Michael S. Strauss

Michael S. Strauss

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Family Law Attorney in Libertyville, IL

Schlesinger & Strauss, LLC
 | 1512 Artaius Parkway, Suite 300
Libertyville, IL 60048
Phone: 847-680-4970
Fax: 847-680-5459
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2018 - 2020
Selected To Rising Stars: 2014 - 2017
Licensed Since: 2004
Practice Areas:
  • Family Law
Attorney Profile

Michael joined the Law Office of Gary L. Schlesinger in March, 2006, and he became a partner on September 1, 2010, when Schlesinger & Strauss, LLC, was formed.  He has handled family law cases in seven counties in the state of Illinois.  Michael also serves as a mediator and as a Child Representative or Guardian Ad Litem. Michael serves as an elected board member of A Safe Place – an organization dedicated to helping victims of domestic violence in Northern Illinois – and was recently elected vice president of the organization.

Michael has presented multiple times at the Lake County Family Law annual conference as well as to speak each year at the annual Illinois College of Law Student/Alumni conference on issues of family law and small law firm practice.  Michael has been appointed to the Family Law Section council and serves on the Domestic Violence Committee, the Income Shares/Maintenance Committee, and the Supreme Court Rules Committee.  Michael was one of the authors of the new Illinois Maintenance statute and has testified before a Illinoise House of Representatives Committee.

Michael was named a Rising Star in the area of Family Law by Super Lawyers Magazine in 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017, a designation reserved for the top 2.5% of all Illinois attorneys under 40.  He was named a Super Lawyer in 2018 and 2019.   Chicago Daily Law Bulletin/Chicago Lawyer Magazine recognized Michael as one of the most talented up and coming young lawyers in Illinois, with his selection to the 40 Under Forty 2014 list. 

About Michael Strauss

Admitted: 2004, Illinois

Professional Webpage: http://www.illinois-family-lawyer.com/Bio/MichaelStrauss.asp

Honors/Awards:

  • Chicago Daily Law Bulletin/Chicago Lawyer Magazine has recognized Michael as one of the most talented up and coming young lawyers in Illinois, with his selection to the 40 Under Forty 2014 list by the Law Bulletin Publishing Company., Forty Under Forty Lawyers to Watch, Chicago Law Bulletin, 2014
  • Outstanding Community Achievement Award, Lake County Housing Authority, 2018
  • Awarded to the top law student dedicated to the field of Family Law., F. Dennis Franz f/k/a Russell Bundeson Award, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, 2004
  • Access to Justice Award, Lake County Bar Association, 2018

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Chair, Family Law Section Council, Illinois State Bar Association , 2019
  • Special Committee on Assembly Governance, Illinois State Bar Association, 2019
  • Commitee Member, Assembly Agenda and Program Committee, Illinois State Bar Association, 2019
  • Child Law Section Council, Illinois State Bar Association, 2013
  • Vice-Chair, Family Law Section Council, Illinois State Bar Association , 2018
  • Kane County Bar Association, Member
  • Illinois State Bar Association Member
  •  Secretary, Family Law Section Council, (Domestic Violence, Supreme Court Rules, CLE and Maintenance/Income Shares subsections) Illinois State Bar Association, 2017
  • Co-Editor of the Lake County legal publication, The Docket, 2009-2016
  • Lake County Bar Association Member
  • Family Law Section Council, (Domestic Violence and Supreme Court Rules subsections) Illinois State Bar Association, 2015
  • Vice-Chair, Family Law Section Council, Illinois State Bar Association, 2018
  • 2011 to 2016: Illinois State Bar Association Assembly.
  • University of Illinois College of Law Alumni Association
  • Family Law Section Council, (Domestic Violence subsection) Illinois State Bar Association, 2014
  • Family Law Section Council, (Domestic Violence, Supreme Court Rules, and Maintenance/Income Shares subsections) Illinois State Bar Association, 2016

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Vice-President, A Safe Place, 2014 to present

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Presenting on the topic of recent developments in the field of family law., Speaker, Developments in Family Law, Symposium for a Safer Lake County, 2019
  • International Society of Family Law North American Regional Conference: Family As The Crucible of Culture and Society: Inequality, Vulnerability, and Justice Within the Family, Speaker, Maintenance in Illinois, 2019
  • Presented on the topic of mediation, Speaker, 30 Mediation Tips in 60 Minutes, Winnebago County Bar Association, 2019
  • Presentation for the Lake County Bar Assocation, Maintenance without Alimony Deduction, 2019
  • Webinar for Prairie State Legal Services, Maintenance in Illinois: Recent Changes in the Law, 2019
  • Getting Matters Heard & Getting Relief, 19th Annual Lake Count Family Law Conference, 2013
  • Family Law, the University of Illinois College of Law Alumni/Student annual conference, 2012
  • Income Shares: New Rules for Child-Support Guidelines Webinar, Illinois State Bar Association, 2017
  •  Family Law, the University of Illinois College of Law Alumni/Student annual conference, 2013
  • "Equitable Adoptions", published in the The Docket, 2014
  • "Docket Tips", published in The Docket, 2012
  • "Bruce David" published in The Docket, 2012
  • Discovery Objections, 13th Annual Lake County Family Law Conference, 2007
  • Equitable Adoptions, 20th Annual Lake County Family Law Conference, 2014
  • Guardianship in Dissolution Proceedings, 21st Annual Lake County Family Law Conference, 2015
  • Child Support and Maintenance, Lake County Family Law Legislative Update , 2015
  • Perspectives on Practice: Family Law, University of Illinois College of Law, 2016
  • Caselaw Update, Lake County Child Representative Training, 2016
  • Mortgage Foreclosure and Dissolution, Illinois State Bar Association CLE, 2016
  • There's a Judgment Against Me... What do I do!!!, Illinois State Bar Association CLE, 2016
  • Caselaw Update, Lake County Child Representative Training, 2014
  • "Equitable Estoppel" published in the Illinois State Bar Association Family Law Newsletter, 2018
  • Demonstrative Exhibits & Summaries at Trial, Illinois State Bar Association CLE, 2017
  • Motions for Finding, Illinois State Bar Association CLE, 2017
  • New Child Support and Parenting Laws, The Lilac Tree, 2017
  • Child Support Seminar, Lake County Bar Association, 2017

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Educational Background:

  • Depaul University, Ceritificate in Mediation, 2008
  • University of Illinois, Bachelor of Science in Human Resources and Family Studies, 1999
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Office Location for Michael S. Strauss

1512 Artaius Parkway
Suite 300
Libertyville, IL 60048

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Last Updated: 9/12/2019

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