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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.


Languages spoken: Russian, Hebrew, English

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Practice areas


  1. Family: 50%
  2. Criminal Defense: 50%



Hourly ($300-475/hour), Retainer (always), Free consultation (45 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Susan Ann Kassel

    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.


    Susan Kassel Divorce and separation Attorney
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Contact info


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


ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law200505/11/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Nation's Top One PercentNational Association of Distinguished Counsel2015
Nationally Ranked Top 10 under 40National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys2015
2015 Client Satisfaction AwardAmerican Institute of Family Law Attorneys2015
Top 10 Under 40National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys2014
Top 10 Attorneys Under 40National Academy Of Family Law Attorneys2014
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers Association2014
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers Association2013
Top 40 under 40National Trial Lawyers Association2012
Top 40 under 40National Trial Lawyers Association2012
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers Association2012
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PrincipalELKIN & ASSOCIATES2012 - Present
Founder/ PartnerElkin McMahon2013 - 2014
Of CounselLipschultz & Associates2008 - 2012
OwnerMichael D. Elkin Attorney at Law2005 - 2008
Clerk to the Chief JusticeIsrael Supreme Court2004 - 2004
Association namePosition nameDuration
Chicago Bar AssociationMember2012 - Present
National Trial Lawyers AssociationAttorney Member2012 - Present
CircuitsPresident2012 - Present
Cook County ArbitrationArbitrator2011 - Present
DuPage County Bar AssociationMember2008 - Present
Lake County Bar AssociationMember2008 - Present
American Association for JusticeMember2008 - Present
Illinois State Bar AssociationMember2008 - Present
Better Business Bureau A+ RatingMember2005 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Keonig v. KeonigTrial Victory
Government of Lithuania v. DefendantTrial Victory
Jane Doe v. University of Chicago et al.Reversed and Remanded by Court of Appeals
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Touro College - Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law CenterLawJD - Juris Doctor2005
Long Island UniversityMarketingJD/MBA - Juris Doctorate and MBA2005
Lomonosov Moscow State UniversityLawJD - Juris Doctor2005
DePaul University College of LawMarketingBS - Bachelor of Science2002
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Radio ShowFamily law changes in Illinois2013
Radio ShowFamily Law Rule 513 of IMDMA2013
Radio ShowFamily Law2013
Family Law and IllinoisFamily Law2012
Radio ShowFamily Law2011
Radio ShowCriminal Defense2010
Radio ShowCriminal Defense2010
Radio ShowCriminal Defense2010
Radio ShowCriminal Defense2010
RadioCriminal Defense2010
Call in ShowCriminal Defense2008
GraduationCommencement Speaker2005