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Michael J. Chiero

Divorce and separation Attorney at Geneva, IL

3.9   21 reviews
  • State Years
    Illinois - IL 30 years
    California - CA 29 years
  • Licensed for 30 years
    State IL
    Acquired 1993
    Status
    Active and Authorized to Practice Law No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 29 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1994
    Status
    Not Eligible to Practice Law (Not Entitled) No misconduct found

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

About Michael

Learn Michael’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    40%

  2. Child custody
    20%
    Pre-decree; post-decree enforcement and modification; visitation enforcement and modification; and, grandparent custody and visitation. Related adoptions and guardianship cases.

    30 years

  3. Appeals
    10%

    30 years

  4. Child support
    10%
    Pre-decree; post-decree enforcement and modification; and, enforcement of foreign judgments.

    30 years

  5. Domestic violence
    10%
    Orders of Protection; Stalking/No Contact Orders; and, Sexual Abuse/No Contact Orders.

    30 years

  6. Marriage and prenuptials
    10%
    Pre-decree; post-decree enforcement and modification; pre-nuptial agreements; and, post-nuptial agreements.

    30 years

I practice family law in the following counties in Illinois: Kane, Cook, Will, Du Page, Kendall, De Kalb, Mc Henry and Grundy. 

Location

MICHAEL J. CHIERO, LLC
127 S. First Street.
Suite 201
Geneva, IL, 60134

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Reviews

3.9 / 5.0
  21 customer reviews
Posted by Regina | August 23, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Outstanding Attorney!
Michael is a great attorney. He did my divorce, which was very difficult due to the ex-husband's wealthy family fighting against me. He took them on with grace and knowledge. Since my ex-husband comes from a wealthy family, he went after me for maintenance support because he ran his company into the ground. I didn't want a dime from his wealthy family, but he wanted everything, including to kick me out of my very own house that I worked my entire life to buy. He even paid off a corrupt appraiser and a realtor agent who appraised my home at $100K over the market value. This divorce has nearly cost me my health, but Michael not only stood by me the entire 18 months of my divorce but was very understanding and answered all my panicky calls every time. At the end of the day, he got me what I wanted, and I have since recommended him to my friends, who were also happy with his services. I cannot recommend Michael enough, especially if you are a woman fighting your ex-husband for divorce or child custody. He will do everything the legal system allows him to get you the best outcome. I should have left him this feedback seven years ago. After seeing some of these reviews, I can tell you that they do not describe Michael, his knowledge, and his ability to represent you. You cannot find a more knowledgeable attorney in the area.
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Posted by Kenneth | January 9, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
What a guy!
Thanks to Michael and the advice he gave me when mind you he isn't my lawyer. He helped me give advice to my current lawyer to help me keep my daughters. He did not charge me a dime, he spent 25 minutes on the phone with me. Asking questions and giving me free legal advice. If I didn't have the Lawyer i have now I would go with him without a second thought!
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Posted by Kara | January 9, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Experienced
Michael is absolutely fantastic, he has been my attorney for the past couple of months and was immediately able to get me more visitation with my only daughter. He is kind, courteous, professional and extremely knowledgeable regarding family court matters. I could not be more happy or satisfied with the work and dedication that Michael has put in regarding my case. If you are looking for an ethical, intelligent, straightforward and compassionate attorney, Mr. Chiero is the way to go!
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Posted by anonymous | June 13, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Diligent, caring attorney
I was referred to Michael Chiero by an attorney who I have always trusted and respected and I was not let down. I had been dealing with a teenager who had behavioral issues and wanted to live with his other parent for all of the wrong reasons. Michael saw through everything and brought up points that I would have never realized on my own. He reassured me when I was scared and is amazing in front of the judge. He knows the law extremely well and can articulate his position perfectly in court. I strongly recommend him.
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Posted by Lynette | December 28, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Exceptional, loyal, knowledgeable!
I have worked with Michael Chiero on two cases and he is an exceptional attorney. Although my cases were not cut and dry, Michael fought extremely hard for me. We were successful in both cases due to his diligence, steadfastness, in-depth knowledge of the law, and attention to detail. I could not ask for a better attorney who truly fought hard for me legally and always had my back. Michael is also a man of his word and cares about his clients a great deal. He always made sure I understood everything that was happening 100%, answered all of my questions and made my options clear to me. I will forever be grateful for her service and highly recommend him to anyone seeking an attorney.
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Posted by anonymous | December 27, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
All the good things the other reviewers here say he is.
When geography made it impractical for me to stay with my original divorce attorney, my attorney recommended Michael to me as the best she knew. She was right. Michael was thorough and professional, patient, understanding and a good listener. Just as important, he then took my situation to heart and planned a strategy that protected my interests and those of my child while still being fair to my spouse, defended me against unseemly behavior by my spouse and spouse's attorney, then came through again two years after the divorce was final when further misbehavior by my ex required a return to court to defend my custody rights. For knowledge, ethics, bedside manner, fair and unpadded fees (although not low – you get what you pay for), and optimum results, I highly recommend him.
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Posted by Tanya | April 13, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Extraordinary divorce attorney
Michael is by far one of the most experienced and remarkable divorce attorneys I have ever encountered. He has served as an excellent mentor to me regarding family law practice. I had the privilege of clerking for him back in law school and witnessed his exceptional litigation skills in the courtroom. He truly cares about his clients. I can attest to this because I, too, have been a client of his going through my own divorce. Michael put me at ease throughout this difficult process. Few attorneys have the acquired skill to meet both the client's expectations and also reach a fair and effective resolution. I would highly recommend Michael to anyone looking for an exceptional divorce attorney.
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Posted by anonymous | December 29, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Unwavering confidence in him
I had been through a few lawyers before I came to Mr. Chiero, and had always had issues with lawyers over-charging me or not taking my issues seriously. Mr. Chiero seemed to quickly understand my issues with support and maintenance, and assured me that he could easily handle the case. He just kind of has a way with words, to where I was very quickly aware of details of my situation that other lawyers had left out or decided that I didn't need to know. When he was in court, he always paid attention to the littlest detail and was completely fearless in his defense of my case. I would refer any of my friends or family to him. I have had small issues over the years after my case was finished and he is always easy to contact, helpful, intelligent and fast to get what I need done. He was also very fair with me, and I feel that I actually took his counsel to be well worth the money. Especially since I never felt like I was being over-charged for anything. I highly recommend this man to anyone!
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Posted by anonymous | December 22, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Patience and Perseverance
Mr. Chiero was my lawyer several years ago in a child custody issue I had. I was repeatedly fighting with my ex; we could never agree on anything and my poor son was caught in the middle. He would come home with mystery bruises and little explanations for the injuries when he returned from his fathers' home. My lawyers at the time seemed to care little and would never return my calls. Mr. Chiero handled the case in a very professional manner once I hired him. He would take my calls, and had a very soothing demeanor. He was unintimidated by my ex's lawyers, and fought to get me an Order of Protection that saved my son a lot of pain. I now am able to support my son with the custody deal he worked out, and I know that my son is safe in my custody. The ease with which Mr. Chiero was able to reference the law and his skill in the courtroom made me comfortable at all times. I highly recommend him!
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Posted by Tina | October 21, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Children
Mr. Chiero was extremely helpful and mindful of my difficult situation. He was always insightful, prepared, and successful in court. I would highly recommend Mr. Chiero to any mothers seeking legal assistance to protect their children.
Posted by Paul | July 27, 2015
Father's Rights: Questions answered
Mr. Chiero clearly explained to me all of my options, rights and responsibilities related to having a child out of wedlock. His advice allowed me to avoid the court system, save money, and lessen the emotional costs of litigation. I would highly recommend Mr. Chiero to fathers or anyone needing family law advice.
Posted by Chrissy | July 20, 2015
Compassionate
Mr. Chiero was extremely patient, smart and fair. I am glad that I hired him as my lawyer. He fought for temporary support that I needed for my children, and then he negotiated a final settlement with my difficult husband. Michael always explained things to me so that I understood the divorce process and he always answered my calls. I hope that I do not need to hire him again, but I am thankful that he was my lawyer.
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Posted by Dee | March 10, 2015
Thankful Michael was My Divorce Attorney
Michael knows family law and I am grateful for his help. He provided outstanding representation to me and was compassionate through out the entire process. My matter involved custody issues. His court presentation of the case was what brought my case to a good conclusion that was in the best interest of my children. He did not cause extra court appearances or drag the case out to cause unnecessarily high legal fees. I have continued to use Michael for my post decree needs and would recommend him to anyone needing family law assistance.
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Posted by anonymous | February 26, 2015
Kane County custody and divorce case
Mr. Chiero provided me with more useful information in thirty minutes than my prior counsel provided to me in eighteen months. He was extremely knowledgeable, professional, and fair with his fees. Mr. Chiero's advanced skill in the courtroom resulted in an unexpected award of sole custody of my child to me. In addition to protecting me and my daughter in the courtroom, Mr. Chiero also gave me comfort and peace of mind with his calm demeanor and soothing voice. My daughter still refers to Mr. Chiero as her hero.
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Posted by anonymous | August 26, 2013
Absolute Professionalism!!
I would highly recommend Michael Chiero. His professionalism is remarkable with placing the upmost focus on his clients needs. He was very knowledgeable in matters of Law with what I perceived as a photographic memory of Illinois marriage and family law from his early days of education. At no point did he ever have to "I'll get back to you" with any questions i had. I never got the run around nor had to wait for questions to be answered. This gave me the upmost confidence that he could handle any situation as it arose in my case "on the fly" and without a second thought. His first goal and number one priority was to protect me and he showed this by always staying one step ahead of all potential situations that could bring harm to my case. He was pleasant to work with and always showed the upmost professional curiosities thru the entire process. He is a straight shooter and has little patiences for drama or nonsense that so often occurs in divorce cases. He is not afraid to take action when it is needed or stand up when opposing council would step out of line. He made the entire process seem simple and easy. I listened and followed his direction and my case was handled by him exactly as planned with reaching each goal to 100% satisfaction. This is the first attorney i can honesty say i have worked with that practices law based on his principals and belief in justice rather than money. His priorities in his profession make him stand out and above so many of his peers and this is rare to find these days. I would highly recommend him without hesitation.
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Posted by anonymous | August 25, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Ethics and Integrity
Its a concern to see a professional as this Attorney allow his clients to post libeling and slandering vindictive comments about his peers. The instability of this issue would be a reason I would look elsewhere. I’m posting my opinion after reading horrific comments on a personal blog page. No I’m not a former client But neither is Angie Kotler.
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Posted by anonymous | December 13, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Look elsewhere
Michael was my divorce lawyer for two long years. During that time he had monthly pointless status updates in court, countless continuances and court appearances and no work was actually done. I paid him monthly and no progress happened on my long and painful divorce. I eventually had to switch lawyers after I found out that during the two years all I had was status updates and attempts to locate information & continue my case. My new lawyer had the case closed within two months.
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Posted by Ryan | September 27, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Incompetent.
Absolutely AWFUL "attorney". This guy acts cocky as if what he says is the word of Christ himself, but he does NOTHING. Him or his secretary won't return calls. Ask him a question via text, he'll charge you $50 a pop, but won't answer the question. Couldn't get a single reply from him or his secretary if my life depended on it. Lets the other side COMPLETELY walk all over you. In five years of fighting PRO SE, I've successfully substantiated regular visitation, built a healthy relationship with my son, and created a parenting agreement signed by both parties. In the two months I've had this attorney, he... Got my visitation suspended on his FIRST court date. Charged me several hundred dollars for text message questions sent to him from me with ZERO reply. Charged me $50 to send me a PDF of my own order that I had in my hand that he said he needed. Charged me $700 to have a conversation about our "strategy", saying he was going to file a motion to have my visitation reinstated and expanded. Charged me almost $2,000 to attend two court dates to stand at the petitioner's box and say NOTHING. He did not file a SINGLE motion. He did not ask the courts for ANYTHING.
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Posted by anonymous | December 4, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very Disappointed Client
Mr. Chiero represented me a few years ago when he was employed with La Sale Street law firm Rinella & Rinella. My experience with him was very dissapointing. On various occasions he failed to advise me of important matters that were conveyed to him by my ex-wife's attorney which resulted in unecessary complications and costs for me. When I realized there was a pattern of such behavior with him, I attempted to address this matter in his office. He responded angrily and used profanity in what seemed an attempt to intimidate me. I was stunned and very upset that my attorney, who I was paying to meet with at the time, would have the nerve to behave so unprofessionally towards me. Shortly after this experience, I requested a meeting with one of the firm's principles. After I discussed my concerns, he asked Chiero to join the meeting and apologize to me. Mr. Chiero did apologize, but I insisted that I no longer felt comfortable with him as my attorney and requested the firm's senior partner take over my case. He refused to do so which caused a serious and costly dilemma for me. I proceeded to terminate this relationship despite the difficulty and costs of retaining a new attornery/firm in the middle of my divorce. Unfortunately, my nightmare didn't end there. Over the past few years, this law firm alleged I owed them money and unsuccessfully filed multiple law suits against me. Suffice to say any trust and respect I may have had for Chiero and Rinella & Rinella was completely destroyed.
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Posted by anonymous | May 29, 2015
Reconsider
He has awesome knowledge and speaks very well when it comes to all things technically related to the legal system. I was always impressed as he would easily speak out to the judge, very professionally of course, without skipping a beat. However, when I submitted all the information/paperwork required, and then followed-up time and time again to see if I was missing anything or to understand the status of the case, I got nothing until the night before OR on the same day standing in the courthouse in some case. Then to hear vulgarity, that I would not expect come out when he clearly was frustrated, made me reconsider how to approach and interact with him. One thing would be said, yet another thing would be done. It was a struggle to get through my case while working with him.
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 300-350 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 8.8 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Michael J. Chiero, LLC
  • 2015 - Present

Education

  • John Marshall Law School, Chicago
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1993
  • University of Michigan
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1989

Associations

  • Illinois State Bar Association Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
  • Kane County Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Will County Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • National Rifle Association
  • Member
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Leading Lawyer
  • Leading Lawyers Network
  • 2016
  • Leading Lawyer
  • West Suburban Magazine
  • 2014

Attorney endorsements

Received (13)
Given (15)
Endorse Michael
Unknown Attorney | Oct 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Michael has handled difficult matters competently, with honor and integrity. I fully endorse his work as I have witnessed satisfied clients as a result of his efforts."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Mar 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Michael is experienced and knowledgeable and a strong advocate for his clients."
Family Attorney | Mar 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I met Michael when we opposed each other on a particularly difficult family law case. While he was aggressive on behalf of his client, he was (and is) also a straight-shooter and a gentleman to work with."
Child custody Attorney | Aug 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Michael Chiero is an excellent attorney, who is very well-regarded in the community. His knowledge of divorce law is second to none. I highly recommend this attorney."
Family Attorney | Feb 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jun 19
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jun 19
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jun 19
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jun 19
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jun 19
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jun 19
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jun 19
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Nov 28
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
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