Jane Nagle

Top rated Family Law attorney in Wheaton, Illinois

McSwain Nagle Giese & Rapp, P.C.
Jane Nagle
McSwain Nagle Giese & Rapp, P.C.

Practice Areas: Family Law, Appellate, Bankruptcy view more

Licensed in Illinois since: 2012

Education: DePaul University College of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2024 Selected to Rising Stars: 2018 - 2023
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McSwain Nagle Giese & Rapp, P.C.

400 Knoll St
Suite AB
Wheaton, IL 60187 Phone: 630-407-1200 Email: Jane Nagle Visit website


Jane E. Nagle is one of the founding partners of the law firm, McSwain Nagle Giese & Rapp, P.C., and she concentrates her practice primarily in the areas of divorce and family law in DuPage, Cook, Will, Kane, Kendall, Lake and surrounding collar counties.  Throughout the years, Jane has handled numerous pre-decree and post-decree divorce cases, including high net worth divorces, as well as parentage, child support enforcement, and contested cases involving the allocation of parental decision-making and parenting time. Jane is also experienced in handling chapter 7 bankruptcy cases as well as negotiating various types of unsecured debts, obtaining excellent settlements for her clients that are facing financial hardship.  Additionally, Jane handles other matters that relate to families, including adoptions, estate planning, and probate cases.

Through her years of experience, Jane has developed the ability to determine the most effective strategy to help her clients reach their goals and desired outcomes in their cases, whether it be through settlement or zealous litigation.  She understands that some cases require an aggressive litigation strategy, while others benefit from and are quickly resolved with skillful negotiation and settlement discussions.  Jane is compassionate toward her clients as she helps them navigate through the litigation process.

Jane has been named an Illinois Super Lawyers Rising star for six consecutive years and was named an Illinois Super Lawyer for 2024, designations reserved for the top 2.5% of attorneys in Illinois.  Jane is the Vice-Chair on the Standing Committee on the Illinois Bar Journal Editorial Board as well as a member of the DuPage County Bar Association Editorial Board.  Jane also presently serves as the Chair of the DuPage County Bar Association Family Law Section. 

Jane received her law degree from DePaul University College of Law and graduated from Indiana University – Bloomington with her Bachelor of Arts in both International Studies and Spanish with a minor in Italian. During law school, Jane worked as an extern for the Honorable Judge Michael Panter in both the Domestic Relations and Law Divisions and as an intern with Kraft Foods Global. Jane was a member of and associate editor for the DePaul Law Review in which she had an article published in 2012.

Practice areas

Family Law, Appellate, Bankruptcy: Consumer, Criminal Defense, Estate Planning & Probate, Real Estate: Consumer

First Admitted: 2012, Illinois

Professional Webpage: https://www.dupagedivorcelawyers.com/attorneys/jane-e-nagle

Educational Background:
  • Indiana University - Bloomington, B.A., 2006
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • 61 DePaul L. Rev. 1185, Author, Urban Terrorists: Addressing Chicago's Losing Battle with Gang Violence, Depaul Law Review, 2012
  • As a family law attorney, you most likely have represented a client in a post-decree custody or visitation dispute. While these cases can be complex based on the facts alone, they can be further complicated when one party seeks to appeal a court order while the case remains pending. Take, as an example, a case in which a Supreme Court Rule 215 evaluation is ordered to evaluate one party’s fitness as a parent for custody and visitation purposes. One party’s attorney, seeking to avoid said evaluation to the extent possible, then files a motion to reconsider. Upon the denial, the attorney asks the court whether the order is final and appealable, seeking to also include language pursuant to Supreme Court Rule 304(a) in the order., Co-Author, Supreme Court Rule 304(a): Does including the language of the rule in an order make it appealable? , Illinois State Bar Journal, 2015
  • In the vast majority of divorce cases, the parties are able to reach a financial settlement to resolve the case without a trial. To accomplish this, at some point before the prove up hearing,1 a marital settlement agreement (“MSA”) is successfully negotiated and signed by both parties. But what happens when something occurs between the time that the MSA is executed and the time that it is incorporated into the judgment for dissolution of marriage that threatens to destroy the agreement that had been reached? Can it be found unenforceable due to circumstances arising after its execution and before incorporation? What is an attorney’s duty related to supplementing discovery during this period?, Author, The Marital Settlement Agreement is Signed and the Prove Up Hearing Scheduled, What Could Go Wrong? , DuPage County Bar Journal, 2014
  • The purpose of a Chapter 7 bankruptcy is to discharge as much debt as is possible while maintaining as much of the debtor’s property, both real and personal, as possible. Nevertheless, the manner in which secured debt is treated does not always provide the debtor with a completely fresh start. Oftentimes, the debtor will either have to seek funds to redeem property subject to a security interest or reaffirm a debt in order to maintain his home, car, furniture, or other property. This article will address the options available to the debtor when handling debt secured by real or personal property., Co-Author, Beginners Guide to Secured Debt in Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Cases: Surrender, Redemption, and Reaffirmation, DuPage County Bar Journal, 2014
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Illinois, 2012
  • United States Supreme Court, 2018
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois, 2013
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Deans Certificate of Pro Bono Service, 2012
  • , Elite Lawyer, 2020
  • , CALI Excellence for the Future Award, 2010
  • , Best New Volunteer for Legal Content Program, Illinois Legal Aid Online, 2018
Verdicts/Settlements (Case Results):
  • In re Parentage of J.N. and C.N., 2022 IL App (2d) 210562-U (February 16, 2022): The appellate court vacated the COVID-19 protocols that the trial court imposed on respondent's parenting time because the court's manner of proceeding violated respondent's right to due process., 2022

Office location for Jane Nagle

400 Knoll St
Suite AB
Wheaton, IL 60187


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  • Super Lawyers: 2024
  • Rising Stars: 2018 - 2023

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