Jeanette S. Samuels

Principal Attorney

T: 872.588.8726

Areas of Practice

Criminal Defense

Bar Admissions


Court Admissions

U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois (Trial Bar)

U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois

U.S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois

U.S. District Court, Northern District of Indiana

U.S. District Court, District of Nebraska

U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit


Chicago-Kent College of Law

Dean's List

University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Awards & Recognition

Junior Counselor Award, Cook County Bar Association

President's Centennial Award, Cook County Bar Association

Top 40 Under 40, The National Black Lawyer 

Advocacy and Leadership Award, National Bar Association

Top 40 Under 40, The National 
Trial Lawyer - Civil Plaintiff

Early Achiever, Nebraska Alumni Association

Jeanette “Sam” Samuels has a proven track record of fighting for justice.  A distinguished trial attorney, Sam has achieved a remarkable degree of success in state and federal courtrooms throughout the Chicagoland area.

As a first year associate, Sam was part of the litigation team that settled a case with the City of Chicago for $650 thousand, vindicating the rights of a family who had been harassed and mistreated by several members of the police department.

Months later, Sam’s team settled another case for $100 thousand with the City of Chicago on behalf of a client who had been falsely arrested and maliciously prosecuted when police officers claimed the salt rocks they found in the cuffs of his pants was methamphetamine.

Other notable cases include Campbell v. City of Chicago, a ground-breaking class action seeking a consent decree to oversee the Chicago Police Department; and People v. Jason Van Dyke wherein she disqualified the Cook County State’s Attorney and had a special prosecutor appointed for the murder of Laquan McDonald.

Since becoming licensed, Sam’s practice has focused almost exclusively on enforcing individual liberties, with a special emphasis on civil rights and police misconduct.  Aware that discrimination permeates all areas of the law, Sam expanded her practice to represent criminal defendants.  

Sam’s team now works proactively to help strengthen communities by providing legal representation to emerging businesses and entrepreneurs, and consulting on election laws and regulations.

With the support of community leaders and friends, Sam founded Samuels & Associates, Ltd., to provide affordable, quality legal representation to Chicago’s underserved industries and communities. 

When not working, Sam regularly speaks to students and community organizations on a number of topics, including civil rights, voting, and the importance of education.



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