Misty J. CyganPartner
Upon first meeting Misty Cygan, you’re likely to note her amiable personality and unassuming demeanor. After a few minutes of conversation, her intelligence and good hearted nature are revealed. What many of her clients may have yet to discover is the grit, power and multiple accomplishments she brings to the table; all of which are fueled by her passion for humanity.
For over 14 years, Misty has delivered powerful, effective, legal representation to businesses and individuals throughout Chicago and the surrounding areas. Misty’s focus has become supporting other women in the business world. She helps women start their companies and serves as an advocate and advisor to ensure that their businesses begin with a strong foundation and grow with confidence.
Misty has vast knowledge as it relates to complex business litigation, representing and advising small businesses, and civil litigation. She brings concrete knowledge and experience to bear on matters that span industries.
Additionally, Misty represents individuals and families in family and matrimonial law matters, including separation, divorce, custody, visitation and support, maintenance and alimony, and prenuptial and postnuptial agreements.
While Misty was serving in the United States Air Force in North Carolina, she also attended North Carolina Wesleyan College where she earned dual degrees in Criminal Justice and Psychology, graduating summa cum laude.
After being honorably discharged from the Air Force in 2003, Misty relocated to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, where she attended Nova Southeastern University, Shepard Broad Law Center and earned her Juris Doctorate in May 2007. She was selected for the prestigious honor of serving as an Articles Editor on the ILSA Journal of International & Comparative Law her second and third years of law school. Misty graduated in the top 25% of her class and went on to become licensed in Florida in September 2007.
Misty was born and raised in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin and shortly after sitting for the Florida bar, she returned closer to home by relocating to Chicago and became licensed in Illinois in May 2008.
From October, 1999 to July, 2003, she served in the United States Air Force as a Maintenance Production Manager, distinguishing herself as an F-15 Maintenance Production Manager, 333d Aircraft Maintenance Unit, 4th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, 4th Maintenance Group, 4th Fighter Wing, Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina.
During her time at Seymour Johnson, Airman Cygan was hand-picked by squadron supervisors to devise a plan to incorporate a fifth aircraft phase dock. The plan’s triumph was evident when the 4th Fighter Wing achieved an additional 1,800 hours toward the annual flying hour program and accomplished 532 sorties for 2,702 hours in support of Operation NOBLE EAGLE. Airman Cygan scheduled over 19 cross-country sorties while maintaining a superb 99 percent scheduling effectiveness rate, exceeding Air Combat Command standard of 95 percent. Her knowledge contributed to the 333d Aircraft Maintenance Unit being recognized as “Best in the 4th Fighter Wing” when they attained a phenomenal 82.5 percent mission capable rate for December 2002, a first for the F-15E Strike Eagle aircraft in over 3 years. Misty was also selected for early promotion to Senior Airman, a distinct honor. 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. Misty’s passion for the law is exceeded only by her love for animals. During law school, she 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
- "Text Messages and E-mails Sent From a Public Officials' Personal Account Qualify as Public Records Under FOIA," Illinois Trial Briefs, September 2020
- "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
- Pilates obsessed
- Peloton (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