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Meet Our Family Law Attorneys: RACHEL NICOLE HERNANDEZ

Known for her work in promoting innovative alternatives to litigation in family related legal disputes, Rachel Hernandez is one half of our founding family law attorneys. She is an experienced Collaborative Family Lawyer and the founder of Bruckner Hernandez Legal Solutions, LLC with offices in St. Charles, Illinois and Sycamore, Illinois.

The focus of Bruckner Hernandez Legal Solutions is on helping families resolve legal issues without going to court, whether it be through mediation, Collaborative Process, uncontested divorce, pre-divorce legal counseling or limited scope representation. Rachel provides well-reasoned, practical advice to clients regarding their rights and responsibilities with respect to marital/non-marital assets and debts, maintenance and child custody issues.

When appropriate, Rachel solicits the expertise of other qualified professionals such as financial advisors, accountants and mental health professionals, so their expertise can be brought to bear on the often complex and emotionally charged issues associated with family law dispute resolution. This comprehensive approach allows Rachel to tailor her legal advice, permitting her clients and their families to make well informed and assured decisions.  When children are involved, her paramount concern is that their best interests are prioritized every step of the way.

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Rachel developed a passion for helping others through her work with the Community Crisis Center. This commitment led her to enroll in Northern Illinois University’s College of Law where, as a Dean’s Scholar, she earned her J.D. in 2005. Prior to focusing her practice in the area of family law, she served as an Assistant State’s Attorney handling cases involving child abuse, child neglect and delinquency. As a skilled mediator, Rachel has served as a coach with Northwestern University’s School of Professional Studies and is regularly appointed by the Court to assist litigants in resolving parenting disputes. She also serves as a court-appointed Guardian ad Litem and has been trained as a Parenting Coordinator.

Rachel is a member of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, the Collaborative Law Institute of Illinois, the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, the Illinois State Bar Association (serving on the Solo Small Practice Committee), the Kane County Bar Association and the DeKalb County Bar Association. She serves as Secretary of the Community Crisis Center Board of Directors and the NIU Alumni Council.

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  • Of Counsel Attorney-Van Der Snick Law Firm
  • Winnebago County State’s Attorney Felony Assistant/Supervisor
  • Boone County State’s Attorney Misdemeanor Assistant
  • Kane County State’s Attorney Intern Pursuant to Supreme Court Rule 711

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  • Super Lawyers – 2023
  • Northern Illinois University – Outstanding Woman 2005
  • NIU College of Law – Mentor of the Year 2011
  • NIU College of Law – Dean’s Scholar 2002-2005
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Meet Our Family Law Attorneys: SANDRA PETRAS BRUCKNER

With a degree in finance and over 30 years of legal practice, Sandra “Sandi” Petras Bruckner is adept in assisting clients with navigating complex financial matters and providing options that maintain assets within families as they transition. In addition to her deft analytical skills Sandi is known for her compassion and empathy, always carefully recognizing each client’s unique interests and concerns; and for resolving disputes respectfully. These traits make her a standout among family law attorneys.

As a trained family law mediator and collaborative attorney, Sandi believes that mediation and collaborative process options can better help people resolve family related legal disputes. In these roles, she helps clients unravel their legal issues, analyze their situation, and get to a resolution that promotes peace of mind.

Prior to founding Bruckner Hernandez Legal Solutions, LLC,, Sandi served as Deputy Director of the Children’s Advocacy Center in Kane County for many years, also having prosecuted all types of cases (traffic, misdemeanor, child support, juvenile delinquency, abuse and neglect, and felony cases). Sandi has been in private practice since 1999 and in addition to family law, has handled cases involving personal injury, social security disability, real estate, commercial and civil litigation.

Sandi is a member of the Kane County Bar Association (KCBA), DeKalb County Bar Association (DCBA), Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA), International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (IACP), the Collaborative Law Institute of Illinois (CLII), and the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC). Sandi previously taught general music education for many years at St. Mary’s School in DeKalb, IL and continues to serve as the Youth Choir Director for St. Mary Parish in DeKalb, IL where she also cantors and sings in the Liturgical Choir.

Sandi graduated from Northern Illinois University College of Law in 1986 with a Juris Doctor degree (J.D.), and in 1983 from University of Illinois (Champaign-Urbana) with a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance.

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