Making A Difference For Dads

Our Chicago based law firm has a demonstrated record of success on behalf of fathers in custody disputes arising in divorce and paternity cases, in related matters such as domestic violence protection orders, and in post-decree matters such as child abduction, parent relocation and modification of child support orders.

Janise A. Lane




Janise A. Lane was awarded her Juris Doctorate from Drake University Law School. After graduation, she was a judicial law clerk for the Judges of the District Court in Des Moines, Iowa. In that capacity, she wrote judicial court orders for the Judges including a significant decision concerning a million-dollar suit, an order protecting the identity of a sexual assault victim, and an order suppressing statements by a defendant when police officers failed to warn him of his Miranda rights.

Prior to that, Ms. Lane worked for a criminal defense law firm in Des Moines and for the Iowa Coalition Against Sexual Assault. In those critical roles, she strategically prepared complex cases for trial and discovered her passion to help families and children.

Ms. Lane returned to her hometown of Chicago, where she had graduated from Morgan Park High School, and joined the Law Offices of Jeffery M. Leving, Ltd.

Ms. Lane brings her dedication to zealously fight for her clients and a desire to secure equal rights for all her clients including LGBTQ+ identifying persons in the family law realm.

Ms. Lane is licensed to practice law by the Supreme Court of Illinois.


  • Drake University Law School, Des Moines, Iowa
    • Juris Doctor
    • Honors: Admitted to The Order of the Barristers
    • Honors: Finalist Supreme Court Day Competition
    • Honors: Champion First Year Oral Arguments
    • Honors: President of OUTLaws (LGBTQIA+ Student Organization)
  • Coe College, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
    • B.A., Bachelor of Arts
    • Honors: Alpha Omicron Pi, Vice President of Communications and Social Chairwoman
    • Honors: Panhellenic Conference, President and Vice President of Public Relations
    • Honors: Volunteer Sociology Tutor
    • Major: English
    • Major: Sociology

Bar Admissions

  • Supreme Court of Illinois

Practice Areas

  • Criminal Defense
  • Sexual Assault
  • High Net Worth Divorce

Professional Associations

  • Black Women Lawyers’ Association
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Illinois State Bar Association