Michael D. Sher - Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg LLP

Michael D. Sher

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2013

Michael D. Sher represents clients in complex civil litigation and in business-related criminal investigations, trials and appeals in federal and state judicial and administrative proceedings. Chambers USA (2010) reports that Michael “has a stellar reputation among peers for his ‘first rate’ performance in court.” Michael has also been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America (within Commercial Litigation and Litigation-Securities). Michael is a lecturer in law at the University of Chicago Law School, teaching Fourth and Fifth Amendment law, and previously taught trial practice at the law school. Before joining the firm, Michael served as a Staff Attorney with the Federal Defender Program for the Northern District of Illinois. He is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.

Additional Information

Court Admissions Illinois Supreme Court
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois (Trial Bar)
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. Tax Court
  • Experience — Representation of a group of investors and limited partners in an action against their general partner, brought in the United States District Court in Dallas, Texas, asserting claims against the general partner and related entities for fraud, mismanagement and breach of fiduciary duty. The prosecution of the limited partners’ action resulted in the recovery from the general partner of all misappropriated funds
  • Representation of various general partners, limited partners and investors in various real estate development partnerships, involving office towers, shopping centers and other properties, throughout the United States
  • Representation of manufacturer in its action seeking specific performance of an option to purchase real estate. The District Court’s judgment in favor of the manufacturer, granting specific performance, was affirmed by the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, and that decision is reported in Keene Corporation v. Chapple, 716 F.2d 475 (7th Cir. 1983)
  • Representation of national REIT in trial and appellate courts, defending action for specific performance brought against it in connection with real estate owned in South Carolina. The trial court entered summary judgment in favor of the defendant REIT and dismissed the action, which judgment was affirmed by the South Carolina Court of Appeals
  • Representation of lenders and borrowers in mortgage foreclosure proceedings
  • University of MichiganBA 1971University of Wisconsin–MadisonJ.D. 1974
    American College of Trial Lawyers

    Client Comments

    "Michael Sher is a top-notch trial attorney. Unlike many lawyers that run go through the litigation procedure process checking the boxes, Michael from the start understood our goal and then aggressively pursued it. He was constantly coming with ideas and solutions to the difficult legal issues. I would recommend Michael very highly for complex litigation matters."

    -Adam Knowlton
    General Counsel
    Younan Properties, Inc.

    Office Location

    Two North LaSalle Street, Suite 1700
    Chicago, IL 60602-3801
    United States


    Lawyer of the Year Awards

    2017 Lawyer of the Year in Litigation - Securities of the Chicago Metro Area
    Michael D. Sher has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2017!

    Practice Areas

    Commercial Litigation
    Litigation - Securities

    Other Information

    Gender: Male