Juliet E. Boyd

Juliet was born in Vereeninging, South Africa. Juliet attended the University of the Witwatersrand, in Johannesburg, and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree with a double major in English and International Relations.  Juliet completed a year of study towards an LLB in Roman/Dutch law at the Randse Afrikaanse Universiteit in Johannesburg where she studied in the Afrikaans language.  She obtained a J.D. from the University of Dayton in 1998.

Juliet is an experienced civil litigator and her practice is in the Circuit Court of Cook and the collar counties and in Federal Court.  Juliet was named in Illinois Super Lawyer, and Super Lawyer Corporate Counsel for 2009, 2010, and 2011 for business litigation. Juliet also appeared in the 2012 Super Lawyers Business Edition for litigation.  Juliet was named as one of Illinois’ top lawyers in the February 2011 edition of Chicago Magazine.  Juliet has litigated cases involving contract disputes; the Residential Real Property Disclosure Act; specific performance of contracts; construction defects; the Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Practices Act; equitable mortgages and condominium disputes. Juliet has litigated complex litigation actions involving RICO and fraud suits involving millions of dollars.

Juliet is also experienced in criminal law and has litigated cases ranging from first degree murder, reckless homicide, aggravated criminal sexual assault and aggravated DUI to simple DUI cases.  Juliet has litigated Operating Under The Influence (“O.U.I.”) cases involving boats and snowmobiles.  She has represented clients in the trial and appellate courts, including the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals.

Juliet is the past Chair of International and Immigration Law Section Council of the Illinois State Bar Association.  She is currently the Continuing Legal Education (“CLE”) coordinator for the International and Immigration Law Section Council.  Juliet is also the secretary of the Traffic Law Section Council of the ISBA.  Juliet is a past member of the Civil Practice & Procedure Section Council of the Illinois State Bar Association.  Juliet is a frequent speaker at seminars for CLE. In addition, Juliet has authored several articles published by the Illinois State Bar Association and the American Bar Association.


National College of DUI Defense, Harvard Law School, 1999

JD – University of Dayton, 1998

BA – University of the Witwatersrand, 1992

Bar Admissions:

Illinois and U.S. District Court, 1998

Northern District of Illinois, 1998

Federal Trial Bar, 2004

U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit, 1999

Bar Associations:

Illinois State Bar Association – Traffic Section Council – Chair


English and Afrikaans.

Articles Published:

Finding Pornography on the Home Computer – American Bar Association – March/April 2012

“What should a family law attorney do if, in the midst of a divorce or custody case, the client reports that a spouse has downloaded pornography onto the family computer? This question raises a number of ethical and strategic problems—including serious criminal law exposure….”


You think your client is going to lie on the stand—The classic dilemma of a criminal defense lawyer – ISBA Traffic Law and Courts Newsletter – March 2012

“here a criminal defendant client tells his lawyer that he intends to lie on the witness stand. The lawyer is torn between his duty of confidentiality under R.P.C. 1.6 and his duty of candor towards a tribunal pursuant to R.P.C. 3.3. Pursuant to the requirements of R.P.C. 3.3, a lawyer may have to take action adverse to his client. This is contrary to the comfortable model of the adversarial system and creates a dilemma for which there are no clear answers….”

Speaking Engagements/ Seminars Taught:

10/28/06 –  Immigration Consequences of Guilty Pleas, Traffic Law Update, ISBA

03/03/07 – Collateral Consequences of Guilty Pleas, Traffic Law Update, ISBA

03/08/08 – Hot Topic Traffic Law Update, ISBA

06/05/08 – General Traffic Law, CLE Fest, ISBA

11/21/08 – DUI and Traffic Issues, ISBA

12/11/08 – Hot Topic and Traffic Law Panel Discussion, Winter CLE Fest, ISBA

03/09/09 – DUI, Traffic and Secretary of State Related Issues, ISBA

05/03/11 – Hanging out a Shingle: Primer on Building a Practice, ISBA

02/09/12 – Starting your own Law Firm: A Nuts and Bolt Primer, ISBA

02/25/12 – Ethical Concerns in Preparing Your Client for Alcohol Evaluations & Assessments, ISBA

05/03/12 – What if your Client is Foreign-Born? ISBA

09/13/12 – Client Retainer Agreements, Bank Accounts, Client Management & Making Sure you can Collect Money to Pay Your Bills, ISBA

11/07/13 – Immigration Issues For Criminal Defense Attorneys, IICLE

02/13/13 – Hot Topic – Changes to the Employment Eligibility Verification Form I-9 – Is Your Business Client in Compliance? ISBA

2/28/13 – Legal Issues A New Lawyer Should Know, ISBA

02/27/14 – IOLTA trust Accounts and Client Retainer Agreements: Understanding the Relationship You Have with Your Civil or Criminal Client.

06/06/14 – The Do’s and Don’ts of the BAIID machine – taped webcast

10/10/14 – Boating Under the Influence of Alcohol  (OUI) – live and taped webcast

11/5/14 – Immigration Law Update – live and taped webcast.

11/12/14 – Traffic Case Law & Legislative update – live and taped webcast

2/19/15 – Interpreters: Improving Language Access in Illinois Courts – taped webcast

3/25/15 – Avoiding Pitfalls While Navigating Through the Customs Penalty Process

05/14/15 – Solo & Small Firm Practice Institute Series – Accounting: How to Start your Firm and Maintain It – live and webcast.

* Most programs were recorded by the ISBA and are available for a fee on the ISBA website


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