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Michael G. Cortina



Northern Illinois University College of Law, J.D., 1998

Monmouth College, B.A., 1995, Philosophy and Religious Studies & Speech Communication and Theater Arts double-major; Departmental Honors, Speech Communication

United States Army Reserve, 1988-1994



Mike is the attorney to call for banks across the Midwest. He has extensive experience representing banks in various types of litigation including but not limited to: uniform commercial code, automobile dealership cases, personal guaranties, foreclosures, check alterations, fraud, replevins, collections, bankruptcy adversary proceedings and priority disputes.  He also advises bank clients on operations matters, such as how to respond to a subpoena for a customer’s accounts, a non-wage garnishment of an account, or a federal grand jury subpoena for customer information. A well-rounded banking attorney, Mike has the ability to draft, edit and review loan documents for all types of matters.  Mike has also drafted complete document packages for multi-million dollar loans, reviewed existing documents for legal sufficiency, provided attorney approval for loans, and consulted on pending loans.

As co-chair of the firm’s financial services group, Mike oversees a team providing financial institutions with advice and representation on transactional and litigation matters throughout each of the firm’s seven offices.

A strong community is built on the notion that the members of that community invest and give back to one another. To that end, Mike is an active member of the Lions Club, a global leader in community and humanitarian services.


  • Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent™ rated
  • Selected to the Illinois Super Lawyers List of Rising Stars: 2008, 2009

Memberships & Involvement

  • Member: Illinois Creditors Bar Association; McHenry County Bar Association
  • Member: Crystal Lake Chamber of Commerce (Director, Board of Directors)
  • Member: Crystal Lake Lions Club: Melvin Jones Fellow (2013); President (2008-2009); 1st Vice President (2007-2008).
  • Illinois State Bar Association: Assembly for the 22nd Circuit; Member, Real Estate Law Section Council (2014-2016); Past Chair, Commercial Banking, Collections and Bankruptcy Section Council (2012-2013).
  • Past Member: Board of Directors - Family Alliance, Inc


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