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.

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

  • Mary Gale Hall

    The Law Office of Mary Gale Hall

    Mary Gale “Molly” Hall provides legal services in Real Estate and Landlord/Tenant matters.  Ms. Hall comes from a family of real estate professionals and founded her solo practice to provide clients with accessible, affordable legal services to secure the best possible outcomes in their housing and real estate issues. Ms. Hall earned an honors BA from the University of Florida, and graduated from Vanderbilt University Law School with the “Outstanding Law Student” Award from the National Association of Women Lawyers. She currently volunteers with CARPLS, and has previously provided pro bono services through Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation and Lawyer’s Committee for Better Housing. You can reach Molly at or (312)798-9597.

  • Janice Dantes

    Attorney at Law

    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

  • Shunte Goss

    Law Offices of Shunte S. Goss

    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

  • Conor Malloy

    Chi City Legal, LLC

    Conor Malloy is an alumni member of the JEP. Conor Malloy graduated from Chicago-Kent College of Law and is the Chi City Legal partner dedicated to family law matters. 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

  • Keith Southam

    Southam Law

    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 or by text or phone at (773) 466-4478.

  • Joanna Long

    Long Law Office

    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

    Neil Kelley

    Neil Kelley Law

    Neil Kelley is an alumni member of the JEP who is no longer taking clients in his own practice. He graduated in 2011 from DePaul University College of Law with a concentration in public interest law. His practice focused on consumer debt and foreclosure defense, employment law, and criminal defense work. He is committed to providing access to excellent legal representation for all people through flexible pricing and service options, and now serves a similar client base through his work at the Workers’ Law Office, P.C., a small law firm focused on workers’ rights. When not working with clients, Neil enjoys building furniture and traveling to new places. Neil can be reached at (312) 795-9121 or

  • Martin Kaczor

    Szczypta & Kaczor Law

    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

  • 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

  • Roya Samarghandi

    Carmel Law, LLC

    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

  • Eleanor Endzel

    Endzel Law LLC

    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

  • Agostino Filippone

    Filippone Law, LLC

    Augie Filippone started 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 or by phone at (847)346-5565.

  • Clifford Helm

    Helm Business Law

    Cliff Helm is a Chicago area attorney and JEP alumnus specializing in small business law, non-profit law, music and the arts, and community development. His practice is dedicated to supporting people as they start and maintain small businesses and non-profits. In addition, he is an advocate for responsible community development through the use of Community Benefits Agreements. Cliff was placed at the Law Project (part of the Chicago Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law) and worked with non-profits, small businesses, and community coalitions. After the placement concluded, he continues to volunteer for the Law Project through its weekly help desk and by representing clients pro bono. Cliff can be reached at 773.417.6409 or

  • Brian Gilbert

    Chicago Advocate Legal NFP

    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

  • Lara Wagner

    The Law Offices of Lara Wagner

    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

  • Garrett Thomas

    The Law Office of Garrett Thomas

    Garrett Thomas is a trial lawyer and an alumni of the JEP. Based in Chicago, Garrett’s practice is focused primarily on criminal defense and issues related to criminal justice. He recognizes that obtaining quality legal representation right away is critical if you’ve been arrested by police or accused of a crime. Some attorneys, in an effort to get cases over with as quickly as possible, pressure clients to accept the first offer the State makes—Garrett doesn’t. Recognized for his trial skills, Garrett works tirelessly to develop a winning trial strategy whenever possible. Where a pre-trial resolution is most appropriate, he fights just as hard to secure the most favorable offer for his clients to mitigate the collateral consequences of a criminal conviction. If you need representation, contact Garrett by phone at (872) 256-1228 or by email at

  • Katherine Gaughan-Palombi

    Law Office of Katherine Gaughan-Palombi

    Katherine Gaughan is an attorney who understands the legal needs of survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence. She has experience teaching as an Adjunct Professor at the John Marshall Law School’s Family Law and Domestic Violence Clinic. She previously worked as a Staff Attorney at the Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation. Katherine completed a 40-hour training to become a sexual assault advocate for a rape crisis hotline. Katherine focuses on orders of protection, civil no contact orders and stalking no contact orders; employment discrimination and sexual harassment; campus sexual assault under Title IX; crime victims compensation; and immigration relief, including U Visas and Violence Against Women Act (“VAWA”) self-petitions. She offers flat-fees and payment plans as opposed to the billable hour, making access to justice a reality. Katherine also volunteers in LAF’s Immigrant and Workers’ Rights Practice Group and CARPLS legal aid hotline. Katherine can be reached at (773) 453-4872 or

  • James Plucinsky

    LP Tax Law

    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

  • Cindy Campbell

    The Law Offices of Cindy K. Campbell

    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

  • Paul Lytle

    Lytle & Milan, LLC

    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

  • Rob Harrer

    The Law Office of Robert W. Harrer, P.C.

    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 312-600-8466 or

  • Jason Han

    Jason Han Law

    Jason Han’s passion is to defend our civil rights by forcing the government to prove its burden of proof beyond a reasonable doubt in criminal trials. He enforces civil rights by suing the police and prosecutors for misconduct, and employers who infringe on the rights of their employees. He is a proud alum of the University of Illinois College of Law. After graduating cum laude, Jason worked as a prosecutor in the State’s Attorney’s Office where he gained crucial litigation experience. Jason enjoys being as accessible as possible to clients and prides himself on transparency, communication, and customer service. Jason can be reached day or night at (872) 201-0088 or

  • Florence Hardy

    Law Offices of Florence E. Hardy

    Florence Hardy is an alumni member of the JEP. Florence began her career as a business consultant and obtained a Masters in Business Administration with a focus on Entrepreneurship from DePaul University before entering the legal field. Florence is a graduate of the John Marshall Law School and a certified mediator. She provides clients customized attention in the area of business law including such services as entity formation, succession planning, contracts and transactions (including sales, mergers and acquisitions), business licensing and permit assistance and copyright and trademark registrations. Florence can be reached at (773) 245-3569 or

  • Sonny Thatch

    Thatch Law Group

    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

  • Chlece Neal

    Chicago Advocate Legal, LLC

    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

  • Phillip Sprouse

    Sprouse Law Office

    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

  • Katrice Matthews

    Hall Legal Agency

    Katrice Matthews is an alumni member of the JEP. Katrice is the principal attorney of the Hall Legal Agency, 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 the Hall Legal Agency as a law firm focused on “people law”– 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

  • Alyease Jones

    The Law Office of Alyease Jones

    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 or by phone at (630) 480-6580.

    Michael Santomauro

    Santomauro Law

    Michael Santomauro is an alumni member of JEP and is not currently accepting cases while employed on a two year grant through DePaul University.  Michael Santomauro is the owner and principal attorney for Santomauro Law. Michael’s practice focuses on helping people navigate the complex immigration system to develop affordable legal solutions best tailored to meet their needs. Originally from Buffalo, NY, Michael has worked in the area of immigration law since 2008, and recently completed a grant-funded position with the DePaul Asylum and Immigration Law Clinic focused on Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. Michael believes in social advocacy and wants to use his law firm as a vehicle for change to advocate for practical solutions to the immigration system. Michael is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and attends local Chicago Chapter meetings. Mike can be reached at (773) 893-0617 or

  • Anthony M. Abou Ezzi

    Ezzi Law

    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

    Naureen Choudhury

    Atalanta Law

    Naureen Choudhury is an alumni member of the JEP and is not currently accepting cases while working as a staff attorney at legal aid organization Life Span. Naureen was born in Bangladesh and lived in Kuwait until moving to the U.S. at age six. Her experience as an immigrant inspired her to advocate for marginalized groups. She graduated with honors from DePaul University, studying Political Science and Philosophy. She worked in the music industry before obtaining her J.D. from Seton Hall University School of Law. She has clerked in Family Court and worked with the Office of the Public Defender and D.C. 37, the largest municipal labor union in New York City. She is admitted to the Illinois and New Jersey bar and fluent in Bengali. She founded Atalanta Law in 2013 to fulfill her commitment to public interest advocacy in the areas of Family, Housing, and Arts Law. Naureen can be reached at (773) 609-5082 or

  • Darren Perconte

    Perconte Law

    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

    Kruti Patel

    KJP Legal

    Kruti is an alumni member of the JEP and was the owner and principal attorney of KJP Legal. She is currently practicing immigration law with Charles Wintersteen and Associates. As a child of two immigrants who achieved their American Dream, she strongly believes in the idea that America is a country of immigrants: immigrants have shaped not only the past of this nation, but will also shape its future. Kruti started KJP Legal to help clients navigate through complex immigration processes, allowing those clients to focus on achieving their own dreams. Kruti graduated from the Chicago-Kent College of Law with highest honors in 2011. While at Chicago Kent, she was involved in the immigration clinic and interned at the Department of Homeland Security in the hopes of obtaining well-rounded experience relating to the immigration system. Following her graduation from Kent, she helped start an NGO in India and worked at the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office. Currently, Kruti volunteers her services as an immigration attorney to organizations such as the Chicago Legal Clinic and CALA, the Community Activism Law Alliance. Kruti is admitted to practice law in Illinois, New Jersey, and New York, and is fluent in English, Hindi, and Gujarati.

  • Shegun Obafemi

    The Law Offices of Obafemi, P.C.

    Shegun Obafemi attended the University of Vienna, where he studied political Science before moving to the United States.  In the US, Shegun attended Northeastern Illinois University and went on to receive his JD from Thomas M. Cooley School of Law. Shegun practices law to act on his belief in helping low income people gain access to justice. While in law school, Shegun worked at the People’s Law Office in Chicago where he helped defend demonstrators arrested in Chicago for protesting the Iraq war. Shegun also worked at West Town Community Law Office. After law school, Shegun worked for the City of Chicago Law Department prosecuting Department of Streets and Sanitation violations and Building Code violations. Shegun practices in family law, wills and estate planning, and real estate. Shegun can be reached at 312-659-4681 or

  • Daniel Brown

    The Law Office of Daniel Brown

    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

  • Magda Derisma

    Derisma Law

    Magda Derisma works to help working class people get out of debt, gain a fresh start, and build wealth through real estate. Specifically, Magda represents clients in Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcies, loan modifications, and real estate transactions. At the age of 19, Magda graduated with a Bachelor of Arts, Magna Cum Laude, from the University of Florida. Magda received her Juris Doctorate and Masters in Public Policy from Loyola University Chicago. While in law school she worked as a summer judicial law clerk for Bankruptcy Judge, the Honorable Judge Laurel M. Isicoff. Magda has served her community as a classroom teacher, children’s rights advocate, political analyst, education consultant, lobbyist, and attorney. Magda is a fierce advocate who prides herself on a high standard of legal ethics and giving her clients a fresh start. You can reach Magda at (312) 788-9259 or

  • Alejandra Vilchis

    Law Office of Alejandra Vilchis

    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

  • 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

  • Mark Almanza

    Almanza Law LLC

    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

  • Stacey Dembo

    Law Offices of Stacey J. Dembo, LLC

    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

  • Adella Deacon

    Law Office of Adella S. Deacon

    Adella Deacon is an alumni member of the JEP. Adella is a forward-thinking, energetic general practice attorney. Adella practices in the areas of real estate, estate planning, landlord/tenant, and social security/disability law. 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 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) 857-8413 or

  • Lisette Serrano

    Serrano Legal Solutions, LLC

    Lisette Serrano is an alumni member of the JEP. Lisette received her B.A. from National Louis University in 2008 and her J.D. from The John Marshall Law School in 2013. Prior to law school, Lisette received her Legal Administrative Assistant Certificate in 1995 and has worked as a family law paralegal for the past 15 years. During law school Lisette interned at, and was Vice President of, The John Marshall Law School Fair Housing Legal Clinic where she assisted people faced with discrimination in housing. Lisette also interned at the Domestic Violence Legal Clinic where she gained experience dealing with Orders of Protection. Lisette has seen the difficulties and frustrations faced by both lawyers and litigants, and has observed the many inequities that are part of the system. Lisette formed Serrano Legal Solutions, LLC, which focuses on family law, in 2014. She also volunteers her time at the Legal Assistance Foundation and CARPLS. Lisette can be reached at (708) 552-0823 or

  • John Norkus

    Chi City Legal, LLC

    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