Known nationwide to prominent figures or their spouses from the business, professional sports and entertainment communities, John M. D'Arco is recognized for handling the most complex and contentious family law disputes in matters pertaining to divorce, custody, complex division of assets, child and spousal support, paternity and business valuation while maintaining the privacy needs of his diverse clientele.
Having started his career as a Cook County Public Defender, Mr. D'Arco's litigation experience is unparalleled. Having represented parents and children in the Juvenile Justice and Child Protection Divisions as well as defendants in the Felony Criminal Division, he conducted over five hundred trials.
For each case that he undertakes, Mr. D'Arco draws on his experience litigating countless high stakes family law matters, his keen sense of the law governing the practice and his own experiences as a child growing up with parents going through a divorce. While a tenacious litigator, Mr. D'Arco's primary goal is to assist his clients in resolving difficult family matters and helping them move forward with their lives in a dignified and respectful manner. Recognizing that not every situation requires a courtroom, Mr. D'Arco resolves some cases through negotiation, as warranted by the particular circumstances of a case and the client's individual needs.
His representation to diverse clients regularly earns him praise for the ability to bring calm to the storm and for the individual attention, care and sensitivity he brings to each case. Mr. D'Arco is renowned among his peers for his outstanding ethical standards and commitment to resolving complex legal issues with minimal conflict.
In recognition for his work, Mr. D'Arco has been honored by many legal organizations, including The Leading Lawyers Network (consecutively each year from 2008 to present) and Super Lawyers Magazine (consecutively each year from 2010 to present). In addition, Mr. D'Arco was selected by his peers as an Illinois Super Lawyer in the area of Family Law and featured in Super Lawyers and Chicago Magazine. Only the top 5% of lawyers in Illinois are selected as Super Lawyers, using a multi-step evaluation process involving a statewide survey of lawyers, independent panel research and in-depth evalutation of background and experience by practice area.
A well-known authority in his field and well-respected among his peers, Mr. D'Arco is a frequent speaker on family law, business valuations, trial procedure, evidence and the law.
- J.D., The John Marshall Law School, 1995
- B.S., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1991
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