Since 1992, our firm has been a leader in handling business, real estate, estate and family law matters, as well as all types of commercial disputes for our clients. Melei Petsche Spencer prides itself in getting to know its clients so it can provide comprehensive and goal-oriented advice and solutions which meet the needs of the client. Communication with the client is paramount.
We have developed expertise with numerous industries including manufacturing, real estate, insurance and healthcare. Through experience, continuing education and dedication, Melei Petsche Spencer vigorously and effectively represents its clients. For more information about how the attorneys at Melei Petsche Spencer can help you, contact us today for more information. We look forward to working with you and representing your case.
Sam is a 1996 graduate of Boston College (B.A. History) and a 1999 graduate of DePaul University College of Law.
Sam has been litigating business disputes for over 15 years, and has extensive experience working with clients involved in contract, mechanics lien, consumer fraud, real estate and asset protection litigation, as well as family law matters. Sam also has significant experience with business acquisition and sale transactions, as well as residential and commercial real estate matters. Sam combines his litigation and transactional experience to provide his clients with comprehensive, goal-oriented advice.
Sam has successfully argued before the Illinois Supreme Court and is highly respected for his appellate work.
Sam is currently the Treasurer and Finance Committee Chair of the McHenry County Mental Health Board, a member and past chair of the Crystal Lake Chamber of Commerce’s B2B Networking Group, and past lecturer at the Illinois Small Business Development Center at the Shah Center of McHenry County College. Sam was recognized by the McHenry County Business Journal as one of its 10 business professionals under 40 in 2011, and is a past recipient of the Illinois Jaycees’ Outstanding Young Persons award.
William P. Petsche is a 2006 graduate of the University of Iowa, a 2008 graduate of Concordia University in Chicago, and a 2011 graduate of the Northern Illinois University College of Law. Will has a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology and spent years as a mental health and juvenile counselor. Will has significant experience helping families through difficult situations and he now uses that experience to help advise families and individuals on legal matters. Will is in Melei Petsche Spencer’s civil litigation department and has extensive experience working with clients involved in contract, mechanics lien, consumer fraud, title insurance, real estate and foreclosure litigation, as well as family law matters. Will also represents clients in real estate transactions, estate planning, probate, and bankruptcy proceedings. Additionally, Will serves as an approved Child Representative and Guardian Ad Litem in McHenry County.
In his free time, Will has been involved with many community organizations, including the McHenry County Bar Association, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and coaching for the Marengo High School Wrestling program. Will currently serves on the McHenry County Food Shed Cooperative board of directors and teaches at McHenry County College as an adjunct professor. Will also makes time for Pro Bono work and in 2019 received a Legal Aid Award for his contributions.
Thomas B. Spencer IV is a 2002 graduate of Truman State University, and a 2006 graduate of Northern Illinois University College of Law. Thomas received his license to practice law from the Illinois Supreme Court in 2006. Since then, Thomas has focused much of his law practice in the area of family law matters, including allocation of parental responsibility and parenting time. He is an approved Child Representative or Guardian Ad Litem in both McHenry and Kane counties. He believes whole-heartedly that it is his job to help his clients understand their options and make the best decisions possible, while also providing understanding as to the extreme emotional and practical difficulties they may be facing.
Thomas is a nearly life-long resident of McHenry County and formerly was the chairperson of the McHenry County Ethics Commission. He is an active member of the Illinois State Bar Association and the McHenry County Bar Association. Although active in the McHenry County community, Thomas also devotes much of his free time to his three children.
Shaina S. Kalanges grew up in Lake in the Hills, Illinois and graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Juris Doctor from Northern Illinois University College of Law in 2015. Prior to obtaining her law degree, Shaina graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in English and Minor in Cinema Studies from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 2011. Shaina was admitted to practice law in Illinois in November 2015, and in the Northern District of Illinois in May 2016. Shaina initially developed her legal practice in the areas of bankruptcy, collections, foreclosure, commercial and civil litigation, and labor and employment law. Since 2015 Shaina has represented countless business owners, employers and employees, consumer and business creditors and debtors, landlords, tenants, credit unions, and insurance companies. Shaina recently decided to expand her practice skill set to include real estate, estate planning, probate, and family law to better serve the community that she grew up in.