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The principal attorney in the firm is Michael F. Roe. Mr. Roe is a trial lawyer who has represented clients in over a hundred contested trials. Clients of Mr. Roe appreciate his wisdom, perspective, his straightforward, honest approach to difficult disputes, and his aggressive courtroom demeanor if a matter cannot be settled through active negotiation. Prior to limiting his practice to family law, Mr. Roe was a state's attorney prosecuting domestic violence cases, and later practiced civil trial law for one of Chicago's most prominent civil trial firms.
Michael's work in the area of high conflict divorce and custody litigation has been featured in the Chicago Tribune, the Daily Herald, the New York Post, and on national radio and television. He has contributed to a book on divorcing a partner with a personality disorder, and has experience managing contested cases with high conflict personalities. He represented Marilyn Lemak in the case (Lemak v. Lemak) involving the Naperville, Illinois mother that killed her three children during a divorce, and represented an expert in personality disorders in a case involving well known TV and media personality Martha Stewart (Martha Stewart v. The National Enquirer). Michael is a certified divorce mediator and guardian ad litem for family law cases.
Michael is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and the University of San Diego's School of Law. He has graduate level training in psychology, and is a member of the American Psychological Association, the Association for Conflict Resolution, the International Academy for Collaborative Practice, and was the Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee Chair for the DuPage County Bar Association for 2004-2005. Michael practices family law in Kane, Dupage, Cook, McHenry, Kendall, DeKalb, and has represented clients nationally in cases involving divorce and custody with psychological issues.
Michael Roe is one of the few lawyers nationwide with experience in high conflict divorce and custody cases involving psychological disorders. His experience has been detailed in the Chicago Tribune, New York Post, and on television and radio. He has been a founder of a personality disorders nonprofit, and a director of a national single parent's organization. He has a unique, informed, and sensitive approach to complex issues raised in contested Family Law cases.
Our law and dispute resolution practice is focused on complex divorce and custody cases, domestic violence, parentage (paternity) cases, and post decree support and custody modification. Many of the office's cases include issues of contested child custody, property division, restoring visitation with children, modification of support, prosecuting or defending Orders of Protection, and domestic battery cases.
Michael Roe has specific experience and expertise in divorce trial practice, divorce mediation, and Collaborative (no-court, non-litigated) Family Law. He is a member of the American Psychological Association, is a court certified mediator and child's representative, and continues to be recognized as an expert and resource in the area of psychology and family law. He is actively involved in Alternative Dispute Resolution in the field of Family Law.