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Sandra Margaret Emerson

also known as Sandy Emerson

About me

At Emerson Law Firm, LLC, the preservation of your home and assets is our mission - and our passion! We are a consumer law firm that seeks to obtain real value for our clients through dynamic, aggressive, knowledgeable, and thorough representation. 


Foreclosure defense is a rapidly-changing area of the law requiring comprehension of general principles of real estate law, loss mitigation (including HAMP loan modifications, in-house modifications and short sales), mortgage loan securitization, negotiability of notes, and bankruptcy.   The attorneys at Emerson Law Firm - Sandra M. Emerson, Matthew C. Swenson, and our of-counsel attorney, Richard F. Kohn - are well-versed in these issues. 


Additionally, our prior experience on the "other side" (as debt collection and mortgage servicer attorneys) gives us an invaluable perspective and enables us to better assist consumers in their fight to save their homes. 


We don't consider filing for bankruptcy "giving up."  Contrary to popular belief, a bankruptcy does NOT mean you will lose your home.  In fact, most of our bankruptcy clients keep their homes.  Bankruptcy can be a powerful strategic tool, not only from a financial planning perspective, but also when a foreclosure is involved   Our attorneys are proud to have received training from famed bankruptcy attorney O. Max Gardner (pictured) regarding mortgage foreclosure fraud and loan securization.  


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Practice areas


  1. Foreclosure: 50%
    7 years
  2. Bankruptcy: 30%
    14 years
  3. Real Estate: 20%
    17 years



Hourly ($300-395/hour), Fixed (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Margaret Lynn Crowell

    As a fellow member of the Association of Foreclosure Defense Attorneys, I know Sandra to be an extremely knowledgeable, professional, and ethical attorney. Sandra has been zealously assisting homeowners throughout the foreclosure crisis. I highly recommend Sandra.


    Margaret Crowell Foreclosure Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Mila Gloria Novak

    Sandra is an experienced, knowledgeable and thorough attorney. From my encounters with her as a colleague in the legal profession, I know her to be a compassionate and zealous advocate for all her clients, especially in foreclosure defense and bankruptcy cases. I trust Sandra’s judgment and would certainly recommend her as a lawyer.


    Mila Novak Bankruptcy & Debt Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Emerson Law Firm, LLC

715 Lake Street
Suite 420
Oak Park, IL, 60301-1413


ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law199811/12/2015
GAInactive Member in Good Standing 199701/14/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Managing MemberEmerson Law Firm, LLC2000 - Present
AttorneyOak Brook Law Firm1999 - 2000
AttorneyFox & Grove, Chartered1998 - 1999
Judicial internHon. Ruben Castillo, Northern District of Illinois1996 - 1996
Association namePosition nameDuration
National Association of Consumer AdvocatesMember2012 - Present
Chicago Volunteer Legal ServicesVounteer attorney2011 - Present
National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy AttorneysMember2011 - Present
Illinois State Bar AssociationMember2010 - Present
IL Association of Foreclosure Defense AttorneysProgram Director2010 - Present
U.S. District Court, Central Dist. of IllinoisAdmitted to practice1999 - Present
U.S. District Court, Northern Dist. of IllinoisAdmitted to practice1998 - Present
Chicago Bar AssociationMember1997 - 2001
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Private foreclosure clientComplaint stricken under CCP 2-619(a)(9)
Private foreclosure clientLoan permanently modified and case dismissed
Private foreclosure & short sale clientForeclosure case was dismissed, and client obtained cash for keys.
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Publication nameTitleDate
Reuters articleAmericans Face Post-Foreclosure Hell as Wages Garnished, Assets Seized (Reuters)2014
The Suit Magazine"A Foreclosure Warrior"2012
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Chicago-Kent College of Law Illinois Institute of TechnologyLawJD - Juris Doctor1997
Augusta State UniversityN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1993
Max Gardner's Bankruptcy Boot CampN/AGraduateN/A
Max Gardner's Foreclosure Fraud & Mtg Securitization Boot CampN/AGraduateN/A
Max Gardner's Consumer Defense Academy - Reg X and Z Boot CampN/AGraduateN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Featured guest on "Real Money with Ali Velshi" on Al Jazeera America on the topic of foreclosure deficiency judgmentsYour Foreclosure Nightmare May Not be Over2014
Oak Park Library ConferenceLoss Mitigation Options for Underwater Condominiums2012
Featured guest on Cable TV's 'Legal Action" for a two-part television series on foreclosureForeclosure in Illinois2012
The ADA: What is It and How Can Our Company Comply?The Americans with Disabilities Act1999
Sexual Harassment: Minimizing the Risk for Your CompanySexual Harassment1999