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Erin Victoria O’Connell

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Practice Areas:

  • Family
  • Residential Real Estate

Biography

Erin O'Connell has dedicated her career to practicing in areas of law that affect families and the everyday lives of individuals. Erin was drawn to these areas of law because she enjoys the people she meets in the course of her practice and representing their interests legally. Erin has handled countless family and residential real estate matters and in every case has been reminded that respect, privacy, thoroughness, availability and understanding are crucial. Whenever possible, Erin works towards an amicable resolution of any contentious matter with the overall goal of zealously representing clients while simultaneously concerning herself with preparing and positioning clients as best as possible for their lives post-decree or post-transaction.

Erin O'Connell earned her Juris Doctor from DePaul University College of Law. While in law school, Erin earned a Certificate in Family Law through DePaul Law's Schiller, DuCanto and Fleck Family Law Center. In addition to earning her Certificate in Family Law and taking an extensive number of family law classes, Erin worked during law school and beyond for one of the Chicagoland area's premier family law attorneys. In this position, Erin gained invaluable experience in family law working on complex divorce cases, including complicated asset distribution cases and difficult and delicate child custody and support issues, as well as simpler divorce matters.

From there, Erin went on to join a more general law practice where she continued her work in family law and began her work in immigration and real estate matters. In this position, Erin handled a great deal of residential real estate transactions and litigation as she practiced through the local real estate market's boom and as the market turned downwards. In addition to handling straight-forward real estate transactions for both buyers and sellers, Erin has handled landlord-tenant issues, bankruptcies, City of Chicago Administrative issues, and civil litigation resulting from real estate transactions.

In addition to her work in family law and real estate, Erin has handled countless immigration matters, including family based immigration issues, employment based immigration issues, deportation issues and Board of Immigration Appeals. Erin also has personal experience with USCIS and immigration matters having a child born overseas. Erin has worked on immigration issues that have gained world-wide media attention and was an essential part of the team of a prominent case involving a humanitarian release of a foreign national (for more on that case, follow this link: http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,325028,00.html).

Erin is a member of Illinois State Bar Association, the DuPage County Bar Association, and the DuPage Association of Women Lawyers.

Education

  • DePaul University College of Law, Chicago, Illinois
    • J.D.
  • Bradley University, Peoria, Illinois
    • Major: English and Women's Studies

Bar Admission

  • Illinois

Professional Associations

  • DuPage County Bar Association, Member
  • Illinois Bar Association, Member

Current Employment Position

  • Associate Attorney