Lawrence Manassais a highly skilled litigator with 30 years of experience in divorce litigation, collaborative divorce and mediation, child custody + support, visitation, property division, high net worth divorce, maintenance, and post-decree matters.Although Larry has a proven record of success through hundreds of trials, he looks at each case and each client individually, and develops the best approach to meet that client’s goals. That may be litigation, but also may be the collaborative approach to divorce, or mediation. He also works with his clients to build a strong support network for them. This approach had led to Larry being recognized as being in the top ten of divorce attorneys in Illinois, as well as top 1% nationally. Larry is a former Assistant State’s Attorney in Cook County and is on a very select list of court-approved Child Representatives in both Cook and McHenry County.

As a divorced father, he understands the trauma of divorce first hand and strives to help prepare his divorcing clients for life after their divorce. Larry is also committed to his clients and his community. He has volunteered his time at Illinois’ largest divorce care group, donated his services to help the underprivileged at Administer Justice, and was also one of the founding attorneys for Willow Creek Community Church’s legal aid ministry.



  • Divorce + Family Law


  • Rue Ratings Best Attorneys of America | Lifetime Member
  • Best of the Best Attorneys Top 10 Family Law Attorney | 2020
  • Premier Lawyers of America Top 1% Family Law Attorneys
  • Premier Lawyers of America Lifetime Achievement Award


  • Certified Legal Specialties Dispute Resolution, Circuit Court of Cook County


  • Illinois | 1988


  • DePaul University College of Law
    J.D. | 1988
  • University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana
    B.S. | 1985


  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Fellow of the Collaborative Law Institute of Illinois


  • Willow Creek Community Church | Volunteer


  • “Legalities of Divorce” Couples Synergy Podcast Guest