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Mikhael Ann Bortz

Entertainment Attorney at Chicago, IL

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also known as Mikhael Buchanan

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BORTZ Entertainment Law has a single focus:

To protect the legal and business interests of artists, professionals and companies in the business of entertainment—at every stage of the creative process.

We routinely represent clients in the film, music and fine arts industries—from sole artists to major entertainment corporations. 

No matter the size of the client, however, we pride ourselves on committed, personal attention above all else.

Mikhael Bortz is an intellectual property, entertainment and business law attorney based out of Chicago and Miami. A former professional musician and songwriter, Mikhael specializes her legal practice in worldwide intellectual property, fine art issues, licensing, merchandising, branded entertainment, technology, and social media.

As the General Counsel for an international media company / lifestyle brand , Mikhael sat across the negotiating table from and closed deals with the likes of Coca-Cola, Disney, Mattel, FIFA, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, Sandisk, and many others. Before serving as in-house general counsel, Mikhael was the senior associate at , one of the top franchise litigation law firms in the United States

With the founding of Bortz Law Firm in 2015, Mikhael now has the ability to share her legal expertise and business savvy with a diverse roster of clients. She represents creatives, start-up businesses, and established brands in making exciting deals happen, and ensuring that legal rights and business interests stay protected.


Florida State Bar

Illinois State Bar


10th Circuit Court of Appeals

Southern District of Florida

Northern District of Illinois


Admitted pro hac vice to the following U.S. District Courts:

District of Colorado

District of Minnesota

District of New Jersey

Southern District of New York

Western District of Oklahoma

Western District of Washington



Licensed for 16 years
State IL
Status Active and Authorized to Practice Law
Acquired 2016
Updated 01/06/2023
State FL
Status Administrative - Not Authorized to Practice
Acquired 2007
Updated 02/23/2023

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

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Posted by Larry | July 25, 2018
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Posted by anonymous | April 2, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Highly recommend!
Mikhael is an excellent legal advisor. She listens and asks the right questions to ensure a 360-degree view for client protection, and she offers a relatable perspective for client comprehension. She is well versed in IP, licensing and has a passion for the arts. I have utilized Mikhael's expertise since 2011, and I continue to recommend her services to clients. I highly recommend Mikhael.
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Posted by anonymous | October 8, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Very helpful, great to work with!
I hired Mikhael Ann Bortz for assistance with an order of protection. She was extremely helpful and very patient with my questions and concerns. To ensure success in the court room, she brought along a colleague who specializes in this sort of work for no additional charge. The entire process was very simple and we had a positive outcome. I'm looking forward to working with Mikhael in the future for consulting as I launch a new company. Thanks again!
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AVVO RATING 6.6 (Good)

Work Experience

  • Founder / Managing Partner
  • Bortz Law Firm, PA
  • 2015 - Present
  • General Counsel
  • Britto Central, Inc.
  • 2011 - 2015
  • Senior Associate Attorney
  • Zarco, Einhorn, Salkowski & Brito, PA
  • 2008 - 2011
  • Associate Attorney
  • Maltzman Foreman, PA
  • 2006 - 2008
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  • The University of Chicago
  • Bachelor of Arts (B.A.),
  • N/A
  • DePaul University College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • N/A


  • The Recording Academy
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • International Trademark Association
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • American Bar Association Section of Intellectual Property Law
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • American Bar Association Forum on Entertainment and Sports Law
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • Association of Corporate Counsel
  • Member
  • 2012 - 2016
  • American Bar Association, Forum on Franchising
  • Member
  • 2008 - 2012
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Speaking Engagements

  • Department of Cinema Art and Science, Columbia College
  • Guest Lecturer on Legal Issues for Film Producers
  • 2016
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