The Team at Strohschein Law Group
Welcome to Strohschein Law Group, LLC. This is a family-owned law firm which is exclusively devoted to the practice of Estate and Long Term Care Planning, Estate and Trust Administration, Guardianship and Probate Litigation. We deal with sensitive family situations every day and realize how difficult they can be at times. We too are a family (some by blood relationship and others by choice) and we wanted you to know a little bit about us, as we guide your family through difficult times.
This is me, Linda M. Strohschein. I am the owner of the law firm. I have been in practice since 1996 and owned this business since 2004. I started my legal career handling Probate Litigation in a suburban law firm. After three years, I decided that there must be a better way to avoid Will and Trust conflicts by drafting the documents correctly in the first place. I then proceeded to law firms in Chicago where I learned extensively about drafting and administering Wills & Trusts, including for Special Needs families. Then my own family brought my focus back to the St. Charles area when I started Strohschein Law Group. Over the years, we have grown to a team to include many amazing women and we continue to add talented new people because the need keeps growing. I am married, I have two very active school-aged kids that keep me busy, a dog “Annie,” a cat, two fish and a frog. I am not sure how the fish arrived but the kids seem to like them.My email address is Linda@StrohscheinLawGroup.com
Bridget Greeley Wrobel is an Attorney with Strohschein Law Group. Bridget began practicing law in 2001. She joined Strohschein Law Group in 2014. At Strohschein Law Group, Bridget focuses on Guardianship, Trust Administration, Estate Administration and litigation. She attended DePaul Law School and the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign for undergrad. Before joining Strohschein Law Group, Bridget worked for the Cook County Public Guardian’s Office as an attorney and guardian ad litem where she advocated for children who were abused and neglected. Bridget has spent her legal career advocating for families. Bridget recently built a new home in Geneva, where she lives with her husband, daughter, and son. She is a die-hard Cubs fan. Bridget can be reached at Bridget@StrohscheinLawGroup.com
Karen R. Mills is an attorney with Strohschein Law Group. She was admitted to the Illinois Bar in 2014 after graduating with honors from Northern Illinois University College of Law. Karen came to the practice of law with over 18 years’ experience in trusts, estates, guardianships and wealth management at JP Morgan Chase and Harris Private Bank where she was known for building enduring client relationships through truly listening and understanding her clients’ needs.
She has a passion for serving her community with a special affinity for elder care. Karen currently serves on the Northwestern Memorial Foundation Board of Directors, the Northwestern Memorial Foundation Executive Committee and the Northwestern Memorial Regional Advisory Council. For over a decade now, she has been an active member of the DuPage County Adult Protective Services Abuse and Neglect Program Multidisciplinary Team. Karen focuses on estate planning, probate administration, guardianships and probate litigation. She is an accomplished public speaker and organizes weekly continuing legal educational training for the professional staff at Strohschein Law Group.
She resides in Carol Stream and while she is enjoying her empty nest, she adores her three adult children and her granddaughters, Charlie and Sydney. Karen is a half marathon runner, a fan of the arts and an avid Packers fan, but we won’t hold that against her. Karen can be reached at Karen@StrohscheinLawGroup.com.
Susan M. Langlotz joined Strohschein Law Group as an attorney in 2017 after practicing more than 30 years at a Chicago law firm. One of her first jobs as a teenager was working at a long-term care facility—which set her on a path toward finding fulfillment in helping older adults. Throughout her career, meeting new clients and assisting them in addressing their challenges remains the most rewarding part of her work. Her focuses include estate and trust administration, guardianships, probate litigation, and estate planning. Susan attended The John Marshall Law School and Bradley University. She lives in Glen Ellyn with her husband and rescue dog, Juno, and always looks forward to the next time her daughter and son are home from school. Susan loves gardening, reading and baseball (Cubs!). She can be reached at email@example.com .
Colleen Ceh Becvar is a Gerontologist and the certified Care Coordinator for Strohschein Law Group. To Colleen, serving older adults is not only a job, it is her life’s work; in fact, her fascination with aging began with her 7th grade science fair project, Taste vs Age. Colleen believes advocacy begins with compassion and she specializes in providing clients and their families with the resources and support they need to navigate through challenges of caring for a loved one. As a researcher, published author, and current adjunct faculty member at Aurora University, Colleen enthusiastically shares her knowledge through teaching, public speaking, and good old-fashioned conversation. Colleen resides in Downers Grove with her husband, two teenage children, and newest member of the family: Finnegan (the dog). Colleen can be reached via email at Colleen@StrohscheinLawGroup.com
Tina McHorney is a Senior Paralegal with Strohschein Law Group. She has over 15 years of experience in the areas of Guardianship, Elder Abuse, Estate and Trust Administration, Special Needs Planning, Veterans Benefits, and Medicaid Planning. Tina truly enjoys everything, from piecing together a difficult benefits application to drafting pleadings on complex guardianship issues or helping a family settle an estate. Tina serves as the Elder Law Chair for the Illinois Paralegal Association and serves as President of the Board of Directors for one of the largest senior service organizations in the Chicagoland area. Tina lives in the Northwest Suburbs with her husband, their two daughters, and the most charming member of their family, their Viszla. Tina and her husband are sports enthusiasts and they spend much of their spare time enjoying (or enduring) our local professional and college sports teams. Tina can be reached via email at Tina@StrohscheinLawGroup.com
Amber Schmidt is a Paralegal who focuses on Estate and Long Term Care Planning matters for our clients. Amber has an amazing ability to keep track of numerous details with regard to these important documents for the families that we serve on a daily basis. Amber recently purchased her first home and is enjoying all the benefits being a homeowner offers. She has an amazing zest for life and is a wonderful addition to the firm. She lives locally with her family and can be reached via email at Amber@StrohscheinLawGroup.com
Melanie Henrikson is a Paralegal who focuses primarily on Estate Administration. Melanie worked as a litigation paralegal in Chicago for more than a decade before taking time off to raise her three children. Melanie returned to work part-time for a non-for-profit organization and then full-time assisting and protecting the rights of families who were displaced from their homes due to a catastrophic event. Melanie longed to return to her roots as a Paralegal and Strohschein Law Group was the perfect fit allowing her to continue the rewarding work of assisting clients through a difficult time. Melanie lives with her husband, teenage children, and their adopted dog, Penny. Melanie can be reached via email at Melanie@StrohscheinLawGroup.com
Peggy Amenta is the Client Services Director at Strohschein Law Group, and is often the friendly voice you hear when calling the firm. Peggy keeps the calendar up-to-date, schedules appointments, handles initial intake of client information and creates new files, and manages a myriad of other tasks, all with a smile and contagious sense of humor. Peggy has seen the need for Long Term Care advocates firsthand and brings a real world approach to the firm. She lives in the Tri-City area, where she has the pleasure of spending lots of time with her twin granddaughters. Peggy can be reached via email at Peggy@StrohscheinLawGroup.com
Laurie Stephans is a Client Services Administrator who taps into extensive experience as an admin, writer, and paralegal to accomplish the wide variety of tasks that job entails. She and her husband share an empty nest in Plano, as their three daughters are now out on their own. In addition to maintaining her blog and exploring creative writing, in her spare time Laurie loves to read, cook, and play computer games … and has what she calls an encyclopedic knowledge of and never ending passion for musicals and show tunes! None of these loves come close, though, to the greatest joy in her life– her two grandsons who, thankfully, live close enough for proper spoiling by Grandma! Laurie can be reached at Laurie@StrohscheinLawGroup.com
Mary Anderson is a Client Services Administrator who comes to Strohschein Law Group with a broad background. She has worked with her husband building the family-owned manufacturing business handling all bookkeeping and human resource duties. She also enjoyed the job of School Librarian, as well as the challenging job of raising 3 children. Mary lives in the Fox Valley area with her husband Chris, son Tyler, daughters Maddie and Paige, and man’s best friend, Talley. She enjoys reading, traveling and relaxing by their family lake house. Mary enjoys helping others receive the help and care that they deserve. Mary can be reached at Mary@StrohscheinLawGroup.com.
Karen Stout is a Client Services Administrator who comes to Strohschein Law Group with a varied background including 15 years working in a corporate IT environment and equal time as a stay at home mom. She spends her spare time volunteering with various organizations including CASA Kane County, Boy Scouts and with a Comfort Dog program. Karen and her husband have lived in St. Charles over 20 years, raising their son. When they became empty nesters, they adopted an energetic hound mix named Bailey. Bailey keeps them very busy. Karen can be reached via email at kstout@StrohscheinLawGroup.com.
Lea lives in South Elgin with her husband, Nick, two school aged daughters, Brooke and Tori and their 85 lb. puppy, Cody. Her daughters keep her busy with dance and other activities. She also enjoys reading and taking her dog for walks. Lea loves to travel with her family, who are on a quest to visit all 50 States. They are on number 38! With her 20 plus years of experience, Lea has learned many skills including client service, time management and attention to detail. Lea recently served as a juror, and having found it quite interesting, decided to pursue a new career in the law field. Lea can be reached at Lea@StrohscheinLawGroup.com.
Carolyn Northrop is a Legal Assistant with Strohschein Law Group. She has over 16 years of experience in the Education Field and acquired many skills that have transferred into her position within the firm. Carolyn lives locally in Batavia with her husband Chris, her three children Ali, Chris & Kate and her puppy, Wilson. Her children keep her busy with their sporting events and many other activities. She enjoys traveling, cooking and spending time with family and friends. Carolyn can be reached at Carolyn@StrohscheinLawGroup.com.
Diane Gutshall is my sister and the Office Manager with Strohschein Law Group. Diane joined the law firm as a favor to me working a few hours at a time only twice a month. Diane and I have spent many late nights at this office creating what you see and experience as a client. Diane efficiently handles all of the invoices as well as a myriad of marketing duties, office and computer maintenance. She lives locally with her husband and three children who are also called to duty at Strohschein Law Group to help out their favorite aunt. Diane is the self-declared expert on all things Walt Disney World. If you ask her, she will be able to tell you which animals at Animal Kingdom are real and which ones are animatronics. Diane can be reached via email at Diane@StrohscheinLawGroup.com
Susan Henberger is my Mom and the Bookkeeper with Strohschein Law Group. She was my supporter from day one when I realized back in Seventh Grade that I wanted to be a lawyer. She was also my very first employee because who else can you trust but your Mom when it comes to the finances of the business! Susan (Mom) manages the day-to-day tasks that a busy firm requires such as payroll, various human resource duties and, of course, accounts payable. My Mom and Dad had several businesses when I was growing up so she definitely brings real world business expertise to the Strohschein Law Group. She lives locally and plays a mean hand of Canasta or Triple Play when asked. Susan can be reached via email at Susan@StrohscheinLawGroup.com
Toni Romano is the Billing Coordinator with Strohschein Law Group. She handles a variety of accounts receivable tasks. Toni lives locally with her husband, four daughters and black lab Rosie, who yes is also a girl! Toni and her husband keep busy with the girls’ dance and sports schedule. Toni can be reached at Toni@StrohscheinLawGroup.com
Vicki Montgomery is the Director of Marketing with Strohschein Law Group. She comes to us with a diverse background in banking, bookkeeping, event planning, educational and recreational program development and non-profit management. In her free time, Vicki enjoys photography, cooking, sewing and all things creative. She lives in the Fox Valley area and enjoys spending time with her two adult children and chocolate lab grand-puppies, Shelly and Julius. Vicki can be reached via email at Vicki@StrohscheinLawGroup.com
Annie! A Wheaten Terrier (hypo-allergenic breed) that Linda adopted from a local rescue shelter. Her disposition is gentle and sweet and she loves to meet our daily visitors. Her favorite color is green, like her doggy bed found under Linda’s desk, and she enjoys sharing her time among the staff throughout her busy day. She will occasionally find a seat in one of the side chairs to either get a better view or just encourage a little attention. If you aren’t a dog person, no worries! Just let us know before you plan to arrive and Annie will gladly take a nap on her cozy doggy bed!