About Suzanne McEneely

Suzanne Therese McEneely grew up in the Chicagoland area and is the oldest of four girls. She attended the University of Colorado at Boulder where she majored in Environmental Science. Upon returning home to Chicago she studied for the LSAT and attended DePaul University College of Law following in her father’s footsteps. While in law school she joined the Moot Court Trial Team and was coached by a Public Defender. She became interested in criminal law and became a 711 law extern for the Public Defender’s office for the last 2 years of law school. Upon passing the bar Suzanne immediately applied to be an assistant public defender. It was a year long process until the office began hiring and during that time Suzanne worked for Jump and Associates doing civil defense work. She took dozens of depositions and even took a case to jury trial during her first year out of law school. In December of 2002, Suzanne joined the Public Defender’s office and she has been practicing law there ever since.

Suzanne’s first assignment was in the abuse and neglect division at the juvenile justice courthouse. She represented parents who were in jeopardy of losing their parental rights. It was at times heartbreaking and emotionally draining work but proved to be rewarding as well. She moved on to the traffic courthouse at the Daley Center next. There she handled long and busy court calls and often did multiple trials in one day. It was a fertile training ground to learn the art of arguing motions and picking a jury. Her next
stop was at the Leighton Criminal Court Building doing preliminary hearings before landing at the domestic violence division where she practiced for the next 5 years. The domestic violence court calls were also very busy and full of opportunity to argue motions
and litigate cases. It was there she learned the art of defending orders of protection and cross examining lay witnesses. She also had to navigate highly emotional situations with her clients while working to achieve the best outcome for them. After leaving the domestic violence division Suzanne went back to 26th and California and worked in the Branch 46 jury trial room. Cases from all over the county were sent to the jury room when a defendant decided they wanted to exercise their right to a jury trial. It
was a high volume, fast paced room but offered a great opportunity to work on a multitude of cases. Finally, Suzanne moved to the Skokie Courthouse where she continues to practice today. She has been in misdemeanor, domestic violence, mental health court,
veterans court and felony trial rooms while in Skokie.

Suzanne is also a volunteer in her community and at her children’s school. She has served on the board of the Women’s Auxiliary at her parish and has co-chaired the decorations committee for the annual parish fundraiser. This past year she volunteered for Art in
Action at her children’s school which is a program designed to educate students on a famous piece of artwork by inspiring conversation and thought. She also currently sits on the school council for her children’s school. Additionally, she has served on the
board of the Children’s Heart Foundation of Illinois which educates, fundraises and supports families of children born with congenital heart defects.

Suzanne is a Cook County resident and she lives on the northwest side of Chicago with her husband, two sons and rescue dog, Penny.