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Mike is a partner in Reed Smith’s Global Corporate Group. A former lead member of the firm’s executive committee, he previously served as managing partner of the Chicago office for 14 years and as chairman of the Retirement Committee.


  • Columbia University School of Law, 1980, J.D., Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar
  • Georgetown University, 1977, A.B., Phi Beta Kappa

  • Illinois

  • Fellow, American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC)
  • Director, Chicago Bar Foundation, Chair of Development Committee
  • Member, Catholic Charities Board of Advisors
  • Member, Lyric Opera of Chicago Estate and Trust Advisory Board
  • St. Ignatius College Prep Planned Giving Estate Planning Advisory Board
  • Member, Chicago Estate Planning Council
  • Founding Member, University of Illinois at Chicago Family Business Council
  • Past Chairman, Chicago Bar Association Trust Law Committee
  • Past President, Queen of All Saints School Council

Awards & Recognition

  • Selected through peer review for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© for Trusts and Estates, 2016-2024
  • Selected to the Illinois Super Lawyers list for Estate & Probate, 2006-2023
  • Listed as one of the Top 100 lawyers in Illinois by Illinois Super Lawyers magazine, 2006
  • Recognized in Crain's Chicago Business special report, "Who's Who" in the law
  • Selected as an Acritas Stars stand-out lawyer in 2020

Notable Quotes

  • "In Whom Do You Trust," (regarding best practices for choosing a trustee), Northern Trust's Wealth magazine.
  • "Adventurer Steve Fossett's Widow Dismisses Faked Death Claims," The Telegraph.
  • "Your Wealth at Risk: Protecting Your Portfolio in an Era of Uncertainty," Worth magazine.
  • "Real-life Solutions for Family Conflicts," Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine.
  • "Succession: Strategically Creating a Successful Succession Plan," Chicago Lawyer magazine.
  • "Why Do Mergers Die? It's Like Dating," lawjobs.com.
  • "Setting Themselves Apart From the Pack," Chicago Lawyer magazine.