Michael J. Berger


Our clients trust us with everything they have. We protect them with everything we have.

Deeply honest. Genuinely caring. Authentically committed.  Michael Berger is a respected negotiator and experienced litigator who is a recognized authority in the financial and business aspects of family law proceedings.

As a founder of the family law firm, Berger Schatz, Michael represents professionals and high net worth individuals in divorce actions involving complex issues, including business valuations, segregation of personal and enterprise goodwill interests, and protection of non-marital assets from a spouse’s marital claim. He counsels clients in all areas of family and matrimonial law, providing, above all, fair and honest counsel that they can trust, proven by his reputation of providing winning counsel to some of the most well-known, high profile Chicagoans.

For Michael it’s care and commitment – no matter the circumstance.


Michael employs creative, collaborative solutions, partnering with best-in-their-field experts to address clients’ most complex, contentious matters with precision and flair. An aggressive advocate for his client’s rights, Michael also understands that divorce is one of the most emotionally challenging events in a person lives, for them, and their family.

He works with clients to develop robust and creative strategies, with an enviable record of success at the negotiating table and in the courtroom.


Michael has been named to the Leading Lawyers Network since its inception in 2003 and is one of a select group of attorneys to earn a Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent® peer rating. He also has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America®, the oldest and most respected peer-reviewed publication of its kind, since 2009. Michael has been selected annually for inclusion in the Illinois Super Lawyers list since 2005 and was profiled in the 2013 Super Lawyers publication. 

Professional Recognition 

  • The Best Lawyers in America® for the practice of Family Law, 2009 – Present 
  • Illinois Super Lawyers, 2005 – Present  
  • Leading Lawyers Network, 2003 – Present  
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent® 

Firm Administration

  • Executive Committee, Member


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Illinois Institute of Technology Chicago–Kent College of Law, J.D.

Roosevelt University, B.A.

Bar Admissions


Professional Leadership

Chicago Bar Association, Member Lake County Bar Association, Member Illinois Bar Association, Member American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Fellow