Michael J. Coleman joined the firm as a partner in 1993. Before doing so, Mike was a C.P.A. with GE Capital where he was part of the Corporate Finance Department, working as a Senior Field Analyst helping to determine the structure and extent of participating in the funding of prospective leverage-buyout clients. Thereafter, Mike headed up the Audit Department of an Asset-Based Group which was part of a privately held bank holding company that was ultimately bought out by the former LaSalle National Bank/ABM-AMRO Bank Group, which was recently acquired by Bank of America. At the time he left LaSalle Bank to pursue his legal education, Mike was an Account Executive in its Asset-Based Department where he was responsible for the complete oversight of a portfolio of highly-leveraged commercial loan customers made up of a wide-range of manufacturing entities.
While attending Loyola Law School, Mike served as a Law Extern to former Chief Judge Susan Pierson Sonderby of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Illinois. Once out of Loyola Law School, Mike combined his extensive finance and banking background with his legal experience to represent Bankruptcy Trustees on a number and variety of complex bankruptcy liquidation matters.
One of the highlights of this representation included spearheading 7th Circuit Court of Appeals mandated mediation involving a total of 233 separate Adversary Proceeding Complaints filed by Mike on behalf of the Trustee in a Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Estate involving the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act. Since that time, Mike has expanded his representation to include a number of banks where he acts as counsel on a variety of transactional matters. In addition, Mike currently acts as outside general counsel to a number of closely-held corporations advising these entities on all facets of finance, structure and potential litigation issues. At this time, Mike also serves as U.S. counsel for an overseas-based entity, acting in an advisory capacity on a variety of U.S. corporate structuring issues.