During the COVID-19 pandemic, our firm is fully operational and we continue to provide family law services for divorce, post-decree, pre and postnuptial, and parentage matters, including collaborative divorce and mediation services. Courts in the Chicago metropolitan area are operating largely through Zoom virtual court proceedings. As always, we continue to provide free initial consultations, which can be performed virtually via Zoom or over the phone. We look forward to serving you soon. -- Lawrence Manassa

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E. Julia Almeida

Julia recently returned to practicing family law in November 2020, where she started her legal career.  She previously worked at a medium-sized general practice firm focusing on family law and also representing clients in criminal defense, bankruptcy, and probate matters.  Her broad range of skills allows her understanding of how those other legal areas impact clients in family law proceedings.  In between her family law positions she was child abuse prosecutor with a suburban State’s Attorney’s Office maintaining a large case load with a busy trial schedule.  Her role as a prosecutor required her to constantly balance assessing the safety risks of the parent’s behaviors against their rights to have as much contact as could be safely afforded and then to make recommendations in the best interests of the child.  Seeing first-hand the damage caused by parental choices, she often encourages her clients to see their divorce through the eyes of their children.  While the divorce process is temporary, their role as parents is permanent.  Helping her clients formulate parenting plans that best suit their families and put them in the best roles for long term success is her goal.  Julia tries to get to know her clients individual objectives as every family is unique.

Julia has worked closely with the CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates Program), where community volunteers are matched with children in the child abuse and neglect court system.  As a prosecutor she had a close working relationship with the CASA management and advocates and often spoke at legal training sessions.  In her former law firm she was a volunteer attorney for a CASA advocate. In law school she was a CASA advocate reporting on a family for years until their case came to closure.  She asks anyone reading this bio to please consider helping with their time or donating to their local CASA program to help the less fortunate children in their community.

Julia received the Peskind Memorial Award for outstanding work in Family Law upon her graduation, cum laude, from the Northern Illinois University College of Law, and graduated with a Bachelor’s of Arts degree from the University of Illinois.  

While ideally she would like to set up in-person consultations, given COVID she is available by phone or Zoom to discuss any potential family law questions you may have.  She appreciates it is challenging to deal with family law issues in the best of times, and these are not the best of times.  She wishes you and your family all the best.