Michael Jon Shalbrack

Corporate & Business Transactions
Estate Planning, Administration & Probate
Real Estate
Not For Profit Organizations


Shalbrack Michael Jon

Mike Shalbrack’s practice covers a broad range of business issues affecting closely held business entities. He is a member of the firm and works in the Corporate & Business Law Group. He offers counsel on the formation of business organizations, corporate and partnership governance, the acquisition and sale of companies, real estate acquisition and dispositions, financing and security agreements, leasing and miscellaneous business transactions. 

Mike’s practice consists of commercial and consumer real estate work, estate planning and administration, elder law and work with senior/nursing home and assisted living facilities. 

Mike’s practice also entails handling tax controversies before the IRS and State of Illinois as well as matters before other administrative bodies. Mike represents clients with tax assessment matters before local Boards of Review and the Property Tax Appeal Board. 

Mike is an advisor to non-profit organizations and is counsel to many in the northern Illinois area. Mike is a speaker and panelist at bar association functions and other professional programs. Topics have included: “IRS CIRCULAR 230-What You Need To Know”; “Trust Fund Taxes: Section 6672 Defenses”; “MultiState Comparison of Advanced Directives”; “NonDeductibility Disclosure for Non-Profits”; “Fundraising and Compliance Issues for Charitable Organizations”; “Federal Tax Considerations for Not For Profit Organizations”; “Non-Profits: Hot Topics You Should Know”; New Illinois Durable Power of Attorney Act 2011.

DePaul University LLM-Tax 1990
DePaul University JD 1984
University of Wisconsin-Madison BBA 1981 (Finance | Management)

State of Illinois 1984
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois 1984
U.S. Tax Court 1990

Winnebago County Bar Association (President (2018-2019); Former First Vice President; Former Treasurer; Business and Tax, Estate Section Chairman)
Illinois Real Estate Lawyers Association (Member)
Illinois State Bar Association (Member)
American Bar Association (Member)
Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Northern Illinois (Former Director; President)
Comprehensive Community Solutions, “Rockford YouthBuild” (Former Director; Treasurer)
Winnebago County Bar Foundation (Former Director; Secretary)
Community Foundation of Northern Illinois, (Former Advisory Board Member)
Certified Mediator, 17th Judicial Circuit

On June 17, 2017, Mike Shalbrack was awarded the 2017 Seely P. Forbes Memorial Award from the Winnebago County Bar Foundation. The award is given annually to the person in the legal community who best exemplifies the characteristics of kindness, courtesy, thoughtfulness, consideration and moral courage.  Mike is, at this time, the 29th Recipient of the Award in this 600+ member Bar Association.

“Leading Lawyer”, Illinois (2005-Present)
Martindale-Hubbell – AV® Preemiment™ Peer Review Rated


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HolmstromKennedyPC (1987-Present)