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Leslie Fineberg - Managing Partner

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Leslie Fineberg has practiced family law since graduating from law school. Beginning as an Assistant State's Attorney focusing on parentage, support, domestic violence, and enforcement of Judgments for Dissolution of Marriage, she developed a reputation as an excellent trial lawyer. Leslie is certified as a mediator and is able to navigate complex negotiations to reach a successful settlement of her clients' divorce cases. Her years of trial experience supplement her negotiation talents.

Leslie received her J.D. from the University of Miami School of Law in 1991. Since entering private practice in 1997, Leslie has been appointed as a Special Assistant Attorney General on numerous cases, which is a testament to her skills as an attorney.

Family Law from Leslie’s Perspective

Why family law?

I have always been drawn to listening to others and helping people create solutions to their problems. Divorce is an emotional and sometimes traumatic experience and it is important for the client to have a "voice of reason" available to help them through the process. Even though the first thing people think when they hear the word "divorce" is the destruction of a family, that doesn't have to be the case. I take pride in having the ability to help my clients create new family identities, which are healthier and more productive and reliable than the family system they are leaving. My hope is that the client will develop a greater sense of self-worth and personal identity.

What can clients expect when they work with you personally?

I am very direct and honest. In most cases, an experienced attorney can tell you, within a few percentage points, how each case should be resolved. I believe in telling clients the truth versus telling them what they want to hear. I know the law and I know how to argue it to my client's advantage, but I don't believe in fighting just for the sake of fighting. I approach every case with an attempt to reach a fair and amicable settlement. If that fails, I am prepared to litigate to get the best result for my client.

What can clients expect when they work with Nottage and Ward, LLP?

At Nottage and Ward, LLP, we have very strong, positive personalities. In a social situation, that may be daunting, but in a crisis situation, it is very reassuring. Although I do not make decisions for my clients, they can feel our strength and have the courage to proceed with our help. We're very direct; we're informative; we assist the client on every decision. We explain the case to the client and help them understand the process. We help them make decisions based on their value systems, not ours. In the end, they need to be comfortable with these decisions.

Testimonials from Leslie’s Clients and Colleagues

Testimonial from Sean...

Leslie has been the strongest representation I could ask for in a very complicated, emotional matter. She has continuously looked out for my best interest and the best interest of my son. She is always prompt in getting back to me and in keeping me well informed about my case.

Testimonial from A.C...

Leslie, I would like to thank you and your firm for the exceptional work on my case. A journey that began with uncertainty and fear came to closure with appreciation and confidence. I will never forget the patience and transparency that you have practiced throughout the settlement process. The explaining of every detail and scenario and making yourself available through email and phone for any questions that I had. Professionalism at its highest pinnacle is what I have experienced at Nottage & Ward. I highly send my recommendation to any person who wants the best representation from one of the most distinguished family law attorneys in Chicago.

Testimonial from Christine...

Leslie, I came to you for what I thought was going to be a simple agreement, and you helped me in ways that you cannot imagine. You were a true advocate for me in negotiating our prenuptial agreement. Because of you, I feel that I am more than adequately protected if things don't work out or if one of us passes away unexpectedly. Our disagreements about business, bank accounts and property have fallen by the wayside and we can move ahead with finalizing our wedding plans and building a life together knowing that we are both on equal footing. Thank you for everything.

Testimonial from Michael...

Leslie, I would like to thank you and your entire team for all your efforts in getting my case to settlement. It was a long, stressful journey and...I could not have asked for better legal representation. You are extremely good at what you do, conscientious and accountable. You are also a very compassionate and nice person. I have the highest level of respect for your dedication to representing spouses in the most difficult time in their life and not allowing anyone to turn their children into pawns in what can become an ugly process.

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Client Reviews

5 Leslie has been the strongest representation I could ask for

Leslie has been the strongest representation I could ask for in a very complicated, emotional matter. She has continuously looked out for my best interest and the best interest of my son. She is always prompt in getting back to me and in keeping me well informed about my case.

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We have the experience.

We are knowledgeable about financial issues. We are experienced in child custody problems and sensitive to the overall needs of the client.

We have the experience to negotiate complex financial issues. The brain trust to maneuver contentious divorce litigation. And the sensitivity and skill to resolve highly charged custody issues.

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Our practice is concentrated in Cook, DuPage, Lake, Will, Kankakee and McHenry counties.

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