Victoria R. Paton is an associate attorney with Pucci | Pirtle, LLC. Ms. Paton was admitted to the Illinois Bar in 2019 and focuses her practice on various aspects of family law, including dissolution of marriage, legal separation, and allocation of parental responsibilities (parenting time and decision-making), and residential real estate matters.
Ms. Paton is a Canadian citizen, and she began working as an intern for a general practice attorney in Toronto when she was just 16 years old. She completed her Undergraduate degree in Women’s Studies and Political Science at the University of Ottawa in Ottawa, Ontario. Upon graduation, she headed to Michigan State University College of Law, where she completed her first two years of law school. Ms. Paton then returned to the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law, where she rounded out her Dual Juris Doctor program, earning both an American and a Canadian law degree with Honors.
Throughout law school, Ms. Paton was heavily involved in various student organizations, including Women’s Law Caucus, Law Students for Reproductive Justice, and the Canadian Legal Association. She was also an Articles Editor for the Canadian Journal of Women and the Law, and a Research Assistant assisting in the publication of Surrogacy in Canada: Critical Perspectives in Law and Policy (Irwin Law, 2018).
Ms. Paton gained significant family law experience while in law school. She clerked for a family law judge at the Milton Ontario Court of Justice, and worked as a student associate for a family lawyer in Ottawa. Ms. Paton also clerked at a prominent Chicago family law firm, where she continued clerking prior to sitting for the Bar.
Upon her admission to the Illinois Bar, Ms. Paton was an Associate Attorney for a Chicago-area reproductive technology firm. She worked on drafting and negotiating contracts to assist individuals and families in their family building journeys, but her passion for family law ultimately brought her to Pucci | Pirtle, LLC. Ms. Paton’s extensive contracts background ensures her attention to detail and negotiating skills when drafting various family law documents, such as Marital Settlement Agreements and Parenting Plans/Allocation Judgments.
Ms. Paton understands that family law matters can be emotionally charged and demanding on the individuals involved, and works tirelessly to ensure that clients’ unique needs are met in such times. She aims to work with clients to find a solution that is tailored to their specific goals, exhibiting strong advocacy and negotiation skills whenever necessary.
University of Ottawa Faculty of Law, Ottawa, ON, J.D., 2018
Michigan State University College of Law, East Lansing, MI, J.D., 2018
University of Ottawa, Ottawa, ON, B.Soc.Sci., Women’s Studies and Political Science, 2014
Professional Associations & Memberships:
- Illinois State Bar Association
- Kane County Bar Association
- McHenry County Bar Association