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.

  • Nikki Donnelley

    Rights and Restoration Law Group, LLC

    Serves in Cook, DuPage, Kane, Will, McHenry, and Lake Counties

    Nikki Donnelley is a zealous advocate for individuals coping with the impact of their criminal records, as well as those who are still behind bars. Her passion for working with people impacted by the criminal legal system began while studying public policy at DePaul University, where she studied the implications of local laws on Chicago’s residents. Since this time,Nikki has continued to fight against systemic injustice in her role as a staff attorney at Cabrini Green Legal Aid (CGLA). At CGLA, she represented hundreds of clients in successfully mitigating their criminal records through sealing and expungement, executive clemency, healthcare waivers, certificates of good conduct, and at hearings in front of the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation.  Notably, in 2017, Nikki successfully argued and won a petition to seal her  client’s conviction for murder- one of the first of such convictions to be sealed in Illinois history.  While at CGLA, Nikki co-launched a project assisting over twenty-five incarcerated survivors of domestic violence file motions to reduce their sentences after there was a change in sentencing laws, allowing domestic battery to be considered by Judges in sentencing. In addition to directly representing clients, Nikki has trained and supervised hundreds of pro bono attorneys representing clients in their petitions for executive clemency.

    Nikki can be reached at (872)239-4533 or This firm does not charge a consultation fee.

  • Rufus V. Barner

    Serves in Cook County

    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 312-442-2225 or This firm does not charge a consultation fee.

  • Eleanor Endzel

    Endzel Law LLC

    Serves in Cook, DuPage, and Kane Counties

    Eleanor “Nora” Endzel is an alumni member of the inaugural class of the JEP. Eleanor received her J.D. from the DePaul University College of Law in 2012. During law school Eleanor worked as an extern for Judge Michael B. Hyman (now a Justice of the First Appellate District) and the Honorable Judge Kathleen Kennedy in the Cook County Circuit Court’s Domestic Relations Division, where she saw time and again how people without attorneys stumbled through the litigation process. Dedicated to serving people who lack access to affordable legal services, Eleanor formed Endzel Law, LLC in 2013 and focuses exclusively on family law with an emphasis on cooperative divorce.  Endzel Law, LLC offers limited scope and flat fee family law services largely on a subscription basis.  Eleanor also volunteers her time as a pro bono attorney at Chicago Volunteer Legal Services and as a Child’s Representative and Guardian Ad Litem.  Eleanor has been rated as a “Rising Star” by Illinois Super Lawyers Magazine each year for 2017 through 2022.

    Eleanor can be reached at (312) 873-1222 or and consultations can be scheduled directly at the firm’s website Note that this firm charges $75 for comprehensive case evaluations by phone or Zoom that is credited towards the client’s matter if you choose to work together.

  • January Stramaglia

    January Family Law, LLC

    Serves in Cook and Lake Counties

    January assists adults and children in resolving their family law cases, while offering affordable and predictable pricing. Whether her client is facing a divorce, parenting, maintenance, child support or other domestic relations dispute, she wants to work with them to develop a plan for legal services that fits their budget and meets their goals for resolution. She also enjoys working with litigants who are learning English as a second language.

    January joined the Justice Entrepreneurs Project in May 2019 to establish a law practice that was efficient and accessible to moderate income families. She graduated from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and the University of North Carolina School of Law. Prior to practicing in Illinois, January became an attorney in 2010 in California and, in 2015, established a small law firm in San Jose, California, focused on family law.

    January is licensed to practice in Illinois and am a member of the Chicago Bar Association. January can be reached at (408) 800-7762 or This firm charges a $25 consultation fee. You can book a consultation with here.

  • India Rios

    Attorney at Law, Seven Eleven Law Group

    Serves in Cook, Will, and Lake counties

    India Rios is the principal attorney of the Seven Eleven Law Group. India is committed to helping entertainers, entrepreneurs, and creatives secure a strong legal foundation for their business while building generational wealth and a timeless legacy. India’s practice is centered around business formation, reorganization, and brand protection. India offers a wide variety of trademark registration, opposition, and litigation services.

    One thing that separates India from every attorney you know is her relentless work ethic and her commitment to providing exceptional service to her clients at affordable rates. As a veteran, the United States Navy laid the foundation for India’s work ethic and her meticulous attention to detail. Competent legal representation is hard to find and law firms with exceptional service standards are practically obsolete. The 711 Law Group is dedicated to finding solutions to your legal problems. India can be reached at via email at This firm charges a $250 one-hour consultation fee or a 20-minute potential client discovery call for $50. Feel free to schedule a discovery call here.

  • Tiffany A. Horstein

    Family Forward Law, LLC

    Serves in Cook, Kane, Lake, and McHenry Counties

    Tiffany A. Horstein is a compassionate family advocate, dedicating her practice to helping families through adoptions, minor guardianship and assisted reproductive technology. 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 family 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

  • Mitha Rao

    Rao Legal, LLC

    Serves in Cook, DuPage, Kane, and Will Counties

    Mitha Rao is the Founder and Managing Attorney of Rao Legal, LLC.  Mitha helps individuals and families navigate necessary estate planning transitions with compassion and ease. Whether it be the couple that wants to execute a will to ensure their loved ones are taken care of, or the business that seeks to safeguard its legacy through succession planning, Mitha is focused on alleviating your concerns.  She is passionate about estate planning and elder law and is eager to serve you.  Mitha is committed to the values of compassion and empathy. A graduate of Duke University (magna cum laude, ’07) and the University of Chicago Law School (’12), Mitha has a track record of helping individuals.  She received the William J. Griffith University Service Award at Duke University and the Tony Patino Fellowship at The University of Chicago Law School for her leadership and public service.  Duly licensed in Minnesota in 2012 and Illinois in 2016, Mitha has also developed an expertise for financial planning and counseling.  She has advised small businesses and professionals on business formation issues, drafting and negotiating contracts, and charitable giving agreements.
    Mitha may be reached at (312)584-8852 or This firm charges a consultation fee ranging from $100 to $150 depending on the type of case.

  • Courtney Kelledes

    Rights and Restoration Law Group, LLC

    Serves in Cook, DuPage, Kane, Will, McHenry, and Lake Counties

    Courtney Kelledes fights for individuals with past records and criminal justice system involvement to restore their rights and opportunities. Before co-founding Rights and Restoration Law Group LLC, Courtney was the Director of Employment Training at Growing Home in Englewood. There she led a multidisciplinary team in providing holistic employment support to motivated job seekers. Prior to Growing Home, Courtney was Cabrini Green Legal Aid’s Lead Attorney of Collaborative Partnerships where she successfully represented hundreds of individuals in petitions for Sealing and Expungement, Certificates of Rehabilitation, Health Care Worker Waivers, Executive Clemency, and Professional Licensing. Courtney currently volunteers with the Chicago Community Bond Fund, John Howard Association C-Number Project, Cabrini Green Legal Aid, CARPLS, and DePaul’s Neighborhood Legal Assistance Project. Courtney graduated from DePaul University College of Law cum laude, with a certificate in public interest law, and earned her bachelor’s degree cum laude from Eastern Michigan University.

    Courtney can be reached at (312)672-9967 or This firm does not charge a consultation fee.

  • Rob Harrer

    Chicago Consumer Law Center, P.C.

    Serves in Cook County

    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 312-858-3238 or This firm does not charge a consultation fee.

  • Christopher Elmore

    EZ Law

    Serves in Cook County

    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 This firm charges a $150 consultation fee.

  • Mahdis Azimi

    Azimi Law LLC

    Serves in Illinois

    Mahdis Azimi founded her immigration practice in 2019. She has been practicing law since 2015. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Illinois at Chicago and her Juris Doctor from Loyola University Chicago School of Law. Ms. Azimi practices exclusively in the area of immigration law. Specifically, she maintains a practice in removal defense; bond and custody redetermination; asylum; waivers; family-based immigration matters; naturalization; and nonimmigrant visas, among other areas of practice.

    In addition to her practice, Ms. Azimi is an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and the National Lawyers Guild. Specifically, she serves on the board of both the National Lawyers Guild, Chicago Chapter and is an active member of the Chicago and Michigan Chapters of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. Ms. Azimi also actively volunteers with several Chicago-based organizations. She is a proud Iranian-American and currently resides in the West Town neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois. She is grateful and honored to represent immigrants because, as the child of immigrants, she realizes how much courage it takes to leave the familiar and pursue your dreams.

    This firm charges a $100 consultation fee. Mahdis can be reached via email at or via phone at 312-715-7695.

  • Shymane Robinson

    True Lawyer, LLC

    Serves in Cook County

    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, investors and small business owners trust Shymane with their legal matters. Shymane looks forward to working with homeowners, investors, real estate professionals, and business owners. Shymane provides services for cases such as Real Estate Transactions- Buy and Sell, Tax Lien and Deed Foreclosure Services, Tax Lien and Deed Investing Coaching, Real Estate Tax Appeals, and Real Estate small business matters.

    Shymane offers affordable flat rate pricing and can be reached by calling 312-442-0057 or emailing us at This firm charges a consultation fee ranging from $0 to $150 depending on the type of case. You can book a consultation here.

  • Amy Cook

    Amy Cook Law LLC

    Serving Cook and surrounding counties

    As a small business owner, former executive director of a nonprofit, and years of experience in the publishing industry, Amy Cook is uniquely suited to understand and address her clients’ legal needs. Amy concentrates her work on entity formation, drafting and reviewing contracts, protecting intellectual property, and mediation for business owners, nonprofit organizations, writers and other creative professionals. Her goal is to provide clients peace of mind that they are on solid legal ground and allow them to focus on their passions.

    Amy has a particular interest in serving businesses and nonprofits working to create healthy and sustainable food systems for all. She also has written and presented extensively on legal issues for writers. Amy is an active member of the Chicago legal community, serving as the Chicago Bar Association Food Law Committee Chair and has served as editor-in-chief of the CBA Record magazine.

    Amy is proud to be part of the JEP, volunteers for Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Lawyers for the Creative Arts, and serves on the Geneva Cultural Arts Commission. She received her JD and MA in journalism from Drake University and a BA from UCLA.

    Amy can be reached at 630-401-2536 or via email at This firm does not charge for an initial brief consultation.

  • Brian Gilbert

    Chicago Advocate Legal NFP

    Serves in Cook County

    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) 801-5918, or email at This firm charges $50 for in-person consultations and $25 for phone consultations.

  • Agostino Filippone

    Filippone Law, LLC

    Serves in Cook and DuPage Counties

    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 or by phone at (847) 346-5565. This firm does not charge a consultation fee.

  • Mark Almanza

    Almanza Law LLC

    Serves in Cook, DuPage, and Will Counties

    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 This firm charges a $100 consultation fee. You can book a consultation here.

  • Ambar Gonzalez

    Ambar A. Gonzalez, Esq., AAG Law Center

    Serves in Cook County

    Ms. Gonzalez has over 10 years of experience working with community organizations providing family-based immigration services. She founded AAG Law Center to continue to provide quality and affordable legal services. AAG Law Center is a law firm that provides security and comfort to our clients while navigating our complex immigration system and real estate transactions. All the while treating our clients like family with honesty and respect. Ms. Gonzalez believes that everyone should have access to the best legal services regardless of their income. She offers different flexible payment options. Her priority is ensuring clients receive the services they need. She obtained her Bachelors from DePaul University and her Juris Doctor from The John Marshall Law School.

    Ambar can be reached at 312-975-3500 or This firm charges a $100 consultation fee.


  • Garrett Thomas

    The Law Office of Garrett Thomas, LLC

    Serves in Cook County

    Garrett is an experienced litigator and trial attorney. His practice focuses primarily on criminal defense, civil rights, orders of protection, and related areas. Garrett has navigated clients through a myriad of criminal and civil proceedings in courts across the Chicago area. He studied political science at Washington University in St. Louis and attended law school at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. As a new attorney at a criminal justice advocacy organization, he worked on his team’s high stakes defense cases, served clients facing asset forfeiture, and argued on behalf of juveniles before the Illinois Prisoner Review Board. Garrett has represented clients in a wide range of trials, hearings, investigations, and negotiations. He handles matters throughout Cook County and is licensed to practice law in the state of Illinois and the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

    Garrett’s firm is committed to excellent service and regularly obtains positive results for clients. If you need assistance or representation, his office can be reached at 872-256-1228 or This firm charges a consultation fee ranging from $200 to $300 depending on the type of case.

  • Fatimeh Pahlavan


    Serves in Cook and surrounding Counties

    Fatimeh is a workplace democracy and cooperatives practitioner. Her law firm, LITE, provides counsel in the areas of cooperative governance, fundraising, and intellectual property. LITE helps cooperatives secure investment and build systems to support promising practices. LITE is also committed to helping organizations capture and leverage intellectual property in a way that supports economic viability while promoting greater cooperative activity in the market.

    A detailed menu of LITE’s service offerings and corresponding prices can be found on the firm’s website. LITE reserves the option of charging a consultation fee. If you are interested in working together, please complete the contact form located on LITE’s website.

  • Sussetthe Renteria

    Renteria Legal, LLC

    Serves in Cook, Lake, DuPage, and Will Counties

    Sussethe Renteria is the Founder and Principal attorney of Renteria Law Group. Her previous experience as a substance abuse counselor and clerkship with the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office allows her to uniquely approach the cases she works on. Her background allows her to proceed her cases with empathy and begin with an advantage in negotiations for her clients.
    Sussethe does not only assist in the legal field, but engages in community outreach during her free time. Most of her community work is done through her partnership with a local high school to advocate for minority students in her goal to sever the school-to-prison pipeline. Sussethe also takes on the role of a mentor to students in high school, undergraduate universities, and law school. She believes greatly in giving back to her community and has proven so by providing countless hours of pro bono services to asylum seekers in Matamoros, Mexico.
    Sussethe can be reached at (708)669-9969 or This firm charges $50 for an in-person consultation.

  • Timothy J. Battistelli

    First Response Family law

    Serves in Cook, DuPage, and Kane Counties

    Timothy (TJ) Battistelli is an owner and founder of First Response Family Law. 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 or (312) 715-8853. This firm does not charge a consultation fee.

  • Terra Gross

    Attuned Legal, LLC

    Serves in Cook County

    Terra Gross (she/they) helps people solve their own Illinois microbusiness, property, and rental issues through scheduled advice sessions and limited-scope representation. They provide set-fee phone and video consultation sessions, legal drafting, and legal editing. For select matters, she also agrees to provide limited-scope representation in the Circuit Court of Cook County’s First Municipal District (Daley Center), Second Municipal District (Skokie Courthouse), Chancery Division (Daley Center), and Law Division (Daley Center).

    Terra has been licensed to practice law in Illinois since 2013. Before starting Attuned Legal, LLC, they practiced at national and boutique Chicago law firms and as a state government attorney in central Illinois. She also served as a law clerk in the Chancery Division of Cook County Circuit Court and, during law school, in Champaign County Circuit Court. Consultations must be scheduled online ( and the fee for up to one hour of strategic problem-solving is $300.

  • Anthony M. Abou Ezzi

    Ezzi Law

    Serves in Cook, DuPage, Lake, Kane, and Lake Counties

    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 This firm charges a consultation fee ranging from $75 to $250 depending on the type of case.

  • Ericka A. McFee

    McFee Law Offices, P.C.

    Serves in Cook, DuPage, Kane, McHenry, and Will Counties

    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) 569-0193 or This firm charges a $200 consultation fee.

  • Kimber Russell

    Vanguard Advocates, LLP

    Serves in Cook County

    Kimber is a criminal defense attorney who prioritizes protecting her client’s rights. The criminal justice system, especially in Illinois, can be a terrifying and disorienting experience, and Kimber excels in helping clients understand and navigate the court system. Kimber is a fighter with a keen sense of justice who will stand up and not back down when the case is challenging. Having a clear criminal record is key to accessing employment, housing, and so many other core human necessities, which is why one of Kimber’s core practice areas is in Criminal Records Relief. 2020 brings with it a huge opportunity for many people who have been arrested and convicted for cannabis possession to have their records cleared and to get a fresh start, and Kimber is ready to help. Kimber is an active member of the Chicago legal community, taking on many leadership roles within the Chicago Bar Association and the Women’s Bar Association of Illinois. Kimber’s focus is on diversifying the legal profession, especially by supporting women and people of color in accessing, navigating and succeeding in law school, the bar exam, and the legal profession at large. As the incumbent Co-Chair of the Alliance for Women (the largest sub-committee of the Chicago Bar Association), Kimber spearheaded programming, Continuing Legal Education, and events to empower women attorneys to continue to break barriers in the field of law.

    Kimber can be reached via email or phone at (312) 344-3804. This firm charges a consultation fee ranging from $100 to $500 depending on the type of the case.

  • Michael Reed

    The Law Office of Michael Reed

    Serves in Cook, DuPage, Kane, McHenry, Lake, and Will Counties

    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 or on the phone at 312-620-3852. This firm charges a $200 consultation fee, includes document review.

  • Kadijah Hall

    VL Law Group

    Serves in Cook County

    Kadijah provides dedicated representation for individuals and families to protect their assets, build wealth, and create lasting peace of mind. Kadijah focuses her practice on estate planning, real estate transactions assisting buyers and sellers, adult guardianship, and probate cases. She addresses her client’s needs through honest representation, zealous advocacy, and flat fee arrangements.

    Kadijah can be reached at (872) 267-1204 or at The firm charges $110 consultations that are credited toward the legal consumer’s bill if the legal consumer engages the firm.

  • Cindy Campbell

    Serves in Cook County

    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 (866) 566-9494 or This firm charges a consultation fee ranging from $100 to $150 depending on the type of case.

  • Jay Kumar

    Jay Kumar Law
    Serves in Cook County

    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. The firm offers free consultations for consumer protection, personal injury, housing security deposit, and civil rights cases.

    The firm offers free consultations for consumer protection, personal injury, housing security deposit, and civil rights cases. The firm charges a consultation fee of up to $200 for all other types of cases. Jay can be reached at 312-767-7903 and

  • Robert Alexander

    Vanguard Advocates, LLP

    Serves in Cook, DuPage, and Lake Counties

    Rob is a fighter and guide for people facing the criminal prosecution system in Chicagoland. He is a founder and partner at Vanguard Advocates, LLP, a law practice focused on people and problem-solving. Vanguard Advocates, LLP is driven by a mission to provide legal services that are affordable, with clear and predictable pricing, so that your focus can be on your criminal, traffic, or juvenile justice issue. If your case is over, Vanguard Advocates, LLP stands ready to help you with criminal records relief, including adult records sealing and expungements. Rob earned a BA at Morehouse College and his JD at DePaul University College of Law. He is licensed in Illinois and a member of the Chicago Bar Association and the Illinois State Bar Association.

    Rob can be reached at or 312-219-5931. This firm charges a consultation fee ranging from $100 to $500 depending on the type of the case.

  • Joanna Long

    Long Law Group

    Serves in Cook, DuPage, and Will Counties

    Joanna Long is the principal owner of Long Law Group with offices in Chicago and Naperville. Joanna helps families in the areas of estates, wills, probate, and real estate. Joanna earned her law degree from The University of Illinois Chicago Law School.  In 2013, Joanna launched her own firm through the JEP and has assisted thousands of clients since. Joanna was named a Rising Star by Super Lawyers in 2017-2023. Joanna has volunteered her time with multiple Chicago legal aid organizations and today sits on the junior board for the Chicago Bar Foundation. Joanna is a dedicated legal advocate with a passion for the advancement of equal access to justice. Joanna aims to bring a holistic approach to the practice of law to ensure her clients feel taken care of during difficult times in their lives.

    Joanna can be reached at 312-344-3644 or email This firm charges a consultation fee of $150 depending on the type of case.

  • Shunte Goss

    HBOG Law Group, LLP

    Serves in Cook, DuPage, and Will Counties

    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 (312) 779-0098 or This firm does not charge a consultation fee for the first 20 minutes.

  • Chelsea Herring

    Gaddis-Herring Legal Solutions, LLC

    Serves in Cook County

    Chelsea G. Herring is a solutions oriented attorney focused on assisting individuals and families navigate their legal issues. Chelsea received her undergraduate degree from Howard University in Washington, DC and her Juris Doctor from DePaul University College of Law in Chicago, Illinois. Currently Chelsea is the principal attorney at Gaddis-Herring Legal Solutions, LLC where she focuses on assisting clients in matters involving divorce, child support and allocation of parenting time. Chelsea strives to obtain favorable outcomes for her clients by creating a legal plan tailored for each client’s legal needs.

    Chelsea can be reached at (773) 234-4068 or This firm charges a $25 consultation fee.

  • Paul Lytle

    The Lytle Law Group, LLC

    Serves in Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, and Will Counties

    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 This firm does not charge a consultation fee.

  • Chlece Neal

    Chicago Advocate Legal, LLC

    Serves in Cook County

    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) 801-5918 or at This firm charges $50 for in-person consultations and $25 for phone consultations.

  • Alejandra Vilchis

    Alejandra I. Vilchis, Attorney at Law

    Serves in Cook and DuPage Counties

    Alejandra has a Juris Doctor from the University of Illinois at Chicago Law School and a Bachelor of Science in Horticulture from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is also trained in Collaborative Divorce, Divorce Mediation, and Domestic Violence. Alejandra has extensive experience in family law matters such as divorce, parentage, post decree modifications and enforcement issues. Additionally, she works on adoptions (related and DCFS) and cases for guardianships of minors and disabled adults. Alejandra is an active member of the Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois, Chicago Bar Association, Illinois State Bar Association, and Collaborative Divorce Illinois. She also serves on the Board of Directors for the Latina/Latino Alumni Association of the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Alejandra is bilingual in Spanish.

    Alejandra can be reached via email or phone (872) 529-1011. Alejandra charges for an initial thorough 45min consultation ($50). You can book a consultation here.

  • Adella Deacon

    Sable Law Group, LLC

    Serves in Cook County

    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 414-301-2050 or at This firm does not charge a consultation fee unless asked to review documents.

  • Seth McCormick

    Great Lakes Consumer Law, LLC

    Serves in Cook, Kane, and Lake Counties

    Seth McCormick protects consumers and small businesses from the monied interests of banks, lenders and debt collectors. Seth spent the lion’s share of his career representing banks and hedge funds in collecting money owed to creditors. Now, Seth uses the tools and laws afforded to consumers to stop these institutions in their tracks. As an experienced litigator, Seth believes there are meaningful solutions for his clients that provide for efficient resolution of their problems. Seth can help you if you are facing foreclosure or debt collection. He can also represent you if you are being harassed by creditors, if you have been taken advantage of by a company, if a company or creditor is unfairly making negative reports to credit reporting agencies, if a company has engaged in unfair or deceptive trade practices in your dealings with them. If you are involved with a lender, a collection agency, a credit bureau or any other creditor, Seth McCormick can help. Seth represents people from all walks of life. He encourages you to contact him regardless of whether or not you think you can afford it. There are creative ways to structure payment, and it is possible that for certain claims he can represent you at no charge.

    Seth can be reached at or (312) 971-6787. This firm does not charge a consultation fee.

  • Darren Perconte

    Perconte Law

    Serves in Cook County

    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 This firm charges a $150 consultation fee.

  • Ashley Rodriguez

    Second Chance Law LLC

    Serves in Cook, Lake, and DuPage Counties

    Ashley N. Rodriguez is a social justice advocate fighting to protect the rights and preserve the futures of her clients. Ashley is the Founder of Second Chance Law — a law firm dedicated to providing its clients access to justice in an unjust system. She is committed to bringing justice to her clients through holistic legal representation by connecting them to community resources and hosting educational workshops about one’s rights. Ashley earned her Bachelors in Criminal Justice from Texas State University and Juris Doctor from The John Marshall Law School. She currently volunteers as a pro bono attorney at First Defense Legal Aid.

    Ashley can be reached at or 312.971.6673. This firm charges a consultation fee ranging from $100 to $500 depending on location. All consultation fees will be credited towards the legal fee if the client engages the firm.

  • Keith Southam

    Southam Law

    Serves in Cook County

    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. This firm charges a $100 consultation fee.

  • Lee A. Ayers

    The Law Office of Lee A. Ayers

    Serves in Cook, DuPage, and Will Counties

    Lee is a criminal defense attorney with an interest in social justice. His practice is solely concentrated in criminal defense representation. He is a dedicated advocate who helps people maintain their freedom as well as reducing or eliminating their criminal charges. He makes the police and prosecutors do their jobs and to follow the law. He handles every case as if it were his own liberty at stake and provides affordable pricing.
    He has volunteered his services to the James B. Moran Center for Youth Advocacy providing assistance with expunging and sealing of criminal records. Also, the Illinois Prison Project (IPP) writing clemency petitions and appearing before the Illinois Prisoner Review Board. Additionally, the Cabrini Green Legal Aid (CGLA) providing criminal defense representation. He earned a BS from Rush University, MA from Governors State University, and a JD from the University of Illinois at Chicago.
    Lee can be reached via phone at (312)816-4548 or email This firm charges consultation fees ranging from $35.00 – $250.00.

  • Stephanie A. Garces Donat

    Garces Law, LLC

    Serves in Cook, Lake, Will, and DuPage Counties

    Stephanie is a bilingual attorney who founded Garces Law, LLC to zealously advocate for her clients when they need it most. She 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 This firm does not charge a consultation fee.

  • Jason Shimotake

    The Shimotake Law Firm, LLC

    Serves in Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry, and Will Counties

    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 This firm does not charge a consultation fee for standard 30 minute consultations. The firm charges $150 for a one-hour consultation that includes document review and a written memo.

  • Daissy Dominguez

    Dominguez Legal Justice Center, LLC

    Serves in Cook County

    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) 430-7716 or This firm charges a $150 consultation fee.

  • Jessica J. Bell

    Bell Advocate LLC

    Serves in Cook County

    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 to learn more about how Bell Advocate LLC can assist you with your legal matter. This firm charges a consultation fee between $70 and $100 depending on the type of case.

  • Daniel R. Hernandez

    Next Level Law, P.C.

    Serves in Cook County

    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 or (312) 442-2225. This firm does not charge a consultation fee. You can book a consultation here. Para español, puede reservar una consulta aquí.

  • Stacey Dembo

    Law Offices of Stacey J. Dembo, LLC

    Serves in Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry, and Will Counties

    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 This firm does not charge a consultation fee.

  • Lisa Glenn

    Law Office of Lisa L. Glenn, LLC

    Serves in Cook County

    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 This firm charges a $75 consultation fee.

  • Amanda Carey

    The Carey Center for Justice

    Serves in Cook County, Kane, Will, and DuPage

    We are the Carey Center: Where you can find solutions and support for problems facing everyday Americans.  Amanda, our founder and Attorney at the Carey Center for Justice, has a deep passion for helping people and has been doing so for well over 20 years.  Amanda started her career in assisting others by working in higher education as a Lecturer at Washington State University where she taught Public Speaking, Linguistics, and Diversity courses.  Ultimately, Amanda became a President of multiple colleges across the State of Illinois and Indiana before deciding to go to law school.  Amanda holds a bachelors and master’s degree in Communication from Washington State University, a Doctorate of Higher Education from Northern Illinois University and a Juris Doctorate from Mitchell Hamline University.  Amanda strives to create a welcoming environment at the Carey Center where client needs are at the center of everything we do.

    Amanda can be reached via email at or 312-870-0098. This firm charges $150 for consultations that will be credited toward the bill if the firm accepts your case.