Law Office of Michael M. Chvatal. Westchester, IL 2016 ~ Present


  • Owner operator of a small litigation firm concentrating in criminal, municipal and civil cases. Representing numerous villages in local prosecution of traffic and local ordinance violations in the Cook County Fourth District Courthouse.
  • Prepare pleadings and other legal documents in connection with trials, hearings and other legal proceedings in both the Criminal and Family Law Divisions of the Circuit Court of Cook County.
  • Appointed Hearing Officer for the Village of Hillside administrative hearing court that hears all law enforcement ordinance, red light, housing, and building code violations.

Ferdinand Serpe & Associates, LTD. Maywood, IL 2009 ~ 2016


  • Litigation of criminal and civil cases that ranged from attempted murder to small claims within the counties of Cook, DuPage, Lake, and McHenry of Illinois.
  • Manage all aspects of cases from inception through completion.
  • Defended more than 300 criminal trials, won numerous acquittals, and obtained many dropped charges after preliminary hearings, along with hundreds of negotiated settlements.

Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office Chicago, IL 2006 – 2009

Assistant State’s Attorney

  • Prosecution of crimes in western municipalities of Cook County, Illinois.
  • Accountable for a volume of 20+ appeals in the Illinois Supreme and Appellate Courts.
  • Demonstrated and maximized oral communication and analytical skills by arguing hundreds of motions, hearings, bond hearings, violation hearings, discovery related hearings, preliminary hearings, and summary suspension hearings.
  • Lead and executed conferencing with opposing attorneys, witnesses, courtroom staff, court reporters, deputy sheriffs, and police officers from over 25 police agencies.
  • Managed and supervised busy courtroom while coordinating large amounts of litigation cases.
  • Published Opinion ~ State of Illinois ~ Appellate Court, First District.

(People v. Cunningham 2007 Ill. App. LEXIS 1018)


Juris Doctor

The John Marshall Law School – May 2005

Chicago, IL

The University of Iowa – May 2002

Iowa City, IA

Bachelor of Business Administration


St. John of the Cross School Advisory Board Chairman, Present

West Suburban Bar Association, Past-President 2019

Park District of LaGrange, Commissioner 2022-Present

Proviso Township Mental Health Commissioner, 2010-2012