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Michael S. Hopkins
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Location:

Joliet, IL

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Fax:

815-730-6966

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Michael is a United States Air Force veteran who has been practicing in Will and surrounding counties since 2009. He is an experienced civil litigator and has represented local governmental entities in various areas of law, from employment and constitutional matters to statutory compliance. He spent several years as a municipal prosecutor, prosecuting local ordinance and traffic offenses, including misdemeanors, and has advised and represented local police departments. His practice has also included eminent domain, school law, liquor control, administrative hearings, Boards of Fire and Police Commissioners, and Freedom of Information Act compliance.

He graduated cum laude from the John Marshall Law School in 2008 and served on The John Marshall Law Review. His comment “Hemlock in the Marketplace” was published in the Summer 2007 edition. Marshall L. Rev. 1365 (2007).  He recently presented at the 2019 Illinois Local Government Lawyers Association’s fall conference as a panelist for “Betting on Liquor & Video Gaming:  Winners and Losers – Parts I & 2.”

Areas Of Practice

  • Trust and Estate Litigation
  • Decedent’s Estates
  • Adoption
  • Guardianship for Minors and Disabled Adults
  • Estate Planning
  • Traffic Defense
  • Municipal Law

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois, 2008
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois, 2009
  • U.S. District Court Central District of Illinois, 2009

Education

  • The John Marshall Law School, Chicago, Illinois
    • J.D. - 2008
    • Honors: cum laude
  • Governors State University
    • B.A. - 2001
    • Honors: With High Honors
    • Major: M.A. English - 2002

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Will County Bar Association