Christina M. Martell

Christina M. Martell

Solo Practitioner at The Law Office of Christina Martell
  • Divorce, Family Law, Real Estate Law
  • Illinois
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Christina ("Chrissie") Martell is an experienced family law attorney in Warrenville, Illinois. She represents clients in the areas of divorce, parentage, adoption, and real estate. Chrissie's even-tempered nature serves her well in difficult arguments with opposing parties, in and out of court. Chrissie knows that her clients come to her during times of great difficulty or high stress in their families, and she competently and fairly represents their important needs in court. An effective negotiator, she is able to find creative solutions to her clients' problems, and she works to ensure that opposing parties consider all options before escalating issues to trial. When agreements cannot be reached, however, Chrissie skillfully argues for her clients in court. She has experience litigating matters of parenting time, maintenance, child support, contested adoptions, contested guardianships, and more.

Chrissie gained significant insight into family law and divorce issues while working as a law clerk for family law firms in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs. During law school, she worked as an extern for a Domestic Relations judge in Cook County and volunteered at the Domestic Violence Courthouse. She also participated in DePaul University's Family Law Clinic, representing clients in pro bono divorce and domestic violence cases. Chrissie was an active member and served as the recruitment chair of Phi Alpha Delta, the law school's largest student organization, for two years. She was an active volunteer in the Chicago community during law school and after graduating.

Chrissie believes it is best for children to develop positive relationships with both of their parents whenever safe and reasonable to do so, but she argues for reasonable parameters to be set in place to balance a parent's rights and responsibilities with the best interests of the child.

Practice Areas
Collaborative Law, Contested Divorce, Military Divorce, Property Division, Same Sex Divorce, Spousal Support & Alimony, Uncontested Divorce
Family Law
Adoption, Child Custody, Child Support, Father's Rights, Guardianship & Conservatorship, Paternity, Prenups & Marital Agreements, Restraining Orders, Same Sex Family Law
Real Estate Law
Commercial Real Estate, Condominiums, Easements, Eminent Domain, Homeowners Association, Land Use & Zoning, Mortgages, Neighbor Disputes, Residential Real Estate, Water Law
Additional Practice Areas
  • Divorce with Minor Children
  • Uncontested Divorce
  • Spousal Support
  • Division of Marital Assets and Debts
  • Adoption
  • Adoption - Family and Related
  • Adoption - Unrelated, Private and Agency
  • Adoption - Open Adoption Agreements
  • Adoption - DCFS Adoptions
  • Child Custody and Allocation of Parental Responsibilities
  • Child Support
  • Parenting Plans and Parenting Time
  • Parentage and Paternity
  • Minor Guardianships
  • Maintenance
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    $100 initial consultation fee which will be credited towards your legal fees upon engagement.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
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  • English
Professional Experience
Sole Practitioner
The Law Office of Christina Martell
- Current
Network Real Estate Specialist
Oversee all aspects of submitting and acquiring entitlements and agreements needed for installation of poles and other infrastructure within specific markets Serve as subject matter expert on matters related to municipal codes and to effectively communicate regulatory status of sites Maintain relationships with municipalities and manage all aspects of complying with conditions of approvals from municipalities for installation, operation and maintenance of facilities and networks Direct internal functional groups on requirements and regulations of government entities and municipalities to ensure compliance with general conditions of approvals at permit and construction stages of the project, and to meet project timelines Review agreements and municipal code and/or zoning ordinance changes Provide research and advice to internal clients regarding access rights, permitting, and project deployment
Managing Director
Chicago Law Institute
I managed a startup legal training and development company with the mission of providing training in contract analysis to transactional attorneys in Chicago. As the managing director, I oversaw operations, marketing, budgeting, sales, and branding of the company.
Law Clerk
The law Office of Johnathan N. Schatz
Legal Extern
The Circuit Court of Cook County - Domestic Relations Division
Law Clerk
Windy City Family Law
DePaul University College of Law
J.D. (2014)
Honors: Certificate in Child and Family Law
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Indiana University - Indiana University-Bloomington
B.A. (2011) | English
I was honored to serve on the 2010-2011 Steering Committee for the Indiana University Student Foundation. "IUSF" is an organization that raises money for working student scholarships through campus activities such as the Little 500 bicycle race, an exciting campus tradition. In preparation for the Little 500, I served as a leader on the Marketing Committee and the Pre-Race Ceremony Committee. As a member of Alpha Gamma Delta Women's Fraternity, I served as the Personal Development Chair and as a Recruitment Counselor for a community of 19 sororities.
Activities: At Indiana University, I received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English with a concentration in Public and Professional Writing from the College of Arts and Sciences.
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Illinois Bar Foundation
Chicago Bar Foundation 2017 - Current
Scholarship Recipient
David P. Ward Scholarship
Professional Associations
State Bar of Illinois  # 6316685
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Chicago Bar Association
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DuPage County Bar Association
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Kane County Bar Association
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Illinois State Bar Association
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American Bar Association
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National Association of Women Judges Annual Conference, Los Angeles, October 2019
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Child and Family Law
DePaul University College of Law
Websites & Blogs
Contact & Map
The Law Office of Christina Martell
27475 Ferry Road
Suite 130
Warrenville, IL 60555
Telephone: (630) 717-2772