She might be young, but Chicago divorce attorney, Jennifer Wintroub Stoller describes herself as “an old soul,” along with “eager,” and “dedicated.”
Stoller is Schiller DuCanto & Fleck’s youngest attorney, a position the 27 year old said she landed because the hiring partners knew what she was made of.
“They took a chance on me because they saw my work, and they saw I was passionate about wanting this career,” said Stoller, who began working at the firm in 2010 as a law clerk, between her first and second years of law school at DePaul. “I’m at a stage in my life where my job is more important than anything, and everyone knows that about me.”
In the three years she has been working as an associate attorney, Stoller said she has built client relationships and proven her ability to succeed.
“My strength is that I care, so I am willing to work hard,” she said. “Because of that, I win my audience, including judges and opposing council. I win rulings and I help settle cases.”
Stoller, who majored in Spanish and psychology at the University of Michigan said she chose to pursue a career in family law because she’s always been fascinated by interpersonal relationships.
“Listening to the client is key,” she said. “They need to talk about and vent, and are very emotional and stressed. It’s important to understand them, to connect with them and to be there for them, almost like a savior.”
Stoller joked that when she started at the firm, she felt young, but said those feelings are long gone, and that she now feels she’s earned respect from judges, opposing council, and the partners and other associates at Schiller, DuCanto & Fleck.
That said, Stoller explained that she never hesitates to seek help from many of her colleagues, almost on a daily basis.
“I go to them for mentoring all the time. I feel like I can walk into any attorney’s office at my firm and they always offer to help me,” Stoller said. “And, they are all accomplished and smart, and I am learning something new from them every single day.”
“What makes Jennifer special is that she is not only smart and sharp, but she is mature in her ability to understand people and their problems,” said Partner, Andrea Muchin. “She is willing to work hard and take direction, but is also able to develop her own rapport with clients that extends beyond her age and experience.”
Stoller, who lives in Chicago with her husband, Ryan, joked that many times in court, opposing council is surprised by her knowledge and ability, given how young she looks.
“The opposing council will look at me and assume I’m just the associate that the partner sent over,” she laughed. “But when I start talking about the case, it doesn’t take more than a few seconds for them to realize that I know what I am doing.”
I have to add that I had lunch with Stoller after I interviewed her, and what I took away both from the interview and at lunch was her warmth and empathy; two very important attributes of a divorce attorney, in my opinion.
“Would a judge like this person?” is the question I always ask myself when it comes to deciding if I would hire that person has my divorce attorney. In Stoller’s case, I don’t think a judge would like her, I think a judge would LOVE her!
To learn more about Jennifer Wintroub Stoller: http://www.sdflaw.com/attorneys/jwintroub/