Danielle Pinkston

Top rated Personal Injury attorney in Joliet, Illinois

Pinkston Law Group, P.C.
Danielle Pinkston
Pinkston Law Group, P.C.

Practice Areas: Personal Injury, Family Law, Civil Rights; view more

Licensed in Illinois since: 2010

Education: Florida A&M University College of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2023 - 2024
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Pinkston Law Group, P.C.

54 N Ottawa St
Ste. #110
Joliet, IL 60432 Visit website

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The founder of the Pinkston Law Group, P.C., in Joliet, Illinois, trial attorney Danielle Pinkston serves clients from the surrounding Chicago metro region, as well as throughout Illinois. Her practice areas are focused on the following:

Personal injury law: Animal bites, assault, motor vehicle accidents, slip-and-falls, wrongful death, sexual abuse, trucking accidents, premises liability, civil rights, Americans with Disabilities Act and police misconduct

Employment law: Employment litigation, employment discrimination, wrongful termination and retaliation

Family law: Alimony and spousal support, child support, custody and visitation, dissolution, divorce, domestic violence, paternity, marital property and fathers’ rights

Earning a bachelor’s in sociology with a cognate in psychology from Samford University, Ms. Pinkston went on to earn her Juris Doctor from the Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University College of Law in 2009. While in law school, she was a member of the Black Law Students Association. In 2010, she gained her license to practice law in the state of Illinois, and later, in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Eastern Division (general and trial bar member). She is also a certified arbitrator for the Cook County Mandatory Arbitration Program.

An active member of the legal community, Ms. Pinkston maintains professional affiliations with several prominent associations:

  • The Chicago Bar Association
  • The Cook County Bar Association
  • The Illinois State Bar Association
  • The American Bar Association
  • The National Bar Association

Having earned numerous honors during her legal career spanning more than a decade, Ms. Pinkston is listed in the Top 40 under 40 by the National Bar Association and the Law Practice Magazine has added her to their Top 10 Family Law Attorneys. She has also been elected to be a member of the Lawyers of Distinction and she holds a “Very Good” rating on Avvo.

As a former Peace Corps volunteer, Ms. Pinkston served in the Kingdom of Morocco as an English teacher and youth developer for more than two years, and she is functionally fluent in Darija (Moroccan Arabic). 

Practice areas

Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff, Family Law, Civil Rights, Employment & Labor: Employee, Employment Litigation: Plaintiff

Focus areas

Alimony & Spousal Support, Americans with Disabilities Act, Animal Bites, Assault, Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Discrimination, Dissolution, Divorce, Domestic Violence, Employment Discrimination, Employment Law - Employer, Father's Rights, Marital Property, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Paternity, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Police Misconduct, Premises Liability - Plaintiff, Race Discrimination, Retaliation, Sexual Abuse - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Trucking Accidents, Wrongful Death, Wrongful Termination

  • 40% Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
  • 30% Family Law
  • 10% Civil Rights
  • 10% Employment & Labor: Employee
  • 10% Employment Litigation: Plaintiff

First Admitted: 2010, Illinois

Professional Webpage: https://www.pinkstonlawgroup.com/profiles/

Videos:
  • This segment deals with the purpose of child support, what child support covers, the legal obligation of parents to support minor children. The children's right to be financially supported. It also talks about how to file a complaint/petition, how a child support award is determined, jurisdictional requirements, etc. Disclaimer: The information on this channel and page is considered informational and advertising material under applicable Illinois ethical rules. This channel and page's information about current events, legal issues, legal developments, may not reflect the most current legal developments, may be incomplete, or out of date. These informational materials are not intended and should not be taken as legal advice on any particular set of facts or circumstances. You should contact an attorney for advice on specific legal problems. We have stated our individual views and opinions and unless expressly stated, they should not be attributed to the other, 2017, Pinkston Law Group's "What You Should Know Wednesday" Episode 1: Child Support, Legal
  • You’ve been wondering whether you are entitled to spousal support/maintenance, how much, how long, and how it’s terminated. Topics covered: What is maintenance/spousal support? What is the purpose of maintenance? How does the court determine whether a maintenance award is appropriate? What are the relevant factors the court considers? What are the types of maintenance? How is maintenance calculated? How can maintenance be terminated? You may schedule a consultation with Attorney Danielle Pinkston at pinklaw.acuityscheduling.com or call our office at 773-770-4771, 2017, Episode 7, Maintenance or Spousal Support, Family Law
  • You’re fed up with waiting 30 minutes for pick and drop off during your parenting time; the other parent switches your actual days and times without your consent; and you never hear about school events like games and parent teacher conferences. You know there’s got to be a better way. THE BASIC WHO, WHAT, WHERE, WHEN, AND WHY OF PARENTING PLANS IN ILLINOIS, PURSUANT TO 750 ILCS 5/602.10 WHO: Each parent must file a parenting plan in a parental responsibilities case. WHAT: A Parenting Plan is a legal document which establishes the legal rights and obligations of both parents as relating to their children. WHERE: In the Circuit Court where you case is filed. WHEN: Parents must file a proposed parenting plan with the court within 120 days of commencing a court case for allocation of parental responsibilities. WHY: It is in the child’s/children’s best interest that both parents work together without all the drama. Disclaimer: What You Should Know Wednesdays is not intended to take the place of a one on one legal consultation, nor does this segment establish an attorney client relationship. If you believe you are in need of legal counsel, you may schedule a consultation with me Attorney Danielle Pinkston at pinklaw.acuityscheduling.com or call our office at 773-770-4771. Thank you for watching and we look forward to meeting your legal needs with professionalism and integrity, 2017, Episode 6, Parenting Plans, Family Law
  • Ms. Pinkston discussed the basics of pre-marital agreements in Illinois, Episode 8, Premarital Agreements, Family Law, 2017
  • Ms. Pinkston informed her viewers of several tips they can follow if their spouse wants a divorce, 2020, What To Do If Your Spouse Wants a Divorce?, Family Law
  • Ms. Pinkston informed her viewers about various ways they can find a divorce lawyer, 2020, How Do I Choose A Divorce Attorney?, Family Law
  • Ms. Pinkston briefly discussed common causes of car accidents; risks of distracted driving; fatigue driving; and drunk driving, 2020, What Are Common Causes of Car Accidents?, Personal Injury
  • Ms. Pinkston informed her viewers about the basic about personal injury claims, cases; common types of injury cases; about the statute of limitations period; and what can happen in one misses the deadline, 2021, WHAT IS A PERSONAL INJURY CLAIM?, Personal Injury
  • Ms. Pinkston introduced her new video series to her viewers, 2020, Introduction to Pinkston Law Group's Video Series, All Legal
  • In this segment, Attorney Pinkston clarifies Illinois Law 750 ILCS 5/609.2 Sec. 609.2 pertaining to a "Relocating Parent." She informs you of the basics that you should know if you want to relocate and/or if you object as follows: 1. The 3 Types of Removal; 2. The procedure to relocate; 3. What to do if the non-relocating parent agrees to the relocation; 4. What to do if the non-relocating parent disagrees to the relocation; 5. Filing a petition with the court; and 6. The factors the court shall consider before allowing a parent to relocate Disclaimer: What You Should Know Wednesdays is not intended to take the place of a one on one legal consultation, nor does this segment establish an attorney client relationship. The questions that were submitted and always remain confidential. If you believe you are in need of legal counsel, you may schedule a consultation with me Attorney Danielle Pinkston at pinklaw.acuityscheduling.com or call our office at 773-770-4771. Thank you for watching and we look forward to meeting your legal needs with professionalism and integrity. Disclaimer: The information on this channel and page is considered informational and advertising material under applicable Illinois ethical rules. This channel and page's information about current events, legal issues, legal developments, may not reflect the most current legal developments, may be incomplete, or out of date. These informational materials are not intended and should not be taken as legal advice on any particular set of facts or circumstances. You should contact an attorney for advice on specific legal problems. We have stated our individual views and opinions and unless expressly stated, they should not be attributed to the other, 2017, Episode 3, Parental Relocation in Illinois, Family Law
  • I. VISITATION BY CERTAIN NON-PARENTS (750 ILCS 5/602.9) A. Types Of Visitation By Non-Parents B. Who Can Bring A Petition For Visitation By Non-Parents C. Where & How To File A Petition For Visitation D. Rebuttable Presumption E. Factors To Grant Or Deny A Visitation Petition F. Additional Considerations G. When A Petition For Visitation By Grandparents, Great-Grandparents, Step-Parents, And Siblings Can Be Denied Disclaimer: What You Should Know Wednesdays is not intended to take the place of a one on one legal consultation, nor does this segment establish an attorney client relationship. The questions that were submitted and always remain confidential. If you believe you are in need of legal counsel, you may schedule a consultation with me Attorney Danielle Pinkston at pinklaw.acuityscheduling.com or call our office at 773-770-4771. Thank you for watching and we look forward to meeting your legal needs with professionalism and integrity. Legal Advertisement, 2017, Episode 4 Visitation by Non Parents, Family Law
  • You’ve tried counselling over and over, and over again, or your spouse won’t even bother showing up, and reached the end of the road in your marriage. You want out! Divorces are an unfortunate part of our society. No one goes into marriage thinking I cannot wait to get out, but unfortunately people marry the wrong person, for the wrong reasons, at the wrong times, or during the marriage, unfortunate circumstances arise, resulting in dissolving the the marital bonds. In this segment, Attorney Pinkston discusses the following: Parties to a Dissolution of Marriage Commencement Of Action Dissolution of Marriage Ways To Serve Your Spouse Time Frame To Having A Judgment Entered Residency Requirements Mandatory & Optional Documents Grounds For Divorce Counseling Or Mediation Requirements Local Rule 13.3.1 Local Rule 13.3.2 Discovery Legal Advertisement, 2017, Episode 5 Dissolution of Marriage, Family Law
  • Danielle A. Pinkston, of Pinkston Law Group, publishes her first video to wish everyone a Happy New Year. She also takes time to inform viewers of the new and exciting ventures at Pinkston Law Group for 2017, such practice areas, monthly newsletters, "What You Should Know Wednesdays," and scheduling consultations online. Disclaimer: The information on this channel and page is considered informational and advertising material under applicable Illinois ethical rules. This channel and page's information about current events, legal issues, legal developments, may not reflect the most current legal developments, may be incomplete, or out of date. These informational materials are not intended and should not be taken as legal advice on any particular set of facts or circumstances. You should contact an attorney for advice on specific legal problems. We have stated our individual views and opinions and unless expressly stated, they should not be attributed to the other, 2016, Happy New Year From Pinkston Law Group, All
  • You’ve been wondering what tools you need to persuade the judge that it is in the child’s best interest that you should make majority of the decisions and have majority of the parenting time. This segment discusses the "best interest of the child" factors which the court shall consider when allocating parental responsibilities. Disclaimer: The information on this channel and page is considered informational and advertising material under applicable Illinois ethical rules. This channel and page's information about current events, legal issues, legal developments, may not reflect the most current legal developments, may be incomplete, or out of date. These informational materials are not intended and should not be taken as legal advice on any particular set of facts or circumstances. You should contact an attorney for advice on specific legal problems. We have stated our individual views and opinions and unless expressly stated, they should not be attributed to the other, 2017, Allocation of Parental Responsibilities (Decision Making and Parenting Time), Family Law
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Member, United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit 
  • Ms. Pinkston is a member of the Northern District of Illinois, Eastern Division, General and Federal Trial Bar,  2015 - 2021
  • Ms. Pinkston has been a member of the Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Association, 2021
  • Ms. Pinkston has been a member of the Academy of Truck Accident Attorneys Association., 2021
  • Ms. Pinkston has been a member of the Illinois Trial Lawyers’ Association, 2017, 2021
  • Ms. Pinkston has been a member of the Cook County Bar Association, 2017, 2019 - 2021
  • Ms. Pinkston has been a member of the Chicago Bar Association, 2017 - 2021
  • Ms. Pinkston has been a member of the Illinois State Bar Association, 2018 - 2021
  • Ms. Pinkston has been a member of the American Bar Association, 2018, 2020 - 2021
  • Ms. Pinkston has been a member of the National Bar Association, 2014 - 2021
Honors/Awards:
  • Member, Lawyers of Distinction and Attorney
  • Member, Law and Practice Magazine’s Top 10 Family Law Attorneys
  • Ms. Pinkston was honored to be named at Top 100 Lawyer, Top 100, National Trial Lawyers, 2021
  • Ms. Pinkston was honored to be named on of the 10 Best Personal Injury Law Attorneys, American Institute, 2020
  • Ms. Pinkston was honored to be named one of the Litigator's of the Year, American Institute of Trial Lawyers, 2020
  • Ms. Pinkston was honored to be named at Top 10 Lawyer, Attorney & Practice Magazine’s, 2019
  • Ms. Pinkston was honored to be named an inaugural member, Lawyers of Distinction, 2019
  • Ms. Pinkston was honored to be named a member, Lawyers of Distinction, 2020
  • Ms. Pinkston was honored to be named at Top 10 Lawyer, Attorney & Practice Magazine’, 2020
  • Ms. Pinkston was honored to be named a member, Lawyers of Distinction, 2021
  • Ms. Pinkston was honored to be named at Top 10 Lawyer, American Institute, 2020
  • Ms. Pinkston was honored to be named at Top 40 Under 40 Attorney, The National Bar Association, 2019
  • Ms. Pinkston was honored to be named at Top 100 Lawyer., The National Black Lawyers, 2020 - 2021
Educational Background:
  • Samford University, B.A. in Sociology with a cognate in Psychology, 2001
Special Licenses/Certifications:
  • Ms. Pinkston is licensed to practice law in the State of Illinois, 2010
  • Ms. Pinkston has been a Certified Cook County Arbitrator on a panel of three Illinois-licensed attorneys, who act in place of a judge and render a decision at the conclusion of the hearing, 2014
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Ms. Pinkston assisted a client in obtaining substantially less jail time for repeated DUI conviction., 2019
  • Former Peace Corps Volunteer
  • Ms. Pinkston volunteered in a Mock Trial with law students from Loyola University who were to compete in the BLSA Mock Trial this year., 2021
  • Ms. Pinkston volunteered with the Torture Inquiry and Relief Commission by driving down state to a prison to meet with an individual; answer any questions, and to inform him of the next steps in the review of his case., 2016
  • Ms. Pinkston has assisted clients with their cases, without billing/charging for many legal services, 2017 - 2021
  • Ms. Pinkston volunteered at the Cook County Bar Association's Pro Bono Probate and Estate Planning Clinic., 2019
Verdicts/Settlements (Case Results):
  • Ms. Pinkston settled a case involving allocation of parental responsibilities and parenting time. The minor child who resided with his mother will now reside with her male client and the parties will make joint decisions, 2021
  • A client was not only reunited with his two minor children after being kept from them for 2010 days, but he was allocated joint parental responsibilities and given parenting time, 2019
  • A client was acquittal on four (4) counts of Aggravated Assault on four (4) Chicago Police Officers and one (1) count of criminal damage to government property, 2017
  • On February 21, 2020, Ms. Pinkston won a $6.4 million dollar jury verdict in a malicious prosecution case against the City of Chicago. The verdict is currently on appeal, 2020
  • Ms. Pinkston settled a night club battery case for $100,000.00 in Cook County, 2017
  • Ms. Pinkston settled a car accident case for $50,000.00 in Cook County, 2019
  • Ms. Pinkston settled a car accident case for $20,000.00 in Cook County, 2019
  • Ms. Pinkston settled a car accident case for $12,285.62 in Cook County, 2019
  • Ms. Pinkston settled a trucking accident case for $40,000 in Cook County, 2021
  • In February Ms. Pinkston and her co-counsel officially settled a case for more than $525,000.00 in Cook County against the City of Chicago, 2021
Industry Groups:
  • Private

Office location for Danielle Pinkston

54 N Ottawa St
Ste. #110
Joliet, IL 60432

Phone: 773-770-4771

Selections

2 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2023 - 2024

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