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Michael J. Rizo

Associate
michaelrizo@bellas-wachowski.com
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Phone: 847.823.9030 Ext: 215
Fax: 847.823.9393

15 N Northwest Hwy
Park Ridge, Illinois 60068

Michael is dedicated to protecting the assets of individuals and providing a plan that gives peace of mind for the future. Accordingly, Michael focuses his practice on Estate Planning and Probate Administration. Whether he is assisting clients to create a plan for emergencies, provide a safety net for minor children, or reduce estate taxes, Michael understands each client has important and individualized concerns. By striving to create and maintain close personal relationships with his clients, Michael helps navigate the complexities of Estate Planning. He recognizes each client has a unique set of circumstances and desires which can only be properly addressed by providing undivided and personalized attention. The process of Estate Planning can be stressful and full of uncertainties. Regardless of the size of the client’s estate, Michael prides himself in creating unique plans tailored to fit each client’s needs. Michael provides the same level of detailed work to every area of law he practices, striving to provide clients with the best possible representation.

Michael attended University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign he obtained his Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology in 2013. In 2016, Michael earned his Juris Doctor from DePaul University College of Law and became a member of the Illinois State Bar Association the following year. While in law school, Michael clerked for the Honorable Judge Amy Bertani-Tomzcak of the Twelfth Judicial Circuit Court in Will County. During his legal education, Michael discovered his passion for Estate Planning. A self-proclaimed “nerd” of the subject, Michael earned the CALI Excellence for the Future Award for Wills and Trusts during his second year of law school.

Michael grew up in the south suburbs of Chicago. Growing up with both parents working for the Illinois State Police, Michael was raised with an understanding and respect for the law. His father was an Illinois State Police Lieutenant Colonel and his mother a Forensic Chemist, both of whom Michael credits his familiarity to and appreciation for the legal system.

Education

J.D., DePaul University College of Law, Chicago, Illinois, 2016
CALI Excellence for the Future Award – Wills and Trusts

B.S., University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, Illinois, 2013

Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice Illinois, 2017
Professional & Bar Association Memberships

Illinois State Bar Association

Chicago Bar Association

Will County Bar Association

Publications

Are Employee Non-Compete Agreements Still Valid for Low-Level Employees?
May 23, 2017 Chicago Business Lawyer’s Blog


The question of possession, custody, or control in production
Feb 1, 2017 Illinois State Bar Association’s Trial Briefs Newsletter


Social media as evidence?
Jan 1, 2017 Illinois State Bar Association’s Trial Briefs Newsletter