Joan van Oss

Attorney – Sterk Family Law

Joan has garnered nearly ten years of legal experience in family law. An avid traveler, who has lived in three countries,  Joan fell in love with Chicago and settled down here permanently in 2016.

She is a member of various bar associations throughout the greater Chicagoland area.  As an attorney of our firm, Joan will be appearing in court to handle routine and contested matters and is a strong advocate for our clients both in and out of the courtroom.  Joan joined our team in 2017.

What do client’s look for in an attorney?

Clients are looking for someone to not only listen, but to hear them!  Clients want to know that their pain is perceived and understood.

Why did you choose Family Law?

I believe that the family is the fundamental unit of a society and requires protection.

What is your greatest fulfillment as a family law attorney?

My greatest fulfillment is success in resolving a dispute and the acquired knowledge that I can apply going forward.

How do you get away from stress and separate your work from your home life?

I come from a big Canadian family and my husband comes from a big Dutch family – we are immune to stress!

Who is your hero?

My hero is the cartoon character Pogo.

What is your favorite quote?

“I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship.” – Louisa May Alcott

What do you do in your spare time?

I love to go for a run, especially in a forest preserve or on a prairie path.

What is your biggest accomplishment?

My husband and I are proud to have raised three successful humans!

What is a fun fact about you?

I love to drive and I sometimes like to look at car magazines.

What is your favorite holiday and why?

I enjoy the Easter holiday because I love spring, renewal, and growth.

If you could be any animal, what would you be and why?

I admire the albatross for it’s beauty, strength, and it’s representation of the cycle of life.