Marni Held, Associate
WHY FAMILY LAW?
Going through a family law case is a very personal, emotional and sensitive experience in the client’s life. I enjoy helping clients navigate this difficult time and assisting them in moving forward with their lives. I have always had a passion for children, from my experience as a nanny and preschool teacher during college, and I always want to make sure that any and all issues related to the children are handled in their best interests.
WHAT CAN CLIENTS EXPECT WHEN THEY WORK WITH YOU?
Clients can expect zealous representation of their interests, timeliness in responding to their communications, honesty, and genuine compassion. I am extremely diligent, organized, and detail-oriented and will work tirelessly to ensure my clients are involved and comfortable with the process. I am an attorney who can see the big picture and obtain the best possible outcome for my clients.
WHY NOTTAGE AND WARD?
The firm’s reputation as a premier family law firm in Chicago and the firm culture of collaboration, mentorship, and outside-the-box legal theories are what drew me to want to become an associate, as it fits within my ideals of how a law firm should operate. The opportunity to learn from both Leslie and Jeff, both of whom are recognized leaders in the family law arena, is something that I feel truly honored to be a part of.
WHAT STRENGTHS DO YOU BRING TO NOTTAGE AND WARD?
I bring a fresh perspective from the millennial viewpoint. I bring enthusiasm, passion, and a strong regard for the difficulty that the divorce process poses to clients. Further, I bring a sense of professionalism and empathy to ensure the best possible representation for my clients.
WHAT IS YOUR PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND?
I received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications and Culture with minors in Psychology and Human Development and Family Studies from Indiana University in 2015. I graduated from Chicago-Kent College of Law in 2018 and was admitted to the Illinois bar in 2019. During my time at Chicago-Kent, I was enrolled in the Family Law Clinic where I had the opportunity to obtain practical experience in family law. I am a member of the Chicago Bar Association, the Illinois Bar Association, and a board member of the women’s subcommittee of the Decalogue Society of Lawyers.
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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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