MikeMr. Scalzo has been practicing law for more than 30 years, concentrating in family law and civil litigation.  He has tried dozens of cases to verdict and through the appellate process.  More importantly, he has negotiated favorable settlements on behalf of his clients and avoided litigation.

He is a court appointed divorce mediator in DuPage County and has successfully mediated hundreds of cases.  He is also a court approved civil law mediator and has mediated cases involving hundreds of thousands of dollars.  Also, he is a chair-qualified arbitrator of major cases in the court-annexed arbitration program.  He frequently is court-appointed as a Guardian Ad Litem (GAL) and frequently acts on behalf of minor children in various court proceedings.  Since 2002, Mr. Scalzo has been an active practitioner of Collaborative Law in resolving disputes respectfully and responsibly without court intervention.

 

 

Education

Case Western Reserve University School of Law, Cleveland, Ohio
DePauw University, Greencastle, Indiana

 

Bar Admissions

U.S. Supreme Court
Illinois Supreme Court
Ohio Supreme Court

U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois

 

Professional Organizations

Illinois State Bar Association
– Family Law Section Council

Illinois State Bar Foundation
– Board of Directors

Prairie State Legal Services
– Treasurer; Board of Directors

Collaborative Law Institute of Illinois
– Treasurer; Board of Directors

DuPage County Bar Association
– Executive Committee

DuPage County Bar Foundation
– Board of Directors

Justinian Society of Lawyers
– 2015 Recipient of the Justice Anthony M. Peccarelli Award
– Officer and Bocce Ball Champ

 

Lectures

Mediation: Process, Confidentiality, New Laws & Different Types of Mediation, DuPage County Bar Association Family Law Mediation Training (May 2016)

Maintenance: Predictable or Perplexing?  DuPage County Bar Association, Annual Mega Meeting, Family Law Committee (January 2016)

Things You Need to Know and Things You Should Consider as a Family Law Mediator, DuPage County Bar Association Family Law Mediation Training (May 2014)

Financial Issues in Post-Decree Divorce Cases, Association of Divorce Financial Planners, Annual Conference, Chicago, Illinois (September 2013)

 

Appeals

In re Estate of M.J.E., 2016 IL App (2d) 1610457-U

In re Marriage of Berendt, 2015 IL App (2d) 140797-U

Collins v. IDHFS, 2014 IL App (2d) 130536

In re Marriage of Heinrich, 2014 IL App (2d) 121333

In re Marriage of Mirea, 2014 IL App (2d) 130323-U

 

Personal

Mr. Scalzo served in the U.S. Air Force as a Captain in the Judge Advocate General Corps.  He is married, has four adult sons, and nine grandchildren.  He enjoys reading, playing bridge, bike riding, and spending time with his family.

 

 

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