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Best Chicago Divorce Lawyer - Michael Craven

Michael C. Craven is a highly regarded divorce attorney with more than 30 years of experience practicing family law.  A Partner at leading Chicago law firm Harrison & Held LLP, Michael represents clients throughout the Chicagoland area, including Cook, Lake, DuPage, McHenry, Kane and Will Counties.



Michael’s practice is focused on divorce and family law, but his legal acumen extends to a broad range of areas, including accounting, tax, estate planning, real estate, and corporate law. He is uniquely qualified to identify and protect his family law clients from the many legal pitfalls easily overlooked in these related areas. He is also trained in the dispute resolution method of Collaborative Law, which can serve as an alternative to litigation.



During the course of his career, Michael has been recognized by several leading publications and organizations for his family law work. He is a Fellow in the prestigious American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, which requires rigorous written and oral exams before acceptance, and he has also received the following commendations:


Recognized by the Leading Lawyers Network as being among the top lawyers in Illinois (2009-present).
Named an Illinois Super Lawyer (2009-present). Illinois Super Lawyers are “considered among the best in their profession” and “represent the top 5% of the practicing attorneys in Illinois.”    Received an AV Preeminent rating under the Martindale-Hubbell Lawyer Rating System, which is the system’s highest rating.


Michael is regularly asked to speak on divorce and family law in a variety of settings, including The Lilac Tree, Chicago Public Library and The Chicago Department on Aging . For many years, he taught the class “Divorce-Know Your Rights” at Oakton Community College and The Discovery Center — both in the Chicagoland area.


Michael has also spoken on an array of legal topics related to divorce law at Continuing Legal Education Programs around the State of Illinois. His lectures were sponsored by, among others, the Illinois State Bar Association, Chicago Bar Association, North Suburban Bar Association and Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education. He has written articles that have been published by the Illinois State Bar Association, the Chicago Bar Association, and the Lake County Bar Association. The media has consulted him on Family Law issues, and he has appeared on television and radio. In addition, he writes regular columns for and has been quoted in The Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, North Shore Magazine and The Daily Herald.



Michael has volunteered and worked with various Bar Associations to improve the practice of law for both lawyers and the public; and he has held leadership positions in the Illinois State Bar Association, the North Suburban Bar and the AAML.