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Michael J. DeSantis

Attorney

5.0   26 reviews

also known as Mike, DeSantis

This attorney is currently not accepting new clients.
Reason: In-House Counsel
This attorney is currently not accepting new clients.
Reason: In-House Counsel
  • Licensed for 9 years
    State IL
    Acquired 2014
    Status
    Active and Authorized to Practice Law No misconduct found

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Posted by Debra | March 2, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Clearing and peace of mind
This attorney and his team were great. They helped me navigate the issue with my tenant far above and beyond . They helped me to understand my options and set me up to legally navigate my role as a landlord for the future. All of this during the covid moritoriunm! I learned a lot and will use them in the future for my tenant relations to create clearer pathways for success! Thank you attorney DeSantis!
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Posted by Joy | April 27, 2020
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Seller / Closing Attorney
I had the privilege of having had Michael during the closing process. I was out-of-state and had to rely Michael and his office / team for the document(s) collection and remote communication management with different stakeholders. Being remote, my initial thoughts before I selected Michael was - it's going to be a challenging, difficult process. But with just one introductory phone call between Michael and I, all those initial thoughts were gone. He made me feel comfortable with the process and made me confident about the smooth moving-forward steps. He assured me anytime I can reach out to him with have any questions or concerns or clarifications. In the past, I had worked with attorneys at professional level and at personal levels. Michael stood out as exceptional in the following three categories : (i) Contract Analysis Review - thorough, detailed along with legal expertise around the subject-matter; (2) Promptness in responding to emails and phone calls, and (3) Professional integrity - Assertiveness and toughness in seeking the best legal client representation for my interests during contract negotiation with the counter party. Michael's office made the closing so easy and on-time because of his legal expertise / experience along with streamlined office process management. I would not only hire Michael for any of my future legal needs but would highly recommend him for anyone needing legal representations in his line-of-work. Last, but not the least, my overall assessment after the engagement is: Michael is reliable, honest and up-front about the legal representation.
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Posted by Chris | April 9, 2020
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Very professional
Michael and Cory were great to work with on the sale of our home, they had excellent response times, communicated clearly, and followed up as needed. Although the sale fell through (buyer's fault), Michael followed through to the very end. He has a maturity beyond his years in his ability to temper an intense and emotional situation (which is what can happen when things go sour in real estate). Thank you, Michael!
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Posted by Jim | May 28, 2019
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Very Professional - No Complaints
My wife and I worked with Michael Desantis and Cory Lindenberg during the closing process for the sale (old) and purchase of our new condo. They were both very knowledgeable and willing to assist from start to finish. They kept us in the loop at all times and made sure we were on track to meet the closing deadline. It was a pleasure working with the both of them and I won't hesitate to reach out and request that they represent us in the future.
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Posted by anonymous | May 28, 2019
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Eviction
Michael and his team helped us with our eviction case. We hired him to help get rid of the Tenant has been living in our property without paying rent for over a year. He used his expertise and worked hard to evict him. He was always available to answer our calls and responded in timely manner. Michael always put us at ease and was reassuring that our case would be resolved.
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Posted by Sanjay | May 15, 2019
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Gardi Law
Michael and Gardi Law were great to work with. He explained the entire process in a clear and concise manner. He also returned our emails and phone calls in a timely fashion. Highly recommend everyone at Gardi Law.
Posted by Lubomir | December 11, 2018
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Successful eviction in less than 30 days without a court case
I hired Michael DeSantis to help me with evicting tenants who were almost 3 months behind on rent payments and had even stopped communicating with me. Through his creative communication and firm demeanor, Michael managed to not only get the tenants to communicate again, but convince them to vacate the apartment without even filing a court case. The whole process from signing the legal services retainer until the tenants moved out, took less than 30 days (it may have taken even less, if the rental agreement had not provided a 15 day response timeline which the tenants took advantage of). Throughout the process, Michael was very quick to respond to emails and we even had a couple of phone conversations to discuss options on how to proceed. I am very pleased with the services and help of Michael DeSantis and his paralegal assistant Nicole Great job Gardi & Haught in hiring such talented lawyer and paralegal.
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Posted by anonymous | December 3, 2018
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Evacuation case
I own a appointment building . We have evacuation issue. He managed such a nice way with out our involved. They are very good lawyers.
Posted by Frank | July 18, 2018
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Great service
Mike did an excellent job representing me (landlord)in an eviction case. He was very through, responsive and detail oriented. He explained to me clearly on each step and made every possible effort to ensure our case is strong. Particularly, he was well prepared and did a fantastic job during the final trial. I am very pleased with the outcome along his superior service.
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Posted by anonymous | May 26, 2018
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Review for Michael J. DeSantis
We needed a lawyer to advise us of our options regarding a tenant who failed to pay their rent at a rental property. Michael and his Paralegal Nicole were immediately available to provide helpful and timely information. They provided the latest information and helped guide us to proper resolution of our situation. Our experience with Michael and his firm was positive and as his guidance was professional and supportive. I would not hesitate to hire Michael again for related attorney matters.
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Posted by Kasia | May 25, 2018
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Great lawyer !
I hired Michael when I was purchasing my townhouse. Due to some tax issue we ran up to it wasn’t an easy purchase but Michael did not disappoint! He’s very knowledgeable and professional. He resolved the problem in a timely manner! Definitely would recommend to hire him if you’re looking to buy a house.
Posted by Amita | February 13, 2018
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Excellent representation
We hired Michael for tenant eviction matter. When we talked to Michael, he was very knowledgeable about the eviction and court process. He was thorough in his analysis and always gave us clear indications as to what to expect. He always made himself available for any questions we had and was very patient. We would highly recommend Michael to any of our friends should they need a lawyer.
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Posted by Trina | January 8, 2018
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A Positive Experience Awaits.
If you are looking for a negative review, you won't find it in this post. I found Michael DeSantis and his staff to be professional, patient, and most importantly available to consult and take immediate action when necessary. He was referred to me by a friend and I am glad that I contacted his office. I thought his costs were reasonable and I would recommend his services to anyone seeking advice in the areas of Landlord/Tenant or Real estate.
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Posted by Ha | September 5, 2017
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An attorney on your side!
My husband and I are first time homebuyers and hired Michael as our attorney. He was extremely patient, and very informative, and always had our best interest in mind! We would recommend him to anyone looking for an attorney who is on your side. Thank you Michael for all of your help! We wouldn't have this beautiful new home without you!
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Posted by Humera | September 5, 2017
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Great to work with. Very responsive to my emails and phone calls. Thank you
Posted by anonymous | August 16, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Eviction
Michael was really helpful with Eviction at our property. The communication was prompt and resolution was quick.
Posted by anonymous | August 3, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
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Highly Recommend!
Mike helped me during the purchase of my first home. He was extremely helpful from start to finish. He answered all of my many emails very promptly including outside of business hours and on weekends. If I didn't understand something he would call and explain it until I understood. He was a great help and I appreciate the patience and professionalism he showed throughout the whole process. I will definitely be recommending him to friends and family and hope to work with him again in the future!
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Posted by Behzad | July 21, 2017
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Eviction
Mr. DeSantis was very prompt in returning emails with many questions I had through this case. I was briefed on what to expect and was constantly assured about the strength of our case. Mr. DeSantis was proactive in asking for the documentation he needed for the case. We won this case and the best part was I did not have to even show up to court!
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Posted by Okaey | April 25, 2017
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Professional and Effective
Michael represented me and my company in landlord / tenant court cases as well as with the resolution of building code violations with the city. He did a splendid job. He was always professional and was highly effective in getting the cases resolved. We are grateful to him for his representation. We highly recommend his services.
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Posted by Mazhar | February 3, 2017
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Eviction of tenant from my condo in Schaumburg, IL
I hired Mike to handle the eviction of a tenant at my condo in Schaumburg, IL. He was very clear on the pricing and told me that I could contact him anytime I needed him. I thought the pricing was very reasonable and I really liked the fact that he said I could contact him anytime. In the past when I hired lawyers, they would charge me anytime I would needed consultation. They would charge me for just talking to them. As the eviction process progressed, he always kept me in the loop on what he accomplished and what the next steps would be. He gave me the option to pursue a money judgement and told me the pros and cons. With the information he provided, I was able to make an informed decision to not go after the money judgement. My main concern was to get the tenant out of the condo quickly. I also knew that the tenant was not working and did not have any money. From the start of the case until we got possession of the property, I must have emailed and called Mike numerous times. He always replied back to me and never got frustrated. His would always end the call or email with "Please don't hesitate to contact me if you have any further questions". He was also very polite on the phone and gave me the latest details about the case. Mike is a very intelligent person, nice to interact with, and gets the job done. He was there for me every step of the eviction process. I felt very comfortable knowing that Mike was handling my eviction case. I would definitely recommend Michael J. DeSantis to anyone who wants to evict a tenant. I will also tell my friends and family about Mike.
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AVVO RATING 7.3 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • Assistant Legal Counsel
  • Integrated Project Management Company, Inc.
  • 2021 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Gardi & Haught, LTD.
  • 2015 - 2021
  • Attorney
  • Law Office of Brian M. Radke, P.C.
  • 2014 - 2015
  • Judicial Extern
  • Cook County Circuit Court
  • 2013 - 2013
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Education

  • John Marshall Law School, Chicago
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2014
  • Northern Illinois University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2011

Associations

  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Northwest Suburban Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Lawyer's Committee for Better Housing
  • Volunteer Attorney
  • 2015 - 2017
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Attorney endorsements

Received (7)
Given (5)
Endorse Michael
Landlord or tenant Attorney | Feb 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I refer all of my landlord/tenant matters to Mr. DeSantis and all of my clients have been very pleased with his courtroom decorum and no non-sense approach to eviction maters."
Landlord or tenant Attorney | Feb 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Having seen how the judges who hear these eviction matters respect him, I decided to refer him all of my landlord/tenant matters."
Landlord or tenant Attorney | Jan 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Michael handles 100s of evictions/year and has shown diligence, professionalism, and his is organized and prepared, not to mention an excellent attorney and has a strong grasp of how to evict a tenant that is not paying. I highly recommend him to any landlord who is having issues with their tenant."
Real estate Attorney | Oct 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have had the opportunity to work in the legal community with Michael for a number of years now. I have always been impressed with his knowledge and hard work. He is an excellent lawyer. I endorse this lawyer."
Landlord or tenant Attorney | Apr 14
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. Michael is a talented, hard-working and dedicated associate of our firm. He has developed the right combination of work habits and client relations skills to be a highly effective and successful advocate. He concentrates in the areas of landlord/tenant disputes as well as real estate law and provides excellent representation in those areas of practice. He also litigates matters in the circuit court reaching effective outcomes through either contested hearings or agreed orders. Do not hesitate to contact Mr. DeSantis for your legal needs, you won't be disappointed."
Landlord or tenant Attorney | Feb 09
Relationship: Co-worker
"Michael is highly motivated to get the best possible outcome for this clients. I highly endorse him."
Litigation Attorney | Feb 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
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