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

News & Press Releases


June 5, 2017

Michelle Palaro 815.727.8666 (office)
815.378.5071 (cell)

JOLIET - The Will County Public Defender's Office welcomes Lauren Cannizzaro as an Assistant Public Defender.

In May 2015, Lauren Cannizzaro graduated Magna Cum Laude from Loyola University Chicago School of Law.  She previously obtained her Bachelor of Arts Degree in History and Political Science from Loyola University Chicago in 2011.  At Loyola Law, Ms. Cannizzaro obtained experience in criminal defense work as a 711 intern with the Cook County Public Defender's Office, as well as a Criminal Records Corp intern with Cabrini Green Legal Aid. 

Upon graduation, she began working as an associate for a small criminal defense and civil rights firm in Chicago, Illinois.  She left this position to return to the non-profit sector as a Staff Attorney with Chicago Advocate Legal, NFP.  In order to pursue a career in indigent defense, Ms. Cannizzaro joined the Will County Public Defender's Office on June 5, 2017.

Ms. Cannizarro is currently assigned aggravated traffic and misdemeanor files.