Matlin Law Group, p.c.     |   500 Skokie Blvd. Suite 100     |   Northbrook, IL 60062       |     Phone:   1-847-770-6600  


Eric G. Matlin

Eric G. Matlin - Principal

Eric Matlin is a graduate of DePaul University and The John Marshall Law School. He was admitted to practice law in 1978 and has written estate plans for thousands of families, ranging from people with a negative net worth to people worth over $10 million. Eric is a member of the Chicago Bar Association. Eric's new book, Not Dead Yet, So Plan Your Estate was published in 2016, and is now available purchase on Amazon.com. Eric also participates as a charitable Board Member of The Josselyn Center, Northfield, Illinois [Providing Excellence in Community Mental Health]. Eric gives estate planning seminars to interested groups and is available for public speaking engagements. Contact Eric Matlin.

Julie A. Kolodziej

Julie A. Kolodziej - Principal

Julie A. Kolodziej is a 1996 graduate of DePaul University College of Law. She concentrates her practice in the area of probate, estate administration, adult disabled guardianships, decedent's estates, estate planning, estate tax planning, and preparation of estate tax returns. She takes great pride in helping clients to protect their families in the event of death or disability and in aiding families who have recently lost a loved one to death or disability by providing legal guidance during emotional and confusing times. Julie is an active member of the Lake County Bar Association, the Illinois State Bar Association, the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA). Contact Julie Kolodziej

Johannah K. Hebl

Johannah K. Hebl - Sr. Associate

Johannah Hebl is a 1998 graduate of Hamline University School of Law. Formerly of the Zelmar Law Group. She worked as an associate attorney for Michael Zelmar. Johannah is licensed in Illinois and Wisconsin. She concentrates her practice in family law, probate, trust administration and litigation, and estate planning. Johannah is a member of the Northbrook Chamber of Commerce. Contact Johannah Hebl.

Mary E. Vanek

Mary E. Vanek - Sr. Associate

Mary graduated from Valparaiso University in 1984, and DePaul University College of Law in 1988. Mary is licensed to practice in Illinois, as well as the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois and the Federal Court of Appeals – 7th Circuit. Her practice is focused on estate planning, estate administration, guardianships, contested estates and other contested matters, as well as business law. Mary is a member of the Northwest Suburban Estate Planning Council. The Chicago Bar Association, and the Illinois State Bar Association. Contact Mary E. Vanek

Ryan S. Smith

Ryan S. Smith - Associate

Ryan Smith is a 2011 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. He concentrates his practice in estate planning, estate administration and litigation, and probate.Contact Ryan S. Smith

Michael A. Goldberg

Michael A. Goldberg - Associate

Michael Goldberg is a 2012 graduate of The John Marshall Law School. Michael is licensed to practice in Illinois as well as the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. Michael focuses his practice on estate planning, estate administration, probate, real estate, and litigation Contact Michael A. Goldberg


Kathryn Gooss - Office Manager/Paralegal

Lee Schneider - Paralegal

Ashley Willoff - Legal Assistant

Sara Snelten - Client Relationship Manager

Melissa Chamberlin - Administrative Assistant

Helen Youkhana - Administrative Assistant

Carmen Kelly - Paralegal

What Our CLients Are Saying About Us:

Susan H.

"Eric, Thanks again for helping me get this signed and completed. It's a big comfort knowing that my will and estate is in order. Thank you again for your generosity and friendship. I really appreciate being able to get this taken care of and with a certain level of confidence. I trust you and feel really comfortable with your advice. I've already referred some friends to you. I will continue to be your advocate and biggest fan!"


Ken B.

"We felt very comfortable with both attorneys. We would feel comfortable if we had to call to have questions answered. The atmosphere with Mr. Matlin was great, and we left the office feeling positive about something that is so important to us."


Dale D.

"I believe Eric did an excellent job communicating the related issues, options and was very helpful in assisting in making final decisions. The process was very helpful and resulted in us making the right decisions for ourselves. It was very easy and educational to work with Eric Matlin and his team."

Lynn H.

"There were areas that we had no idea how to handle. Eric Matlin always had a reasonable, often unique, solution. I would definitely recommend this firm."

Celeste C.

"I highly recommend Julie Koldziej for Estate Law. She is detailed, concerned and truly invested in you as a person. She takes time to listen to all the ins and outs of your situation and helps to make decisions based on the total picture. With my complex family dynamics, she has brought me a lot of peace of mind in moving forward with my Mother's affairs after the death of my Dad. Great Results, Personable, High Integrity."

Lynn B.

"Julie explained everything efficiently. She answered every question I had. I feel confident that we have done all the things we wanted to have done for our estate planning."


Barb N.

"Johannah took time to listen to my concerns and guided me in the proper direction. She is very compassionate and attended to my problems promptly."


Kathleen B.

"This was our first experience working with an attorney. Johannah Hebl was wonderful--she guided us through estate and guardianship planning, and now we feel comfortable that everything is in order. Many thanks!"


Sandy D.

"Mary Vanek and the staff I worked with were all extremely helpful and kind during a very stressful time in my life. Thank you!"


Joyce M.

"I am the mother of three adult children who have different issues that needed to be addressed in my trust. I was especially impressed with the a way Ryan Smith was able to personalize our discussion of these issues by using each of their names correctly. This tells me that he is more than just a good attorney. He is one that really listens and hears what I have to say. I am sure that Ryan is an asset to your firm and as time goes by he will become even more so."

Joyce S.

"I enjoyed the warm friendly atmosphere combined with professionalism."

Mike A.

"Complete and timely responses in updating our wills and powers of attorney. In addition to Eric, his staff were personable and helpful."

Jill J.

"The atmosphere of the office is very pleasant. It's nice to be greeted by Sara's smile upon entering. A genuine camaraderie is evident among all staff. Eric is extremely knowledgeable and experienced, which gave us confidence. He has a very pleasant manner and is easy to work with. He gave us time and attention while meeting with him, answered all of our questions, explained everything clearly, and made insightful comments which helped us to make informed decisions."