Location: Oak Park
Languages: English, Spanish
In 1990, after four years of service in the United States Army, Gonzalo
was Honorably Discharged and returned to the Chicago area to pursue a
career in law enforcement. For the next fifteen years Gonzalo was employed
as a full-time police officer in Elmhurst and Bensenville, where he was
highly decorated and received numerous awards of merit and honor. He served
as a patrol officer, tactical officer, detective, and finally as Sergeant.
He also became a licensed Emergency Medical Technician and an Illinois
Certified Firefighter II.
When he wasn’t busy being a police officer Gonzalo went to college
part-time and in 1997 received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Western
Illinois University. He then went to law school at night and in 2004 obtained
his Juris Doctor degree from Chicago-Kent College of Law.
In 2008 Gonzalo retired from the police force to practice law full time.
His long service as a police officer had exposed him to domestic violence,
child abuse, crisis intervention, drug and alcohol abuse and numerous
families with problems that needed the help of third party professionals.
Due to these experiences Gonzalo was drawn to the practice of family law
and he has dedicated himself as an attorney to helping clients with divorce
and family law problems ever since. He has helped clients with litigation
over custody, visitation and parenting issues, with complex financial
issues and, with DCFS cases, appeals, hearings, trials and more.
After 13 years of practicing in the family law and divorce arena, in 2017,
Gonzalo began looking to join a team of attorneys that also shared his
passions and desires in family and divorce law. So that year, Gonzalo
joined a team of similarly-dedicated attorneys at Wakenight & Associates,
P.C. where he currently serves as a Senior Associate Attorney at their
Oak Park Office serving Cook County.
Gonzalo has a bilingual (English-Spanish) education, is fluent in Spanish
(written and spoken) and has many Spanish speaking clients. His familiarity
within the military and civil services has made Gonzalo a natural choice
to provide legal services to active and inactive military personnel and
police and fire department employees. As a married father of three with
an additional three step-children, Gonzalo is well versed in and acclimated
to the many complex issues confronting modern “blended” families.
Lastly Gonzalo continues to strive and adds to his knowledge in family
and divorce law by attending continuing legal education programs offered
by the Illinois State Bar Association, the Illinois Institute for Continuing
Legal Education, the Chicago, DuPage County and the West Suburban Bar
Association. Gonzalo received a fellowship for professionalism jointly
from the DuPage Bar Association and North Park University in Naperville
after an intensive program undertaking studies on legal ethics and professionalism
concerning the practice of law in Divorce and Family Law.
- Illinois, 2004
- Federal Trial Bar, 2006
- Supreme Court of the United States, 2015
Chicago-Kent College of Law, Chicago, Illinois
Western Illinois University, Macomb, Illinois
- B.A. - 1997
- Major: Liberal Arts
Professional Associations and Memberships
- American Bar Association (ABA)
- Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA)
- Chicago Bar Association (CBA)
- Hispanic Lawyer’s Association of Illinois (HLAI)