Attorney Sandra YoungSandra Young, ESQ.

Since starting my own practice in 2007, I have focused on respectfully resolving disputes without court interference. Collaborative family practice and mediation account for the majority of my work. Divorce attorneys can work one of two ways. The first approach is to focus on reaching a reasonable settlement that helps the family transition as smoothly as possible into a new, often-daunting future. The second is a scorched-earth litigation approach that preys on the worst parts of a couple’s frayed relationship and poisons family relations to the detriment of the couple, their children and others. My clients want a positive outcome for themselves and their family while preserving the marital financial estate. My previous experience includes working as an associate at a small firm in the Naperville area and as an Assistant State’s Attorney in the DuPage County misdemeanor and child support enforcement divisions.

I earned my law degree

Magna cum laude from the John Marshall Law School in Chicago. I also served on the editorial board of the John Marshall Law Review and wrote An International Antitrust Dilemma: An Analysis of the Interaction of Antitrust Laws in the United States and the European Union, published at 36 J. MARSHALL L. REV. 271 (2002). During law school, I was a research assistant for a professor, externed for a Cook County judge and clerked at the DuPage County State’s Attorney’s Office. For my undergraduate work,Previously, I graduated summa cum laude from the Northern Illinois University with bachelor degrees summa cum laude in business and psychology.

I belong to

The International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, the Collaborative Practice Professionals of Illinois, the Illinois State Bar Association, the Illinois Real Estate Lawyers Association, and the DuPage County Bar Association.

When not working

I am taking care of my two young sons. Parenthood has definitely made me a better lawyer on so many levels. I am also active in the local MOPS (Mothers of Pre-Schoolers) group and President of the Women’s Club in my neighborhood.