Juris Doctorate (J.D.) degree – John Marshall Law School
As the first woman to become a lawyer in LaSalle County, Marilyn Barton has proved her worth in the courtroom since 1970. Her strength of presence lets people know she means business about protecting the legal rights of those she serves. Those who know Marilyn describe her as a determined, dedicated individual with a no-nonsense attitude.
Marilyn Barton opened her first law office in Marseilles, IL before later practicing in Streator, Oak Park, Chicago, Blue Island, Homewood, and Ottawa. Her experience working in different counties across the state allows Marilyn to confidently guide clients in legal matters no matter where they are in Illinois. Currently, Marilyn runs Barton & Baker from a log cabin office in Ottawa, IL with her granddaughter Attorney Kathryn Baker.
Attorney Marilyn Barton covers several areas of law. Click any of the following to see where she can represent you and support your needs:
Outside the courtroom
Marilyn Barton, a proud grandmother of six, has a passion for music. Nuns taught her how to play piano at the age of 5, and Marilyn has loved it ever since. Today, the piano is her favorite instrument to play, although she has picked up a variety of string instruments since then: the oboe, harp, cello, viola and violin, even a brief attempt on the harmonica! Though her main profession is in law, Marilyn has been a successful musician: Most notably, Marilyn Barton formerly played violin and viola for the Illinois Valley Symphony Orchestra. Since then, she has also played for weddings with the Illinois Valley String Quartet.
Before pursuing law and becoming the first woman lawyer in Ottawa, Marilyn Barton served as a Chicago Public School teacher for about 13 years. As a teacher, Marilyn understood the value of an education and she encouraged all of her children and grandchildren in their studies.