Highly Experienced Defense Attorneys
Mr. Van Der Snick is the principal of the Van Der Snick Law Firm, Ltd., He is a graduate of The John Marshall Law School in Chicago, Illinois and has been practicing Criminal Law, DUI and Family law since 1980.
Prior to private practice, Mr. Van Der Snick was a Supreme Court Rule 711 Clerk and an Assistant State’s Attorney in Kane County, Illinois for over 4 ½ years prosecuting a variety of cases from murder to traffic.
Mr. Van Der Snick has authored several articles published in the State Newsletter for Traffic and DUI in the State of Illinois and has been a guest lecturer for ISBA-CLE Programs, Kane County CLE programs, as well as appearing in traffic videos for the Illinois Bar Association and Kane County Bar.
Mr. Van Der Snick has lectured at the State’s Attorney’s DUI Program in Galena and the SLEA program at the College of DuPage.
In 2002, he received a Certificate of Training in administering “Standardized Field Sobriety Testing” using NHTSA standards.
In 2003, he was appointed as a member of the National College of DUI Defense, Inc.
In February 2006 he received his Certificate for Refresher for Training for National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Standardized Field Sobriety Testing.
Mr. Van Der Snick is a current member and past chair of the Illinois State Bar Association Traffic Laws and Court Section Council. He is also a member of Kane, DeKalb and DuPage County Bar Associations.
Adam Miller is an associate attorney with the Van Der Snick Law Firm, Ltd. A dual degree student at the University of Missouri, Mr. Miller graduated Cum Laude and with Departmental Honors in 2007 with degrees in Political Science and Sociology as well as minors in Business and Philosophy. He continued his education at Valparaiso University where he received his Masters of Science in Sports Administration in 2009 and his Juris Doctor in 2011.
While in law school Mr. Miller was a member and the Chairperson of the Trial Advocacy Team where he competed nationally in mock trial competitions. Additionally, he was an executive board member of the Sports and Entertainment Law Association. Mr. Miller worked as an extern in the Porter County Prosecutor’s Office in Valparaiso, Indiana in 2010. During his last year of law school he worked in the Valparaiso University Sports Law Clinic as legal counsel for amateur athletes. As a member of the Sports Law Clinic, Mr. Miller litigated in Manhattan in front of the International Court of Arbitration for Sport, the highest international court for amateur athletes.
After law school Mr. Miller became a licensed member of the Florida Bar in 2011 and later a licensed attorney in Illinois in 2013. He is currently a member of the Florida Bar, the Illinois State Bar Association, the Illinois Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and the Kane and DeKalb County Bar Associations.
Sandra Petras Bruckner
Sandra Petras Bruckner is of counsel to Van Der Snick Law Firm, Ltd. and has practiced law for 30 years. Ms. Bruckner concentrates her practice on all aspects of Family Law and is also a trained family law mediator and collaborative law practitioner. Sandi previously served as an Assistant State’s Attorney in Kane County for many years, prosecuting all types of cases including traffic, misdemeanor, child support, juvenile delinquency, abuse and neglect, and felony cases. She was also the Deputy Director of the Children’s Advocacy Center from 1996-1999. Sandi has been in private practice since 1999, and has handled cases involving family law, personal injury, social security disability, real estate, commercial and civil litigation. She has conducted numerous criminal and civil bench and jury trials.
Sandi is a member of the Kane County Bar Association (KCBA), DeKalb County Bar Association (DCBA), Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA), Illinois Trial Lawyers Association (ITLA), International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (IACP), and the Collaborative Law Institute of Illinois. Sandi previously taught general music education for many years at St. Mary’s School in DeKalb, IL and continues to serve as the Youth Choir Director for St. Mary Parish in DeKalb, IL where she also cantors and sings in the Liturgical Choir.
Christine S. Janis
Christine Janis is an Associate Attorney with the Van Der Snick Law Firm, Ltd. Ms. Janis earned a Bachelor of Arts in English Education (1993) and a Master of Arts (2003) in Sociology/Criminology from Northern Illinois University, where she then worked as a full-time instructor in the Sociology Department. After teaching undergraduate courses in Sociology, Criminal Justice Systems, and Criminology, she attended the Northern Illinois University College of Law, graduating cum laude in 2016 with a Juris Doctorate and a certificate in Criminal Practice. While in law school, Ms. Janis was active in the Trial Advocacy Society, where she competed in several mock trial competitions and served on the executive board as a Barrister. She also served as Marshal for the Dooley Chapter of Phi Alpha Delta. Additionally, during law school, Ms. Janis held internships with Justice Michael J. Burke of the Illinois 2nd Appellate District, the 18th Judicial Circuit in DuPage County, Illinois, and both the Felony and Misdemeanor/Traffic Divisions of the Kane County State’s Attorney’s office.
Ms. Janis became a member of the Illinois Bar in November of 2016 and is a member of the American Bar Association, the Illinois State Bar Association, the DuPage County Bar Association, and the Kane County Bar Association.