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Michael F. Sexton Member

Areas of Practice


Bar Admissions

  • Illinois, 1983

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois


University of Illinois, J.D.

Millikin University, B.A., magna cum laude

Michael F. Sexton, a member in Dykema's Real Estate Practice Group, is based in Dykema's Chicago office. His practice is focused on the areas of real estate acquisitions, dispositions and financings, loan restructurings and workouts, leasing, development and real estate joint venture formation.

Mike regularly works with developers, institutional investors, lenders and corporations in structuring and closing complex real estate transactions, including vertical subdivisions involving mixed use developments, senior housing developments, formation of joint ventures for the development of and investment in commercial properties, financings for various real estate projects, acquisitions of real estate assets for utilities, and workouts and restructurings. He also handles retail store leasing, nationally, for a high-end European retailer. In addition, Mike represents investors and sellers in the disposition, acquisition and leasing of farm land and counsels clients in structuring and closing like-kind exchanges.


  • Representation of a real estate developer in the formation of a joint venture for the development of a mixed-use project in Chicago
  • Representation of an institutional investor restructuring the financing for a senior housing project in Virginia and the subsequent continuation of the development
  • Representation of a developer in the acquisition of a high rise on Lake Shore Drive in Chicago in connection with a planned senior housing project
  • Representation of the developer/operator in the sale of fourteen student housing facilities located throughout the United States to a REIT

Recognized in Illinois Super Lawyers® for Real Estate Law, 2018-Present

Named a Super Lawyer for Real Estate by Law & Politics and Chicago Magazine, 2007 2010-2013

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® for Real Estate Law, 2009-Present. Copyright 2015 by Woodward/White, Inc., Aiken, SC

Named an Illinois Leading Lawyer in Real Estate Law: Commercial and Real Estate Law: Finance by the Leading Lawyers Network, 2008-2017. Law Bulletin Publishing Company