Michelle's legal practice is concentrated in family law and real estate. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from North Carolina State University in 2003 and her JD with a Certificate in Real Estate from The John Marshall Law School in 2006.
Prior to starting Gehris & Associates, LLC, Michelle was a partner in another local firm. She was the head of the Family Law and Real Estate Departments since 2011. Michelle's goal in starting Gehris & Associates, LLC was to provide an atmosphere for clients to not feel like they are just another file.
Prior to joining her prior law firm as an associate in 2007, Michelle prosecuted building code violations with Corporation Counsel for the City of Chicago Building and Land Use Litigation Division.
Michelle is a Court appointed mediator and has served on the Mediation Council for McHenry County since 2011. She is also very active in the McHenry County Bar Association, where she served three terms as President of the Family Law Section and is currently serving her third term on the Board of Governors. Michelle is licensed to practice law in the State of Illinois, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, and the United States Supreme Court.
Michelle's ability to connect with her clients and at the same time help them through one of the most difficult times of their lives has helped her earn the highest rating of any other Family Law attorney in Crystal Lake on the most comprehensive Attorney review site, Avvo.com. In her free time, Michelle enjoys traveling with her husband.
Owner at Gehris & Associates, LLC 2014-present
Partner at Botto Gilbert Gehris Lancaster, PC 2013-2014
Associate at Botto Gilbert Gehris Lancaster, PC 2007-2013 Attorney at City Of Chicago Corporation Counsel 2006–2007
7-11 law clerk at City Of Chicago Corporation Counsel 2005–2006
John Marshall Law School, Chicago, Law, JD - Juris Doctor, 2006
John Marshall Law School, Chicago, Real Estate Law, JD Certificate, 2006 North Carolina State University, Political Science, BS - Bachelor of Science, 2003 University of Illinois, Computer Science, 1998-2000
Current/Past Affiliations or Offices Held:
Board of Governors - - McHenry County Bar Association --2013–2019
Chairperson for the Membership and ADR and Mediation Committees - - 2013-2019 Member - - Mediation Advisory Council - - 2011–2019
President of Family Law Section - - McHenry County Bar Association - - 2008–2011
Volunteer Mediation - Shah Center, McHenry, 2013
Family Law and Daycare Issues - McHenry County Community College, 2013
Role Play Mediation - Loyola Retreat Center, Woodstock, 2012
As a founding member of Gehris & Associates, LLC, Christine brings years of varied experience into her practice, focusing on ensuring her clients feel they have a strong advocate, someone to be their voice when faced with painful family circumstances. Christine has a unique understanding of family dynamics and simplifies for her clients the intricate and often confusing issues they are confronting. She combines compassion, commitment and tenacity in her representation of families in crisis. Christine goes above and beyond to provide an honest, comprehensive explanation of her clients' options and then fully supports them to achieve the best outcome possible. Her personal approach is one of the primary factors in Christine being highly recommended by former clients and so many others within the community.
Christine also specializes in estate planning, helping clients protect their families' futures by executing the documents necessary to ensure their wishes are carried out. She helps clients protect their assets by preparing Living Trusts, Last Will and Testaments and Powers of Attorney for property. Additionally, she ensures clients' wishes for their health care are made clear through Living Wills and Powers of Attorney for Health Care.
Attorney at Gehris & Associates, LLC 2014-present
Attorney at Botto Gilbert Gehris Lancaster, PC 2009-2014
Celeste zealously advocates for her clients both in court and through her written pleadings. As a former Public Defender for the fourth largest trial court in the nation, Celeste is not afraid to battle for her clients’ rights. She works hard to fight for her clients, but also understands that some cases are better served through negotiated settlement agreements.
Celeste formerly clerked for a Family Law Judge after graduating from Law School. She knows how the judiciary addresses and analyzes cases when making a ruling. Being behind the lines has proven to be an invaluable experience that has taught Celeste what Judges expect from attorneys. In representing her clients in the courtroom, Celeste is able to use her prior legal experience to help clients achieve the best possible outcome for their particular case.
Attorney at Gehris & Associates, LLC - January 2018 - present
Maricopa County Public Defender’s Office, 2015-September 2017
Maricopa County Superior Court, Honorable Bethany G. Hicks, Family Law Calendar - 2014
Areas of Practice
Orders of Protection
Arizona – 2013
Illinois – 2018
University of Arkansas – Political Science and Legal Studies – Chancellor’s List and Dean’s List – Bachelor of Arts – 2010
University of Arkansas – School of Law – Scholarship recipient, Runner-up Best Oralist for appellate arguments – 2013
Tiffany helps clients navigate the difficult waters of a divorce proceeding. She has experience in both presenting and defending orders of protections that often result in a dissolution case being filed. She knows when to strongly advocate and be her client's voice in the courtroom and she also knows when to focus her efforts on a settlement agreement to resolve a dispute amicably. Often times when a dissolution is filed, a foreclosure proceeding is not far behind. Having one Attorney who is able to give you sound and reasonable advice on all potential outcomes for your situation has proved to be invaluable to our many clients that Tiffany has helped. Attorney Newton is also the head of community and charity outreach on behalf of the firm.
Attorney at Gehris & Associates, LLC - February 2016 - present
Law Clerk/Staff Attorney at Tess & Maas, LLC - March 2013 - February 2016
Areas of Practice:
Orders of Protection
Illinois - 2014
Truman State University - History - BA - Bachelor of Arts - 2011
Northern Illinois University - College of Law - Juris Doctor - 2014
Emily prides herself in being a strong advocate for her clients throughout all aspects of a case. She has an exceptional ability to problem solve and resolve complex and overwhelming legal issues. With a passion for family law, Emily obtained a child and family law certificate while attending law school and later completed guardian ad litem training as an attorney. Emily has an uncanny ability to be a confident litigator, while offering an empathic ear to all her clients. Emily also has experience in real estate law. She has worked on both real estate transactional matters and real estate litigation. She understands the stressors clients face in buying and selling a home, and she is there to make each transaction as smooth and straightforward as possible for each client. Emily is always well prepared and ready to provide the best representation to her clients.
Attorney at Gehris & Associates, LLC, March 2020- present
Law Office of Andrew Szocka, November 2019- February 2020
David and Associates- May 2017- September 2019
DePaul University College of Law- Juris Doctor- Child and Family law Certificate; Chancellor’s Award Recipient.
DePaul University -Psychology, cum laude, National Society of Leadership and Success