DuPage Litigation and Mediation Services is the law firm of Michael A. Benedetto. Mr. Benedetto has practiced law in Illinois since 1972 and is currently a member in good standing with Chicago and DuPage County Bar Associations. He has attained an unblemished record with the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission (ARDC), the group that regulates lawyers in Illinois, never having been the subject of a disciplinary proceeding before the organization.
Mr. Benedetto has an extensive background in both litigation and mediation. He served as chief litigator and administrator for two of the state's largest and most active legal divisions in the consumer fraud and environmental areas. He personally handled numerous lawsuits and appeals against the top companies and law firms in the Chicago area and earning the reputation as a "tough, but fair" litigator.
In his current practice, founded in 1981, he has achieved numerous accomplishments in his profession. He was a founding member of Advocate for Shared Custody, the organization that was responsible for drafting and passing Illinois' current joint custody law and has recently received certification as a representative for the child in contested custody cases.
He has served on the Executive Committee of the Chicago Bar Association's Matrimonial Law Committee and was Chairperson of its Alternative Dispute Resolution Subcommittee. He was appointed to the Illinois Supreme Court ADR Committee and Domestic Relations Task Force responsible for proposing statewide ADR programs for resolution of domestic relation matters. In addition, he has saved on the board of the Mediation Council of Illinois and was a practitioner of the Academy of Family Mediators. He has served as chairperson of the DuPage County Bar Association Senior Lawyers Committee.
He helped to establish both the Cook County and DuPage County divorce education projects, which provides mandatory custody education for parents in the court system and was appointed to screen applicants for Cook County staff mediators. His qualifications in the mediation field include arranging 40-50 hours of educational mediation programs, 8 hours of advanced mediation training and experience as an arbitrator in the Cook and DuPage court-annexed arbitration programs.
He has lectured extensively on Illinois divorce law before professionals, private groups and college students on such topics as "Professionals and Divorce," "Women and Divorce," "Men and Divorce" and the "Economics of Divorce." He has helped train social workers on this subject for Lutheran Social Services and has conducted seminars for professionals in the area including marital counselors, therapists, clergy, attorneys and the Illinois CPA Society.