Office of the Will County Public Defender
Joliet, IL
Criminal Division
58 E. Clinton, Suite 210
Joliet, IL 60432
Ph: (815) 727-8666
Juvenile Division
3202 W. McDonough Street
Joliet, IL 60431
Ph: (815) 730-7090

News & Press Releases

August 22, 2016

Michelle Palaro 815.727.8666 (office)
815.378.5071 (cell)

JOLIET - The Will County Public Defender's Office welcomes three new Assistant Public Defenders to the Misdemeanor/Juvenile Division. 

 Colette Safford  safford

Colette Safford received her Juris Doctor from The John Marshall Law School in Chicago.  She also holds degrees in Criminal Justice and Mortuary Science,

Before joining the Will County Public Defender's Office on July 25, 2016, Ms. Safford spent years at a premiere litigation law firm working as a law clerk; and later as an attorney after being sworn in.  During law school, she was a Rule 711 law clerk with the Will County and Cook County State's Attorney's Offices.  Ms. Safford tried misdemeanor DUI cases as a first chair under the direction and supervision of a Cook County Assistant State's Attorney.

Ms. Safford is currently assigned to the Honorable Judge Paula Gomora's court call at the River Valley Justice Center where she handles juvenile delinquency, abuse, and neglect cases.


Zack StrupeckStrupeck

Zack Strupeck graduated from Aurora University with a double major in History and Religion.  He then attended The John Marshall Law School, where he was the Executive Justice (Vice President) of John Marshall's Moot Court Honors Program. 

During law school, Mr. Strupeck was a 711 intern with the Cook County Public Defender's Office for 18 months before passing the bar exam.  After being sworn in as an attorney, he was employed as an Assistant Public Defender in Champaign County for almost a year.  Mr. Strupeck joined the Will County Public Defender's Office on August 1, 2016.

He is currently assigned to the court call of the Honorable Judge Edward Burmila in courtroom 403 where he handles misdmeanor domestic violence and orders of protection cases.


Daniel Giannola  giannola

Daniel Giannola graduated from Illinois State University in 2012, majoring in Political Science and minoring in Criminal Justice.  He went on to earn his Juris Doctor from Northern Illinois University College of Law where he graduagted Cum Laude.  Before joining the Will County Public Defender's Office on August 8, 2016, Mr. Giannola was employed for a bankruptcy firm in Chicago.

Mr. Giannola is currently assigned to the courtroom of the Honorable Judge Bennett Braun in room 305.