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Michael James Perillo Jr.

Nursing home abuse and neglect Attorney at Waukegan, IL

5.0   21 reviews
  • State Years
    Illinois - IL 36 years
    New York - NY 40 years
  • Licensed for 36 years
    State IL
    Acquired 1988
    Status
    Active and Authorized to Practice Law No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 40 years
    State NY
    Acquired 1983
    Status
    Currently Registered No misconduct found

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

About Michael

Learn Michael’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Nursing home abuse and neglect
    50%
    Representation of individuals injured, abused or neglected in nursing homes, long term care facilities, hospitals and/or other residential placements. Includes nursing and/or medical malpractice in a nursing home setting.

    23 years

  2. Personal injury
    30%
    Personal injury and catastrophic personal injury, including accidents, trucking accidents, nursing, hospital, dental and medical malpractice.

    31 years

  3. Litigation
    11%
    Representing plaintiffs and defendants in civil litigation. Includes suits involving contracts, business related matters, and most civil litigation matters.

    31 years

  4. Criminal defense
    7%
    Defense of Felony criminal cases in Illinois.

    41 years

  5. Appeals
    1%
    Available to practice in Illinois Appellate Courts.

  6. Military law
    1%
    Court-Martial criminal defense.

    41 years

Michael (Mike) Perillo is in his 41st year of practice as an attorney.

He began his career in 1983 as an active-duty JAG Corps Officer in the U.S. Navy. In that capacity, his duties included the prosecution of Courts-Martial. He also served as Staff Judge Advocate (legal counsel) to the Commanding Officer of the Service School Command at Great Lakes, Illinois. At the time, that command was one of the largest (by population) in the entire U.S. Navy. Mr. Perillo was awarded the Navy Commendation Medal for meritorious service as a JAG Corps Officer.

After leaving active duty, Mr. Perillo served as a Senior Assistant Public Defender in the Lake County, Illinois, Public Defender’s Office. His next position was as a Senior Assistant in the Office of the Lake County, Illinois, State’s Attorney. In these positions, Mr. Perillo defended and later prosecuted all manner of felony offenses and appeared in the Lake County Judicial Circuit (Waukegan) on a daily basis.

At Noonan Perillo & Thut Ltd., Mr. Perillo concentrates his practice in personal injury and plaintiff’s nursing home negligence and is available to practice in general civil litigation, wrongful death, criminal (felony) defense and military criminal defense matters. He is currently in his 31st year with the firm.

Mr. Perillo is rated as an “A/V Preeminent” attorney by Martindale Hubbell, the highest recognition awarded by that organization.  He was selected for inclusion in "Illinois Super Lawyers" for 2020, 21, 22, 23 and 2024. 

Location

Noonan Perillo & Thut Ltd.
25 North County Street
Waukegan, IL, 60030

Reviews

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Posted by Julie | September 28, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly recommended lawyer
I would highly recommend Mike Perillo. He did an excellent job representing me in a case for my mother. He guided me all the way through the process. The outcome was good.
Posted by anonymous | September 10, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Effective and Praiseworthy Professional and Personable Representation
Michael Perillo represented me over 20 years ago and preserved my trial record for a very successful appeal! Since then, I have consulted Michael on a number of unrelated matters and he has always provided me sound advice as a professional... and has never charged me! He has truly become a good friend and we continue to exchange greeting cards and telephone calls. Top Notch!
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Posted by anonymous | September 7, 2023
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| Consulted Attorney
Truly a praiseworthy lawyer!
I highly recommend Mike Perillo to anyone needing legal advice or representation. I have known him for many years personally and professionally, and he is, by far, the most ethical, honest, and knowledgeable lawyer in the community. He takes his time and interacts with your experience followed by sound advice. Excellent lawyer and an exceptional person!
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Posted by anonymous | February 28, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Absolutely recommend!
Mike handled an appeal for me and was always responsive, honest and knowledgeable. He was proactive with appeal timelines and thorough in the necessary submissions to Appellate Court.
Posted by anonymous | December 1, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Extremely pleased
I hired Michael to extend an order of protection for two years. From what I learned my case was going to be a difficult one to win. Michael got the job done by being presenting a thorough, and well versed argument. I would highly recommend him.
Posted by anonymous | December 16, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Exceptional attorney
Mike did a fantastic job with getting my case dismissed before it went to trial. Responsive and always answered questions. Would recommend hiring Mike if your are in need of an exceptional attorney. Thank you Mike!
Posted by anonymous | November 18, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Representation!
Attorney Mike Perillo is an amazing attorney! I hired him for my case and won. He prepared me for the hearing, he walked me through the process step by step. Didn’t miss a beat, I was immediately put at ease. Knowledgeable, thorough with your case and comfortable in the court room. Strong representation from an outstanding attorney!
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Posted by anonymous | October 5, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Perillo listens, doesn't create controversy just to increase his fee
I brought two cases to Mike, the first on the recommendation of a friend, the second because of his performance in the earlier case. 1. The first case entailed a sensitive claim that I inappropriately touched a student. Before any formal charges were brought, the matter was referred to DCFS for investigation. Mike attended the interview with me. He allowed the investigator to do her job and didn't aggravate the situation or strike an adversarial pose. But he did protect my rights and keep the interview within bounds. This potential criminal case was dropped after this one interview. 2. The second case involved a civil claim of copyright infringement. Mike engaged opposing counsel coolly and brought the case to a satisfactory resolution in just a couple of weeks without the need for litigation. In both cases I felt that Mike did what all lawyers are supposed to do but so few actually do: He set aside the temptation to prolong or complicate the case unnecessarily. My interests were his first and only consideration.
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Posted by John | October 30, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Expert Lawyer with immense understanding of all facets of law
I was in a complex matter involving both civilian and military court proceedings. Mr. Perillo charted me through challenging circumstances, foreshadowed multiple outcomes, and continuously stayed ahead of the prosecution. He was candid and realistic about all possible outcomes. Because of his ability, I was able to get the most beneficial and favorable outcome in light of my situation. You will not find a more knowledgeable lawyer than Mr. Perillo. He has my highest recommendation for legal defense.
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Posted by Cloe | December 6, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Criminal defense lawyers
Mike Perillo and his colleague Jason Dreifuss helped my son win a case that made national news. I can't thank them enough for what they have done for my child and myself. I highly reccomend them both for criminal defense.
Posted by Jim | September 11, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Top Notch
Mike was responsive in a time of need. Kept in contact and addressed all issues. Professional and prepared. Would absolutely hire again.
Posted by Kent w | March 9, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The most professional
The most professional Lawyer I cannot begin enough to express the professionalism the outstanding intellectual ability and the swiftness the knowledge and the fairness of this attorney I used him and a case the resolution was perfect a lot of it had to do with his due diligence I cannot recommend or stress enough if deciding between two different mike will not disappoint
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Posted by anonymous | December 29, 2014
Curve Ball After Curve Ball & Mr. Perillo Hits It Out Of The Park.
When I was named in a convoluted law suit filled with subterfuge, Mr. Perillo dug in and managed to keep the process focused and on track for the courts. A lawyer with less experience may very well have been caught up in the agenda of the lawsuit and tactics of the opposing attorney which would have made the court/judge's job of reaching a fair and unbiased ruling much more challenging. Mr. Perillo's knowledge of the law, understanding of filing procedures, experience in the court house and ability to communicate with all parties involved in the case in a proactive and timely fashion brought resolution to the case. I could not have been more please with Mr. Perillo's representation and would highly recommend him to anyone in need of an honest, diligent, result oriented attorney.
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Posted by anonymous | December 19, 2014
A very professional and caring attorney.
Mike handled a contract dispute for my husband and I. We were extremely satisfied with the outcome. He was very professional in his handling of the case. Additionally, he was very patient and explained legal details and kept us informed of new happenings. I would highly recommend Mike Perillo.
Posted by Ken | February 27, 2012
An excellent caring highly dedicated professional Attorney.
Mike Perillo's professional guidance and the extra steps he took to ensure I understood each process of the legal issues making me completely confident for a positive outcome. I felt completely at ease with the whole situation knowing I had his professional background fighting for my legal situation. He explained every question I had, returned my phone calls immediately was just always available for me. Hopefully I will not need the assistance of an attorney in the future, but if I should I will hire Mike again, Once again I would like to thank you Mr. Perillo for everything you have done for me. Your not just an attorney but a true caring friend.
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Posted by anonymous | May 2, 2011
My case
I was inpatient in a hospital and had some issues relating to the care I received. Upon getting in touch with Atty. Perillo, he was very understanding and listened and felt confident about things. There was a lot of paperwork and such that needed to be sifted through by his nurse reviewer to determine the case. He kept me informed for the most part. There was a couple of times he could not get back to me right away and let me know what was going on, but as soon as he could he did. He is extremely knowledgeable about this type of law and I received my settlement when he said I would with everything correct and well explained. He is very thorough. I would recommend him if you have a negligence issue, or something related to it. He is very prompt at following up on the case.
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Posted by anonymous | April 29, 2011
Outstanding attorney
Mr. Perillo handled a nursing home negligence case for a relative of mine which produced a very satisfactory outcome for our family. He is a fine outstanding attorney and I would highly recommed him.
Posted by edward | April 5, 2011
Recommendation of Mike Perillo, Esquire
Mike is a Client centered attorney, knowledgable in the law but practical as to unneeded and expensive courses of action not in his clients best interest. He takes the time to understand your objectives, concerns and desired outcomes. He is also a good listener, compassionate and you know that your best interest will be served, but not at unnecessary emotional or financial pain.
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Posted by anonymous | April 4, 2011
Great experience
I have been fortunate to have Mike's assistance on a few legal matters, some large and some small. From a sudden death to matters of wills and even small business, he is a great attorney. Mike knows the law and has a great rapport with clients. As a veteran and upstanding member of the community he is considerate, caring and on top of his profession. I wouldn't hesitate to call him for any legal matter.
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Posted by Anna Chatoney | April 4, 2011
Honest and Dependable
If I ever need I lawyer, Mike will be the first person that I will call. He is an honest man that always gives me sound advice. His credentials are impeccable.
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 45 minutes
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Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Noonan Perillo & Thut Ltd.
  • 1992 - Present
  • Senior Asst. State's Attorney
  • Lake County (IL) State's Attorney's Office
  • 1990 - 1992
  • Senior Asst. Public Defender
  • Lake County (IL) Public Defender's Office
  • 1988 - 1990
  • Lieutenant, Judge Advocate General's Corps
  • U.S.Navy
  • 1983 - 1987
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Education

  • New York Law School
  • J.D. (cum laude)
  • 1983
  • Drew University
  • B.A. - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1977

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Amen v Attiah et. al. 2023 IL App (2d) 220031-U
  • Appeals court upheld the lower court's award of sanctions in favor of my clients.
  • People v Simmons 210 Il.App.3rd 692, 569 N.E.2d 591 (2nd Dist. 1991)
  • case dismissed
  • People v Downey, 351 Il.App.3d 1008, 815 N.E.2d 756 (2005)
  • Case was ultimately dismissed on a speedy trial motion
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Associations

  • Lake County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1988 - Present
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1988 - Present
  • Standing Committee, Episcopal Diocese of Chicago
  • Member (President 2007)
  • 2005 - 2010

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Rated "A/V Preeminent" attorney
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • Navy Commendation Medal
  • US Navy
  • 1987
  • Member
  • Multi-Million Dollar Advocate's Forum
  • N/A

Publications

Speaking Engagements

  • Lake County Bar Association, CLE/Education Committ
  • "Introduction to Respondents in Discovery"
  • 2023
  • Lake County Bar Association, CLE/Education Committ
  • "Taking Your First Deposition"
  • 2023
  • Lake County Bar Association, CLE/Education Committ
  • "Taking Your First Deposition"
  • 2019
  • Lake County Bar Association, CLE/Education Committ
  • Personal Injury Settlements for Minors and Disabled Persons
  • 2019
  • GAL Training Seminar (Lake County, IL)
  • Guardian ad Litem's Review of Proposed Personal Injury Settlements
  • 2013
  • GAL Training Seminar (Lake County, IL)
  • Guardian ad Litem's Review of Proposed Personal Injury Settlements
  • 2012
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Attorney endorsements

Received (21)
Given (49)
Endorse Michael
Unknown Attorney | May 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I strongly endorse this lawyer. I worked with Mike as an Assistant Public Defender. I had cases against Mike when he was in the Lake County State's Attorney's Office. We have been on opposite sides in the civil arena as well. No one works harder or is more prepared than Mike. He has a thorough knowledge of criminal and civil law. I consider Michael to be a valuable resource and often use him as sounding board to discuss cases and legal issues."
Nursing home abuse and neglect Attorney | Jun 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mike and I first worked together over 25 years ago in the same felony criminal courtroom in Lake County, Illinois. We are both now in private practice, handling a much wider array of cases. I know that Mike has successfully handled nursing home neglect cases. I would recommend him highly. He is a very conscientious and ethical attorney."
Litigation Attorney | Sep 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mike works tirelessly for all of his clients and does not cave to arguments of opposing counsel. He leaves no stone unturned and never avoids an opportunity to fight for his client's positions. Mike's attention to detail is invaluable and second to none. Any client would be hard-pressed to find an attorney more knowledgable, more passionate or more effective. I strongly endorse this lawyer."
Litigation Attorney | Feb 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Nov 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
Nursing home abuse and neglect Attorney | Oct 31
Relationship: Friend
"I endorse this lawyer. I've known Michael many years, personally and professionally. He has great attention to detail, is a practiced and seasoned litigator, and fights for his clients' best interests."
Unknown Attorney | Oct 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. From the time he spends helping people on Avvo by answering their questions, it shows how much he cares about people."
Litigation Attorney | Oct 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Nursing home abuse and neglect Attorney | Oct 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Perillo is an outstanding attorney with an exceptional reputation. He is a strong and zealous advocate for his clients and a credit to the legal profession. I highly recommend his legal services."
General practice Attorney | Apr 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. michael is a fine lawyer. his ethics are beyond reproach. he does good work."
Litigation Attorney | Apr 17
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Nursing home abuse and neglect Attorney | Apr 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known and recommended Michael J. Perillo for over 20 years, as both opposing counsel and a colleague, and as a friend. His personal and professional reputations are of the highest caliber. When one of my elderly aunts was injured, I referred her to Michael, as I knew he would be sensitive to her issues and would take care of her legal matter in a prompt and professional manner. I would recommend Michael, and the lawyers in his firm, for any legal issue or problem."
Nursing home abuse and neglect Attorney | Mar 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mike's a great guy and a great lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 23
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
General practice Attorney | Apr 10
Relationship: Friend
"Mike is a friend who I know to be honest, genuine, down-to-earth and funny. As a colleague, I know Mike to be smart, resourseful and hard-working. He's a good person to have go to bat for you."
Nursing home abuse and neglect Attorney | Apr 05
Relationship: Friend
"I endorse this lawyer. Mike is one of the hardest working people I have ever known. He will work diligently on your case. He really cares about what he does. A true professional in every sense of the word."
Nursing home abuse and neglect Attorney | Apr 04
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I highly endorse this lawyer. Mike has helped several of my clients. He has a great attitude towards his work. He is very experienced. And he gets very good results for his clients. I highly recommend Mike to persons who have a loved one that has suffered abuse or neglect in a nursing home."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 03
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Mike Perillo is ethical, smart, and hard-working. He is an excellent trial lawyer, well versed in criminal law and procedure and evidence. I would highly recommend Mike Perillo."
Nursing home abuse and neglect Attorney | Mar 29
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Mar 17
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
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