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Overview

An experienced real estate attorney, Mike has a 360-degree perspective on the industry.

Mike’s practice involves complex commercial real estate development and financing for public and private financial institutions, investors, municipalities, owners/operators, tenants and other stakeholders. Mike negotiates and structures capital stacks for investors, works on Opportunity Zone investments in qualifying geographic locations, and handles purchase and sale agreements, leases, and loan documentation for banks. He counsels extensively on unique financing programs such as New Markets Tax Credit, Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE), Historic Tax Credit and Tax Increment Financing. Mike especially enjoys being a resource on the early-stages of fund formation, acquisitions, developments, investments and ownership structures for real estate companies and entrepreneurs.

In addition, Mike’s experience involves representing investment property owners in Section 1031 like-kind exchanges and lenders with documentation and restructuring of credit facilities, including construction loans, mini-perm loans, permanent loan refinancing, take-out loans, forbearance agreements, dispositions of real estate owned (REO), deeds in lieu of foreclosure and other workout arrangements.

Prior to joining the firm, Mike worked as in-house counsel for a commercial real estate development, investment and property management firm. He managed the company’s extensive loan portfolio, handled investor and financial institution relationships, and drafted, negotiated and oversaw the acquisition and disposition of real estate assets.


Industry

Services

Recognition

  • NAIOP, 2016 Developing Leaders Award

Education

  • J.D., Marquette University Law School
  • B.S., Marquette University
    • Finance and Commercial Real Estate

Admissions

  • Wisconsin

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • CoREFUND, Board of Directors, 2018-present
  • Marquette University Center for Real Estate, Advisory Board, 2015-present
  • NAIOP - Wisconsin Chapter, Programs and Events Committee, 2015-present
  • Real Estate Alumni of Marquette (REALM) Network, Board of Directors, 2012-present
Experience

Real Estate Acquisition and Development

  • Represented real estate developer with structuring, negotiating and closing of New Markets Tax Credit, Historic Tax Credit, PACE, Tax Increment Financing and other specialized financing programs in aggregate value of over $100 million.
  • Negotiated and counseled real estate investor in multiple complex acquisitions and sale transactions from inception to closing in aggregate value of over $150 million.
  • Drafted and negotiated purchase agreement for acquisition of real estate and drafting of necessary easements over neighboring state-owned land for benefit of client's $30 million assisted living/senior housing development project.

Lending

  • Counseled on and restructured over $150 million of credit facilities, including preparing forbearance agreements, dispositions of REO, deeds in lieu of foreclosure and other workout arrangements.
  • Represented local and national financial institutions in structuring, documenting and closing of commercial real estate loans in aggregate value in excess of $200 million.

Leasing

  • Counseled national wireless company on new store leases, renewals and other leasing matters.
Outside the Office

Mike stays active with his kids and plays golf.

Mike’s young kids are involved in basketball, T-ball and dance, so he stays busy shuttling them to practices and cheering them on at games and performances. He also enjoys playing golf.

Community Leadership

Mike volunteers to help preserve land and water resources in northwestern Waukesha County, Wisconsin.

Mike serves on two committees for Tall Pines Conservancy, a nonprofit that works to preserve farmland, natural areas, open spaces and water resources in northwestern Waukesha County. He finds donors and plans special events to fund the conservation efforts and reviews and maintains those activities in accordance with the organization’s mission.

  • Tall Pines Conservancy, Major Gifts Committee, 2015-present; Conservation Committee, 2015-present
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