Mark T. Wakenight
Location: Elmhurst. Oak Park
Mark T. Wakenight graduated from the University of Kansas School of Law in 1988 and returned
home to the Chicago area. For the next twelve (12) years he represented
clients in many different areas of law including bankruptcy, criminal
defense, human rights, personal injury, property damage, real estate,
traffic, license reinstatement,
adoption, probate, guardianship, paternity, divorce, etc. When Bartley F. Goldberg,
a classmate from the University of Chicago, was looking for a litigator
to join his practice, Mark joined Mr. Goldberg in his Lincoln Park Office.
The pair later created the Law Offices of Goldberg & Wakenight and
thereafter opened an Oak Park Office. It was then that Mark began to refine
his thinking about the type of clients he wanted to represent.
"By the time I opened Wakenight & Associates, P.C. in Oak Park,
it was clear that I was most comfortable representing divorce and family
law clients, and that if I wanted to improve as a lawyer, I had to pursue
these areas of law wholeheartedly. I could not hope to become a good divorce
and family law attorney by representing clients with other types of problems."
"As my divorce and family law business grew, I soon had more clients
than I could handle, and I began to hire like-minded Associates to represent
the additional clients. This made the process better still, because now
I had colleagues with whom I could exchange ideas, strategies, and information
and my office has been growing ever since." "We still get occasional
requests to represent clients in other types of cases, but we do not accept
any case outside family law," Wakenight says. "All we do is
family law, all day, every day. That's the philosophy behind our company
which is why today the firm is known as the Divorce and Family Law Offices
of Wakenight & Associates, P.C."
The most important cases in family law are custody cases, the stakes are
high, the pressure is intense and emotions run high. Over the years Mark
T. Wakenight has successfully won custody for many clients. "It's
not just a matter of knowing and applying the facts to the law it's
also a matter of coaching a distraught mother or father through the most
difficult time of their lives. Just like I took these cases now my Associates
capably handle these difficult cases, but with much more help from colleagues
and myself, where necessary."
In handling custody cases Mark T. Wakenight became eligible to serve as
an attorney for children in custody cases and in 2001 he was certified
by the Honorable Judge Moshe Jacobius, then Presiding Judge of the Cook
County Domestic Relations Division, to represent children in custody cases
in the Circuit Court of Cook County Illinois. He maintained that certification
until 2013 when he resigned to concentrate more fully on the management
of the Divorce and Family Law Offices of Wakenight & Associates, P.C.
Areas of Practice: Dedicated Solely to Divorce and Family Law including but not limited to
Divorce, Paternity, Custody, Guardianship, Removal, Child Support, Maintenance,
Property Division, Visitation, Parenting Time, Post-Decree Litigation,
Grandparents Rights, Etc.
- Illinois, 1988
- U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois, 1989
University of Kansas School of Law, Lawrence, Kansas
University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS AND MEMBERSHIPS
- American Bar Association (ABA)
- Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA)
- Chicago Bar Association (CBA)
- Du Page County Bar Association (DCBA)
- Will County Bar Association (WCBA)
- West Suburban Bar Association (WSBA)