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Michael Educate has extensive experience in all aspects of civil litigation from pre-litigation counseling through post-trial briefing in both federal and state court. He has represented and counseled clients across multiple industries, including banking, healthcare, real estate, motor vehicle manufacturing and distribution, medical equipment, energy, oil and gas, telecommunications, hospitality, software engineering and electronics. He also has worked extensively with leading experts in economics, valuation, corporate finance, forensic accounting, federal and international taxation, transfer pricing, leasing, energy and franchising.

Prior to joining Barack Ferrazzano, Michael was an associate with a global law firm where he served corporations and individuals in tax controversy matters in both the U.S. Tax Court and federal district court. His practice focused in particular on significant corporate cases involving IRC § 482 transfer pricing allocations, IRC § 481 disputes, debt-equity characterizations, leasing transactions, IRC § 1031 like-kind exchanges, economic substance, sham-transaction and other substance-over-form doctrines. Michael continues to leverage his extensive tax controversy, transfer pricing and valuation experience both to advocate for clients in active litigation and to provide long-term strategic counseling.

Michael also has been an active participant in pro bono legal services. He has previously represented individuals in tax, special education and family law.

Professional & Community Activities

  • Member, American Bar Association, Taxation Section
  • Member, Chicago Bar Association
  • Comments Editor, The Chicago Journal of International Law
  • Recipient, Casper Platt Award, University of Chicago Law School (2014)

Other Events & Speaking Engagements

Presentation, “Quick-Peek Reviews under Federal Rule of Evidence 502: Advantages and Disadvantages in Discovery and Privilege Disputes,” CBA Commercial Litigation Committee (February 2018)

Panel Discussion, “Transfer Pricing Litigation Round-Up,” ABA Taxation Section (May 2017)

Articles & Publications

  • “The Common European Sales Law’s Compliance with the Subsidiarity Principle of the European Union,”
    Spring 2013Volume 14, Chicago Journal of International Law, No. 1, Article 10


University of Chicago Law School, J.D., 2014

Yale University, B.A., magna cum laude, 2011

Bar & Court Admissions

  • State of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court – Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. Tax Court
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