Danelle Wozniak is experienced in handling many types of family law cases including divorce, legal separation, establishing paternity, related adoptions, orders of protection, custody disputes, child support and juvenile/abuse and neglect cases. Danelle also serves as a Special Public Defender in McHenry County.
Since 2006, she has served the Court in the capacity of Guardian as Litem, an attorney appointed for the best interests of minor children, in Kane and McHenry counties and has been involved in complex custody disputes. This experience gives her a unique perspective on custody cases And issues concerning a child’s best interests which provides valuable insight for clients.
Danelle is also a trained mediator qualified to assist parties in divorce litigation resolve disputes voluntarily concerning parenting decisions and parenting time.
Danelle grew up in Kane County and graduated from Dundee Crown High School in Carpentersville. She attended the University of Iowa and graduated in 2001 with a Bachelors degree in Journalism and an emphasis in English. Immediately following college graduation she became a staff writer for The Daily Herald, Elgin branch. Danelle’s legal career focused initially on criminal law when she interned with the Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office. At the KCSAO she worked in the Child Advocacy Center helping to prosecute child abuse and sex offense cases.
After graduating with her Juris Doctorate from The John Marshall Law School in January 2005, she worked as an associate attorney for a general practice law firm in Elgin until October 2009. During that time she gained valuable experience in family law, criminal defense, as well as other civil litigation areas including bankruptcy and collections.
Danelle is a member of the Kane County Bar Association, McHenry County Bar Association, and the Illinois State Bar Association.
Danelle’s passions include volunteer work in her community. She currently serves at Secretary/Board Member of Kids in Need which benefits foster children, foster families and in-tact families, and other vulnerable children in McHenry County. She is the parent group representative to the school board of her children’s school.