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  I hve been with DuPage County Public Defender’s Office and assigned to the juvenile division since July of 2007. In February 2011 I was promoted to the position of juvenile supervisor. I  received my  Bachelor of Arts from DePaul University in 2002, and my Juris Doctor from The John Marshall Law School in 2006. Prior to working at the Public Defender's Office I was a law clerk from 2005 to 2007 at Moore & McCullough and at The Law Office of Margaret O’Connell in 2007.

I currently represent juveniles in delinquency and truancy matters and parents in abuse, neglect, and dependency cases. In this capacity, I represent juveniles in misdemeanor and serious felony cases, as well as defending against petitionsto  transfer to adult court.  I also represent parents in abuse, neglect, educational negelct,  and dependencing proceddings, including termination of parental rights hearings.

I am currently the 1st Vice President of the DuPage Association of Women Lawyers after having previously served as Director, 3rd Vice President, and 2nd Vice President since October 2007. I am also on the Child Welfare Committee, the Juvenile Justice Council, Models for Change, and the Prevention Policy Board. I am an active member of the DuPage County Bar Association and has previously served on the Planning Committee. I have presented for MCLE credit on juvenile law through the DuPage County Bar Association Basic Skills training for new attorneys. I also wrote an article on the DCFS guardian D. Jean Ortega Piron which was published in DuPage County Bar Association’s Brief. I have also presented multiple times on the role of the defense attorney at CASA of DuPage trainings, DuPage County Detention Center training, as well as North Central College’s Juvenile Law Class. I have volunteered on a number of occasions as a division leader for DuPage County Juvenile Diversion Program through the probation department and Three Fires Council. .


Practice areas


  1. Juvenile: 60%
    9 years
  2. Child Abuse: 40%
    9 years

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  • Chantelle Arie Porter

    Jennifer is the most dedicated attorney. She has a great way with children and can really connect. She works hard on their cases and advocates for juvenile rights.


    Chantelle Porter Divorce and separation Attorney
    Relationship: Supervised lawyer

  • Sean Martin Mccumber

    Jen and I have worked on cases together and have worked on slightly opposing sides. She is fair and objective, but firm and diligent. I think she is a fantastic attorney and works hard for children and parents.


    Sean Mccumber Divorce and separation Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

503 N. County Farm Rd.
Wheaton, IL, 60187-3942


ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law200605/17/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Juvenile SupervisorDupage County Public Defender's Office2007 - Present
Law clerkLaw Office of Margaret M. O'Connell2007 - 2007
law clerkLaw Office of Michelle L. Moore/ Moore & McCullough2005 - 2007
Association namePosition nameDuration
Prevention Policy BoardBoard Member2011 - Present
Child Welfare CommitteeBoard Member2009 - Present
Juvenile Justice CouncilN/A2008 - Present
DuPage County Bar Associationmember2006 - Present
DuPage Association of Women Lawyers1st VIce President2011 - 2012
DuPage Association of Women Lawyers2nd Vice President2010 - 2011
DuPage Association of Women Lawyers3rd Vice President2009 - 2010
DuPage Association of Women LawyersDirector2007 - 2009
Publication nameTitleDate
DuPage County Bar Association BriefAbout D. Jean Ortega Piron- The DCFS Guardian2008
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
John Marshall Law School, ChicagoLawJD - Juris Doctor2006
DePaul UniversitySociologyBA - Bachelor of Arts2002
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
CLE eventAbuse and Neglect cases2011
Juvenile Law classJuvenile court system2010
New volunteers training programJuvenile Law- role of defense attorneyN/A
Basic Skills Training for New LawyersJuvenile LawN/A