In addition to his experience and background, Mike Cortina possesses an innate sense of duty. He enlisted in the United States Army Reserve at age eighteen, and completed his obligations with the Reserve and received an Honorable Discharge. Once Mike graduated law school, his first job was as an assistant state’s attorney because he embraced the idea of using his time and talents to continue to serve and protect the citizens of this great country. Since leaving the public service arena, however, Mike has always felt the pull to return to it in one form or another. To that end, he has acted as an arbitrator in McHenry County since 2003, and has also been a volunteer small claims mediator for a number of years. When the McHenry County Bar Association began a voluntary Attorney Help Desk in order to provide legal advice to those who could not otherwise afford it, he volunteered.
Mike's sense of duty and giving back to the community goes beyond the legal realm. He is a current member and past-president of the Crystal Lake Lions Club, a Director for McHenry County Police Charities (a/k/a Shop with a Cop), a past Director for the Crystal Lake Chamber of Commerce, was a youth soccer coach for nine years, and has been on boards of non-profit organizations throughout his entire professional career.
In addition on May 22, 2016, Mike trained for and completed the Rockford Marathon, and raised $1,500.00 for Lawyers’ Assistance Program in the process. Never having been fleet of foot, it took 6 months of training in order to accomplish this goal. LAP did not ask for a donation, and they did not even know that he had decided to raise money for them until a colleague of Mike's saw his GoFundMe page and contacted LAP about the project. Much to his surprise, Lawyers' Assistance Program of Illinois decided to honor Mike with the 2016, LAP Executive Director’s Award.