OUR TEAM

We are a People-First Practice providing personalized and personable immigration and family law services that deliver real results.

Meet The Team

Jennifer L. Bennett

Attorney at Law

Jennifer’s big heart and unending compassion have guided her for more than a decade of practicing law here in Chicago. She uses that drive to serve some of the most disenfranchised people of the city with passion and dedication.


Before opening JLB Law Group, Jennifer spent several years working for the US Department of Labor, in their Office of Foreign Labor Certification. This has gained her priceless knowledge about how the government “thinks” about cases, and she now uses that insight to make the most effective arguments for her clients.


Deeply rooted in her community, Jennifer has worked with organizations such as the Indo-American Center, as well as the Esperanza Health Center. She is also involved with the Junior League of Chicago to combat human trafficking. She has participated in numerous volunteer opportunities both locally and globally, working to serve underprivileged women and children.

Jennifer received her Bachelor’s degree in criminal justice with a minor in social work from Ball State University. She worked as an adult and juvenile probation officer before pursuing a Masters in Public Administration and her J.D. from Indiana University, Indianapolis.

Rachael has a passion and a deep desire to help others, who do not have the tools to do so themselves, navigate the legal system, and exercise their legal rights.

While attending the University of Illinois College of Law, Rachael spent a year working in the college's domestic violence clinic, helping survivors of domestic violence obtain orders of protection. For the next year and a half, she proceeded to gain experience at the college's family advocacy clinic as a guardian ad litem for children, representing parents in juvenile proceedings. 

Both of these experiences were incredibly rewarding and fulfilling for Rachael, who appreciated the opportunity to bring legal services to people who otherwise might not have access to legal representation in proceedings that deeply affected their lives. At the end of her time in law school, Rachael was awarded the College of Law's prestigious Rickert Award for Excellence in Advocacy in 2017.

When Rachael is not at work, she enjoys cooking, hiking, and working on her trapeze and other aerial arts skills. 

Rachael Bernal

Associate Attorney

Veronica Navarro
Legal Assistant

Veronica was born in Skokie, Illinois, and growing up, she didn't understand why her parents lived in constant fear and anxiety. She didn't know why her parents had to work twice as hard to provide for Veronica and her siblings. Her parents immigrated from San Luis Potosi, Mexico. Throughout her childhood, Veronica would hear the words: "Go travel and see the world, but we can't come with you."

Because of the way she experienced life during her childhood, Veronica now has a deep understanding of what the clients of the Law Offices of Jennifer L. Bennett may go through and feel every day. 

Veronica has been an integral part of Jennifer's team since 2015. She is passionate about learning all there is to know about new cultures, listening to the client's unique stories, and helping them get through whatever it is they're facing. 

When Veronica is not at the office, she enjoys going to the movies with her husband, meeting up with friends and family at the local diner or the park. While she doesn't have children herself, Veronica loves taking her two nieces to the Chicago Zoo or spend the day baking with them. 
 

Raya has felt strongly about many human rights issues, such as women's rights and refugee safety, for as long as she can remember. The field of law provides her with an opportunity to make a real difference for some of the people affected by these issues. 

 

Raya has a passion for working with people from a variety of international backgrounds and helping disadvantaged communities. While she is a second-generation Pakistani American, Raya still holds her family's immigrant background close at heart and greatly admires immigrants, their stories, and their backgrounds. 

While being rather new to the legal field, Raya knows this is the right career path for her, as learning the client's stories and figuring out complex issues is what fulfills her on a daily basis. She hopes to continue a career dedicated to fighting for the rights of minorities. 

Outside of work, Raya likes to read, try new foods, travel, do yoga, and spend time with her friends and family, to whom she is incredibly close!

Raya Sajid

Paralegal

Paula was born in Bogotá, Colombia, and from a young age on, she wanted to be a lawyer so she could help people in need.

 

After she got her law degree in Colombia, Paula decided to explore the world and learning a second language. She came to the United States because of its ample diversity. For three years, Paula worked in Bogotá, Colombia, where she gained experience in labor law while also being involved in different humanitarian projects.

 

Having the opportunity to work at The Law Office of Jennifer L. Bennett is giving her another perspective of the law and the opportunity to keep on fighting for those in need of legal assistance. In her free time, Paula likes to read, cook, and try new restaurants in Chicago. 

Paula Alvarez 

Administrative Assistant and

Client Service Specialist

Alessandra was born in Honduras in a port city. 


At the age of 19, Alessandra started working to provide her family with a better lifestyle, trying to give back to her mother in every way she possibly could.  


At first, Alessandra wasn't sure which direction of law she wanted to take, but over the years, she realized that Immigration law is where her passion is at. Hearing the different stories of people looking for a better life for their families and themselves is what motivates and inspires her. 

One of her favorites things to do is to go on road trips. Alessandra loves to travel, explore new places, get to know new cultures, try new food, and take lots of pictures.

Alessandra Nuñez

Administrative Assistant

Afra is a law student at Michigan State University College of Law. His interests lie in foreign policy, immigration law, and property law.

Afra has a passion for the Middle Eastern region and particularly his Iranian/Persian heritage. Fluent in Farsi, Afra wishes to utilize his language more in the law office. His parents immigrated from Iran to Chicago after the 1979 Iranian Revolution. He has great admiration and will to assist immigrants, such as his parents, who have endured similar hardships and injustices to give themselves the life they deserve.

Outside of work, Afra loves playing and watching basketball, cooking recipes from around the world, and discovering as much music as he can.

Afra Ghannad 

Law Clerk

Tajera was born and raised in Montego Bay, Jamaica. She completed her LLB with honours at the University of the West Indies, Jamaica and will become the first lawyer in her family.

 

She is extremely passionate about immigration law and family law. The source of this passion originated from Tajera witnessing the struggles of her single mother who worked assiduously to provide for her and her older sister. She understands the difficulties of family matters based on what her mother endured throughout the years.

 

Moreover, her keen desire for these areas of law stems from her drive to assist families and individuals in gaining access to legal resources and resolving complex issues. Thus, Tajera commits herself to producing exemplary results that exceed expectations and goes beyond self-satisfaction.

 

In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, reading, watching movies, and spending quality time with family and friends.

Tajera Fowler

Law Clerk