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Michael J. Gilmartin

Real estate Attorney at LaGrange, IL

4.9   32 reviews

also known as Gilmartin Legal, LLC


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About Michael

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Michael Gilmartin is a trusted advocate and the first call many make when legal representation is needed. Whether in the court room or in the conference room, Michael offers over twelve years of legal experience earned in the trenches as an assistant state’s attorney, an associate, an income partner and ultimately as a member of a large Chicago law firm. Michel Gilmartin offers legal representation in commercial real estate, corporate, transactional, commercial litigation, creditors’ rights, commercial collections, criminal representation, estate planning, probate administration and litigation. Michael can frequently be found in court advocating on behalf of his clients.

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Licensed for 18 years
State IL
Status Active And Authorized To Practice Law
Acquired 2004
Updated 01/06/2023

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

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Gilmartin Legal
512 W. Burlington
Suite 3
LaGrange, IL, 60525

Reviews

4.9 / 5.0
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Posted by Chris | August 16, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Real estate transaction
Michael helped us with the sale of our rental property. We had a few deals fall through (due to issues with the buyers and COVID), but Michael helped us through the whole process. I would definitely recommend him to others.
Posted by Allison | August 4, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Attentive and Personable
Michael was extremely personable and easy to talk to. During the process of buying our first home my husband and I were lucky enough to work with Michael and had a wonderful experience. Whenever we had questions he was always there too answer. He was very thorough and would always make sure we completely understood all that was being presented to us. I highly recommend working with Michael Gilmartin!
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Posted by LARRY | August 4, 2020
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Home closing
Mike was a great asset to selling my home. He was there for all my needs and always easy to get in touch with when i needed advise. Start to finish was very professional and thorough.
Posted by Ron | August 3, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Michael Makes Real Estate Transactions Easy
I’ve now used Michael in 5 real estate transactions and the 6th will close next week. With each transaction, Michael has taken an active role in making sure things stayed on track and on schedule. When questions arose, he was there to answer them. When points had to be negotiated, his insight was valuable. When unanticipated matters came up (lender missing deadline) Michael was sending emails after 10pm to make sure things got resolved. It’s been great to not have to worry about getting to the closing with Michael. He makes real estate transactions easy.
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Posted by Bob | March 8, 2018
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Property sale and general legal guidance
I hired Michael Gilmartin to help me navigate through a farm sale and received way more than I expected. Michael not only provided the legal council but also was able to help direct me down a path to address some tax issues I was encountering. The interaction with Michael was extremely comfortable and professional as he instructed me each step along the way. I now consider Michael as "my lawyer" and will use him any time I need legal guidance. Thanks Michael !!!
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Posted by RAYMOND | November 4, 2017
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LAWYER
RECENTLY WHILE ON A BUSINESS TRIP TO CHICAGO AND WORKING IN THE VICINITY OF THE McCORMICK CONVENTION CENTER, I WAS TICKETED BY TWO POLICE OFFICERS. ONE TICKET FOR NOT WEARING MY SEAT BELT AND THE OTHER FOR HOLDING MY MOBILE DEVICE. I ASKED THE OFFICERS FOR A MAIL IN ENVELOPE SO I COULD SEND IN THE FINES FOR THESE TWO MINOR TRAFFIC VIOLATIONS. THEY POINTED OUT THAT THEY HAD ASSIGNED ME A DATE AND TIME TO APPEAR IN COURT. I'M FROM NORTH CAROLINA; WHAT'S GOING ON HERE? I FELT PANIC, FEAR, ANXIETY, AND MORE. WHERE TO START? I EVENTUALLY CALLED MY CLIENT AND HE RECOMMENDED HIS ATTORNEY MICHAEL GILMARTIN. I CONTACTED HIM AND IN MOMENTS WAS FEELING BETTER. AFTER A COUPLE OF E MAILS I TRULY KNEW HOW UNDERSTANDING AND PROFESSIONAL THIS MAN WAS. HE APPEARED IN COURT FOR ME AND THIS ISSUE WAS RESOLVED. IF EVER YOU NEED A QUALITY, HONEST, EFFICIENT, AND TRUSTWORTHY ATTORNEY PLEASE CONTACT MICHAEL GILMARTIN.
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Posted by Maria | October 4, 2017
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Attorney
Michael Gilmartin is one of the most professional attorneys I've ever met. He was responsive available informative and professional. He assisted me with a traffic violation from beginning to end successfully. His information his contacts all made his success possible. He was also very understanding and provided much empathy as most court cases are very stressful. One of the most important things for me as a female is to have an attorney who can put his self in my shoes and realize that any case whether small or large is very Trumatic for anyone without legal background. I recommend Michael Gilmartin as the attorney who will help you. Maria
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Posted by Colin | October 2, 2017
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Helpful and Clear
Michael helped me out with a case in which I had no idea what i was doing. He explained everything to me very clear and sufficiently making the process much less stressful and much more smooth.
Posted by anonymous | September 13, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Debt collection
I contacted Michael on a Saturday due to my bank account being frozen and having a court order for the following Monday, for unpaid student loans. Micheal, reassured me everything would be okay and come Monday, he called me after court to give me the great news that my bank account was now unfrozen. He took care of everything and I didn't even have to call off of work. Micheal kept his word that he would take care of everything.
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Posted by Keith | September 9, 2017
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Understanding and compassionate
When I told him my situation and how bad it was he did not judge me and was willing to put my needs out in front of him
Posted by Serena & John | September 9, 2017
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Realty Lawyers
We were in the process of trying to purchase a house without a lawyer or a realtor and then the bank we were going through said we needed to hire a lawyer it was on a Saturday that we found Michael we had a consultation with him that Saturday he said he would take her case we gave him all the papers we had he said it would probably take about three weeks and it was 3 weeks we had our signing for the house we are definitely going to use Michael again and refer him to family and friends he is a great lawyer.
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Posted by Robert | September 8, 2017
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Awesome lawyer
I live in another state and Needed an attorney to represent me in Illinois. I called Mr Gilmartin and left a message. Within a couple hours he called me back. I felt comfortable and confident that he would represent me fairly. My case took awhile but he kept me updated and won my expungement. I'm very pleased with how my case was handled and with his work ethic.
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Posted by anonymous | September 8, 2017
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You want a lawyer who does what he says Michael Gilmartin is the one to hire
Michael Gilmartin was easy to talk with and made me feel very comfortable with him. When we went to court he fought for me and got 2 felony drug charges and 1 misdemeanor dropped. I would definitely hire him again if I needed to.
Posted by Leonard | September 7, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Personable and Pointed Advice and Guidance
Mr. Gilmartin is handling a personal matter for me where I am the plaintiff in a contract matter against my former Condominium Association. Michael is very personable, pointed and responsive. He follows thru on communications and is a pleasure to work with. I feel that my matters are in great hand and I look forward to the conclusion at some point soon.
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Posted by Mike | September 6, 2017
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Peace of mind
I was ticketed for failure to leave information after an auto collision with an unoccupied vehicle. Although my driving record is good, I did have a prior conviction for the same charge, years earlier. Even though I received court supervision in that instance, I was concerned that this repeat offense would elicit much less empathy from the judge and prosecutor. Considering I was charged with a class A misdemeanor that could entail a substantial fine and/or jail time, I decided to consult a criminal defense attorney. I didn't know any. It was after an online search that I came up with Michael Gilmartin's information and I decided to take a chance on him. I'm very glad I did. Mr. Gilmartin got in touch promptly and spoke to me at length about what to expect. He was very polite, knowledgeable and he addressed all of my concerns directly and thoroughly. It was very reassuring. Immediately, I felt tremendously relieved and much more confident facing this charge. I felt as though I truly had an ally. During our in-person consultation, prior to the court date, I was very impressed at how personable and professional Mr. Gilmartin was. When I left the meeting, I almost skipped to my car. The actual court appearance came off as anti-climactic. He spoke to the prosecutor for no more than two minutes and returned with an offer. I had to show up at a later date with some, any, evidence that I had made an effort to repair the damage I had caused. In this case, it was simply a letter from my insurance company that a claim had been filed. Piece of cake. We were out of the court room hardly as soon as I'd sat down. When I returned a few weeks later with the form, I didn't even expect Mr. Gilmartin to be there. It didn't seem like his presence was required but there he was. He told me he would always be there for me. He said he was MY lawyer. It meant a lot to hear that. We were called up before the judge, very shortly after proceedings began, and were up there for, no joke, five seconds. This is exactly what the judge said: "Your lawyer did a great job. Case dismissed." And that was all he said. I did manage to wait until I got to my car before I did a 30 second fist pump but that was it! Case dismissed! I almost never get into trouble but things happen sometimes. I have his number memorized anyway. Michael Gilmartin is MY lawyer!
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Posted by anonymous | August 31, 2017
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Contract review
Michael did an excellent job for me. He took the time to carefully review each section of my real estate contract and highlighted potential issues that could arise if not properly addressed. He helped me to get those issues resolved which saved me time and headaches down the road. I would recommend his services to anyone.
Posted by Bill | August 30, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Gilmartin Law for professional, personal service.
Michael is an attorney that can move quickly and accurately on almost any legal issue. Our firm has retained his talent for collection services, as well as for a real estate closing transaction. We have found him to be very fair in his fee structure which I think makes him stand out in the legal profession. We would recommend Michael to other businesses in need of good legal assistance.
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Posted by Theresa | August 30, 2017
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Excellent Service
I was referred to Mr. Gilmartin for a property issue. Mr. Gilmartin is very efficient and knowledgeable. He explained every determination on court appearances to our family in a timely manner. When we needed face to face communication he was easily accessible. I am definitely glad that I was able to meet him. I am always referring him to others.
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Posted by Thomas | August 30, 2017
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Michael Gilmartin
Michael Gilmartin law ,I hired to handle our real estate transaction and was very professional, we had a consultation at his off ,listens and answered all concerns and returns phone calls right away . Excellent attorney, you can't go wrong with Michael Gilmartin law.
Posted by Jenni | May 2, 2017
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Excellent Service
Michael helped my husband and I update our will. This wasn't a straightforward process because we had made our original will with another firm and had to fill out legal documents to make the transfer. After the transfer was complete, Michael was able to update our will and even came to our house to sign all the documents. Michael is friendly, helpful, and personable. He patiently and thoroughly explains any questions that come up. I don't have any complaints about my experience working with him and recommend him to anyone!
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 15 minutes
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Gilmartin Legal, LLC
  • 2016 - Present
  • Member
  • Howard & Howard Attorneys
  • 2013 - 2016
  • Partner
  • Chuhak & Tecson, PC
  • 2006 - 2013
  • Prosecuting Attorney
  • Cook County State Attorney's Office
  • 2005 - 2006
  • Assistant State's Attorney
  • Cook County State's Attorney's Office
  • 2004 - 2006
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Education

  • DePaul University College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2003
  • St. Xavier
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1999
  • Queens University of Belfast
  • Study Abroad
  • 1998

Legal Cases

  • Kaires v. All Line, Inc., 2012 WL 6969667 (Ill. App. Ct. 2012)
  • Illinois Appellate Court affirmed the judgment of the circuit court of Du Page County

Associations

  • Cook County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • DuPage County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • West Suburban Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • Southwest Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • Illinois State Bar Association, Commercial, Banking and Bankruptcy Law Section
  • Executive Committee Member
  • 2016 - 2017
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Leading Lawyer
  • Leading Lawyers Network
  • 2019
  • Leading Lawyer
  • Leading Lawyers Network
  • 2018
  • Emerging Attorney
  • Illinois Leading Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Emerging Lawyer
  • Illinois Leading Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Criminal Procedure
  • CALI
  • 2002
  • Constitutional Law
  • CALI
  • 1999
  • Excellence in Writing
  • St. Xavier University
  • 1999
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Publications

  • Illinois State Bar Association Commercial Banking, Collections and Bankruptcy Law
  • Reviving Dormant Judgments in Illinois
  • 2015

Speaking Engagements

  • Commercial Loans: Documenting for Success and Preparing for Failure
  • UCC Article 9: Perfecting your Collateral
  • 2014

Attorney endorsements

Received (2)
Given (1)
Endorse Michael
Unknown Attorney | Sep 03
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I started my legal career working for Michael as a law clerk, and continued to work with him as an attorney for the next seven years. He instinctively took on a role of mentor to me, and I learned so much from him both professionally and personally. Michael shared his experience as a litigator and his vast knowledge of the law, and helped guide me through some of the most complex cases I've ever worked on. Michael always went the extra mile for both his colleagues and his clients, and I cannot recommend him strongly enough."
Business Attorney | Oct 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Michael is meticulous in his approach and is very personable both inside and outside of the courtroom. I highly endorse this lawyer."
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