Kenneth A. Michaels, Jr.

Top rated Real Estate attorney in Chicago, Illinois

Bauch & Michaels, LLC
Kenneth A. Michaels, Jr.
Bauch & Michaels, LLC

Practice Areas: Real Estate, Business Litigation, Business & Corporate view more

Licensed in Illinois since: 1983

Education: University of Illinois Chicago School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2022 - 2024

Bauch & Michaels, LLC

53 W Jackson Blvd
Suite 1115
Chicago, IL 60604 Phone: 312-427-9696 Email: Kenneth A. Michaels, Jr. Visit website


Ken has represented condominium associations, homeowners associations, unit owners, developers, and managers for more than 30 years. He writes extensively in this field of law. His clients are advised not only from the real property aspects of condominium management but also from the principles, best practices, and rules of corporate governance. 

He also has represented buyers and sellers of commercial properties in the Chicagoland area, as well as assisting in out-of-state transactions, including hotels, manufacturing facilities, warehouses, and office buildings. He has developed extensive, complex real estate developments including inter-acting condominium associations, with special service areas and complex municipal obligations and relations.

His practice includes business litigation where he has been successful in defending businesses and their directors, officers, managers, members, and partners. He has represented his clients in land use litigation for years.

Having taught corporate law at a law school for several years, he provides business governance advice for corporations, not-for-profit corporations, limited liability companies, and partnerships. His transactional work includes asset sales, stock sales, and change of corporate control. His transactions involving financing projects and acquisitions usually involves financial document review, due diligence, and opinion letters, including opinion letters in international loans.

Practice areas

Real Estate: Business, Business Litigation, Business/Corporate, Real Estate: Consumer

First Admitted: 1983, Illinois

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Educational Background:
  • Adjunct faculty at University of Illinois Chicago School of Law - Appellate Advocacy; Business Associations
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • President and Trustee, Northern Moraine Wastewater Reclamation District, Lake and McHenry Counties, Illinois.
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Author of four chapters in two volume treatise on condominium law published by IICLE: Representing Condominium Associations; Liability Problems; Conversion to Condominium Property; and Distressed Associations., 2022
  • Co-authored article on mechanics liens in bankruptcy., 2023
  • Presentation at Chicago Bar Association subcommittee on Condominium Associations on enforcing rules and regulations in condominium associations and HOAs, 2021
  • Authored law review article "Breaches of Fiduciary Duty and Exculpatory Clauses in Illinois Condominium Declarations," 55 UIC Law Review 289 (2022)., 2022
  • Authored monthly Flashpoints columns for Illinois Institute on Continuing Legal Education on Condominium Law
  • Member of Scribes - The American Society of Legal Writers.
  • Judge in final and semi-final rounds of the Herzog Moot Court Competitions.
  • Member of American Bar Association, Illinois State Bar Association, and Chicago Bar Association and active in ABA and CBA.
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Article exploring development of fiduciary duties law in Illinois (with some Delaware) from the 1800s to present day and recognition of exculpatory provisions in corporate governance documents including condominium declarations; analysis applicable to for-profit and not-for-profit corporations as well, Author, Breaches of Fiduciary Duty and Exculpatory Clauses in Illinois Condominium Documents, 55 UIC Law Review 289, 2022
  • Chapter in treatise on authority, powers, and duties in representing condominium associations and HOAs., Author, Representing the Condominium Associations, Condominium Law: Daily Operational Challenges, 2021
  • For two years, Ken has authored monthly articles on recent developments in the law of condominium, homeowners, and common-interest community associations., Author, Flashpoints - Condominium Law, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, 2016
Industry Groups:
  • Condominium And HOAs
  • Construction Companies
  • Developers
  • Managers

Office location for Kenneth A. Michaels, Jr.

53 W Jackson Blvd
Suite 1115
Chicago, IL 60604


3 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2022 - 2024

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