Judge Diana López is a first-generation daughter of immigrants who has always fought for equal access to justice for children and families of all backgrounds. Prior to becoming a Judge, she worked as an attorney for over 20 years, tirelessly serving thousands of families in crisis situations. She helped parents and the court system to make informed decisions that were in the best interests of children and families.
López volunteered her services to many area organizations including the National Immigrant Justice Center, the Chicago Bar Association, and Greenlight Family Services. She has always been dedicated to education and mentoring and began teaching Adoption Law at DePaul University School of Law in 2019 as an adjunct professor. She also authored various publications on continuing legal education in adoption law for the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education (2012-2015, 2020).
López is an advocate for civility, professionalism, diversity, and inclusion. Her commitment is evident in her roles as Chair (2013) and Vice-Chair (2012) for Chicago Bar Association’s Adoption Law Committee. In 2019 and 2020 she was honored by her peers and selected as an “Illinois Super Lawyer.” Since 2006, López had been appointed consistently as Guardian ad Litem for the County Division Adoption Court, and in the Domestic Relations Division in Cook County since 2015. She is an active member of Illinois Bar Association, the Chicago Bar Association, the Hispanic Lawyers of Illinois, Women’s Bar Association of Illinois and the DuPage County Bar Association.
López began her career as an Extern at the Cook County Public Guardian’s Office during law school at Loyola University. Prior to graduation, she secured a position at the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office. In her role as an Assistant State’s Attorney of the Child Support Enforcement Division and Child Protection Division, she gained hands on litigation experience. Diana established herself as a mentor through managing other Assistant State’s Attorneys in the Divisions she served. This role included court calls and representation of the Illinois Department of Public Aid. During her time as Assistant State’s Attorney, she also showed her commitment to the community through public education workshops on all aspects of family law topics.
In 2004, López joined a private practice concentrating in complex family law, representing children and families in domestic relations and adoption cases. In 2006, she became the Managing Partner of the firm of Monteagudo, López & Díaz, LLC where she concentrated on family and adoption law. In 2010, López founded López Law Group, P.C. where she continued to use her training, expertise and commitment to equitable and inclusive bilingual services to clients and the community.
Diana graduated with a degree is in Communications from University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana (1997) and her Juris Doctorate with a certificate in Child and Family Law from Loyola University School of Law (2001). Diana is a proud member of the Rotary Club where she continues her efforts and commitment to serve the needs of children, families and community.