Legal Elite – Family 2011
MICHAEL F. SCHILAWSKI Wake Family Law Group, Raleigh
I’d like to practice law in or around King Salmon, Alaska. The fly fishing is fabulous. The pace would be considerably slower, and I could commute to the borough courthouse via Cessna instead of fighting traffic on Raleigh’s Beltline. The equitable distribution of marital property — beaver pelts, dried fish filets, stacks of winter wood and cans of fuel oil — would be far less complicated.
Vita: Born Dec. 19, 1948, in Marinette, Wis.; bachelor’s from UNC Chapel Hill, master’s from N.C. State University, law degree from Campbell University; wife and two children. Why he chose this field: I started practicing with one partner. He practiced real-estate law, and I did a little bit of everything else. I began to enjoy family law and was first certified as a family-law specialist in 1989. I’ve been practicing family law almost exclusively ever since. What he’d be if not a lawyer: High-school teacher and football coach. Memorable case: Every case is slightly different and the complicated ones take you into real-estate issues, contracts, tax law, estate-planning issues, etc. Passions: Fly fishing. Favorite place: Lake Como, Italy. I’d like to visit again. Recent reading: Fly Fishing Through the Midlife Crisis by Howell Raines. Heroes: My father and his father. Don’t ask him to: Revise the Wake County Family Court Rules (again).
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