Candace D. Hansford, Esq.

Prior to attending law school, I worked in the financial sector. First as an Assistant National Bank Examiner for the Office of the Comptroller of Currency (OCC), and later as an Examiner for the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA). Both of these roles carried strong consumer protection responsibility and heightened my awareness of the unmet needs of individuals and small businesses in the delivery of financial services. Although I had decided in college that I would one day attend law school, the Madoff investment scandal of 2008 was a call to action for me. The chaos that ensued within the financial sector motivated me to enroll in law school so that I could make an impact in another area where average families and small businesses were also routinely under-served: the legal industry. 

I enrolled in law school with the objective of gaining the most balanced, well-rounded experience possible; the type of experience that would prepare me to confront the issues my clients would be facing. As a result, my involvements included a great deal of variety. In law school I served as a criminal defense clinician in the Chicago-Kent Law Offices, worked as an in-house law clerk for a major corporation, and was a competitor on the Chicago-Kent Trial Advocacy team. I also worked on breaks and weekends as a law clerk (and now, attorney) for Chicago Volunteer Legal Services which provided me with valuable family law and personal estate experience. 

Before founding my law practice, I managed the Office of Inspector General for the Public Building Commission of Chicago where I investigated allegations of fraud, abuse, waste, and corruption within public works contracts. The OIG's office required a significant interaction with the public, and often in a forum that magnified the need for a community-focused law practice. 

I am thrilled to have the opportunity to do this work, and I look forward to helping individuals, families and small businesses by providing thoughtful and effective legal counsel in my home city. 



Illinois State University, Normal, Illinois

  • Bachelor of Science Accounting and Finance

Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, Indiana

  • Master of Business Administration

Chicago-Kent College of Law, Chicago, Illinois 

  • Juris Doctor
  • Certificate in Business Law


  • American Bar Association
  • Illinois Bar Association
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Black Women Lawyers' Association Meeting of Greater Chicago, Inc.


  • State of Illinois, 2012
  • United States District Court, Northern District Illinois, 2015