Michael C. Craven

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Family Law Attorney in Chicago, IL

Harrison & Held, LLP
 | 333 W. Wacker Drive, Suite 1700
Chicago, IL 60606
Phone: 312-815-6501
Fax: 312-332-1150
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2009 - 2021
Licensed Since: 1984
Practice Areas:
  • Family Law (90%),
  • Estate Planning & Probate (10%)
    Attorney Profile

    Attorney Michael C. Craven is a partner with the Harrison & Held, LLP, law firm, which has offices in Chicago and Springfield, Illinois, as well as Naples, Florida, and Boulder, Colorado. Working primarily out of the firm's Chicago location, Mr. Craven focuses his practice on family law and divorce. He also provides invaluable counsel and support for estate planning matters for his clients throughout and after the divorce process.

    A top-rated, award-winning attorney, Mr. Craven has achieved notable success over the course of his more than 30 years in practice. He has assisted hundreds of clients with finding the favorable outcomes they expect and deserve for their complex property division issues, child custody and support, alimony, and other related matters.

    Along with being an attorney, Mr. Craven is also a certified public accountant with significant knowledge of state and federal tax laws. This makes him an invaluable asset for those seeking to protect their property and businesses during the divorce process as well as during the drafting of pre and postnuptial marriage agreements.

    Devoted to helping his clients resolve their conflicts and come to terms on their divorce-related issues as efficiently and cost-effectively as possible, Mr. Craven prefers to use mediation and negotiation as alternatives to traditional divorce litigation. However, he has extensive trial experience and will not hesitate to take his clients' matters to court when necessary to ensure the best odds of obtaining the positive results they seek.

    Recognized for his impeccable professionalism and outstanding legal services, Mr. Craven holds an AV-Preeminent peer review rating* from Martindale-Hubbell, and he has received consistent recognition from The Best Lawyers in America©. Moreover, he has earned a Leading Lawyer designation each year since 2009 along with numerous other accolades from his peers.

    A 1979 graduate of Northern Illinois University, Mr. Craven obtained his Juris Doctor from The UIC John Marshall Law School in 1984 and his Master of Laws from the university in 1989. Along with practicing before all Illinois state courts, he is also admitted to practice before the U.S. Tax Court.

    A Fellow with the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Mr. Craven is also highly active with the Illinois State Bar Association. He has also served as secretary and as a board member of the North Suburban Bar Association as well as with several panels and programs sponsored by the Chicago Bar Association. Additionally, Mr. Craven serves as treasurer and as a board of directors' member of The Lilac Tree, and he routinely volunteers his time and service with JUF Community Legal Services.

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    Practice Areas
    • 90%Family Law
    • 10%Estate Planning & Probate
    Focus Areas

    Adoption, Alimony & Spousal Support, Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Dissolution, Divorce, Domestic Violence, Name Change, Paternity, Prenuptial Agreements, Marital Property, Mediation & Collaborative Law, Same Sex Family Law, Father's Rights


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    Super Lawyers: 2009 - 2021

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    About Michael Craven

    Admitted: 1984, Illinois

    Professional Webpage: https://www.harrisonheld.com/professionals/michael-craven


    • Illinois Super Lawyer, 2009 - Present
    • AV Preeminent, Martindale-Hubbell
    • Leading Lawyer, 2009 - Present
    • Best Lawyer, Family Law, Illinois, Best Lawyers in America, 2015 - Present

    Special Licenses/Certifications:

    • Certified Public Accountant, 1979
    • C.P.A., 1979
    • Certified Mediator, Circuit Court of Cook County Illinois, Domestic Relations Division, 2014
    • Admitted to U.S. Tax Court, 1985

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Co-Chairperson, Illinois State Bar Association, Maintenance Guidelines Sub-Committee, 2008 - 2009
    • Chicago Bar Association, CBA/YWCA Battered Woman’s Program
    • Secretary, North Suburban Bar Association, 2013 to 2016
    • Board Member, North Suburban Bar Association, 2013 to 2016
    • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Illinois Chapter, Board of Managers, October 2013 to 2016
    • Member, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Judicial Relations Committee, October 2018 to Present
    • Chair, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Budget/Finance Committee, October 2013 to October 2018
    • Member, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Website/Marketing Committee, October 2013 to Present
    • Member, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Admissions Committee, October 2018 to Present
    • Illinois State Bar Association- Associate Editor of the Family Law Section Newsletter, 2010
    • Illinois, 1984
    • Illinois State Bar Association: Member, ISBA Family Law Section Council, 2006-2011; Co-Chair -  Maintenance Guidelines Sub-Committee 2007/2010
    • North Suburban Bar Association-Secretary, 2013
    • Chicago Bar Association-Former Member of: Family Law Referral Panel; Call a Lawyer Program; and Cook County Court Facilitator Program
    • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers-Fellow
    • Illinois State Bar Association-Standing Committee on Voluntary Fee Arbitration (1998 - 2004); Chair, 2002-2003

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Member of the Development Committee of the Lilac Tree, a non-profit organization that provides education, support and guidance to women in the divorce process, so that they can move confidently towards independence. 2014-2015
    • Volunteer, JUF/JCLS Community Legal Services, 2018 - Present
    • The Lilac Tree, Board of Directors, 2015 - Present
    • Treasurer, The Lilac Tree, 2016 - Present

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Columnist - Byline, Non-Billable Hours Column - Marketing is a Journey, Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, 2014
    • Author, Discourse on Divorce, Chicago Daily Law Bulletin
    • Columnist, The Formula for Success: One Size Doesn’t Fit All, Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, Non-Billable Hours Section, 2015
    • Columnist, Volunteering is Great for You and Your Practice, Non-Billable Hours Column, Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, 2015
    • Author, How will this (cheating) affect my divorce case?, Divorce Magazine, 2010
    • Author, Til death do us part, or sooner: The family law attorney meets estate planning, Family Law Newsletter of Illinois State Bar Association, 2009
    • Author, Corporations can pay child support too, The Corporate Lawyer published by the Illinois State Bar Association, 2008
    • Author, The Spousal Remainder Trust - A Modern Income Shifting Device, YLS Journal - Chicago Bar Association, 1985
    • Speaker, The Nuts and Bolts of Divorce: Legal and Financial, The Lilac Tree, 2009
    • Speaker, Resolving Complex Parenting Disputes, Shared Parenting Support Group, 2010
    • Speaker, Know Your Finances-Beyond The Basics, Divorce University-The Lilac tree, 2009
    • Speaker, Resolving Family Law Issues-The Danger of Boiler Plate Language in Marital Settlement Agreements, Illinois State Bar Association, 2009
    • Speaker, Getting Paid & Getting Visitation, Illinois State Bar Association, 2008
    • Speaker, Health Insurance For Children and Related Issues, Illinois State Bar Association, 2009
    • Speaker, Asset Protection In Divorce Cases, Chicago Bar Association, 2008
    • Speaker, Computer Spying on Spouses, North Suburban Bar Association, 2007
    • Speaker, The Estate Planner Meets The Family Law Practitioner-A Fortuitous Union, Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education, 52nd Annual Estate Planning Short Course, 2009
    • Speaker, Family Law Issues Affecting the Elderly, The Chicago Department on Aging-Provider Council, 1995
    • Speaker, Special Problems Facing Older Adults in a Divorce, Chicago Bar Association- Elder Law Committee.
    • Speaker, Ethical & Legal Issues in Divorce, National Association of Social Workers, 2010
    • Columnist, In A Crowded Field, How Do You Stand Out?, Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, Non-Billable Hours Column, 2015
    • Columnist, Growing Older, Staying Relevant in the Profession, Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, Non-Billable Hours Section, 2015
    • Speaker, Planning Prevents Pitfalls: Do's and Don'ts for Financial Expert Cross Examination, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education & American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, 2011
    • Speaker, The Practice of Family Law: Best Practices for Your Practice, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers-Illinois Chapter, 2012
    • Speaker, Beyond the Basics, Divorce University presented by The Lilac Tree, 2011
    • Speaker, The Law, Your Finances, Your Family, Divorce University presented by The Lilac Tree, 2013
    • Speaker, Business Valuation, Financial & Tax Issues in Divorce 2014, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education (IICLE) program produced in collaboration with the Illinois Chapter of the AAML, 2014
    • Speaker, The Nuts and Bolts of Divorce: Legal and Financial, The Lilac Tree, 2014
    • Speaker, The Law and Your Finances, Divorce University presented by The Lilac Tree, 2014
    • Speaker, What Every Accountant Needs to Know about Family Law, Steinberg Advisors, LTD, Certified Public Accountants, 2014
    • Author, Chapter titled, “Economic Issues and Other Concerns Impacting Family Law Attorneys and their Clients”, Inside the Minds: Strategies for Family Law in Illinois, 2014
    • I have been immersed in the legal world my entire life -- practicing law in Illinois since 1984 and growing up surrounded by legal talk, given that my father was also an attorney. This has allowed me to observe the evolution of the legal field throughout my lifetime, Author, Marketing is a Journey, But a Rewarding One, Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, 2014
    • Co-presentation with Leslie Mendoza Temple, MD addressing both the medical and legal overview of marijuana.  With the legalization of marijuana in Illinois, questions arise regarding consumption, eligibility of medical conditions, and its overall safety., Speaker, Medical Marijuana! The Legal & Medical Side, 2014

    Educational Background:

    • The John Marshall Law School, Chicago, IL L.L.M - Tax, 1989
    • Northern Illinois University, Dekalb, IL B.S. - Accounting and Finance, Minor - Economics, 1979

    Industry Groups

    • Attorney
    • CPA
    • Masters Of Law-Tax
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    Office Location for Michael C. Craven

    333 W. Wacker Drive
    Suite 1700
    Chicago, IL 60606

    Phone: 312-815-6501

    Fax: 312-332-1150

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