Michael A. Zalay

Michael A. Zalay

Chicago, IL


Vice chair of the firm's Business & Finance group, Michael is an accomplished corporate attorney who represents clients in a variety of business matters. He is experienced in structuring and negotiating business transactions for clients ranging from startups to established companies. Michael regularly advises clients on acquisitions and dispositions of businesses and real estate, corporate and LLC formation and governing documents, private placements, stock sale and asset purchase agreements, supplier and distribution agreements, professional services agreements, and commercial and retail leases. He also assists clients in the formation of shareholder, member and partner relationships, as well as the resolution of related disputes.

Serving as de facto general counsel, Michael advises clients on issues ranging from day-to-day operations to extraordinary transactions. His practice spans numerous industries, including information technology, medical, consulting, construction, marketing, manufacturing and distribution, industrial recycling, financial services and real estate. He also has extensive experience representing clients in the food service and hospitality industries, including chefs, restaurant owners and nightclub owners.



The John Marshall Law School
J.D., 2006
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
B.A., 2003

Bar Admissions


Professional Organizations

  • American Bar Association
  • Illinois Bar Association
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Illinois Restaurant Association
  • Little Chefs and Yogis
  • Rho Corp.

Insights & Events



  • Go-To Thought Leadership Award, Paycheck Protection Program, National Law Review, 2020
  • 40 Under Forty, Law Bulletin Media, 2020
  • Illinois Super Lawyers – Rising Stars, 2016-2020
  • Leading Lawyers Network – Emerging Lawyers, Real Estate Law: Commercial and Real Estate Law: Residential, 2019-2021
2020 NLR Go-To Thought Leader
40 Under Forty Honoree
Super Lawyers
emerging lawyers