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Ashley Reed

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Ms. Reed concentrates her practice in adoption, guardianship and probate matters, child welfare and juvenile law. She regularly appears before the adoption court and probate court of the Circuit Court of Cook County and surrounding counties.

Ms. Reed is routinely appointed by the Cook County Court to serve as Guardian Ad Litem in adoption proceedings, where she represents the best interest of the minors. Her knowledge of probate, adoption and juvenile law make her uniquely qualified to work with clients in both adoption and guardianship matters.

Prior to joining the firm Ms. Reed worked as an attorney at Greenlight Family Services, a non-profit organization focusing on adoption and guardianship cases. Here she handled adoption and guardianship matters across the state of Illinois. Prior to her work at Greenlight she was an Assistant Public Guardian (GAL) in the Cook County Child Protection Division. While in Child Protection, she skillfully litigated contested abuse and neglect trials, DCFS administrative appeals, and mediations.

In addition to her litigation skills, Ms. Reed has volunteered her time serving both the legal community and community at large. She served as the chair of the Chicago Bar Association Adoption Law Committee, having previously served as the vice-chair of the committee. She has previously volunteered through CVLS as a Guardian ad litem and she continues to volunteer her time in the community as a CASA advocate in the Cook County Juvenile Court and at Cradles for Crayons.

Practice Areas

  • Adoption
  • Guardianship
  • Probate
  • Child Welfare/Juvenile law


  • Loyola University Chicago School of Law, Chicago, Illinois
    • Juris Doctor
    • Honors: Certificate in Child and Family Law
    • Editor: The Child and Family Law Journal
    • Honors: Family Law Moot Court team
  • Baylor University, Waco, Texas
    • Bachelor of Arts
    • Honors: Academic Honors
    • Honors: Semester abroad: Sevilla Spain Fall 2001
    • Major: Sociology
    • Major: Business

Bar Admission

  • Illinois

Pro-Bono Activities

  • CASA Cook County, Advocate, 2020-present
  • Chicago Volunteer Legal Services, Pro Bono Guardian Ad Litem in Domestic Relations cases, 2019-present
  • Cradles to Crayons, Family Circle volunteer

Professional Associations

  • The Chicago Bar Association, Adoption Law Committee, Chair, 2021-2022
  • The Chicago Bar Association, Adoption Law Committee, vice-chair, 2020-2021
  • Chicago Bar Association, 2010 – present
  • Illinois State Bar Association, 2022 - present