The Law Office of Zachary W. Williams is dedicated exclusively to the practice of family law throughout the Chicago area.

Zach Williams has over 20 years of experience inside the family court system that has earned him the respect of judges, many of whom appoint him to represent children. His insight and knowledge enable him to more effectively advocate for his clients, whether he’s negotiating a settlement, preparing for mediation or fighting at trial.

Services:

Our extensive combined experience in family law can help guide you in the following areas:
• Child Custody and Visitation
• Divorce (Contested/Uncontested)
• Child Support
• Parentage and/or Paternity
• Mediation
• Removal
• Civil Unions/Same-sex Marriage
• Hague Convention Actions
• Grandparents’ Rights and Visitation
• Juvenile Law
• Prenuptial/Postnuptial Agreements
• Child Representation
• Legal Separation
• Civil Orders of Protection
• Domestic Violence
• Marital Property Settlement
• Child Protection (Abuse and Neglect)
• Enforcement of Judgments or Court Orders

 

 

Philosophy:

We are mindful of the emotional complexities of family law. We believe it is important to maintain civility and collaboration wherever possible. In an effort to maintain this approach, we are committed to involving alternative dispute resolution practices when possible, and encourage mediation before contested litigation. However, we understand that not every case is appropriate for mediation and work with our clients to determine the best course of action in a particular case. If litigation is necessary, we become forceful advocates, helping our clients achieve the results they deserve. Finally, we believe that each of our clients deserves individual attention as well as explanations they can actually understand.

 

Who We Are:

Zachary W. Williams:

Entering his 22nd year as a family law advocate, Zach Williams spent 16 years as an Assistant Public Guardian for Cook County before beginning his private practice in 2011. Zach represented children in highly contested child custody matters in the Domestic Relations Division and represented children who were state wards in the Juvenile Child Protection Division. Zach is known as an experienced trial attorney and advocate for the rights of children who are caught in the middle of contested litigation. Judges continue to appoint him to represent children today.

Zach brings these skills handling child custody matters to private parties. His experience has provided him with unique insight into representing parents and grandparents in family law disputes and in helping families reach the most effective resolution possible.

Zach has been a speaker for the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education and at the annual Life Span Symposium on Domestic Violence. He is a former school board president and is a member of a charitable board that serves disadvantaged youth in Evanston.

Community Involvement
Board Member, Youth Organization Umbrella Evanston (Y.O.U.)
Member, Illinois State Bar Association Family Law Section Council, 2015 to present

Agnes Zielinski Olechno:

Agnes Zielinski Olechno combines her skill as a courtroom litigator, her experience as a child advocate, and her compassion for families in transition to advocate for her clients and their families. Her experience in guiding couples going through the emotional strains of divorce and focusing on the negotiation process and the complex issues that need to be addressed have saved many couples and children a great deal of time, money, and emotional trauma.

As recipient of Loyola’s Civitas Child Law Fellowship and the Child and Family Law Certificate, Agnes received her law degree Cum Laude from Loyola University School of Law. Since receiving her attorney license, Agnes has been awarded the 2016 Rising Star Award by SuperLawyers, as well as the 2015 AVVO Client’s Choice Award.

Agnes is also fluent in Polish and prepared to provide legal services and referrals to Polish speaking clients.

Community Involvement
Volunteer Attorney, Chicago Volunteer Legal Services
Member, Illinois State Bar Association
Member, Chicago Bar Association
Member, Will County Bar Association
Member, Association of Family and Conciliation Courts
Junior Board Member, Polish American Leadership Political Action Committee

 

Jenna C. Patchen, Of Counsel:

Jenna represents clients in divorce, custody and visitation disputes. She is a trained mediator, and also assists Zach with his court appointed representation of children. Jenna has experience in probate, trust and estate litigation, and has worked as an advocate for survivors of sexual violence crimes. She regularly incorporates alternative dispute resolution principles, such as those of mediation and restorative justice, into her practice.

Jenna received her law degree from the DePaul University College of Law and her undergraduate degree in psychology at the University of Maryland, with a focus in child development. She received her mediation training at Northwestern University.

Jenna published “Valuing Property in Lengthy Divorce Proceedings” in the Illinois Bar Journal in 2013, and taught a continuing legal education seminar at the National Business Institute regarding litigation discovery in contested estates.

Community Involvement:
Volunteer, JUF Community Legal Services
Member, Illinois State Bar Association
Member, Chicago Bar Association