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Michelle A. Lawless

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Family Law Attorney in Chicago, IL

The Law Office of Michelle A. Lawless LLC
180 N. LaSalle St., Suite 3700
Chicago, IL 60601
Phone: 312-820-3895
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2022
Selected to Rising Stars: 2013
Licensed in Illinois Since: 1999
Practice Areas: Family Law
Attorney Profile

Attorney Michelle A. Lawless is the founder and owner of The Law Office of Michelle A. Lawless, LLC, in Chicago, Illinois. A top-rated lawyer with more than 21 years of total legal experience, Ms. Lawless provides exceptional counsel and support to clients throughout the greater Chicago metro and surrounding areas who are going through a divorce or have some other serious legal issues affecting their families.

Devoting her practice exclusively to family law, Ms. Lawless delivers the highest level of representation to those she serves, and she has gained a reputation as a fierce advocate who works hard to help her clients pursue the favorable results they expect and deserve as efficiently and cost-effectively as possible. To that end, she prefers to use mediation and collaboration in lieu of stressful and expensive court battles; however, she will not hesitate to take her clients' matters to court when necessary.

Along with handling all aspects of her clients' divorces, Ms. Lawless also handles patronage issues, post-divorce matters and embryo disputes. At all turns, she provides results-oriented counsel with the utmost empathy and integrity, and she works hard to ensure her clients' rights and best interests are protected throughout all legal proceedings.

Honored for her professionalism and service, Ms. Lawless has earned consistent recognition from The Best Lawyers in America©, and the American Institute of Family Law Attorneys named her one of the 10 Best Attorneys in Illinois for Outstanding Client Service each year between 2017 and 2019. She has also received a Leading Lawyers designation as well as a Top 100 Women Consumer Lawyer designation from Leading Lawyers Magazine.

A 1996 graduate of Indiana University, Ms. Lawless obtained her Juris Doctor in 1999 from St. Louis University School of Law. She also holds her certification as a divorce financial analyst and divorce mediator as well as a collaborative practitioner, and she is a fellow with the prestigious Collaborative Law Institute of Illinois. 

A leader in her field, Ms. Lawless has written extensively and conducted many lectures and continuing legal education seminars on a variety of family law topics. She is also a member of the Illinois State Bar Association, the American Bar Association and the American Bar Association Dispute Resolution Committee. She is also past chair of the Chicago Bar Association Domestic Relations Committee, and she serves on the Indiana University Women’s Philanthropy Leadership Council and the Holy Trinity High School Advisory Council.

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Practice Areas
  • 100%Family Law
Focus Areas



9 Years Super Lawyers
1 Years Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2022
  • Rising Stars: 2013

About Michelle A. Lawless

First Admitted: 1999, Illinois

Professional Webpage:

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Co-author the IICLE Family Law Flash Points with Donald C. Schiller

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Indiana University Women’s Philanthropy Leadership Council
  • Indiana University Women’s Philanthropy Leadership Council
  • American Bar Association Dispute Resolution Committee
  • American Bar Association
  • Past Chair of the Chicago Bar Association Domestic Relations Committee

Special Licenses/Certifications

  • Certified Divorce Financial Analyst (CDFA) training
  • Certified Collaborative Practitioner and Collaborative Law Institute of Illinois (CLII) fellow 
  • Certified Mediator
  • American Bar Association’s Advanced Trial Advocacy Institute focusing exclusively on business valuations
  • American Bar Association Trial Advocacy Institute


  • Chicago Daily Law Bulletin "40 Attorneys Under 40 to Watch" Leading Lawyers, Family Law
  • 2016, Listed as a Top 100 Women Consumer Lawyer by Leading Lawyers Magazine
  • 2015-2019, Listed in The Best Lawyers in America, by Naifeh and Smith
  • 2013-2018, Leading Lawyers Network

Educational Background

  • Indiana University, B.A., 1996
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Office Location for Michelle A. Lawless

180 N. LaSalle St.
Suite 3700
Chicago, IL 60601

Phone: 312-820-3895

Last Updated: 5/15/2022

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