Who We Are

Micki Moran

Mary "Micki" Moran, J.D.

Micki Moran is the founding partner of The Child & Family Law Center of the North Shore. She dedicated her practice to children and families who need effective and capable legal advice and representation. Her areas of experience include special education, school discipline, juvenile justice, mental health and complex child custody matters. She was the attorney in T.H. v. Palatine case (autism).

Micki founded this law practice on the philosophy that children and their families often require a multi-disciplinary approach to intervention. She has extensive litigation experience in a variety of forums. Micki volunteers as a board member to other agencies committed to children's legal issues and is on the adjunct faculty of Loyola Law School.

Under her direction, the office has developed a network of professionals who collaborate with our staff to address the often complex needs of children and families. The staff that she has brought together understands that legal advocacy is only one component of an effective intervention strategy. She is admitted in Illinois and Ohio.


Sharon Falen, J.D.

Sharon Falen

Sharon L. Falen has committed herself to advocacy for children and families since

the inception of her professional career. Sharon received her Bachelor’s degree at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign and received her Juris Doctor degree at Loyola University Chicago School of Law, earning a Certificate in Child and Family Law.

She has worked in the Child Protection Division of Cook County Juvenile Court in various capacities, including as a judicial intern and Court Coordinator for a circuit court judge and later as an extern with the Office of the Public Guardian. She also has worked in private law offices defending parents’ rights and volunteered with CGLA and LAF, legal aid organizations serving financially underprivileged clients in Cook County. In her final year of law school, Sharon was part of the Executive Board of the The Children’s Legal Rights Journal, and she worked in Loyola’s Child Law Clinic representing youth in abuse and neglect cases and serving as guardian ad litem in contested divorce proceedings.

Currently Sharon is a member of the Association of Women Lawyers of Lake County, the Illinois State Bar Association, and the Lake County Bar Association, and she volunteers for the Borderless Pro Bono Family Law Project through Prairie State Legal Services.

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We represent clients and families in Family Law Matters where special needs issues impact decision making and planning. 

  • Parenting Plans
  • Special Education and Divorce
  • Decision Making
  • Residential Parenting Designation
  • School Based Decision Making and Advocacy
  • Divorce where special needs are an issue
  • Orders of Protection
  • Post Decree Issues
  • Child Support Issues and Additional Child Support Needs
  • Post-Majority Support
  • Issues Related to Young Adults with Disabilities 
  • Guardianship
  • Mediation
  • Unbundled Legal Services where appropriate