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For more than 30 years, Michael C. Craven has represented clients throughout Illinois in all aspects of Family Law. He has been recognized by numerous publications as a leading attorney in Illinois Divorce/Family Law. Michael has years of experience negotiating settlements, mediating conflicts and fighting for his clients in court, when necessary. He is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and he has extensive experience in Tax Law.
Clients come to Michael in need of assistance with a variety of legal issues, including:
Most Family Law cases resolve through negotiation, and Michael has extensive experience reaching his clients’ goals without a long and costly court battle. He can offer clients alternatives to litigation to resolve their disputes as a trained mediator and Collaborative Law attorney. When a case cannot be resolved without litigation, Michael brings decades of in-court experience on behalf of his clients. Michael is dedicated to keeping the best interest of children at the forefront of every Family Law case.
First and foremost, Michael is an advocate for his clients. He understands the divorce process can be difficult and overwhelming and works alongside his clients through each step of the process. Michael looks for solutions that work best for both his clients and their families and helps his clients make smart and informed decisions while taking into account their individual and unique situations.
Michael takes a deep personal interest in each of his clients. To read what Michael’s clients have to say about his advocacy on their behalf, visit http://www.divorcelawyerschicago.org/testimonials/.
Michael is proud to be a Fellow in the prestigious American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. He has been honored by several leading peer-review organizations within the legal community for his work in Family Law. Below is a sampling of those awards:
FAMILY LAW RESOURCES
Michael shares his experience in Family Law on his blog, which can be found at http://www.divorcelawyerschicago.org/blog/.The blog discusses a variety of legal issues concerning divorce and family law. He provides practical advice and solutions to common divorce-related problems. Michael also discusses current updates and changes in Illinois divorce law, as well as divorce trends. Michael is also the author of two columns in the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, including one titled "Discourse on Divorce."
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
The John Marshall Law School, L.L.M., 1989
The John Marshall Law School , J.D., 1984
Northern Illinois University, B.S., 1979