As a tax lawyer, Michael works with his clients, colleagues, and opposing counsel to develop and implement tax-efficient structures for his clients while also succinctly communicating advice on complicated tax issues. Michael is personable, efficient, and nimble when working with his clients to solve their complex tax issues.

Michael is chair of BFKN’s Tax & Business Planning Group. Michael concentrates his national practice on a broad array of federal tax planning matters across many industries and tax entity types, including publicly traded and private corporations, all types of tax partnerships including private equity funds and joint ventures, S corporations, family offices, and high net worth individuals.

Michael also has extensive experience in advising publicly traded and private real estate investment trusts (REITs) on business formations, initial public offerings, mergers and acquisitions, public and private debt/equity offerings, joint ventures, and various UPREIT partnership transactions. He has also represented underwriters in numerous initial and secondary public offerings of REIT securities.

In addition to his tax transactional practice, Michael also has advised publicly traded corporations, large and small private companies, tax partnerships, and high net worth individuals on a wide variety of complex tax issues at the examination, appeals, and litigation stages.

Michael is a member of the Management and Finance Committees at BFKN.



  • State of Illinois


  • Loyola University Chicago School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 1996
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, B.S., with honors, 1993





  • Certified Public Accountant, Illinois, 1993
  • Member, National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts ("NAREIT")
  • Loyola University of Chicago Law Journal
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