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Rachel Hernandez

Rachel Hernandez

Family Attorney, Collaborative Lawyer & Mediator Based in St. Charles & Sycamore
  • Family Law, Divorce, Arbitration & Mediation ...
  • Illinois
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Summary

Known for promoting innovative litigation alternatives in family-related legal disputes, Rachel Nicole Hernandez is a collaborative family lawyer & the founder of Bruckner Hernandez Legal Solutions, LLC, a collaborative law & family law firm with offices in St. Charles & Sycamore, Illinois.

Bruckner Hernandez Legal Solutions, LLC helps 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 Nicole Hernandez provides advice to clients regarding their rights with respect to marital/non-marital assets & debts, maintenance, & child custody issues. Rachel Nicole Hernandez solicits the expertise of financial advisors, accountants, & mental health professionals to help resolve complex family law matters.

Rachel Nicole Hernandez developed a passion for helping others by working with the Community Crisis Center. This commitment led her to enroll in the Northern Illinois University College of Law earning her JD in 2005 as a Dean's Scholar. Prior to family law, Rachel Nicole Hernandez served as an Assistant State’s Attorney, handling cases involving domestic abuse, child abuse, child neglect, & delinquency.

As a mediator, Rachel Nicole Hernandez has served as a coach with Northwestern University’s School of Professional Studies & is regularly appointed by the court to assist litigants in parenting disputes. She serves as a court-appointed guardian ad litem & has been trained as a parenting coordinator.

Rachel Nicole Hernandez is a member of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, the Collaborative Law Institute of Illinois, the Association of Family & Conciliation Courts, the Illinois State Bar Association, the Kane County Bar Association, & the DeKalb County Bar Association, & the Community Crisis Center Board of Directors.

Education
Northern Illinois University, College of Law
J.D. (2005) | Law
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The Northern Illinois University College of Law (NIU Law) is renowned for its personalized attention, value, bar passage and employment, & its proximity to the major metropolitan area of Chicago. The Northern Illinois University College of Law (NIU Law) is at the heart of a diverse and active university campus of over 17,000 students on the western edge of the Chicago metropolitan area in DeKalb, Illinois, home to more than 400 major corporate headquarters, including 31 in the Fortune 500.
Honors: Outstanding Woman 2005 Dean's Scholar 2005 Dean's Scholar 2004 Dean's Scholar 2003 Dean's Scholar 2002
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Western Illinois University
B.S. (1997) | Law Enforcement and Justice Administration
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The Western Illinois University Law Enforcement and Justice Administration one of a kind, offering numerous advantages to its students. The program is an internationally known top criminal justice/public safety program, available 100% online or in a traditional on-campus setting, includes diverse, academically qualified and experienced faculty with a wide array of criminal justice/public safety expertise, and allows students to receive academic education with real world practical application.
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Professional Experience
Partner, Founding Attorney, & Collaborative Professional Mediator
Bruckner Hernandez Legal Solutions, LLC: Family Law | Uncontested Divorce | Collaborative Divorce | Child Issues | Mediation | Domestic Violence | Guardian Ad Litem | Limited Scope Representation
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The collaborative law professionals at Bruckner Hernandez Legal Solutions, LLC are ready to resolve family-related legal disputes. Bruckner Hernandez Legal Solutions, LLC is available to offer legal guidance pertaining to collaborative divorce, family law, uncontested divorce, child issues, mediation, domestic violence, guardian ad litem, parenting coordination, limited scope representation, & mid-marital agreements. Through our offices in St. Charles, Illinois and Sycamore, Illinois, Bruckner Hernandez Legal Solutions, LLC provides guidance to Geneva, Batavia, Elgin, Aurora, North Aurora, Sleepy Hollow, Campton Hills, Elburn, Sugar Grove, Algonquin, Dundee, Bartlett, Barrington Hills, Big Rock, Burlington, Carpentersville, Gilberts, Hoffman Estates, Hampshire, Huntley, Kaneville, Pingree Grove, Wayne, Sycamore, DeKalb, Cortland, Somonauk, Sandwich, & Genoa. To learn about Bruckner Hernandez Legal Solutions, LLC, call (630) 888-0017 or email Rachel at Rachel@LawBHH.com.
Attorney
Hernandez Hoag Legal Soutions, LLC
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Of Counsel Attorney
Van Der Snick Law Firm
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Rachel Nicole Hernandez acted as Of Counsel for the Van Der Snick Law Firm, assisting them with the following legal concentrations: Mediation, Orders of Protection, Stalking No Contact Orders, Divorce, Marital Settlement Agreements, Allocation of Parental Rights and Responsibilities, Child Support Maintenance, Unallocated Child Support, Modification of Orders, Guardianship, Criminal Defense, Traffic and DUI, and Juvenile Law
Attorney & Mediator
Rachel Hernandez
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Since leaving her full-time position as an Assistant State's Attorney in 2008 in order to care for her family, Rachel Nicole Hernandez performed a variety of legal services on a contractual basis for the government. In addition, Rachel Nicole Hernandez worked with private attorneys in the areas of criminal and family law. Rachel Nicole Hernandez also provided pro bono services through Prairie State Legal Services and the Domestic Violence Ministry at St. John Neumann Church. This work provided Rachel Nicole Hernandez with the opportunities to be published in the DuPage County Law Journal, serve on the Northern Illinois University College of Law Alumni Council, participate and to participate as a member of the Illinois Bar Association, Kane County Bar Association, and the St. Charles Mothers' Club. As a collaborative law and family law attorney with roots tied to the St. Charles and DeKalb areas, Rachel Nicole Hernandez’s goal was to raise her family while serving her community.
Assistant State's Attorney, Felony Assistant, & Supervisor
Winnebago County State's Attorney
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Rachel Nicole Hernandez was assigned to the Felony Trial Unit to handle all aspects of felony criminal cases scheduled for jury trial. Additionally, Rachel Nicole Hernandez was assigned to supervise the felony pretrial unit. While doing so, Rachel Nicole Hernandez managed five attorneys in handling all aspects of felony case review, daily bond court, and daily felony court for cases not assigned to the felony trial calendar. This experience provided Rachel Nicole Hernandez the opportunity to serve as the liaison to the felony trial unit and the leadership team.
Assistant State's Attorney & Misdemeanor Assistant
Boone County State's Attorney
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Rachel Nicole Hernandez was assigned to prosecute criminal misdemeanors including domestic battery, DUI’s, and all other misdemeanor charges. Also, Rachel Nicole Hernandez was responsible for juvenile abuse & neglect petitions and public health violation cases for Boone County.
Intern Pursuant to Supreme Court Rule 711
Kane County State's Attorney
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Rachel Nicole Hernandez received duties as assigned within the State's Attorney's Office under the supervision of a licensed attorney.
Resource Developer & Events Coordinator
Community Crisis Center
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Fraud Investigator & Information Security
HSBC
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Publications
Speaking Engagements
The Illinois Collaborative Process Act & The Nuts and Bolts of Collaborative Practice , Spring Family Law Seminar , Eagle Brook Country Club
Kane County Bar Association
Discussion of the Collaborative Process Act as well as collaborative practice history and expansion throughout the world. Benefits of keeping families out of court.
Kane County Bar Association , Peskind Memorial Family Law Seminar , Eagle Brook Country Club
Kane County Bar Association
Children in Mediation Process.
Continuing Legal Education Seminars to other attorneys regarding criminal and civil updates
Certifications
DeKalb County Bar Association (DCBA) Admittance
DeKalb County Bar Association (DCBA)
Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA) Admittance
Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA)
Kane County Bar Association (KCBA) Admittance
Kane County Bar Association (KCBA)
Awards
Mentor of the Year
Northern Illinois University College of Law
Outstanding Woman
Northern Illinois University
Dean's Scholar
Northern Illinois University
Dean's Scholar
Northern Illinois University
Dean's Scholar
Northern Illinois University
Dean's Scholar
Northern Illinois University
Top Attorney
Avvo
Professional Associations
St. Charles Mothers' Club
Vice President, Public Relations Chair
Current
Activities: Member of the Fundraising Committee and the Holiday Food and Gift Committee
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St. John Neumann Roman Catholic Church
Volunteer
Current
Activities: While acting as a volunteer for the St. John Neumann Roman Catholic Church, Rachel Nicole Hernandez assisted with the Prison Ministry and the Domestic Violence Ministry.
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Illinois State Bar Association  # 6286394
Member
Current
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International Association of Collaborative Professionals
Member
Current
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Collaborative Law Institute of Illinois
Member
Current
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Illinois Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Member
Current
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Kane County Bar Association
Member of the Solo and Small Firm Practice Institute Committee
Current
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DeKalb County Bar Association
Member
Current
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Boone County Bar Association
Secretary
Current
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Community Crisis Center
Secretary & Member of Board of Directors
Current
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NIU College of Law Alumni Council
Member
Current
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Illinois
Supreme Court of Illinois
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Fees
  • Free Consultation
    In this uncharted landscape of social distancing and public closures, including courthouses in our state for the majority of family cases, we collaborative professionals are ready to help resolve family related legal disputes without court. This is what we do. We are currently limiting in-person meetings, but are offering both current and prospective clients phone and video-conferencing options. We are available to coordinate consultations pertaining to family law, divorce law, collaborative divorce, mediation,domestic violence, juvenile law, guardian ad litem, child issues, uncontested divorce, limited scope representation, mid-marital agreements, and parenting coordination as needed.
Practice Areas
  • Family Law
  • Divorce
  • Arbitration & Mediation
  • Domestic Violence
  • Juvenile Law
Additional Practice Areas
  • Collaborative Family Law
  • Mediation
  • Guardianship
  • Guardian Ad Litem
  • Parenting Coordination
  • Uncontested Divorce
  • Collaborative Divorce
  • Child Issues
  • Limited Scope Representation
  • Mid-Marital Agreements
Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
  • English: Spoken, Written
Websites & Blogs
Website
Bruckner Hernandez Legal Solutions, LLC
Blog
Bruckner Hernandez Legal Solutions, LLC — Blog
Contact & Map
Bruckner Hernandez Legal Solutions, LLC — St. Charles Office
619 West Main Street
Suite D
St. Charles, IL 60174
Telephone: (630) 888-0017
Fax: (630) 578-1864
Monday: 8:30 AM - 5 PM
Tuesday: 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday: 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday: 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday: 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday: 8:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Sunday: Closed (Today)
Notice: Hours are by appointment only. Bruckner Hernandez Legal Solutions, LLC is currently limiting in-person meetings, however, we are offering phone and video conferencing options to current and prospective clients.
Bruckner Hernandez Legal Solutions, LLC — Sycamore Office
139 South Sacramento Street
Sycamore, IL 60178
Telephone: (630) 888-0017
Monday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Tuesday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Wednesday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Thursday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Friday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Saturday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Sunday: Closed (Today)
Notice: Hours are by appointment only. Bruckner Hernandez Legal Solutions, LLC is currently limiting in-person meetings, however, we are offering phone and video conferencing options to current and prospective clients.