Michael J. Gauthier

Michael J. Gauthier

Location:
Vernon Hills, Illinois
Phone:
847-327-0898
Fax:
847-557-4090
Email:

I am a lifelong resident of northern Illinois. I earned my undergraduate degree from Lake Forest College and then my law degree from the Chicago-Kent College of Law. The National Association of Distinguished Counsel has named me one of the Nation's Top One Percent of Attorneys, I have twice been named one of the Top 40 Under 40 Family Lawyers in the State of Illinois by the American Society of Legal Advocates, I have received a Martindale-Hubbell "Distinguished" rating by my peers for my legal ability and ethics, I was the recipient of the CALI Award for Excellence in Trial Advocacy, and the AVVO lawyer rating service has awarded me with a Perfect 10.0 rating of "Superb". 

I am licensed to practice in:

  • The State of Illinois.
  • The United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.
  • The United States Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit.

I have been certified and appointed as an Arbitrator for:

  • The Nineteenth Judicial Circuit Court of Illinois.
  • The Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois.
  • Arbitration Chair for the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois

I have also been certified and appointed a small claims mediator for the Circuit Court of Lake County, Illinois.

Areas of Practice

  • Family Law

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Arbitrator, The Nineteenth Judicial Circuit of the Court of Illinois.
  • Arbitrator, The Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois.
  • Small Claims Mediator, The Circuit Court of Lake County, Illinois.

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois, 2006
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois, 2006
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois Trial Bar

Education

  • Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, Illinois
    • J.D. - 2005
  • Lake Forest College, Lake Forest, IL
    • B.A. - 2000

Representative Cases

  • Roger R. Kasny v. Coonen and Roth, Ltd. (2009)
  • William Miller and Maxine Miller v. Michael Harris and Kenneth Hoxie (2013)
  • Joe Hoch and Linda Hoch v. Lillian C. Boehme