Law Office of Rachel J. Hess - Bio - St. Charles, IL
Law Office of Rachel J. Hess - ph:  (630) 377-6828 * fax:  (331)-222-4103

My name is Rachel Hess. I have been a licensed attorney and practicing law in Illinois since 1994.  I practice primarily in Kane, Kendall, DeKalb and Du Page and other counties on a case-by-case basis. 
Experience You Can Trust
I am a former DUI, misdemeanor and felony prosecutor for both Kane and LaSalle Counties. I worked as an Assistant State's Attorney and Assistant Appellate Defender  for almost 5 years.  After that, I worked as a private defense attorney concentrating in both civil and criminal cases.  Altogether, I worked in Kane (and LaSalle) County for  23 years. I have also worked for local and/or State government, in some capacity, for my entire career.  As such, I have developed strong relationships with , prosecutors, public defenders, caseworkers, police officers, judges, clerks, bailiffs and other county personnel. This is crucial to the practice of law because relationships are crucial to the successful practice of law.
I have been published in many formats of criminal, traffic, landlord-tenant and CyberCrimes in many formats including practice manuals, bar journals, newsletters and appellate opinions. 
Involved in Changing State Law
I am a former member of the Illinois State Bar Association Traffic Laws & Courts Section Council. Additionally,  I was also an Assistant Appellate Defender for the Third District Office of the State Appellate Defender and have continued as an independent contractor since 1999.   In that capacity, I submitted over 75 appellate briefs to the State appellate courts and I have argued before the Third District Court of Appeals.  I have also successfully petitioned the Illinois Supreme Court for Leave to Appeal and have had a brief successfully argued before the Illinois Supreme Court which effectively changed the law in Illinois.  
Dedicated, Loyal and Respected
I have been selected by the Kane County Judiciary to serve as one of four criminal and juvenile-abuse/neglect conflict attorneys in Kane County.
Serves the Community
I have made public speaking appearances to groups such as MADD, SADD and ZONTA and have appeared as a guest speaker on a local network to discuss issues related to domestic violence. 
My philosophy is that communication is the key to client satisfaction and effective case management. I understand that every case is unique and personal to each client. Since my satisfied clients are my best referral resource, I am committed to serving their needs in the most economical and efficient manner possible. 

I am available by phone, fax, voicemail, website and e-mail.  I pledge to give each case the utmost attention and to promptly communicate any development affecting case status  as soon as reasonably possible.   *See communication policy on page*

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