Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, Indiana
- B.A., English and Writing, 1997
Indiana University School of Law, Indianapolis, Indiana
- J.D., 2001
Supreme Court of the United States
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois
U.S. District Court, Central District of Utah
Government Civil Litigation
Labor & Employment
Municipalities & Other Units of Local Government
Angela Fyans-Jimenez joined Sorling Northrup in 2014. From 2001 to 2003, she was an Assistant State’s Attorney at the Sangamon County State’s Attorney’s office. From 2003 to 2013, she worked as an Assistant Corporation Counsel for the City of Springfield, Illinois, where she was involved in municipal ordinance prosecution, labor and employment litigation, transactional work, real estate and zoning, and general civil litigation in state, federal and appellate courts. She also served as advisory counsel to several city departments and commissions. She is also licensed in Utah, where she practiced family law, criminal defense, bankruptcy law and immigration law.
Ms. Fyans-Jimenez received her undergraduate degree in English from Valparaiso University and her Juris Doctor degree from Indiana University School of Law in Indianapolis, Indiana. Prior to attending law school, she interned at the American Embassy in Paris, France, where she was assigned to the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Economic Development. She also interned at the State Department in Washington, D.C.
Ms. Fyans-Jimenez has spent a large part of her legal career representing local government; local government directors, managers and supervisors; local police departments and their officers; and city commissions. She has defended these individuals and entities in administrative and arbitration proceedings and in state and federal courts, and she has advised on issues that arise on a daily basis. Those issues include union contract and employment issues as well as real estate, zoning, commission practice and procedure and statutory compliance. She is also well versed in issues involving the Freedom of Information Act and Open Meetings Act.
In addition to her municipal work, Ms. Fyans-Jimenez is a former instructor at Broadview University in Utah and Lincoln College in Normal, Illinois in the areas of administrative law, real estate law and business law. She also practices in general litigation, immigration law and administrative law, and is a certified Hearing Officer, certified Mediator, and a certified Arbitrator. Ms. Fyans-Jimenez also has considerable experience with contract preparation and business transactions, including has negotiated real estate, entertainment and performance contracts on behalf of clients. She has been admitted to practice law before the United States Supreme Court, Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, Northern District of Illinois, Central District of Illinois, Central District of Utah, and the Supreme Courts of Illinois and Utah. Ms. Fyans- Jimenez is a member of the American Bar Association, The Illinois Women in Leadership, the Illinois State Bar Association, the Utah State Bar Association, the Government Bar Association, the Utah Women’s Lawyer Association, the American Immigration Lawyers Association, the Illinois Municipal League – Municipal Attorneys Section, the Sangamon County Bar Association, the McLean County Bar Association, and the Central Illinois Women’s Bar Association.