Misty J. CyganAssociate
Misty has worked hard to become an attorney, which was her dream. She earned her two undergraduate degrees while being on active duty in the United States Air Force. She graduated summa cum laude from North Carolina Wesleyan College with dual degrees. During her four years in the military, Misty was responsible for producing a weekly flying and aircraft maintenance schedule for a fleet of 24 F-15 fighter jets. Misty also provided support for Operation Noble Eagle in response to the 9/11 attacks.
At the core of Misty’s practice is her love of the law and her desire to help people. Her practice focuses on representing small business owners in business disputes, family law (i.e., divorce, child custody, and child support issues), employment-related immigration and cargo transport violations by the Department of Homeland Security. Misty is an accredited attorney with the Veteran’s Administration for the preparation, presentation, and prosecution of claims for Veterans benefits before the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
Misty’s passion of the law is exceeded only by her love for animals. During law school, Misty served as the Secretary for the Student Animal Legal Defense Fund (SALDF), whose goal was to help pass new legislation as it related to the protection of animals and for stricter penalties and punishment for animal abuse. She also currently volunteers with PAWS Chicago, the area’s largest no kill humane organization. An animal-lover since she was a child in rural Wisconsin, Misty assists fellow animal-lovers in providing for their pets after they are gone or can no longer care for them. There are several ways to provide for your pet, including wills and trusts for animals.
J.D., Nova Southeastern University, 2007
Criminal Justice and Psychology, North Carolina Wesleyan College
summa cum laude
Illinois State Bar, 2008
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, General Bar, 2009
U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois, 2019
- Successfully defended an appeal by a majority shareholder of Exelon Enterprises Company who sought to dismiss a lawsuit filed by minority shareholders alleging breach of fiduciary duties in connection with the corporation’s merger. Carpenter v. Exelon Enterprises Company and Exelon Corporation, 399 Ill.App.3d 330 (1st Dist. 2010).
- Trial in federal court relating to a wrongful removal claim of a minor child pursuant to Article 15 of The Convention of the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction, done at The Hague on 25 Oct 1980 International Child Abduction Remedies Act, 42 U.S.C. 11601. Tlustochowicz v. Tlustochowicz, 2012 WL 3779071 (N.D. Ill.)
- Oral arguments before the Appellate Court in Zdunczyk v. Worker’s Compensation Commission, 2012 IL App (1st) 112396WC-U
- "So You Want to Use Social Media Posts as Evidence?" Illinois State Bar Association, Trial Briefs, vol 66, no. 6, May 2020
- “Say Goodbye to Boilerplate Objections & Responses to Discovery Requests,” Illinois State Bar Association Trial Briefs, May, 2017.
- “A defamation action under Rule 224 is not afforded First Amendment protections so long as the “necessity” requirement is met” Illinois State Bar Association, Trial Briefs, vol 61, no. 3, October 2015.
- “The concept of ‘inherent power’ does not divest a circuit court of its jurisdiction – Comment regarding the Illinois Supreme Court case of LVNV Funding v. Matthen Trice,” Illinois State Bar Association, Trial Briefs, vol 60, no. 10, April 2015.
- “Developments in piercing the corporate veil,” Illinois State Bar Association, Trial Briefs, vol. 59, no. 12, June, 2014
- Running (completed 5 half-marathons)
- Volunteer at PAWS, Chicago
Illinois State Bar Association, 2008- present
- Member of Task Force on Unauthorized Practice of Law, 2019-present