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First Response Family Law: Your Trusted Legal Ally

TJ Battistelli, the founder of First Response Family Law, is an attorney who provides legal support services to first responders. He helps them get comfortable with the process of divorce or child custody. As a former first responder, TJ knows how valuable life is and how difficult losing loved ones in death or divorce can be. So why do clients come to TJ Battistelli? First, there may be sheer panic about their family's financial future. At times, their emotions are raging, and it's a daily struggle to perform even the simplest tasks without distracting and negative thoughts. Or worst of all, TJ has seen first-hand the gripping fear of what may happen with children and parenting time. As a result, TJ understands and can relate to his clients in a way other attorneys cannot. TJ opened the doors at First Response Family Law to provide top-notch support to his fellow first responders in need.TJ is honorably discharged from the U.S. Air Force and has spent over 16 years serving the public as a police officer and firefighter. A graduate of The John Marshall Law School, TJ also developed experience interning for the Honorable John W. Darrah of the Northern District of Illinois.


  • The John Marshall Law School, Chicago, Illinois
  • 2016
  • Honors: Dean's List - Multiple Scholarship recipient
  • Calumet College of Saint Joseph, Whiting, Indiana
  • B.S. - 2012
  • Honors: Dean's List
  • Honors: With High Distinction
  • Major: Public Safety Management

Bar Admission

  • Illinois, 2017

Pro-Bono Activities

  • Cabrini Green Legal Aid, 2017
  • Chicago Volunteer Legal Services, 2018 to Present


  • English

Professional Associations

  • Illinois State Bar Association, Member
  • Chicago Bar Association, Member
  • Lesbian and Gay Bar Association of Chicago, Member