Michael J. Fleck, Esq.

  • Michael J. Fleck
    Michael J. Fleck, Esq.
    Huntley, IL.
  • Education
    J.D. (High Honors, Order of the Coif) – Chicago Kent College of Law – June, 1995
    Moot Court Honor Society - Selected
    B.S. Chemistry – University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign – June, 1987
    About Michael J. Fleck
    Mr. Fleck is an attorney whose practice is located in Huntley, Illinois. He concentrates his practice in the areas of estate planning and probate, real estate, corporate, employment matters and civil litigation. He has practiced law in Huntley since 1995 and is the managing partner of the Law Office of Michael J. Fleck, P.C.
    Mr. Fleck is licensed to practice in Illinois State Courts (1995); the Federal District Court for the Northern District of Illinois (General Bar, 1995 and Trial Bar, 2006); the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit (2003); and the United States Supreme Court (2013). He has appeared before the State and Federal Appellate Courts, the Federal Bankruptcy Court (N.D. IL), the Illinois Human Rights Commission and pro hac vice in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York (2003). He has represented creditor parties, including bankruptcy trustees, in the Federal Bankruptcy Courts.
    Mr. Fleck is an arbitrator in the 22nd Judicial Circuit - McHenry County, Illinois, for its mandatory arbitration program pursuant to the Illinois Supreme Court Rule 87.
    Prior to becoming an attorney, Mr. Fleck was and still is an environmental research chemist and consultant. He published a number of technical articles and has given many technical lectures in the field of environmental chemistry. In 1995, he received a patent (5,564,065) for his invention of a high-tech carbon monoxide air filtration unit. In 2015 he received his second patent (8,890,105) for an advanced personal water treatment device implementing a similar chemical process. He is a co-founder of Pidge Industries, LLC, the entity that is developing that product.
    Mr. Fleck has been featured in the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin and the Daily Herald, as well as other publications, for his legal/scientific accomplishments.
    Mr. Fleck has published legal articles, including a cover story in the Illinois Bar Journal, and has given seminars in the areas of real estate, estate planning, administration and litigation. For a list of articles and seminars, see below.
    Mr. Fleck has been honored to serve as a judge for the American Bar Association’s National Law School Moot Court Finals (2016 and 2017) and the National Law School Moot Court Appellate Finals (2016 and 2017).
    Mr. Fleck has been involved in the Huntley area since opening his practice. He served on the Huntley Library District Board of Trustees from 1995 to 2000 and was its President from 1998-2000. He has served on the Centegra Foundation Board of Directors from 1996 to 2003, and 2014 to present; is a member of the Huntley Community School District (2013 to present, currently Vice-President, Chair of Legislative Committee and member of Finance and Building & Grounds Committees); and is a Past President of the McHenry County (Illinois) Bar Association. He is also active in the Huntley Area Chamber of Commerce.
    Mr. Fleck is a member of the American Bar Association, Illinois State Bar Association and the McHenry County Bar Association.
    Technical Seminars/Articles
    “Ethical Practice Considerations and Concerns in Probate”, The Ultimate Guide to Probate, National Business Institute (Author, Unable to Present due to Injury), Springfield, Illinois – November, 2017.
    “Ethical Considerations in Probate”, Probate GAL Training, McHenry County Bar Association, Woodstock, Illinois - October, 2017
    “Taking the First Step: Filing an Estate in Probate Court”; “Understanding the Role of the Personal Representative in Probate”; and “Determining if a Spouse’s Elective Share is a Reasonable Option”, The Probate Process from Start to Finish, National Business Institute (Author and Presenter), Champaign, Illinois – May, 2016.
    “First Steps” and “Educating the Personal Representative”, Probate Boot Camp, National Business Institute (Author and Presenter), Eau Claire, Wisconsin – National Video Webcast, September, 2015; Presented Live in Springfield, Illinois, June, 2015.
    “Estate Planning for the Disabled” and “Ethical Considerations”, Trusts 101, National Business Institute (Author and Presenter), Chicago and Naperville, Illinois – August, 2015.
    “Statutory Overview and Updates”, Don’t Let Your POA be DOA: The Latest on Powers of Attorney & Guardianships, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, and Seminar Moderator, Chicago, Illinois – June, 2015.
    “Ethics and Estate Planning” and “Planning Methods to Control Medical Treatment”, Drafting Effective Wills and Trusts, National Business Institute (Author and Presenter), Northbrook, Illinois – May, 2014
    “Maintaining an Ethical Balance in Probate Practice” “Uncovering the Laws of Intestacy and How They May Apply” and “Litigating the Case in Probate Court”, The Probate Process from Start to Finish, National Business Institute (Author and Presenter), Springfield, Illinois, June, 2014.
    “Trust Administration Basics” and “Legal Ethics in Probate Practice”, Probate Basics, National Business Institute (Author and Presenter), Springfield and Naperville, Illinois, June, 2013.
    “Litigating the Case in Probate Court”, The Probate Process from Start to Finish, National Business Institute (Author and Presenter in Rockford and Springfield), Peoria, Rockford, Springfield, Illinois – June 2012. Also presenting in Rockford and Springfield on the topics of “Maintaining an Ethical Balance in Probate Practice,” and “Uncovering the Laws of Intestacy and How They May Apply.”
    “Provide and Protect”, Guest presenter for the Centegra Foundation, Algonquin, Illinois – April, 2012. (Materials © 2012 Crescendo Interactive, Inc.)
    “Estate Planning Basics”, Guest presenter for Weyers Financial Consultants, Lakewood, Illinois, March, 2012.
    “I’m Trustee and Executor . . . Now What?”, a workshop on the rights, duties and responsibilities as an executor and/or trustee. Presented at Citizens First National Bank – Huntley, Illinois as guest speaker of Citizens Financial Advisors – May, 2011.
    “6 Keys for Effective Illinois Estate Administration”, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, Moderator, Chicago, Illinois – February, 2010
    “Handling Individual Retirement Accounts After the IRA Owner Is Deceased”, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, Author and Presenter, Chicago and Champaign, Illinois – June, 2008.
    “Roadblocks in Probate: How to Deal with Common Challenges”, Fundamental Probate Procedures and Practice, National Business Institute (Author and Presenter in Rockford),
    Peoria, Rockford, and Springfield, Illinois - March 2008.
    “Comparison of EE/M and Cumulative Efficiency Methods for the Evaluation and Optimization of Advanced Oxidation Processes for DOC Removal from Water”, Peyton, G. R. Fleck, M. J. LeFaivre, M. H., Journal of Advanced Oxidation Technologies, (2003) Vol. 6; Part 2, pages 176-185.
    Seminar: "The Basics of Real Estate Transactions,” presented to The People’s Law School at McHenry County College, Crystal Lake, Illinois - April, 2000.
    Seminar: "Probate Basics", presented at the Algonquin Public Library (Illinois), March, 2000.
    Seminar: "Estate Planning", presented at the Algonquin Public Library (Illinois), February, 2000.
    Seminars: "Estate Planning", presented as part of the Edward Jones Investment Seminars at McHenry West High School (Illinois), various dates ca. 1999-2000.
    Seminar: "Enforcing Environmental Liens: Strategies and Options for Environmental Contractors", presented to the 13th Annual National Lien and Bond Claim Systems Seminar, The Marriot Hotel, Chicago, Illinois - November, 1998.
    Seminar: "The Basics of Real Estate Transactions from Contract to Closing", presented to the McHenry County Bar Association Young Lawyers Section, McHenry County Government center, Woodstock, Illinois - March, 1998.
    "The Illinois Brownfields Law: Environmental Protection Meets Economic Productivity." Fleck, M.J. 84 Ill. Bar J. 400 (August, 1996); referenced with permission of Michael J. Fleck and the Illinois State Bar Journal in Salsich, P.W. and Tryniecki, T.J., Land Use Regulation, American Bar Association, Chicago, IL 1998.
    "Simple Characterization of Photoreactors for Use in Photooxidative Water Treatment Processes." Peyton, G.R., Smith, M.K. and Fleck, M.J. Submitted to Environmental Technology Letters - August, 1990.
    "Experimental Design for Accurate Measurement of the Utilized Ozone Dose in a Water Treatment System". Peyton, G.R., Fleck, M.J., George, G.K. and LeFaivre, M.H. Submitted to Ozone: Science and Engineering - July, 1990.
    "Investigation of Photochemical Oxidation Techniques for Treatment of Groundwater Contamination". Peyton, G.R., Fleck, M.J., George, G.K. and LeFaivre, M.H. Submitted to U.S. Naval Civil Engineering Laboratory - 1990.
    "Field Scale Evaluation of Aquifer and Wastewater Cleanup Using a Mobil Oxidation Pilot Plant (MOPP) Phase I. Assembly and Preliminary Testing". Peyton, G.R., Fleck, M.J. HWRIC Report RR-037 - October, 1989.
    Non-Technical Articles
    "Environmental Information for Asset Management". Fleck, M.J. Northern Illinois Real Estate Magazine, V.3 No. 8 - August, 1993.
    "Environmental Assessments and Due Diligence." Fleck, M.J. Northern Illinois Real Estate Magazine, V.3 No. 6 - June, 1993.
    "Safety & Environment: Why Comprehensive Compliance Management?" Latko, M.A. and Fleck, M.J. Northern Illinois Real Estate Magazine, V.4 No. 8 - June, 1994.