsibility, New Lawyer Steering Committee (and Programming Subcommittee)
Appointed Member
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Association of Family and Conciliation Courts
Member
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American Bar Association, Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Automobile Litigation Committee
Vice Chair
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Activities: 2019-2020 2020-2021
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American Bar Association, ABA Solo, Small Firm, and General Practice Division Technology & Resource Center Committee
Vice Chair
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American Bar Association, ABA Young Lawyers Division, Solo, Small Firm, & Gen Practice Division
Co-Chair
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Carthage College Alumni Association
150 Years of Women Career Development Committee
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Illinois State Bar Association
Assembly Member (Elected)
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American Bar Association, ABA Solo, Small Firm, and General Practice Division Family Law Committee
Chair
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American Bar Association, ABA Young Lawyers Division Child & the Law Committee
Chair
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American Bar Association, Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Automobile Litigation Committee
Committee Liaison
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American Bar Association, Appointment to the Outreach to Young Lawyers Standing Committee
Young Lawyer Representative
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American Bar Association, GP Solo/Fam Law Section Working Group on Alimony Deductibility
Committee Liaison
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Decalogue Society of Lawyers
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The John Marshall Law School Alumni Association
Director
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Illinois State Bar Association, Exploratory Committee on Fundraising Efforts, Young Lawyers Division
Chair
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The John Marshall School of Alumni Association
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Activities: Director - 2017-2019, Board of Trustees - Student Liaison Committee, 2015-2016, Freedom & Distinguished Service Award Committee
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Justinian Society of Lawyers - Cook County
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Activities: JMLS Law Student Chapter President, 2014-2015, Law Student Scholarship Recipient, 2013 & 2014
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DuPage Legal Assistance Foundation
Judges' Night Committee
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American Bar Association, ABA Solo, Small Firm, and General Practice Division Family Law Committee
Co-Chair
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American Bar Association, ABA Solo, Small Firm, and General Practice Division
Fellow
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American Bar Association, ABA Young Lawyers Division Family Law Committee
Co-Chair
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Cook County Bar Association
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Illinois Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
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Illinois Real Estate Lawyers Association
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International Academy of Collaborative Professionals
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Illinois State Bar Association, Law Related Education Committee, Lawyers in the Classroom
Volunteer
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The John Marshall Law School Children & Family Law Society
Alumni Relations Chair
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Chicago Bar Association, Law Student Division
Chair
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Illinois State Bar Association, Law Related Education Committee, Mock Trial Tournaments
Volunteer
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Illinois State Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division
Law Student Committee Co-Chair
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State Bar of Wisconsin
Family Law Executive Board Liaison, 2014-2015
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Illinois Legal Aid Online
Host Committee Member, ILAO 7th Annual Fundraising Gala
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Illinois State Bar Association, YLD Speed Networking Planning Committee
Co-Chair
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Illinois State Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division
Mentor
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Illinois State Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division
Mentor
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American Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division Family Law Newsletter
Content Editor
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DuPage Association of Women Lawyers
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Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
Winter Social Committee, 2017
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Justinian Society of Lawyers - DuPage County
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National Italian American Bar Association
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Illinois State Bar Association, Task Force on Rule 711
Committee Member (Appointed by the President)
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American Bar Association, ABA Young Lawyers Division Family Law Committee
Vice Chair
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American Bar Association, State & Local Bar Outreach
Executive Appointment
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Illinois State Bar Association, ISBA President's Page - Facebook
Social Media Content Editor
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Illinois State Bar Association, Family Law Section Council
Committee Member (Appointed by the President)
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Lake County Bar Association
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Illinois State Bar Association
Law Student Representative, The John Marshall Law School
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American Bar Association, Law Student Division
7th Circuit Lieutenant Governor
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Association for Conflict Resolution, Chicago Chapter
Member
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DuPage County Bar Association
Activities: Judge William Bauer Scholarship Recipient
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National Association of Women Lawyers
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McHenry Bar Association
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Will County Bar Association
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Publications
Articles & Publications
Family Law: Dissolutions of Marriage Court Proceedings 2021 Edition, Obtaining Orders of Protection
IICLE, Chapter 3
Eight Reasons Why the Pandemic Has Increased the Demand for Divorce Attorneys
DuPage County Bar Association, The DCBA Brief Magazine, October 2020, Vol. 33, Issue 2
Seven Considerations for Divorce Attorneys When the Opposing Party Exhibits Signs of Narcissistic Personality Disorder
DuPage County Bar Association, The DCBA Brief Magazine, September 2020, Vol. 33, Issue 1
Seven Ways to Reduce the Cost of Your Divorce
Divorce Magazine.com
Six Tips for Newly Separated Parents During Father's Day Weekend
Divorce Magazine.com
Five Ways the Collaborative Process Gives You Greater Control Over Your Divorce Than Traditional Litigation
Collaborative Law Institute of Illinois, CLII Blog
The Trend of Virtual Paralegals
American Bar Association, ABA GpSolo Magazine, March/April 2020 Edition, Vol. 37, No. 2
Falling in Love with Justice, Leadership, and the Community (Marie Sarantakis 11’)
Carthage College, 150 Years of Carthage Women
ISBA YLD Member Marie Sarantakis Interviews Leading Author and Acclaimed McHenry County Family Law Practitioner Gunnar Gitlin
Illinois State Bar Association, ISBA Young Lawyers Division Newsletter
Divorce Firm Built on Ambition and Drive: How Sarantakis Ended Up Ahead of the Curve
Lindsay Soberano-Wilson, My Business Magazine
Introducing Social Media Evidence in Illinois Divorce Cases
DuPage County Bar Association, The DCBA Brief Magazine, January 2020, Vol. 32, Issue 5
Marie Sarantakis’ Book Review of ‘IICLE Child Support and Maintenance Calculation Guide’ by Nancy Chausow Shafer and Margaret Bennett
Illinois State Bar Association, ISBA Young Lawyers Division Newsletter, January 2020, Vol. 64, No. 2
Marie Sarantakis Quoted in Doggie Divorce: Who Gets the Pet When Couples Split?
Elaine Povich, Pew Research Center
Marie Sarantakis Quoted in Are pets assets or part of the family? States are passing laws that give judges a longer leash in divorce custody proceedings
Pamela Babcock, American Bar Journal, June 2019 edition
Alaska: The New Frontier of Pet Custody
American Bar Association ABA Young Lawyers Division Family Law Newsletter, Spring 2018, Vol. 1, No. 1
Are Young Lawyers Less Civilized?
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin Vol. 164, No. 48, March 7, 2018 also featured on the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism, 2Civility Blog, May 18, 2016 and in “The Lawyer” Magazine by the Winnebago County Bar Association, March 2018
Who Keeps the Family Pet When Parties Obtain a Divorce
Illinois State Bar Association ISBA Animal Law Division Newsletter, February 2018
Five Shocking Divorce Statistics
American Bar Association ABA Young Lawyers Division Family Law Newsletter, Winter 2017, Vol. 1, No. 1
Understanding the Fundamentals of Pet Trusts
American Bar Association ABA Young Lawyers Division Family Law Newsletter, Winter 2017, Vol. 1, No. 1
Five Tips for New Lawyers Starting Their Own Practice
Illinois State Bar Association ISBA Young Lawyers Division Newsletter, June 2017, Vol. 61, No. 6
What Family Law Practitioners Need to Know About Cyberstalking
Illinois State Bar Association ISBA Family Law Division Newsletter, May 2017, Vol. 60, No. 10
Five Traits of a Successful Family Law Attorney
Illinois State Bar Association (co-authored with Umberto Davi) ISBA Family Law Division Newsletter, April 2017, Vol. 60, No. 9
Marie Sarantakis Interviews Celebrity Divorce Attorney Randall Kessler
Illinois State Bar Association ISBA Young Lawyers Division Newsletter, February 2017, Vol. 61, No. 3
Eight Quick Tips for Drafting Family Law Complaints
American Bar Association ABA Young Lawyers Division Family Law Newsletter, Fall 2016, Vol. 1, No. 1
Five Ways to Enhance Your Credentials as a Family Law Practitioner
American Bar Association ABA Young Lawyers Division Family Law Newsletter, Fall 2016, Vol. 1, No. 1
ISBA Approves Proposed 711 Rules
Justinian Society of Lawyers Justinian Society Newsletter, Spring 2016
Justinians Donate Over $7,000 at Children's Endowment Dinner
Justinian Society of Lawyers Justinian Society Newsletter, Spring 2016
Announcing the New ISBA Website for Young Lawyers
Illinois State Bar Association ISBA Young Lawyers Division Newsletter, October 2016, Vol. 61, No. 2
A New Option for New Lawyers: Your New Downtown Office
Illinois State Bar Association ISBA Young Lawyers Division Newsletter, August 2016, Vol. 61, No. 1
Remembering Justice Thomas Fitzgerald
Illinois State Bar Association ISBA Bench & Bar Newsletter, June 2016 Vol. 46, No. 9
ISBA BOG & Assembly Approve Proposed Amendment to Rule 711
Lake County Bar Association The Docket, Volume 23, May 2016
Five Methods to Transcend from Zealous to Zen
Womens Bar Association of Illinois Women’s Bar Association of Illinois Newsletter, Fall 2015
Eight Tips for Law Students Taking the MPRE
Illinois State Bar Association ISBA Young Lawyers Division Newsletter, December 2015, Vol. 60, No. 3
How to Use LinkedIn to It’s Maximum Potential
Illinois State Bar Association (co-authored with Erin Wilson) ISBA Young Lawyers Division Newsletter, December 2015, Vol. 60, No. 3
Ten Changes in Family Law Practitioners Need to Know in 2016: A Brief Summary of Modifications to the IMDMA
ISBA Family Law Newsletter, December 2015, Vol. 59, No. 6
Your Law Review Article was Rejected. Now What?
Illinois State Bar Association ISBA Young Lawyers Division Newsletter, August 2015, Vol. 60, No. 1
Taking the “Me” Out of Mediation
Ms. JD Ms. JD Blog, March 29, 2015
Is Law School Worth the Investment?
Illinois State Bar Association ISBA Young Lawyers Division Newsletter, Fall 2014
Five Things I Wish I Had Known as a First-Year Law Student
Illinois State Bar Association ISBA Young Lawyers Division Newsletter, February 2014, Vol. 58, No. 4
Successful Aging: Where Have All the Good Manners Gone?
Los Angeles Daily News, Marie Sarantakis Quoted, Article by Helen Dennis
Five Simple Rules to Protect Your Reputation as a Law Student
Illinois State Bar Association ISBA Young Lawyers Division Newsletter, Summer 2013
Essentially Raw
Adrikos Media Press. Raw Food Guide, Amazon.com Top 100 Best-Selling E-Books (Summer 2012)
Aging Millennials: Predictions on the Progression of Public Policy Regarding Same-Sex Civil Liberties
WSA Sociological Imagination, Spring 2011, Volume 47
Speaking Engagements
Ethical Considerations in Family Law
DuPage County Bar Association, Professional Responsibility Committee
The New Normal: Ethically Practicing Law During the Pandemic
Northwest Suburban Bar Association, Ethics Committee Co-Chair and Moderator
When Facebook Enters the Courtroom: How to Introduce Social Media Evidence at Trial, Kane County Bar Association
11th Hour Seminar (online only due to pandemic)
Is Coronavirus Making You Sick of Your Spouse: Tips from a Divorce Attorney
Life, Love, and the Grind Radio Program, WCPT 820 AM
Five Tips for Handling Your First Divorce Case
ISBA Quick Takes Video
Social Media Marketing for Attorneys
ISBA Quick Takes Video
MELSA, Sisters-in-Law Female Career Panel
The John Marshall Law School
Session 1 on Pleadings, Chicago, IL
ISBA Family Law CLE Roundtable
Session 2 on Admissions Offered Prior to Trial, Chicago, IL
ISBA Family Law CLE Roundtable
Session 3 on Impeachment of Expert Witnesses, Chicago, IL
ISBA Family Law CLE Roundtable
Session 4 on Defense of Allegations of Serious Child Endangerment, Chicago, IL
ISBA Family Law CLE Roundtable
ISBA Law Day, Bar Leaders Panel
The John Marshall School of Law
"Let's Talk Divorce" Marie Sarantakis' Tips for Spouses Preparing for Litigation
Impact Makers Radio
Generational Differences and Shifting Employer Needs in Law Firms, College of DuPage
College of DuPage Paralegal Program
Building Your Book of Business, Wheaton, Illinois
DCBA Young Lawyers Committee
Featured Guest on The Dr. Don Show
Fox News Radio
Law Day, Presentation at Glenn Westlake Middle School
DuPage County Bar Association
Wilmot Union High School Career Panel, Wilmot, WI
Certifications
Parenting Coordinator Training
Association of Family and Conciliation Counsel
Guardian ad Litem Training
Kane County Bar Association
Guardian ad Litem for Minors (Family Law) Training
Chicago Volunteer Legal Services
Certified Financial Litigator
American Academy of Certified Financial Litigators
Joseph Mirabella, Jr. Domestic Relations Trial Advocacy Program
DuPage County Bar Association
Guardian ad Litem Training
DuPage County Bar Association
Guardian ad Litem for Minors (Guardianship) Training
Chicago Volunteer Legal Services
Arbitrator
DuPage County Bar Association
Comprehensive Arbitrator Training
DuPage County Bar Association
Interdisciplinary Collaborative Practice Training
Collaborative Law Institute of Illinois
Leadership Institute
Womens Bar Association of Illinois
Mediation
Center for Conflict Resolution
Georgetown University Summer Institute
Junior Statesmen of America
Websites & Blogs
Website
Sarantakis Law Group, Ltd. Website
Contact & Map
Sarantakis Law Group, Ltd.
1220 Kensington Rd., Suite 250
Oak Brook, IL 60523
Telephone: (630) 796-0000
Monday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Tuesday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Wednesday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Thursday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Friday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed (Today)
Notice: Appointments available on weekends and evenings.