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Rena Ballard began her legal career at the Office of the Cook County State’s Attorney, where she prosecuted more than 200 bench trials and multiple jury trials involving involuntary commitment and medication of psychiatric patients. Rena’s current litigation practice includes handling contested guardianships, contested estate administration matters, involuntary nursing home discharge cases and personal injury. Rena also has previous experience as a Master’s level social services coordinator, a role which facilitates her assistance to seniors needing legal services.

Practice Areas

Phone: 847-382-9130
Fax: 847-382-9135

Bar Admissions

  • Supreme Court of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois


  • DePaul University College of Law, Chicago, Illinois
    J.D.  |  1996
  • Florida State University
    M.S.  |  1997
  • Delta State University
    B.M.  |  1983
    Graduated with four-year honors; Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Illinois State Bar Association, Member, Elder Law Section

Past Employment Positions

  • Rena A. Ballard LLC, Attorney at Law, Principal  |  2014–2017
  • Law Offices of Pretzel & Stouffer, Chicago, Illinois, Attorney  |  2000–2014
  • Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office, Chicago, Illinois, Assistant State’s Attorney  |  1996–2000

Pro Bono Activities

  • Chicago Volunteer Legal Services  |  Volunteer Attorney
  • Barrington Area Council on Aging  |  Volunteer


  • Five Important Legal Documents for Estate Planning
  • Financial Exploitation of Seniors-Remedies
  • Becoming the Decision-Maker for a Senior
  • Reporting Elder Abuse
  • Assessing Legal Capacity