Chicago-based law practice

Meet Justicia

Monica M. Torres-Linares, Managing Counsel

Monica M. Torres-LinaresMonica Torres-Linares focuses in Criminal Law, Family Law, Immigration Law, Social Security Law, Public Benefits Law, Housing Law, Nursing Home Law, Real Estate Closings and Mediations.

Monica graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and a minor in Spanish, and obtained her Juris Doctor from The John Marshall Law School.

Monica is a former Cook County Assistant Public Defender and a former Civil Rights Attorney. Monica is the past President of the Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois and has taught as Adjunct Professor, at Northeastern Illinois University.

Monica has been recognized for her contributions to the community by the Chicago Latino Network, which awarded her Latina Professional of the Year, and by the Community Renewal Society, which named her one of 35 Under 35 Community Leaders. Also, The John Marshall Law School, recognized her with the Latino Law Student Association Alumni of the Year Award, and she was honored as a Chicago Sun-Times Public Interest Law Fellow. She is a founding board member of Legal Prep Charter Academies and is a board member for CAN TV. Monica also hosts the show “Political Forum” on CAN TV.

Juan Carlos Linares, Co-Founder

Bergin FisnikuJuan Carlos Linares, Co-Founder. Juan Carlos has practiced law for over 11 years. Prior to founding Justicia, he worked as an attorney with Deloitte & Touche LLP and with the City of Chicago Department of Law. He also practiced with an international organization with offices in 36 cities worldwide, including in Latin America.

Juan Carlos holds an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, an LL.M. from The John Marshall Law School, a J.D. from DePaul University and a B.A. from the University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign. He teaches as an Adjunct Professor at Northeastern Illinois University and at The John Marshall Law School. In 2011, Juan Carlos was appointed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel as a Commissioner for the Chicago Commission on Human Relations and he serves on the Board of Directors for Legal Prep Charter Academy.

Claudia Badillo, Of Counsel

Claudia BadilloClaudia Badillo, Of Counsel. Claudia is an attorney specializing in consumer bankruptcy. She was born and raised in Chicago and is of Mexican and Colombian descent. She is a native Hispanic Lawyers Association and the American Bar Association.

She has been an attorney since 2008, and is a graduate of Chicago Kent College of Law where she clerked for the Cook County Public Defender’s office. She attended Northwestern University for undergraduate studies. She has many years of experience helping clients file for bankruptcy protection under federal laws. Her main focus is representing consumers and creditors in consumer bankruptcy cases.

Other fields of law she practices include: foreclosure defense, loan modifications, contract review, not-for profit law, and business start-ups.

Claudia is a contributor to the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, writing about fitness. In her spare time she likes to run, play volleyball and take ballet classes.

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