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Partner Michael C. Craven is widely regarded and respected as a highly skilled Illinois Divorce/Family Law attorney, Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and tax attorney. He has an abundance of legal experience in all aspects of family law. Since 1984, Michael represents clients in Cook, Lake, DuPage, Will, McHenry and other counties throughout the state of Illinois.
PRACTICE AREAS AND COURTROOM EXPERIENCE
Michael’s extensive family law experiences includes cases related to dividing and allocating property, business valuation, tax ramifications and planning, locating hidden assets and income, maintenance (alimony), preparing and reviewing prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, domestic violence advocacy and defense, grandparent's rights, and estate planning before, throughout and following divorce.
In addition to being recognized for his experience with cases involving complicated financial, property and personal concerns, Michael also works with clients on parental issues related to their children such as custody, child support, paternity and removal/relocation of children. Michael is passionate about keeping the best interest of the children at the forefront of every case.
TRIAL LAWYER, COLLABORATIVE LAWYER AND MEDIATOR
Although most cases settle through negotiation, Michael’s training and experience as a trial attorney provides strong advocacy where needed. Michael is also a skilled negotiator resulting in most cases to be resolved without the need for a trial. He also has special skill sets as a trained mediator and Collaborative Law attorney, employing alternative dispute techniques to settle cases outside of court. He understands the divorce process can be difficult and overwhelming and works alongside his clients through each step of the process. Michael examines the big picture, assessing risk versus reward, as well as cost versus benefit; he looks for solutions that work best for both his clients and their families. Michael helps his clients make smart and informed decisions while taking into account their individual and unique situations.
BEST LAWYER, SUPER LAWYER AND LEADING LAWYER
Michael's strong advocacy and personal interest in each client's well-being has earned him a large loyal client following, both during and after the case is finished. In addition to clients' praises, he has many notable professional distinctions including being named a Best Lawyers in America© in Family Law since 2015, and a Leading Lawyer and a Super Lawyer every year since 2009. Michael is proud to be a Fellow in the prestigious American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.
Visit http://www.divorcelawyerschicago.org/testimonials/ to read what Michael’s client’s have to say about him.
Michael writes a blog on various legal issues concerning divorce and family law. He explains common divorce-related problems in laymen’s terms along with practical advice and solutions to these problems. He also discusses current updates and changes in Illinois divorce laws as well as and divorce trends. To read his blog postings, visit http://www.divorcelawyerschicago.org/blog/
L.L.M., The John Marshall Law School, 1989
J.D., The John Marshall Law School, 1984
B.S., Northern Illinois University, 1979
U.S. Tax Court, 1985
Certified Public Accountant, 1979
Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois, Domestic Relations Division, Certified Mediator, 2014
AV® Preeminent™ - Martindale-Hubbell
“An AV® certification mark is a significant rating accomplishment - a testament to the fact that a lawyer's peers rank him or her at the highest level of professional excellence.” The “rating denotes adherence to professional standards of conduct and ethics, reliability, diligence and other criteria relevant to the discharge of professional responsibilities.”
Illinois Super Lawyer, 2009 to date
Illinois Super Lawyers are "considered among the best in their profession" and "represent the top 5% of the practicing attorneys in Illinois."
Leading Lawyer, 2009 to date
The Best Lawyers in America© (Family Law), 2015 to date
PROFESSIONAL AND VOLUNTEER ASSOCIATIONS
American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers - Fellow
Chair of Budget/Finance Committee, October 2013 to present
Website/Social Media Committee Member, October 2013 to present.
Board of Managers (Illinois Chapter), October 2013 to 2016
Illinois State Bar Association
ISBA Family Law Section Council, 2006 to 2011
Associate Editor of Council Newsletter, 2010-2011
Maintenance Guidelines Sub-Committee Member 2007-2010
Standing Committee on Voluntary Fee Arbitration (1998 – 2004)
The Lilac Tree
Treasurer, 2016 to date
Board of Directors, 2015 to date
North Suburban Bar Association
Board Member, 2013 to 2016
Secretary, 2013 to 2016
Chicago Bar Association – Former Member
Family Law Referral Panel
Cook County Court Facilitator Program
CBA/YWCA Battered Woman’s Program