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Attorney & CPA

Kristen is both an attorney and a certified public accountant. With a friendly, straightforward approach, Kristen listens carefully to her clients’ needs. She provides counsel on options that will best achieve their goals on a wide range of litigation and transaction matters. She concentrates her practice in business, real estate, family, and tax law.

In addition to practicing law, she also is retained as an expert witness in various family law cases involving financial disputes.

Further, she served as treasurer of the Chicago Women’s Criminal Defense Bar Association for five years and remained actively involved in the association. She also has been invited as a keynote speaker to attorneys on how to prevail on petitions for relief of judgments that are more than 30 days old as well as Chicago landlords and brokers regarding obligations and remedies under the residential landlord and tenant ordinance.

Prior to completing law school, Kristen was a tax consultant at Ernst & Young, RSM McGladrey, and Deloitte. While attending law school, Kristen gained invaluable experience serving as a judicial extern for a Will County family law judge and as a law clerk for the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office in the narcotics asset forfeiture unit.

Kristen offers free legal services throughout the year to individuals with limited financial resources. She gives annually to the following organizations: One Hope United, Lurie’s Children’s Hospital of Chicago, St Jude Children’s Research Hospital, The Nature Conservancy, Children International, and Human Rights Campaign.

Outside of work, you often will find Kristen and her wife, Kelly, indulging in thin-crust pizza, cheering at a sporting event, or training for a long-distance race.

  • Attorney at Law

  • Certified Public Accountant

  • Real Estate Broker

  • Chicago Association of Realtors

  • Chicago Bar Association

  • Illinois State Bar Association

  • Women’s Criminal Defense Bar Association

  • The John Marshall Law School, J.D. (2012)

  • The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, B.S. Accountancy (2002)

  • State of Illinois

  • U.S. Tax Court

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Josh Harper

Director of Operations & Business Development

Josh joined Duffy Law in 2021 to streamline processes and help grow the overall business.
Josh’s addition to the team has helped ensure that our clients are receiving concise information in a timely manner, which is of utmost importance to the firm.

He had grown very interested in real estate through his own experience in buying and selling property in the Chicagoland area. This interest, combined with his attention to detail and strong communication skills, adds a great value and benefit for our clients.

He has worked in procurement and corporate strategy over the past decade with a heavy focus on operations and relationship building. He worked cross-functionally with multiple department leads and senior management to fine-tune processes and enhance efficiencies. Josh’s favorite part throughout that time was the relationships built with both his business counterparts and clients. While he certainly lived the mantra “work hard, play hard”, it was always nice to be able to enjoy a good laugh and have fun along the way.

In his personal life, Josh’s many interests include karaoke, Orange Theory, league kickball, a
great game night in, or an escape room out! He always enjoys quality time with his husband
and their adorable goldendoodle, Scout.

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