A Small and Dedicated Team

Our small law practice consists of one attorney and two legal assistants. We’re an intentionally lean microbusiness devoted to helping self-represented people and providing zealous professional representation at reasonable rates.

About Our Legal Assistants

Gena, who you’ll likely speak with when you call us, brings a wealth of hands-on experience with residential and commercial property issues. Her background as a paralegal for residential real estate closings, a commercial property manager for large office buildings, and a legal assistant for property, estate planning, and insurance law practices allows her to spot hidden issues and find creative solutions for our clients. Gena holds an Associates Degree in Paralegal Studies from Kings College and an Associates in Arts from Gaston College.

Jade, our editorial assistant, elevates our educational products and customer experience with her small business savvy and affinity for cutting-edge technology. She holds a degree in Language and Literature from St. Paul University Philippines. After finishing her bachelor’s studies, she helped with family business endeavors before deciding to immerse herself in the entrepreneurship world with a Metro Manila fin-tech start-up.

About Our Attorney

Microbusiness and property law attorney Terra Gross (she/her) represents clients from drafting and negotiation through civil trials. In addition to serving private clients, Terra takes pro bono cases through Chicago Volunteer Legal Services and provides guidance to small landlords statewide at Eviction Help Illinois. Her hobbies include gardening with native plants, restoring secondhand furniture, and attempting to entertain her two young children.

The daughter of a small business owner, Terra became drawn to the law’s potential to empower people while freelancing as a writing instructor and musician in her hometown of Portland, Oregon. Before moving to the Midwest to attend law school, she earned a master’s degree in secondary education, instructing creative writing and public speaking skills at a high school for homeless youth and an all-girls public middle school. As a law student, in addition to serving as Executive Administrative Editor of the Elder Law Journal and clerking for a Champaign County Circuit Court judge, Terra remained connected to the education field through a work-study job supervising undergraduate tutors at local public schools.

After law school, Terra spent a year learning key business skills through a fellowship for women in business leadership, then gained hands-on litigation experience at the Illinois Attorney General’s Office in Springfield, Illinois. She moved to Evanston in 2017, first serving as a law clerk in the Chancery Division of Cook County Circuit Court, then practicing at Chicago-based law firms. In February 2021, Terra launched Attuned Legal as a participant in the Chicago Bar Foundation’s Justice Entrepreneurs Project, a legal incubator that encourages the development of innovative, cost-effective services. 

Admissions

  • Illinois (2013)
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois (2019)
  • United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois (2014)

Education

  • University of Illinois College of Law, J.D., 2013 (magna cum laude)
  • Portland State University, M.Ed., 2010
  • Prescott College, B.A., 2006

Memberships

  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • National Association of Women Lawyers

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