Michael G. Koutnik


Professional Bio

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As a member of Fox, O’Neill & Shannon’s corporate practice group, Michael (Mike) Koutnik’s practice primarily focuses on real estate and transactional law, general corporate matters, and intellectual property. The diversity of Mike’s practice areas means he is equipped to counsel a client on how to correctly form a start-up business or help an existing business secure and develop real estate to accomodate its growth.

Mike’s varied skillset helps him provide clients with the context necessary to understand how a particular issue fits into the larger picture and how a decision may impact clients in other, seemingly unrelated, areas. Despite the variety in his practice areas, Mike’s approach to law remains consistent: fully understand his client’s goals and develop effective solutions to help his clients achieve them.

Representative Work

  • Represented a Wisconsin agricultural company in its 2016 sale of over 8,500 acres of Wisconsin farmland valued at over $45 million.
  • In 2016, represented an international corporation in establishing its U.S. headquarters in the Milwaukee area by forming the domestic entity, structuring the entity to fit within the parent corporation’s organization, performing initial regulatory filings and negotiating the company’s lease.
  • Assisted a Milwaukee based company with the $5 million combined acquisition and development of a historic structure for a combined brewery/restaurant in 2016.
  • Assisted a Milwaukee based company with its 2015 $45 million acquisition and development of a 250,000 square foot mixed-use building.
  • In 2015, assisted a Milwaukee based property management company with a $5 million refinancing cross-collateralized among seven different multi-tenant properties.
  • In 2014, assisted with the $18 million acquisition and development of a downtown Milwaukee mixed-use building which involved state and federal historic tax credits.
  • Advised the local branch of a worldwide non-profit organization in the disposition of real estate assets through Chapter 11 proceedings.

Mike attended Marquette University where he graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics. As a member of the Pre-Law Scholar Program at Marquette, Mike had already completed his first year of course-work at Marquette University Law School at the time of his undergraduate graduation.

Mike continued his education at Marquette University Law School, where he graduated with honors. During his time in law school, Mike served as an associate editor of the Marquette Law Review. His law review comment, LONG LIVE LIFE SETTLEMENTS: THE CURRENT STATUS AND PROPOSED DIRECTION OF THE LIFE SETTLEMENT MARKET, was one of five student comments from his class to be selected for publication. The comment subsequently received the Silver Quill Award as the second best student comment published in the Marquette Law Review during that academic year.

Mike helped provide income tax services to underprivileged individuals through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Clinic and was also honored to serve a judicial internship in the chambers of a Wisconsin Supreme Court justice. Mike spent his third year clerking for a leading Milwaukee civil litigation law firm.

Personal Bio

As a member of the Friends of the Haggerty Museum of Art, Mike can be found at various events supporting Milwaukee’s ever-evolving art community. Born and raised in Two Rivers, Wisconsin, in his free time, Mike enjoys golfing, exploring new biking trails, canoeing in the Boundary Waters and reading. Most of all, Mike enjoys downhill skiing and has made multiple ski trips to British Columbia, California, Colorado and Nevada. He still hopes to cross Utah and Wyoming off the list sometime in the near future.