AuBuchon & Pennuto Law, LLC


Melissa pursued law school with one goal in mind – to help those that need it the most.  While forming her family prior to graduate study, Melissa found her niche in elder and special needs law, greatly enjoying her experience working in a law office with primarily elderly and disabled clients.  Her practical experience provided her with a strong passion for her clients and developed a solid foundation for what is now a legal career specializing in elder law (Medicaid & VA benefits), special needs (including guardianships, Special Needs Trusts), and estate planning, basic and advanced.

Melissa, an accredited attorney with the VA, worked countless hours in the Veterans Legal Services Clinic while a student at John Marshall, where she gained extensive experience reviewing and researching the rights and opportunities of veterans of all ages to benefit from VA-sponsored benefits such as Service-Connected Disability, VA Pension (Aid & Attendance), and surviving spouse’s benefits.  She understands the complexity of the process in applying for VA benefits, and counsels her clients in order to qualify and communicate with the VA.

Melissa’s extensive Medicaid experience on behalf of elderly and disabled clients in various living situations allows her to guide, analyze, and process Medicaid applications on behalf of all those in need of additional financial assistance to provide for their medical care.

Melissa also provides her clients with sound advice regarding estate planning and ensures her clients are able to provide the highest level of protection and guidance for their loved ones after her clients pass away.  She is experienced in basic estate planning, as well as more advanced planning for business owners and individuals with a high net worth, and recognizes that every family presents a unique set of circumstances to incorporate into its plan.

Melissa serves as Vice Chair of the Elder Law Committee for the DuPage County Bar Association.  She spends her “free” time with her husband, children, and four-legged friends. You can often find Melissa and her family gardening, picking fresh fruits and vegetables in Michigan, or canning up delicious homemade jams.


Helping families navigate life.


BA Northwestern University (2008)
JD John Marshall Law School (2015)


Illinois State Bar (2015)
Illinois Supreme Court (2015)

Professional Certifications

Guardian ad Litem (GAL)

Professional Organizations

DuPage County Bar Association
–  Vice-Chair of the Elder Law Section

Speaking Engagements

National Business Institute
Various community centers and senior organizations
Various schools for parents and educators

At AuBuchon & Pennuto Law, LLC, Families Come First.


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    AuBuchon & Pennuto Law, LLC

    Lenita and Melissa have helped me so much through the years. I don’t know what I would have done without them. They continue to help me and support me in many ways and I look forward to working with them for years to come. They are The Best! I can’t say enough good things about them and would highly recommend them.

    Diane Magnuson

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    AuBuchon & Pennuto Law, LLC

    Melissa works hard, communicates well, and always has the best interest of her clients! She’s extremely knowledgeable and will do what it takes to help them feel involved and informed throughout the transaction/process. I highly recommend AuBuchon & Pennuto Law, LLC!

    Jessica Tumpane

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    AuBuchon & Pennuto Law, LLC

    Absolutely outstanding service!! Melissa and Lenita go above and beyond for each of their clients to ensure everything they need AND MORE is taken care of! Extraordinary care and attention to detail, they make everything easy to understand and organize so you and your loved ones have peace of mind in your legal endeavors. I wouldn’t trust anyone more with my life’s assets than them!

    Kallan Gutierrez Napierkowski

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    AuBuchon & Pennuto Law, LLC

    I worked with Melissa Pennuto as we were selling our home in Schaumburg. Melissa is absolutely incredible. She is incredibly professional and was always available for any questions we had. I always felt taken care of with Melissa. She is extremely knowledgeable and made me feel so confident in selling our home. If I can give more then 5 stars I would! I would highly recommend AuBuchon & Pennuto Law to everybody! Thank you Melissa, you helped my family navigate our real estate transaction with ease! I will spread the word on how amazing Melissa and the law office is!

    Emily Ilic

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    AuBuchon & Pennuto Law, LLC

    My husband and I worked with Lenita AuBuchon on our will. The process was smooth and efficient. Lenita was there to answer any questions we had. Office location is convenient, as well as zoom calls in the time of Covid. Would definitely recommend!

    Michelle Adams

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    AuBuchon & Pennuto Law, LLC

    Our experience with estate planning couldn’t have been much easier. We were able to meet with Melissa virtually twice, exchange multiple emails, and then complete the signing in person. Melissa was patient with my 59,402,085 questions, and I feel so relieved about having our planning complete!

    Jessica Capati

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    AuBuchon & Pennuto Law, LLC

    An extremely kind, caring and professional team. The helped my parents with the process of establishing their trust and getting their affairs in order. They were wonderful with ensuring everything was current; quickly answering any questions or concerns that came up. When my mother recently passed Lenita guided me through the process of closing out the estate with professionalism and compassion, easing what was an emotionally challenging time. And now, Lenita and the team at AuBuchon & Pennuto Law are helping me with my affairs. I am thrilled and confident with the service I’ve received.

    Olivia Jordan

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    AuBuchon & Pennuto Law, LLC

    We couldn’t be more pleased with the services we have received. After disappointing experiences with other attorneys, we have been blessed with the assistance we have had from Melissa Pennuto and staff. Her level of communication and professionalism is exceptional.

    Rachel Bonza

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    13246 IL-59
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    Plainfield, IL 60585
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    Warrenville, IL 60555
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