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Education:
J.D., University of Illinois School of Law, magna cum laude
B.A., University of Illinois, magna cum laude

Esther maintains her own freelance practice and has a non-exclusive relationship with Jackson LLP

Esther Yahnig is a consulting attorney at Jackson LLP.

Licensed in Illinois

Esther is experienced litigator with a broad range of skills advising and representing corporate and governmental clients.   

Esther received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2004.  She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Illinois College of Law in 2007 where she served as an Associate Editor for the Law Review and participated in the Frederick Green Moot Court National Team.

Esther began her practice in the general litigation group at Sidley Austin LLP focusing on complex commercial litigation and class action defense.  In this role, Esther gained significant experience managing electronic discovery, deposing witnesses, conducting witness interviews, and drafting complex memoranda and motions. 

Esther spent eight years in government practice after she joined the Board of Education of the City of Chicago as an Assistant General Counsel.  Most recently Esther served as the acting General Counsel for the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice where she managed litigation, negotiated and approved contracts, and provided legal support for the department’s executive team.  

Esther is a consulting attorney providing support in all aspects of litigation, including pre-litigation case evaluation, drafting of pleadings and complex motions, and drafting of discovery requests and responses.