About the Firm

Located in Evanston, Chicago, Lake Forest and Oak Brook, Stern Perkoski Mendez is a boutique divorce and family law firm that provides legal counsel in the areas of divorce, family law, estate planning and asset protection.

Stern Perkoski Mendez was founded with one goal in mind: to change the way divorce and family law are practiced in Chicago, the North Shore, DuPage County and surrounding suburbs. We are dedicated to helping families through difficult transitions and acting as a source of stability throughout the legal process.

A merger in 2020 brought together two firms—The Law Offices of Joshua E. Stern and The Law Offices of Nancy Stingle Perkoski—both of which combine excellent legal representation with transparency, responsiveness and exceptional client service. Then, in September 2020, the addition of Marvin Mendez as principal created Stern Perkoski Mendez.

Our exclusive focus on family law, divorce and estate planning gives clients a superior degree of skill and proficiency in every case. We are proud to represent clients in Evanston, Chicago, Lake Forest and the surrounding suburbs—including Deerfield, Glencoe, Glenview, Highland Park, Lincolnwood, Northbrook, Northfield, Rogers Park, Skokie, Wilmette and Winnetka. We also recently opened a new office in DuPage County, allowing us to serve Oak Brook, Elmhurst, Lombard, Glen Ellyn, Downers Grove, Naperville and other nearby suburbs.

What Makes Us Different?

At Stern Perkoski Mendez, we pride ourselves on our deft courtroom advocacy and superior drafting. We fight vigorously for our clients in court—but firmly believe that the best path is to encourage amicable resolutions whenever possible.

Further, our clients’ needs and wishes are top priority. We are here to help our clients find resolution, not to exploit the circumstances of their divorce or family issue.

We encourage our clients to look for three things in their lawyer: to be heard, be informed and be empowered. And this is how we practice every family law case.

Contact Our Family Law Firm in Evanston, Chicago, Lake Forest and Oak Brook

For cases in Chicago, the North Shore, DuPage County and surrounding suburbs, we are happy to discuss your divorce, family law or estate planning case and provide our opinion on how it should be resolved. For a free consultation, call Stern Perkoski Mendez at (847) 868-9584 or contact us.

We care about our clients.

  • Compassion — Most people never expect to hire a lawyer, and this is especially true of a divorce and family law attorney. We realize that we may be the first lawyer you have ever hired, and that you probably wish you didn’t need a lawyer. That’s why we feel it’s imperative that you understand the process, your experience is reassuring and that our representation is nothing short of excellent.
  • Free Consultations — Beginning a legal process, no matter how simple, can often feel overwhelming—so we want you to get to know us before hiring us. It’s our opportunity to give you our opinion of your case and explain how we can help. This is why we offer free consultations in our Evanston, Chicago, Lake Forest and Oak Brook offices for every service we provide, including divorce cases, modification of child support, prenuptial agreements and anything in between.

We respect our clients.

  • In-depth Legal Guidance — Cases change, and so should your legal strategy. We provide detailed explanations and cost/benefit analyses of your legal options every step of the way so you get the best outcome as quickly as possible.
  • Regular Invoicing — Your legal bill should never be a surprise. We invoice every month (or twice a month, if you prefer), so that you can budget your legal fees and keep track of the legal work in your case.
  • No Hourly Rate Change — Many firms adjust their hourly rates during the case and ask clients to pay more for the same attorneys. We think that’s wrong. We stick to the rate you hired us at, even if our rates go up.

We educate and empower our clients.

  • Specialization — We aren’t jacks-of-all-trades. In fact, we only practice three areas of law: family law, estate planning and immigration law. This provides you with a greater degree of skill and proficiency. We help families in transition, whether that is during a divorce, by creating an estate plan to ensure your family’s future, or throughout your immigration journey. No matter the case, our goal is to advocate for you and protect your family.
  • Empowerment — At Stern Perkoski Mendez, our goal is to help you feel in control of your legal issues through excellent legal representation and education. You hire us to resolve your domestic legal matters, and that’s what we do. More than that, we want to help you understand what is happening in your family law case, every step of the way.

For a free consultation, call Stern Perkoski Mendez at (847) 868-9584 or contact us.