Sara J. Gray grew up in the small town of Momence, Illinois. She is the eldest of four children born to Mary, a retired critical care nurse of 40 years, and the late William, a welder, diesel mechanic, and all-around fix-it guy.
Sara attended North Central College in Naperville, Illinois, for two years and completed her BA, with University Honors, in English, after transferring to Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois, where she went on to attended Northern Illinois University College of Law. She spent her last Summer during law school in New York City serving the public interest as an intern with HIV Law Project in Manhattan.
Sara graduated Magna Cum Laude in the Class of 2000, earning special recognition for high achievement in the areas of Criminal Law, Procedure and Evidence. She passed the Illinois Bar Exam that Summer and, in the Fall of 2000, was admitted to the Illinois State Bar and the United States Federal Bar and Federal Trial Bar for the Northern District of Illinois. She spent her first year as an attorney representing indigent clients at the Will County Public Defender’s Office, which prompted her to settle in Joliet, Illinois.
Sara is now the wife of a local Bank Manager and the mother of four, two boys and two girls, Attorney Gray has owned her own law firm in the heart of Joliet since November 2001. She has focused her practice on helping those charged with criminal offenses and burdened with crushing debt. Over the years she has also grown a successful real estate practice, helping the citizens of Will County and the surrounding area achieve the American dream of home ownership. Sara is one of the few attorneys in Will County who can assist clients and close real estate transactions in Spanish.
In her spare time she enjoys home improvement projects and coaching her son’s YMCA Youth Basketball League team. She also assists local charities, such as CASA of Will County.