Laura Ayala-Gonzalez has 17 years of legal experience. She graduated with her law degree from the John Marshall Law School in 2002. She received her B.A. from Bradley University, Peoria, IL in 1997. In college she majored in Criminal Justice, Sociology and Spanish.
Laura has spent her legal career as an Assistant Cook County State’s Attorney. She is currently the Supervisor in the Felony Trial Division. She supervises 18 Felony Trial Assistants ensuring that cases are prosecuted fairly and handled properly. Previously, she served as the First Chair, in the Gangs and Complex Homicide Unit. In this role, she attended community meetings, hearings and neighborhood forums to help combat gang violence. She started her career in the office in the Child Support and Juvenile Justice Bureau: Child Protection and Juvenile Delinquency. Laura tried a variety of cases including sexual offenses and cases of mental and physical abuse of children.
Laura is very active in the community, leading immigration and domestic violence initiatives in the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office as a co-leader of the Hispanic Employee Resource Group. Mentoring young lawyers, teaching fifth-seventh graders at the Junior ASA program, and serving with WBAI’s Women Everywhere program are just some examples of her service work. Laura has participated in the Lyons Township High School Mock Trial Team and was part of an employee resource group to benefit hurricane and earthquake relief for victims in Puerto Rico and Mexico.
Laura has been found qualified by evaluating bar associations to serve as a judge of the Circuit Court.
To learn more about Laura and her campaign, please visit www.ayala-gonzalez4judge.com