Christian Michalik defends clients in government, civil rights, and constitutional litigation. With a keen eye for detail, he rigorously advocates for his clients and helps them navigate the complexities of the litigation process.

Prior to joining Hinshaw, Christian worked at a large Midwestern practice with a focus on environmental insurance coverage and construction litigation. He also served as an Assistant State’s Attorney within the Criminal Division of the McHenry County State’s Attorney office, where he prosecuted a wide variety of matters ranging from DUI’s and simple batteries to felony drug possession and elder abuse.

While in law school, Christian served as a law clerk at Hinshaw in the firm’s Labor & Employment and Government practice groups. Christian previously served as an intern at a Fortune 500 Commercial Real Estate Investment firm.

Professional Affiliations

  • Chicago Bar Association
    • Young Lawyers Section
  • Illinois Defense Counsel
  • Illinois State Bar Association

Honors & Awards

  • University of Illinois Chicago School of Law
    • The Journal of Information Technology and Privacy Law, Lead Publications Editor
    • Alternative Dispute Resolution Council, Baseball Salary Arbitration Team
    • Dean's Scholar Recipient
    • Dean's List


Originally from Michigan, Christian’s love of the outdoors took him west to Utah for his undergraduate studies before returning to his Midwestern roots in Chicago for law school. When he is not serving his clients, you can find Christian running or biking the lakeshore path, playing pick-up hockey at one of the city’s local rinks, or exploring all of the fine dining and entertainment options Chicago has to offer.

Community/Civic Activities

  • Big Brother Big Sisters

J.D., University of Illinois Chicago School of Law, 2020

M.B.A., Saint Xavier University, 2020

B.S., Political Science, University of Utah, 2017