Michael C. Doyen

Top rated family law attorney in Elgin, Illinois

The Doyen Law Group, L.L.C.
Michael C. Doyen
The Doyen Law Group, L.L.C.

Practice Areas: Family law, Business litigation, Criminal defense; view more

Licensed in Illinois since: 1987

Education: Saint Louis University School of Law

Languages Spoken: English, Spanish

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2008, 2020 - 2023

The Doyen Law Group, L.L.C.

1800 Larkin Avenue
Elgin, IL 60123 Visit website


Attorney Michael C. Doyen co-founded Doyen Law Group, located in Elgin, Illinois, with his son and daughter, and fellow attorneys, Christopher M. Doyen and Kathleen R. Doyen. At the law firm, Mr. Doyen continues to focus his practice on family law, as he has done since entering private practice in 1990. Today, his experience and excellent reputation lead countless clients to his door for assistance with legal challenges that include the following:

• Divorce and property division
• Post-divorce modifications
• Child custody and visitation
• Child support and spousal maintenance
• Paternity issues
• Prenuptial and postnuptial agreements
• Orders of protection

Mr. Doyen began his career in 1987 after earning his law degree from Saint Louis University School of Law and his approval to practice in the state of Illinois. Already a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army, Mr. Doyen joined the Judge Advocate General's Corps after law school, where he served until 1990. Today, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the 4th and 7th Circuits, and the U.S. Supreme Court have also approved him to practice in their courtrooms.

Attorney Doyen has had countless successes during his over 33-year legal career. In fact, he has played a part in a number of representative cases that have helped shape family law in Illinois. As a result of the respect he has earned from both his peers and his clients, he has received a number of honors, including the Kane County Bar Foundation Pro Bono Award.  The Doyen Law Group, LLC was the recipient of the Illinois Bar Association Delivery of Legal Services Committee 2017 John C. McAndrews Pro Bono Service Award.

Practice areas

Family law, Business litigation, Criminal defense, Real estate: business

Focus areas

Alimony & spousal support, Child support, Custody & visitation, Divorce, Paternity, Prenuptial agreements, Marital property, Mediation & collaborative law, Non-compete agreements

  • 60% Family law
  • 20% Business litigation
  • 10% Criminal defense
  • 10% Real estate: business

First Admitted: 1987, Illinois

Professional Webpage: https://www.doyenlawgroup.com/attorney/michael-c-doyen/

Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Prairie State Legal Services, Volunteer Attorney, 1990 – Present
  • Kane County Bar Foundation, President, July 1, 2007 - June 30, 2014
  • Administer Justice Volunteer Attorney, 2000 – Present
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Family Law Seminar Chairperson, Kane County Bar Association, 1995 – 2001
  • Business Valuation, Financial & Tax Issues Affecting Divorce, IICLE and the Illinois Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
  • Frequent presenter at Kane County Bar Association Family Law Seminars, 1992 – Present
  • Eden v. Eden, 405 F. 3d 582 (7th Cir. 2005)
  • Irmo Ackerley, 333 Ill. App.3d 382 (2nd Dist. 2002)
  • Eden v. Robert A. Chapski, Ltd., 405 F.3d 582 (7th Cir. 2005)
  • Irmo Schmitt, 391 Ill. App.3d 1010 (2nd Dist. 2009)
  • Voga v. Voga, 376 Ill. App.3d 1075 (2nd Dist. 2007)
  • Fitchie v. Yurko, 212 Ill.App.3d 216 (2nd Dist. 1991)
  • Irmo Golden, 358 Ill. App.3d 464 (2nd Dist. 2005)
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit, 2002
  • Kane County Bar Foundation, President 2007-2014
  • Kane County Bar Association, Secretary/Treasurer, 2001-2003
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Virginia, 1987
  • Illinois State Bar Association, Member
  • Kane County Bar Association, Director, 2001
  • Illinois, 1987
  • Kane County Bar Association, Past President, 2005 - 2006
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2011
  • Kane County Bar Association, Vice-President, 2003 - 2005
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit, 1988
Educational Background:
  • University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Indiana, B.A., Major: Economics and Philosophy, 1983
  • Pro Bono Award, Kane County Bar Foundation, 2002
  • Pro Bono Service Award for entire firm., Illinois State Bar Association Delivery of Legal Services Committee 2017 John C. McAndrews Pro Bono Service Award, ISBA, 2017
  • Selected to Illinois Super Lawyers – Thomson Reuters, 2006, 2007, and 2008

Office location for Michael C. Doyen

1800 Larkin Avenue
Elgin, IL 60123

Phone: 847-720-5815


7 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2008, 2020 - 2023

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