Michele M. Jochner is a partner with the nationally-recognized matrimonial law firm of Schiller DuCanto & Fleck, handling complex, high-asset matters. Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Jochner served for 15 years as a judicial law clerk to two Justices of the Illinois Supreme Court: the late Hon. Mary Ann G. McMorrow and the Hon. Charles E. Freeman. Ms. Jochner thus has a unique breadth and depth of experience, having been involved in numerous high-profile matters involving cutting-edge issues of first impression.
A recognized legal scholar, expert writer and educator to law students and attorneys, Ms. Jochner has been honored by her peers in "Best Lawyers in America," as a Super Lawyer and as a "Leading Lawyer" who ranks in the top 100 Women Consumer Lawyers in Illinois and who was profiled in the 2016 Consumer Edition of Leading Lawyers Magazine. Ms. Jochner was also named the recipient of the 2015 Top Women Lawyers in Leadership Award by the Women's Bar Association of Illinois. She also has authored nearly 200 articles on a wide array of legal topics appearing in publications nationwide, and her two columns, “Law From a Different Perspective” and "On Appeal," appear regularly in the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin. In addition, she is listed in several “Who’s Who” publications, and was previously recognized as one of “40 Illinois Attorneys Under 40 to Watch” by the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin. Ms. Jochner regularly spea ks on legal issues to various groups across the State, including seminars on effective legal writing, appellate advocacy, and family law. In addition, for the last decade, she has appeared as part of the “Illinois Law” television broadcasts as a panelist for that series’ annual review of United States Supreme Court decisions. She has also served as an adjunct professor at both DePaul University College of Law and The John Marshall Law School. In testament to her career-long commitment to legal education, the Illinois Supreme Court appointed Ms. Jochner to serve as the Vice-Chair its Minimum Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) Board.
As a well-known leader in the Chicago legal community, she is also active with many organizations, including the Chicago Bar Association (CBA), where she serves as a member of the Board of Managers and on the Executive Committee of the CBA’s Alliance for Women and the Editorial Board of the CBA Record, and is immediate past-chair of the CBA's Committee on Public Affairs. She is similarly active with the Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA), where she is a past member of the Board of Governors, the Assembly and the Editorial Board of the Illinois Bar Journal. Currently, she is a co-editor of the Bench & Bar Newsletter and serves as a member of the Family Law Section Council. She also serves on the Board of Directors of the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education (IICLE), as well as on three panels at her alma mater, DePaul University College of Law: the Dean’s Council, The Schiller DuCanto & Fleck Family Law Center Advisory Board and the Advisory Bo ard for the Center for Public Interest Law. She also holds several leadership positions within the Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, and serves on the Leader Council for Mercy Home for Boys and Girls.
Recognizing the importance of ensuring that the future of the legal profession is in good hands, Ms. Jochner also actively mentors numerous law students at DePaul, as well as through Phi Alpha Delta. Her mentoring efforts have been recognized by The Chicago Lawyer Magazine in naming her one of 2013's "Women Making an Impact."
Michele speaks on a variety of topics, including:
- Business development
- Special one-hour presentation on "The History of Women in the Law"