Joyce O’Neill Austin – of counsel

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Practice Areas

  • Chicago (1986-1988), Rockford (1988-present)
  • General Practice with emphasis in all aspects of family law, school law
    particularly special education, due process litigation,
    civil litigation, personal injury/tort law and probate


  • Raytown High School; Raytown, MO (1966)
  • University of Kansas; Lawrence, KS (B.S. 1970)
  • Purdue University; W. LaFayette, IN (M.S. 1972)
  • 66 hours of graduate education courses in school administration at Northern Illinois University; DeKalb, IL. Formerly certified as a special education teacher (speech pathologist) and school Administrator.
  • University of Illinois College of Law; Urbana, IL (J.D. 1986)

Admissions to Practice

  • State of Illinois, 1986
  • United States District Court for Northern District of Illinois, 1987

Additional Experience

  • 1972 to 1983—Speech therapist and administrative coordinator for Rockford Public School District #205. Developed nationally approved program for T.A.L.K. (Teaching Activities for Language Knowledge). Adopted statewide by over 50 different school districts and nationally by over 10 states.

Professional Membership/Committees

  • Winnebago County Bar Association (WCBA)
  • Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA)
  • Winnebago County Women’s Bar Association

Additional Training

  • Trained as arbitrator for court-annexed mandatory arbitration
  • Trained as major civil-case mediator
  • Trained as a dissolution mediator
  • Trained as a child representative/G.A.L.
  • Trained in collaborative law


Ms. O’Neill Austin lives in Cherry Valley, Illinois with her husband, Jeffrey Austin, D.D.S., who is a dentist practicing in Rochelle, Illinois. Between them they have four children.