Svenson has owned her own law firm since 2008. Previously, she worked at two other law firms in the Chicago area. Her legal experience includes working on cases in family law, workers’ compensation, employment, domestic violence, and election law. She also works as an arbitrator in the Cook County Mandatory Arbitration program. She is active in the local Republican party and has served as the Cook County Republican Party’s general counsel. Svenson ran unopposed in the Republican primary.
Bar Association ratings: Mixed
The CBA rated Svenson not recommended, writing, “Concerns about Ms. Svenson’s knowledge of the law, legal ability, and practice experience were raised in the wake of harsh criticism that she received from the Illinois Appellate Court for not following the Appellate Court Rules in a recent appeal that she was handling.” The ISBA and the CCL found her qualified, however. The CCL wrote, “There have been a few client complaints concerning her diligence, but on balance, she appears to be a good practitioner.” Svenson did not respond to requests for comment on her ratings.
Notable: Svenson represented a client who sued Dan Rutherford, a 2014 candidate for the Republican gubernatorial nomination, for alleged sexual harassment. Rutherford accused Svenson and her client of fabricating the allegations to help his opponent, now Governor Bruce Rauner. Svenson denied any political motivations. She had previously received $3,500 from the Rauner campaign, but said it was for legal work reviewing a lease for Rauner. Svenson is endorsed by suburban Republican organizations.
Survey response: The candidate did not return answers to an Injustice Watch questionnaire.