Many family law firms excel in either negotiated divorce resolution or litigation,
but we have the experience and know-how to do both  — and do them well.

Our approach goes beyond settling disputes as they arise. We encourage reasonable, long-term strategies that move you forward, step-by-step, to a secure and comfortable future. We also have good relationships with top financial planners, therapists, and experts, who are also available to support you as needed.

What does this mean for you?

  • Your questions and concerns will be responded to quickly, by an attorney.
  • Big firms don’t scare us, and they won’t intimidate you either.
  • We will work with you to evaluate the range (and likelihood) of possible outcomes, and we will take the time to develop a strategy that fits your needs and financial realities.
  • You’ll have access to resources that can help you with your financial and emotional well being.
  • We will work tirelessly to achieve the best possible results for you.

Zachary W. Williams, Principal

Unflappable and directed, Zach brings a common-sense approach to the courtroom and keeps your case moving forward. Entering his 24th year as a family law advocate, Zach spent 16 years as an Assistant Public Guardian for Cook County before beginning his private practice in 2011.

Zach has represented children in highly contested child custody matters in the Domestic Relations Division and represented children who were state wards in the Juvenile Child Protection Division. Zach is an experienced trial attorney and advocate for the rights of children who are caught in the middle of contested battles. His awareness of how a case can affect an overall family unit has made him a go-to representative for judges appointing attorneys in the most difficult cases.

Zach brings these skills handling child custody matters to private parties. Because of his history as a child representative, Zach is astutely aware of how cases affect children. His experience has provided him with unique insight into how to resolve even the most combative cases: Zach has been a speaker for the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education and at the annual Life Span Symposium on Domestic Violence. He is a former school board president and is a member of a charitable board that serves disadvantaged youth in Evanston. Zach has also been selected an Illinois SuperLawyer for 2018.

Community Involvement

Board Member, Youth Opportunity United Evanston (Y.O.U.)

Board Treasurer, Skokie Community Foundation

Member, Illinois State Bar Association Family Law Section Council, 2015 to present

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Matt Farmer, Principal

Prior to becoming a family law attorney, Matt worked on high-stakes business lawsuits in state and federal courts around the country for over 20 years.

With a big-firm background, Matt can be an aggressive advocate for his clients when he needs to be—in fact, he can step-by-step out-litigate most of his opponents. He believes that the best way to achieve favorable settlements for his clients’ cases is to be well-prepared for trial.

Matt is also known for his ability to guide people compassionately through an incredibly difficult period, allowing them to see a direction for their future. He sees his dual role as helping his clients understand the universe of possible outcomes for their situations and then advising them on the best strategy for obtaining their desired results. Matt does not believe a family law case should ever be used as a vehicle to lash out or cause harm to anyone.

As an advocate for his clients, Matt understands the costs (both financial and emotional) of litigation and will always look to strategic negotiation first. He is upfront and provides his honest opinion about whether a case should proceed to trial, or whether it should be settled.

Matt has served for many years as a faculty member for the National Institute of Trial Advocacy’s “Building Trial Skills Program” and as a NITA faculty member for a trial advocacy class for Cook County public defenders. He has also taught trial advocacy skills to lawyers as a faculty member for the National Employment Lawyers Association’s “Trial Boot Camp.” In addition, he has guest lectured at Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law and serves as an adjunct faculty member for the Intensive Trial Practice Program at Loyola University Chicago School of Law.

Over the years, Matt had been a fierce advocate for quality public education. He has written many articles for The Huffington Post, and his writing has also appeared in the Chicago Sun-Times and Washington Post (online edition). He has been a guest on both MSNBC’s “Up with Chris Hayes” and “Chicago Newsroom,” a cable talk show.

Community Involvement

Philip Rogers School – Local School Council Member (2010-2016)
DuPage Care Center – Volunteer Musician (2017-present)
Illinois State Bar Association – Member

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Agnes Zielinski Olechno,
Senior Associate Attorney

Agnes brings to Williams Farmer unparalleled commitment to her client’s needs and a realistic perspective that helps her create effective strategies for the long-run. Always taking the time to explain the complexities of the legal process, Agnes has the ability to put her clients at ease and allow them to feel confident about going forward, no matter what path they agree upon.

She combines her skill as a courtroom litigator, experience as a child advocate, and compassion for families in transition to advocate for her clients and their families. Her considerable experience in guiding clients going through the emotional strains of divorce and addressing the various legal issues have saved many individuals, couples and children a great deal of time, money, and emotional trauma.

A recipient of Loyola’s Civitas Child Law Fellowship and Child and Family Law Certificate, Agnes received her law degree Cum Laude from Loyola University School of Law. Since receiving her attorney license, Agnes has been awarded the 2016-2018 Rising Star Award by SuperLawyers, as well as the 2015- 2017 AVVO Client’s Choice Award.

Agnes is also fluent in Polish and prepared to provide legal services and referrals to Polish-speaking clients.

Community Involvement
Volunteer Attorney, Chicago Volunteer Legal Services
Member, Illinois State Bar Association
Member, Chicago Bar Association
Member, Will County Bar Association
Member, Association of Family and Conciliation Courts
Junior Board Member, Polish American Leadership Political Action Committee

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Tianna Gadbaw,
Associate Attorney

Dedicated to resolving difficult conflicts, Tianna is highly skilled at navigating the complexities of family law litigation. Prior to joining the firm as an associate, Tianna worked as a law clerk for Williams & Farmer (formerly the Law Office of Zachary W. Williams LLC), where she honed her early skills as a litigator.

Tianna graduated cum laude from Loyola University Chicago School of Law. She received the Civitas Child Law Fellowship and earned a certificate in Child and Family Law. During law school, she spent a year as a law clerk for the Office of the Cook County Public Guardian, Domestic Relations Division. There she assisted in the representation of children in high-conflict domestic relations cases. She continued to represent children through her participation in the Civitas ChildLaw Legal Clinic, where she represented children in abuse and neglect cases and domestic relations proceedings.

Tianna is committed to advocating for children during a difficult process while working with couples to resolve things as amicably as possible. She provides a strong and steady voice for her clients.

Community Involvement
Member, Illinois State Bar Association
Member, Chicago Bar Association
Member, Women’s Bar Association of Illinois

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