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   3Melissa J. CooneyCrystal Lake(815) 459-2050mcooney@zrfmlaw.commcooney@zrfmlaw.comZukowski Rogers Flood & McArdlewww.zrfmlaw.comwww.zrfmlaw.comcooneymelissa.jpgTrust, Will & Estate Planning Law
Melissa J. Cooneymcooney@zrfmlaw.com
Zukowski Rogers Flood & McArdlehttp://www.zrfmlaw.com
50 Virginia St
Crystal Lake IL 60014
Ph.(815) 459-2050 Fx.(815) 459-9057Leading Lawyers Magazine story about this lawyer
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Recommended by peers in:
Trust, Will & Estate Planning Law
County:  McHenry
Litigator:  Yes

Practice Description:  
Ms. Cooney practices primarily in the area of estate planning. Her practice in estates and trusts includes:
  • counseling clients on estate planning
  • drafting and counseling clients on wills and trusts
  • counseling clients on powers of attorney
  • counseling clients on guardianship issues
  • representing clients in probate proceedings
  • acting as an attorney for estates
  • acting as a guardian ad litem for minors and disabled adults
  • acting as an attorney for estate claimants
Ms. Cooney's love of nature drew her to the field of conservancy, including conservation easements. She represents The Land Conservancy of McHenry County and has provided legal assistance to the Barrington Area Conservation Trust. She also represents the Community Foundation of McHenry County, a 501(c)(3) public foundation established in 2001.

Since January 2016, Cooney has served as an appointed member of the Illinois Supreme Court's Committee on Character and Fitness. The committee determines whether prospective attorneys are suitable to practice law in the state and whether their applications for legal certification present issues related to moral character.

From 1997 to 2009 Cooney was an adjunct faculty member at McHenry County College, where she taught several courses on the practice of law, including a class titled "Law for the Legal Secretary." A longtime resident of Woodstock, she enjoys reading, traveling in Europe and cheering for the Chicago Cubs.

Ms. Cooney began her career at Zukowski, Rogers, Flood & McArdle in 1991, following in the footsteps of her late father, the Honorable James Cooney, who joined the firm as special counsel after he retired from the bench.


Bar Admissions:  
Illinois, 1991
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, 1991



Year of Birth:  1948

Law School:  University of Illinois, J.D., 1991

Graduate School: Kent State University, M.A., 1987

Undergraduate School:  Kent State University, B.G.S., 1985


Bar/Professional Association Involvement:  
  • Pro bono drafting of conservation easements for lands donated by private landowners, developers and others wishing to leave a legacy of open space
  • Prairie State Legal Services and Turning Point, pro bono legal services for disabled children and other individuals
  • McHenry County Bar Association
    • Law Day committee member, 2000-2017
      • president, 1999-2000
      • former vice president, secretary, and treasurer
  • Illinois State Bar Association


Awards; Honors; Distinctions:
  • McHenry County Bar Association Distinguished Service Award, 2010
  • Leading Lawyers, Law Bulletin Media, 2012-present


Community Involvement:  
Woodstock Professional & Business Women
  Former president
Hearthstone Communities
  Former Board member
Victorian Village Condo Association
  President


Legal Lectures:  
  • Presenter, "Civil Unions," PFLAG, May 10, 2011
  • Presenter, "Conservation Easements," McHenry County Farm Bureau, March 30, 2011; Aug. 19, 2010; July 24, 2009; Aug. 26, 2008
  • Presenter, (with Ryan P. Farrell), "Estate Planning," Hearthstone, Sept. 10, 2009
  • Presenter, "Trusts and Estates," PFLAG, Sept. 8, 2009
  • Presenter, "Conservation Easements," McHenry County Farm Bureau, July 24, 2009
  • Presenter, "Trusts and Estates," Centegra, March 19, 2009
  • Presenter, "Trusts and Estates," Sun City, March 18, 200


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