Charlotte LeClercq is a senior associate at Reno & Zahm. She has been practicing for over 17 years and is admitted to practice in Illinois and Washington. She graduated with honors from Grinnell College in Iowa in 1992 with a Bachelor of Arts in Russian and a concentration in Eastern European studies. In 1994, she obtained a Master’s Degree in Russian literature from Purdue University. She received her J.D. summa cum laude in 2004 from Northern Illinois University, where she was the research editor for the law review and a finalist in the third-year moot court competition.
Charlotte spent her first seven years as an attorney in general practice with a law firm in Rockford, where her focus areas included civil litigation, municipal law, corporate law, business transactions, real estate, and estate planning. She spent her next ten years with the civil division of the Winnebago County State’s Attorney’s Office, where she represented and provided advice to the various County departments and elected officials in a wide variety of areas, including labor relations, civil litigation, employment law, contracts, election law, Freedom of Information Act, Open Meetings Act, and public health law. Charlotte has practiced in both state and federal court, as well as handling administrative matters with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Illinois Department of Human Rights.
While Charlotte did not grow up in Rockford, she has lived in the area for over 17 years and is deeply invested in the community. She previously served on the boards of Healing Pathways Cancer Resource Center and Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful, and currently plays in several local concert bands that perform throughout the community, including the Old Towne Band, the Rockford Christian Fellowship Band, and the Byron Civic Band. She lives in Rockford with her daughter, who is a talented and passionate artist and will be attending the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.