Skip to main content

Michelle Lynn Cass

Divorce and separation Attorney

5.0   16 reviews

also known as Michelle Lynn Cassidy

  • Licensed for 9 years
    State IL
    Acquired 2014
    Status
    Active and Authorized to Practice Law No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Michelle

Learn Michelle’s areas of practice.

I am a committed family law attorney dedicated to finding amicable resolutions for families when possible, and prepared for litigation when necessary. I listen like a friend, but think like a lawyer, and I pride myself on being responsive and available to my clients. To that end, I readily provide candid counsel to my clients about realistic expectations and potential outcomes for their cases with a heavy emphasis on strategy. The attorney-client relationship should be a collaboration, and I particularly focus my practice on empowerment, well-being, and strategic planning. 

 

 

 

Location

No contact information available for this lawyer

Reviews

5.0 / 5.0
  16 customer reviews
5 Star
 
100%
4 Star
 
0%
3 Star
 
0%
2 Star
 
0%
1 Star
 
0%
Posted by Lisa | March 6, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Amazing Attorney
Michelle was such an awesome and wonderful attorney. She made such an ugly divorce that was quite scary to face, to such an easy and comforting divorce step by step. She promised me that as time went on and throughout the divorce I would feel empowered and stronger. That is exactly how I felt. She is very knowledgable professional and firm when need to be. She is a great listener and explains all my options well so i can make the best decisions. I am very grateful that her firm was recommended to me. If you want the BEST family law attorney Michelle Cassidy should be it. She was priced fairly and did not charge for every email. Im sure I was quite a pain in the butt with my questions and concerns. She is the most patient person I know and I am so glad she was there for me in the most worst time of my life. Michelle is number 1....
Read less
Posted by Susie | February 3, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Parenting time and owed financials from other parent
I was referred to her by a coworker who told me that "Michele is the best thing that ever happened to me and my son." Honestly, Michelle is incredible. From the first consult, Michelle was honest and did not sugar coat potential outcomes. We identified my goals for my daughter and during this terrible 3 year process, she always kept that in mind. She brought up new ideas, talked through different strategies and the pros and cons, risks and rewards of all of them. She charged fairly and was on top of things, even when I wasn't. She did not fluff bills like the gal did. One of the status dates the gal was there for maybe 5 minutes. The gal charged a full hour. At no point did I ever feel that Michelle was doing that. She was very conscientious of finances for me, as I was a single mother who was owed thousands during this time. Michelle would call immediately after court and talk through things and did an unbelievable job of putting things in perspective for me. There were times I thought she should have a law degree and therapist degree! She is just thorough, thoughtful, compassionate, and faught very hard for the best interest of my daughter. The judges can be wild cards and sometimes lack just basic common sense, but she always, always prepared me for what could happen. Her communication is excellent. For parents who care about the child involved, this is a very high stress emotional situation and her level headed, direct, yet compassionate approach was perfect. I would recommend her to anyone.
Read less
Posted by Nick | January 25, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
We got it done
Michelle is organized, thoughtful, and punctual. We had a tight timeline to draft and sign a prenup and Michelle made it easy. She demonstrated her legal expertise by making some solid recommendations to include certain provisions in the document and helped forge the way to find common ground with my significant other. We finished everything we needed to before the deadline and her price was fair. You would be in good hands with Michelle believe me as I spoke to over 10 other Chicago based lawyers.
Read less
Posted by anonymous | November 12, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Michelle is fantastic
Michelle was exactly the lawyer I needed. She was kind, efficient, fair, and made an unpleasant process as easy as possible. She has very strong communication skills and always got back to me in a timely manner. Her fees were transparent and reasonable, and I never felt like she was overcharging for services. Above all, I felt like I had a strong advocate on my side throughout the process. She helped me achieve my goals in the divorce to set me up for success in my next chapter. She also helped me maintain my humor and sanity, and I'll always be grateful that she was my legal guide. I absolutely recommend Michelle to anyone facing divorce.
Read less
Posted by Jason | January 11, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent, trustworthy, and fair attorney
When I hired Michelle as my attorney, my divorce seemed like it was going to be amicable and kind of a slam dunk case. Her rates were reasonable and I felt confident after speaking with her that she would be extremely capable. Things got very ugly after a short time. My ex and I had a young child and while I was only asking for 50/50 parenting time, his mother was not okay with that. She also seemed to be developing some mental health issues. We had run ins with police and dcfs. My son was thrown out of 2 day cares due to his mother's behavior and at one point she was not allowed to see our son for a six month period. Michelle always came through with what I needed, presenting me with all my options, letting me know the risks and possible costs, sometimes being the voice of reason when things got emotional and presented my case before the judge with confidence, poise, and intelligence. I always felt she charged me reasonable rates and sometimes didn't charge me at all when my ex would send her excessive emails that she had to read. She was my attorney for about 3 years and I was never once unhappy with her services. I highly recommend and would use her in the future if I felt I needed her services.
Read less
Posted by Sinyee | January 13, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best family attorney ever!
Michelle came highly recommended by a lawyer friend at my most difficult time of life. I was lucky to have Michelle help me navigate through the difficult and complicated legal processes from an no-contact agreement after I filed a restraining order against my ex, to cooperating with my son's guardian at litem to arrange supervised visitations, to the final relocation settlement/ custody/ parenting plan (Allocation judgement) and child support of my child. She has provided sound counsel from the very first meeting. Her knowledge of the family law is amazing. She outlines strategies / options in clear and conscience manner with realistic expectations while keeping me apprised of all the details throughout the stages. She is organized, thoughtful, supportive, and compassionate. No detail is too small for her. She listens to my all concerns then kept me focused on the important things. She is tough in her legal approach when necessary. She always has your best interest in mind. She is also extremely accessible (more so then I ever expected). She is a lawyer, counsellor, therapist, friend, and confidant all in one. I could not have survived the last 2 years without her and is so grateful to have her as my attorney. Thanks to her confidence and legal expertise, my child and I were finally able to successfully relocate out of state to be with my family. I trust her so much that I decided to keep my child's case jurisdiction in Chicago should future dispute occurs because I want to retain her services. You will not regret hiring Michelle should you find yourself lucky enough that she is willing to fight for you.
Read less
Posted by Sandra | November 15, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Reliable attorney with great communication skills
Michelle proved to be an excellent attorney. She engaged in honest and frequent communication with me. I especially appreciated the fact that I felt she listened to my concerns and provided me with great guidance and advice, which was exactly what I needed. My case involved child support and custody issue, and I am extremely happy with the outcome of case.
Read less
Posted by Jamiah | May 14, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Thank you
Michelle was very professional and friendly from the first consultation. As time went on with the case she was very informative, communicative and transparent about everything that was going on with the case. I had a case where other lawyers told me I didn’t have many options, she was optimistic and came through with big victories for me. I would recommend her to anyone, a GREAT LAWYER.
Read less
Posted by Leslie | April 22, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Client
Michelle was tasked with completing the details of my MSA. She prioritized the issues and with great effort resolved them. Under withering assaults from the opposing side, she proceeded with integrity, professionalism and brilliant responses. In the end, there was AN END. I am so grateful. Thank you doesn’t seem proper acknowledgment, but thank you.
Read less
Posted by anonymous | December 12, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly recommended
Had the pleasure of working with Michelle on my divorce case. She and her team do great work. Michelle is highly responsive and truly listens and cares for her clients. No hesitation in recommending to anyone looking for a great lawyer!
Posted by KA | November 8, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A partnership not just a service
A friend of mine referred me to Ms. Cass’ expertise. I consulted with her 2 years before I hired her as my attorney. The consultation provided a lot of insight on how I should proceed and when I was ready to move on, I retained her as my lawyer. We discussed my objectives. I wanted a quick settlement with fair outcomes for both parties and a lot of focus on my children’s welfare. She was clear about that and executed exactly as such. All throughout the process, Michelle was responsive, communicative and professional. She was also friendly in the right amount. There were times I really appreciated that. On top of that, Michelle bills in a cost effective way. She would use email as the primary means of communication and would only engage in phone calls or a face to face meeting if absolutely necessary. Overall, I am very pleased with my experience with Michelle and the outcome of my case. I will definitely continue to use her expertise, if needed in the future.
Read less
Posted by Gabriela | March 23, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommend
I hired Michelle to assist me on a prenuptial matter. She is professional, friendly, responsive, hard-working, has a strong knowledge of the law and produces high quality work. She was a delight to work with and I would highly recommend her to anyone.
Posted by Elizabeth | March 3, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Top Notch Lawyer
There are few things in life more stressful than a high conflict custody case. I found myself in a very unique and unfortunate position where my son's father, who had been absent a good portion of his life, challenged me for custody, and tried to take back consent to relocate 4 months AFTER I had already moved. I do not know where we would be today without Michelle, and the idea scares me a little. Michelle fought for my family tooth and nail. There were stressful nights where I know we both lost sleep because that's how much she cares. There were plenty of tearful moments in court that she was quick to offer a hug. Besides being a compassionate human being, she is an amazingly smart woman. She had every detail of my case memorized, you could feel that this isn't job a job for her, this is her passion in life. She was always overly prepared for court with her multiple boxes of documents for my case. I always left feeling that she put it all out there and gave her best effort. Michelle was always very quick to reply to any concerns or questions I had, and she also went the extra mile by really taking the time to get to know me. I always felt like she was only a phone call or email away, and this gave me great comfort. After months of her hard work we were able to settle my case, it brings me much joy to tell you that my son remains with me full time, we did not have to move back, and I am now receiving support from the child's father. Michelle was very conscience of court costs, and legal fees. She tried to minimize these for me the best she could by settling instead of going to trail and by having paralegals do some tasks when appropriate since their hourly rate is significantly less. I'm hoping that my days in court are long gone, but if I should ever need legal representation again, I will not hesitate to call Michelle. When you go through hell with someone it creates a bond. Michelle is not just my lawyer, she will always be a dear friend to me.
Read less
Posted by Grace | November 2, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Outstanding attorney
Michelle exceeded my expectations in the handling of my pre-nuptial agreement. She was diligent and detail oriented in isolating and negotiating the points most important to my circumstances. Not a cookie cutter approach. She is graceful, professional and personable; a rare combination. I hired her after firing my previous counsel and she picked up the pieces effortlessly. I immediately, and throughout the negotiation, felt exceptionally well represented. would hire again in a heartbeat.
Read less
Posted by Beverly | November 1, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Dedicated, compassionate and one to watch
Attorney Michelle Cass was assigned my very difficult case after other attorneys encouraged me to settle. She was always available and quickly understood the nuances of my removal petition against a very unreasonable and obstinate opposing parent. At times the odds were very much stacked against me on all fronts, but Michelle never waivered in her dedication and collaboratively worked with me to develop an aggressive and effective course of action. She was always honest and realistic in her approach and offered sound advice. She is tough and one opposing counsel should watch out for. I am sure I and the legal community will hear more good things about Michelle in the future. I will happily recommend her and will work with her again if needed.
Read less
Posted by ML | November 1, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Understanding but tough as nails & I love it!
Attorney Cass was excellent with my case! I had a long standing child support case with a very non cooperative opposing parent. She listened to what I wanted, reviewed the history of the case and created a way to document and reconcile payments that would be easy for the judge to understand and thereby strengthen my case for my back support payments. While it court, it appeared we were being ignored and not heard. Attorney Cass spoke up to ensure that our position was heard and we received equal representation. My personal outcome was not completely what I would've liked but she worked hard to make sure I received a favorable judgment and a better outcome than what I may have received without her. I'd use her again and again!!
Read less
View less reviews

Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Founder and Partner
  • CG Law LLC
  • 2023 - Present
  • Attorney and Managing Partner
  • Reed, Centracchio & Associates
  • 2017 - 2023
  • Associate Attorney
  • Rinella and Rinella, Ltd.
  • 2016 - 2017
  • Associate Attorney
  • O'Connor Family Law, .C.
  • 2014 - 2016
View all work experience

Education

  • DePaul University College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2014
  • Capital University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2007

Associations

  • DePaul College of Law Family Law Advisory Board
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • CBA: Alliance For Women
  • Member
  • 2023 - 2023
  • Chicago Bar Association Young Lawyers Section Family Law Committee
  • Co-Chair
  • 2017 - 2020
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2014 - 2023
View all associations

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star
  • Illinois Super Lawyers
  • 2023
  • Rising Star
  • Illinois Super Lawyers
  • 2022
  • Rising Star
  • Illinois Super Lawyers
  • 2021
  • Rising Star
  • Illinois Super Lawyers
  • 2020
  • Rising Star
  • Illinois Super Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Rising Star
  • Illinois Super Lawyers
  • 2018
  • Emerging Attorney
  • Leading Lawyers
  • 2016
View all awards

Publications

Speaking Engagements

  • Preparing to Practice Program
  • Networking
  • 2017
  • DePaul College of Law
  • Careers in Family Law
  • 2016

Attorney endorsements

Received (5)
Given (5)
Endorse Michelle
Family Attorney | Mar 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Michelle is an outstanding attorney and well respected by her clients."
Family Attorney | Jan 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Michelle Cass. She is sharp, professional, and compassionate. She provides excellent legal representation to her clients, and does so with straightforwardness and a friendly attitude. Her clients are lucky to have her in their corner."
Family Attorney | Aug 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ms. Cass is a very knowledgeable attorney who has a personal approach to each case. I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Apr 06
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Michelle is strong advocate and very knowledgeable. I worked with Michelle on a highly contested divorce, and she and I were able to work together to settle the case without the necessity of trial."
Family Attorney | Jun 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation
Divorce and separation
Divorce and separation