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Michael C. Craven

Divorce and separation Attorney at Chicago, IL

4.8   47 reviews

also known as Michael Craven

  • Licensed for 40 years
    State IL
    Acquired 1984
    Status
    Active and Authorized to Practice Law No misconduct found

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About Michael

Learn Michael’s areas of practice.

3
Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    35%
    Contemplating a divorce or a separation? I understand what is at stake and am a fierce contender both in and out of the courtroom.

    40 years

  2. Family
    35%
    Family is everything. I have a calm yet assertive style to help you with your family law needs. Family law is a term that refers to a broad range of legal disciplines and my practice handles most areas of family law.

    40 years

  3. Child custody
    30%
    I have witnessed the devastating impact that custody battles have on children and their families. I make it a primary goal to help my clients achieve the results that they want, while at the same time, protecting their children’s best interest.

CALL EXPERIENCED, STRONG AND HIGHLY ACCLAIMED DIVORCE LAWYER MICHAEL CRAVEN TO GET STARTED TODAY!

Protecting You and Your Family's Best Interests

 

Parties going through a divorce primarily desire two things: a fresh start for themselves and their children and the protection of their assets. With more than 30 years of experience in family law at my disposal, I work with clients to bring home positive results in divorce proceedings. I work alongside my clients to guide them through the divorce process from start to finish and help them to make the best decisions for their long-term well-being.

 

Although divorce is an undoubtedly emotional event, it is important to stay calm, focused, and as rational as possible. I help my clients make clear-headed decisions by helping them weigh all of the potential options, so that theycan choose the path that puts them and their families first and protects their rights during and even after divorce.

 

A Reputation for Specialized Legal Excellence

 

I have been a lawyer since 1984 and am a Partner at the law firm of Harrison & Held, LLP, a leading Chicago law firm. Our office is located in downtown Chicago and I practice in Cook, Lake, DuPage, McHenry, Kane and Will Counties.

Clients come to me confident that I am bringing to bear my years of experience to fight for them and their best future. My practice is limited to divorce and family law; however, my legal experiences cover a broad range of legal issues, including accounting, tax, estate planning, real estate, and corporate law. I am uniquely qualified to identify and protect my clients from the many legal pitfalls easily overlooked in these related areas. I am also trained in the dispute resolution method of Collaborative Law, which can serve as an alternative to litigation.


Impassioned Negotiator and Courtroom Advocate

 

Many divorces resolve with negotiated settlements and, as an experienced negotiator, I work hard to achieve the maximum out-of-court settlement for my clients. However, when a divorce proceeds to litigation, I have a proven track record of passionately fighting for my clients in the courtroom.

 

Highly Experienced to Handle Financially Complex Divorces 

 

As an attorney and registered CPA with a Master’s Degree in Tax Law, I have both the legal and financial knowledge to handle the complex financial aspects of adivorce, including business valuations, finding assets, understanding corporate structures and protecting clientsfrom unexpected tax consequences.

 

Notable Distinctions and Honors

During the course of my career, I have been recognized by several leading publications and organizations for my work in family law. I am honored to be a Fellow in the prestigious American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, which requires rigorous written and oral exams before acceptance. I have also received the following commendations:

-- Recognized by the Leading Lawyers Network as being among the top lawyers in Illinois (2009-present).

-- Named an Illinois Super Lawyer (2009-present). Illinois Super Lawyers are “considered among the best in their profession” and “represent the top 5% of the practicing attorneys in Illinois.”

-- Received an AV Preeminent rating under the Martindale-Hubbell Lawyer Rating System, which is the system’s highest rating.

--Featured business write-up in Best Lawyers® Illinois 2017

--Interviewed by Jeff Blackman of 22nd Century Media for article "When I do becomes I don't," Glenview Lantern, June 15, 2017

Clear Communication

I take pride in being able to take complex legal concepts and translate them into language that is easy to understand. I maintain open communication with my clients, keeping them informed about all aspects of their cases at every turn.

I have also used my communications skills to speak about family law in numerous settings, such as The Lilac Tree, Chicago Public Library and The Chicago Deparment on Aging. For many years, I taught the class “Divorce-Know Your Rights” at Oakton Community College and The Discovery Center — both in the Chicagoland area.

I am honored that other attorneys and judges recognize my extensive experience. I have spoken on an array of legal topics related to divorce law at Continuing Legal Education Programs around the State of Illinois.  My lectures were sponsored by, among others, the Illinois State Bar Association, Chicago Bar Association, North Suburban Bar Association and Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education.  I’ve written articles that have been published by the Illinois State Bar Association, the Chicago Bar Association, and the Lake County Bar Association. The media has consulted me on family law issues, I have appeared on television and radio. In addition, I write regular columns for and have been quoted in The Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, North Shore Magazine and The Daily Herald. In addition, I have volunteered and worked with various Bar Associations to improve the practice of law for both lawyers and the public; and I have held leadership positions in the Illinois State Bar Association, the North Suburban Bar and the AAML.

Let me put my years of experience and the skills developed during the course of my career to work protecting you and your family. I am a fierce contender in the court room, have a calm yet assertive style, exceptional litigation skills and am very dedicated to my clients.

 

 

 

Awards

AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating
Top Contributor 2014
Top Contributor
2014
Client's Choice 2013,2012,2011,2010
Client's Choice
2013 2012 2011 + 1 ...

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Location

Harrison & Held, LLP
333 West Wacker Drive
Suite 1700
Chicago, IL, 60606

Reviews

4.8 / 5.0
  47 customer reviews
Client's Choice 2013
Client's Choice
Client's Choice is an Avvo award granted to attorneys with a significant number of client reviews over 4 stars in a given year.
Posted by Michelle | August 28, 2010
My experience with Mike Craven, my divorce attorney
My experience using Michael Craven as an attorney has been excellent. Any time I've had a problem, I've been able to pick up the phone, contact Mike, and he has "been there" for me. Some of the things Mike Craven helped me survive include: divorce, multiple "Orders of Protection", child custody, child support, and writing a will. Michael Craven is competent, courteous, and supportive as you go through your darkest hours. I highly recommend him when you need an attorney, and don't know who to trust. He will be on your side, and fight for your best interest.
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Posted by John | August 28, 2010
Honest, competent and wise
I send my closest friends and clients to Mr. Craven. When the legal issue has to be done right and done quickly, Mike Craven is the one to go to. No one in Illinois can do the job better. Mike always makes me look like a great guy because he treats all my referrals with attention and kindness. My friends call me and say "thanks" for directing us to Michael Craven.
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Posted by Jessica | March 4, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A beacon in the storm
I have to take a moment to recognize Michael Craven for his amazing support and expertise during my tumultuous divorce process. As I have told him, I am beyond grateful that he answered my phone call during one of the worst days of my life. I interviewed 11 attorneys before I spoke with him. After I read all of the reviews, I knew he was the one. As he is a tenured attorney, he is very knowledgeable and kept me informed throughout the entire process. I was made aware of my rights and what I was entitled to by law. When I made a decision on whether or not to pursue something, my choice was respected and I felt confident in my decision. He was very easy to work with and respected my time. Michael is well versed in business law as well, which I found helpful as an entrepreneur. Although I did not consider my divorce to be high conflict, when things did become stressful or intense, Michael remained professional and helped to keep me calm as well. I would highly recommend to anyone looking for an attorney who is authentic, who has a sense of humor, and who gets results. Divorce is one of the most difficult life stages of life and having someone like Michael in your corner, is worth every penny.
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Posted by Nicki | September 14, 2023
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
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Posted by anonymous | August 7, 2021
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| Consulted Attorney
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Posted by anonymous | July 24, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
HOW I GOT MY HUSBAND BACK HOME
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Posted by Jody | January 21, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A Rare Attorney!
Where do I begin? My divorce lasted almost 2 years. Michael was able to negotiate a fair settlement with a narcissist who thought everything was his. My ex fought over everything! He emptied all the bank accounts, shut off my credit cards, hid stock, etc... I was a stay-at-home mom of 3 boys. Fast forward 2 more years. My ex’s company was getting bought out and all the stock was immediately vesting. He filed a false cohabitation case in court trying to take away my lifetime maintenance and get out of paying me the stock I was half owner of. My ex knew the truth. He stalked my social media and took screenshots of all my pictures with my boyfriend. Him and his attorney made up a false narrative and lied and threw it all in court. My ex’s attorney tried dragging it out as long as they could. They subpoenaed text messages, emails, photos, phone records, my phone, my home computer, hired a private investigator to follow me for months. Michael pushed for depositions and a trial date in order to expose the TRUTH! Michael subpoenaed his company (again) in order to have proof he was once again hiding stock from me and making up a false case. My ex’s attorney was happy to play along in the 3 years of insanity because he got rich off filing all these crazy petitions and subpoenas. Even after learning the truth they kept pushing on. If it wasn’t for Michael protecting me... if a judge would have believed his lies... I would have been left penniless, no job and 3 kids living with me. My ex is a Fortune 500 CEO. Michael understands corporate executive compensation packages/stock very well. He has a very strong financial background. He had to sift through 2 different company packages/tracing stock buyouts because my ex had switched companies. He has a calm demeanor and is highly respected. He has integrity. He will do his best to diffuse hostile ex’s and their attorney’s. He will fight for you! I have seen other women in similar situations that did not end as well for them as it did for me. The difference was Michael. They did not have an attorney like Michael protecting them and pushing through all the craziness to expose the lies. I cannot thank him enough for what he has done for me and my kids. My future is set because of him. I am finally free of an abusive/narcissistic ex and can move on with my life. My freedom and happiness is priceless!
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Posted by T | October 24, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Wonderful
I hired Mr Craven in connection with my marriage dissolution. As an attorney myself, I deal with lawyers all the time—as opposing counsel, outside counsel, and sometimes even as clients. As a result, I tend to hold lawyers to a higher standard than most people. Michael far exceeded those standards because he has an excellent command of the law, communicates responsively, was courteous to everyone, and offers very practical counsel that provided for a reasonable, favorable outcome. The fact that he’s also a CPA is also a big value add, especially for those with complicated tax situations during divorce. I very highly recommend his services.
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Posted by Ashvin | October 22, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Helped Protect and Prepare Me Against a False Allegation
Firstly, Michael was always available when I needed him. He helped me with a complicated situation that involved the courts and a false allegation directed towards me and my family. Secondly, as a newbie to the court system, Michael was very thorough and diligently guided me through the process. This provided me with much needed calmness and reassurance. Thirdly, even though there was a lot of information to comb through and understand, Michael was patient and believed in me. I felt like he was in my corner and I trusted him. His approach to my situation involved clarity, honesty and most of all my best interests. He based his analysis on facts and evidence and was able to help me and my family separate out the emotions. He communicated very clearly and prepared me for different kinds of scenarios and outcomes. His detailed analysis, thoroughness and attention to detail was very reassuring to me. I felt very confident going into our court date. Michael’s vast experience, knowledge of the law and expertise was instrumental in the handling of my case. I would highly recommend him to anyone who needs someone to really stand up for them.
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Posted by Eric | January 11, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Attorney Michael Craven
I am so grateful for Attorney Michael Craven’s time, expertise and help. He was instrumental in resolving a very difficult divorce issue. He negotiated a favorable outcome. He has given me a chance to rebuild my life. From the start, he was brutally honest with me, his assessment of my case, the plan of action and what I could improve upon. More importantly, he believed in me. Attorney Michael Craven cared. My divorce case has been long and complicated. I was up against an unethical opposing attorney and a vindictive ex-wife. I had hired several attorneys to help me in court over the years. All but one over-promised and under-delivered. This extended my case and made it more complicated as the years went by. I am so thankful that I found him. I can't express my gratitude enough. If you are in need of an excellent attorney, I highly recommend Attorney Michael Craven.
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Posted by anonymous | October 4, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great family law attorney
In early 2019, Michael worked with me regarding a post-decree maintenance matter. His ability to navigate the process was with me with truly wonderful. Throughout the whole process, I felt that he had my best interest, and ended up obtaining the best possible result. I would recommend him to anyone due to his compassion and strong knowledge of family law.
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Posted by Raymond | September 25, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Michael knows the laws. Best Divorce Lawyer in Chicago
I went through 4 divorce lawyers before meeting Michael. He had my divorce done within 2 months. Both me and my ex were happy with the outcome. Michael will tell you all the facts and not mislead you. Thanks so much.
Posted by Tila | April 4, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A Super Star Among Us!
A Super Star among us, that's who you are! Thank you, Mr. Craven, for your demure and kind spirit. You’re pretty quick-witted too, and sure to sweep. With a tough case before me and the wind at my back, I stood alone appearance after appearance. Facing an Ex with deeper pockets, professional acclaim and unwavering support from two legal legends, I did tire against their opposition. You, the Super Lawyer helped me to strengthen my back, and to secure my faith – faith waned by a justice system that was willing to sacrifice a single-parent and her 10-year-old son, the victim, diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder at age 3. On that fateful day with nothing more than dinky options and even slimmer chances – you stood with me. In a clincher, spectators abound, you stepped in as the pitch hitter we needed. You strategized. You debated facts. You dismissed fiction and curveballs. Remaining astute and professional you kept your sights on winning. Seventh inning stretch behind us, Sir you saved more than a victory. Bases? Loaded! So, you out-smarted the infielders and the outliers. With your upset, we were all able to run home. SAFE(ly)! Blessings to you and your family, my friend. I am so grateful to have had you as my son’s real advocate. Eternally obliged, Tila Mims
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Posted by Beth | October 17, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Compassionate, knowlegable and strong
I hired Michael to handle my divorce. He helped me through a very difficult time with compassion, expertise, and thoroughness. I had a complex situation and he was able to navigate it for me with finesse. I would highly recommend him to anybody without any hesitation.
Posted by Morrie Halperin | October 17, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Most Compassionate Attorney and Mentor
Michael has always been there for me and has a very professional and respecful manner. He provides very personalized attention. Michael has been “johnny on the spot” returning phone calls. Very responsive. He is always there for you and becomes your mentor - Giving honest advice with realistic expectations.
Posted by Carol | December 10, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Fabulous Attorney
Michael Craven is a fantastic attorney. He handled our daughter's divorce and He did so with upmost care and concern for her well being and did a fantastic job on all of her divorce paperwork and representing her in court. We could not have asked for a finer more thorough attorney and we are so grateful Michael took our daughter's case. Michael's kindness and his heart of gold puts Michael above and beyond any divorce attorney I have had the priviledge to know.
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Posted by anonymous | June 13, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Wonderful Attorney
Michael represented me in my divorce proceedings and I felt like I was in good hands from the very start. Michael did an excellent job explaining everything in great detail and I was extremely pleased with his attention to detail and thoroughness. I would highly recommend him.
Posted by anonymous | May 30, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The only attorney I would recommend to family and friends
Mr. Craven helped navigate and conclude a very emotional divorce proceeding for me with his extensive expertise of family law and highly-evolved emotional intelligence, which is a rare combination. He was always prompt and very diligent, and I truly believed he was always looking out for my best interests.
Posted by Caitlin | May 30, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Exceptional Experience - Highly Recommended
Mr. Craven was wonderful to work with. During one of the hardest times in my life, going through a divorce, he was extremely patient, honest, understanding and knowledgeable. Divorce is worrying and the fear or anxiety can be over-whelming at times especially because I have a daughter that was involved however, Mr. Cravens’ years of experience and knowledge calmed my worries, he addressed my concerns to a more reasonable scenario, and explained in detail all of my options. Mr. Cravens’ approach was level- headed and reasonable as opposed to ruthless which I appreciated as I feel that it gave my case more weight when it came to compromising. After all is said and done, the judge ordered my ex-husband to pay the child support amount I was hoping for in addition to approving the parenting time schedule we proposed! It’s been a pleasure working with Mr. Craven and I am very grateful for his exceptional knowledge in Divorce and Child Custody.
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Posted by Marie | September 6, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED- top notch professional and sincere
Michael Craven has represented me in the past. He was very knowledgeable, honest and compassionate. I recently had to contact him for an unrelated situation. He called me back quickly listened, offered advice and even responded to a letter and several emails I received, which needed attention immediately. When I asked what would something like this cost for his assistance he DID NOT CHARGE ME. I felt relief in this time of need that what I was going through he felt my pain. From the goodness of his heart he offered his help and time at no cost since I was a past client. Any other attorney would have taken this opportunity to Bill me for their time.
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 385-700 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Beermann Pritikin Mirabelli Swerdlove LLP
  • 2006 - 2014
  • Partner
  • Craven & Craven
  • 1995 - 2006

Education

  • Collaborative Law Institute of Illinois
  • Interdisciplinary Collaborative Practice Training
  • 2010
  • The UIC John Marshall Law School
  • L.L.M - Master of Laws
  • 1989
  • The UIC John Marshall Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1984
  • Northern Illinois University, Dekalb, IL
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1979
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Sample of Legal Cases

  • Divorce Case
  • Child Custody

Associations

  • The Lilac Tree
  • Volunteer Family Law Attorney
  • 2021 - Present
  • The Lilac Tree
  • Volunteer with Free Fridays…Ask a Family Lawyer
  • 2020 - Present
  • Shalva
  • Annual Luncheon Committee Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • JUF/JCLS Community Legal Services
  • Volunteer Attorney
  • 2018 - Present
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (Illinois chapter)
  • Board of Examiners/Admissions Committee Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (Illinois chapter)
  • Judicial Relations/Luncheons - Committee Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • Circuit Court of Cook County Illinois, Domestic Relations Division
  • Approved court-certified mediator
  • 2014 - Present
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (Illinois chapter)
  • Website/Marketing/Social Media Co-Chair
  • 2013 - Present
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
  • Fellow
  • 2011 - Present
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1998 - Present
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (Illinois chapter)
  • Finance/Tax Committee
  • 2021 - 2021
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (Illinois Chapter)
  • Judicial Relations Co-Chair
  • 2019 - 2021
  • The Lilac Tree
  • Treasurer
  • 2016 - 2021
  • The Lilac Tree
  • Board Member
  • 2015 - 2021
  • North Suburban Bar Association
  • Board of Directors
  • 2013 - 2016
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (Illinois chapter)
  • Board of Managers
  • 2013 - 2016
  • North Suburban Bar Association
  • Secretary
  • 2013 - 2016
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Associate Editor-Family Law Section Newsletter
  • 2010 - 2011
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Co-chair: Family Law Council Maintenance Guidelines Committee
  • 2008 - 2009
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Member-Family Law Section Council
  • 2006 - 2010
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Chair-Standing Committee on Voluntary Fee Arbitration
  • 2002 - 2003
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Member-Standing Committee On Voluntary Fee Arbitration
  • 1998 - 2004
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • Illinois Super Lawyers
  • 2024
  • Best Lawyer, Family Law
  • "Best Lawyers in America®"
  • 2024
  • Super Lawyer
  • Illinois Super Lawyers
  • 2023
  • Best Lawyer, Family Law
  • "Best Lawyers in America®"
  • 2023
  • Illinois Super Lawyer
  • Illinois Super Lawyers
  • 2022
  • Best Lawyer, Family Law
  • "Best Lawyers in America®"
  • 2022
  • Best Lawyer, Family Law
  • "Best Lawyers in America®"
  • 2021
  • Best Lawyer, Family Law
  • "Best Lawyers in America®"
  • 2020
  • Best Lawyer, Family Law
  • "Best Lawyers in America®"
  • 2019
  • Best Lawyer, Family Law
  • "Best Lawyers in America®"
  • 2018
  • Best Lawyer, Family Law
  • "Best Lawyers in America®"
  • 2017
  • Leading Lawyer
  • Leading Lawyers Network
  • 2016
  • Illinois Super Lawyer
  • Illinois Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Best Lawyer, Family Law
  • "Best Lawyers in America®"
  • 2016
  • Illinois Super Lawyer
  • Illinois Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Leading Lawyer
  • Leading Lawyers Network
  • 2015
  • Best Lawyer, Family Law
  • "Best Lawyers in America®"
  • 2015
  • Leading Lawyer
  • Leading Lawyer Network
  • 2014
  • Super Lawyer
  • Illinois Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Super Lawyer
  • Illinois Super Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Leading Lawyer
  • Leading Lawyers Network
  • 2013
  • Leading Lawyer
  • Leading Lawyers Network
  • 2012
  • Super Lawyer
  • Illinois Super Lawyers
  • 2012
  • Leading Lawyer
  • Leading Lawyers Network
  • 2011
  • Super Lawyer
  • Illinois Super Lawyers
  • 2011
  • Leading Lawyer
  • Leading Lawyers Network
  • 2010
  • AV® Preeminent™ rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell ® Lawyer Rating System
  • 2010
  • Super Lawyer
  • Illinois Super Lawyers
  • 2010
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2009
  • Leading Lawyer
  • Leading Lawyers Network
  • 2009
  • Leading Lawyer
  • Leading Lawyers Network
  • 2008
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Publications

  • Chicago Daily Law Bulletin
  • One Year Later: Our Life Working From Home During COVID-19
  • 2021
  • Chicago Daily Law Bulletin
  • What Attorneys Should Know About Prenuptial Agreements
  • 2020
  • Chicago Daily Law Bulletin
  • Are we in a Zoom Meeting or a ‘Saturday Night Live’ Sketch?
  • 2020
  • Chicago Daily Law Bulletin
  • Midyear is a Good Time to Assess Your Marketing Efforts
  • 2019
  • Chicago Daily Law Bulletin
  • Vacations with Kids Can Be Fun, but Divorced Clients Need Advice
  • 2019
  • Chicago Daily Law Bulletin
  • Child Custody Decisions Have Changed with the Times and Society
  • 2019
  • Chicago Daily Law Bulletin
  • How State Law Changes Affect Your Clients
  • 2019
  • Chicago Daily Law Bulletin
  • Get social, get online, get out there
  • 2018
  • Chicago Daily Law Bulletin
  • When a Spouse’s Personality Changes Make Divorce a Necessity
  • 2018
  • Chicago Daily Law Bulletin
  • Marketing to Millennials: How to Bridge the Generational Gap
  • 2018
  • Chicago Daily Law Bulletin
  • What to Do When Politics Affect Divorce
  • 2018
  • Chicago Daily Law Bulletin
  • Changing Law Changes Lives
  • 2018
  • Chicago Daily Law Bulletin
  • Communicating With Clients: Know Who Your Audience Is
  • 2017
  • Chicago Daily Law Bulletin
  • Divorce Practice Requires an Attorney to Become a Jack-of-all-Trades
  • 2017
  • Chicago Daily Law Bulletin
  • Difficult Clients: How to Turn Around an Unhappy Relationship
  • 2017
  • Chicago Daily Law Bulletin
  • Divorce Attorneys Should be Aware of the Many Ins, Outs of Real Estate Law
  • 2017
  • Chicago Daily Law Bulletin
  • How Are Employer Benefits and Other Unique Assets Divided in a Divorce Case?
  • 2017
  • Chicago Daily Law Bulletin
  • One-time Clients Could be Avenue to Developing New Business
  • 2017
  • Chicago Daily Law Bulletin
  • Four Tips for Success in Legal Marketing
  • 2016
  • Chicago Daily Law Bulletin
  • The Price of a Vacation for a Lawyer
  • 2016
  • Chicago Daily Law Bulletin
  • The Joke’s On Us: But is it Accurate?
  • 2016
  • Chicago Daily Law Bulletin
  • Client Intake Process is Critical to Your Growth
  • 2016
  • Chicago Daily Law Bulletin
  • Workplace Fashion’s Gone Casual – Should Lawyers Be Joining The Trend?
  • 2016
  • Chicago Daily Law Bulletin
  • Six Tech Trends to Know Heading Into the New Year
  • 2016
  • Chicago Daily Law Bulletin
  • In This Business, Your Reputation is Everything
  • 2015
  • Chicago Daily Law Bulletin
  • Are Lawyers Really All That Miserable?
  • 2015
  • Chicago Daily Law Bulletin
  • The Formula for Success: One Size Doesn’t Fit All
  • 2015
  • Chicago Daily Law Bulletin
  • Growing Older, Staying Relevant in the Profession
  • 2015
  • Chicago Daily Law Bulletin
  • In a Crowded Field, How do you Stand Out
  • 2015
  • Chicago Daily Law Bulletin
  • Volunteering is Great for You and Your Practice
  • 2015
  • Chicago Daily Law Bulletin
  • One Marketing Plan Does Not Fit All Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Chicago Bar Association - YLS Journal
  • The Spousal Remainder Trust - A Modern Income Shifting Device
  • 1985
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Speaking Engagements

  • The Lilac Tree
  • The Nuts and Bolts of Separation & Divorce
  • 2023
  • Divorce Workshop
  • Drafting Marital Settlement Agreements Workshop
  • 2022
  • Divorce University
  • Divorce Math II - How (and When) to Find HIDDEN Assets & Debts
  • 2022
  • myLawCLE
  • Alternative Dispute and Settlement Agreements
  • 2021
  • Chicago Financial Planning Group
  • An Estate Planners' & Trusted Financial Advisors' Guide to Pre & Post Nuptial Agreements
  • 2021
  • CBS News Chicago
  • Interview: Divorce Rates May Increase Due to Covid-19
  • 2020
  • CBS News Chicago
  • Interview: What Happens to COVID-19 Stimulus Checks Issued to Couples Who Filed Joint Tax Returns but are now Divorced?
  • 2020
  • Bridge2Horizon
  • Tensions on the Rise: Communication During COVID-19, Co-Present
  • 2020
  • Bridge2Horizon
  • Working Clients in the Legal System
  • 2020
  • Divorce University
  • Financial Attorney Table Ambassador
  • 2019
  • Presenter
  • Summary of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017
  • 2018
  • Panel Discussion
  • The New Divorce Act – What Do I Really Need to Know?
  • 2016
  • Moderator and Co-Presenter
  • Divorce Math - Assets, Liabilities and Your Budget
  • 2016
  • Greater North Shore Estate & Financial Planning Council
  • Planning for...When Happily Ever After Ends Sooner Than Expected
  • 2016
  • The Lilac Tree
  • Divorce University Moderator
  • 2015
  • Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center
  • The Legal Aspects of Medical Marijuana
  • 2015
  • The Lilac Tree
  • The Nuts and Bolts of Divorce: Legal and Financial Issues
  • 2014
  • Steinberg Advisors, LTD
  • What Every Accountant Needs to Know about Family Law
  • 2014
  • Annual 2014 Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education
  • Business Valuation, Financial & Tax Issues in Divorce 2014
  • 2014
  • The Practice of Family Law
  • Best Practices For Your Practice
  • 2012
  • Divorce University
  • Legal Representative on Divorce University Panel
  • 2012
  • Divorce University
  • Beyond the Basics
  • 2011
  • Business Valuation, Financial & Tax Issues 2011
  • Planning Prevents Pitfalls: Do's and Don'ts for Financial Expert Cross Examination
  • 2011
  • Shared Parenting Support Group-Monthly Meet-Up
  • Resolving Complex Parenting Disputes
  • 2010
  • NASW Continuing Education Workshop For Social Workers
  • Ethical & Legal Issues in Divorce
  • 2010
  • Resolving Family Law Issues
  • The Danger of Boiler Plate Language in Marital Settlement Agreements
  • 2009
  • Illinois State Bar Association Mid Year Meeting
  • Family Law Essentials-Health Insurance for Children and Related Issues
  • 2009
  • Divorce University
  • Know Your Finances-Beyond the Basics
  • 2009
  • 52nd Annual Estate Planning Short Course
  • The Estate Planner Meets the Family Law Practioner- A Fortuitous Union
  • 2009
  • The Nuts and Bolts of Divorce
  • Legal and Financial
  • 2008
  • Getting Paid & Getting Visitation
  • Successful Fee Agreements
  • 2008
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Asset Protection in Divorce Cases
  • 2008
  • Continuing Legal Education
  • Computer Spying on Spouses
  • 2007
  • Provider Council
  • Family Law Issues Affecting the Elderly
  • 1995
  • Elder Law Committee
  • Special Problems Facing Older Adults in a Divorce
  • 1994
  • Law At The Library
  • Divorce Law Basic
  • N/A
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Attorney endorsements

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Divorce and separation Attorney | Oct 20
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Mar 07
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I highly endorse this lawyer. Michael is thoughtful, detail-oriented and especially adept at tackling challenging financial issues due to his background in accounting."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Oct 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"The best of the best. I wholeheartedly endorse Michael."
Family Attorney | Aug 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly endorse Mr. Craven. 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 | Dec 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I wholeheartedly endorse this lawyer. A brilliant, trustworthy and highly respected attorney in the legal community."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Nov 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Sep 12
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
Family Attorney | Jun 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jun 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"An extremely talented and well respected attorney in the legal community, I wholeheartedly recommend her to anyone looking for a lawyer who knows the law and truly cares about protecting the rights of her clients and getting them the most favorable result possible."
Family Attorney | May 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Michael. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Family Attorney | May 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Craven understands the nuances involved with family law cases, especially with the financial aspects of same. It is imperative that a family law attorney analyze all aspects of the parties' financial situation, and Mr. Craven has the skills to do just that."
Family Attorney | Jun 19
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
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Divorce and separation
Chicago Divorce and separation Lawyer Michael C. Craven
Michael C. Craven
Divorce and separation Attorney
Chicago, IL
Licensed for 40 years