About

Ann Michalsen earned her bachelor’s degree from Indiana University, and her law degree from the University of Michigan. She began her law career as an Assistant Corporation Counsel with the City of Chicago, in the Building and Land Use Litigation Division. In this position, Ann represented the City of Chicago by filing civil lawsuits against the owners of vacant and abandoned buildings, in an effort to have the owner repair the building, have a receiver repair the building, or have the building demolished. She practiced with the City of Chicago for seven years, and was trusted to handle the high profile, and the most complicated cases. During her tenure with Chicago, Ann collected more than $1.5M in fines for her client. In 2008, Ann relocated to North Aurora, and took a position with the City of Naperville, supervising their Code Enforcement Team. Ann enjoyed the opportunity to be in management, and what she learned as a manager only enhanced her extensive legal knowledge. Code Enforcement is a difficult task for any municipality or county and Ann is available to provide consultations and training tailored to meet the needs of the client.

In 2012, Ann left the City of Naperville to flex her entrepreneurial muscles and start her own business, ADM Edits. Showcasing her legal, writing, editing and communication expertise, ADM Edits offers content editing and copyediting, along with ghostwriting, storytelling and publishing services. ADM Edits is also pleased to offer knowledge management services. The knowledge management services include organizing large amounts of information into useful summaries and easy to reference sections, creation of standard operating procedures, and creating training and reference manuals for businesses. ADM Edits also offers editing services to the legal community. This

includes reviewing legal briefs and journal articles for overall clarity and persuasiveness. It can be a great value to have a fresh set of eyes review your work!

Giving back to the community is something that Ann values very highly. Currently, Ann is a member of the board of directors of Helping Girls Navigate Adolescence, and is pleased to support an organization that seeks to help teenage girls stay true to themselves as they go through the teen years. Ann volunteers as an attorney every Tuesday for Administer Justice, a Christian legal aid provider in Kane County. Ann also serves as a Court Appointed Special Advocate for children in the foster care system, working with CASA of DuPage County. She will soon be commissioned as a Stephen Minister for the Fox Valley Presbyterian Church, and is looking forward to serving her community in this new capacity. Ann is a member, and past president of the Timely Talkers Toastmasters Club.

Ann and her husband Eric received their foster care license from DCFS in July 2012. They hope to create their family by adopting older siblings from the foster care system. While they are still waiting for a match, they are providing respite care in their home for children in the foster care system on a short term basis. Ann is available to speak on a wide range of topics, and would be happy to customize a program based on your needs. Speaking topics include mentoring and leadership, strategies for success in managing Code Enforcement, her experience in the foster care arena, humorous tales of looking for love in the big city, and the unique gifts that women can bring to leadership positions.

ADM Edits
www.admedits.com

Helping Girls Navigate Adolescence (HGNA)
www.hgna.org

Administer Justice
www.administerjustice.org

CASA of DuPage County
www.dupagecasa.org

Stephen Ministries
www.stephenministries.org

Toastmasters International
www.toastmasters.org