Michael in His Own Words

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Michael Tuchman is a partner in the firm’s Corporate and Tax Planning & Litigation groups. He structures and closes complex and tax-sensitive transactions and builds organizational structures for U.S. and international operating, investment, and real estate companies. Michael began his career in 1984 as a tax lawyer and is now a trusted advisor to numerous businesses and investors. He is an experienced and pragmatic negotiator.

Michael's areas of concentration include:

  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Joint Ventures
  • US and International Taxation
  • Fund Formations and Private Placements
  • Restructurings and Recapitalizations
  • Employee Equity Participation Programs
  • 1031 Exchanges and TIC Program Financings
  • Executive Employment and Separations

Michael serves as the firm’s liaison to MSI, through which the firm has affiliate offices in New York, Los Angeles, London, and other major business centers. 

Northern Illinois University, B.S., 1980, summa cum laude
University of Illinois College of Law, J.D., 1984
Certified Public Accountant
Bar Admissions
Illinois, 1984
Court Admissions
United States Tax Court
U.S Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
Leading Lawyers Network
The Best Lawyers in America, 2008-2022
Ranked in Chambers USA, 2014-2016
Adjunct Faculty Member: John Marshall Law School (1992 - 2014)
Illinois Super Lawyer - 2006-2014
Named in "Top 100" of Illinois Super Lawyers, 2011
AV Rated, Martindale-Hubbell (Peer review rating: AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5)
Leading Lawyer, Leading Lawyers Network


What was your first job?
I was a busboy at a restaurant in the northern suburbs called Chances R. I worked that job for all four years of high school.
What's the best piece of advice you ever received?
It was from my late client, Bill Alter. At the end of a planning session, he indicated that he wasn't paying his advisors for the solutions to all of his problems as much as he was paying them for the flexibility in which to maneuver. Bill taught me that what clients value most is building in flexibility to accomplish objectives rather than just prescribing the manner in which those objectives should be accomplished.

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