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Chantelle A. Porter

Phone: 847-749-4182
Fax: 630-426-0198
Email: cporter@atclaw.com

Chantelle has spent her career representing children and families. She started as a Guardian ad litem with the Cook County Public Guardian’s Office, representing over 200 children in the foster care system. She then became the supervisor of the DuPage County Public Defender Juvenile Division, representing minors in criminal delinquency proceedings and parents in abuse and neglect cases. Chantelle served as the court-appointed Guardian ad Litem in DuPage County in abuse and neglect court, representing over 300 children during that time.

Chantelle is a partner at A. Traub and Associates, practicing in all areas of Family Law, Juvenile, DCFS Abuse and Neglect, Domestic Violence, and Orders of Protection. Chantelle is serves as a GAL in DuPage, Cook, and Will counties. Chantelle represents parents in DCFS investigations and juvenile court cases. She is a trained Parent Coordinator.

Chantelle’s advocacy includes her appointment to the Illinois Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) Board, whose mission is to support and promote court appointed volunteer advocacy for children who have experienced abuse or neglect. Appointment to the Illinois Children’s Justice Task Force, a multidisciplinary, legislatively mandated advisory group that is charged with making recommendations to the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) directed at improving investigative, administrative, and judicial handling of child abuse cases in a manner that limits additional trauma to the child victim. Appointment to the Illinois Chapter of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC), an interdisciplinary association of family law judges, attorneys, mediators, custody evaluators, court administrators, parenting coordinators, academics, psychologists, counselors, social workers, and financial planners working in collaboration to resolve family conflict and protect the interests of families and children. Chantelle was appointed by the Illinois Supreme Court to the Illinois Judicial College Committee on Guardian ad litem Education, this committee aids in the development of judicial education programs and resources.

An active member of the legal community, Chantelle has served on the Board of Governors for the Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA). She is also a member of the DuPage County Bar Association (DCBA) and is a Past President of the DuPage Association of Women Lawyers and served on the Board of the DuPage County Bar Foundation. Chantelle has received many accolades in her career, including the DCBA Pro Bono Service awards. She has been recognized by Super Lawyers as a Rising Star for over ten years.

Chantelle is a graduate of The Ohio State University (2003) and graduated from DePaul University College of Law (2006). Chantelle was admitted to practice in 2006. While at DePaul University College of Law, Chantelle received her Family Law Certificate and was the recipient of the Public Interest Law Association Grant - Judge Jeffrey Coman Designation, the Shiller DuCanto & Fleck Family Law Center Grant, and the Dean’s Scholarship.

Chantelle has presented as a Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Speaker at the following:

  • DuPage County Bar Association "Basic Skill Seminar" presenting on Juvenile Law
  • DuPage County Bar Association Child Advocacy Seminar on "Ethical Issues When Representing Children"
  • DuPage County Bar Association Family Law Section "Juvenile Court Procedures: Basics for the Family Law Practitioner".
  • DuPage County Bar Association Guardian ad Litem Training “Intro to DCFS and Juvenile Cases”
  • Illinois Association of Family and Conciliation Courts “DCFS Involvement in Family Court Cases”
  • Kane County Bar Association “DCFS and Family Law”

Chantelle is the recipient of the following awards and recognitions:

  • DuPage County Bar Association 2008 B.R.I.E.F. Women to Watch
  • DuPage County Bar Association 2008-2009 Outstanding Service Award
  • DuPage County Bar Association 2008-2009 Pro Bono Service Award
  • DuPage County Bar Association 2010-2011 Pro Bono Service Award
  • Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts Scholarship for ABA Conference held in Washington DC on Improving Parent Representation in the Child Welfare System, 2011
  • Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts Scholarship for the National Association of Counsel for Children's 35th National Child Welfare, Juvenile, and Family Law Conference Family Matters – Advocacy for all Parties in the Childs Best Interests, 2012
  • Selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers–Rising Stars Edition, 2012 – 2021

Chantelle has appeared in the following media:

  • Web MD “Divorced Parents Are Clashing Over COVID-19 Vaccines” by Lambeth Hochwald published on July 12, 2021.
  • Chicago Sun Times “Divorce attorneys brace for exes battling over kids getting COVID-19 vaccine” by Bob Chiarito published on August 29, 2021.
  • Barron’s “Vax The Kids? A Bitter Dispute For Separated Couples” by Bob Chiarito published on November 7, 2021.
  • Cleopatra’s Riches Podcast Hosted by Martha Adams published on November 5, 2021.

Chantelle is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and the DuPage County branch of the NAACP.

Illinois State Bar Association Northwest Suburban Bar Association DuPage County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association DuPage County Bar Association Illinois Association Criminal Defense Lawyers American Inns of Court DuPage Association of Woman Lawyers National Association of Woman Business Owners
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