Our Attorneys

Mike Lucas, Attorney-at-LawMichael R. Lucas has been practicing law in the Joliet area for more than 30 years. He has represented both private and municipal clients in local courts, courts of appeal and the federal court for the Northern District of Illinois. He is a member of the Will County  Bar Association and the Illinois State Bar Association. He has represented several municipalities as prosecutor and has wide experience in both civil and criminal matters.

Michael’s practice areas include Estate Planning, Estate Litigation, General Civil Litigation, Real Estate, Personal Injury, Mechanic’s Liens, Traffic, and Driver’s License Reinstatement.  In addition to practice before Illinois State Courts, he is also licensed to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court and the U.S. District Court for Northern Illinois.

Michael currently serves as a Commissioner on the Historical Preservation Commission for the Village of Plainfield.  He is a former President of the Board of Directors of the Will-Grundy Medical Clinic, past President of the Estate Planning Council of Greater Joliet, and a past President of the Plainfield Lions Club.  He has previously served as a board member of the Plainfield Park District Foundation and the Plainfield School District 202 Foundation for Excellence. Michael currently serves as a member of the Trusts and Estates Section Council of the Illinois State Bar Association and has formerly served on the Illinois State Bar Association Assembly and formerly served as a member of the Elder Law Section Council of the Illinois State Bar Association.  Community activities also include the Joliet Chamber of Commerce and the Plainfield Area Chamber of Commerce.

Michael’s undergraduate degree is from St. Joseph’s College in Rensselaer, Indiana.  He graduated from Valparaiso University School of Law in Indiana.  Michael was raised in the Plainfield-Joliet area; graduated from Plainfield High School and also attended Joliet Junior College.

Education

J.D., Valparaiso University School of Law, 1986
B.S., Saint Joseph’s College, 1981

Admitted to Practice

Supreme Court of the United States
U.S. District Court for Northern District of Illinois                                                           Supreme Court of Illinois

Tiffany Gorman Thompson
Practice AreasLocal Government, Commercial and Residential Real Estate, Corporate Law

newtiffanyTiffany Gorman Thompson began her legal career in 2004 as an Associate with McKeown Law Firm, was named Participating Associate in 2006, and became a Partner in 2008.  During her time at the firm, she has represented various municipal entities, including, primarily, the Village of Mokena.  Her representation of the firm’s municipal clients has comprised all areas of the law, including governance, real estate, land use and development, annexation, zoning, prosecution of traffic and local ordinance violations, and finance.  She has also represented various intergovernmental agencies, such as the Lincolnway Public Safety Communications Center, community colleges, special districts, financial institutions and private employers.  Mrs. Gorman regularly advises clients on commercial and residential real estate transactions, including leasing, licensing, construction, and financing.  She also advises clients on matters such as formation, management, transfer, and dissolution of corporations, limited liability companies and partnerships, asset protection and estate planning, and estate administration.

In 2008, Mrs. Gorman was appointed by the Will County State’s Attorney as the Ombudsman for the South Suburban Airport.  She acts as an independent intermediary between the property owners affected by the South Suburban Airport and the Illinois Department of Transportation, and works to facilitate communication between the parties and ensure that property owners are aware of their rights.  Mrs. Gorman has also served on numerous boards and been involved in countless civic activities throughout her legal career.  She currently serves as the President of the Joliet Area Young Professionals, was appointed as a Member of the ISBA Real Estate Law Section Council, is a member of the Three Rivers Association of Realtors legal committee, and acts an arbitrator in the Circuit Court of Will County’s Mandatory Arbitration program.

Mrs. Thompson received a Bachelor of Arts degree in both English and Speech Communication from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  She received her Juris Doctorate from Loyola University Chicago School of Law, as well as certificates in the areas of International Law and Practice and Health Law.  While at Loyola, she was a member of the Mediation Competition Team, where she received Outstanding Mediator awards two years in a row, and placed second in the national mediation competition.  She was also a member of the Client Counseling Competition team, a Law Related Education Volunteer at the Cook County Juvenile Detention Center, and a recipient of the Loyola Leadership and Service Award.

While attending Loyola, Mrs. Gorman also worked at the Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago and the Office of the Dean.  She was involved in numerous organizations, including the Health Law Society, Public Interest Law Society, Women’s Law Society, and served as Vice President of the International Law Society.  She was on the editorial board of the Forum of International Law and helped to plan a conference on the expansion of the European Union, which brought in prominent speakers from around the world.  Mrs. Gorman also participated in several international study programs through Loyola, including the Rome Program, the European Institutions Program (Oxford University, Strasbourg, Luxembourg, and Brussels), and the London Advocacy Program.

Mrs. Gorman is a native of Manteno, Illinois, and currently resides in Mokena with her husband, Neal.

Education

J.D., Loyola University Chicago 2003,
B.A., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2000

Admitted to Practice

Supreme Court of the United States
U.S. District Court for Northern District of Illinois                                                           Supreme Court of Illinois

 

Christopher N. Wise

Practice Areas: Estate Planning and Administration

Christopher N. WiseChristopher Wise has been practicing estate planning and administration since commencing private practice in 1990. He has dedicated more than 20 years of his practice to representing individuals seeking estate planning advice and preparation, including with respect to wills, trusts, beneficiary designations, powers of attorney, property ownership, and gift-making.  In doing so, he has developed an expertise in assisting clients to prepare for an efficient and cost effective disposition of their estate. He also has experience in the establishment of guardianships, including those established for minors and adults with mental incapacity.

Mr. Wise was born in Princeton, Illinois, and grew up in Manlius, graduating from Manlius High School in 1979. He completed his undergraduate degree at Augustana College in 1983, received his Juris Doctor degree from Valparaiso University School of Law, and was admitted to the Illinois Bar in 1986. He commenced active duty as a member of the United States Naval Reserve, Judge Advocate General’s Corps, in October 1986, graduated Navy Judge Advocate School in December 1986, and served as a judge advocate at the Naval Legal Service Office, Naval Air Station, Memphis, Tennessee, and later aboard USS Enterprise CVN-65 until 1990.

Mr. Wise joined the Joliet law firm of McKeown, Fitzgerald, Zollner, Buck, Hutchison & Ruttle as an associate attorney in July 1990 and was a Partner of that Firm from January 1, 1995 until March of 2013. His past community service activities include Boy Scouts of America as Five Rivers District Chair and Executive Board of the Rainbow Council, board member and Vice President of the Great Lakes Naval Museum Association, Joliet Grade Schools Foundation for Educational Excellence, Joliet Park District Foundation, Joliet Rotary Club, and Silver Cross Hospital Institutional Review Board. He is active as an Elder in the First Presbyterian Church of Joliet, where he currently resides with his wife, Stephanie.

Education      

J.D., Valparaiso University School of Law, 1986                                                                 B.A., Augustana College, 1983

Admitted to Practice                                                                                           Supreme Court of Illinois     

 

Cameron T. Lythberg   

                                                          

Cameron T. Lythberg joined Lucas, Thompson & Wise, LLC as an associate attorney in July, 2017 where he concentrates his practice in Real Estate, Estate Planning, Contracts, Civil and Commercial Litigation, and Traffic.  Prior to joining LTW, Mr. Lythberg handled a variety of litigation matters, including landlord-tenant disputes and breach of contract maters.  Cameron also assisted clients in the planning and preparation of their estates.

While attending the University of Illinois College of Law, Mr. Lythberg was a clinic student in the College’s Community Preservation Clinic, where he worked with those facing foreclosure both in preparing applications for loan modifications and in litigating on his clients’ behalf to help protect their homes.  Additionally, while in law school Mr. Lythberg worked as a law clerk at a civil litigation firm.

A long-time resident of the southwest suburbs, Mr. Lythberg is active in the Will County Bar Association and is passionate about serving the local community.  He is also a member of the Chicago Bar Association and the Illinois State Bar Association.  He is licensed to practice law before the Supreme Court of the State of Illinois and the Northern District of Illinois.  When not practicing law, Mr. Lythberg enjoys reading, cooking, and running outdoors.

Education

J.D., University of Illinois College of Law,  2016

B.S., Northern Illinois University, 2013

Admitted to Practice

U.S. District Court for Northern District of Illinois                                                           Supreme Court of Illinois