Bolingbrook native credits work ethic, upbringing for success in law
BOLINGBROOK — Born and raised in Bolingbrook, Annemarie Kill led an active childhood, often serving her community and partaking in various clubs and activities.
Attending Oak View Elementary School, Bolingbrook High School, Illinois State University and DePaul University Law School, Kill described herself as a "joiner" growing up, always active in various academic clubs, including National Honors Society programs, student councils, student governments and student bar associations.
"Staying busy and being active in various organizations is how I have fun," said Kill, now a partner at the Chicago law firm Avery Camerlingo Kill, LLC. "When I was young, I was always involved in school clubs and programs. That hasn't changed since becoming a lawyer, I want to be an active member of the legal community."
Her continued work has not gone unnoticed, as Kill's peers recently deemed her as one of Illinois' top female lawyers.
She was honored by Illinois Super Lawyers as one of the “Top 50 Women Illinois Super Lawyers” for the second year in a row.
"This award is a great honor because it's mainly based on the input from my fellow Illinois attorneys," Kill said. "It's not about dedication to one specific organization or cause, it surveys a host of people and encompasses many different things."
For the last 12 years, the Avery Camerlingo Kill partner has practiced family litigation in downtown Chicago.
To this day, the Chicago lawyer attests that her formative years instilled a strong work ethic and leadership abilities.
"To me, Bolingbrook is a community full of hard-working, dedicated residents," Kill said. "Growing up, I quickly learned that hard work will open a lot of doors. Natural ability and intelligence is wonderful, but I firmly believe that a strong work ethic will get you wherever you want to go."
Kill often frequents Bolingbrook with her husband, John Duffy, and their two children, Jack and Colleen, who Kill says are enamored with Bolingbrook's Aquarium Adventure.
While running a business and being a mother is often hectic, Kill says she "could not be happier." She said she remains motivated and eager to expand her practice.
"In 10 years, I hope my life is exactly the same," Kill said. "But I hope that our firm helps thousands more families."
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