Meet 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 12 years, he represented clients
in many different areas of law including bankruptcy, criminal defense,
human rights, personal injury, property damage, real estate, traffic,
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.
Words from Attorney Wakenight Himself
Mark shares his experience in establishing Wakenight & Associates:
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.
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: Child Custody
child 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 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:
Attorney Wakenight is dedicated Solely to Divorce and Family Law including
but not limited to:
- 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)