Commercial & Residential Real Estate | Corporate Law | Estate Planning
Illinois State Bar Association
Lake County Bar Association
Illinois Wesleyan University – B.A.
IIT-Chicago Kent College of Law – J.D.
Scott J. Gartner
Scott J. Gartner is the CEO of Merit Law Group (formally Gartner Law Offices, Inc.) in Chicago. His practice is concentrated in Commercial and Residential Real Estate, Corporate Law, and Estate Planning. Scott has nearly 20 years of experience representing clients in Chicago. surrounding counties and Southeastern Wisconsin. Scott has tried numerous cases in Cook and Lake Counties, as well as in the Federal Courts of Illinois and Wisconsin. He is also the Mayor of Antioch, IL.
An entrepreneur by nature, he is also the founder of RoadtoClose. Seeing a need to reduce missed deadlines and improve poor communication in the real estate process, he created the cloud-based, transaction management app RoadtoClose. The mission is to simplify the process from contract to closing for all professionals involved, while enhancing the experience for buyers and sellers.
Scott has a Doctor of Law (J.D.) focused in Law from Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology, as well as a B.A. degree in History and Business Administration from Illinois Wesleyan University. He is currently licensed to practice in Illinois and Wisconsin, including the Northern District of Illinois, Central District of Illinois and Eastern District of Wisconsin.
Notably: In addition to his legal career, Scott is committed to community outreach and development. Specifically, Scott is a member of the Antioch Rotary Club, Antioch Chamber of Commerce, Lake County Bar Association, and Illinois State Bar Association. Further, Scott is the former co-chair of the Lake County Bar Association Real Estate Committee. In his free time Scott enjoys spending time with his two daughters, golfing, boating, attending sporting events and concerts.
Real Estate | Estate Planning | Traffic | Criminal Defense
Lake County Bar Association
Illinois State University – B.A. in Psychology
The John Marshall Law School – J.D.
Raquel Robles Eschbach
Raquel Robles Eschbach is the managing partner at Merit Law Group in Antioch, Illinois.
Raquel Robles Eschbach was born and raised in Lake County, Illinois. She attended Illinois State University, where she earned her B.A. in Psychology. She subsequently obtained her law degree at The John Marshall Law School. During law school, Raquel Robles Eschbach was a member of Law Review and interned as a 711 and a law clerk. Upon graduating from law school with high honors, Raquel Robles Eschbach began her legal career at the Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office.
After many years serving as a prosecutor, she began practicing as private counsel in the areas of real estate, criminal defense and estate planning. As a result of her educational and work experience, she has exceptional researching, negotiating and trial experience. Raquel Robles Eschbach has negotiated hundreds of cases and has tried over 30 trials to verdict before judges and juries.
Raquel Robles Eschbach is committed to helping her clients achieve the best possible outcome in every case. She will work diligently at all stages of the legal process and will keep you apprised during every aspect of your case.
In Raquel’s free time, she enjoys spending with time with family and friends and attending her children’s sporting events.
Commercial & Residential Real Estate | Bankruptcy Law
Chicago Bar Association Illinois Real Estate Lawyers Association
Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN – B.A.
The John Marshall Law School – J.D.
Ryan Crotty is an Associate Attorney at Merit law Group.
After serving as a bankruptcy attorney for the last 5 years in the Chicago area, Ryan has joined our team to help with all of your home sale/purchase needs. He is dedicated to helping clients understand the ins and outs of the legal process, while ensuring that transactions run smoothly.
Born and raised in Chicago, Ryan was educated at Loyola Academy in Wilmette, then Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. After teaching for several years, he decided he could best serve his community by becoming an attorney. He graduated from The UIC John Marshall Law School in 2013.
When he’s not working on a deal, Ryan can usually be found either biking around the city or bingeing on a good book series.
Commercial & Residential Real Estate | Estate Planning | Corporate Documentation and Formation
Women’s Bar Association of Illinois
Chicago Bar Association
St. Norbert College – B.A.
DePaul University College – J.D.
Nicole Kulach is an Associate Attorney at Merit law Group.
She graduated from DePaul University College of Law receiving her JD and Certificate in Business Law in May 2020. While in law school, Nicole was a member of the Business and Commercial Law Journal and worked throughout Law school, gaining practical experience in business, commercial and residential real estate law. She has been exposed to leasing, due diligence review including review of title, document drafting, and administrative processes associated with commercial real estate properties. Nicole also has experience in guardianship and drafting estate plan documents.
Before returning to Chicago to attend DePaul, Nicole graduated early from St. Norbert College receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a minor in Business Administration. Nicole is also a member of the Chicago Bar Association and Women’s Bar Association of Illinois.
In her free time Nicole enjoys travelling and spending time with her family and friends.
Office Manager | Estate Planning | Corporate Documentation and Formation
Lake County Bar Association National Federation of Paralegal Associations
Trinity International University – B.A. College of Lake County NFPA – CORE Certification
Tracie Reynolds is our Office Manager. She is a seasoned paralegal with over 15 years of law office experience and is an invaluable asset when it comes to corporate documentation and estate planning.
Strongly committed to pursuing excellence by utilizing her organizational and preparational skills, Tracie draws on her solid foundation of legal knowledge for continued growth with each new experience afforded to her. Her exposure to residential real estate, probate, litigation, transactional, and municipal practice issues, including the handling of highly confidential FOIA responses for a large Illinois municipality, highlight the fact that she is someone who strives to meet the demands of a fast paced and challenging work environment.
Tracie holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Trinity International University (2019, Magna Cum Laude), a Certificate in Legal Studies from the ABA Approved Legal Studies Program at the College of Lake County (2020 Honors graduate), and CORE Certification from the National Federation of Paralegals Association (NFPA).
In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, planning her next home decorating project, and gardening.
Commercial & Residential Real Estate | MetLife Coordinator
College of Lake County
Alina Hernandez is our paralegal for all real estate transactions, as well as our Met Life client coordinator.
She is actively pursuing her Associates degree in Legal Studies along with her Paralegal Certificate at the College of Lake County.
She is fluent in Spanish and brings comfort and ease to both English & Spanish speaking clients going throughout the entire real estate transaction.
Following Merit Law Group’s core values plays an important part in Alina’s role at the firm and it shows within her work. She displays growth, loyalty and integrity on a daily basis. Alina, along with our other Real Estate Attorneys, ensure the entire process is a smooth one for our clients.