Practice / Specifications:

Michael J. A. Pasquinelli joined Franco Moroney Buenik as an of Counsel litigation attorney, after compiling 15 years’ experience in complex litigation in both the private and governmental sectors.

Prior to joining the firm, Michael worked as a general practitioner, representing clients in criminal defense, consumer fraud, breach of contract and personal injury matters.  In addition to private practice, Michael served as an Assistant State’s Attorney in both the criminal and civil divisions, where he reached First Chair status; and litigated 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)

Mr. Pasquinelli graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a B.A. in Economics, and later graduated cum laude from John Marshall Law School, where he was a member of the John Marshall Law Review.

In addition to his professional 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.  Mr. Pasquinelli’s hands on experience in the construction industry brings a unique perspective to construction litigation, where he presently supplements the firm’s growing complex litigation practice.


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


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

Professional Organizations:

  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Chicago Bar Association