ABOUT US

Our purpose is to help families, and treat them like our own.

MEET KELLY MINSHALL

The Firm's Founder...

Hello and welcome. I’m Kelly Minshall. I’m an attorney in Downer's Grove, IL, and more importantly, a wife and a mom. If you’re checking out this page, I’ll assume you’re curious to see if I’m the right person to guide you through this process. You’re on the right track. Choosing the right attorney is the first, and perhaps the most important, step toward putting the best estate plan in place.

Let me tell you a little about myself...

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Education & Background

I graduated from Michigan State University College of Law, with Cum Laude honors, and I am licensed to practice law in Illinois, Michigan and Indiana. Originally from Michigan, I now live in Downers Grove, Illinois with my husband and daughter.

When I’m not working or spending time with my family, I volunteer with various community organizations to provide pro bono legal services to those in need.

For the last several years, I’ve also served as a mentor and board member of a Chicago non-profit organization that provides financial assistance and mentoring to academically gifted, economically disadvantaged Chicago inner-city high school students so that they can achieve their educational goals.

In addition to volunteering, I enjoy traveling, reading a good book and staying physically active. I’ve competed in multiple triathlons and am always looking for the next challenge, whether at the gym or in life.

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At most estate planning firms the relationship ends when you sign your documents. At Minshall Law, we see the signing of your documents as only the beginning of our relationship with your family.

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Professional Experience

Professionally, I’ve been blessed to gain a wide variety of legal experience and do some really exciting things. I’ve successfully argued in front of the Michigan Court of Appeals multiple times; I’ve argued in front of three judge panels at the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit; I’ve conducted trials, mediations and arbitrations; and I’ve traveled around the country defending my clients from lawsuits. However, the most rewarding thing I have ever experienced professionally is building and maintaining close relationships with my clients.

When I began my legal career, I focused on serving individuals and small business owners in estate planning, family law and litigation. I loved the bond I formed with my clients as I helped them through their varied legal issues.

As my career progressed, my practice became more specialized and transitioned from serving mostly individuals to primarily representing companies in commercial litigation. The reality of litigation was that every day was filled with contention, objections, and arguments. I spent my time and energy strategizing on how to defeat my opponent.

Every single day was a fight. Though being in the courtroom was exciting and suited my competitive nature, aside from the fleeting high of a win, my professional life was largely unfulfilling. Truthfully, it was filled with tension and negativity. Moreover, the more specialized my practice become, the less true client contact I had. As the companies I represented grew larger, I had less communications with my client and more communications with my client’s corporate counsel. It was nothing personal - this is simply how it works in larger organizations.

For me, however, it felt like I no longer had a personal relationship with my clients. To top it off, I worked in billable hours, which meant that every time my client wanted to share something with me, they knew they’d be receiving a bill.

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Following My Purpose

While I had gone to law school for the purpose of helping people, in reality there was huge disconnect, as the further along I progressed in my practice, the less it felt I was making a difference in my clients’ lives.

Becoming a wife and a mom caused me to further assess the path I was on. Ultimately, I knew I didn’t want my days filled with tension and arguments. Instead, I needed to follow my purpose and do what I had set out to do when I started law school – making a positive impact on my clients’ lives.

So I did something about it and opened Minshall Law.

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ADDRESS

900 Ogden Ave. #180
Downer's Grove, IL 60515