Skip to main content

Michael Joseph Calabrese

Family Attorney at Warrenville, IL

4.3   17 reviews

also known as Mike Calabrese, Michael Calabrese

  • Licensed for 30 years
    State IL
    Acquired 1993
    Status
    Active and Authorized to Practice Law No misconduct found

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

About Michael

Learn Michael’s areas of practice.

3
Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    40%

  2. Family
    40%
    Calabrese Associates, P.C., is a firm that offers personalized legal service for people going through difficult family challenges. At our office, you will receive the highest standard of legal service that is diligent, ethical, caring and responsive to your individual needs.

    30 years

  3. Mediation
    20%

CARING, UNDERSTANDING & READY TO FIGHT FOR YOUR RIGHTS.

At Calabrese Associates, P.C., we work to resolve family law problems effectively, and as quickly and cost efficiently as possible. We are sensitive to our clients' concerns — and strong in the protection of their rights.

We represent clients in the full spectrum of family law matters, including divorce, child custody, child support and other family related legal problems.

Through a firm yet reasoned approach to legal disputes, we work to guide our clients through these complex legal and personal challenges. In representing you, we will explain the legal issues in your case, its strengths and the obstacles that lie in the way of a successful outcome. This will be an honest and candid appraisal of your situation. You will understand your legal options and have the information you need to make intelligent decisions about your situation. Once you have decided how you want us to proceed, we will work diligently to achieve the best outcome possible.

Photos and videos

Location

Michael Joseph Calabrese
4200 Cantera Drive
Suite 200
Warrenville, IL, 60555

Reviews

4.3 / 5.0
  17 customer reviews
5 Star
 
82%
4 Star
 
0%
3 Star
 
0%
2 Star
 
0%
1 Star
 
18%
Posted by anonymous | March 4, 2014
Excellent Attorney, Great Experience and Happy with Results
Michael Calabrese is a competent, caring and excellent lawyer. He was very understanding of my circumstances and I couldn't have asked for better counsel during such a trying time. He honored my wishes to try and work out an agreement with my Ex husband instead of a lengthy divorce and is knowledgeable, patient and offered so much throughout this process. Due to all the qualities I mentioned about Michael Calabrese, I am at peace with the marital settlement agreement and end of my marriage. I also appreciate all the help I received from Shannon, an outstanding paralegal with the firm and the friendly staff.
Read less
Posted by anonymous | March 11, 2011
Excellent Attorney who knows the law and is not a "table pounder"!
Regardless of who you are or how "strong" you think you might be; divorce is stressful most especially when it involves children. You will hear every "bar stool attorney" there is "advise" you on who you should retain. These "well advertised" attormeys did not fare too well against Mr. Calabrese at least in my courtroom experience. After all opposing counsel's emergency motions, letters, demands, and all other "table pounding" tantrums: I look back and appreciate Mr. Calabrese's professional courtroom demeanor even more. In my opinion, Mr. Calabrese is a most excellent attorney who has a genuine concern for his client and their children. He takes the time to explain to you what each and every matter means and guides you to focus on what is important. That is the "Trier of Fact's" (the judge) ruling and not the "barking dog", alleged "hired gun" across from you representing your soon to be Ex, nor the Guardian ad Litem who changes their mind with any little thing that comes up at your next appearance and thinks custody should change hands or be "dismissive" about significant findings as if they are "no big deal", and last but not least: the custody evaluator that opines you are an unfit parent because they do not like the way you look. I believe you are in good hands with this attorney. Thank you Mr. Calabrese for everything you did for me and my family. A father
Read less
Posted by anonymous | July 26, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great lawyer, very knowledgable
We hired Mike for a family issue involving my daughter. When it come to family members situations are very personal and emotional. Mike was there to not only help us with our situation, but to console and give us confidence justice will be served. Mike used his vast knowledge to put together a case to give my daughter protection and peace of mind for all of us. The case resulted in a win for us. I highly recommend Mike to represent anyone!!
Read less
Posted by anonymous | July 26, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Mike Calabrese
Mike executed a restraining order against a man who harmed my daughter. It was a very emotional and difficult time for all of us. He was very compassionate and sensitive to my daughter’s feelings. He was thorough and made sure that he covered all the bases and I explained everything to us. We were very pleased with his services and would highly recommend him.
Read less
Posted by anonymous | July 25, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
“Let no deceit befall me……”
I cannot speak highly or strongly enough about Mr. Calabrese and his Legal Team. Faced with a post decree onslaught of false allegations through various Ex Parte Orders of Protection, Emergency Motions, DCFS investigations, credulous, unethical and biased “mental health professionals”: Mr. Calabrese met the challenge of my ex’s subterfuge each and every time. “Vacated and Dismissed, Unfounded, Appointment Terminated,” and the list goes on with those my ex had recruited to proxy for their false narrative. Any child custody case is an unfortunate if not tragic event. Any parent willing to destroy their child’s life along with yours is truly diabolical. Parental Alienation at its’ “best”. Calabrese Associates knows the narrative well and is well prepared to counter the devastation in protecting you and the children. All motions, appearances, letters, inquiries, were responded to with a sense of urgency. This Firm exudes confidence, empathy, and extreme competence that is very comforting in your dark times when all seems lost. You’d be hard pressed to find those qualities in most.
Read less
Posted by Scott W | July 25, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Job Everytime
I have use Calabrese Associates several times for post divorce matters and every time I experienced just service with a great outcome.
Posted by Jim | November 3, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A terrific lawyer
Mike did a great job with my divorce. He patiently answered every question and worked with me to draft the settlement agreement.
Posted by Nicole | July 31, 2015
Calabrese the family guy
I used Mike as a divorce lawyer. My case wasn't very hard considering I had been married a month and already looking to divorce. I was 27 and devastated with what was happening in my life. Mike was very patient with me and my parent's who also came to meet him with me. We basically asked him every question that we could think of. He answered every one of them. Even when my ex dodged the server several times Mike assured me things would be okay. The vibe I got from Mike was, hey I have kids and I wouldn't want them in this position and if they were in this position I'd do anything to help them. He's genuine, positive, and very knowledgeable. I would recommend him time and time again.
Read less
Posted by Mike | May 6, 2015
Doesn't Quit - Stays in the Fight
I couldn't be happier with the results. Tough battle, wife contested everything and I mean everything. Mr. Calabrese was calm through-out and came out with a few things that surprised me and certainly threw both my X and her attorney for a loop. - GREAT JOB!!!! Even after the divorce was final, X wouldn't stop. (long story) Contacted Mr. Calabrese again and got the matter resolved in a single day - AWESOME If you're looking for an attorney that's going to stay in the fight and battle it out until the end, give this guy a call!
Read less
Posted by Tony | April 29, 2014
A lawyer's lawyer
Quite simply, Mike is an excellent lawyer. As a lawyer myself (in another area of law) I knew what to look for in my hotly contested custody battle. Mike was not only quite experienced in the field and knew most of the "players" (lawyers, judges, GAL's, experts) in the area, but was a master of negotiation. I knew all too well that what happens in the hall way and chambers is almost more important that what happens before the bench. I would regularly marvel at how Mike dealt with opponents outside the courtroom, setting up the issue in my favor before the judge even opened his mouth. Mike was skilled at directing my energies to the battles that really mattered and encouraging me to let go of those issues that wouldn't matter 6 months from then, saving a lot of money and anxiety. Mike was also ethical, never advancing an argument or theory that wasn't "right". In the end, through hard work and excellent negotiating skills Mike obtained a very rare custody order for me so that I, a father, got sole custody of my two teen daughters...with child support but without me paying any maintenance to my x-wife. We cannot thank Mike enough for enabling my girls and me to start a new life. I strongly recommend Mike to those who need an honest and diligent attorney who gets great results in the crazy area of family law.
Read less
Posted by Kevin | April 1, 2014
The attorney you need when there's a lot at stake!
During a 3 year divorce involving custody of my 2 young sons, after dropping 2 previous attorneys who both seemed aloof and busy with other cases, I found Mr Calabrese. That's when things changed! For the first time I felt confident. Mr Calabrese must have seen my fear and not only clearly explained what we needed to do but sat with me in court before our case was called! Not at the attorneys table where its much more comfortable but on the hard wooden bench seats. We won residential custody and thanks to Mr Calabrese I was able to raise 2 great boys in our home. This was over a dozen years ago and I never forgot him for giving me my kids. I searched for him recently to thank him again and was really glad when I made contact with him. I forget he's an attorney because he still seems so much more like a friend. Thanks again Mike, Kevin
Read less
Posted by Susan | November 1, 2012
Highly Recommend Mike Calabrese
Mike is not only only a knowledgeable and competent lawyer, but a compassionate person as well. He explains every step of the process (in my case, divorce), offers all available options, and makes sure everything is in clear and concise language. It is not always easy to think clearly in such emotionally volotile situations, but Mike keeps you on track and focused on the big picture. His advice was spot on legally, paperwork filed properly, and phone calls returned promptly. He was always very accessible, ready to do whatever was necessary and required and willing to answer any and all questions, explaining the answers patiently until he was comfortable with my level of understanding. He treats all parties involved with a high level of professionalism and respect. His rates are quite reasonable considering the fantastic quality of servies received. I highly recommend Mike Calabrese.
Read less
Posted by Anne | May 23, 2011
clear support and advice after experiencing years of crazy making double talk
It is very hard to get perspective when struggling to protect four children. I needed clear advice as to my options at the time and acknowledgement of the value of my role despite it not showing up on a spread sheet. The whole staff contributed to the divorce process being one of growth for me and my children.
Posted by Michelle | March 16, 2011
Great experience during a trying time in life
I have told all of my family and friends about this law firm. Each person in the firm was very understanding and empathetic with me during a very difficult time while the case was going on. No question was an annoying/dumb one, and I was always kept up to date with everything that was going on with my case. I felt completely comfortable with entrusting them with my entire life - as I was in a battle concerning my children. Not only did they previal with my case, they completely exceeded my expectations. My case concerned (back, present, and future) child support, custody, daycare and healthcare, support enforcement for a dead-beat dad, and eventually the termination of rights and my husband adopting my children. I could not have asked for a better attorney than Mike Calabrese.
Read less
Posted by Ursula | June 23, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Poor quality layer
Deceived and betrayed me, sleep walked .through my case. 18 months into my case he declares hes not ready for the trial. Betrayed me by disclosing information to opposing counsel. WHO DOES THAT? Im paying maintenance in a no-maintenace case. (Weve been separated 4 years)
Posted by anonymous | January 17, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
No sense of timeliness
Continuance after continuance after continuance. Staff bad at returning emails, phone calls, etc, but certainly in a big rush when it's important to them to get something off their desk. A year later, nothing... no progress... despite the fact that we had in writing that my ex owed me what he owed me. Staff and attorney also repeatedly harassed me to hire a forensic attorney for several thousand dollars... if I had several thousand dollars, I wouldn't be suing for child support. Finally I called my ex and banged out a crappy agreement between us so I could afford to feed my kids.
Read less
Posted by anonymous | August 12, 2009
Would not recommend!
May be very knowledgable but has extremely poor time management skills. Waited too long to execute my case before it was too late. Waited a full 1.5 months to start on an extremely time sensitive issue. I would never recommend this lawyer to anyone unless you like breathing down people's backs. Rarely responds to emails. Felt like he had better things to do although he accepted the case with baited breath. Never again.
Read less
View less reviews

Cost

We have not found any cost information for this lawyer

Contact for Details

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • President
  • Calabrese Associates, P.C.
  • 2001 - Present
  • Associate
  • Sullivan Taylor P.C.
  • 1995 - 2000

Education

  • DePaul University College of Law
  • Juris Doctor - with Honor
  • 1993
  • Dominican University
  • Bachelor of Arts - Cum Laude
  • 1990

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Disproportionate division of assets
  • 80/20 divsion of assets in our client's favor and sole custody to our client
  • Appellate reversal of finding of neglect
  • Finding of neglect reversed on apeal

Associations

  • DuPage County Bar Association
  • Member, Law Practice Management Committee
  • 2012 - Present
  • Academy of Bar Leaders
  • Fellow
  • 2009 - Present
  • DuPage County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1995 - Present
  • DuPage County Bar Association
  • Member, Family Law Committee
  • 1995 - Present
  • Illinois State Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 1993 - Present
  • DuPage County Bar Association
  • Chairperson, Law Practice Management Committee
  • 2013 - 2014
  • Justinian Society of Lawyers (DuPage County chapter)
  • President
  • 2009 - 2010
  • Justinian Society of Lawyers (DuPage County chapter)
  • Vice President
  • 2008 - 2009
  • Justinian Society of Lawyers (DuPage County chapter)
  • Secretary
  • 2007 - 2008
  • Justinian Society of Lawyers (DuPage County chapter)
  • Treasurer
  • 2006 - 2007
  • DuPage County Bar Association
  • Chairperson, Family Law Committee
  • 2005 - 2006
  • DuPage County Bar Association
  • Chairperson, Professional Responsibility Committee
  • 1999 - 2000
View all associations

Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Pro Bono Service Award
  • DuPage County Legal Aid
  • 2010
  • Pro Bono Service Award
  • DuPage County Legal Aid
  • 2004

Publications

  • Norton Annual Survey of Bankruptcy Law
  • Bankruptcy Code Section 509 (Recent Developments)
  • 1995
  • Norton Annual Survey of Bankruptcy Law
  • Section 553 - Setoff (Recent Developments)
  • 1995

Speaking Engagements

  • Mega Meeting
  • Case Law Update
  • 2005
  • DuPage County Bar Association, Family Law and Practice Committee
  • Case Law Update
  • 2005
  • Mega Meeting
  • Case Law Update
  • 2004
  • DuPage County Bar Association, Family Law and Practice Committee
  • Case Law Update
  • 2004
  • Mega Meeting
  • Case Law Update
  • 2003
  • DuPage County Bar Association, Family Law and Practice Committee
  • Case Law Update
  • 2003
  • DuPage County Bar Association, Family Law and Practice Committee
  • Case Law Update
  • 2002
  • Mega Meeting
  • Case Law Update
  • 2001
  • DuPage County Bar Association, Family Law and Practice Committee
  • Case Law Update
  • 2001
  • DuPage County Bar Association, Family Law and Practice Committee
  • Case Law Update
  • 2000
View all speaking engagements

Attorney endorsements

Received (7)
Given (2)
Endorse Michael
Unknown Attorney | Apr 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jun 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Michael. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Family Attorney | Oct 18
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Mike is a great attorney and friend. Anyone would be lucky to have him as their attorney!"
Family Attorney | Mar 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have referred family law matters to Mr. Calabrese for years. I feel he is hard working, dedicated to his practice, honest, and a good person. I also think he is an outstanding advocate for his clients and his reputation in the legal community is top notch."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Feb 16
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Mike is an excellent, knowledgeable attorney who is a zealous advocate for his clients. He is an effective negotiator and strong litigator. Mike has an excellent reputation in the legal community. I look forward to my opportunities to work with Mike."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Feb 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mike is a highly skilled attorney who represents his clients in a professional and skilled manner. He advocates fairly and zealously on behalf of his clients and is well respected in the legal community."
Family Attorney | Dec 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mike is an excellent lawyer who diligently advocates for his clients. He is fair-minded and non-judgmental. He meets clients' needs at a fair rate. I enjoy working with him in the practice of divorce and family law."
View more endorsements
Divorce and separation
Litigation