“We are a team of experienced and talented attorneys and legal staff that service our clients’ legal needs in a professional and expeditious manner.” – Michael K. Smith
Michael K. Smith has dedicated 30 years of public service to the citizens of Cook County. He received his Bachelor’s Degree from Western Illinois University in 1978 and his Juris Doctorate from John Marshall Law School in 1985.
For the first 23 years of his career, Mike served as an Assistant State’s Attorney in the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office where he rose through the ranks to become Supervisor of the Gang Prosecutions Unit and then Deputy Chief of the Special Prosecutions Bureau. After his tenure with the State’s Attorney’s Office, Mike accepted a position with the Cook County Sheriff’s Office where he was appointed as 1st Deputy Chief of Police for the Cook County Sheriff’s Police Department. Mike had extensive dealings with suburban municipalities and first responders from those entities. He was then promoted to the rank of Chief Deputy Sheriff and retired from that position after a total of 30 years of service in Cook County law enforcement.
At Odelson & Sterk, Ltd., Mike concentrates his practice in litigation, labor and municipal work. He is a certified instructor for the Illinois Local Government Law Enforcement Agency and has been an instructor for North East Multi-Regional Training (NEMRT) for more than 20 years. He is a current (retired) member of the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police and the South Suburban Association of Chiefs of Police.
Mike is married to Barb (Whalen) Smith, and they have two sons who both attend the University of Illinois at Champaign, Illinois.