Diana Lopez was appointed as a Cook County Circuit Court Judge in October of 2021. Prior to becoming a Judge, López tirelessly served thousands of families in crisis situations. She helped clients and judges in the Domestic Relations Division and in Adoptions to make informed decisions that were in the best interests of children and families.
To promote the availability of legal services to all, Lopez had served as a volunteer for many area organizations including the National Immigrant Justice Center, the Chicago Bar Association, and Greenlight Family Services. In 2018, López joined the board of the Schiller DuCanto & Fleck Family Law Center and served as Vice Chair of the Advisory Board. She served on the Board at the Association Of Family And Conciliatory Courts and Greenlight Family Services. López is dedicated to education and mentoring and began teaching Adoption Law at DePaul University School of Law in 2019 as an adjunct professor. She also authored various publications on continuing legal education in adoption law for the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education (2012-2015, 2020).
López is an advocate for civility, professionalism, diversity, and inclusion. Her commitment was evident in her roles as Chair (2013) and Vice-Chair (2012) for Chicago Bar Association’s Adoption Law Committee. Super Lawyers Magazine named her an “Illinois Rising Star” in 2014 & 2015. In 2019 and 2020 she was honored by her peers and selected as an “Illinois Super Lawyer.” From 2006 to 2021, López had been appointed as Guardian ad Litem for the County Division Adoption Court and in the Domestic Relations Division in Cook County, since 2015. She is an active member of Illinois Bar Association, the Chicago Bar Association, the Hispanic Lawyers of Illinois, Women’s Bar Association of Illinois and the DuPage County Bar Association.
López began her career as an Extern at the Cook County Public Guardian’s Office during law school at Loyola University. Prior to graduation, she secured a position at the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office. In her role as an Assistant State’s Attorney of the Child Support Enforcement Division and Child Protection Division she represented the Domestic Relations Division and Juvenile Protection Division of Cook County in all aspects of cases including discovery, motion practice, settlement and civil trials. In that time, she established herself as a mentor through managing seven Assistant State’s Attorneys. This role included court calls and representation of the Illinois Department of Public Aid. During her time as Assistant State’s Attorney, she also showed her commitment to the community through public education workshops on all aspects of family law topics.
In 2004, López joined a private practice concentrating in complex family law, representing children and families in domestic relations and adoption cases. From 2004 to 2006, she was an Associate Attorney at Nancy C. Murphy & Associates where she managed litigation for all aspects of divorce proceedings, allocation of parental responsibility, child support, maintenance, parentage, adoptions, and civil orders of protection. Beginning in 2006 she became the Managing Partner of the firm of Monteagudo, López & Díaz, LLC where she concentrated on family and adoption law. In 2010, López founded López Law Group, P.C. where she continues to use her training, expertise and commitment to equitable and inclusive bilingual services to her clients and the community.
López has always been committed to innovation in the justice system. She has been a proponent of restorative strategies such as mediation as alternatives to litigation as a strategy to resolve cases, alleviate dependence, and address the backlog on the judicial system. From 2015 to 2021 she was appointed as a Certified Mediator in the Domestic Relations Division of Cook County. She holds an undergraduate degree is in Communications from University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana (1997) and her Juris Doctorate with a certificate in Child and Family Law from Loyola University School of Law (2001), including a 40-hour certificate on Divorce Mediation Training from Northwestern University in 2011. Diana is a proud member of the Rotary Club where she continues her efforts and commitment to serve the needs of children, families and community.