Michael J. Maslanka
Michael J. Maslanka is an attorney in the full-service downtown Chicago, Illinois law firm of Sacks, Goreczny, Maslanka & Costello, P.C. He has been affiliated with members of the firm since 1992. Michael is a graduate of Brother Rice High School (Chicago, IL), Saint Xavier College (now known as Saint Xavier University) (Chicago, IL), and Southern Illinois University School of Law (Carbondale, IL). He was licensed to practice law in Illinois in 1984, and is also admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, and the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Illinois.
He is a member of the following associations: American Bar Association, Illinois State Bar Association, Chicago Bar Association, Illinois Real Estate Lawyers Association, and Du Page County Bar Association. He is a Fellow of the Illinois Bar Foundation, and has been actively involved in the work of the Illinois State Bar Association for many years, and is currently a member of the Real Estate Law Section Council, and the Human Rights Section Council. He is also a Past President of the Group Legal Services Association (formerly API), and a former member of the American Bar Association's Standing Committee on Group and Prepaid Legal Services.
Michael has spoken at many community group presentations and at Continuing Legal Education seminars, been quoted in the L.A. Times and in several law journal articles, and has authored a multitude of articles for various publications over many years.
The law firm has a substantial general practice in Cook County and the collar counties. Michael has represented thousands of clients in a wide variety of cases for over 32 years, and is fluent in Spanish. He is a provider attorney for group and legal service plans, as well. Over his career he has represented clients in the Illinois Appellate Court, successfully pursued political asylum for a Haitian national, defended consumers' rights, settled many claims, including against Unicare, effected reimbursement for a client from a car dealer in a fraudulent sale transaction, pursued penalties from governing state agencies against defendants, and helped a parent in one case collect over $25,000.00 lump sum in past-due child support and expenses. Michael won a 5-day probate trial regarding a revocable living trust amendment, which decision was confirmed after almost 2 years of appellate challenges, including to the Illinois Supreme Court.
Finally, Michael has been making pro bono home visits for many years to senior and disabled clients needing legal advice.
- U.S. Supreme Court
- U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit
- U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois
- U.S. Bankruptcy Court Northern District of Illinois
- Southern Illinois University School of Law, Carbondale, Illinois
- Saint Xavier College, Chicago, Illinois
Professional Associations and Memberships
- American Bar Association
- Illinois State Bar Association
- Chicago Bar Association
- Illinois Real Estate Lawyers Association