• Arizona Summit School of Law
  • Northern Illinois University 

Court Admissions

  • State of Illinois

Michael W. Orescanin is an associate attorney of the firm, Illinois Advocates. Licensed in the state of Illinois in May of 2016, Michael started his career working for a well-known criminal defense attorney in Chicago, where he appeared on numerous misdemeanor and felony cases throughout the Chicagoland area. His primary area of concentration is criminal defense, which he serves individuals in Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, DeKalb and Will Counties.

From the fall of 2016 through September of 2017, Michael worked as an associate attorney for John R. Bush & Associates. There, he primarily represented clients in Social Security Disability Hearings, along with other civil litigation matters.  After working with Bush & Associates for one-year, Michael realized that his calling and passion was truly meant for one thing, criminal defense. Michael then joined a small criminal defense law firm in Aurora, IL, where Michael had great success in achieving exceptional results for clients for clients charged with traffic tickets to felonies. Through his courteous yet zealous approach, Michael was able to have a client’s 2nd DUI testing and results suppressed, even though the client submitted to a breathalyzer and standard field sobriety testing.

Michael graduated from Northern Illinois University in 2008 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science and emphasis in Public Law. He received his Juris Doctor degree in 2015 from Arizona Summit School of Law, located in Phoenix, Arizona. While in law school, Michael clerked for the Illinois Attorney General’s Office, Criminal Enforcement Division. In his final semester of law school and while preparing for the Illinois bar exam, Michael clerked for the City Prosecutor’s Office for Tolleson, Avondale, and Buckeye. Here, he was involved with charging, negotiating, and setting cases for trial that ranges from traffic offenses to misdemeanors.

Michael, a first generation Panamanian-American fluent in Spanish, attributes his diverse upbringing along with his grandfather’s passion and success as a criminal defense trial lawyer in Panama, as his foundation to practicing criminal defense.

Michael is a member of the DuPage County Bar Association, Illinois Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

Michael’s dedication and knowledge for the law coupled with his calm and caring personality make him well suited to represent clients when they need it most.