Legal Experience

Cook County Circuit Court Judge

López Law Group, P.C. | Chicago, IL | 2010 – 2021

  • Litigate complex family law cases involving all aspects of divorce, allocation of parental responsibility, child support, maintenance, parentage, adoptions, and civil orders of protection; trial practice in Cook, DuPage and Lake Counties
  • Provide expertise and counsel to clients through compassionate advocacy while upholding the values of respect and civility
  • Achieve mutually beneficial arrangements to provide the ideal environment for children
  • Manage all business aspects of practice inclusive of financials, hiring and mentoring staff, providing learning opportunities for the community, and outreach activities

Monteagudo, López & Díaz, LLC, | Chicago, IL | 2006 – 2010

  • Manage complex adoption cases and domestic relations issues through litigation, discovery, trial motion and settlement
  • Support clients in divorce, custody, adoption, guardianships, visitation and parenting plans, parentage, child support and domestic violence orders of protection in Cook, DuPage and Lake Counties
  • Mentor junior staff and manage, oversee and delegate work of secretarial and paralegal staff

Nancy C. Murphy & Associates.| Chicago, IL | 2004 – 2006

  • Provide guidance, legal advice and support for family law clients experiencing complex domestic relations and adoption cases
  • Represent clients through motion, trial and settlement procedures in Cook, DuPage and Lake Counties
  • Manage and oversee the work of secretarial and paralegal staff

Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office, Child Support Enforcement Division and Child Protection Division Chicago, IL | 2001 – 2004

  • Supervise, provide guidance and mentor seven Assistant State’s Attorneys through court calls and representation of the Illinois Department of Public Aid
  • Represent Domestic Relations Division and Juvenile Protection Division of Cook County in all aspects of cases including discovery, motion practice, settlement and civil trials
  • Present workshops for the Child Support Enforcement Division in Pilsen and Little Village communities in English and Spanish


López, Diana E. “Adoption Law Forms”, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, 2012-2013, 2015, 2020.

López, Diana E. and Ballard, Shelly. “International Adoption Laws”, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, 2012-2015.

López, Diana E., Miller Gillespie, Genie, Turner, Jane B. and Vannucci, Kathleen. “International Adoption Law and Special Immigrant Juvenile Predicate Orders”, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, 2020.

Boards and Civic Leadership

  • DePaul University College Of Law
    Schiller DuCanto & Fleck Family Law Center
    Advisory Board Member 2019-2021, Vice-Chair 2021-2022
  • Greenlight Family Services formerly known as Center for Law and Social Work
    Board Member 2015-Current
    Executive Board Secretary 2020-2021
  • DePaul University College Of Law
    Adjunct Professor of Adoption Law 2019-2021
  • Association Of Family And Conciliatory Courts Board Member 2021-2024
  • Rotary Club Of Six Corners Member 2021
  • Between Friends Legal Clinic Volunteer 2004-2012
  • Little Village Family Law Clinic Volunteer 2006-2010
  • Chicago Legal Aid For Incarcerated Mothers Volunteer 2004-2010
  • Chicago Volunteer Legal Services Volunteer 2004-2010
  • Chicago Saturday Scholars Program 1997-2001

Appointments and Awards

  • Illinois Rising Stars, Super Lawyers Magazine, 2014-2015
  • Guardian ad Litem Cook County, 2015 – October 2021
  • Guardian ad Litem County Division Adoption Court, 2006 -October 2021
  • Chair 2013 and Vice Chair 2012 Chicago Bar Association, Adoption Law Committee
  • Certified Mediator Domestic Relations Division, Cook County 2015 – October 2021
  • Illinois Super Lawyer Peer Selected 2019 and 2020
  • Pro-Bono Attorney National Immigrant Justice Center 2018 – October 2021