Office of the Will County Public Defender
Joliet, IL
Criminal Division
58 E. Clinton, Suite 210
Joliet, IL 60432
Ph: (815) 727-8666
Juvenile Division
3202 W. McDonough Street
Joliet, IL 60431
Ph: (815) 730-7090


Nicole Watson-Philp


Nicole Watson-Philp was raised in Granger, Indiana and attended St. Mary's College - the sister school to the University of Notre Dame - in Notre Dame, Indiana. There, she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science.

Ms. Watson-Philp then continued her education at Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Lansing, Michigan, earning her Juris Doctorate in 2009. During her last term of law school, Ms. Watson-Philp was a 7-11 intern law student at the Will County Public Defender's Office. She gained legal experience in both the juvenile and adult court systems.  Ms. Watson-Philp was admitted to the Illinois Bar in November of 2009.

Ms. Watson-Philp accepted a position at the Juvenile Division on January 4, 2010, where she worked on juvenile delinquency, abuse, and neglect cases.  She was promoted to the felony level in December 2016.