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Michael C. Craven

Michael C. Craven

Michael C. Craven, Chicago Divorce Lawyer - Reliable & Assertive
  • Divorce, Family Law
  • Illinois
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Summary

I am a divorce attorney with a very strong financial background as a CPA with a LLM which is a Master of Tax Law degree. I am Partner at the firm Harrison & Held, LLP and our offices in downtown Chicago and the surrounding suburbs. I am consistently recognized as one of the best family lawyers in Illinois by my peers and have been named as an Illinois Super Lawyer and recognized by the Leading Lawyers Network every year since 2009. I am proud to have been selected by my peers for inclusion in the 21st Edition of The Best Lawyers in America in the practice area of Family Law. I am a Fellow in the prestigious American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, which is a select national group of attorneys acknowledged as prominent family law practitioners. According to the Martindale-Hubbell® Lawyer Rating System, I have received the highest rating, which denotes “adherence to professional standards of conduct and ethics, reliability, diligence and other criteria relevant to the discharge of professional responsibilities.” My training in divorce includes traditional, collaborative and mediation divorce. My philosophy is that no two cases and no two clients are alike - “one size does not fit all” so each case is approached differently. I help my clients make smart decisions at very difficult and vulnerable times. I am proud of the excellent reviews that I regularly receive from my clients and am known to combine my passion, compassion and advocacy to obtain winning results in and out of the courtroom.

Education
The John Marshall Law School
LL.M. (1989)
The John Marshall Law School
J.D. (1984)
Northern Illinois University
B.S. (1979) | Business, Accounting
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Honors: C.P.A.
Professional Experience
Partner
Harrison & Held, LLP
- Current
Partner
Beerman Pritikin Mirabelli Swerdlove LLP
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Owner
Michael C. Craven, Esq.
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Partner
Craven & Craven
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Publications
Articles & Publications
Divorce Attorneys Should be Aware of the Many Ins, Outs of Real Estate Law
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin
Difficult Clients: How to Turn Around an Unhappy Relationship
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin
Divorce Practice Requires an Attorney to Become a Jack-of-all-Trades
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin
Communicating With Clients: Know Who Your Audience Is
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin
Six Tech Trends to Know Heading Into the New Year
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin
Workplace Fashion’s Gone Casual – Should Lawyers Be Joining The Trend?
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin
The Joke’s On Us: But is it Accurate?
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin
The Price of a Vacation for a Lawyer
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin
Client Intake Process is Critical to Your Growth
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin
Four Tips for Success in Legal Marketing
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin
In This Business, Your Reputation is Everything
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin
"Updates to Illinois’ IMDMA"
Attorney at Law Magazine
"Are Lawyers Really All That Miserable?"
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin
"The Formula for Success: One Size Doesn’t Fit All"
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin
"Growing Older, Staying Relevant in the Profession"
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin
"In a Crowded Field, How do you Stand Out"
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin
“Volunteering is Great for You and Your Practice” Chicago Daily Law Bulletin
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin
Economic Issues and Other Concerns Impacting Illinois Family Law Attorneys and Their Clients
Thomson Reuters
“One Marketing Plan Does Not Fit All Lawyers” Chicago Daily Law Bulletin
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin
“Marketing is a Journey, But a Rewarding One” Chicago Daily Law Bulletin
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin
"How will this (cheating) affect my divorce case?"
Divorce Magazine
"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
Corporations can pay child support too
Illinois State Bar Association - The Corporate Lawyer, Vol. 45, No. 12
"The Spousal Remainder Trust - A Modern Income Shifting Device,
Chicago Bar Association - YLS Journal, Vol. 15, No. 1
Speaking Engagements
Planning for...When Happily Ever After Ends Sooner Than Expected, Greater North Shore Estate & Financial Planning Council
Greater North Shore Estate & Financial Planning Council
Divorce Math - Assets, Liabilities and Your Budget, Evanston Public Library
The New Divorce Act – What Do I Really Need to Know?, Panel Discussion
North Suburban Bar Association
Divorce University Moderator, The Lilac Tree, Evanston, IL
The Lilac Tree
The Legal Aspects of Medical Marijuana
Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center
The Legal Aspects of Medical Marijuana
Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center
Certifications
Certified Mediator
Circuit Court of Cook County Illinois, Domestic Relations Division
Collaborative Law
Basic Interdisciplinary Collaborative Training
Awards
Family Law, Illinois
Best Lawyers in America
Family Law, Illinois
Best Lawyers in America
Family Law, Illinois
Best Lawyers in America
Illinois Super Lawyers
Super Lawyer
Leading Lawyer in Illinois
Leading Lawyers
Family Law
Best Lawyers in America
Illinois Super Lawyer
Super Lawyer
Leading Lawyer in Illinois
Leading Lawyer
Illinois Super Lawyer
Super Lawyer
Leading Lawyer in Illinois
Leading Lawyers
Illinois Super Lawyer
Super Lawyer
Leading Lawyer in Illinois
Leading Lawyers
Illinois Super Lawyer
Super Lawyer
Leading Lawyer in Illinois
Leading Lawyers
Illinois Super Lawyer
Super Lawyer
Leading Lawyer in Illinois
Leading Lawyers
Illinois Super Lawyer
Super Lawyer
Leading Lawyer in Illinois
Leading Lawyers
Illinois Super Lawyer
Super Lawyer
Leading Lawyer in Illinois
Leading Lawyers
Professional Associations
The Lilac Tree
Teasurer
- Current
The Lilac Tree
Board of Directors
- Current
American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
Board of Managers
- Current
American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
Co-Chair Finance Committee
- Current
North Suburban Bar Association
Board of Directors
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North Suburban Bar Association
Secretary
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Illinois State Bar Association
Associate Editor of Council Newsletter
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Illinois State Bar Association
Member, Family Law Section Council
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Illinois State Bar Association
Maintenance Guidelines Sub-Committee Member
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Illinois State Bar Association
Co-Chair, Maintenance Guidelines Sub-Committee
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Illinois
US Tax Court
Fees
  • Free Consultation
  • Credit Cards Accepted
Practice Areas
  • Divorce
  • Family Law
Additional Practice Areas
  • Child Custody
  • Child Support
Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
  • English: Spoken, Written
Social Media
Websites & Blogs
Website
Divorce Lawyer Chicago Blog
Contact & Map
Harrison & Held, LLP
333 W. Wacker Drive
Suite 1700
Chicago, IL 60606
USA
Telephone: (312) 621-5234