Mike concentrates his practice in civil litigation, focusing on commercial litigation and the representation of financial institutions, title insurance companies, and their insureds in a wide range of matters in state and federal courts.

Education

  • J.D., Chicago-Kent College of Law, 2010
  • B.A., Northwestern University, 2005
  • Niles West High School, 2001

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit

Honors & Awards

  • CALI Award, Trial Advocacy II

Notable Cases and Professional Work

Won a three-day bench trial in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Illinois, proving bona fide purchaser defense and defeating fraudulent conveyance action in defense of real estate purchaser. Prevailed on appeal to United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.  Bench trial ruling in favor of real estate purchaser affirmed by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.  In re Smith, 811 F.3d 228 (7th Cir. 2016).

Prevailed on a motion to dismiss on the pleadings, with prejudice, in favor of real estate purchaser in suit to quiet title.  Represented defendant on appeal when the First District of the Illinois Appellate Court affirmed the trial court’s decision.

Represented Chicagoland area bank in action for judicial foreclosure and declaratory judgment, prevailing on summary judgment in the trial court and on appeal to the First District of the Illinois Appellate Court. Defeated petition for leave to appeal to Supreme Court of Illinois.

Obtained summary judgment in defense of commercial bank in action for breach of contract, negligence, and violations of federal banking regulations, prevailing on appeal before the Second District of the Illinois Appellate Court. Defeated petition for leave to appeal to Supreme Court of Illinois.

Age Discrimination and the Mixed-Motive Standard, Employment Law Update, 2010

Professional Organizations

  • American Bar Association
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Chicago Bar Association

Personal Information

Mike was born and raised in Skokie, IL.  Mike lives with his wife and son in the north suburbs of Chicago.