Michael S. Kurtzon


Michael Kurtzon has more than 35 years of experience in providing legal services to the real estate industry.

Michael counsels institutional real estate lenders on a national basis in a variety of complex lending matters including loan workouts and restructurings. He regularly represents real estate development companies in residential and commercial construction and development projects, including mixed-use projects, land acquisitions and development, financing and documentation for condominiums, and other for-sale housing projects. He also represents real estate investors and owners in acquisitions and dispositions of properties, securitized debt financings, and negotiation of architectural and construction agreements, as well as landlords and tenants in leasing transactions.

Michael's work encompasses many types of transactions, including project and securitized financings, and purchases and sales of hotels, office buildings, apartment complexes and shopping centers. He has extensive experience representing parties in the formation of joint ventures and other business combinations.

Michael is well regarded for his knowledge of the real estate industry and frequently writes and speaks about his area of practice. Past speaking topics include construction lending, syndicated loan transactions, condominium law, construction law, and the Interstate Land Sales Full Disclosure Act and workouts of troubled projects.

Michael is very smart, practical and gets deals done. He’s a really good lender-side attorney.
—Client feedback, Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business
    • University of Chicago, J.D.
    • Cornell University, A.B.
  • Bar Admissions

    • Illinois, 1973
    • Named an Illinois Leading Lawyer for Real Estate by Chambers USA, 2011-2023

    • Named a "Top Ten" Illinois Leading Lawyer for Real Estate Law in 2016 and 2017 by Leading Lawyers Network, Law Bulletin Publishing Company

    • Named an Illinois Leading Lawyer in the area of Real Estate: Associations & Condominiums, Real Estate: Commercial and Real Estate: Finance by the Leading Lawyers Network, 2003-2017. Law Bulletin Publishing Company
    • Recognized in Illinois Super Lawyers® for Real Estate: Business, 2011-Present

    • Recognized in Law & Politics as an Illinois Super Lawyer for Real Estate, 2005-2010
    • Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® for Real Estate Law, 1983-Present. Copyright 2015 by Woodward/White, Inc., Aiken, SC
    • Recipient of an AV® Preeminent™ Rating by Martindale-Hubbell
    • American College of Real Estate Lawyers
    • American College of Mortgage Attorneys
    • Chicago Mortgage Attorneys Association
    • Chicago Bar Association Real Property Finance Committee
    • American Bar Association Section on Real Property, Probate and Trust Law

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