Caring, Aggressive, and Honest Family Lawyer.
|IL||Active And Authorized To Practice Law||2004||05/16/2017|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Rising Star||Super Lawyers Magazine||2016|
|Rising Star||Super Lawyers Magazine||2015|
|Forty Illinois Lawyers Under Forty to Watch||Chicago Law Bulletin||2014|
|Rising Star||Super Lawyers Magazine||2014|
|F. Dennis Franz f/k/a Russell Bundeson Award||American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers||2004|
|Partner||Schlesinger & Strauss, LLC||2010 - Present|
|Associate||The Law Office of Gary L. Schlesinger||2006 - 2010|
|Associate||Shaw Jacobs & Associates||2004 - 2006|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Deerfield Youth Baseball Association||Director of Umpires||2015 - Present|
|A Safe Place||Board Member||2014 - Present|
|Illinois State Bar Association, Family Law Section||Family Law Section Council||2014 - Present|
|Lake County Bar Association||Member||2006 - Present|
|University of Illinois College of Law Alumni Association||Member||2004 - Present|
|Kane County Bar Association||Member||2004 - Present|
|Illinois State Bar Association||Member||2004 - Present|
|Illinois State Bar Association, Child Law Section||Child Law Section Council||2013 - 2015|
|Illinois State Bar Association, General Assembly||Assembly||2010 - 2016|
|Lake County Bar Association||Editor of "The Docket" legal publication||2009 - 2016|
|The Docket||Equitable Adoptions||2014|
|The Docket||Docket Tips||2012|
|The Docket||Bruce David||2012|
|DePaul University College of Law||Mediation||Family and Divorce Mediation Training||2008|
|University of Illinois College of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2004|
|University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign||Family Studies||BS - Bachelor of Science||1999|
|University of Illinois College of Law||Perspectives on Practice: Family Law||2016|
|Family Law Legislative Update||Child Support and Maintenance||2015|
|21st Annual Family Law Conference||Guardianship in Dissolution Proceedings||2015|
|20th Annual Family Law Conference||Equitable Adoptions||2014|
|Alumni/Student Conference||Family Law||2013|
|19th Annual Family Law Conference||Getting Matters Heard & Getting Relief||2013|
|Alumni/Student Conference||Family Law||2012|
|13th Annual Family Law Conference||Discovery Objections||2007|
Posted by Colleen
As with any divorce, this was a very emotional time and Michael handled my case with my best interests at heart. He was compassionate, understanding, a fierce advocate for me during a very difficult time, extremely knowledgable of the laws and a stellar professional the entire way. He was always quick to return phone calls, emails and/or texts. Always! My questions/fears were answered. His paralegal Laurie is amazing as well. She was always on top of things and even great at lendin g an ear! Michael knew the laws better than the other attorneys--my ex went through two. He researched other cases similar to mine and had an execution route for every scenario. We were prepared for trial, but in the end my ex finally settled. Michael is very respected among his peers and knows pretty much everyone. I have recommended him to multiple people for family law. I wouldn't trust anyone else as I want others to feel secure going into a very emotional time. He will take care of you, this is not a game to him, he understands these are people's lives in his hands.
Posted by Anne
I can't say enough positive things about Michael Strauss. (Or his tough, mama bear-like paralegal, Lori)
My ex-husband was/is an extremely high conflict, narcissistic personality (Google it), extremely controlling and abusive, and within about thirty seconds of our initial meeting, Michael knew EXACTLY what he was dealing with. He met all my fears and concerns with a swift and confident supportive argument. I truly felt "advocated" for.
He also had an almost immediate sense of what level of emotional stress I had the capacity to endure and took that into careful consideration when handling my case.
He priced me fairly, didn't sugarcoat anything or draw things out, returned emails and questions within a very short time frame, and in general just really made me feel like he appreciated my business and took my case and my questions very seriously. You might think that all that should be a given, but you would be surprised how many people complain about their divorce attorneys.
I am now several years post decree and will shortly be in need of a revised parenting agreement due to life changes. (marriage, job change, etc.) I'm so glad I know exactly where to go for help.
Thomas Field, Divorce and separation Attorney
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
I have known Mike since he first became a lawyer and have watched him grow into an excellent advocate for his clients, be it in the capacity of divorce counsel or as a Guardian for Children. Mike is compassionate, yet practical, and will always steer his clients in the direction best suited for an equitable resolution to their matter. Mike does not shy away from courtroom disputes, but like any good lawyer, will always look for a non-confrontational resolution where possible. I highly recommend Mike.