M. Vanessa Favia

Vanessa Favia earned her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Iowa where she majored in Communication Studies and Sociology. After graduating with honors, Vanessa went on to receive her Juris Doctorate from Drake University School of Law in Des Moines, Iowa, where she also received a certification in litigation and dispute resolution. During her tenure in law school, she clerked at the U.S. Attorney’s office for the Southern District of Iowa, the Iowa Attorney General’s Office, the Polk County Prosecutor’s Office, and the Youth Law Center.

Since being admitted to the Illinois Bar and the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Vanessa has focused her career in criminal law- both prosecution and defense, family law and real estate, both commercial and residential. Vanessa worked as a municipal prosecutor for the Village of Downers Grove and is also a court appointed special advocate (CASA) in DuPage County, a volunteer position where she does her part to help abused and neglected children in the juvenile court system.


  • American Bar Association
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • DuPage County Bar Association
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Christian Legal Society