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PJM – Chicago Attorneys

Douglas E. Spale

Michael J. Pasquinelli, Jr.

Phone: (312) 724-8034


  • Illinois Supreme Court/State Bar
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois


  • The University of Illinois Chicago School of Law (formerly The John Marshall Law School), cum laude, J.D., 2004
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison, B.A. Economics, 1995

Professional Organizations:

  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Chicago Bar Association

Areas of Practice/Concentration

Michael J. A. Pasquinelli joined Peterson Johnson and Murray – Chicago, after compiling 17 years’ experience in complex litigation in both the private and governmental sectors. Prior to joining the firm, Michael represented clients in personal injury, consumer fraud, breach of contract and real estate matters; and defended a broad portfolio of civil litigation cases from construction general liability to breach of contract and fiduciary claims. In addition to experience in the private sector, Michael served as an Assistant State’s Attorney in both the criminal and civil divisions, where he reached First Chair status; and worked to resolve over one thousand cases over the course of his public career.

Notably, Michael successfully briefed and argued the landmark case of People v. Johnnie Wilson, before the Illinois Supreme Court, which set the legal standard for parolee searches in Illinois state and federal courts. See People v. Wilson, 228 Ill. 2d 35 (2008). Michael has also successfully appealed civil forfeiture matters, which helped define the procedural burdens and standards under the Illinois Drug Asset Forfeiture Procedure Act. People v. $111,900 United States Currency, 366 Ill. App. 3d 21 (Ill. App. 1st 2006)

Michael graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a B.A. in Economics, and later graduated cum laude from The University of Illinois Chicago School of Law (formerly The John Marshall Law School), where he was a Member of the John Marshall Law Review.

In addition to his legal experience, Michael has experience in the construction industry, having worked as a carpenter, assistant superintendent, superintendent, project manager, construction manager, and home builder in the greater Chicago metropolitan area. His hands on experience in the construction industry brings a unique perspective to construction tort and contract litigation.