Law Office of Michael R Wesley, LLC

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Michael looks out for the interests of his clients … Very nice and keeps you informed with every step of your case, his assistant Kari is wonderful.

-Danielle Reynolds

Your Ally In Stressful Times

Family Law is the collection of laws dealing with situations with a significant impact on family relationships. The attorney representing you is a loyal ally in maintaining your rights. By working for you, a family law attorney can prevent costly court procedures and filing by acting as a mediator of disputes and helping to create plans such as will or trusts to communicate the wishes of family members when immediate decisions are required in stressful times.

Some of the areas family law covers are:

  • Child Custody & Child Support
  • Mediation
  • Divorce
  • Post Judgement
  • Adoptions
  • GAL

Other Practice Areas

Personal Injury Law

A personal injury lawyer helps their clients determine who is legally responsible for the harm suffered due to an injury which resulted from:

  • negligence
  • workplace injuries
  • vehicle accidents
  • defective products
  • medical mistakes

Our Team

Michael Wesley

Michael Wesley

Owner & Founder

Born and raised in Bethalto, Illinois, Michael graduated from Civic Memorial High School in 1995.

From 2003 to 2009, Michael was employed by a large civil defense firm in Madison County, Illinois, where he gained valuable experience in taking depositions, managing cases, negotiating settlements, and forming and maintaining excellent client relations.

Admitted to practice law in Illinois and Missouri and is a member of the bar in both states.

Michael currently lives in Bethalto and is married to Courtney Wesley. They have four children: Jacqueline, Ayden, Hudson, and Sienna.

Personal & Professional Achievements:

  • 1995 Bethalto Boys’ and Girls’ Club “Youth of the Year”
  • Fontbonne University- Bachelor’s Degree in Social Science/Pre-Law- 1999
  • Southern Illinois University School of Law- JD cum laude-2003
Christie Sands

Christie Sands

Office Manager

Christie is our Office Manager for the Law Office of Michael Wesley; she has been with our firm since 2017.  Christie brings over 20 years of administrative experience in Office Management, Human Resources, and Accounting. She assists in developing and implementing firm policies and procedures; manages and oversees the administration of HR policies, programs’ and practices within the firm; she also maintains accounts payable, receivables, and monthly billing. She brings to the law firm her personal and professional philosophy that every person has a life story that should be treated with integrity and respect.

In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband Justin, her daughter Bryn, and gets to be a bonus mom to Alex, Justin, Jacob, and Chloe.  Christie enjoys watching her children play sports and exploring new adventures with her family.

Tonia Patton

Tonia Patton


Tonia joined the Law Office of Michael Wesley in October of 2022. She is our paralegal that handles all our Personal Injury, Landlord-Tenant, Probate, Wills, and Trust cases for our clients.

Tonia brings over 20 years of experience and knowledge to our Personal Injury cases with a strong litigation background. Her goal is to help our clients maintain the highest compensation for their losses.

Before working for our office, Tonia spent time working at other local firms specializing in Personal Injury, Defense, Probate, and Work Comp.

Outside of work, Tonia enjoys playing pool and spending time with her grandchildren and her fur babies.

Chelsea Cox

Chelsea Cox


Chelsea joined the Law Office of Michael Wesley in 2019.  She is a full-time paralegal working primarily on family and domestic relation cases.  Chelsea enjoys working closely with clients to help make the complicated and often arcane process of a family law case as easy and understandable as possible.  Clients universally enjoy speaking with her, and she strives to assist them in all facets of their family law case.

Chelsea graduated from Lewis & Clark this year and obtained her Associate’s Degree in Paralegal Studies.  She will be attending Southern Illinois University Edwardsville next spring to pursue her Bachelor’s Degree in English.

Outside of work and furthering her education, Chelsea enjoys spending time with her two daughters.

From Our Clients

Our greatest asset is the trust our clients have in our professionalism and advice. We believe the choice of a lawyer is an important decision and should not be based solely upon advertisements. We encourage you to read the information provided on our website and the reviews from our past clients. Then schedule a complimentary consultation and receive additional information.

Friendly staff! They listen to what you need and make great suggestions as to how you should proceed. 

Joseph McLain

Mike is an exceptional attorney.  He was recommended by my son and I would definitely use him again.

V. Turner

Needed something done quickly and Mike took care of us. Very nice and helpful. Highly recommend

Stacey Foxall

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