Wheeler, Jennifer J.
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Jennifer J. Wheeler

ATTORNEY AT LAW

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Biography

Jennifer J. Wheeler (formerly known as Jennifer Wood), practices family law and school law with an emphasis on special needs concerns for the law firm of Fay, Farrow & Associates, P.C. in Naperville. A former teacher and the mother of three sons with autism, Ms. Wheeler represents families challenged by special needs in school disputes, such as IEPs and due process hearings, and family law matters, such as divorce and the allocation of parenting rights and responsibilities. 

Ms. Wheeler is the appointed Chairperson for the Illinois Attorney General's Select Committee on Special Education, serves as an Executive Board Member of the Turning Pointe Autism Foundation in Naperville, and is also featured as a recurring author for Chicago Parent Magazine. Additionally, Ms. Wheeler has written about special needs concerns and family law matters for the Illinois Bar Journal, the Newsletter for the Family Law Section of the Illinois State Bar Association, and the DuPage County Bar Association Brief Magazine. She is featured as an "Autism Champion" in the first and second editions of the American Academy of Pediatrics' Autism Spectrum Disorders: What Every Parent Needs to Know, and is also featured in From the Periphery: Real-Life Stories of Disability.

Ms. Wheeler has presented on special needs matters and family law concerns at the 2020 Guardian ad Litem and Child Rep Training for the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education (IICLE), as well as periodically for the DuPage County Bar Association, and the Will County Bar Association. In addition to receiving her Juris Doctor for the practice of law, Ms. Wheeler also earned a Master of Arts in Teaching and a Bachelor of Science in Education.

Education

  • Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, Illinois
    • Juris Doctor - 2013
  • Dominican University, River Forest, Illinois
    • M.A., Master of Arts - 1998
    • Honors: Alumni Award for Professional Achievement, 2002
    • Major: Teaching
  • Leicester University, Leicester
    • Major: Undergraduate Studies
  • The University of Kansas, Lawrence, Illinois
    • B.S., Bachelor of Science - 1995
    • Major: Education

Past Positions

  • Wood Law, P.C., Principal Partner, October 2013-2021
  • Dominican University, Adjunct faculty, 2000 to 2010

Professional Associations

  • Illinois State Bar Association, Member, Present
  • DuPage County Bar Association, Member, Present
  • Will County Bar Association, Member, Present

Current Employment Position

  • Attorney at Law

Practice Areas

  • Family Law 80%
  • Special Education (School Law) 20%

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois, 2013