Michael Gnesin



Michael Gnesin is a partner in the Fort Lauderdale and Chicago offices of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Corporate and Securities & Corporate Finance Practices. Leveraging strong business acumen in conjunction with several years of advanced legal experience, Michael has represented individual and corporate clients in hundreds of commercial transactions ranging from $1MM to $900MM+ throughout tenure. He is a dedicated leader with a proven track record of analyzing complex deals, identifying relevant policies and precedents, and making personal and professional recommendations to inform merger and acquisition (M&A) strategy in compliance with local, state, and federal mandates. Michael is a dynamic change agent adept at managing and mitigating legal risk through due diligence, safeguarding business continuity, organizational good standing, and bottom-line growth.

Michael concentrates his practice in general counsel services, corporate law, banking/finance, employment law, business representation, and commercial real estate law (including commercial purchase, sale and refinance transactions, title issues, and leasing matters). Michael counsels and advises individuals, domestic and international emerging growth companies and established businesses in various types of corporate, transactional, general business planning and compliance matters.

Michael’s experience includes entity formation, drafting, and reviewing complex commercial agreements, providing advice and counsel to business owners, employees, officers and board of directors, corporate governance, intellectual property protection, and general daily business planning and legal advice on complex business issues.

Primary Area(s) of Practice

  • Corporate
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Securities & Corporate Finance
  • Banking & Finance
  • Financial Restructuring & Loan Workout Practice
  • Business, Finance & Transactions
  • Sustainability and Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) Practice
  • Entertainment, Media & Sports
  • COVID-19 Response Resource Center
  • COVID-19: Contracts & Force Majeure

Additional Experience


  • Broward County Bar Association
  • Jewish Federation of Broward County
  • Russian Connections
  • Russian American Chamber of South Florida
  • American Bar Association
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Member, Florida Lawyers Network
  • Member, Jewish United Fund – Young Lawyers Group
  • Executive Committee Chair & Member, ProVisors
  • Association for Corporate Growth
  • Chicago Business Connectors

Awards & Honors

CALI Excellence for the Future Award – Equities and Remedies

Professional Presentations

  • Featured Speaker, “Loan Syndications + Club Loans,” Webinar, 2021
  • Guest Speaker, “Paycheck Protection Program & Mortgage Forbearance,” Oak Brook Chamber of Commerce Webinar, 2020
  • Guest Speaker, “Paycheck Protection Program & Addressing Loan Forgiveness Questions,” Porte Brown Webinar, 2020
  • Guest Speaker, “PPP Loan Forgiveness and The Building Industry,” Home Builders Association of Greater Chicago Webinar, 2020
  • Guest Speaker, “Stress Testing Deals in Good Times, Bad Times and Now,” MBBI Webinar, 2020
  • Featured Speaker, “Recovering COVID-19 Business Expenses and Lost Profits,” Webinar, 2020
  • Featured Speaker, “Employment Law Updates to Protect You During the Pandemic and Beyond,” Webinar, 2020


DePaul University College of Law

Juris Doctor, 2008

University of Illinois – Chicago

Bachelor of Science in Economics & Finance, 2004

Foreign Language Capabilities

  • Spanish
  • Russian


  • Licensed Real Estate Broker (IL)
  • Licensed Illinois Life Insurance Producer

Pro Bono & Philanthropy

  • JUF Young Lawyers Group volunteer
  • Community Legal Services Program and Hillels of Illinois volunteer