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Timothy (TJ) Battistelli founded First Response Family Law, with the goal of helping real people find real answers. After working for a judge and another law firm, he started this firm, which focuses on family law and related legal matters.

Meeting TJ is unforgettable because of how passionately and sincerely he engages with people, especially those who need help when he has direction to offer to meet their needs. His own life experience has included divorce, child custody disputes, and co-parenting arrangements. This real-world background has prepared him to work with clients with a true understanding of the problems that they face.

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A Law Firm Here To Work For You, Not The Other Way Around

Learn more about First Response Family Law by exploring this website. Contact the firm to discuss your divorce, custody modification, or child support issues. You will experience firsthand the client-centered philosophy that is the foundation of First Response Family Law.

For more than 16 years before becoming an attorney, TJ devoted his work life to public service in the U.S. Air Force, policing, and firefighting. This background allows him to work with front-line workers with full awareness of their unique challenges and priorities. It also gives him a perspective of service that he applies to the practice of law. Clients of the firm benefit from this approach in countless ways. Having worked in tough situations, he is ready to fight for the right results for clients when necessary. He is skilled at negotiations but will take a case to trial if a resolution does not come through other methods.

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Reach the law firm by phone at (312) 715-8853 or online through our short intake form.

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Attorney Joyce Jezeer

Joyce originates from the Netherlands, where she started her career as an IT Auditor before entering the law profession as a local government lawyer and mediator in the Hague area of the Netherlands. After emigrating to the United States, she continued her law career at a prestigious Chicago law firm specializing in local government law. Joyce has over 15 years of legal experience as a transactional lawyer, litigator, and mediator. Joyce takes pride in her work and is goal-oriented, which makes her a valuable asset to First Response Family Law. As a widow, Joyce knows how unexpected and personal changes can have a significant impact on a person’s life. Joyce’s ability to relate to her clients allows her to be a fierce advocate for her clients. This allows her clients to know the life changes they are going through, relating to their family matters, are dealt with in a transparent client-focused approach.

Joyce earned her LL.M from Leiden University, one of Europe’s oldest and leading universities.


Leiden School of Applied Sciences (the Netherlands)

  • 2012
  • Associate degree in Mediation

Leiden University (the Netherlands)

  • 2006
  • LL.M in Civil Law and Corporate Law


  • Illinois 2019


  • ABA Free Legal Answers, 2020 – present
  • Chicago Volunteer Legal Services, 2019 – present


  • English
  • Dutch
  • German
  • French


  • American Bar Association, Member
  • Chicago Bar Association, Member
  • Women Everywhere, Partners in Service, Volunteer