Marvin Mendez | Partner

Family Law

DSW_LLP-EliosPhoto2016-9“I’m guided by the words of an early mentor who told me, ‘We’re family law attorneys. If we can save their marriage, we do. If we can’t, we preserve their marital estate.’ Family is the most important thing to me – in life and work.”


Phone: (312) 967-7623




A focused counselor and experienced practitioner across in all areas of family law, Marvin handles the dissolution of marriage and paternity proceedings with meticulous thought and detailed care. Never losing site of the best outcome for his clients, he sets strategies that rationally manage even the most contested and complex separations.  Using his meticulous problem-solving techniques and in-depth knowledge of family law, Marvin is a trusted advisor who fosters expedient resolutions that produce constructive results. Within this framework, he considers the intense financial impacts, negotiating whenever possible, but prepared to go to trial when necessary.
Marvin invests time to counsel clients through each step of complex financial matters, including the crafting, litigation and enforcement of pre- and post-decree matters. At the same time, he firmly advocates over paternity proceedings, treating child custody, child support, and visitation with compassion and care. As a parent himself, Marvin is passionate about creating safe spaces in which his clients can express discreet and personal ideas. Whenever children are involved, he sets as his ultimate goal to minimize conflict and maximize the welfare and civility for the family unit.
Having worked in the field of family law since 2001, Marvin is well-known among Chicagoland judges and attorneys, and well-prepared in the skills it takes to strategically collaborate with opposing counsel in ways that move his cases forward. Through his career, Marvin has honed his skills at successfully litigating high-profile cases and has built his wisdom in advocating for his clients’ positions in the courtroom.


J.D., John Marshall Law School
B.A., Northeastern Illinois University

Memberships and Honors

Marvin was named a 2016 Emerging Lawyer in Family Law by Leading Lawyers, which recognizes the top two percent of lawyers under the age of 40. Along with this achievement, he was also named a 2017 / 2018 Director of the North Shore Bar Association. The Annual Installation Dinner will be held on September 13, 2017 at the North Shore Country Club.
Marvin is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association and the Chicago Bar Association.  He is licensed to practice law in Illinois.


Articles and Speeches

Marvin is a frequent speaker on family law topics, including spousal support, property division and pre- and post-decree agreements.


Bilingual and fluent in Spanish

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