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Michael David Elkin

Criminal defense Attorney at Chicago, IL

5.0   18 reviews
  • Licensed for 18 years
    State IL
    Acquired 2005
    Active and Authorized to Practice Law Lawyer disciplined by state licensing authority in 2017

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2017. See details

About Michael

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Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    ELKIN & ASSOCIATES efends all types of cases in the field of criminal law in the Chicago-land area. There is no area of crime defense that a criminal lawyer at ELKIN & ASSOCIATES has not previously handled and vigorously defended for their clients. ELKIN & ASSOCIATES clients have faced a variety of charges and obtained excellent results in cases involving cocaine trafficking, marijuana trafficking and marijuana grow houses, Medicare and Medicaid fraud, Battery and Murder.

  2. Family
    At ELKIN & ASSOCIATES, the team is comprised of skilled, dedicated and hardworking divorce and family law professionals. As such, their goal is to educate, negotiate, mediate or litigate to the best interests of their clients. Their legal team has extensive experience in trying divorce and custody cases throughout the Chicago-land area.

With the selection of Michael D. Elkin by the National Trial Lawyers Association to its Top 100 Trial Lawyers, (2012 through 2014) Mr. Elkin has shown that he exemplifies superior qualifications, leadership skills, and trial results as a legal professional. The selection process for this elite honor is based on a multi-phase process, which includes peer nominations combined with third party research. The National Trial Lawyers Association is a professional organization comprised of the premier trial lawyers from across the country who have demonstrated exceptional qualifications in their areas of law. 

Elkin & Associates primarily focuses on two areas of law: Criminal Defense and Family Law. 

The lawyers at Elkin & Associates spend countless hours protecting and defending their clients’ rights. Each attorney at Elkin & Associates will leave no stone unturned and defend your case with the utmost skill and effort. The founding partner, Michael D. Elkin, established the firm with a vision to be among the finest law firms in the Chicago-land area. 

At Elkin & Associates, the team is comprised of skilled, dedicated and hardworking divorce and family law professionals. As such, their goal is to educate, negotiate, mediate or litigate to the best interests of their clients. Their legal team has extensive experience in trying divorce and custody cases throughout the Chicago-land area. Their expertise and commitment to their clients have made them one of the fiercest and highly respected child custody law firms in the Chicago-land area. When a client works with a divorce lawyer from Elkin & Associates, they have the backing of the entire law firm in helping their client achieve the most favorable result in their family law issue.

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22 W. Washington St. 15th Floor
BLOCK 37 Building
Chicago, IL, 60602-2302

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Posted by Claudia | November 4, 2014
After trying to navigate the paperwork and process of a divorce on my own, I decided to reach out to michael for assistance. I was apprehensive because this was likely to be an uncontested matter where most of the details were prearranged and the additional cost of legal fees seemed unnecessary. This turned out to be the best decision I could have made. Even with a straightforward agreement there were so many twists and turns it would have been impossible to handle without his advice and support. He was always available and usually quite punctual when responding to inquiries. Throughout the process he always kept me in the loop of what to expect and informed of any possible pitfalls to come. What sealed my recommendation was the level of trust he provided. With so many lawyers willing to do anything to increase their billable hours it was obvious from the start he was only interested in resolving our matter quickly and to my satisfaction. contact Michael if you want great results.
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Posted by anonymous | April 30, 2014
Caring and thorough lawyer
Michael is very caring and thorough lawyer. He took the time asking us about our incident during the initial free interview. We consulted with other lawyers, but none go into details such as Michael. We have received not only legal advice, but also psycho-therapeutic session which calmed down our anxiety. Our teenage son confidently chose Michael as his legal representative. We definitely recommend this lawyer to anybody in need.
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Posted by anonymous | April 13, 2014
An Attorney you can trust!
Michael is confident in what he does and is very assuring. I hired Michael around 4-5 months ago. After giving him a call, I went to his office and felt very comfortable with him and knew that he was a true professional. He kept up with me about my case and was very caring. Michael is the type of attorney that takes his time with you and takes your cases very personally and looks out for your best interest. having Michael there for me was very important due to the fact that going to court can be nerve wrecking, nevertheless, he was very professional and got best results for me and I am very thankful. I would recommend Michael to friends/family and without a doubt would call Michael again if a situation called for it.
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Posted by Yanni | April 10, 2014
Integrity and results
Integrity and results, are rarity when it comes to being effective/successful attorney but Michael manages to accomplish both. Doing what is right for client, instead just self interest which having the pleasure of working with over a dozen attorneys in various Michael stands by himself. I was facing what I thought to be an impossible situation, in the worst county and in the jurisdiction/enforcement of Illinois State Police. My options being limited, I could only think of one of two attorneys who could get the job done. One of them was Michael , the other was a "get it done" regardless of how he achieves the outcome with a infamous reputation in cook county. The choice was simple, go with Michael as his reputation for being an upstanding attorney , with strong moral character with integrity was the only thing could save me. The outcome was favorable , from a criminal offense knock down to mere moving violation conviction. thank you, Michael
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Posted by Julia | March 10, 2014
Excellent lawer
I would like to highly recommend Michael Elkin. Not only is he extrmely knowledable, but also has very good “bedside manner” and works hard to help his clients with professionalism and class. Hopefully you will not have any legal problems, but if you ever do – I can’t think of anyone better than him to help you.
Posted by Angela | March 5, 2014
Thank You :)
Mr Elken is beyond what classifies an attorney. He handled my case with ease, compassion and class. I never felt left in the dark and he always was there to answer any concerns and was very fair and knowledgable when it came to sensitive matters. My custody case was long and frustrating. Im not sure I could have survived this without him and his professionalism. Thank you Mr Elken for bringing my nightmare to such a graceful end. Of course I dont look forward to ever needing you again....but if the situation ever arises..... you will be my first call in any legal matter!!!
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Posted by Joseph | January 8, 2014
Michael Elkin has renewed my faith in the legal system.
There is nothing worse than proceeding through the legal system feeling like things are never going to end and that you have become a victim of the process. With Mr. Elkin by my side, I'm confident that my needs and the needs of my children are being addressed. Having been through a 27-month-long divorce more than 3 years ago, I was hesitant about seeking legal help to deal with problems I was having with my ex-wife. I was reluctant to reengage in a system that I felt did not serve my best interests as a father. Throughout my divorce, I felt like I was no more than an ATM for the legal system. Mr. Elkin, however, changed my mind about attorneys as he demonstrated a desire to help me as an individual. Most importantly, he treated me with respect. He did a thorough review of my marital settlement and joint parenting agreement, pointing out areas that were ill-defined and not serving my best interests. He asked me questions and showed interest in me as a person, rather than as a case log number. Prior to working with Mr. Elkin, I felt that I was at the mercy of what my attorneys told me. With Mr. Elkin, I feel like I am an active part of the process and that both my questions and needs are being addressed. This sense of collaboration has made all the difference in working to achieve the outcome I should have received years ago. As an English Professor, I put a high priority on communication and Mr. Elkin has always been prompt in returning calls and messages. The nonchalant response time of previous attorneys left me feeling lost and ill-served. Mr. Elkin is articulate, detailed oriented, and his knowledge and experience are very impressive. He has always been thorough is answering my questions, making sure that I understood various options and strategies throughout various points in our case. No one likes going to court, but with Mr. Elkin by my side I have the peace of mind that my needs are being addressed with the utmost care and attention.
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Posted by Edmon | December 8, 2013
My experience with Mr. Michael Elkin
My name is Edmon and I'm here to give great praise to Mr. Michael Elkin. I was referred to him by a close friend and went to see him. Michael took HOURS of his time to help me in EVERY way, gave me perfect and accurate advise and was sincere and compassionate of the situation I was in. His depth of knowledge is amazing and I can attest that not too many attorneys in Illinois (if ANY) are in his league.....I, with all sincerity, mean that (I've also done my research when making that statement!). I hold him in high regard, both, as an experienced and knowledgeable attorney and as an honorable person. As impressive as his credentials are, they do not do him justice until you meet and work with him. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND HIM and will not hesitate to hire him if I ever need an attorney. Above and beyond all else, Michael is a genuinely good person and an asset to humanity. THANK YOU MICHAEL for all you did for me.
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Posted by JP | October 22, 2013
An amazing and professional lawyer and resource!
When I met Michael he was a customer of mine, but from the moment I meet him I could tell he really cares about his clients. I was then involved in an accident and called him. Without hesitation he provided me with all the information I needed. More importantly, he provided me with the peace of mind I was looking for. His is definitely a number you want to have in your contacts!
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Posted by Jane Doe | October 11, 2013
A Super Superior Lawyer We "The CLIENT" Always Come FIRST!!!
Michael Elkin is a rare and outstanding professional lawyer. I do not know how he does it, but Michael always takes as well as makes the time, to make you feel like you are his only client. He has a magnificent gift in the way he handles cases as well as his clients. You are not treated as if you are a file, but rather as a person and a friend. No matter what your legal issues are big or small, he handles your case as he would if it were him or his own family he were defending. He answers calls, emails, as well as texts at anytime, day or night. He was always there when we needed him even at 2 a.m.. This is a rare unique quality to find in an attorney who owns their own practice. Michael is so approachable, reachable, and personable. We are always handled with dignity. Michael never passes us off to a secretary or paralegal. Michael deals with you directly. He puts his heart into your case. He always goes above and beyond, what most lawyer's would do for their clients. He cares about your family and how they are affected by your case. He LISTENS to what your NEEDS are as a client and he HEARS YOU as an INDIVIDUAL. He does not leave your case at the office on Friday's and get back to it on Monday's. He Constantly and Consistently gives every client Special, professional, and quality care. It is obvious he is passionate about his work and is very persistant , about US the Client getting the JUSTICE we want, need, and deserve. He is a rare attorney in a city of thousands of attorneys. If you are looking for an attorney who will handle your case like he handled mine, with care, compassion, and concern. As well as drive, intelligence, diligence and professionalism. An attorney who will be straight forward with you right from the start, and not waste your time or money. A thoughtful firm that occasionally sends you emails and texts just to check in on you and your family to offer words of encouragement. If so if you are searching for this kind of lawyer and this kind and truly caring Law Firm. Just call them up, So you can receive the same care my family and I received. Also another great attribute to their firm, is that they have several language interpreters to assist with non English speaking clients.
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Response from Michael Elkin October 16, 2013
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Posted by anonymous | September 17, 2013
Above and Beyond on every level
My experience with Mr. Elkin was exceptional. I know for a fact that he has a substantial case load, but he somehow managed to make me feel like I was his only client. He went above and beyond in every aspect of the case that I retained him for. Not only was he professional, knowledgeable, and diligent... He was also passionate, genuinely friendly, and made me feel like he cared about the outcome of the proceedings and took the case personally. I didn't feel like I was dealing with a "typical lawyer" in the slightest. I'll definitely be using Mr. Elkin for all of my future legal needs, I can't think of a single reason not to. Highly Recommend.
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Posted by Aviva | September 16, 2013
Highly recommended!!
I am very happy with all the legal advice I have gotten from Mr. Elkin. He's always been a big help and explains everything! Highly recommended!!!
Posted by Alan V | August 21, 2013
Great experience, even greater results!
Mr. Elkin is a superb attorney. He was able to do what 3 other law firms could not. Michael Elkin is very professional, organized and knowledgable. I would highly recommend Michael Elkins expertise for all your legal a needs.
Posted by Igor | April 1, 2013
Solid help
MIchael Elkin has advised us countless times. We even asked MIchael to participate in our radio show, which he does weekly answering questions of radio listeners.
Posted by Anonymous | March 29, 2013
Very Reliable
Mike is an amazing guy and extremely reliable. I had a charge on my records and he was able to get this matter expunged. Throughout, the process he kept me informed and educated me about the ins and outs of the situation...all the while making me feel I could trust. I highly recommend him !!
Posted by Debra | July 3, 2010
My Lawyer
Trying to be private as I can, I found this site, and feel compelled to write something. Mr. Elkin, or Michael as we called him, saved, litteraly, my husband's life. Michael defended him against some very serious charges that were just bologny. As my husband and Michael decided to go to trial we were very nervous because as Michael said, ignorance of the law is not a defense in our case. To make a long story short, he was a chef in the court room. I am not sure whether the jury believed us or they felt that Michael was being honest and dilligent about our innocense. After the verdict. NOT GUILTY. I wrote him a letter of praise to God that He put this lawyer into our lives. SOmeday we wish to repay him for what he did for our family. God bless him!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Posted by Jerome | November 26, 2009
He just finished my case. We went to trial. Put it this way, he loves his job and the jury felt it. He explains things very very very clearly. The reason why I say this is because I had lawyers before and never got a straight answer. He cares about the client. I think the attorney for the state respected him, she gave a good offer, but I had a professional liscense so I couldn't take the charge on my record. Oh yes, he brought my wife flowers when she was in the hospital.
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Posted by Dennis | November 13, 2009
Michael Elkin
I was referred to him by another lawyer who didn't handle sophisticated litigation disputes. He was on top of it. He always says, "this is the advice I would give to my brother." He was all about strategy. I was getting impatient and he said to hold on and be patient. He's not rigid, actually as warm as could be, you almost want to take him for a beer. He always picks up the phone. A lot of the time he say's he can't speak and that he is in court or about to get into one, but he never avoided my calls. I was surprised since in the beginning of the case I realized he wasn't kidding when he said that "although this is one of many cases for the law firm, its the only and most important for you, and that's the way I look it. I want the client to know that he is not a case number." I once had a lawyer before it was night and day. He's very sharp, so make sure you get your story straight when you speak to him, because won't move on until the inconsistency is resolved. ' Im probably writing to much, but I was surprised as to how he acted towards me and my wife through out the entire ordeal. My wife has a lot of questions, maybe too many, he always explained again and again. I asked him if it was ok, he said that "If I can relive her stress in a 5 minute conference call, it will make it easier for her function, and I will be happy about that. He is a very particular about doing the things he asks you to do. I have never seen him raise his voice at his client's, but he doesn't like to play catch up, always a few steps of what's coming. Anyway, i hope this was of help. Bottom line is the attorney is quick and has a lot of integrity.
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  • Free Consultation 45 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 300-475 per hour
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 7.1 (Very Good)

Professional misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2017.

Suspension for a time certain/ Court order required issued in IL, 2017
updated on 02/22/2018

This type of suspension means an attorney lost his or her license to practice law for a period of time. Once the suspension expires, the attorney must show the Court that he or she has reformed and should be allowed to return to the practice of law.

Work Experience

  • Principal
  • 2012 - 2017
  • Of Counsel
  • Lipschultz & Associates
  • 2008 - 2012
  • Owner
  • Michael D. Elkin Attorney at Law
  • 2005 - 2008
  • Clerk to the Chief Justice
  • Israel Supreme Court
  • 2004 - 2004
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  • Touro College - Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2005
  • Long Island University
  • JD/MBA - Juris Doctorate and MBA
  • 2005
  • DePaul University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 2002


  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • Attorney Member
  • 2012 - 2015

Languages Spoken

  • Russian
  • Hebrew
  • English

Honors and Awards

  • 2015 Client Satisfaction Award
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2015
  • Nationally Ranked Top 10 under 40
  • National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • 2015
  • Nation's Top One Percent
  • National Association of Distinguished Counsel
  • 2015
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2014
  • Top 10 Attorneys Under 40
  • National Academy Of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2014
  • Top 10 Under 40
  • National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • 2014
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2013
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2012
  • Top 40 under 40
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2012
  • Top 40 under 40
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2012
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Speaking Engagements

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Attorney endorsements

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Given (18)
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Unknown Attorney | Mar 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"An excellent lawyer who treats clients with patience, care, understanding, and utmost professionalism - an even better person and I wholeheartedly recommend for future services."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Michael is an outstanding criminal defense attorney and family attorney too! Everyone knows who he is and respects him. He gets incredible results and is not afraid to try a case. Opposing counsel fear him when they see his name as the adversary."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Aug 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly endorse Mr. Elkin. Very knowledgeable and caring attorney who gets great results in representing clients! I want all people with legal problems to contact him first."
Family Attorney | Mar 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Highly knowledgeable attorney with great perspective."
Family Attorney | Dec 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr Elkin's personal concern for his clients goes above and beyond. I fully endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Michael. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"A truly excellent attorney well respected in the legal community. I wholeheartedly recommend him to anyone looking for a lawyer who knows the law and truly cares about protecting the rights of his clients and getting them the most favorable result possible."
Unknown Attorney | Nov 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jul 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Michael for some time now. He is a very impressive attorney. He is intelligent and fights hard for his clients, whether in criminal defense or family law."
Family Attorney | May 15
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Apr 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I worked with Mr. Elkin on a divorce case where he was professional and experienced. Good choice!"
Ethics and professional responsibility Attorney | Apr 07
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I had the privilege of working for Mr. Elkin. I learned a great deal from him. I have seen first hand how hard Mr. Elkin works for his clients. I am so lucky to have him as a mentor."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Elkin in an outstanding attorney with an exceptional reputation. He is a strong and zealous advocate for his clients and a credit to the legal profession. I highly recommend his legal services."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Mar 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I worked with Michael on multiple family law cases and have referred several clients to him - Michael has proven himself to be a very competent, prompt and knowledgeable attorney, who is able to handle complex divorce and custody issues with great efficiency. I highly recommend Mr. Elkin in the field."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Mar 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Michael truly cares about his clients and their lives. He treats every client's case as if it were his own and works around the clock for them. Michael Elkin is an smart, savvy and effective lawyer who simply gets results. I highly recommend him!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"While working with Michael Elkin on a couple of cases recently, I was impressed by his strong desire to help and guide his clients through difficult situations. Michael Elkin is a strong advocate with a strong desire for justice."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Mar 28
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Michael Elkin is not only an excellent trial lawyer, he is thoughtful, diplomatic and kind. A rare find in our field. I endorse this lawyer 100%."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Mar 28
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. We worked together on one of the messiest cases I've ever dealt with. His professionalism and legal knowledge of the issues is phenomenal and I would therefore highly recommend him."
Family Attorney | Nov 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Michael is a tenacious attorney and a tireless advocate. Michael's legal expertise and fearlessness is a value to any client. I unreservedly endorse Mr. Michael Elkin and would not hesitate to refer a case to him."
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Chicago Criminal defense Lawyer Michael David Elkin
Michael David Elkin
Criminal defense Attorney
Chicago, IL
Licensed for 18 years
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This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2017. See details