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Michael N. Cannell

Senior Counsel

Michael Cannell is senior counsel in LP’s Corporate Practice Group. Michael advises clients on complex transactions, including mergers, acquisitions, dispositions, and leveraged buyouts. He also provides outside general counsel to clients regarding business formation, equity structuring, succession planning, and other business issues.

Clients appreciate how Michael combines legal knowledge with business acumen to provide practical solutions that achieve clients’ goals. He enjoys working with clients to identify and implement the most effective solutions for meeting their business objectives.

Michael’s previous legal experience includes advising Main Street businesses as a partner at Reed, Heller & Cannell and advising private equity clients on middle-market M&A transactions as an associate at Kirkland & Ellis.

When not in the office, Michael enjoys all things soccer, from watching to playing to coaching his daughters.


Email Address

Phone Number

+1 312 476 7619

Additional Information

Education & Admissions

  • DePaul University College of Law, J.D., summa cum laude
  • Southern Illinois University, M.A.
  • University of Illinois, B.A.
Bar Admissions
  • Illinois


  • Board Member – Carbondale Junior Sports (Non-profit)


  • What is the most interesting part of your job?
    The most interesting part of my job is working with clients, colleagues, counterparties and other advisors to identify the optimal structure for business deals. Unlike litigation, which is more adversarial, corporate transactional work is often collaborative, in which everyone strives to reach a deal that is satisfactory to all parties involved.

  • What was your first pet?
    My family had dogs and cats growing up. My first pet as an adult was a redbone coonhound named Kingsley. Being a hound (more of a southern hunting dog) in Chicago, Kingsley drew lots of attention on walks from passersby.

  • What’s the biggest mistake attorneys can make?
    The biggest mistake attorneys can make is trying to hide a mistake in hopes that no one will notice. Everyone makes mistakes. When you do, it’s best to own it so that you can do what needs to be done to correct it. If you try to hide a mistake, you will inevitably make the problem worse.

  • What was your very first job?
    In high school, I was a busboy at my dad’s restaurant. That was my first real experience where I had to roll up my sleeves and get my hands dirty (literally).

“Mike’s strong legal perspective has served us not only as a lawyer but as a trusted advisor when making business decisions. We’ve worked with Mike through all aspects of a business lifecycle from creation to acquisition and he’s been indispensable at every juncture.” —Howard Avner, client