Michael attended the University of Iowa where he became involved in charitable programs and student government. The Dance Marathon Committee he served on raised over a half million dollars for youth cancer patients and their families. Michael then went on to attend The John Marshall Law School in Chicago. While in law school, Michael clerked for the Cook County State’s attorney office working to help seek justice for victims of crime. During his clerkship, Michael was able to prosecute a number of felony trials with a 7-11 license.
After earning his law degree, Michael served as an Assistant State’s Attorney for the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office. Michael started his career off as a prosecutor in the Appeals division, where he handled numerous felony appeals. He was then assigned a courtroom in the 4th District of Cook County. There he protected the most vulnerable members of our local community by prosecuting domestic violence, child abuse and other violent crimes.
Michael then transitioned in 2010 to private practice where he became a partner at Ferdinand P. Serpe & Associates, LTD. There Michael was the lead attorney handling criminal and civil cases within the counties of Cook, DuPage, and McHenry.
In 2016, Michael opened the Law Offices of Michael M. Chvatal where he specialized in criminal defense, real estate, and administrative hearings. Michael serves an administrative hearing officer and prosecutor for a number of local municipalities.
Michael was elected President of the West Suburban Bar association by his peers. Prior to being elected President, Michael ran the WSBA In-Court bar program for the 4th district. The In-Court bar program provides legal representation at the courthouse for reduced fees for low-income residents. This helps ensure equal access to justice for people of all backgrounds. Michael has also served on the Executive Committee of the Suburban Bar Coalition.
Outside the courtroom, Michael works hard to better his community. He has been elected by local voters as Commissioner of the Park District of Lagrange where he supports recreational and environmental initiatives. He has served as Chairman of the St. John of the Cross Parish School Board and on the Illinois Secretary of State’s Motor Review Board. He has been a Proviso Mental Health Commissioner and a Director of the St. Joseph High School Board. He also volunteers to coach local youth sports.
During his free time, Michael enjoys spending time with his wife Jamie, two sons (Colin and Mason) and their dog, Daisy. He will be a Judge that represents our west suburban community with honor and integrity.