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Michael Francis Brennan

Estate planning Attorney at Lake Villa, IL

5.0   3 reviews

also known as The Virtual Attorney, Michael F. Brennan Law Office

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About Michael

Learn Michael’s areas of practice.

Michael has extensive experience advising small businesses and start-ups. His knowledge of the legal issues that commonly face small businesses stems from years of representing businesses in a wide array of fields IT consulting, software solutions, web design/ development, financial services, and others. Areas of expertise include contract drafting and negotiation, terms of use, business structuring and funding, company and employee policies, general transactional issues as well as licensing and regulatory compliance. His prior experience includes negotiating sales contracts for a Fortune 500 healthcare company and publicly data storage company, regulatory compliance contracts for a publicly traded dental manufacturer, licensing agreement management for a prominent children's app company, numerous commercial lease negotiations and representation of a clients in a wide range of merger and acquisition deals, from trucking to e-commerce. 


Mr. Brennan firmly believes that every business deserves a lawyer that is both responsive and dependable, and he strives to provide that type of service to every client.

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Licensed for 12 years
State MN
Status Authorized to Practice
Acquired 2011
Updated 10/29/2022
State IL
Status Active And Authorized To Practice Law
Acquired 2011
Updated 01/06/2023
State WI
Status Good Standing
Acquired 2010
Updated 12/05/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Contact Michael

Michael Brennan
18816 W. North Woodale Trl.
Lake Villa, IL, 60046


5.0 / 5.0
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Posted by Paul | February 6, 2014
New Business
I am a new business owner, and a machinist by trade. Michael was very quick to answer questions and concerns. Also, he was able to communicate the information to me in a way that I was able to understand and clearly communicate it to my partners.
Posted by anonymous | January 30, 2014
Savvy guidance and works hard to ensure client satisfaction
Mike was patient, thorough, and ensured that we understood his advice. He helped us navigate a complex process at our convenience. He was efficient and kept things affordable. Mike knows what he's doing -- he's honest, works hard, and is super smart -- so I will continue to work with him and highly recommend his services to others.
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Posted by Joe | October 8, 2012
Prepared, professional, and affordable attorney exceeded my expectations.
Michael prepared and filed all of the necessary documentation to form my new LLC. Unlike lawyers I have worked with in other matters, Michael took a personal interest in my legal needs. He truly sought to understand my vision for the business and my personal goals. He was always available to discuss areas of concern over the phone or in person and was also prompt with email. By conducting most of our correspondence virtually, I saved money, time, and hassle. Michael is a first-rate attorney, and I would recommend his services to anyone!
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  • Hourly Rates $ 150-250 per hour
Payment methods
Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • The Virtual Attorney
  • 2010 - Present


  • McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2010
  • University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2007

Legal Cases

  • Negotiation for the sale of high value medical equipment to a large private midwest hospital
  • favorable
  • Drafting of numerous estate plans
  • favorable
  • Successful negotiation of multimillion dollar healthcare service contract
  • favorable


  • Illinois State Bar Association, Standing Committee on Legal Technology
  • Committee Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • State Bar of Wisconsin
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Illinois State Bar Association, Standing Committee on the Delivery of Legal Services
  • Member
  • 2016 - 2017
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2020
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2018
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2017
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2016
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2015
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Speaking Engagements

  • Mom's Club of Richfield Meet Up
  • Estate Planning Basics for Mothers of Young Children
  • 2013
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Attorney endorsements

Received (10)
Given (11)
Endorse Michael
Estate planning Attorney | May 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Estate planning Attorney | Mar 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mike is a tremendous attorney who understands his clients' needs. He is also a forward thinker, which shows in his practice and quality work. In particular, his virtual office allows clients to obtain quality legal work at cost-effective rates. I would recommend Mike to anyone looking for sound estate and business planning advice."
Estate planning Attorney | Feb 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"A professional with the experience and drive to help you put you estate in order."
Estate planning Attorney | Dec 28
Relationship: Friend
"I endorse this lawyer."
Contracts and agreements Attorney | Oct 01
Relationship: Co-worker
"I was able to be an established member on the contracting team while with GE Healthcare when Mike began his term in the position, and saw much growth through his time in the role. Not only was Mike able to quickly take on multiple tasks within his job responsibilities, but was also willing to take on additional responsibilities to help out the team. He was never afraid to ask for help, or provide his input on how to better a process to make it more manageable for not just himself, but the rest of the team, and the company as a whole. His ability to successfully negotiate complex business transactions within the context of the job is outstanding. I would recommend him for any position as a valuable asset to any opportunity"
Business Attorney | Oct 01
Relationship: Co-worker
"I worked with Mr. Brennan on a few litigation matters at the Department of Real Estate and had a personal friendship with him prior to that while we worked with Phi Delta Phi. Mr. Brennan is a fantastic individual and truly cares about his work product. He diligently researched concepts prior to taking action on matters and he always provided sympathy for those in need. Mr. Brennan will take good care of you."
Unknown Attorney | Jun 06
Relationship: Friend
"I endorse this lawyer."
Estate planning Attorney | May 02
Relationship: Friend
"Michael Brennan has a proven track record of outstanding service and a wonderful relationship with clients. I definitely recommend this attorney."
Contracts and agreements Attorney | Apr 12
Relationship: Friend
"Michael is a highly motivated and proactive attorney who can cut through complex scenarios to determine the most important legal issues of a case. He is personable, easy to work with, and a great friend. I recommend Michael Brennan."
Contracts and agreements Attorney | Apr 11
Relationship: Co-worker
"I would feel comfortable recommending Mike Brennan to anyone. He is a very skilled attorney with expansive estate planning and commercial law experience. I was fortunate to have the opportunity to work directly with Mike within the contracting team at GE Healthcare, and throughout my experience working with him, I was thoroughly impressed with his keen attention to detail and strong analytical skills, which helped him successfully review, negotiate, and draft multimillion dollar service and equipment contracts in a multi-state zone. Mike's dedicated work ethic and results driven attitude coupled with his ability to successfully manage numerous responsibilities makes me confident that he will go far, and please many clients along the way."
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