Chuhak & Tecson, P.C.
An experienced litigator who represents large and small businesses in state, federal and bankruptcy court, as well as in arbitration and mediation proceedings, Michael Leifman effectively uses his contemporary negotiation and writing skills to find creative, effective and efficient solutions for his clients.
Michael is a member of the firm’s Banking, Litigation and Employment Practice Groups. He represents national institutions and local lenders and debt-buyers in a variety of banking-based matters, including mortgage foreclosures, commercial workouts, asset sales, creditors’ rights, UCC issues and bankruptcies. In addition, he represents businesses of all sizes in employment law and commercial litigation matters, including contract disputes and Fair Labor Standards Act disputes.
Dedicated to providing superior legal service, Michael works closely with his clients to achieve their uniquely desired results. His client-centered approach allows him to fully understand his clients’ needs and concerns and provide cost-effective solutions every step of the way.
A prolific writer who regularly contributes numerous articles and client alerts, he is an active member of Chuhak & Tecson’s Marketing Committee. He previously served on the firm’s Professional Education Committee.
While in law school, Michael received a Certificate in Business Law and the CALI Award for his Legal Professions class. Before becoming an attorney he worked at Chuhak & Tecson as a Marketing Intern and a Law Clerk, each for two years.
In his free time, Michael enjoys playing and watching basketball (especially the Bulls and the Hoosiers), spending time with his friends and family, and trying new restaurants throughout the city.
Areas of Law and Practice
|Areas of Law||Areas of Practice|
|Appellate Practice||Civil Appeals, Criminal Appeals|
|Banking Law||ATM Networks, Bank Collections, Bank Directors and Officers Liability, Bank Failures, Bank Foreclosures, Bank Fraud, Bank Holding Company Law, Bank Holding Company Regulation, Bank Insolvency, Bank Mergers and Acquisitions, Banking Antitrust, Banking Litigation, Banking Regulation, Check Fraud, Commercial Banking, Commercial Credit, Commercial Loans, Consumer Banking, Consumer Loans, Credit Card Law, Credit Finance, Credit Fraud, Credit Insurance, Credit Law, Credit Union Law, Currency Law, Electronic Banking, Escrow Agent Liability, Escrow Law, Exchange Control, Fair Lending, Financial Law, Foreign Exchange, Interest and Usury, International Banking Law, International Loans, Lender Law, Lender Liability, Lender Regulation, Lenders Rights, Letters of Credit, Loan Restructuring, Loan Syndication, Loan Workouts, Loans, Merchant Banking, Offshore Banking, Savings and Loan Failures, Savings and Loan Fraud, Savings and Loan Law, Savings and Loan Liquidation, Savings and Loan Regulation, Secured Lending, Thrift Institution Failures, Thrift Institution Regulation, Thrift Institutions Law, Trade and Professional Associations, Trade Association Law, Truth in Lending|
|Bankruptcy||Bankruptcy Arbitration, Bankruptcy Chapter 7, Bankruptcy Chapter 11, Bankruptcy Chapter 12, Bankruptcy Chapter 13, Bankruptcy Collections, Bankruptcy Fraud, Bankruptcy Litigation, Bankruptcy Mediation, Bankruptcy Reorganization, Bankruptcy Taxation, Bankruptcy Trustees Rights, Commercial Bankruptcy, Commercial Foreclosure, Commercial Insolvency, Commercial Recovery, Commercial Workouts, Consumer Bankruptcy, Creditor Bankruptcy, Debt Relief, Debtor Bankruptcy, Foreclosures, Fraudulent Conveyance, Insolvency, International Bankruptcy, International Insolvency, Liquidations, Out of Court Debt Restructuring, Personal Bankruptcy, Pre-Bankruptcy Workouts, Receivership, Repossessions, Workouts, Workouts Taxation|
|Business Law||Business Arbitration, Business Associations Law, Business Cooperatives, Business Crimes, Business Development, Business Dissolutions, Business Enterprises, Business Estate Planning, Business Formation, Business Fraud, Business Litigation, Business Mediation, Business Organization, Business Planning, Business Regulation, Business Reorganization, Business Start-Ups, Business Succession Planning, Business Successions, Business Syndication, Business Taxation, Business Torts, Business Transactions, Business Transfers, Business Trusts, Business Valuation, Buy-Sell Agreements, Buying and Selling of Businesses, Closely Held Business Estate Planning, Closely Held Business Law, Closely Held Business Taxation, Complex Business Litigation, Cooperative Taxation, Emerging Business Law, Emerging Growth Companies, Entrepreneurial Business Law, Family Business Law, Family Business Mediation, Family Business Successions, International Business Law, International Joint Ventures, Joint Ventures, Limited Liability Company Law, Minority Business Law, Pass-Through Entities, Private Business Law, Privatization, Professional Practices, Small Business Law, Sole Proprietorships, Strategic Alliances, Trade and Professional Associations, Trade Association Law|
|Commercial Law||Commercial Arbitration, Commercial Bad Faith, Commercial Constitutional Law, Commercial Crimes, Commercial Fraud, Commercial Liability, Commercial Litigation, Commercial Mediation, Commercial Torts, Commercial Transactions, Commercial Transfers, Commercial Trusts, Complex Commercial Litigation, International Commercial Arbitration, International Commercial Law, International Sale of Goods, Negotiable Instruments, Retail Liability, Sale of Goods, Secured Transactions, Uniform Commercial Code, Warehousing|
|Commercial Real Estate||Commercial Conveyancing, Commercial Real Estate Acquisitions, Commercial Real Estate Bankruptcy, Commercial Real Estate Contracts, Commercial Real Estate Development, Commercial Real Estate Finance, Commercial Real Estate Foreclosure, Commercial Real Estate Litigation, Commercial Real Estate Sales, Commercial Real Estate Syndication, Commercial Real Estate Workouts, Industrial Real Estate Law, Retail Development, Shopping Center Acquisitions, Shopping Center Development, Shopping Center Law|
|Consumer Law||Consumer Arbitration, Consumer Class Actions, Consumer Collections, Consumer Credit, Consumer Credit Compliance, Consumer Finance, Consumer Fraud, Consumer Litigation, Consumer Protection, Consumer Rights, Fair Credit Reporting Act|
|Contracts||Contract Drafting, Commercial Contracts, Contract Fraud, Contract Litigation, International Commercial Contracts, International Contracts|
|Corporate Law||Closely Held Corporations, Corporate Banking Law, Corporate Commercial Law, Corporate Contracts, Corporate Control Contests, Corporate Criminal Law, Corporate Dissolutions, Corporate Ethics, Corporate Fiduciary Law, Corporate Finance, Corporate Formation, Corporate Governance, Corporate Income Tax, Corporate Insurance, Corporate Insurance Defense, Corporate Investigations, Corporate Litigation, Corporate Organization, Corporate Partnerships, Corporate Planning, Corporate Real Estate, Corporate Reorganization, Corporate Successions, Corporate Tax Controversies, Corporate Tax Planning, Corporate Taxation, Corporate Trusts, Corporate Workouts, Family Corporations, Foreign Sales Corporations, Hostile Takeovers, Incorporation, International Corporate Finance, International Corporate Law, International Corporate Taxation, Nonprofit Corporations, Offshore Corporations, Professional Corporations, Proxy Contests, Public Corporations, S Corporations, Small Business Corporations, Takeovers, Tender Offers, Transfer Pricing|
|Employee Benefits||Cash Balance Plans, COBRA, Deferred Compensation, Disability Benefits, Employee Benefit Taxation, Employee Benefit Trusts, Employee Benefits Litigation, Employee Compensation, Employee Stock Ownership Plans, Employee Stock Ownership Trusts, Equity Compensation, ERISA, ERISA Class Actions, ERISA Collections, ERISA Compliance, ERISA Litigation, Executive Compensation, Executive Compensation Taxation, Flexible Benefit Plans, Fringe Benefits, Health Benefits, Multi-Employer Benefits, Multi-Employer Pensions, Non-Qualified Benefits, Pension and Profit Sharing Plans, Pension Fund Investments, Pension Plans, Pension Taxation, Profit Sharing, Public Employee Retirement, Public Pension Plans, Qualified Retirement Plans, Retirement Benefit Plans, Taft-Hartley Plans, Unemployment Compensation, Unemployment Compensation Taxation, 401(k) Plans|
|Equipment Finance and Leasing||Equipment Finance, Equipment Leasing, Vehicle Leasing|
|Finance||Asset Based Finance, Asset Sales, Commercial Finance, Credit Enhancement, Cross Border Finance, Debt and Equity Finance, Debt Finance, Equity Finance, Eurobonds, Factoring Law, Finance Taxation, Financial Fraud, Financial Fraud Recovery, Financial Institution Bonds, Financial Institution Failures, Financial Institution Insolvency, Financial Institution Regulation, Financial Institution Reorganization, Financial Institutions Law, Financial Institutions Litigation, Financial Institutions Taxation, Financial Restructuring, International Commercial Finance, International Finance, Precious Metals Finance, Private Finance, Secured Finance, Securitization, Structured Finance, Unsecured Finance|
|Labor and Employment||Affirmative Action, Age Discrimination in Employment, Americans with Disabilities Act, Caregiver Discrimination, Child Labor Law, Civil Service, Collective Bargaining, Confidentiality Agreements, Covenants Not To Compete, Employee Discipline, Employee Drug Testing, Employee Leasing, Employee Privacy, Employee Rights, Employer Intentional Torts, Employer Liability, Employer Rights, Employment Arbitration, Employment at Will, Employment Breach of Contract, Employment Civil Rights, Employment Claims, Employment Class Actions, Employment Contracts, Employment Defense, Employment Disability Discrimination, Employment Discrimination, Employment Law, Employment Litigation, Employment Mediation, Employment Practices Liability Insurance, Employment Rights, Employment Termination, Equal Employment Opportunity Law, Executive Employment Law, Executive Severance Contracts, Executive Transfers, Fair Employment Practices, Fair Labor Standards, Family and Medical Leave Act, Federal Employment Law, Harassment, Human Resources Law, International Employment Contracts, International Labor Law, Labor Antitrust, Labor Arbitration, Labor Law, Labor Legislation, Labor Relations, Labor Strikes, Management Employment Law, Management Labor Law, Minimum Wage Law, National Labor Relations Act, National Origin Discrimination, Negligent Hiring, Noncompete Litigation, Noncompetition and Non-Solicitation, Agreements, Outsourcing, Personnel Policies, Personnel Training, Pregnancy Discrimination, Prevailing Wage Litigation, Public Sector Collective Bargaining, Public Sector Employment Law, Public Sector Labor Relations, Reductions in Force, Restrictive Covenants, Retaliatory Discharge, Security Clearances, Sexual Harassment, Title VII Discrimination, Unfair Labor Practices, Uniformed Services Employment, and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA), Union Contract Negotiations, Union Elections, Union Labor Law, Union Organization, Wage and Hour Class Actions, Wage and Hour Law, WARN Act, Whistleblower Litigation, Workplace Violence, Wrongful Termination, Wrongful Termination Defense|
|Legal Malpractice||Legal Malpractice Defense, Legal Negligence, Legal Professional Liability|
|Litigation||Civil Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Complex and Multi-District Litigation, Complex Litigation, Defense Litigation, E-Discovery, Federal Civil Litigation, Federal Litigation, International Litigation, Long-Arm Litigation, Personal Injury Litigation, Trial Practice, U.S. Supreme Court Litigation|
|Mortgage Law||Commercial Mortgages, Foreclosure Defense, Mortgage Banking Law, Mortgage Bankruptcy, Mortgage Finance, Mortgage Foreclosure, Mortgage Insurance, Mortgage Lien Foreclosure, Mortgage Refinancing, Mortgage Securitization, Mortgage Tax, Mortgage Workouts, Secondary Mortgage Market|
|Premises Liability||Inadequate Security, Negligent Security, Premises Liability Defense, Premises Security, Private Security Litigation|
|Professional Liability||Accountants Liability, Accountants Malpractice, Agents and Brokers Errors andOmissions, Agents and Brokers Liability, Appraisers Liability, Architects and Engineers Errors and Omissions, Architects and Engineers Liability, Architects and Engineers Malpractice, Auditors Malpractice, Clergy Malpractice, Clergy Sexual Misconduct, Design Professionals Errors and Omissions, Design Professionals Liability, Design Professionals Malpractice, Directors and Officers Errors and Omissions, Directors and Officers Insurance Coverage, Directors and Officers Liability, Funeral Directors Liability, Professional Conduct, Professional Discipline, Professional Errors and Omissions, Professional Indemnity, Professional Liability Defense, Professional Liability Insurance Coverage, Professional Malpractice, Professional Negligence, Professional Sexual Misconduct, Surveyors Malpractice|
|Property Law||International Property Law, Personal Property, Personal Property Leasing|
|Real Estate||Adverse Possession, Boundary Disputes, Common Interest Community Law, Community Association Law, Condominium Association Law, Condominium Conversions, Condominium Development, Condominium Law, Condominium Timeshares, Conservation Easements, Conveyancing, Cooperative Housing Association Law, Cooperative Conversions, Cooperative Housing Law, Easements, Historic Conservation Easements, Homeowners Association Law, International Real Estate, Land Acquisitions, Land Sales, Land Trusts, Manufactured Housing Law, Mixed Use Development, Mobile Home Law, Planned Unit Development Law, Property Management, Quiet Title, Real Estate Acquisitions, Real Estate Arbitration, Real Estate Banking Law, Real Estate Bankruptcy, Real Estate Brokerage Law, Real Estate Brokers and Agents Liability, Real Estate Brokers Licensing, Real Estate Brokers Malpractice, Real Estate Brokers Malpractice Defense, Real Estate Collections, Real Estate Contracts, Real Estate Development, Real Estate Errors and Omissions, Real Estate Exchanges, Real Estate Finance, Real Estate Foreclosure, Real Estate Fraud, Real Estate Investment, Real Estate Investment Taxation, Real Estate Investment Trusts, Real Estate Joint Ventures, Real Estate Leasing, Real Estate Litigation, Real Estate Mediation, Real Estate Partnerships, Real Estate Restructuring, Real Estate Sales, Real Estate Secured Lending, Real Estate Securities, Real Estate Settlements, Real Estate Syndication, Real Estate Tax Appeals, Real Estate Tax Assessment, Real Estate Tax Foreclosure, Real Estate Tax Liens, Real Estate Taxation, Real Estate Title, Real Estate Title Examination, Real Estate Title Insurance, Real Estate Trade Association Law, Real Estate Valuation, Real Estate Workouts, Real Property, Real Property Acquisitions, Real Property Development, Real Property Finance, Residential Real Estate, Residential Real Estate Acquisitions, Residential Real Estate Development, Residential Real Estate Finance, Residential Real Estate Foreclosure, Residential Real Estate Sales, Right of Way Easements, Waterfront Development|
|Sports Law||Amateur Sports Law, Motor Sports Law, NCAA Regulation, Professional Sports Law, Sports Agency Law, Sports Antitrust, Sports Contracts, Sports Facilities Development, Sports Injury, Sports Licensing, Sports Marketing Law|
|Trade Secrets||Theft of Trade Secrets, Trade Secret Misappropriation|
|Trusts and Estates||Contested Trusts and Estates, Decedents Estates, Estate Administration, Estate Bankruptcy, Estate Litigation, Estate Planning, Estate Planning for Parents of Handicapped Childre, Estate Planning for the Disabled, Estate Planning for the Elderly, Estate Planning for Unmarried Couples, Estate Settlements, Family Trusts, Family Wealth Transfer, Fiduciary Law, Fiduciary Liability, Fiduciary Litigation, Financial Planning, International Estate Planning, International Trusts, International Trusts and Estates, Living Trusts, Offshore Trusts, Personal Planning, Pet Trusts, Powers of Attorney, Retirement Planning, Special Needs Trusts, Surrogates Court Practice, Trust Administration, Trust and Estate Collections, Trust Law, Trust Litigation, Trust Planning, Unclaimed Property, Wealth Planning, Wealth Preservation|
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