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   3Michael C. CravenChicago(312) 621-5234mcraven@harrisonheld.commcraven@harrisonheld.comHarrison & Held LLPwww.harrisonheld.comwww.harrisonheld.comcravenmichael.jpgFamily Law
Michael C. Cravenmcraven@harrisonheld.com
Harrison & Held LLPhttp://www.harrisonheld.com
333 W Wacker Dr Ste 1700
Chicago IL 60606
Ph.(312) 621-5234 Fx.(312) 621-0434
Recommended by peers in:
Family Law
County:  Cook
Practice Description:  
Mr. Craven has concentrated his practice in family law matters for more than twenty years. He represents clients in all areas of family law cases including property division, custody, visitation, child support, domestic violence, paternity, and the preparation of prenuptial and postnuptial agreements. Mr. Craven draws on his previous work experiences in public accounting and as a tax attorney to negotiate and litigate complex financial issues in matrimonial cases. He has lectured to both lay and legal groups, teaches adult education classes on a variety of family law topics, and is available for group presentations.


Bar Admissions:  
Illinois, 1984
U.S. Tax Court, 1985


Year of Birth:  1957

Law School:  The John Marshall Law School, JD, 1984; LLM, 1989

Undergraduate School:  Northern Illinois University, BS, accounting and finance, 1979

Professional Certification: Certified Public Accountant, 1979


Bar/Professional Association Involvement:  
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Fellow
    • Board of Managers (Illinois Chapter), October 2013 to 2016
    • Chair of Budget/Finance Committee, October 2013 to present
    • Website/Social Media Committee, October 2013 to present
  • Illinois State Bar Association
    • Family Law Section Council, 2006-2011
    • Associate Editor of Council Newsletter, 2010-2011
    • Maintenance Guidelines Sub-Committee 2007-2010
      • Co-chair 2008-2009
    • Standing Committee on Voluntary Fee Arbitration Member 1998-2004
      • Chair, 2002-2003
  • Chicago Bar Association-Former member
    • Family Law Referral Panel
    • Call a Lawyer Program
    • Cook County Court Facilitator Program


Awards; Honors; Distinctions:
  • Martindale Hubbell AV® Peer Review Rating
  • Illinois Super Lawyer®
  • Leading Lawyer selected by peers in Family Law
  • Best Lawyers in America, Family Law


Published Legal Writing:  
  • "Workplace Fashion's Gone Casual — Should Lawyers Be Joining the Trend?" Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, Oct. 7, 2016
  • "The Joke's On Us: But Is It Accurate?" Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, August 5, 2016
  • "The Price of a Vacation for a Lawyer," Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, June 3, 2016
  • "Four Tips for Success in Legal Marketing," Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, February 12, 2016
  • "In This Business, Your Reputation is Everything," Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, December 4, 2014
  • "Updates to Illinois' IMDMA," Attorney at Law Magazine," November 2015
  • "Are Lawyers Really All That Miserable?" Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, October 2, 2015
  • "The Formula for Success: One Size Doesn’t Fit All," Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, Aug. 7, 2015
  • "Growing Older, Staying Relevant in the Profession," Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, June 5, 2015
  • “In a Crowded Field, How do you Stand Out,” Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, April 10, 2015
  • “Volunteering is Great for You and Your Practice,” Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, Feb. 13, 2015
  • "One Marketing Plan Does Not Fit All Lawyers," Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, December 5, 2014
  • "Marketing is a Journey, But a Rewarding One," Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, September, 26, 2014
  • Inside the Minds: Strategies for Family Law in Illinois, 2014 ed., Chapter titled, "Economic Issues and Other Concerns Impacting Family Law Attorneys and their Clients"
  • "How will this (cheating) affect my divorce case?" Divorce Magazine, Summer/Fall 2010
  • "Til death do us part, or sooner: The family law attorney meets estate planning," Illinois State Bar Association's Family Law Newsletter, Vol. 52, No. 11, June 2009
      Re-published in The Docket, Lake County chapter of Illinois Bar Association, May, 2010, Vol. 17, No. 4, page 23
      Re-published in Illinois State Bar Association's Elder Law Newsletter, October, 2009, Vol. 15, No. 2
  • "Corporations can pay child support too," Illinois State Bar Association - The Corporate Lawyer, Vol. 45, No. 12, June 2009
  • "The Spousal Remainder Trust - A Modern Income Shifting Device," Chicago Bar Association - YLS Journal, Vol. 15, No. 1, 1985


Legal Lectures:  
  • "Planning for...When Happily Ever After Ends Sooner Than Expected," Greater North Shore Estates & Financial Planning Council, Sept. 21, 2016
  • "Divorce Math — Assets, Liabilities and Your Budget," moderator and co-presenter, Evanston Public Library, March 17, 2016
  • "The New Divorce Act — What Do I Really Need to Know?" panel discussion, North Suburban Bar Association, January 12, 2016
  • "The Law, Your Finances, Your Family," Divorce University, moderator, presented by Lilac Tree, November 8, 2015
  • "The Legal Aspects of Medical Marijuana," Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, April 16, 2015
  • "Divorce University — Financial Panel: Know Your Finances," Moderator, presented by The Lilac Tree, November 2, 2014
  • "Medical Marijuana! The Legal & Medical Side," Weinberg Community, CJE Senior Life, October 31, 2014 (Co-Presenter: Leslie Mendoza Temple, MD)
  • "What Every Accountant Needs to Know about Family Law," presented to Steinberg Advisors, LTD, Certified Public Accountants, May 29, 2014
  • "Divorce University — The Law and Your Finances," presented by The Lilac Tree, May 4, 2014
  • "The Nuts and Bolts of Divorce: Legal and Financial," The Lilac Tree, March 1, 2014
  • "Business Valuation, Financial & Tax Issues in Divorce 2014," at the annual 2014 Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education (IICLE) program produced in collaboration with the Illinois Chapter of the AAML, January 20, 2014
  • "Divorce University — The Law, Your Finances, Your Family," presented by The Lilac Tree, April 21, 2013
  • "The Practice of Family Law: Best Practices for Your Practice," presented by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers-Illinois Chapter, October 9, 2012
  • "Divorce University — Beyond the Basics," presented by The Lilac Tree, November 6, 2011
  • "Is It a Trend, Grandparents Raising Grandchildren?" Continuity of Care-Chicago Region, May 3, 2011
  • "Planning Prevents Pitfalls: Do's & Don'ts for Financial Expert Cross Examinations," (co-presenter), Business Valuation, Financial and Tax Issues in Divorce 2011, produced cooperatively by Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education, UHY Advisors, and the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Illinois Chapter, January 17, 2011
  • "Ethical & Legal Issues in Divorce," National Association of Social Workers, Illinois Chapter, November 12, 2010
  • "Resolving Complex Parenting Disputes," Shared Parenting Support Group, September 30, 2010
  • "Family Law Essentials-Health Insurance for Children and Related Issues," Illinois State Bar Association, December 2009
  • "Know Your Finances-Beyond the Basics," Divorce University sponsored by The Lilac Tree, November 2009
  • "The Estate Planner Meets the Family Law Practitioner-A Fortuitous Union," The Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education's 52nd Annual Estate Planning Short Course, Champaign, Illinois, April 2009, and Chicago, Illinois, May 2009
  • "Resolving Family Law Issues: The Danger of Boiler Plate Language in Marital Settlement Agreements," Illinois State Bar Association, Fairview Heights, Illinois and Chicago, Illinois, March 2009
  • "The Nuts and Bolts of Divorce: Legal and Financial," The Lilac Tree, January 2009
  • "Asset Protection in Divorce Cases," Chicago Bar Association-Asset Protection Committee, June 2008
  • "Getting Paid & Getting Visitation: Successful Fee Agreements," Illinois State Bar Association, Collinsville, Illinois and Chicago, Illinois, April 2008
  • "Computer Spying on Spouses," North Suburban Bar Association, November 2007
  • "Family Law Issues Affecting the Elderly," Chicago Department on Aging-Provider Council, June 1995
  • "Special Problems Facing Older Adults in a Divorce," Chicago Bar Association-Elder Law Committee, February 1994
  • "Divorce Law Basic," The Chicago Public Library/Chicago Bar Association
  • "Divorce- Know Your Rights," Oakton Community College and The Discovery Center, 1992-1998


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