A zealous advocate with a noteworthy background in family law, Shay Formanek approaches each case with strategic and assertive representation.  Ms. Formanek concentrates her practice in all areas of Matrimonial and Family Law, including matters involving complex litigation, mediation and negotiated settlement agreements.

Ms. Formanek was recognized as an Illinois Rising Star for 2020 and 2021 by Super Lawyers, an exclusive honor received by only 2.5% of attorneys selected after thorough evaluation of numerous criteria related to their specific practice areas.  She was further recognized as a 2020 Elite Advocate in Family Law by the American Institute of Legal Advocates (AIOLA) and 2019 Top 40 Young Lawyers through her membership with the National Alliance of Women in Law.

Ms. Formanek was particularly drawn to family law at an early age after experiencing divorce firsthand while growing up. In light of her firsthand knowledge and experience, Ms. Formanek provides her clients with compassionate and individualized support and steadfast representation throughout their case through an approach and strategy uniquely tailored to each client’s needs and preference.

Ms. Formanek represents clients who require assistance with complex financial issues, division and valuation of property, allocation of parental responsibilities, child support, relocation, spousal maintenance, and preparing and negotiating settlement agreements. In addition, she is adept in preparing pre-marital and post-marital agreements.

Ms. Formanek is also mediation certified through Chicago’s Center for Conflict Resolution, an invaluable skill in the world of divorce and family law.

A Wisconsin native and Chicago transplant, Ms. Formanek received her J.D. from Chicago-Kent College of Law and graduated magna cum laude from Western Carolina University in North Carolina.


Practice Area
Family Law
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