Melissa J. Cooney

Friday, June 12th, 2015

Cooney Lauded by Prairie State for Pro Bono Service

From left: Steve Greeley, Peter Carroll, Carlos Arévalo, Michelle Gehris and ZRFM's Melissa Cooney

From left: Steve Greeley, Peter Carroll, Carlos Arévalo, Michelle Gehris and ZRFM’s Melissa Cooney




Melissa A. Cooney of Zukowski, Rogers, Flood & McArdle, and three other McHenry County attorneys have been honored for their commendable and professional work.

The four were praised for their efforts at the McHenry County Legal Aid Awards on May 26, 2015. All of the honorees rendered outstanding pro bono service to clients of Prairie State Legal Services.

At the luncheon event, the Illinois Commission of Professionalism Executive Director Jayne Reardon gave the keynote address titled “Service: The Cornerstone of the Profession.” McHenry County Bar Association President Carlos Arévalo offered welcoming remarks and Associate Judge Robert A. Wilbrandt, Jr. of the 22nd Judicial Circuit presented the awards with Reardon and offered remarks.

Melissa Cooney was recognized for her admirable work in taking a pro bono divorce case that already was in progress.

The program for the event included comments by Cooney about why she devotes time to pro bono service, despite her busy practice.

“Making time for volunteering is not that difficult. I handle a pro bono case just like any other. When something needs to be filed or responded to, you do it in a timely fashion. You can’t put the pro bono case off to the side and get to it when you have extra time.

Melissa J. Cooney“I think it is everyone’s responsibility to take a legal aid client or other pro bono client and to have one such client at least once a year,” she says. “It takes time, but it reflects well on us all. We are helping someone out, and there is always enough time to take one on.”

Also acknowledged were Steve Greeley for outstanding support of Prairie State Legal Services, Peter Carroll for longtime volunteer service as a solo practitioner and Michelle Gehris for handing multiple cases in a year as a solo practitioner.

To learn more about Melissa A. Cooney, please view her professional credentials or read a recent profile of her in Leading Lawyers Magazine.

Monday, June 11th, 2012

Cooney, Wakeman Named Leading Lawyers in Family Law

Melissa J. Cooney and Elizabeth Felt Wakeman recently have been recognized by their peers as Leading Lawyers in the field of family law. With the addition of Cooney and Wakeman, the Crystal Lake-based law firm of Zukowski, Rogers, Flood & McArdle now claims five Illinois Leading Lawyers.

Other ZRFM attorneys who have been named members of the Leading Lawyers Network are Richard G. Flood, David W. McArdle, and David J. Loughnane. Collectively, the five Leading Lawyers have practiced for 146 years.

The distinction of being a Leading Lawyer has been earned by fewer than 5 percent of all lawyers licensed to practice in Illinois.  It is the result of a statewide survey of peers and is not a distinction that may be purchased.

Zukowski, Rogers, Flood & McArdle, the largest law firm in McHenry County, Illinois, has a highly regarded divorce and family law practice, with more than 60 years of divorce litigation experience and a record of more than 2,000 cases handled. For more of the professional credentials for Melissa Cooney or Liz Wakeman, please view their biographies.




Monday, November 14th, 2011

Smoron, Cooney Quoted on Adult Business Land Use, Zoning

Partners Michael J. Smoron and Melissa J. Cooney were quoted in a Nov. 8, 2011, article in the Northwest Herald titled “Johnsburg revamps adult entertainment ordinance.” The story, written by Hilary Gowins, explains that Zukowski, Rogers, Flood & McArdle advises the municipalities it represents to update adult business ordinances to prevent unnecessary and potentially costly lawsuits.

Although a variety of adult businesses and adult entertainment establishments are permitted under such ordinances, as the First Amendment requires, they are granted only conditional use in industrial zoning areas. For more information, please link to the Northwest Herald article.

Smoron is corporate counsel to the McHenry County villages of Hebron and Johnsburg. He has served as special counsel to the village of West Dundee in Kane County and to other units of local government in Cook, Lake, Warren and Henry counties. For more of his professional credentials, please read Michael Smoron’s biography. Cooney also practices land use law, with a special focus on conservation easements. For more details about her legal practice, please view Melissa Cooney’s biography.

Zukowski, Rogers, Flood & McArdle, the largest law firm in McHenry County, Illinois, has an extensive practice in municipal law and local government law. Two of the firm’s attorneys co-authored the book Congratulations! You’ve Been Elected: Now What Do You Do? A Practical Guide to Local Government. The guide, published by the Illinois Municipal League, offers local public officials advice to help them “hit the ground running” and succeed in new leadership positions.

Friday, June 17th, 2011

ZRFM Lawyers To Be Recognized at MCBA Meeting

Richard G. FloodMelissa J. CooneyTwo partners in the law firm of Zukowski, Rogers, Flood & McArdle – the largest McHenry County law firm – will be recognized at a June 28 noon meeting of the McHenry County Bar Association. The annual meeting and luncheon will be held at the Bull Valley Golf Club in Woodstock, Illinois.

Past MCBA presidents will be honored at the meeting, including Melissa J. Cooney, who served from 1999 to 2000, and Richard G. Flood, whose term was from 1986 to 1987. The McHenry County Bar Association, founded in 1915, is an organization of attorneys, judges and paralegals that provides leadership in advancing the professional interests of its members while improving legal services in the community.

Both Cooney and Flood practice divorce and family law. Additionally, Cooney concentrates on estate planning and Flood is a renowned local government law practitioner and author. For more of their professional credentials, follow the links to the biographies of Melissa J. Cooney or Richard G. Flood.