Emily Rapp


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Emily Rapp is a partner at McSwain, Nagle, Giese & Rapp PC. Emily practices in Kane, DuPage and Kendall counties and additionally practices at the appellate court level.

Emily is a past President of the Kane County Bar Association, and Chair of the Family Law Section for DuPage County Bar Association, Chair of the Solo, Small Firm and Technology Committee for the Kane County Bar Association and member of the Family Law Committee and the Women & the Law committee for the Illinois State Bar Association. She has presented at Illinois State Bar Association, DuPage County Bar Association and Kane County Bar Association seminars speaking on topics relating to family law. In addition to her speaking engagements, Emily has authored legal articles including a chapter on the Parentage Act for Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education.

Since 2022, Emily has been selected by her peers as a “Super Lawyer.” In 2016, she was selected as an “Emerging Lawyer” by Leading Lawyers, a program that recognizes lawyers identified by their peers to be among the top lawyers who are age 40 or younger.

Practice Areas

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois, 2011

Memberships and Associations

  • 2021 -2022 Kane County Bar Association - President
  • 2021 -2022 DuPage County Bar Association - Vice Chair of Family Law Committee
  • 2020 -2021 Kane County Bar Association - Vice President
  • 2019-2020 Illinois State Bar Association Leadership Academy - Member
  • 2019 -2020 Kane County Bar Association - Treasurer/Secretary
  • 2017-2018 Kane County Bar Association - Board of Directors
  • 2018-2020 Kane County Bar Association - Committee Co-Chair for New Lawyers Committee
  • 2018-2019 Committee member of Women and the Law, ISBA
  • 2018-2019 Volunteer General Counsel for Humane Society of Aurora
  • 2018-2019 Committee Member of Fox Valley United Way

Honors and Awards

  • 2023, Elite Lawyer
  • 2022 - present, Super Lawyers
  • 2019-2021 Rising Star (Super Lawyers)
  • 2016 - 2019 Emerging Lawyer (Leading Lawyers)
  • 2015 - present – Certified as guardian ad litem in Kane and DuPage County.
  • July 2013 – Completed week-long trial advocacy course at the National Institute for Trial Advocacy in Boulder, CO.

Speaking and Writing

  • November 2020 – Illinois State Bar Association Family Law Newsletter on An Analysis of Sharpe v. Westmoreland
  • May 2020 – Webinar Presented to DuPage County Bar Association on Guardian ad litems: Gathering Information from Third Parties
  • September 2019 – Presented to DuPage County Bar Association on the Evolution of Cohabitation.
  • September 2019 – Draft and update Elements of Law: Domestic Relations for IICLE
  • June 2019 – Presented to Kane County Bar Association's 11th Hour CLE on Family Law.
  • June 2019 – Performed Mock Trial for Elgin Boys and Girls Club
  • November 2013, May 2016, May 2019 – Presented various topics at Kane County Bar Association Family Law Seminar.
  • March 2018 – Draft and update Parentage chapter for IICLE after new Illinois Parentage Act of 2015 was enacted.
  • 2016 – Presented at ISBA Round Table Family Law Seminar, and later filmed segments for ISBA's CLEs.
  • October 2012 – Authored supplements to Investigation and Discovery and Jurisdiction for Original Custody and Removal of Child from State of Illinois for chapters in the 2013 IICLE Supplement to Child Custody Litigation.

Educational Background

  • Law School: Loyola University Chicago School of Law, May 2011, J.D.
  • College/University: University of Portland, Portland, Oregon, 2007, B.A. Environmental Policy and Ethics/Theater
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