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Michael is an associate in the Firm's Litigation Group with extensive experience in civil litigation from pre-litigation counseling through post-trial briefing. He has represented and counseled clients across multiple industries, including banking, healthcare, real estate, motor vehicle manufacturing, medical equipment, energy, oil and gas, telecommunications, hospitality, software engineering and electronics.

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 US Tax Court and federal district court. His practice focused on significant corporate cases involving IRC § 482 transfer pricing allocations, IRC § 481 disputes, debt-equity characterizations, leasing transactions, IRC § 1031 like-kind exchanges, as well as economic substance, sham-transaction and other substance-over-form doctrines.

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

Professional Activities & Honors

  • Member, Chicago Bar Association
  • Member, American Bar Association, Taxation Section
  • Comments Editor, The Chicago Journal of International Law
  • Recipient of the University of Chicago Law School’s Casper Platt Award (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,” 14 Chi. J. Int’l L. 317
    Spring 2013

Services

Education

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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