Marc A. Bangser specializes in all areas of family law, as well as handling criminal defense matters, in Cook, DuPage, Lake, Will, Kane and McHenry Counties. Before litigating numerous pre- and post-decree divorce, child custody, child support and Order of Protection matters as a family law attorney in 2013 and 2014, Marc was an Assistant State’s Attorney in Lake County for over seven years. In addition to extensive work with child custody and parentage issues in the Juvenile Division, Marc prosecuted countless numbers of misdemeanors and felonies during his time as an Assistant State’s Attorney, ranging from traffic violations and DUI arrests to homicides.
With his vast experience of thousands of combined hearings, bench trials and jury trials during his time as a family law attorney and prosecutor, Marc has earned the highest of accolades regarding his tenacity and prowess in the courtroom. He is also known for his top-notch negotiation skills, high-level writing ability and maintaining excellent relationships with clients, the judiciary and court personnel in numerous courthouses throughout the Chicagoland area.
One of the primary reasons Marc left the world of criminal prosecution was to utilize his advocacy skills and dedication in order to help children – often the most affected individuals in divorce or parentage cases. Marc is a certified Guardian Ad Litem (GAL) in DuPage, Lake and Will Counties (with Cook County soon to be added), and has already been counted on by several judges to investigate and make recommendations concerning the best interests of children of a variety of ages and circumstances. Being a GAL is a very important responsibility that Marc embraces to the fullest extent, knowing that children need a strong, compassionate and decisive voice to represent their interests in court.
Marc graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and was awarded a Certificate for his studies in Criminal Justice. He then received his Juris Doctor from The John Marshall Law School in Chicago, where he was selected for multiple competitive trial advocacy teams and was the recipient of five Continuing Student Scholarships, awarded to students who “make a significant contribution to the excellence of John Marshall Law School.” In addition, he was named the school’s first-ever Student Ambassador Coordinator and was recognized by the school for his commitment to acclimating new students and for his recruiting efforts to bring quality students to John Marshall.
In 2015 and 2016, due to his exemplary work and reputation in the legal community, Marc was appointed to the Child Law Section Council and the Criminal Justice Section Council of the Illinois State Bar Association. In addition, Marc was named as an Illinois Super Lawyers “Rising Star”, a designation reserved for the Top 2.5% of lawyers in the state under the age of 40, and an honor reserved for those lawyers who “exhibit excellence in practice.” Furthermore, Marc was named as an Illinois Leading Lawyers “Emerging Lawyer”, a designation reserved for the top two percent of lawyers in the state under the age of 40 and “have proven themselves professional, ethical and experienced at an early point in their legal career.” Moreover, Marc is honored to have been selected as one of the Top 100 Matrimonial & Family Lawyers by National Advocates, and having been named to the Global Directory “Who’s Who” Top Attorney List for 2015-2016.
During his time as a prosecutor, among his many contributions to Lake County was as a features writer for Seeking Justice, the State’s Attorney’s Office’s newsletter. While authoring several pieces on members of the legal community, Marc was published multiple times in the Lake County Bar Association’s newsletter, The Docket. Most recently, Marc was published in the Illinois State Bar Association’s Child Law Section Council Newsletter, where he provided an in-depth perspective as to the challenges that GAL’s face in family law on a case-by-case basis. He has also volunteered his time with several different law-oriented ventures, including the judging of numerous national trial advocacy competitions and acting as a guest lecturer at Warren Township High School in Gurnee, IL, instructing freshmen and sophomores in a comprehensive introduction to law class known as “Street Law”. Marc has been an active member of the DuPage County Bar Association’s committee, “Lawyers Lend a Hand”, where he has volunteered his time with judges and other lawyers to work in food banks and community centers throughout DuPage County, as well as contributing his time to “Law Day” by supervising 40 students from a nearby middle school as they participated in a mock trial at the DuPage County Courthouse.
Marc was married to his beautiful wife, Gina, in 2011 and they are the extremely proud parents of their son, Jackson Henry, born healthy and happy.