Vanessa L. Hammer practices exclusively in the area of Matrimonial/Family law. Vanessa has proven success in representing a wide range of clients in all areas of family law including high-net-worth professionals, executives, and business owners. While Vanessa is a skilled trial lawyer with many years of litigation experience, she also encourages and utilizes, where appropriate, various forms of alternative dispute resolution such as mediation and the collaborative/cooperative law processes in order to yield the best possible results for her clients.

Financial Acumen to Serve High-Net-Worth Professionals

Vanessa has significant experience handling complex financial divorce cases including sophisticated family estate plans, valuation issues, and forensic tracing. Her wealth of experience allows her to handle unique compensation structures of business and financial sector executives, entrepreneurs, physicians, and other high-net-worth professionals.

Success with Contentious Child-Related Conflicts

In addition to her financial acumen, Vanessa has a significant record of success handling high-conflict contested custody, visitation, and relocation cases in both state and federal court. She has also prosecuted and defended matters involving international kidnapping and wrongful retention cases brought under the Hague Convention as well as interstate child custody litigation under the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act (UCCJEA).

Mediation and Child Representation

In addition to her litigation practice, Vanessa is also a trained mediator and offers mediation services to help families resolve property and/or parenting disputes. Vanessa also serves, at the discretion of the Court, as a Guardian Ad Litem/Child Representative in both Cook and Du Page counties.

Serving Clients in Illinois and Texas

Vanessa received her law degree from the University of Houston Law Center and is licensed to practice in Illinois and Texas and in

the United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois and Southern District of Texas. Vanessa is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Mexican-American Studies.

Highly Regarded in the Field of Family Law

Vanessa’s ability to guide clients through divorce-related matters and effectively handle their unique circumstances has been widely recognized. She was selected as:

  • Illinois Super Lawyer 2018- 2019
  • Emerging Lawyer 2017- 2019, Leading Lawyers Network
  • Best Lawyers, Selected 2019
  • Texas Super Lawyers Rising Star 2017
  • Illinois Super Lawyers Rising Star for 2012-2013

Vanessa is a member of numerous associations, including: Illinois State Bar Association (Family Law Section, Racial and Ethnic Minorities and the Law Standing Committee Member), DuPage County Bar Association, State Bar of Texas (Family Law Section), American Bar Association (Family Law and International Law Sections), and the Hispanic National Bar Association. Vanessa is fluent in Spanish and welcomes the opportunity to assist Spanish-speaking clients.

Schedule A Family Law Case Evaluation

Are you facing a family law issue? You are not alone. Each year in the Illinois, thousands of families seek answers to questions regarding divorce, separation, custody, support and other matters of family law. If you are one of those families, then do not hesitate to contact the Chicago Family Lawyers at Hoffenberg & Block. We are an experienced, dedicated and trusted family law firm in Chicago, Illinois, serving clients in the surrounding communities of Cook, Lake, DuPage, Will and McHenry Counties.


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