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Michael William Brandwein

Tax Attorney at Skokie, IL

5.0   13 reviews
  • Licensed for 12 years
    State IL
    Acquired 2011
    Active and Authorized to Practice Law No misconduct found

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About Michael

Learn Michael’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Tax
    IRS Representation Offer in Compromise Installment Agreements Audit Defense Penalty Abatement Appeals IDOR Board of Appeals Representation IDOR Installment Agreement IDOR Audit Defense

  2. Contracts and agreements
    Service Agreements Consulting Agreements Employer Agreements Independent Contractor Agreements

  3. Corporate and incorporation
    Corporate Formation and Maintenance Operating Agreement Bylaws MIPA Corporate Resolutions

  4. Litigation

As a senior attorney for Gordon Law Group, Michael Brandwein has years of experience representing clients before the Internal Revenue Service and Illinois Department of Revenue. With his knack for drafting complex financial statements, Michael has helped innumerable clients secure repayment plans and submit favorable settlement offers. His work has saved clients millions of dollars in taxes, interest, and penalties.

Michael also guides individuals and businesses through IRS audits, drafts penalty abatement requests, solves complex tax-related issues, prepares delinquent FBAR submissions, and assists clients with IRS compliance and disclosure filings.

Additionally, Michael has substantial experience establishing new business enterprises on behalf of clients. His guidance and practical approach have allowed his clients to both establish and continue their operations successfully. Likewise, he has negotiated numerous business deals worth millions of dollars to his clients.

Before joining the Gordon Law Group, Michael served as Director of Resolutions for a nationwide tax resolution firm, where he oversaw the Resolutions Department, managed the day-to-day staff activities, and monitored case progress. He was able to maintain a substantial caseload in a fast-paced and dynamic work environment, lifting wage garnishments, bank levies, and halting the IRS collection process in its tracks.

Michael completed his undergraduate studies at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana, graduating with Honors from the College of Arts and Sciences with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and as a Dean’s List member. He then completed his Juris Doctor at Loyola University School of Law in Chicago, Illinois, where he was active in the Moot Court program while also volunteering at a local low-income tax clinic.

A born attorney, Michael’s hobbies include writing, reading, and researching new case law.

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Gordon Law Group
4709 Golf Road
Suite 1100
Skokie, IL, 60076

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5.0 / 5.0
  13 customer reviews
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Posted by Adam | January 13, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
10 Stars out of 5!
Michael and Trevor are outstanding! 10 stars out of 5! I have worked with many people in my day and Michael and Trevor make a fantastic team! Strongly recommend their services and I will be hiring them again.
Posted by Andy | November 18, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommend
As a first time business buyer not only did Michael help get the deal closed he was very patient every step of the way. He provided exceptional guidance in areas that I wasn't knowledgeable on to ensure a successful outcome. His ability to work efficiently with the sellers counsel kept the deal moving along which ultimately saved me time and money. I would absolutely recommend his services and plan on using him again in the future.
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Posted by Andrew | June 24, 2020
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Fantastic Negotiator and Attorney
I have my business taxes done through Gordon Law and was recommended to Michael for some credit and collections issues. He was swift, kept up great communication, and negotiated better than I could have asked for. I couldn't recommend Michael enough, and am sure we will be working together again in the future, even if he does listen to NSYNC when he works.
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Posted by Katherine | March 17, 2020
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I came to him in a panic! He did a great job reassuring me and did exactly what he said he could do! thank you!
Posted by Rich | February 24, 2020
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Outstanding Attorney
Michael handed my tax issue with expertise, efficiency and compassion. He explained my options throughly and helped me map out a strategy to resolve my scenario. He is knowledgeable, insightful and detail oriented. Everything I needed.
Posted by anonymous | February 12, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Fast and thorough
Fast and thorough is how I would describe Michael’s work. If it wasn’t personal, I’d disclose how good my settlement was, but I would put the work that Michael did on my behalf against anyone in the area. Fantastic attorney.
Posted by Sanjida | October 22, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Amazing Attorney
I was going through some difficult times financially, having deal with the IRS. MICHAEL BRANDWEIN settled my tax issue with the IRS and I didn’t have to pay the IRS anything at all! If you’re having tax issues, call this company look for MICHAEL BRANDWEIN because he is amazing. he is very knowledgeable, helpful and trustworthy. I would definitively recommend.
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Posted by Mike | May 28, 2019
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Responsive, excellent
Michael was great. Understood the problem, Responded quickly to all questions and request. Didn't need any pushing to get things done. Problem resolved. Highly recommended
Posted by anonymous | March 12, 2019
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Got the job done!
Michael helped resolve a Federal tax issue, resulting in likely the best possible outcome. I really appreciate it!
Posted by Peter | February 4, 2019
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Fantastic attorney
Michael did an amazing job helping my wife and I with a rather complicated federal tax issue. He was always readily available and clearly one of the best in the business.
Posted by Andrew | January 29, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Stress free in a high stress situation.
If you want a lawyer who is honest, caring, tough and gets the job done. Attorney Michael Brandwein is the only one for you! Michael has been supportive, has been fighting for my rights, knows the law, and will be with you with his knowledge and skills to assist you. He charges a fair price for his services and gets the results you want. I would highly recommend Michael for his ability to follow up (always available) and keeping you up to date in the status of your case. Michael is my first choice in any tax related matter.
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Posted by Nick | November 27, 2018
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IRS troubles no more!
We've had ongoing issues with our 2015 return (it's November 2018 as I write this). It got to the point where the IRS was sending rather ominous-sounding letters. We consulted our accountant and as far as we were all concerned we did everything by the book. Despite going through the appeals process on our own we were unable to satisfy whatever requirement the IRS was looking for to absolve our debt. I called Michael late on a Friday and he was on the case immediately. He reassured me that nothing horrible would happen over the weekend and that he'd get on it first thing Monday morning. Sure enough he had discovered the problem, filed the paperwork, and was pretty certain this would take care of the 5-digit balance we "owed" the IRS. Today as I write this I have a letter in hand from the IRS saying that all but $40 has been wiped from our account. As we had originally thought we had filed everything correctly but it took Michael's hard work to get things finally squared away. I can't thank Michael enough for all of his help. He was helpful, kind, and most importantly communicative throughout the entire process. I wouldn't hesitate for a moment to recommend him for any tax-related issues that you have. Thanks!
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Posted by Roger | October 22, 2018
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Tax Attorney
First let me start by saying I did not want to write a “Mike is great review”. I wanted to take my time and explain why he is very good and what makes him excel as a tax attorney. When I came into my difficult tax situation I was nervous. Like you reading this, I was scared and thinking about it at all times. To the point I was unable to sleep. I went to Gordon law firm after receiving a letter from the Revenue Officer asking for me to settle up. Gordon law firm and Mike truly explained the process to me. I never spoke to the IRS (which is what I wanted). My case was settled, and I am moving on with my life. The people who work at the IRS are just like you and me. They just want to live their life and trust me their goal is not to ruin you. They just want a fair close to the case. This process will take over a year at minimum. Why is Mike a great lawyer? I work with lawyers all the time in my job. I can honestly say Mike is the only lawyer who gets back to you usually within the hour but for sure by the end of the day. This is important for people who are going through a stressful time. You do not want to be sitting there waiting for a response while you are biting your nails off. Mike understands this and gets back to you at all times, even on weekends if he can. I also felt like Mike truly wanted to represent me and get the best deal for me. I never once felt like he was just in it for the money or to push my case along. He is a young and aggressive lawyer. I promise he will get you the best outcome you can get. Never once did Mike promise me pennies on the dollar like the commercials. These are scams by the way! I can say all this because my case was close to two years long. Mike was there every step of the way. I also want to stress that they are my tax lawyers and even if I moved away they would still be my tax lawyers. So that says a lot about the respect and loyalty I have to Michael. I can not stress enough how good of a lawyer he is. If you want a firm that understands the stress you are having and understands how hard this process can be for you, then you want Michael.
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Response from Michael Brandwein October 30, 2018
Roger, I appreciate the kind words! I am grateful for the review and hope others realize that not all hope is lost with respect to their IRS case. -Michael
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AVVO RATING 8.0 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Corporate Department Manager
  • Gordon Law Group
  • 2021 - Present
  • Senior Attorney
  • Gordon Law Group
  • 2016 - 2021


  • Loyola University Chicago School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2011
  • Indiana University-Bloomington
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2008

Sample of Legal Cases

  • OIC Settlement


  • The Illinois State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2019 - Present
  • Condo Association
  • President
  • 2018 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2022
  • Prairie State Achievement in Writing
  • State of Illinois
  • 2004

Attorney endorsements

Received (3)
Given (2)
Endorse Michael
Tax Attorney | Sep 17
Relationship: Co-worker
"Michael's extensive tax resolution background makes him the go-to choice for any matters involving the IRS and/or the IDOR. He is a passionate advocate for his clients and exceptionally easy to work with as a fellow attorney."
Tax Attorney | Aug 19
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"Michael is a senior attorney at Gordon Law. Michael has handled some of our most complex tax matters as well as business litigation (including corporate disputes and FTC litigation). Great attorney!"
Contracts and agreements Attorney | Aug 06
Relationship: Co-worker
"Michael is a zealous advocate for his clients"