We’re excited to welcome Monique Langrehr to the WilliamsMcCarthy family. Most recently, Monique worked as Assistant State’s Attorney at the Winnebago County State’s Attorney’s Office. She’s excited to bring that experience and insight to the family law and civil litigation practice areas. We’d like to take this opportunity for our clients, partners, and community to learn more about her in this “In the Spotlight.”
When did you decide you wanted to be a lawyer?
This is going to sound cliché but growing up I watched a lot of Law & Order and thought to myself, “I’d like to do that.” In high school, I had the opportunity to take a law class and participate in mock trials which I loved. My teacher shared his experience in law school and that solidified my interest in law as a career path.
How did you come to specialize in the areas you do?
Working at the State’s Attorney’s Office, I interacted a lot with survivors of domestic violence, many of whom also had orders of protection or pending family law cases. In my role with the State’s Attorney’s Office, I could help with orders of protection but couldn’t get involved with the family law side. I really wanted to spend more time working with clients in family law, which I’m excited to do at WilliamsMcCarthy.
Has there been a case or project that has shaped the way you practice law? If so, how?
While working at the DeKalb State’s Attorney’s Office I second chaired a difficult case. Working with the first assistant, I gained a new perspective and appreciation for the behind-the-scenes effort that goes into a trial like that. Her presence and preparation impacted my understanding of what it takes to prepare yourself and witnesses for trial. It was life changing, especially to learn such a valuable lesson from a strong female mentor.
Wilmac is excited to have you at the firm. How do you believe it stands apart from others in the region?
In addition to being one of the largest firms for civil practice in the area, Wilmac is well-known and highly respected. All the attorneys here are at the top of their industry and field.
What is it like working with the partners and other associates at Wilmac?
My transition into the firm has gone well. Everyone has been patient and so willing to teach. Knowing there is this amazing wealth of talent and experience upon which to draw makes it exciting to come to work – I know I’m being mentored by the very best. The mentorship by the partners shows the firm’s willingness to invest in my long-term success.
What do you think makes you a good lawyer?
I’m empathetic and a good listener because I genuinely want to help people through a difficult time. Given my experience, I recognize how complex and sensitive these cases can be, and I want to be a reliable and trustworthy support system for my clients. I’m prepared to give my clients the best professional legal advice available, while also navigating understandably emotional circumstances.
How would your friends and family describe you?
They would say I hate talking about myself (laughs). I think they would describe me as honest, loyal, and hard-working. They might also call me a book nerd.
So you’re an avid reader? What do you like to read?
Yes, I’m definitely a reader – it’s what I do in my down time. I love all kinds of fiction – I think I get enough non-fiction in my daily life. I have a soft spot for the classics. Jane Austen is my favorite author.
Any other hobbies?
I have a 3-month-old, so that keeps us busy. We like to be outdoors as a family and hike, run, or kayak. Nature is an amazing stress reliever.
I’m also a mentor for first-year law students at NIU Law School. We’re matched with local students and provide insight that hopefully encourages them to stay and practice in the area. This past year has been especially challenging for many of them, managing the demands of law school completely online because of COVID. Good mentors have been extremely valuable to my career, so I hope to pass some of that along.
Are you excited about getting involved in any other community organizations?
I have a passion for kids and families, so I’m very excited to get involved with the Family Peace Center. It’s also nice to see how supportive Wilmac is of organizations throughout our community.
What do you enjoy most about working and living in this region?
I live just outside of Rockford, so I love that small-town feel with access to everything Rockford offers as a larger city – shopping, arts, and restaurants. Plus, Winnebago County has a ton of forest preserves that are truly remarkable. I don’t think people always appreciate how beautiful the region is. And, you can get to just about everything in 20 minutes. It’s a nice balance of rural and urban, which is unique to this area.
Monique M. Langrehr focuses her practice on family law and civil litigation. She can be reached at 815-987-8978 or email@example.com.