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Michael S. Kurtzon

Michael S. Kurtzon

Dykema Gossett PLLC

Chicago, IL, USA

Michael Kurtzon has more than 35 years of experience in providing legal services to the real estate industry.

Mr. Kurtzon counsels institutional real estate lenders on a national basis in a variety of complex lending matters including loan workouts and restructurings. He regularly represents real estate development companies in residential and commercial construction and development projects, including mixed-use projects, land acquisitions and development, financing and documentation for condominiums, and other for-sale housing projects. He also represents real estate investors and owners in acquisitions and dispositions of properties, securitized debt financings, and negotiation of architectural and construction agreements, as well as landlords and tenants in leasing transactions.

Mr. Kurtzon's work encompasses many types of transactions, including project and securitized financings, and purchases and sales of hotels, office buildings, apartment complexes and shopping centers. He has extensive experience representing parties in the formation of joint ventures and other business combinations.

Mr. Kurtzon is well regarded for his knowledge of the real estate industry and frequently writes and speaks about his area of practice. Past speaking topics include construction lending, syndicated loan transactions, condominium law, construction law, and the Interstate Land Sales Full Disclosure Act and workouts of troubled projects.


  • Represented lead lender in a $120 million syndicated construction loan for a mixed use "town center" project.
  • Represented lead lender in mixed-use Chicago project.
  • Represented lead lender in a $115 million credit facility for development of a downtown Chicago office building.
  • Represented Canadian opportunity fund in a $80 million acquisition and securitized financing of office park.
  • Represented lead lender in a syndicated construction loan for a $75 million high-rise mixed-use condominium/retail project.
  • Represented California investment company in acquisition financing and sale of a $35 million office building.
  • Represented parking garage company in section 1031 deferred tax-free exchange of multiple properties.
  • Represented developer of mixed-use condominium and retail project.
  • Represented Chicago area investment company in the acquisition of more than 2,000 rental units in a series of transactions. 

Seminars & Speeches

Guarantees in Real Estate Loans, Practising Law Institute
April 10, 2015

Legal Issues Impacting Real Estate, 12th Annual Commercial Real Estate Forecast Conference, Chicago, Illinois, panel member
January 22, 2014

Restructuring Troubled Condo Projects: Workout Issues, Law Seminars International (Moderated a panel discussion)
April 25, 2008


Leading Lawyers Lists Michael Kurtzon as a Top 10 Real Estate Lawyer in Illinois
February 24, 2016

Mike Kurtzon Quoted in Law360 Article on Banks Easing Their Commercial Real Estate Lending Terms
May 16, 2014

Corporate Finance, Real Estate Groups Host Invited Guests at 2014 Bricks and Ivy Ball
April 24, 2014

Mike Kurtzon Authors Article for Real Estate Law360
December 23, 2013

Mike Kurtzon Quoted in Law360 Article on Chicago Foreclosure Ordinance
September 23, 2013

Michael Kurtzon—Panelist at 11th Annual Commercial Real Estate Forecast Conference
January 18, 2013

Kurtzon Named to Midwest Real Estate News 2012 Hall of Fame
January 4, 2013

Memberships & Involvement

  • American College of Real Estate Lawyers
  • American College of Mortgage Attorneys
  • Chicago Mortgage Attorneys Association
  • Chicago Bar Association Real Property Finance Committee
  • American Bar Association Section on Real Property, Probate and Trust Law

Awards & Recognition

Named a Leading Real Estate Lawyer by Chambers USA, 2011-2016

Named a "Top Ten" Illinois Leading Lawyer in Real Estate in 2016 by Leading Lawyers Network, Law Bulletin Publishing Company

Named an Illinois Leading Lawyer in the area of Real Estate: Associations & Condominiums, Real Estate: Commercial and Real Estate: Finance by the Leading Lawyers Network, 2003-2016. Law Bulletin Publishing Company

Recognized in Illinois SuperLawyers® for Real Estate,2011-2017

Recognized in Law & Politics as an Illinois Super Lawyer for Real Estate, 2005-2010

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® for Real Estate Law, 1983-Present. Copyright 2015 by Woodward/White, Inc., Aiken, SC

Recipient of an AV® Preeminent™ Rating by Martindale-Hubbell

Areas Of Practice

Real Estate

Real Estate Finance

Real Estate Workouts


Financial Industry Group

Representation of Financial Institutions in Bankruptcy & Workout Matters

Insurance Industry Group

Real Estate Finance, Development and Facilities

Bar Admissions Illinois, 1973


University of Chicago, J.D.

Cornell University, A.B.

Michael S. Kurtzon is associated with the following items:
CHB Chapters  CHB Chapters Guaranties in Commercial Real Estate Loan Transactions - Commercial Real Estate Financing 2017, Thursday, April 13, 2017
Live Seminar  Live Seminar Commercial Real Estate Financing 2018, Thursday, April 19, 2018, Chicago, IL

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