What Clients Are Saying…

Heather has been a tremendous help to me over the years. I trusted Heather to handle my premarital agreement as well my divorce, and she has been a great asset to have on my side. I was impressed with her knowledge of family law as well as her professionalism throughout very trying personal times for me.

As a lawyer myself, I know the value of a tenacious advocate. When I had to go through a divorce, I trusted Kathryn Vivanco to guide me, and I know I made the right choice.  She is exceptionally gifted as a litigator, but she also understands that when children are involved, the outcome cannot be measured in wins and losses. Kate guided me through the process every step of the way, and I am grateful for her gift of being able to always stay one step ahead. I would recommend Kathryn Vivanco to anyone in need of legal services.

Heather was immensely helpful in drafting a premarital agreement for my second marriage.  As a high income earner, I wanted to protect myself in the event that this marriage didn't work out as planned.  I did my homework and sought recommendations from several attorney friends before interviewing several recommended candidates for the work. She came highly recommended and after our first meeting, I quickly understood why.  Unlike many attorneys that I have worked with in the past, Heather was easy to talk to and was able to explain her legal opinion in terms that a non-lawyer could easily understand.   She asked insightful questions to determine my needs for the agreement. Within the first interview, I feel she had a great understanding of my concerns and what the agreement should look like for me.  She was tough when she needed to be, compromising when needed.  She provided me with options and explained how each of these might play out under different circumstances which helped me understand the best course of action.  Overall, I was very pleased with her work and would definitely recommend her to any of my friends that were in need of a great attorney for a premarital agreement or divorce attorney.

I highly recommend working with Kathryn McMahon Vivanco. She helped me navigate a challenging and drawn out divorce. I originally retained Kathryn for a collaborative divorce. After my spouse declined to proceed with a collaborative divorce, she pivoted to a conventional divorce. Kathryn provided excellent advice and strategic planning throughout mediation, settlement negotiations, pretrial settlement, and court appearances. I felt she negotiated in my best interests. She helped me remain calm and continued to keep our divorce respectful, which was important to me. I highly recommend retaining her services.

I am taking this opportunity to personally thank and recommend Heather. I met with Heather and immediately knew that I would retain her from here on out. She represented me, not only for a very complicated divorce, but also several proceedings that unfortunately had to follow. Heather managed to work out an agreement that was fair and equitable without the rancor and bitterness that so often accompanies these trying situations. She displayed hard work, integrity, knowledge, and empathy. And finally, it was her communication, accessibility and perseverance that led to such a great outcome. She exemplifies all the qualities that I was looking for and I would continue to use her in the future.

I retained Heather Smith Grattan to help me make sense of a divorce gone horribly wrong.  Scared, emotionally exhausted and unsure of the future, I was a hot mess.  Undaunted, Heather effectively navigated me through the complicated law process of divorce. She is professional, caring, detailed oriented, competent and experienced.  She managed my case with ease using her razor-sharp knowledge of family law.  Heather took the time to educate me about what was broken in my case.  I finally felt I was in the hands of a dedicated lawyer tenaciously fighting for MY best interests.  I wish Heather had been with me from the beginning of my divorce process.   Heather is the superlative Family Law attorney.  I highly recommend Heather to any of my friends/colleagues. She is a smart and driven lawyer and you will be in good hands with her guidance.

I was fortunate enough to have Heather represent me during my recent divorce. I found her to be highly skilled, honest and hard working. Heather is truly focused on her client’s needs and she was always responsive to my concerns. Along the way, I came to greatly respect her advice and counsel as she guided me through the process. She knows what she’s doing and I don’t think I could’ve found a better advocate to represent me.

I was very fortunate to have been referred to Heather in my time of need.  I have the opportunity to spend more time with my children because of her consistent support and hard work. Heather has been guiding me during this whole process by ensuring that I understand every step.  She has given me hope when I thought I had none. I'm sure Heather will provide the same work ethic to all of her clients. I will always recommend Heather to anyone who needs a great attorney. She will get it done for you!

My experience of working with Heather was nothing but professional, timely, and empathetic. She made what is obviously a very difficult experience to go through, seamless and speedy. She always had my best interests in mind and went above and beyond to make me feel comfortable and seen in the process. Thank you, Heather!

I hired Heather Smith Grattan to help out with an uncomfortable/scary moment to be taken to child support court through the State of Illinois.  After hearing horror stories about how the State does not take multiple things into consideration like overtime and base pay, I knew I needed a lawyer to help me with this case.  Heather was an awesome lawyer who explained everything.  At the end of the case, I was able to get a child support amount that I can afford.  She did not feel intimidated by the State and how inconsistent they were.  She was organized and made me feel extremely comfortable in how she handled the case.  I will recommend and refer her to anyone needing a Family Law Attorney.