Gary Mages and Marc Price know all about growth. They grew up together, competing against each other in rival basketball and football teams in high school. They grew into young professionals as students and classmates at the University of Illinois, and then as law students at IIT Chicago Kent College of Law. They grew a common set of values as they toiled over their law books, working side by side and cultivating a work ethic that would someday build their business.


So when they joined together to establish a law firm, it’s no wonder that growth became an underlying motivator for the firm and their clients. Beginning with legal services to their family and friends, it didn’t take long to build a steady clientele. What started as a cross-town firm headquartered in each of their separate residences soon united into their first office space in Northbrook, Illinois. Mages & Price officially opened its doors on February 1, 1991. The founders recall sharing one laptop computer and a phone at first. The firm initially focused on collections. Work came in steadily, aided by referrals from a neighboring law firm which still sends them clients today. It was time to grow…


In 1993, the firm moved to Northfield, and then to Deerfield, Illinois where it had its offices for 15+ years. In 2016, they continued to add staff and moved into their current, larger office space in Buffalo Grove.


Today, Mages & Price is blessed to have staff members who have been at the firm since 1996, and continue to help the practice function efficiently for their clients. The team will tell you it is their stellar teamwork that is paramount to their success and a valuable benefit for clients who choose Mages & Price.

Our Principles


Growth is success. We prove our value by collecting money, closing deals and winning cases for our clients, all helping them grow in different ways.

Responsiveness. Our work is time critical. We respond immediately.

Openness. We are always ready to serve, and are there when you need.

Winning. We are focused on your success and growth both inside and outside of the courtroom.

Tenacity. We persist in our work for you. We do what we say we will do.

Honor. We represent you with professionalism. We believe the right thing is always the best thing to do.


If we can help you in a legal matter regarding collections, real estate or litigation, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We are standing by to help you grow!

Our Team

Gary Mages
Partner & Co-Founder

gmages@magesandprice.com  –

  • Co-founder of Mages & Price
  • Bachelor’s in Psychology and Accounting from University of Illinois Urbana, 1987
  • IIT Chicago Kent College of Law, 1990
  • Volunteer mentor to law students at Chicago Kent
  • Enjoys spending free time with family
Marc Price
Partner & Co-Founder

mprice@magesandprice.com – 

  • Co-founder of Mages & Price
  • Bachelor’s in Psychology from University of Illinois Urbana, 1987
  • IIT Chicago Kent College of Law, 1990
  • Avid fitness buff
  • Has triplets (two girls and a boy)
Michelle Golden
Associate Attorney

mgolden@magesandprice.com –

  • Bachelor’s in Psychology from Indiana University, 1995
  • Originally started at Mages & Price as a Paralegal in 1996
  • Attended IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, graduated in 2001, and rejoined Mages & Price
  • Enjoys spending time traveling and being goofy with family
Melissa Rupnick

mrupnick@magesandprice.com – 

  • Bachelor’s degree at Carthage College and Paralegal certificate at Roosevelt University
  • Been with Mages & Price since 2002
  • Wine connoisseur
  • Wife and mother of two boys who loves to spend time with family
Michelle Shortess


  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Sociology/emphasis in Criminology Adams State University
  • Certificate of Paralegal Studies College of Lake County
  • AAS in Interior Design from Harrington College of Design
Sara Tylkowski


  • Paralegal Certificate, College of Lake County
  • Bachelor’s in Legal Studies from Purdue University Global
  • Hockey and Football fanatic