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Michael C. Craven

Michael C. Craven has represented clients throughout Illinois in all aspects of Family Law for over 30 years.  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.

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 accounting for their individual and unique situations.

He has extensive experience reaching his clients’ goals without a long and costly court battle. Michael 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.

 

Education

  • The UIC John Marshall Law School, L.L.M., 1989
  • The John Marshall Law School , J.D., 1984
  • Northern Illinois University, B.S., 1979

Organizations

  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Fellow
  • The Lilac Tree

Admissions

  • Illinois, 1984
  • U.S. Tax Court, 1985

Awards & Honors

  • Best Lawyers in America© in Family Law (2015 to present)
  • Leading Lawyer (2009-present)
  • Illinois Super Lawyer (2009-present)
  • AV® Preeminent™ by Martindale-Hubbell

Speeches & Publications

  • PRESENTATIONS
  • •“Financial Attorney” Table Ambassador, Divorce University, by The Lilac Tree, March 10, 2019

    • “Summary of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017,” at the CCGL Group, April 19, 2018

    • “Financial Panel,” Moderator, Divorce University, by The Lilac Tree, March 4, 2018

    • Legal Information, Table Ambassador, Divorce University, by The Lilac Tree, March 4, 2018

    • “Legal Panel: Know the Law,” Moderator, Divorce University, by The Lilac Tree, May 7, 2017

    • “Planning for…When Happily Ever After Ends Sooner Than Expected,” presented to Greater North Shore Estate & Financial Planning Council, September 21, 2016

    • Divorce Math - Assets, Liabilities and Your Budget, Moderator and Co-Presenter, Evanston Public Library, March 17, 2016

    • “The New Divorce Act – What Do I Really Need to Know?″ Panel Discussion, North Suburban Bar Association, January 12, 2016

    • Divorce University – Moderator, presented by The Lilac Tree, November 8, 2015

    • The Legal Aspects…, Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, April 16, 2015

    • Divorce University – Financial Panel: Know Your Finances, Moderator, presented by The Lilac Tree, November 2, 2014

    • Medical Marijuana! The Legal & Medical Side, Weinberg Community, CJE Senior Life, October 31, 2014 (Co-Presenter: Leslie Mendoza Temple, MD)

    • “What Every Accountant Needs to Know about Family Law,” presented to Steinberg Advisors, LTD, Certified Public Accountants, May 29, 2014

    • Divorce University – The Law and Your Finances, presented by The Lilac Tree, May 4, 2014

    • The Nuts and Bolts of Divorce: Legal and Financial, The Lilac Tree, March 1, 2014

    • “Business Valuation, Financial & Tax Issues in Divorce 2014,” at the annual 2014 Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education (IICLE) program produced in collaboration with the Illinois Chapter of the AAML, January 20, 2014

    • Divorce University-The Law, Your Finances, Your Family, presented by The Lilac Tree, April 21, 2013

    • The Practice of Family Law: Best Practices for Your Practice, presented by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers-Illinois Chapter, October 9, 2012

    • Divorce University-Beyond the Basics, presented by The Lilac Tree, November 6, 2011

    • “Is It a Trend, Grandparents Raising Grandchildren?” Continuity of Care-Chicago Region, May 3, 2011

    • Business Valuation, Financial and Tax Issues in Divorce 2011, produced cooperatively by Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education, UHY Advisors, and the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Illinois Chapter. Topic – “Planning Prevents Pitfalls: Do’s & Don’ts for Financial Expert Cross Examinations.” January 17, 2011 (Co-Presenters: Honorable Edward R. Jordan, Anita M. Ventrelli, and James M. Kazmier)

    • Ethical & Legal Issues in Divorce, National Association of Social Workers, Illinois Chapter, November 12, 2010 (Co-Presenter: Carol S. Goldbaum, PhD, LCSW)

    • Resolving Complex Parenting Disputes, Shared Parenting Support Group, September 30, 2010

    • Family Law Essentials-Health Insurance for Children and Related Issues, Illinois State Bar Association, December 2009

    • Know Your Finances-Beyond the Basics, Divorce University sponsored by The Lilac Tree, November 2009

    • The Estate Planner Meets the Family Law Practitioner-A Fortuitous Union, The Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education’s 52nd Annual Estate Planning Short Course, April 2009, Champaign, Illinois and May 2009, Chicago, Illinois

    • Resolving Family Law Issues: The Danger of Boiler Plate Language in Marital Settlement Agreements, Illinois State Bar Association, March 2009, Fairview Heights, Illinois and March 2009, Chicago, Illinois

    • The Nuts and Bolts of Divorce: Legal and Financial, The Lilac Tree, January 2009

    • Asset Protection in Divorce Cases, Chicago Bar Association-Asset Protection Committee, June 2008

    • Getting Paid & Getting Visitation: Successful Fee Agreements, Illinois State Bar Association, April 2008, Collinsville, Illinois and April 2008, Chicago, Illinois

    • Computer Spying on Spouses, North Suburban Bar Association, November 2007

    • Family Law Issues Affecting the Elderly, Chicago Department on Aging-Provider Council, June 1995

    • Special Problems Facing Older Adults in a Divorce, Chicago Bar Association-Elder Law Committee, February 1994

    • Divorce Law Basic, The Chicago Public Library/Chicago Bar Association

    • Divorce-Know Your Rights, Oakton Community College and The Discovery Center, 1992-1998

  • PUBLICATIONS
  • • “How to Spot the Narcissist Holding up Your Case,” Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, November 7, 2019

    • “Five Soft Skills to Develop to Become an All-Around Legal Expert,” Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, September 18, 2019

    • “Midyear Good Time to Take a Break and Assess Your Marketing Efforts” Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, July 18, 2019

    • “Vacations with Kids Can Be fun, but Divorced Clients Need Advice” Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, May 15, 2019

    • “Child Custody Decisions Have Changed with The Times and Society” Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, March 13, 2019

    • “New Law Reminders Way To Stay in Touch,” Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, January 24, 2019

    • “Changing Law Changes Lives,” Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, November 14, 2018

    • “What to Do When Politics Affect Divorce,” Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, September 10, 2018

    • “Get social, get online, get out there,” Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, July 24, 2018

    • “When a Spouse’s Personality Changes Make a Divorce Necessary,” Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, April 11, 2018

    • “Marketing to Millennials: How to Bridge the Generational Gap,” Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, February 8, 2018

    • “How Are Employer Benefits and Other Unique Assets Divided in a Divorce Case?” Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, December 18, 2017

    • “One-time Clients Could be Avenue to Developing New Business,” Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, October 11, 2017

    • “Divorce Attorneys Should be Aware of the Many Ins, Outs of Real Estate Law,” Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, August 8, 2017

    • "Difficult Clients: How to Turn Around an Unhappy Relationship,” Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, June 2, 2017

    • “Divorce Practice Requires an Attorney to Become a Jack-of-all Trades,” Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, April 13, 2017

    • “Communicating with Clients: Know Who Your Audience Is,” Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, February 3, 2017

    • “Six Tech Trends to Know Heading Into the New Year,” Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, December 2, 2016

    • “Workplace Fashion’s Gone Casual –Should Lawyers Be Joining the Trend?” Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, October 7, 2016

    • “The Joke’s on Us, But is it Accurate?” Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, August 5, 2016

    • “The Price of a Vacation for a Lawyer,” Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, June 3, 2016

    • “Client Intake Process is Critical to Your Growth,” Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, April 1, 2016

    • “Four Tips for Success In Legal Marketing,” Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, February 12, 2016

    • “In This Business, Your Reputation is Everything,” Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, December 4, 2015

    • “Updates to Illinois IMDMA,” Attorney at Law Magazine, November 2015

    • “Are Lawyers Really All That Miserable?” Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, October 2, 2015

    • “The Formula for Success,” Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, August 7, 2015

    • “Growing Older, Staying Relevant in the Profession,” Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, June 5, 2015

    • Divorce Lawyers Chicago Blog at http://www.divorcelawyerschicago.org/blog/

    • “Volunteering is Great for You and Your Practice,” Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, February 13, 2015

    • “One Marketing Plan Does Not Fit All Lawyers,” Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, December 5, 2014

    • “Marketing is a Journey, But a Rewarding One,” Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, September 26, 2014

    • Inside the Minds: Strategies for Family Law in Illinois, 2014 ed., Chapter titled, “Economic Issues and Other Concerns Impacting Family Law Attorneys and their Clients”

    • “How will this (cheating) affect my divorce case?” Divorce Magazine, Summer/Fall 2010

    • “Til’ death do us part, or sooner: The family law attorney meets estate planning,” Illinois State Bar Association’s Family Law Newsletter, Vol. 52, No. 11, June 2009

    • Republished in The Docket (Lake County, Illinois Bar Association), May, 2010, Vol. 17, No. 4, page 23

    • Re-published – Illinois State Bar Association’s Elder Law Newsletter, October, 2009, Vol. 15, No. 2

    • “Corporations can pay child support too,” Illinois state Bar Association – The Corporate Lawyer, Vol. 45, No. 12, June 2009

    • “The Spousal Remainder Trust – A Modern Income Shifting Device,” Chicago Bar Association – YLS Journal, Vol. 15, No. 1, 1985

  • QUOTED MENTIONS
  • • Interviewed by Jeff Blackman of 22nd Century Media for article "When I do becomes I don't ,” Glenview Lantern, June 15, 2017

    • Featured business write-up in Best Lawyers® Illinois 2017

    • Quoted in article by Jackie Pilossoph of Sun-Times Media for article “Deerfield’s Art of Living helps couples during divorce,” Deerfield Review, January 31, 2014

    • Interviewed by Jackie Pilossoph of Sun-Times Media for article “Glenview attorney authors chapter on economy in new book for legal industry,” Glenview Announcements, December 18, 2013

    • Interviewed and quoted in the December 15, 2010 (Vol. 156, No. 244) Chicago Daily Law Bulletin; Article by Bethany Keajelis titled “Legal Community Prepares for Civil Unions in Illinois”

    • Interviewed by Aging Info Radio November 4, 2010, “Grandparents’ Rights in Illinois,” co-guest Linette Kinchen, Executive Director of GRANDFamilies’ Program of Chicago

    • “Computer Spying: The New Technologies Tracking Infidelity, Exposing Spousal Secrets & More,” WGN Radio, November 2008

    • Interview regarding a Chicago ordinance holding parents liable for children’s actions, MSNBC Television, July 2008

    • Interview and quote in article by Joshua Eisenberg titled: “TheirSpace: Do school officials have the right to see what your kids post online and then punish them for it? A cautionary tale of social networking and online privacy,” North Shore Magazine, November 2008

    • Quote in article by Kreiter & Tejeda: “Attorney offers tips on making vows last,” The Daily Herald, June 1995

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