Marc A. Bangser, a partner at Bennett & Bangser, LLC, specializes in all areas of divorce and family law in Cook, DuPage, Lake, Will, Kane and McHenry Counties. Before negotiating and litigating a wide variety of pre-decree divorces, post-decree modifications, child allocation and parentage matters, child support, orders of protection, domestic violence, DCFS and grandparent’s rights cases, Marc was an Assistant State’s Attorney in Lake County for over seven years and worked as a government attorney in New York. In addition to extensive work with 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.
The primary reason Marc left the world of criminal prosecution was to utilize his advocacy skills and dedication in order to help children – who all parents will do anything to protect, however are often the most affected individuals in divorce or parentage cases. To that end, besides making the children’s safety and best interests his top priority in any divorce or parentage matter, Marc is a certified Guardian Ad Litem (GAL) in DuPage, Lake and Will Counties (with Cook County soon). Marc has been often appointed by the Court, in his capacity as a GAL and counted on by numerous judges to investigate and make recommendations concerning the best interests of children of a variety of ages and circumstances. Marc embraces the opportunity to advocate for children on behalf of a client, as well as his role as a GAL, knowing that children need a strong, compassionate and decisive voice to represent their best interests in court.
In each of the last four years and due to his exemplary work and reputation in the legal community, Marc has been 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 has been 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 has been selected as one of the Top 100 Matrimonial & Family Lawyers by National Advocates, and been selected to the Global Directory “Who’s Who” Top Attorney List.
Due to his passion and dedication to furthering the best interests of children, Marc has been appointed to and is currently serving on the Illinois State Bar Association’s Child Law Section Council. Marc is also currently a guest lecturer/consultant with John Marshall’s Family Law and Domestic Violence Clinic – working with students on contested hearing simulations such as petitions for supervised parenting time with serious endangerment allegations and plenary orders of protections.
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.
PUBLICATIONS AND COMMUNITY SERVICE WORK
An author in various legal publications, Marc was recently 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. Among his many contributions to Lake County during his time as a prosecutor 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.
He has also volunteered his time with several different law-oriented ventures, including the coaching and judging of numerous law school, college and high school 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. Marc has also been a 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 middle school students as they participated in a tour of the courthouse and mock trials in Lake and DuPage Counties.
Marc was married to his beautiful wife, Gina, in 2011 and they are the extremely proud parents of their son, Jackson Henry (born in May 2014) and their daughter, Camilla Grace (born in July 2017) – both very healthy and happy.
Awards & Recognitions