JEP Lawyers

These lawyers, members and alumni of the Justice Entrepreneurs Project (JEP), have established law firms committed to providing quality legal services that are accessible and affordable. Please note that the Justice Entrepreneurs Project is not a law firm. The attorneys affiliated with the JEP maintain their own independent law firms that are separate and distinct from the JEP, The Chicago Bar Foundation, and from the other firms in the JEP. Clients engage an individual attorney/firm, not the JEP, The Chicago Bar Foundation, or any other attorney/firm in the JEP network. JEP lawyers all commit to JEP Principles and Service Standards. To see the principles, standards, and information about feedback and complaints, visit this page.

Please feel free to reach out to any of these lawyers directly.

You may select an area of law below to see the JEP lawyers practicing in that area.

  • Rufus V. Barner

    Rufus V. Barner, Attorney at Law

    www.rvbarnerlaw.com

    Rufus helps families resolve conflict without going broke. He began his career as a paralegal with the Lawyers’ Committee for Better Housing and earned his JD from the John Marshall Law School. He worked with the Office of the Cook County Public Defender before starting his own law practice. Recognizing the need to control client fees while providing excellent service, Rufus designed his law practice to be cost transparent and accountable to his clients. Rufus customizes his services based on the client’s goals and expectations, rather than cookie-cutter solutions. Rufus offers flat fee representations, limited scope representations, and comprehensive representation. Clients can expect reasonable attorney’s fees and focused attention, and assistance with child support, visitation, custody, and divorce. Let Rufus help you resolve your family drama. Contact him at 773-609-1186 or rvbarnerlaw@gmail.com.


  • Jennifer Rosser

    Jennifer Rosser is an alumna of Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law where she received her Juris Doctor and a Certificate in Health Law from the renowned Hall Center for Law and Health.  Unsatisfied that most health law firms only represent the interests of big players in the healthcare business, Jennifer was motivated to build a health-focused law practice tailored to individual clients, who are most at risk of getting lost in our complex healthcare system or misled by the insurance industry.  Jennifer has dedicated herself to legal advocacy for the elderly, disabled, and individuals with a major diagnosis and/or chronic illness.  Some common legal issues affecting her clients include estate and end of life planning, probate administration, elder law, insurance disputes, paid medical leave, and medical debt counseling.  Jennifer strives to empower her clients to become self-advocates in gaining access to services and quality care.  Jennifer uses innovative legal service arrangements and payment plans to keep the cost of her representation predictable and affordable. Jennifer can be reached at Jennifer@RosserLawChicago.com or 312.517.2101.


  • Michael Oquendo

    The Law Office of Michael R. Oquendo

    www.oquendolaw.com

    Michael is a Chicago attorney and certified mediator with a diverse legal practice. Michael began with a focus on Guardianships, Probate Matters, Elder Law issues, and Estate Planning. Due to the needs of his clients, Michael’s practice has grown to include Education Law to ensure vulnerable populations of students receive the support and accommodations they need to succeed, and residential real estate closings, done on time and efficiently. Mediation is also taking a larger role in his practice as it is a reasonable alternative to litigation. Michael’s focus is on the client and their needs. Michael strives to offer professional, client-based service at a reasonable cost. Michael understands how valuable your time is and strives to be flexible with office hours, appointment times and out of office meetings. Unbundled and limited scope services are also available. We look forward to helping you make some of life’s most difficult decisions manageable. You can reach Michael by phone:773-453-5293 or Email: michael@oquendolaw.com. You’ve got a guy in the legal business!


  • Sonny Thatch

    Thatch Law Group

    www.thatchlawgroup.com

    Sonny R. Thatch, II is a native of Cook County, Illinois.  He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from DePaul University’s Honors Program and received his Juris Doctorate from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law.  While in law school, Attorney Thatch earned a temporary license from the Ohio Supreme Court and clerked with the Columbus, Ohio City Attorney’s Office, where he prosecuted Domestic Violence, Traffic, Assault cases.  After returning to Chicago in 2013 and passing the Illinois Bar Exam, Attorney Thatch worked for the Office of the Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County in the Criminal, Domestic Relations, and Domestic Violence divisions. Sonny can be reached at (312) 487-1171 or sonny@thatch-law.com.


  • Keith Southam

    Southam Law

    www.southamlaw.com

    Keith Southam founded Southam Law with the goal of empowering clients. Keith wants to ensure that his clients understand how immigration laws affect them and what options are open to them. This focus on empowering comes from Keith’s experiences prior to law school. He worked as an ESL teacher and international student advisor before turning to a legal career. During law school, he focused on immigration law, including an internship at the Chicago Immigration Court. Keith graduated from law school in 2011 and has worked in immigration law first as an associate and later by founding Southam Law. He has extensive experience with a range of immigration matters, including family-based green cards, citizenship applications, non-immigrant work visas, DACA, asylum, deportation defense, and many other areas. Keith also understands that for many clients, the costs of legal services can be difficult to pay. He takes several steps to help. First, fees are not charged hourly but are fixed ahead of time to avoid surprises. Additionally, he offers payment plans and accepts credit card to help you spread out the cost of services. Additionally, he offers different levels of service at different price points to help you chose the option you can afford. Keith can be reached by email at keith@southamlaw.com or by text or phone at (773) 466-4478.


  • Phillip M. Rutherford

    Rutherford Law P.C.

    www.rutherfordlawpc.com

    Phillip M. Rutherford is a passionate youth and family advocate. Before becoming an attorney, Phillip helped students and families plan for all forms of education beyond high school. In law school, Phillip focused on the intricacies of family law including special topics in children and the law, domestic and intimate partner violence, the legal needs of LGBTQ+, and alternative legal practices such as mediation and restorative justice. Phillip founded Rutherford Law P.C. to provide Chicagoland families access to affordable legal services that are responsive to their needs and sensitive to their budgets. His practice includes all areas of family law, adoption, DCFS, and school discipline matters. Phillip earned his Bachelors of Arts from the University of Michigan and his Juris Doctor from the Chicago-Kent College of Law. He is licensed to practice law in Illinois and is a member of the Chicago Bar Association, Illinois State Bar Association, and Lesbian and Gay Bar Association of Chicago. Phillip can be reached at (312) 878-7867 or phillip@rutherfordlawpc.com.


  • Alejandra Vilchis

    Law Office of Alejandra Vilchis

    www.vilchislaw.com

    Alejandra attended The John Marshall Law School and earned her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. During law school, she worked as a law clerk for family law practitioners. Alejandra currently volunteers her time at Chicago Volunteer Legal Services and at a local community center called Universidad Popular. The Law Office of Alejandra I. Vilchis focuses on the area of family law and also offers legal services for real estate transactions. Alejandra can be reached at (872) 529-1011 or aiv@vilchislaw.com.


  • Shunte Goss

    Law Offices of Shunte S. Goss

    www.shuntegossesq.com

    Shunte‘ S. Goss is a native of Chicago, Illinois, and an alumnus of the JEP. Shunte’ attended and received her undergraduate degree from Illinois State University. She graduated with a Juris Doctor from Thomas M. Cooley Law School and went directly to work in private practice. Prior to law school, Shunte‘ worked with individuals in many different areas. She gained experience in problem solving as well as working through confrontational issues with individuals of all walks of life. Shunte‘ brings this experience to her private practice with focuses in Estate Planning and Family Law. Shunte’ will take the time to understand each client’s unique situation and specific needs. She will research the facts as well as the law, and advise clients on all of their options. Shunte‘ genuinely cares about her clients. She is committed to providing the highest quality of legal advice and support during what is often an emotionally-charged time in clients’ lives. Shunte’ is a member of the American Bar Association, the Illinois State Bar Association and the Chicago Bar Association. She can be reached at (708) 794-8559 or lawhelp@shuntegossesq.com.


  • Rob Harrer

    Chicago Consumer Law Center, P.C.

    https://www.chicagoconsumerlawcenter.com/

    When a debt collector contacts you, you can contact Rob.  Rob sues debt collectors and defends people against debt collection lawsuits. The Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) regulates what debt collectors can and cannot do. Sometimes as little as a single letter or phone call from a debt collector can be a violation of the FDCPA.  Rob sues these violators at no cost to his clients. If he wins, the debt collector must pay Rob’s costs and fees. Rob is often able to settle cases and have the debt deleted, negative collection information removed from the credit report, and monetary damages awarded to his clients. Rob also defends people being sued by debt collectors. For defense cases, he charges a modest flat fee. When defending against collection lawsuits, Rob looks for FDCPA violations to turn the tables on the debt collector. Rob’s practice focuses solely on the FDCPA and collection defense. You can contact Rob, an alumnus of the JEP, at 312-858-3240 or rob.harrer@cclc-law.com.


  • Mark Almanza

    Almanza Law LLC

    www.almanzalaw.com

    Mark Almanza is an alumnus of University of Chicago Law School and a veteran of the United States Air Force. Mark is committed to working with clients to obtain affordable access to the legal representation they deserve. Prior to founding Almanza Law, Mark worked at Lawndale Christian Legal Center, a non-profit law office representing youth in juvenile and criminal court, and has handled numerous felony, misdemeanor, and traffic cases ranging from DUI through First Degree Murder. Mark currently works with First Defense Legal Aid providing representation during arrest and investigations by the Chicago Police Department. As a child of immigrant parents, Mark understands the difficulties the immigrant community faces and is dedicated to helping clients navigate the complexities of the immigration system. Additionally, Mark has experience in real estate issues including handling mortgage foreclosures during the housing crisis and landlord/tenant issues. Mark focuses his practice on criminal defense, immigration, and residential real estate. Mark can be reached at (312) 380-9012 or mark.almanza@almanzalaw.com.


  • Alyease Jones

    The Law Office of Alyease Jones

    www.alyeaselaw.com

    Alyease Jones was raised to understand the importance of community involvement and education. She received her law degree Cum Laude from Western Michigan University-Cooley Law School.  Alyease D. Jones is the attorney and founder of The Law Office of Alyease Jones.  Attorney Jones has serviced her community through her legal expertise. She is an experienced professional who enjoys providing her clients with quality legal assistance.The firm’s mission is to provide affordable legal services to those in need of counsel related to domestic relationships, including family law, DCFS defense, guardianship, and orders of protection. Our quest is to promote justice and guarantee equality to all clients while maintaining a high degree of integrity and working zealously to protect our client’s legal and constitutional rights.  The firm’s goal is to bridge the gap between the law and the community. Alyease can be reached at alyeasejonesesq@gmail.com or by phone at (630) 480-6580.


  • Emily A. Welter

    Law Office of Emily A. Welter, LLC

    www.eawelterlaw.com

    Emily A. Welter believes that access to quality legal representation should be available to all individuals and families, regardless of socioeconomic status. She formed Law Office of Emily A. Welter, LLC after being accepted as a member of the Chicago Bar Foundation’s Justice Entrepreneurs Project. Emily focuses her solo practice in the areas of immigration, family law, and adoption. She has successfully advocated for her clients before the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, the Executive Office of Immigration Review, as well as Circuit Courts around the Chicago metropolitan and suburban area. Emily approaches each individual case in mindful recognition of the clients’ goals and needs – emotional, financial, or otherwise. She is dedicated to ensuring that her law firm provides predictable, transparent counsel at a reasonable rate and maintains this dedication by offering alternative pricing and communication options that work for each client’s unique situation. Emily can be reached at (224) 215-6901 or emily@eawelterlaw.com.


  • Jessica J. Bell

    Bell Advocate LLC

    www.belladvocate.com

    Tired of watching the people in her community lose rights, property, and access to loved ones just because they didn’t know the law or know a lawyer they could afford and trust, Jessica Bell left her career in legal ethics and founded Bell Advocate LLC. A life long Southsider, Jessica appears in Markham and at the Daley Center for clients pursuing or defending actions concerning divorce, child support, custody, adult and minor guardianship, wills, trusts, and other assets in the areas of: Domestic Relations/Family Law, Probate, Guardianship, and Estate Planning. Bell Advocate endeavors to offer affordable legal services to those whose income is too high to qualify for free legal services, but also cannot afford traditionally priced private attorneys. Contact Jessica now at (773) 234-2052 or jessicabell@belladvocate.com to learn more about how Bell Advocate LLC can assist you with your legal matter.


  • Daissy Dominguez

    Daissy Dominguez

    Daissy Dominguez is an alumni member of the JEP. Pursuing a legal career dedicated to social justice, Daissy Dominguez founded the Dominguez Legal Justice Center, LLC (DLJC) to focus on immigration and landlord/tenant disputes. Ms. Dominguez obtained her Bachelors from The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and her Juris Doctor from The John Marshall Law School. DLJC offers innovative ways of providing affordable representation by incorporating the client into the process and working together as a team to meet the client’s needs. Ms. Dominguez believes in taking a holistic approach to her practice, providing not only legal representation but also connecting clients with other resources and conducting educational legal workshops within the community. Ms. Dominguez currently volunteers with the Logan Square Neighborhood Association, Erie House Neighborhood Association, Wiley Resource Center, CARPLS, and the Legal Assistance Foundation. Daissy can be reached at (773) 295-1520 or daissy.dominguez@gmail.com.


  • Agostino Filippone

    Filippone Law, LLC

    www.filippone-law.com

    Augie Filippone started Chokshi-Filippone Law, LLC so that he could provide the focused, experienced, and dedicated counseling his clients deserve. His practice area includes business, consumer, and injury law. Augie received a Bachelor of Arts from Knox College, Juris Doctor from Loyola University Chicago School of Law, Master of Business Administration from Loyola University Chicago Quinlan School of Business, and a Master of Science in Operations Management from the University of Arkansas School of Engineering. During law school, he was News Editor for the Consumer Law Review and was a member of its Executive Board. Augie is licensed to practice law in Illinois and the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. Augie is a strong supporter of community service and a proud member of several Chicagoland area programs, including Chicago Volunteer Legal Services, CARPLS, and Junior Achievement. He is also a Commissioner with the Village of Mount Prospect, serving on the Planning and Zoning Board. Augie can be reached via email at afilippone@law-cf.com or by phone at (847)346-5565.


  • Christopher Elmore

    Christopher Elmore Law

    Christopher Elmore is an alumni member of the JEP. Christopher is fulfilling his passion for helping others by aiding individuals and their families as they seek to come and stay in the United States. He developed an interest in cultures from around the world prior to law school through relationships with family and friends, humanitarian and mission trips to India, Central America, and South America, and working with people from four different continents at an international graphics company. While at Chicago-Kent College of Law, he focused on immigration through coursework and five externships at various organizations including the National Immigrant Justice Center and the Executive Office for Immigration Review. Christopher started his law practice to focus on providing affordable legal assistance to clients who need help navigating the pathway of fulfilling their dream to immigrate to the United States. Christopher can be reached at (312) 600-7273 or christopher@celmorelaw.com.


  • Eleanor Endzel

    Endzel Law LLC

    www.endzellawllc.com

    Eleanor Endzel is an alumni member of the JEP. Eleanor received her B.S. from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College in 2006 and her J.D. from the DePaul University College of Law in 2012. During law school Eleanor clerked in the Cook County Circuit Court’s Domestic Relations Division, where she saw time and again how people without attorneys stumbled through the trial process. Dedicated to serving people who lack access to affordable legal services, Eleanor formed Endzel Law, LLC in 2013 and focuses on family law with an emphasis on cooperative divorce. She also volunteers her time as a pro bono attorney at Chicago Volunteer Legal Services and CARPLS. Eleanor can be reached at (312) 450-5260 or eleanor@endzellawllc.com.


  • Michael Reed

    The Law Office of Michael Reed

    www.chireedlegal.com

    Michael Reed is an advocate, consultant, and art enthusiast. He is motivated to use his law degree to help others achieve their goals and reach their potential. Michael entered law school because of the potential he saw in the legal profession to promote positive social change and protect creative enterprises. He puts his license to use every day to advise entrepreneurs and small business owners on their legal rights while teaching them how to protect their intellectual property. While Michael is often mistaken for a native Chicagoan due to his love of beer and sub-zero temperatures, he is originally from Wisconsin, where he also went to college for philosophy and moonlit as a band promoter. He doesn’t want to go a day without hearing a great new idea, a unique solution to an old problem, or experiencing something that inspires him. If this also sounds like you, then he would like to be your attorney. Michael can be reached at mreed.lawfirm@gmail.com or on the phone at 312-620-3852.


  • Calli Leigh Burnett

    Burnett Law, LLC

    www.calliburnettlaw.com

    Calli is passionate about helping students obtain the educational services they need and deserve. As a former teacher, Calli knows how important a quality education is and how difficult it can be to get for your student. As an attorney, Calli has helped many families and students hold schools accountable for providing the services students need. Calli has also served families by representing victims of domesitc violence in getting divorces and assisting families in obtaining stability through guardianships for minor children. Calli will work with you to understand your family and your student’s unique needs, she will work hard to get schools on your side and help you to better understand the options available for your student, and she will work with you to make sure her services are affordable for you. You can reach Calli at 847-216-8810 or burnettlaw.calli@gmail.com.


  • Cindy Campbell

    The Law Offices of Cindy K. Campbell

    www.ckcampbell.com

    Cindy K. Campbell is a family attorney focusing on helping families with various legal situations. This consists of setting up wills and trusts, adoptions, uncontested and collaborative divorces, and mediating various issues including everything from child custody to elder law. She earned her bachelors degree in philosophy from Northwestern University and Juris Doctor from Western State University College of Law in Fullerton, California. Upon graduating, she went on to earn the 120 Hour Mediation Certification through working at various courthouses in Southern California. Her practice focuses on being friendly, convenient, and easily accessible for clients that may have a difficult time meeting during traditional business hours. Therefore, in addition to the JEP office, she uses Regus Virtual Offices and can meet with clients all over Chicago and the Chicago land area. Meetings can also be held through FaceTime or Skype. Her goal in all areas of her work is to assist others by providing information, assistance, and care. Cindy can be reached at (773) 360-1928 or Cindy@ckcampbell.com.


  • Mariusz Zatorski

    Zatorski Law LLC

    www.zatorskilaw.com

    Mariusz K. Zatorski (”MKZ”) focuses his practice on the areas of family, real estate and bankruptcy law.  He has been practicing law since 2011 and helps clients with complex legal challenges, but also offers limited scope representation, if it is in the client’s best interest.  Mariusz (MA-ryoos) joined the Justice Entrepreneurs Project and founded Zatorski Law LLC with the goal of providing access to justice for those who might not otherwise afford it.  This is why his law firm is committed to FIXED FEES, PREDICTABLE PRICING, AFFORDABLE and TRANSPARENT representation.  Mariusz does not believe in billable hours or cookie-cutter solutions to people’s legal problems.  He tailors his approach to clients’ particular situation and pursues their goals with creativity and determination.  Mariusz was born in Poland and speaks Polish fluently, but spent most of his life in Northwest Indiana and the Chicagoland area.  Mariusz earned his B.A. from Indiana University, M.A. from the University of Chicago, and J.D. from Valparaiso University School of Law.  In his spare time, Mariusz likes to read, travel and play with his Basset Hound Etta.  Mariusz can be reached at 312-858-5005 or mkz@zatorskilaw.com.


  • Janice Dantes

    Attorney at Law

    janice.dantes.co

    Janice Dantes, JEP alumnus, is a solo practitioner focused on practice areas affecting families namely, estate planning, real estate, family law, and immigration.  As a proud Filipino-American lawyer with humble beginnings at Clark Air Force Base in the Philippines, she is committed to serving her fellow kababayan with their legal issues.  As a board member of the Filipino American Lawyers Association of Chicago (FALA), she hopes to continue promoting the interests of Filipino-American attorneys and also pave the way for young Filipinos interested in a legal career. Janice completed her undergraduate education at the University of Chicago and received her JD from DePaul University College of Law.  She is also a wife and mother to a wonderful little boy who accompanies her to many of her legal functions.   Janice can be reached by phone at (815) 414-9530 or by email at janice@dantes.co.


  • Daniel Brown

    The Law Office of Daniel Brown

    www.mainstreetattorney.com

    Daniel Brown is a consumer advocate. He dedicates his practice to helping regular people fight back against big banks and aggressive debt collectors. He helps consumers with bills sent to collections, creditor lawsuits, wage garnishment, repossession, foreclosure, and bankruptcy. Consumer protection laws give people rights against their creditors. Daniel helps his clients understand these rights and develops a legal strategy that’s tailored to each client’s unique circumstances. He also offers affordable flat rates, contingency fees, and subscription pricing options instead of unpredictable hourly fees. He is passionate about delivering top quality legal services to ordinary people struggling with debt. Daniel earned his J.D. cum laude from Harvard Law School in 2009. He can be reached at (773) 453-7410 or daniel@mainstreetattorney.com.


  • Shymane Robinson

    True Lawyer

    www.truelawyer.com

    Shymane S. Robinson, a Chicago native, and entrepreneur is very passionate about helping her clients create wealth through real estate and small business law. Shymane is the founder of True Lawyer and serves as General Counsel to Cyprus Investments, LLC., a privately held investment company in Chicago. As a real estate investor and small business owner herself, Shymane understands the importance of purchasing real estate or starting a business as a first step to establishing wealth. Turn to Shymane for smooth and stress-free legal services. Home buyers, sellers, tenants, landlords, and small business owners from a variety of industries trust Shymane with their legal matters. Shymane looks forward to working with real estate professionals, hip-hop recording artists, stylists, salon owners, restaurant owners, fashion designers, artist managers, music producers, photographers, videographers and many more. Shymane offers affordable flat rate pricing and can be reached 24 hours 7 days a week by calling 312-442-0057 or emailing us at info@truelawyer.com.


  • Lara Wagner

    The Law Offices of Lara Wagner

    www.lkwagnerlaw.com

    Lara is the owner and principal attorney of the Law Offices of Lara Wagner and an alumnus of the JEP. She comes from a family of immigrants and grew up listening to stories about how her great-grandparents came to the United States. Her practice focuses on helping people navigate the complex immigration system and build a life in the United States, just as her family has done. Lara earned her Juris Doctor from University of Michigan Law School in 2014. She began working in immigration law in 2012, as an intern with the U.S Committee for Refugees and Immigrants, resettling refugees from Asia and the Middle East. She later worked with Michigan Law’s Human Trafficking Clinic, where she assisted both foreign national and U.S. citizen victims. Most recently Lara worked as a fellow with Chicago’s National Immigrant Justice Center. Lara is a member of the Chicago Bar Association, where she serves as the vice-chair of the Young Lawyers Section International Law Committee. She is also a member of the Chicago Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, where she is a member of the Asylum Office Liaison Committee. Lara can be reached at (312) 273-9807 or lara@lkwagnerlaw.com.


  • Tina Tran

    Needle & Thread Law LLC

    www.needlethreadlaw.com

    Tina (“Ty”) Tran is a debt relief attorney, concentrating primarily on Ch. 7 and Ch. 13 Consumer Bankruptcy. She aspires to create an affirming and welcoming environment for people of all cultures and backgrounds, regardless of their gender, race, or sexual orientation. She believes in keeping the law simple and making it accessible for everyday people facing creditor lawsuits, wage garnishments, bank account freezes, foreclosures, and repossessions. Tina has a myriad of experience defending debtors trying to get back on their feet against debt collectors and their aggressive tactics. Start rebuilding your life today, stitch by stitch. Contact Needle & Thread Law for a future free from debt. When out of court and not at the office, Tina spends her time advocating for the equality and rights of all people. Debt relief attorney, and social justice advocate, Tina Tran can be reached by telephone at (773) 609-3637 or by e-mail at ttran@needlethreadlaw.com.


  • Garrett Thomas

    The Law Office of Garrett Thomas

    www.garrettthomaslaw.com

    Garrett Thomas is a criminal defense and civil rights attorney. He represents clients in all phases of criminal cases in courts across the Chicago area. During law school in the nation’s capital, he gained invaluable experience in a civil rights legal clinic and in the trial division of what is widely regarded as the best public defender office in the country. If you’ve been arrested by police or accused of a crime, Garrett will work tirelessly to develop a winning trial strategy or, where appropriate, obtain the most favorable pretrial resolution. Contact his office today at 872-256-1228 or garrett@garretthomaslaw.com.


  • Brian Gilbert

    Chicago Advocate Legal NFP

    www.chicagoadvocatelegal.com/

    Brian Gilbert is a Chicago area attorney specializing in housing, real estate and consumer law, and is part of Chicago Advocate Legal NFP. His practice is dedicated to serving low and moderate income individuals and families with landlord/tenant issues, including security deposit withholdings, evictions, bad conditions, and more. Brian earned his J.D. as a Dean’s List student at The John Marshall Law School in Chicago, and his B.A., Cum Laude, from Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota. He holds a Certificate in Health Law from The John Marshall Law School as well. You can reach him by phone at (312) 561-5510, or email at cal@chicagoadvocatelegal.com.


  • Ericka A. McFee

    McFee Law Offices, P.C.

    www.mcfeelawoffices.com

    Attorney Ericka A. McFee concentrates her practice on immigration matters of all kinds, from employment and family based immigration to removal defense and asylum. Prior to launching McFee Law Offices, P.C. in 2016, she was an Associate Attorney at the Chicago  office of Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen, and Loewy, LLP. She is an active member of the Chicago chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, the Chicago Bar Association, and the DuPage County Bar Association. She also dedicates her spare time by volunteering with area non profit organizations and providing pro bono legal assistance to indigent clients. Ericka can be reached at (312) 278-0353 or ericka@mcfeelawoffices.com.


  • Anthony M. Abou Ezzi

    Ezzi Law

    ezzilaw.com

    Anthony (“Tony”) M. Abou Ezzi provides services to his clients in the area of Estate Planning (Wills, Trusts, Powers of Attorney, Special Needs Trusts), Probate, Adult Guardianship, Small-Business and Corporate Formation, and Disability Law. Tony founded Ezzi Law with the purpose of providing his clients with personalized and exceptional legal services. He assists clients with end-of-life planning and circumstances, and prides himself in treating each of his clients as he would a member of his family. Graduating Magna Cum Laude from North Central College and receiving his Juris Doctor from The John Marshall Law School, Tony never lost sight of his passion for helping those in need. As an intern for Equip for Equality, a recipient of the AT&T Excellence in Pro Bono Legal Services Award through the Center for Disability and Elder Law, and as a volunteer for Chicago Volunteer Legal Services, Tony has dedicated himself to providing legal assistance to individuals with a disability and the elderly. Tony can be reached at (929)-322-3994 or Tony@EzziLaw.com.


  • Martin Kaczor

    Szczypta & Kaczor Law

    www.skadvocates.com

    Martin Kaczor is an alumni member of the JEP. Martin is a first generation immigrant and understands the value of hard work and dedication. Having fled communist controlled Poland, Martin and his family settled in Chicago, where Martin earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago and his Juris Doctorate from the John Marshall Law School. While attending classes, Martin worked as a construction worker to put himself through college and law school. His practice concentrates on family law, real estate, and landlord/tenant matters. Martin is fluent in Polish and Italian and can be reached at (773) 205-2211 or martin@skadvocates.com.


  • Tiffany A. Horstein

    Family Forward Law, LLC

    www.familyforwardlaw.com

    Tiffany A. Horstein is a compassionate family advocate, dedicating her practice to helping families through adoptions, minor guardianship, assisted reproductive technology, DCFS, and Juvenile court matters. After spending the first 6.5 years of her career litigating personal injury cases, Tiffany put her litigation skills to use as an attorney with DCFS. While there, she handled nearly 400 child abuse and neglect administrative appeals and learned the inner-workings of the agency. Diagnosed with Lymphoma and undergoing chemotherapy at the age of 31 gave Tiffany a new understanding of the struggles families can face as they attempt to grow. Her legal and personal experience led Tiffany to create Family Forward Law, LLC.  Recognizing the importance and urgency of these difficult familial situations, Family Forward Law, LLC offers predictable pricing and flexible payment plans. Let us know how we can help you move your family forward! Contact Tiffany at 312.529.8535 or Tiffany@FamilyForwardLaw.com.


  • James Plucinsky

    LP Tax Law

    www.lptaxlaw.com

    James R. Plucinsky provides a full range of services to resolve the tax controversy issues of businesses and individuals. James offers assistance for both collection (IRS tax lien, levy or wage garnishment) and examination (audit) matters. In addition, James provides a complete array of services to meet all of the taxpayers’ compliance needs. Compliance services include the preparation of previously unfiled tax returns, amended tax returns, and the required filings for payroll withholdings for both employers and employees. He has served as a Volunteer Tax Attorney and Advanced Level IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance preparer at the three Chicago-area tax clinics recognized by the United States Tax Court. James earned his joint JD/MBA degree from Northern Illinois University, and his BBA degree in Finance from the University of Iowa. He is licensed in Illinois and admitted to practice before the United States Tax Court. James is also an Illinois Registered Certified Public Accountant and a member of both the Chicago Bar Association and Illinois CPA Society. James can be reached at (847) 217-6505 or info@lptaxlaw.com.


  • Roya Samarghandi

    Carmel Law, LLC

    www.carmellawchicago.com

    Roya H. Samarghandi seeks to recalibrate the balance of justice for her clients, regardless of means or circumstance. She has committed her career to reducing the justice gap for low and moderate income clients in their criminal and domestic relations matters. She addresses her client’s needs through honest representation, committed advocacy and the option for alternative fee arrangements. Roya is a proud graduate of the University of Illinois College of Law, graduating cum laude. She also holds a Masters of Law Degree in International Human Rights from University of Nottingham School of Law (U.K.), receiving merit honors.  She enjoys volunteering at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, Chicago Volunteer Legal Services and CARPLS Legal Aid Hotline. Roya can be reached at (312) 945-6250 or at RHS@CarmelLawChicago.com.


  • Jason Han

    Jason Han Law

    www.jasonhanlaw.com

    Jason Han proudly represents employees seeking justice against their employers. Bad companies believe they’re too big to lose. Armed with big law firms and HR departments, they think they can take advantage of their loyal employees. They don’t realize they’re Goliaths. You, armed with a lawyer like Jason, are David. Jason will work with you to create a strategy to take down the employers who have trampled on your rights. He brings to your case a wealth of litigation experience in administrative hearings, bench trials, and jury trials. After graduating from the University of Illinois College of Law, he prosecuted cases in court every day for the People of the State of Illinois in enforcing the criminal law. Now Jason enforces employee rights enshrined in Illinois State and Federal laws such as the Americans with Disabilities Act, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Family Medical Leave Act, and the Illinois Human Rights Act. Jason has particular experience in representing Federal Sector employees through the EEO process. Jason can be reached day or night at (872) 201-0088 or jason@jasonhanlaw.com.


  • Stephanie A. Garces

    Garces Law, LLC

    www.GarcesLawFirm.com

    Stephanie is a bilingual attorney who founded Garces Law, LLC to zealously advocate for her clients when they need it most. Stephanie focuses on family-based immigration, asylum, and removal defense. She also concentrates on commercial and residential real estate law. Stephanie also handles civil litigation matters including contract disputes, car accidents, negligence cases, and more in Cook County and the surrounding suburbs. Stephanie obtained her undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She earned her Juris Doctorate from the DePaul University College of Law. Stephanie is an active member of the community serving as a volunteer attorney at the National Immigration Justice Center, CARPLS, and Erie Neighborhood House. Always professional and never pretentious, Garces Law is here to resolve your legal needs. Contact us today at 773-373-9592 or SGarces@GarcesLawFirm.com.


  • Jay Kumar

    Jay Kumar Law

    www.jaykumarlaw.com

    Jay Kumar operates a social justice oriented litigation practice where he represents every-day people fighting big corporations. His clients have typically been discriminated against, have had their privacy invaded, or have had their homes or communities damaged by pollution. Although Jay’s clients know how much they will be charged in advance, he prefers to collect fees from opponents whenever possible.  During his time at the University of Chicago Law School, he gained substantial experience in civil rights ranging from helping the ACLU stop unconstitutional practices in Florida to fighting police misconduct in Los Angeles. Jay is available for free consultations and can be reached at 312-767-7903 and Jay@jaykumarlaw.com.


  • Lauren Cichowski

    3BL Law, LLC

    www.3bllaw.com

    Lauren Cichowski started 3BL Law to provide affordable transactional legal services to individuals and organizations. Lauren practices small business, nonprofit, and real estate law. Whether it’s starting a new business, buying a new home, or experiencing growth in your organization, 3BL Law can help tackle your legal needs. Lauren received her bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana and earned a dual JD/MBA from Loyola University Chicago with certifications in business ethics, mediation, and alternative dispute resolution. 3BL law provides transparent fees, client customizable solutions, and a range of pricing options, including flat fees and subscription rates for both limited scope and comprehensive legal representation. Lauren can be reached by phone at (312) 279-8818 or by e-mail at lauren@3bllaw.com.


  • Katrice Matthews

    Sable Law Group

    www.sablelawgroup.com

    Katrice Matthews is an alumni member of the JEP. Katrice is a founding partner of Sable Law Group LLC, with a practice focused on the belief that lawyers are public servants charged with the unique duty of protecting and enforcing clients’ rights. Katrice is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis and Chicago-Kent College of Law. During law school, she clerked for the Hon. Morton Denlow in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. After law school, she worked as an Assistant Attorney General with the Office of the Illinois Attorney General for some years before deciding it was time to realize her dream of opening and operating her own firm. Katrice describes Sable Law Group as a law firm focused on “real people and real results.  Hers is a practice that addresses your everyday legal needs and includes probate, real estate, contract disputes, and landlord/tenant law. Katrice takes a people-centric approach and wants her clients to feel as if they have a lawyer in the family now. Katrice can be reached by phone at (312) 469-0622 or by e-mail at Katrice@SableLawGroup.com.


  • Adella Deacon

    Sable Law Group, LLC

    www.sablelawgroup.com

    Adella Deacon is an alumni member of the JEP and a partner at the Sable Law Group, LLC. Adella is a forward-thinking, energetic attorney. Adella practices in the areas of small business, real estate, estate planning, and general civil litigation. She has an extensive, interdisciplinary-focused educational background having earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and her Juris Doctorate from Chicago-Kent College of Law in Chicago, Illinois. She is a board member of Integra Rehab Solutions and the Kitchen Table Literary Arts Center. She takes a hands-on approach and is committed to providing her clients with the knowledge to make informed decisions regarding their legal needs. An empathetic advocate for equity and justice, she will find innovative solutions for your legal problems. Adella can be reached at (312) 469-0622 or at adella@sablelawgroup.com.


  • Conor Malloy

    Chi City Legal, LLC

    www.chicitylegal.com

    Conor Malloy is an alumni member of the JEP. Conor Malloy graduated from Chicago-Kent College of Law and is a Chi City Legal partner. Prior to law school, Conor attended Loyola University Chicago where he studied ethics and chose to use the practice of law as a vehicle for social justice. His practice utilizes unbundled or limited scope services to assist clients in a variety of ways, including client coaching to help clients help themselves. Conor can be reached at 312.888.7667 or conor@chicitylegal.com.


  • Timothy J. Walczak

    Walczak Hernandez, P.C.

    www.walczakhernandez.com

    Timothy (TJ) Walczak is an owner and founder of Walczak Hernandez, P.C. TJ’s unique focus and passion for his clients stems from over 16 years of public service, which leads to great client satisfaction. TJ concentrates his practice on family law and real estate law. TJ is honorably discharged from the U.S. Air Force and has spent over 16 years serving the public both as a police officer and firefighter. When it comes to family law, TJ understands the emotional toll the issues can take on his clients and their family. He personally experienced divorce and the complexity of raising children in a two-household environment. This experience allows him to advocate effectively and empathize with his clients. TJ also understands the complexity of landlord/tenant issues, as well as the buying and selling of real estate. This puts his clients at ease while navigating the complex areas of real estate. Prior to joining Walczak Hernandez, P.C., TJ worked for the Honorable John W. Darrah of the Northern District of Illinois. He also worked for a plaintiff’s personal injury law firm. TJ can be reached at TJ@WalczakHernandez.com or (312) 442-2225.


  • Stacey Dembo

    Law Offices of Stacey J. Dembo, LLC

    www.dembolaw.com

    Stacey J. Dembo has dedicated her practice to representing adults and children with disabilities in Social Security Disability and/or SSI benefit cases. After practicing with a Chicago-area Social Security Disability firm for several years, Stacey formed the Law Offices of Stacey J. Dembo, LLC in 2014. Stacey strives to provide vigorous, compassionate, and empathetic representation for people with disabilities in Social Security matters. Stacey is a member of the Chicago Bar Association where she served as the chairperson and vice-chairperson of the Social Security Law Committee. She is also a member of the National Organization of Social Security Claimant’s Representatives (NOSSCR) where she is the current co-chairperson of the Young Members Committee. She volunteers frequently within the community, providing legal services on a pro bono basis to people with disabilities and low income individuals at CARPLS, Equip for Equality, Chicago Volunteer Legal Services and the Jewish United Fund Legal Services Clinic. Stacey can be reached at (312) 702-1492 or stacey@dembolaw.com.


  • Jason Shimotake

    The Shimotake Law Firm, LLC

    www.bankruptcychicagoland.com

    Jason Shimotake is an experienced attorney dedicated to helping people get out of debt. He honed his skills on the Southside of Chicago – in neighborhoods like Chatham, Roseland and South Shore – filing Chapter 7 bankruptcy and Chapter 13 bankruptcy. Jason’s tenure in debt and financial counseling spanned the collapse of the housing market and an economic recession. He heard the stories of strong and resilient people who suddenly lost their jobs. The mother and father of three beautiful girls, on the verge of losing their home to foreclosure. The single mother piecing together rent and daycare expenses with two part-time jobs. Hard-working people who found themselves with nowhere to turn to. Those stories changed Jason’s life. These stories are what push him to to do more. He has counseled thousands of clients through difficult financial times. Jason’s mission is to see what he can do to make sure that you are safe. He’s here to help. Jason can be reached at (312) 620-6499 or theshimotakelawfirm@gmail.com.


  • Daniel R. Hernandez

    Walczak Hernandez, P.C.

    www.walczakhernandez.com

    Daniel R. Hernandez focuses his practice on Family, Real Estate, and LGBTQ Law. His passion and focus in these areas has led to great client satisfaction. As an advocate, Daniel always asserts his client’s interests, adding focus to the client’s goals. Daniel is a member of the American Bar Association where he serves as Vice-Chair on the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Committee of the Young Lawyers Division. He also is a member of the Hispanic National Bar Association where he serves as the Communications Chair of the LGBT Division. Prior to joining Walczak Hernandez,  P.C., Daniel worked for Loevy & Loevy, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, American Bar Association, and Hon. Pamela Meyerson of the Circuit Court of Cook County. In his spare time, Daniel volunteers for Gigi’s Playhouse Chicago and enjoys spending time with family, boxing, and participating in intramural sports. Daniel can be reached at Daniel@WalczakHernandez.com or (312) 442-2225.


  • John Norkus

    Chi City Legal, LLC

    www.chicitylegal.com

    John Norkus is an alumni member of the JEP. John focuses his practice on representing the interests of landlords and property managers. Through his 11 years of Jesuit education, John developed a desire to serve others and he attempts to use his law degree with those same principles in mind. He focuses on unbundled and limited scope representation where possible and hand molds the representation to fit each clients specific needs. John can be reached at 312.888.7667 or john@chicitylegal.com.


  • Phillip Sprouse

    Sprouse Law Office

    www.sprouselawoffice.com

    Phillip J. Sprouse is dedicated to providing client-focused representation and increasing access to justice. His practice is concentrated on Criminal Defense and he represents both adults and juveniles on all classes of felony and misdemeanor cases. He offers a range of fee agreements to help clients afford legal representation. Phillip believes that to achieve the best outcome in a case, a defense attorney must be willing and able to take a case to trial if appropriate. He also understands that being involved in the criminal justice system can affect every part of a person’s life and he believes that an attorney should inform their client what to expect during the process of a criminal case. Phillip is proud to volunteer part of his time with First Defense Legal Aid providing representation to people in Chicago Police Department custody. Phillip can be reached at 312.550.5869, or at phillip@sprouselawoffice.com.


  • Chlece Neal

    Chicago Advocate Legal, LLC

    www.chicagoadvocatelegal.com

    Chlece Neal’s passion for law is inspired by a desire to see social justice for everyone. She sees the legal system as an instrument for social change and wants to use the legal system to empower, inspire and help people see positive change in their lives, their families and their communities. Chlece graduated from Loyola University School of Law and the Graduate School of Social Work where she focused on child and family law and mental health issues as well as the criminal justice system. Chlece practices in the area of family law, child law, criminal law and nonprofit organization. With flexible office hours, including weekends, and affordable pricing options, there is no reason to go at it alone. Chlece Neal can be reached at (312) 561-5510 or at cal@chicagoadvocatelegal.com.


  • Brittany L. Howard

    The Brittany L. Howard Law Office

    www.theblhlawoffice.com

    Brittany L. Howard is dedicated to advocating on behalf of those who have been arrested and charged with crimes in the Chicago and surrounding areas. As an African-American woman herself, Brittany has seen firsthand how the criminal justice system disproportionately affects the African-American community. Because of this, she takes great pride in representing and advocating on behalf of clients who look like her. Strong in her faith, Brittany understands the need to treat clients with grace and respect despite the accusations against them. Her goal is to always get the best possible results in her clients’ cases and to help them lead better lives in general. Brittany can assist with an array of criminal matters such as misdemeanors, felonies, DUI, traffic, appeals, expungements/sealing, and parole hearings. She can be reached at (312) 725-2643 or contactbrittany@blhlawoffice.com.


  • Joanna Long

    Long Law Office

    www.jlonglaw.com

    Joanna Long is an alumni member of the JEP. Joanna received her law degree from The John Marshall Law School. Joanna is a dedicated legal advocate with a passion for the advancement of equal access to justice. Joanna focuses on the areas of landlord/tenant law, estate planning, probate, and workers’ compensation. Prior to launching her own practice, Ms. Long gained diverse legal work experience as an associate attorney for a general practice in Chicago. Additionally, Joanna volunteered her time with multiple Chicago legal aid clinics focusing in mortgage foreclosure and landlord/tenant law. Given her work experience and personal ethos, Joanna works with her clients to achieve creative-fee solutions that make legal services affordable for every budget. Joanna can be reached at (773) 729-0222 or Joanna@jlonglaw.com.


  • Lisa Glenn

    Law Office of Lisa L. Glenn, LLC

    www.lglennlaw.com

    Lisa is a family focused attorney dedicated to planning for the future. Lisa has been a practicing attorney in the state of Illinois for almost a decade and is most proud of her ability to connect with clients on a personal level. Lisa focuses on the areas of estate planning, real estate closings, probate, and adult guardianship. She received her Juris Doctor from Western Michigan University Cooley Law School where she was a Secretary and founding member of the Disaster Relief Legal Association, a group focused on post-Katrina New Orleans and access to justice for those living below the poverty level. Lisa is licensed to practice in the State of Illinois and the Federal Northern District of Illinois. Lisa can be reached at (708) 627-1890 or lisaglenn@lglennlaw.com.


  • Paul Lytle

    Lytle & Milan, LLC

    www.lytlemilan.com

    Paul Lytle is a partner at Lytle & Milan, LLC. Paul’s mission is to provide legal representation that is accessible, responsive, and accountable to the unique needs of individuals and families throughout the Greater Chicago Metropolitan Area. In a divergence from traditional billing practices, Paul seeks to fulfill his commitment to accessibility by offering clients a range of customizable solutions that includes flat rate fees, unbundled services, and limited scope representation. Paul provides clients with comprehensive representation in the areas of Criminal Defense Law and Family Law. Paul also provides limited representation in matters of Consumer Law. As an active member of the community, Paul is extremely proud to provide pro bono services in conjunction with such notable non-profit organizations as CARPLS, LAF, and Universidad Popular. Paul can be reached at (312) 690-4111 or paul@lytlemilan.com.


  • Darren Perconte

    Perconte Law

    www.percontelaw.com

    Darren Perconte is an alumni member of the JEP. Darren provides affordable and tailored legal services to business owners, professionals, and creatives. His practice areas include business transactions, business litigation and dispute resolution, employment law, administrative and professional hearings, copyright and trademark, estate planning, and real estate. Darren draws upon his legal and business experience to pursue specific, client-focused solutions to legal issues. For more complex or specialized matters, he utilizes a wide network of attorneys and other professionals to meet the unique needs of each client. Darren understands that every client faces a different situation, so he offers a range of payment plans and representation options, including limited scope, unbundled services, and coaching. Darren earned his J.D. from The University of Chicago Law School and his B.A. from Boston College. Darren can be reached at (773)242-9909 or darren@percontelaw.com.