Summary

Michael concentrates his practice on construction law and commercial litigation. He has extensive experience representing owners, design professionals, contractors, subcontractors, and sureties in construction and real estate matters, including negotiating construction agreements and litigating complex construction disputes concerning mechanics liens, bonds, land use, defective construction, delays, changes, and personal injuries.

Michael also represents clients in business disputes, including breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, fraud, and post-closing indemnity disputes. He has tried numerous cases and has argued before the Illinois Appellate Court.

In 2023, Michael was invited and selected to be a member of the Society of Illinois Construction Attorneys (SOICA). He serves on SOICA’s New Developments Committee keeping the members informed of changes and developments in construction law.

He has been recognized by Super Lawyers as a Rising Star since 2014 and was named to The Best Lawyers in America® Ones to Watch list in 2023. Michael is also a past President of the Justinian Society of Lawyers.

Michael received his JD, magna cum laude, from the University of Illinois Chicago School of Law, where he was a member of The John Marshall Law Review and recipient of numerous merit scholarships.

Awards

  • Honoree, Illinois Super Lawyers, Rising Stars (2014-2024)

  • Honoree, The Best Lawyers in America: Ones to Watch, Construction Law (2023)

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Education

  • University of Illinois Chicago School of Law (2011)

    J.D.

  • Dominican University (2008)

    B.A.

Admissions

  • State - Illinois
  • Federal - Northern District of Illinois
  • State - Supreme Court of Illinois

Speeches and Publications

Michael has co-authored the following publications in the area of construction law:

  • Special Defenses to Construction Claims, Ch. 15, Construction Law Disputes, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal
    Education, (IICLE), 2022.
  • Construction Litigation, Ch. 11, Real Estate Litigation, Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education (IICLE), 2021.
  • Special Defenses to Construction Claims, Ch. 15, Construction Dispute Litigation, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal
    Education, (IICLE), 2018.
  • The Implied Warranty of Habitability in Construction Defect Cases, IDC Quarterly, Monograph, Vol. 24, No. 4, 2014.

Professional Affiliations

  • Illinois State Bar Association

    Member

  • Justinian Society of Lawyers

    Member