Mary Lu Cole, Esq.
5 Star Reviews
Mary Lu Cole is a Lake County native who graduated from Southern Illinois University with a Bachelor of Science in Paralegal Studies. She received her Juris Doctorate from the John Marshall Law School. She has worked in various government agencies, including the Williamson County State’s Attorney’s Office, the 19th Judicial Circuit, the Dekalb County Public Defender’s Office, and the Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office.
Mary comes from a background focused on trial work and domestic violence victim advocacy. Her compassion and grit make her a trustworthy and effective advocate.
Mary has an extensive litigation background which makes her a persuasive negotiator. Mary is a passionate advocate for her clients and believes strongly in working with her clients directly to evaluate their goals and develop clear strategies to obtain them. Prior to joining Strategic Divorce, Mary worked for several government agencies. She began her career as a Domestic Violence Victim’s Advocate at the Williamson County State’s Attorney’s Office. She then worked for the 19th Judicial Circuit as a Judicial Paralegal. After law school, Mary worked as a Public Defender for the DeKalb County Public Defender’s Office. She then moved back to Lake County and worked as an Assistant State’s Attorney in Lake County, Illinois. Mary has handled complex criminal litigation and brought over 15 jury trials to verdict and countless bench trials. Most recently, Mary handled criminal prosecution of domestic violence cases. This experience has given her a unique perspective on interpersonal and interfamily issues, and how parenting interplays with these matters. These experiences have also provided Mary with an understanding and familiarity with what families experience during divorce and separation. She gives direct and unequivocal guidance to her clients during the most difficult times in their lives. Mary is an experienced litigator, with the ability to obtain the desired result for her clients both in the courtroom as well as through out of court negotiations and settlements.
- Family and Matrimonial Law
- Illinois Bar Association, Member
- Lake County Bar Association, Member
- Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office
- DeKalb County Public Defender’s Office
- 19th Judicial Circuit
- Williamson County State’s Attorney’s Office
- The John Marshall Law School, Chicago, Illinois
- Juris Doctor – 2015
- Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Illinois
- B.S. – 2008
- Illinois, 2016