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Michael Emmet Forkan

Michael Emmet Forkan

Practice areas:

Family, Real Estate, Bankruptcy & Debt

About Me

I attended John Marshall Law School in Chicago for my law degree. I clerked for the Cook County Public Defender and the Law Office of Joseph V. Roddy during my time as a student. I obtained a real working knowledge of criminal and civil legal proceedings as a law clerk which really helped me during my first years as a licensed attorney. 


After law school and passing the bar exam I worked for the Law Office of Joseph V. Roddy where I represented the Chicago Fraternal Order of Police. I also handled a variety of other civil matters ranging from real estate closings to personal injury cases.


Since starting my own practice I have worked extensively in the real estate arena both in a transactional and litigation capacity. I work closely with my family which is involved in residential and commercial real estate development. Through my work with my father I have made extensive contacts in the real estate world and have gone on to represent many types of clients from first time homebuyers to veteran real estate developers.

With the economy over the last couple of years my practice has shifted to handling a myriad of real estate litigation cases. I handle foreclosure defense, contract disputes, broker's commission disputes, mechanic's liens, and zoning and land use issues.  


I'm a graduate of Monmouth College where I studied Environmental Science and Chemistry. I attended Monmouth College on a full tuition scholarship for Highland Bagpiping. I was a member of the Monmouth College Pipe Band during my time at the school. I am still an avid bagpipe player and am a founding member of the City of Chicago Pipe Band. I travel throughout the US, Canada, and UK with the band performing and competing against other Grade One pipe bands.


In addition to playing the bagpipes I am also an avid golfer and road cyclist. I also enjoy spending time with my two Wheaten Terriers, Bentley and Higgins. 



Languages Spoken: English, Spanish

Practice Areas

Licensed since 2005

  1. Family: 40%
    10 years
  2. Bankruptcy & Debt: 30%
    10 years
  3. Real Estate: 30%
    10 years



Hourly ($250-500/hour), Contingent (20-33%), Fixed (Sometimes), Free Consultation (30 minutes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

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Contact Info

Correa Law Office

13711 W. 159th Street
Homer Glen, IL, 60491-6613

Forkan Law Office

5508 W. Lawrence Avenue.
Chicago, IL, 6030




ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law200508/17/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Avvo Contributions

Legal Answers


Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Dean's ScholarshipJohn Marshall Law School2000
Full Tuition Highland Bagpipe ScholarshipMonmouth College1997

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
AttorneyForkan Law Office2005 - Present


Association NamePosition NameDuration
Illinois Real Estate Lawyers AssociationN/A2005 - Present
Main Street Organization of RealtorsN/A2005 - Present
Will County Bar AssociationN/A2005 - Present
Chicago Bar AssociationN/A2000 - Present
Illinois State Bar AssociationN/A2000 - Present
American Bar AssociationN/A2000 - Present

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
WN Heating v. Celtic DevelopmentJudgment for Defendant

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School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
John Marshall Law School (Chicago)LawJD - Juris Doctor2003
Monmouth CollegeEnvironmental Sciences/ChemistryBA - Bachelor of Arts2000

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
First Time Homebuyers SeminarReal Estate Seminar for Home Buyers2007