Testimonials 2017-05-26T20:05:56+00:00

TESTIMONIALS

I’ve worked with Danya twice, first on my divorce, and then to get my maintenance extended. Both times I could not have been more pleased with the communication from her and her staff, her approach to dealing with the other party, her focus on my case, her professionalism, and her respect for me as a client and a person. She was always fair and direct, encouraging, and realistic. I cannot recommend her work highly enough.

Leah has provided excellent advice in navigating through a challenging high conflict post-decree matter. She tapped into experts when needed and helped me understand the realities of family law. I appreciated her being honest about what I might expect. Family law is a difficult thing to understand sometimes because it doesn’t always feel fair.

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 With her hard work, strategic insights, and legal knowledge, she helped me win a large settlement against my ex. Leah and her team always followed up with me so I never felt out of the loop. I am grateful for her and her firm for all the work they did to help me.

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Major life events often result in more emotion than logic, and my divorce was no different. Vicki kept me on track. She was honest, always available, and provided that level of comfort and trust that I needed to get through such a drastic change in my life. From establishing a retainer to the judge’s bench, I always knew what to expect.

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 Vicki had this way of making sure I was always prepared; no surprises, which is exactly what someone needs when life throws you a curveball. I’d recommend Vicki time and again!

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Almost anyone who has been through the divorce process can agree it is a brutal experience. It’s hard to make a point to anyone involved, namely lawyers and judges, because they have opinions that make no sense and memories that leave much to be desired. In this light, I consider myself fortunate to have used Hilary Sefton.

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 She was the one coherent person in the whole process. She was organized, had a good memory, didn’t need to go over the same things countless times, and the motions and petitions she wrote were well written and understandable. On top of those things, all of which are obviously important, Hilary is also just good at what she does. She’ll give it to you straight. She won’t have you “chasing rainbows” or going down paths that get you nowhere. Again, my opinion of the entire system is pretty low, so I was glad to have found Hilary. It’s worth me repeating again that she didn’t constantly need to ask for the same information over and over (a divorce lawyer trick), was organized, and remembered the items and topics important to me, the client. Some of these things may seem obvious, but after going through two previous lawyers and dealing with a know-nothing judge and opposing counsel who did nothing to facilitate a settlement, I wish I’d used Hilary the entire time. It would have saved me months of squabbling and thousands of dollars. If you’re going through the unfortunate circumstance of divorce, seriously, do yourself a favor and hire Hilary. She listens. She can produce quality documents. In a bad experience, she is professional and does it right. I was so impressed with her I referred two of my friends to her already.

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Leah went above and beyond while working on my case. She did great in researching case law to back up her arguments and was always completely prepared. I have and will continue to recommend her to friends and family. I would rate her knowledge and work quality as off the charts! She was excellent.

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 We even got published! I referred my father to her when he needed an excellent attorney as well. She took good care of him, too. Thanks to Grunyk Family Law for all the help and support they gave me in a very difficult time.

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Katie was introduced to me by a friend, and she was quick to respond and set up an initial consultation. When I first talked to her face to face, she was very approachable and made me feel at ease. She explained to me what a default divorce proceeding was. Eventually, I was able to contact my ex and we proceeded with an uncontested divorce.

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 Katie and her staff were right on target with regards to sending correspondence to my ex and getting all the forms signed by him. In less than four months we were done. It took me years before I filed for divorce because of the fear of retaliation and stressful court hearings. Katie made it as smooth as possible and got it done quickly.

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I cannot praise Hilary enough for her professionalism, expertise, and her ability to provide a strategy that provided a favorable ruling in a guardianship matter she handled for me and my daughter! She is a consummate professional, and I have no reservation about recommending her to anyone. In fact, everyone I had the pleasure of dealing with at Grunyk Family Law was more than outstanding.

Without the guidance of Vicki, I would not have been able to get through my divorce. She always looked out for me and my children during the divorce proceedings. Divorce is really hard, but when you have someone like Vicki in your corner, the process goes much smoother! She always updated me on the status of the case and advised of what the next steps should be.

Grunyk Family Law is exceptional. These lawyers are very smart, extremely knowledgeable about family law, and great at listening. What is remarkable about Danya Grunyk in particular is her compassion, ability to understand the relevant issues, and take all necessary actions to give her clients the very best.

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  Especially in the area of divorce, where many people are struggling, you can rely upon her to take care of the important issues. Danya wants the best for her clients and delivers on that promise. I wish I would have used her for my own divorce. She and her team did excellent work on my guardianship case that was fraught with emotional entanglement. Her expertise, caring, and hard work made the difference in getting the best outcome for my son. I highly recommend her to anyone that wants compassion combined with exceptional family law knowledge.

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Leah is an amazing lawyer! I had a very difficult custody case in which my ex already had established residence for my child for two years. Opposing counsel was very hostile, but she maintained her composure. Working with my ex was not an easy task either. We had a long, difficult trial which resulted highly in my favor,

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  although my ex was still awarded sole custody. I was devastated. Leah filed for a reconsideration and we were given a hearing by the judge. After the hearing, all the evidence provided was given proper weight. The judge reversed his ruling and awarded me with sole custody of my child. A reconsideration is seldom ever given a hearing, yet even more rarely does it result in a judgment being reversed! What seemed to be impossible became possible thanks to the knowledge and dedication Leah Setzen put into my case. The firm’s fees may seem high, but you get what you pay for and she is worth every cent! I could not be more satisfied with the help she gave.

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Going through a divorce is devastating and stressful. The legalities are extremely important, but they seem less important than trying to find a sense of normalcy. I interviewed several attorneys prior to selecting Katie VanDeusen. Having Katie as my legal advisor enabled me to start healing, knowing she was looking out for my best interests.

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  She had a way of explaining the unknown in terms that I could understand and make decisions on. I will be forever thankful that she got me through the legal side of divorce. She was able to do this in a way that made me feel she cared for my well-being and financial future.

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Danya Grunyk is a highly skilled, ethical lawyer who utilizes her multifaceted legal knowledge for the good of her client. Throughout my divorce and post-divorce decree proceedings, Danya maintained her standard of excellence and has continued to be a warm, caring person. She maintains her standard of ethics

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  in her timely response to clients’ phone
calls, maintains communication with her staff, follows through on commitments, and is in court when expected. Her standard of excellence and respect for others is visible in a staff that is knowledgeable and maintains respect even with difficult clients. I have been extremely pleased with Danya and her staff, and I have recommended her to many people that could use her expertise.

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I really appreciate Hilary’s ethics in how she has dealt with a very unfortunate set of circumstances in my life. She is always professional and never demeaning to the other side, but very determined and fair in her work. I also felt that she really cared about me as a person, and did not just see me as a client. She fought hard for me. I was very comfortable with her representing me.

Katie worked hard on my divorce case. She helped me overcome some difficult obstacles and guided me in the right direction when quick decisions had to be made. Katie always provided me with different options when making decisions, pushing me when I needed a push, and being patient when I needed further time to evaluate our next step.

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  Katie was great at explaining the process and helping in establishing a parenting agreement that was in the best interests of my kids. Katie helped me in so many ways become more confident in pursuing this divorce. A divorce is such an emotional time, and Katie had empathy when needed but was able to keep my best interests in mind. I cannot recommend a better lawyer for this very emotional, sad, and disruptive situation in a person’s life. Please know you are in good hands with Katie. She will do what is right for you! Her blend of professionalism and empathy goes a long way in these types of situations and she is a fantastic lawyer.

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Let me start by saying, Vickie is absolutely awesome! I needed an attorney in the Cook County area for a private adoption which was to be uncontested. I began looking for an attorney that could represent me, as it would be easy for me to travel to the area if necessary. I did a bit of research and found Grunyk Family Law.

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  The thing that initially drew me to this law firm was the fact that most of what they did was family law and their practitioners had many years of experience. I was confident that anyone in the firm would know exactly what needed to be done for a successful outcome. I called the number and asked for an initial consultation. They were able to see me a couple of days later. The day of the consultation, I met Vicki Kelly. After explaining my situation, Vicki told me what the process would look like and what the general costs were for my situation in a straightforward manner. Vicki was kind, warm, and really enthusiastic about helping me with the adoption. Her confidence and knowledge put me right at ease, and I hired her as quickly as I possibly could. Whatever question or concern I had, she would immediately get back to me at her earliest convenience. The wonderful thing about Vicki and her team is that everyone I met or spoke with at Grunyk Family Law was just as awesome! The adoption became a bit more complicated than originally expected, but throughout it all Vicki was there for me, guiding me, putting my mind at ease, and even listening to my frustrations when I needed to share them. All of the documents prepared by her and her associates were always sent to me before the filings, and they always respected my wishes and fought for me through the whole process. They were even kind enough to allow me some time to put finances in order for the fees that were steadily mounting because of the complications that arose. Vicki was always supportive, available, and really fighting for a positive outcome for my situation. She was knowledgeable and gave me the facts, even when I was scared of hearing them. She and the team that was involved in my adoption proceedings were always prepared with case law and previous cases that pertained to what we were going through. They had everything prepared for the legal fight that ensued. I think Vicki was able to understand what I was going through and really helped me get through the hurdles, court dates, processes, and all of what came with my particular situation. The day that all of the motions and such were finally completed and the judge finally signed off, Vicki was there to share a hug with me. The adoption became final on 11/18/15, which we will always remember. I do believe people are put into our lives for a reason, and Vicki helped make my life complete. She rocks, and so does everyone at Grunyk Family Law. They will forever have my gratitude and thanks.

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