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Kimber Russell

Kimber Russell

Family Law Attorney
  • Family Law, Criminal Law, Cannabis & Marijuana Law ...
  • Illinois
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As a family law attorney, I will be a strong advocate for you and your family in times of crisis. Whether you need a dissolution, a post-decree action such as modification of child support or parenting time, I will be by your side and fighting for you.

Cannabis expungements and criminal records relief are what I provide to clients to give them a fresh start.

I am also an advocate and guide for people facing the criminal prosecution system in Chicagoland. I am a founder and partner at Vanguard Advocates, LLP, a law practice focused on people and problem-solving. Vanguard Advocates, LLP is driven by a mission to provide legal services that are affordable, with clear and predictable pricing, so that your focus can be on your criminal, traffic, or juvenile justice issue. If your case is over, we at Vanguard Advocates, LLP stand ready to help you with criminal records relief, including adult sealings and expungements.

Practice Areas
Family Law
Adoption, Child Custody, Child Support, Guardianship & Conservatorship, Paternity, Prenups & Marital Agreements, Restraining Orders, Same Sex Family Law
Criminal Law
Criminal Appeals, Drug Crimes, Expungement, Fraud, Gun Crimes, Internet Crimes, Sex Crimes, Theft, Violent Crimes
Cannabis & Marijuana Law
Marijuana Business Formation, Medical Marijuana
Traffic Tickets
Suspended License
  • Free Consultation
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    Consultations are $100 for office/phone or $250 if incarcerated, but the fee will be applied to overall fees charged. We offer payment plans and affordable pricing to enable low and moderate income clients to access high quality legal services.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Supreme Court of Illinois
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  • French: Spoken, Written
DePaul College of Law
J.D. (2008)
Honors: Law Review, CALI for Trial Advocacy
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New York University
M.A. (2002) | Cinema Studies
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Northwestern University
B.S. (1995) | Speech
Honors: Dean's List
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Professional Associations
State Bar of Illinois  # 6298670
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Chicago Bar Association
Co-Chair Alliance for Women
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Chicago Bar Association
Vice Chair Alliance for Women
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Chicago Bar Association
Programming Chair
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Chicago Bar Association
Membership Chair
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Women's Bar Association of Illinois
Marketing Committee
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Legal Answers
3 Questions Answered
Q. I live in an apartment building. Can the property management prohibit people from smoking marijuana now that it’s legal
A: That is correct. Landlords can lawfully prohibit the smoking of marijuana on their property and in their rental units. The same goes for public housing.
Q. Are tasers legal to have and carry in Illinois if a person has a FOID card?
A: Tasers are legal in IL with a valid FOID card, however, there are exceptions to when they may be used including:

--when you intend to use the weapon unlawfully against someone else

--while you’re masked or hooded in a way to hide your identity

--in a place licensed to sell intoxicating beverages

--at any licensed public gathering where admission is charged

--in a school, college, or courthouse

--in or within 1,000 feet of a public park

--in public housing, or

--on public transit.

(720 Ill. Comp. Stat § 5/24-1 (2019).)
Q. Can I own/posess a firearm and grow medical cannabis in a recreational state? Thanks in advance, Veteran, 50, Illinois
A: If you have a valid medical marijuana card and your FOID card you can lawfully keep your firearm in Illinois at this time. Individuals who have drug addiction issues or have felony weapons charges on their records, however, are prohibited from owning a firearm.

Make sure you are abiding by the laws relating to medical cannabis and not growing more than 5 plants at a time and that your plants are kept locked away from any person under the age of 21.
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Contact & Map
Vanguard Advocates, LLP
73 W Monroe
Ste 100
Chicago, IL 60603
Telephone: (312) 344-3804
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