Michael T. O’Connor

Michael O’Connor has extensive experience in all aspects of the acquisition, financing, leasing and disposition of commercial, industrial, retail and multi-unit residential property. He has structured, negotiated and documented a wide variety of transactions including senior/subordinate financing, commercial mortgage backed securities (CMBS), mezzanine and equity participation as well as structuring the ownership of entities for the development of those properties. 

Michael focuses on structuring transactions to minimize income taxes through the use of forward, reverse and reverse/improvement section 1031 exchanges as well as other strategies to minimize or avoid an increase in real estate and transfer taxes as a result of a transaction. He has broad experience in the structuring of partnerships and limited liability companies with multiple layers of ownership and levels of participation. 

Michael has also represented numerous institutional lenders in a wide variety of real estate and asset based loan transactions to finance the acquisition, construction and operations of retail and manufacturing businesses. He has also drafted and negotiated leases for industrial facilities, national retailers and restaurant operators. 

Michael is a member of the Illinois Bar Association and the Chicago Bar Association. He also serves as counsel to The Chiari and Syringomyelia Foundation dedicated to funding research into the neurological disease known as Chiari Malformations and the spinal disease Syringomyelia.

At a Glance

  • Loyola University of Chicago, J.D., 1988

  • Indiana University, B.S. in Accounting, 1985

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