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Rachel Nicole Hernandez

Kane County Family Law Attorney Rachel Hernandez
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Rachel Hernandez began her career with the Community Crisis Center in 1999 and now serves on their Board of Directors. The center is a not for profit domestic violence shelter and social service agency in Elgin. Rachel has a passion for helping others and community building and attended NIU College of Law committed to pursuing those goals.

After graduating, she served as an assistant state's attorney handling a variety of criminal and civil matters in Boone and Winnebago Counties, with a particular passion for seeking justice for children and victims of violent crimes. As an assistant state's attorney, she managed a unit of six attorneys within the office, conducted bench and jury trials in civil and criminal court, and handled cases ranging from traffic and DUI to juvenile abuse and neglect, home repair fraud and murder. She attended Trial Advocacy and Advanced Trial Advocacy training at the National Advocacy Center in Columbia, South Carolina.

Rachel left her position with the State's Attorney's Office in 2008 and has since worked in an "of counsel" capacity for both government and private attorneys handling various legal issues including criminal and domestic relations while raising three beautiful children with her husband Jonathon. Rachel enjoys researching legislative changes in the law and has been published in the DuPage County Bar Journal and has presented Continuing Legal Education Seminars to other attorneys regarding criminal and civil updates.

Through her many years of experience dealing with family issues in court, Rachel began pursuing paths toward more peaceful resolutions for families, including mid-marital agreements for reconciliation, mediation, collaboration, and uncontested divorce. Hernandez Hoag Legal Solutions, LLC was established with those purposes in mind.

Rachel has served as a board member and volunteer for many not for profit organizations and still volunteers for the Community Crisis Center.

She is a member of the Kane County Bar Association, the Illinois State Bar Association (serving on the Solo Small Practice Committee), the International Association of Collaborative Practitioners, the Collaborative Law Institute of Illinois, Illinois Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and serves on the Northern Illinois College of Law Alumni Council.

Practice Areas:

Bar Admissions:

  • Illinois, 2005

Education:

  • Northern Illinois University, College of Law, J.D. - 2005
  • Western Illinois University, Bachelor of Science (Law Enforcement and Justice Administration) - 1997

Past Employment Positions:

  • Kane County State's Attorney Intern Pursuant to Supreme Court Rule 711 2002-2005
  • Boone County State's Attorney Misdemeanor Assistant
  • Winnebago County State's Attorney Felony Assistant/Supervisor
  • Of Counsel Attorney-Van Der Snick Law Firm

Professional Associations and Memberships:

  • Illinois State Bar Association (Member of the Solo and Small Firm Practice Institute Committee)
  • International Association of Collaborative Professionals
  • Collaborative Law Institute of Illinois
  • Illinois Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Kane County Bar Association
  • DeKalb County Bar Association
  • Boone County Bar Association -Secretary
  • Community Crisis Center - Board of Directors
  • NIU College of Law Alumni Council Member since 2009

Published Works:

  • "DREW'S LAW": Why the Media Frenzy over Illinois' Hearsay Exception for Intentional Murder of a Witness is Much Ado About Nothing - DuPage County Bar Journal, July 2010

Honors and Awards:

  • Northern Illinois University – Outstanding Woman 2005
  • NIU College of Law – Mentor of the Year 2011
  • NIU College of Law – Dean's Scholar 2002-2005
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