Michael Ian Bender, Chicago Family Lawyer

Michael Ian Bender re-opened The Law Office of Michael Ian Bender in December of 2013 after retiring from his meaningful tenure as a Judge of the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois. Bender originally opened the Law Office in 1993, after serving as a Judicial Law Clerk in the First District Illinois Appellate Court for the Honorable Justice Alan Hartman from 1991 to 1993. In 1993, Bender opened The Law Office of Michael Ian Bender, where he concentrated in litigation offering a broad range of legal services including complex family law and civil rights litigation. Bender has also served as a prosecutor for the Village of Skokie as an Assistant Corporation Counsel. He additionally was elected as a Commissioner of the Skokie Park District. Bender served two terms as President of the Skokie Park Board of Commissioners, where he was instrumental in stabilizing the financial future of the Skokie Park District. Bender later joined the law firm of Nadler, Pritikin & Mirabelli, LLC., where he concentrated in family law and advocated for the rights of at-risk youths.


Protecting Children: Bettering the World One Child at a Time

Judge Michael Ian Bender has devoted his life to protecting children so that they can grow into functional, independent, healthy adults. The trauma that children suffer due to disputes between their parents has long-lasting negative effects. This trauma is heightened at times of divorce and separation.

In his new book, “Protecting Children: Bettering the World One Child at a Time,” Judge Bender documents his experience in minimizing trauma to children who are subject to families that are breaking up, so that parents, lawyers, and judges can better understand how to remove the trauma from the child’s life. His book provides unique insight into aiding children of divorce, custody, and parentage disputes so that they grow into healthy adults. These children will, in turn, have the ability to have healthy relationships with their spouses and children.

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Michael Ian Bender served as Cook County Illinois Judge in the Domestic Relations Division. He now draws upon his experience to help mothers, fathers, and grandparents confidentially resolve their family related disputes outside of the public courtroom through the mediation process.

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Preventing Child Abuse

Driven by the certainty, “There is no excuse for child abuse,” Michael Ian Bender vigorously advocates to protect abused, at-risk, and neglected children.

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Divorce Representation

With more than 20 years of extensive experience, Michael Ian Bender can help you efficiently navigate the complex challenges surrounding divorce, parentage disputes, child custody causes, visitation complications, order of protection matters, college contribution disagreements, and child support issues.

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Practice Areas

Preventing Child Abuse
High Profile Divorce Representation
Child Custody
Divoce and Parentage Representation
Litigation and Negotiation


Issues pertaining to Family Law are complex. Let The Law Office of Michael Ian Bender answer your questions.

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About Michael Ian Bender

The Law Office of Michael Ian Bender provides personalized legal guidance and support through all facets of family law.

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Officed in downtown Chicago, The Law Office of Michael Ian Bender represents all family law needs. Call the office at 312-236-1500 to schedule your consultation.

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