Attorney Profile

Marie J. Taraska has over 23 years of experience practicing in DCFS cases, Family Law matters, Juvenile Delinquency and Criminal cases. Ms. Taraska has a unique perspective which helps her defend cases because she began her career as an Assistant State’s Attorney with the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office in Chicago, Illinois. Ms. Taraska’s years as a prosecutor allowed her to be part of how DCFS, Law Enforcement, and prosecutors investigate, prepare and try a case which is a great benefit to her practice. She has experience working both in and out of courtrooms, with clients of all backgrounds and ages.

Ms. Taraska has assisted families through all stages of DCFS and Law Enforcement investigations. She has tried over 20 felony cases to jury verdict. She has tried hundreds of felony bench trials in front of Judges throughout all of Cook County and handles all criminal cases from misdemeanors through the most serious of felonies. Ms. Taraska’s trial experience is a benefit to her clients in her DCFS defense as well. DCFS cases can become highly contested. Ms. Taraska has fought hundreds of DCFS cases and has tried all issues including temporary custody hearings, trials and all other motions to get children who have been taken away from their families returned back home. Ms. Taraska understands how and when to negotiate a DCFS matter but is ready to go to trial and obtain the best possible results for her clients.

Ms. Taraska is active in the Illinois State Bar Association and a member of their Family Law Section, the Chicago Bar Association and the Women's Criminal Defense Bar Association. 


DePaul University College of Law, Chicago
Class Rank:  Top 10%
Juris Doctor Degree with Health Law Certificate May, 1997
Assistant Articles Editor:  Health and Hospital Law Journal
Moot Court Society:  Trial Team & Executive Board Member

University of Illinois, Champaign and Chicago
Graduated with Honors
Major: Communications   Minor: Psychology

You can always count on Ms. Taraska to take the time necessary to clearly explain the procedures and status of your case so that you are up to date on every development at all times.  If you require legal advice or representation for a matter in Chicago, Cook, Will or Lake Counties, do not hesitate to call Marie J. Taraska, Attorney At Law today and take your first step towards putting matters of the law behind you.

Areas of Practice

  • Defense of DCFS (Department of Children and Family Services) matters

  • Juvenile Delinquency Law and Criminal Law