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Michael J. Gauthier is a lifelong resident of northern Illinois, having earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Lake Forest College and his Juris Doctorate from the Chicago-Kent College of Law. Michael is licensed to practice in the State of Illinois and the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, and is the recipient of the prestigious CALI Award for his work in Trial Advocacy. Michael concentrates his practice in the fields of civil litigation, professional malpractice and family law litigation throughout the courts of Illinois and has successfully represented clients in dozens of appeals before the First and Second Appellate Districts of Illinois as well as the Illinois Supreme Court. 


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  1. Divorce: 70%
  2. Personal Injury: 10%
    11 years
  3. Litigation: 10%
    11 years
  4. Family: 10%
    11 years



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ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law200605/11/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top 10 Attorneys Under 40National Academy Of Family Law Attorneys2015
Nation's Top One PercentNational Association of Distinguished Counsel2015
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2014
Top 40 Lawyers Under 40American Society of Legal Advocates2014
Featured Attorney- DivorceAvvo2013
Top Contributor - DivorceAvvo2013
Certified Small Claims Mediator19th Judicial Circuit2012
Named Member of ABA Advisory PanelAmerican Bar Association2012
Granted Admission7th Circuit Court of Appeals2012
Named to the Trial BarUnited States District Court2012
Certified ArbitratorCircuit Court of Cook County2012
Fastcase50 NomineeFastcase2011
Certified Arbitrator19th Judicial Circuit2011
Dean's Honor ListChicago-Kent College of Law2005
Dean's Honor ListChicago-Kent College of Law2004
Cali Award for ExcellenceCenter for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction2004
Academic Scholar AwardChicago-Kent College of Law2002
Deerpath AwardLake Forest College1996
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Attorney and Founding PartnerGauthier & Gooch2010 - Present
Senior AttorneyLaw Firm of Wendy R. Morgan2010 - 2010
AttorneyWakenight & Associates, P.C.2009 - 2010
AttorneyLaw Offices of Thomas W. Gooch, III2005 - 2009
Association namePosition nameDuration
United States District Court for the Northern District of IllinoisMember of Trial Bar2012 - Present
7th Circuit Court of AppealsAdmitted to Practice2012 - Present
Volunteer Voter Protection Legal TeamVolunteer Attorney2012 - Present
Lake County Bar AssociationMember2005 - Present
Chicago Bar AssociationMember2005 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember2005 - Present
Illinois State Bar AssociationMember2005 - Present
Libertyville Boys Club FootballHead Football Coach1998 - 2000
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Kasny v. Coonen & RothSee appellate opinion below
Christopherson v. FranklinCurrently on appeal and set for oral argument on April 4, 2011
Christopherson v. FranklinSucceeded on Appeal, case remanded to trial court
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Publication nameTitleDate
Windy City TimesSame-Sex Divorce: When there isn't a happily ever after2015
Lake County Suburban LifeDowntown Sign Prompts Police Visit2014
Cook County RecordRiffner Barber Rowden Sued for Malpractice2014
Chicago Daily Law BulletinOral Contracts Increase Accountants' Exposure to Breach of Duty Claims2013
Illinois Appellate CourtMiller v. Harris2013
Illinois Appellate Court 2nd DistHoch v. Boehme2013
Appellate Court of Illinois, 2nd DistrictTiman v. Ourada2012
Chicago Daily Law BulletinIssues involving multiple cases throughout Chicagoland2011
Huffington Post, New York Daily News, Chicago Sun-Times, London Daily MailMultiple issues in cases in Cook County2011
JezebelMotion to Dismiss2011
Above the LawMotion of the Day2011
Appellate Court, 2nd DistrictChristopherson v. Franklin2011
Illinois State Bar AssociationVoluntary Nonsuit? You'd Better Think Twice (Cited through Kasny v. Coonen & Roth)2010
Illinois Appellate Court, 2nd DistrictKasny v. Coonen & Roth2009
Grand Central PublishingThe Genesis of Justice (contribution)2001
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Chicago-Kent College of Law Illinois Institute of TechnologyLawJD - Juris Doctor2005
Lake Forest CollegeHistory and PoliticsBA - Bachelor of Arts2000
University of HavanaBusinessN/AN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Appellate Court, Second DistristChristopherson v. Franklin - oral argument of professional malpractice appeal2011
Libertyville High SchoolRacial and Economic Relations in CubaN/A