Hammel Law Offices P.C.
More Than 25 Years Of Criminal Defense Experience

Kristen Messamore

Kristen Messamore

Joliet, Illinois
I have been practicing law since 1998, and have developed a focus in juvenile law, handling delinquency, truancy, and abuse and neglect cases.  I am trained to  act as a guardian ad litem for children in custody issues and have expanded the firm's appellate practice.  From 1999 to 2007, I worked exclusively in the juvenile court room as an assistant public defender and represented minors charged with various crimes ranging from misdemeanors to class X felonies.  Additionally, I have represented minors and parents in abuse and neglect cases involving the Department of Children and Family Services.  Based on my past court room experience and raising our three children with my husband since 2000 (who is also an attorney managing our firm), I am aware of the sensitive and emotional aspect of a family dealing with legal issues involving  children.  I am a member of the Illinois State Bar Association, Will County Bar Association, and the Women's Will County Bar Association.

Areas of Practice

  • 85% Juvenile Law
  • 5% Appellate Law
  • 10% Criminal law

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois, 1998


  • John Marshall Law School, Chicago, Illinois
    • J.D. - 1998
    • Honors: With High Honors
  • University of Illinois, Champaign, Illinois
    • B.A.
    • Honors: With High Honors
    • Major: Psychology and Speech Communications

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Illinois Bar Association, Member, 1998 - 2017
  • Will County Bar Association, Member, 1998 - 2017

Past Employment Positions

  • Hammel Law Office, P.C., Association Attorney At Law, 2000 - 2017
  • Will County Public Defender Office, Assistant Public Defender, 1999 - 2007


  • Alpha Omicron Pi

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