Jeanette Samuels is an experienced litigator licensed to practice in the federal courts of Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Nebraska and Wisconsin. She specializes in civil rights, concentrating on the areas of police brutality, employment discrimination, and wrongful convictions.
Her cases have been highlighted both locally and internationally, including in the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Suntimes, Daily Herald, Chicago Law Bulletin, Chicago Reporter, Injustice Watch, Washington Post, New York Times, Seattle Times, USA Today, The Telegraph, Sports Illustrated, People, and on WVON, WCIU, NPR, ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, and MSNBC—among others.
Samuels has received numerous awards for her work. In 2015, she received the Junior Counselor Award and Centennial President’s Award from the Cook County Bar Association; in 2016, she was named Top 40 Under 40 by the National Black Lawyer, received the Cook County Bar Association Meritorious Service Award, and the Advocacy & Leadership Award from the National Bar Association; in 2017, she was named Top 40 Under 40 Civil Plaintiff’s Attorney by the National Trial Lawyer; in 2018, she received the Early Achiever Award from the Nebraska Alumni Association; and in 2019, she received the R. Eugene Pincham Award from the Cook County Bar Association.
She regularly provides pro bono legal advice and services to various Chicago-area community organizations, in addition to the time she spends on the Board of Directors for various civil rights and legal organizations.