Michael D. Lee brings over 25 years of legal experience to our firm, concentrating his practice in commercial litigation. He has been involved with a variety of highly complex matters regarding securities and commodities, labor disputes and arbitrations, as well as handled personal injury suits, bankruptcy claims, and immigration issues.

Prior to joining Kelleher + Holland, LLC, Mike represented financial institutions and individual investment advisors in a wide range of commercial, employment, financial, securities, and trade secrets matters before federal and state courts across the country. He has also counseled multiple companies regarding employment issues and litigated claims involving employment-related loans, obtaining large monetary judgments.

Mike is a board member of the Vernon Hills Sports Club and coached youth baseball and football teams for the Vernon Hills Cougars.



  • Chicago-Kent College of Law | J.D. |1994

  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign | B.S. | 1991


  • AV Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell

Martindale-Hubbell Preeminent AV


  • FINRA Dispute Resolution Services Arbitrator  |  2022

Professional Associations + Memberships

  • American Bar Association | Member

  • Illinois State Bar Association | Member

  • Chicago Bar Association | Member

  • Korean American Bar Association
    Board of Directors | 1998-1999

  • SIFMA | Member

  • Turnaround Management Association | Member

  • Diamond Lake Education Foundation | Board Member, 2011-2016

  • Lakewood Village Townhome Association. Mundelein
    Board Member | 1999-2001
    President | 2000-2001

  • Vernon Hills Sports Club
    Board Member | 2015-Present
    Secretary | 2015-2020

Pro Bono Activities

  • Kindred Life Ministries | Board Member

Podcasts + Webinars

Published Works

  • “Does A Non-Compete Expire When the Term of an Employment Contract Ends?”
    H2 Non-Compete & Trade Secrets Law Blog | May 2017

  • “Kentucky Supreme Court Finds Continued Employment Alone Insufficient Consideration To Support A Restrictive Covenant”
    H2 Non-Compete & Trade Secrets Law Blog | October2016

Speaking Engagements

  • “Non-Compete & Trade Secrets Cases: Views from Opposite Sides of the Courtroom”
    Chicago Bar Association Featured Speaker | 2017

  • “Recruiting Securities Industry Professionals”
    SIFMA Compliance & Legal Society Annual Seminar Featured Speaker | 2016

  • “Employment and the Recruitment Process”
    SIFMA Compliance & Legal Society Annual Seminar Featured Speaker | 2015

  • "Webinar: Acquiring and Protecting Your Talent" | 2023

Blawg Posts

Litigation Success Story - May 2023

Megan M. Brannon, Michael D. Lee | June 12, 2023