Over 25 Years of Criminal Defense Experience

Kristen Messamore

Kristen Messamore


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.


  • 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

Current Employment Position

  • Associate

Practice Areas

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

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois, 1998

Past Positions

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

Fraternities or Sororities

  • Alpha Omicron Pi

Professional Associations

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