Michael K. Durkin is a 1975 graduate of the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. He graduated from IIT/Chicago-Kent College of Law in 1978 and was admitted to the practice of law in the State of Illinois in 1978. He is principally engaged in the fields of municipal law, civil and commercial litigation, labor and employment law, and appellate work.
In the area of municipal law, Mr. Durkin has engaged in extensive labor negotiations for various municipal and school clients. In addition, Mr. Durkin was lead counsel in the first Illinois State Labor Relations Board unfair labor practice decision to be reviewed by an Illinois Appellate Court. He has successfully argued cases before the Illinois Supreme Court and various Illinois Appellate Courts.
As an attorney, Mr. Durkin has served as Village prosecutor for the Village of Elmwood Park, Village of Rosemont and the Village of Glendale Heights. He is currently Village Attorney for the Villages of Elmwood Park and Westchester, Illinois, and is personally responsible for advising those municipalities with reference to all legal matters. He is also the Township attorney for Proviso Township.
Since his admission to the Bar, he has had extensive litigation experience involving a wide variety of civil and criminal issues. Mr. Durkin is extensively involved in all aspects of labor and employment law, including collective bargaining, grievance and arbitration hearings, disciplinary and discharge matters, and other types of employment litigation issues. Since 1984, Mr. Durkin has served as chief negotiator for collective bargaining negotiations for various municipalities and school districts, as well as for private sector employers. He currently serves as chief negotiator with respect to 21 contracts involving various public sector employers.
He is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association.
He was a member of the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Teams in 1976 and 1980, and maintains an active career in public speaking.