Pamela Paziotopoulos

Ms. Paziotopoulos is licensed to practice law in Illinois and in Federal Court. She is a member of the Association of Threat Assessment Professionals, and the American Society of Industrial Security.

She began her career as a prosecutor for the Cook County State's Attorney's Office, quickly focusing on the area of domestic violence.

In 1996, she joined the American Prosecutor's Research Institute's Criminal Prosecution Division as a Senior Attorney traveling to 38 of the 50 states, conducting training and speaking on domestic violence. She oversaw curricula development and education in domestic violence prosecution, provided technical assistance to prosecutors and allied professionals, and developed training materials in the areas of domestic violence and stalking.

In 1997, she was recruited to the Cook County State's Attorney's Office to create and supervise the Domestic Violence Division. She monitored the prosecution of over 100,000 domestic violence cases emanating each year from the city of Chicago and surrounding area. She created a Career Resource Center that continues to assist victims of domestic violence by providing a transition from welfare to work and established an "Adopt a Shelter Program" partnering Cook County agencies with various domestic violence shelters. She helped secure over $900,000 in federal, state and private money to supplement these initiatives and served as Chairperson and member of various domestic violence committees throughout Cook County and the State of Illinois.

Ms. Paziotopoulos has developed and presented numerous training sessions on the topic of domestic violence and stalking to corporations, prosecutors, advocates, judges, law enforcement agencies, psychologists, shelter personnel and court watchers. She has trained the Albanian National Police on domestic violence policy and procedures in Tirana, Albania. Ms. Paziotopoulos has frequently been a keynote speaker on domestic violence. She has also appeared on CNN, CNBC, and the Oprah Winfrey Show, as well as numerous national radio and news stations. She has appeared on the FBI's Training Network discussing domestic violence in the workplace. She was a consultant and participant in the FBI's Violence in the Workplace Symposium. She has authored numerous articles on the issues of domestic violence and stalking. Her article, "Violence Against Women Act: Federal Relief for State Prosecutors," has been cited by Federal Courts of Appeal as decisive in defending the landmark legislation VAWA. In July 2000, she was selected by Today's Chicago Woman as one of 100 women making a difference in Chicago.

In 2002, Ms. Paziotopoulos formed her own consulting group, The Paziotopoulos Group, serving both the public and private sectors.