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Michael J. Malatesta

Personal injury Attorney at Chicago, IL

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also known as Mike Malatesta

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Michael J. Malatesta was born and raised on Chicago’s Northwest Side. After graduating from Fenwick High School, he attended the University of Iowa where he received a Bachelor of Arts in English.

Mr. Malatesta attended DePaul University College of Law where he distinguished himself as a Dean’s List law student. He was honored for his academic achievements by being selected as a research assistant, by Professor John Decker. As a research assistant, he researched and edited sections of Professor Decker’s Illinois Criminal Law, 3rd edition (Lexis Law Publishers, 2000) and drafted articles for Illinois Judicial Conferences.

During his first years of law school, Mr. Malatesta also worked full time as a law clerk at the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office. After leaving the State’s Attorney’s Office, during his final year of school, he worked for one of the most prominent Plaintiff’s law firms in Chicago, beginning his career in civil litigation.

After graduating in the top of his class from DePaul University, Mr. Malatesta practiced civil litigation at two large Chicago law firms before founding his own practice. During his years of practice, he has worked on numerous cases in a variety of practice areas including medical malpractice, products liability, premises liability, dramshop, construction liability, contract litigation, employment law, automobile accidents, §1983 actions and governmental tort immunity cases for municipalities. He has practiced in counties throughout the state of Illinois, states throughout the country and in the Federal Courts.

Mr. Malatesta has worked on a number of high-profile cases, including the defense of off-duty Chicago police officer Anthony Abbate in the federal civil suit, Obrycka v. Abbate and City of Chicago. The videotaped incident and subsequent criminal and civil litigation have received international media coverage. Among the other cases receiving media attention include the representation of Plaintiff seeking damages for being secretly recorded by a former boyfriend. He has provided interviews to various news stations and publications. Mr. Malatesta’s diverse background as a litigator includes not guilty verdicts obtained on behalf of defendants and recoveries totaling millions of dollars on behalf of plaintiffs.

Mr. Malatesta was named a “Rising Star” by Illinois Super Lawyer Magazine and Chicago Magazine starting in 2009 and was recognized again asSuper Lawyer in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015. He represents individuals, corporations and other entities as both Plaintiffs and Defendants.  Mr. Malatesta is also a certified arbitrator in Cook County. He has successfully tried a number of cases to verdict. Mr. Malatesta’s clients rely on his commitment to their needs and his skills as a trial attorney. He prides himself on his dedication to his clients and obtaining excellent results for them.

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Licensed for 20 years
State IL
Status Active and Authorized to Practice Law
Acquired 2002
Updated 01/06/2023

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Malatesta Law Offices
5310 North Harlem Ave
Suite #203
Chicago, IL, 60656


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Posted by Elizabeth | February 18, 2017
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Michael is an exceptional attorney who is well versed in the law and a strong advocate for his clients.


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Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Malatesta Law Offices
  • 2008 - Present
  • Senior Associate
  • Nielsen Zehe & Antas PC
  • 2004 - 2008
  • Associate
  • Cassiday Schade & Gloor
  • 2002 - 2004
  • Clerk
  • Clifford Law Offices
  • 2000 - 2002
  • Clerk
  • Cook County States Attorneys Offce
  • 1998 - 2000
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  • Depaul University College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2002
  • University of Iowa
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1997


  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Judicial Evaluation Committtee
  • 2005 - Present
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2002 - Present
  • Federal Trial Bar for the Northern District of Illinois
  • Member
  • 2002 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2012
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2011
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2010
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2009
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  • LexisNexis publication
  • Illinois Criminal Law, 3rd Addition
  • 2000

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Chicago Personal injury Lawyer Michael J. Malatesta
Michael J. Malatesta
Personal injury Attorney
Chicago, IL
Licensed for 20 years
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