Resume

WORK EXPERIENCE

COOK COUNTY STATE’S ATTORNEY’S OFFICE 2009-23, Chicago, Illinois
  • Dep. Supervisor – Public Corruption, Financial Crimes, Money Laundering, Consumer Fraud
  • Immediate supervisor to both criminal and civil attorneys
  • Chair of the Benefit Fraud Committee – CCROC Crime Taskforce Award Recipient
  • Director of paperless transition for the entire Special Prosecutions Bureau IN 2020-1
  • Public speaker and presenter on various legal issues
  • Coordinator of summer clerk prosecutor academy for over 100 clerks
  • NICB Prosecutor Partner of the year 2020
  • First Chair specializing in complex financial crimes such as mortgage fraud from 2009-15
OFFICE OF THE ILLINOIS ATTORNEY GENERAL 2006-9, Chicago, Illinois
  • Assistant Attorney General – Special Prosecutions Bureau
  • Statewide prosecutor for financial crimes and public corruption cases
  • Handled multiple media cases throughout the state
  • Prosecuted a wide range of financial crimes including, official misconduct, insurance fraud,
  • Section 8 fraud, securities fraud and theft, wire fraud and conspiracy
ILLINOIS DEPARTMENT OF CHILDREN AND FAMILY SERVICES 2001-6, Chicago, Illinois
  • Supervising Regional Counsel – DCFS Office of Legal Services
  • Supervised 10- 14 attorneys representing IDCFS and 5-10 support staff
  • Represented the Department in complex legal matters in civil and criminal court • Directed ongoing training for IDCFS legal counsel
  • Presented at CORE training in Juvenile Court for newly assigned attorneys
  • Advised in the development of evolving DCFS policy and protocol
  • Trained new case workers throughout the State of Illinois
  • Reviewed proposed guardianship and adoption cases
  • Monitored of all DCFS wardships pursuant to adjudications of delinquency
KANKAKEE COUNTY STATE’S ATTORNEY’S OFFICE 1999-2001, Kankakee, Illinois
  • Assistant State’s Attorney – various bureaus
  • Reviewed all sex abuse cases in the first Illinois county to video record victim outcry statements
  • Supervised juvenile abuse/neglect proceedings and delinquency cases
  • Felony criminal Jury Trial experience and civil jury trial experience

CLERKSHIPS

Office of the Illinois Attorney General 1999, Chicago, Illinois
  • Law Clerk, Supreme Court Rule 711 License
  • Law Clerk in SVP (sexually violent persons) unit that sought the involuntary commitment of
  • Violent repeat sex offenders throughout the state
  • Assisted in drafting the Attorney General response to proposed legislation that led to a moratorium on the Illinois death penalty
Katz, Friedman, Schur & Eagle 1998, Chicago, Illinois
  • Clerk for a labor-side firm representing the UAW and other major unions in Chicago
  • Researched concepts in labor law such as pregnancy and same-sex discrimination

EDUCATION

  • DePaul University College of Law, J.D. 1999 (BLSA President 1998)
  • Illinois Wesleyan University, B.A. French 1996 (campus host and Radio DJ for WESN)
  • Université de Paris – la Sorbonne, Certificat 1995 (Cert. of fluency)
  • Kenwood Academy High School (7-12 honors program)

PUBLIC SERVICE

  • Alpha Kappa Alpha, Sorority Inc., Theta Omega Chapter
  • Cook County Bar Association Member, 2023 Judicial Award Recipient
  • Decalogue Society Member
  • South Suburban Bar Association Member
  • Expungement Seminar presenter and case reviewer
  • Chicago Bar Association, committee co-chair, Well Being and Mindfulness
  • Salem Lutheran Church – Technology Assistant 2020-22
  • Hazel Crest Planning and Zoning Board – Commissioner 2013-2015
  • Jubilee Faith Community Church, ELCA – Sunday school teacher 2011-2016 • MLER – Board member and coordinator for 2005 bar review
  • Lansing Christian School Parents Club Board Member
  • Back to School Parade Volunteer – Hazel Crest Park District 2010-13

RECENT TRAININGS/PRESENTATIONS

2023: Election Law Prosecutions Overview
2020: CLE seminar presenter – An Overview of Complex Financial Crimes
2020: Apna Ghar presenter – Financial Fraud Schemes
2017: CBA CLE presenter – election law
2016: Chicago Police Dept., 5th Dist. Presenter – Financial Fraud Schemes
2016: NBPA, panelist – Supervisors in law enforcement
2015: Midwest Fraud Symposium, panelist – Prosecuting Insurance Fraud
2015 – 2016: Speaker – various south suburban high schools
2014 – 2016: Elder Justice Law Center, presenter – Real Estate Fraud Schemes
2012: BWLA CLE presenter – social media and internet privacy
2008 – 2018: Presenter Cook County State’s Attorneys Office Community Justice Centers
2001 – 2006: Legal Core Trainer for licensed case workers and juvenile court attorneys