Michael Gnesin concentrates his practice in general counsel services, corporate law, banking/finance, employment law, business representation, and commercial real estate law (including commercial purchase, sale and refinance transactions, title issues, and leasing matters). Michael counsels and advises individuals, domestic and international emerging growth companies and established businesses in various types of corporate, transactional, general business planning and compliance matters.

​Michael’s experience includes entity formation, drafting, and reviewing complex commercial agreements, providing advice and counsel to business owners, employees, officers and board of directors, corporate governance, intellectual property protection, and general daily business planning and legal advice on complex business issues. Michael represents clients in various commercial transaction matters ranging in size from less than $1 million to over $100 million.


  • Commercial Real Estate
  • Employment Law
  • Corporate Law


  • CALI Excellence for the Future Award – Equities and Remedies


  • Licensed Real Estate Broker


  • Illinois
  • Wisconsin
  • Florida
  • U.S. District Court – Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court – Northern District of Illinois


  • DePaul University College of Law
    J.D. | 2008
  • University of Illinois – Chicago
    B.S. | 2004
    Majors: Economics and Finance


  • American Bar Association | Member
  • Illinois State Bar Association | Member
  • Chicago Bar Association | Member
  • Jewish United Fund – Young Lawyers Group | Member
  • ProVisors | Executive Committee and Member
  • Association for Corporate Growth | Member
  • Chicago Business Connectors | Member


  • JUF Young Lawyers Group | Volunteer and Committee Member
  • Community Legal Services Program and Hillels of Illinois | Volunteer


  • “Loan Syndications + Club Loans” Webinar
    Featured Speaker | 2021
  • “Paycheck Protection Program & Mortgage Forbearance” Oak Brook Chamber of Commerce Webinar
    Guest Speaker | 2020
  • “Paycheck Protection Program & Addressing Loan Forgiveness Questions” Porte Brown Webinar
    Guest Speaker | 2020
  • “PPP Loan Forgiveness and The Building Industry” Home Builders Association of Greater Chicago Webinar
    Guest Speaker | 2020
  • “Stress Testing Deals in Good Times, Bad Times and Now”, MBBI Webinar
    Guest Speaker | 2020
  • “Recovering COVID-19 Business Expenses and Lost Profits” Webinar
    Featured Speaker | 2020
  • “Employment Law Updates to Protect You During the Pandemic and Beyond” Webinar
    Featured Speaker | 2020


  • Fluent in Spanish and Russian