Michael J. Smith

Practice Areas

  • Divorce
  • Custody
  • Child Support
  • Guardianship, Minors and Disabled Adults
  • Wills

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Attorney Michael J. Smith was born and raised in Rockford, Illinois. He graduated from Jefferson High School in 1973. He then attended Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky and graduated from Western Illinois University in 1977. Attorney Smith then attended law school at Southern Illinois University where he received his Juris Doctorate Cum Laude in 1980.

While attending law school, Attorney Smith began his family law practice through the Southern Illinois University School of Law clinic program. After graduation, and before passing the bar examination, he practiced as an Assistant City Attorney for the City of Rockford pursuant to Supreme Court Rule 711. After passing the bar exam Attorney Smith continued his employment with the City of Rockford until he pursued a career in private practice in 1981.

Since entering private practice, Attorney Smith has maintained a general practice with a concentration in family law. He has been a member of the American Bar Association, Illinois State Bar Association and Winnebago County Bar Association for over forty years each. Attorney Smith is currently a member of the family law section of each of these associations. He is currently on an advisory panel for the American Bar Association. He has been a presenter to other attorneys locally on family law and child related topics.

For over forty years Attorney Michael J. Smith has provided experienced family law representation. Family law includes many areas such as dissolution of marriage (divorce), child custody and visitation, child support, parentage (paternity), Orders of Protection and post decree issues as well as adoption and guardianship.


Southern Illinois University School of Law, Carbondale, Illinois

  • J.D.
  • Honors: cum laude

Western Illinois University, Illinois

  • B.A
  • Honors: magna cum laude

Bar Admission

  • Illinois, 1980
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois, 1982


  • Leading Lawyers Network 2008- Present
  • American Bar Association Family Law Advisory Panel 2012-Present
  • 10 Best Attorneys 2015 – Present

Past Positions

  • City of Rockford, Assistant City Attorney, 1980 to 1981
  • Balsley, Morse & Smith, Attorney, 1981 to 1991
  • Law Offices of Michael J. Smith, Attorney, 1991 to 1994
  • Abate & Smith, Partner Attorney, 1994 to 2017

Professional Associations

  • American Bar Association, 1980 to Present
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Winnebago County Bar Association, 1980 to Present