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Michael Emmet Forkan

About Michael Forkan

About me

I attended John Marshall Law School in Chicago for my law degree. I clerked for the Cook County Public Defender and the Law Office of Joseph V. Roddy during my time as a student. I obtained a real working knowledge of criminal and civil legal proceedings as a law clerk which really helped me during my first years as a licensed attorney. 


After law school and passing the bar exam I worked for the Law Office of Joseph V. Roddy where I represented the Chicago Fraternal Order of Police. I also handled a variety of other civil matters ranging from real estate closings to personal injury cases.


Since starting my own practice I have worked extensively in the real estate arena both in a transactional and litigation capacity. I work closely with my family which is involved in residential and commercial real estate development. Through my work with my father I have made extensive contacts in the real estate world and have gone on to represent many types of clients from first time homebuyers to veteran real estate developers.

With the economy over the last couple of years my practice has shifted to handling a myriad of real estate litigation cases. I handle foreclosure defense, contract disputes, broker's commission disputes, mechanic's liens, and zoning and land use issues.  


I'm a graduate of Monmouth College where I studied Environmental Science and Chemistry. I attended Monmouth College on a full tuition scholarship for Highland Bagpiping. I was a member of the Monmouth College Pipe Band during my time at the school. I am still an avid bagpipe player and am a founding member of the City of Chicago Pipe Band. I travel throughout the US, Canada, and UK with the band performing and competing against other Grade One pipe bands.


In addition to playing the bagpipes I am also an avid golfer and road cyclist. I also enjoy spending time with my two Wheaten Terriers, Bentley and Higgins.