Monica M. Torres-Linares, Managing Counsel
Monica Torres-Linares is a Chicago attorney concentrating in Child Protection and Juvenile Justice, particularly in the working-class communities. She is also a contract Mediator for the City of Chicago Commission on Human Relations. Also, Monica has experience in Criminal Law, Family Law, Social Security Law, Public Benefits Law, Housing Law, Nursing Home Law, and Real Estate Law.
Monica graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and a minor in Spanish, she and obtained her Juris Doctor from The John Marshall Law School.
Monica is a former Cook County Assistant Public Defender, a former Legal Aid attorney and a former Civil Rights Attorney. Monica is the past President of the Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois and has taught as an 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. The John Marshall Law School recognized her with the Latino Law Student Association Alumni of the Year Award, and she has been honored as a Chicago Sun-Times Public Interest Law Fellow. Also, Monica was a founding board member of Legal Prep Charter Academies.
Juan Carlos Linares, Co-Founder
Juan 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.