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  1. Litigation: 34%
  2. Civil Rights: 33%
  3. Employment & Labor: 33%

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  • Michael Emmet Forkan

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    Michael Forkan Family Attorney
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  • Michael Patrick Schmiege

    Ms. Atkins is a superb advocate for his clients. She is able to handle all manner of complex issues with insight and experience. I would recommend Ms. Atkins to friends and family in need of the highest level of legal assistance. Ms. Atkins is nationally recognized as a leading civil rights defense litigation attorney. She is at the top of her field. Ms. Atkins’s clients respect and value his expertise and hard work that he puts forth in preparing their cases. She works hard to obtain successful verdicts for her clients.


    Michael Schmiege Federal Crime Attorney
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Contact info

175 West Jackson Blvd. Suite 1600
Chicago, IL, 60604-2827


547 W. Jackson
Chicago, IL, 60661



ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law200311/12/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Illinois Rising StarSuperLawyers2013
Top Women Attorneys in IllinoisSuperLawyers2013
Illinois Rising StarsSuper Lawyers Magazine2012
Illinois Rising StarsSuper Lawyers Magazine2011
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Associate General CounselMetra2014 - Present
ShareholderQuerrey & Harrow, Ltd.2007 - 2014
AssociateLaw Offices of Joseph V. Roddy2003 - 2007
Law ClerkPower, Rogers & Smith, P.C.2001 - 2003
Law ClerkMichael V. Connolly, Ltd.2000 - 2001
Association namePosition nameDuration
Illinois Association of Defense Trial CounselN/A2012 - Present
Illinois State Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Chicago Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Wallace v. City of Chicago, et al., 09-c-4215Win
Morrow v. City of Chicago, et al., 08-c-7008Win
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Publication nameTitleDate
Querrey & Harrow, Ltd. News AlertRelease Bars Personal Injury Claim2012
Querrey & Harrow, Ltd. News AlertMajor Changes to OSHA's Power to Punish for Record-Keeping Violations2012
Querrey & Harrow, Ltd. NewsletterMake Sure Your Terminated Employee Actually Knows He's Terminated!2011
Querrey & Harrow, Ltd. Construction Law QuarterlyThe Minority Business Enterprise As A Third Party Beneficiary2011
Querrey & Harrow, Ltd. NewsletterDuty To Investigate Created Under Prevailing Wage Act2010
Querrey & Harrow, Ltd. NewsletterQ&H Wins Another Case for Chicago Police Department2010
Querrey & Harrow, Ltd. NewsletterEmployee Law Update: Changes in Job Duties (But Not of Title or Salary) Does Not Constitute Demotion in Illinois2009
Querrey & Harrow, Ltd. NewsletterInsurance Coverage Update: Delay in Filing Declaratory Judgment Action Precludes Coverage Defenses2009
Querrey & Harrow, Ltd. NewsletterMunicipal Law Update: Failure To Show Actual Knowledge Of Political Affliation Defeats Employment Discrimination Claim2009
Querrey & Harrow, Ltd. NewsletterQuerrey & Harrow Scores Three Big Victories For Taxpayers2008
Querrey & Harrow, Ltd. NewsletterFailure to Plead With Specificity Results In Dismissal of Civil Rights Suit2008
Querrey & Harrow, Ltd. NewsletterMunicipal Law Update: Governmental Employers Provided Clearer Roadmap to Defense of Retaliation Claims Brought Pursuant to Section 19832008
Querrey & Harrow, Ltd. NewsletterLiability Update: How Much Time Establishes Constructive Notice?2008
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
John Marshall Law School, ChicagoN/AJ.D.2002
Syracuse UniversityPsychologyB.A.1995