Pucci | Pirtle

APPROACH | Team

This is the part where we tell you why you should choose us – over them. And in true Pucci | Pirtle fashion, we are going to tell you just how we would if you were sitting in front of us.

~ Julie Pirtle

Pucci  |  Pirtle: Approach

When hiring an attorney, you want sound advice and expect quality representation.

This shouldn’t be an intimidating process…but it is. Because you know, that even though lawyers are trained to know the law – not all lawyers practice the same.

The approach at Pucci | Pirtle is to simply focus on YOU and protecting your RIGHTS.

Beginning with the most logical first step in providing quality legal representation – we develop a personal relationship.

As we identify your needs, we assume the role as advocate in pursuing a legal course of action.

And then we execute.

Our ultimate service goal is to openly delineate the steps each client will need to maneuver and to efficiently and thoughtfully address every question as part of honest communication, as well as to anticipate the many moving variables involved in such proceedings to alleviate concerns or apprehension.

The results are proven with a stellar track record for our clients.

Pucci | Pirtle Partners

Julia a Pucci

MANAGING PARTNER

Julia a Pucci's Bio

Julia A. Pucci, managing partner with Pucci | Pirtle, focuses her practice in the areas of divorce and custody litigation.

Ms. Pucci attended Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, Illinois where she received a Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, in Sociology and Political Science. Ms. Pucci subsequently earned her Juris Doctor from St. Louis University School of Law in St. Louis, Missouri. During her law school career, Julia taught legal research and writing as a teaching assistant and was also active in the mediation clinic where she obtained her mediation certification.

As a certified mediator, she mediated court-ordered child custody matters and assisted parents in drafting parenting and custody agreements. After being admitted to the Bar, Ms. Pucci was employed as an Assistant State’s Attorney for the County of McHenry where she worked in the civil division, enforced child support orders and handled other civil matters for the County. Ms. Pucci was then employed with a large Schaumburg firm where she concentrated her practice on domestic relations matters and continued to do so as a partner with Schwarz & Pucci, LLC and now Pucci | Pirtle.

Ms. Pucci obtained advanced training in mediation and firmly believes that mediation is an avenue that many parties faced with tough domestic relations issues may benefit from, both in the area of custody matters and also financial issues. Because of her training, she is more proficient in negotiating fair settlements for her clients. However, Ms. Pucci also understands quite well that some matters simply cannot be settled by way of mediation or other negotiation tactics and thus, if the matter must be litigated, she has a strong courtroom presence and is well respected by the Court.

Ms. Pucci approaches every case with the goal of problem solving while understanding that each client has a unique set of circumstances. She works closely with her clients throughout the legal process; she is very proficient at finding reasonable and practical solutions in each of her cases, though if the matter proceeds to trial, she is a skilled litigator. Ms. Pucci’s creativity, intelligence and thoroughness afford her the ability to finalize matters expeditiously and with outcomes that are understandable and satisfactory to her clients. Julia is respected by both her clients and peers and has earned a reputation of excellence.

In addition to her advanced negotiations skills, Ms. Pucci is also a known for her abilities as guardian ad litem in custody disputes. Through her strong voice and understanding, Ms. Pucci tirelessly supports the position that is in the best interest of the children. Ms. Pucci gives every investigation her utmost attention using her steadfast dedication to ensure the right outcome.

Practice Areas

Bar Admissions:

  • Illinois, 2005

Education:

  • St. Louis University School of Law, St. Louis, MO, J.D., 2005
  • Illinois Wesleyan University, Bloomington, IL, B.A. Sociology and Political Science, Cum Laude, 2002

Honors and Awards:

  • American Society of Legal Advocates, Top 40 Family Law Attorneys Under 40
  • American Society of Legal Advocates, Ten Best Attorneys for Client Satisfaction

Professional Associations & Memberships:

  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Family Law Section Council
  • Kane County Bar Association
  • Practice Management and Small Firm Committee Chair
  • Former Illinois State Bar Association Family Law Division Section Counsel Member

Published Works:

  • Trial Court’s Award of Sole Custody Affirmed Where Father did not Request Sole Custody in Any Pleading, Illinois State Bar Associations Family Law Section Newsletter, May, 2013, Vol 56. No. 11 at 4.
  • Are we creating monsters Court holds adult children lacked standing to bring claim for college expenses under 513, Illinois State Bar Associations Family Law Section Newsletter, Nov, 2013, Vol 57. No. 4 at 1.

 

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Julie m Pirtle

PARTNER

Julie m Pirtle's Bio

Julie M. Pirtle has been a partner at PUCCI | PIRTLE since our formation in April of 2013. Ms. Pirtle began her career as an attorney at Schwarz & Pucci, LLC with Attorney Julia Pucci.

She concentrates her practice in the areas of family law, including divorce and custody matters, and residential real estate transactions.

Ms. Pirtle graduated cum laude from Northern Illinois College of Law. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Northern Illinois University. During law school, Ms. Pirtle was active in the Dooley Chapter of Phi Alpha Delta Legal Fraternity, serving as the vice justice during her second year. Ms. Pirtle was also active in the Women’s Law Caucus and the Public Interest Law Society. Since graduating Ms. Pirtle remains active in her local bar associations. She is a member of the Kane County Bar Association, McHenry County Bar Association, and Illinois State Bar Association.

Ms. Pirtle graduated law school with nearly ten years of family law experience having worked for two other law firms as a paralegal. As a result of her extensive work as an administrator on family law cases, Ms. Pirtle understands that attention to detail is key in every case. Ms. Pirtle became proficient in legal research after working in the law library at NIU for two years.

In addition, she worked as a 711 for the Zeke Giorgi Legal Clinic in Rockford for a semester on various domestic violence and family law cases. Ms. Pirtle was awarded the Clinical Legal Education Association’s Outstanding Student Award for her work at the Zeke Giorgi Legal Clinic.

Ms. Pirtle uses her extensive knowledge in helping each and every client find a solution that is tailored to his or her circumstances while also exhibiting strong advocacy in the courtroom. She understands that not every case is a trial case nor can every case be kept out of the courtroom. Whether your needs are getting through a tough situation now or planning to avoid tough situations in the future, Ms. Pirtle can help you achieve your goals.

Practice Areas

Bar Admissions:

  • Illinois, 2012

Education:

  • Northern Illinois University College of Law, DeKalb, IL, J.D., 2012
  • Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL, B.S. Sociology, 2008

Honors and Awards:

  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys, 10 Best, 2016
  • American Society of Legal Advocates, Ten Best Attorneys for Client Satisfaction

Professional Associations & Memberships:

  • Kane County Bar Association
  • McHenry County Bar Association
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Former Illinois State Bar Association Young Lawyer’s Division Section Council Member

Published Works:

  • Illinois Supreme Court Puts Burden on Unmarried Fathers to Prove Visitation is in their Childs Best Interests, Illinois State Bar Associations Family Law Section Newsletter, Aug. 2013 at 4.
  • Boosting Your Online Presence Through Facebook Advertising, Illinois State Bar Associations Young Lawyer Division Section Newsletter, Aug. 2015 at 2.

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Pucci | Pirtle Attorneys

Alyssa d Smith

ATTORNEY

Alyssa d Smith's Bio

Alyssa D. Smith is an associate attorney with Pucci | Pirtle, LLC. She was admitted to the Illinois Bar in November 2018 and focuses her practice on family law including the areas of divorce and parental responsibilities (formerly known as custody) litigation.

A Woodstock, Illinois native, Ms. Smith attended the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities where she graduated in three years. She joined Pucci | Pirtle, LLC as a paralegal in July 2014 and continued to work for the firm while she attended University of Missouri School of Law in Columbia, Missouri where she earned her Juris Doctor in May 2018.

While in law school, Ms. Smith worked in the law library, honing her legal research skills. In the summer of 2016 and spring of 2017, she interned with Prairie State Legal Services in McHenry County and the Family Violence Clinic at Missouri School of Law, gaining firsthand experience working with clients on a variety of family law and domestic violence matters from both. Ms. Smith also volunteered at the Missouri Capital reviewing clemency petitions for the governor.

Ms. Smith was a member of the Missouri Law Review as an Associate Member and then as an Associate Editor. Throughout law school, Ms. Smith dedicated her focus to the areas of family law and alternative dispute resolution.

Ms. Smith uses compassion while working with clients to help them navigate through the divorce process and child related issues, understanding that each case is unique. She continues to advocate for her clients and work with them to obtain a solution to the various obstacles they face while being mindful of their specific goals and values.

Practice Areas

Bar Admissions:

  • Illinois, 2018

Education:

  • University of Missouri School of Law, Columbia, MO, J.D., 2018
  • University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, B.A. English and minor History, 2014

Professional Associations & Memberships:

  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Kane County Bar Association
  • McHenry County Bar Association
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Pucci | Pirtle Staff

Shawna Krenz

PARalegal

Laura Goergens

Receptionist

Every client asks us what “type” of attorneys we are; are we “bulldogs” or do we always try to negotiate and minimize litigation? The answer is always the same – we are whatever you need us to be, and whatever your case requires

~ Julia Pucci

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