Jane E. Nagle


Jane E. Nagle is a founding partner of McSwain Nagle Giese & Rapp, P.C., and she concentrates her practice primarily in the areas of divorce and family law in DuPage, Cook, Will, Kane, Kendall, Lake and surrounding collar counties. Over the years, Jane has handled numerous pre-decree and post-decree divorce cases as well as paternity, child support enforcement, and contested cases involving the allocation of parental decision-making and parenting time. Jane is also experienced in handling Chapter 7 bankruptcy cases as well as negotiating various types of unsecured debts, obtaining excellent settlements for her clients facing financial hardship.

Through her years of experience, Jane has developed the ability to determine the most effective strategy to help her individual clients reach their goals and desired outcomes in their cases. She understands that some cases require an aggressive litigation strategy, while others benefit from and are quickly resolved with skillful negotiation and settlement discussions. Jane is compassionate toward her clients as she helps them navigate through the litigation process.

Jane has been named an Illinois Super Lawyers Rising Star for six consecutive years, a designation reserved for the top 2.5% of attorneys under forty years old in Illinois. Jane currently serves as the Vice-Chair on the Standing Committee on the Illinois Bar Journal Editorial Board and Chair of the DuPage County Bar Association Family Law Section, previously holding the position of Vice Chair. Jane is also a trained Guardian ad Litem with the Eighteenth Judicial Circuit Court where she investigates and provides reports to judges on issues related to the best interests of the children involved in highly contested divorce or parentage cases.

Jane received her law degree from DePaul University College of Law and graduated from Indiana University – Bloomington with her Bachelor of Arts in both International Studies and Spanish with a minor in Italian. During law school, Jane worked as an extern for the Honorable Judge Michael Panter in both the Domestic Relations and Law Divisions. Jane was a member of and associate editor for the DePaul Law Review in which she had an article published in 2012.

Practice Areas


Juris Doctor, DePaul University College of Law, Chicago, Illinois, 2012
Associate Editor, DePaul Law Review

Bachelor of Arts, Indiana University – Bloomington, 2006
Major: International Studies and Spanish, Minor: Italian

Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice

State of Illinois, 2012

United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois, 2013

United States Supreme Court, 2018

Professional & Bar Association Memberships

Illinois State Bar Association, Vice Chair

Standing Committee on the Illinois Bar Journal Editorial Board

Secretary for the Standing Committee on the Illinois Bar Journal Editorial Board

DuPage County Bar Association Family Law Section, Chair, 2023-2024

DuPage County Bar Association Family Law Section, Vice Chair, 2022-2023

DuPage County Bar Association, DCBA Brief Editorial Board Member

Representative Successes

  • In re Parentage of J.N. and C.N., 2022 IL App (2d) 210562-U (February 16, 2022): The appellate court vacated the COVID-19 protocols that the trial court imposed on respondent's parenting time because the court's manner of proceeding violated respondent's right to due process.

Published Works

  • Supreme Court Rule 304(a): Does including the language of the rule in an order make it appealable? ISBA Family Law Newsletter, February 2015, vol. 58, no. 8.
  • The Marital Settlement Agreement is Signed and the Prove Up Hearing Scheduled, What Could Go Wrong? DCBA Brief, 2014
  • A Beginners Guide to Secured Debt in Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Cases: Surrender, Redemption, and Reaffirmation, DCBA Brief, 2014.
  • Urban Terrorists: Addressing Chicago's Losing Battle with Gang Violence, 61 DePaul L. Rev. 1185, 2012.

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyers, Super Lawyer Distinction, 2024
  • Super Lawyers Rising Star Distinction, 2018-2023
  • Best New Volunteer for Legal Content Program, Illinois Legal Aid Online, 2018
  • Deans Certificate of Pro Bono Service, 2012
  • CALI Excellence for the Future Award, 2010

Employment History

Kollias & Giese, P.C.

  • Partner,  2014 - 2020

Anderson & Associates, P.C.

  • Associate Attorney, 2012-2014
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