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Michael L. Weissman is Of Counsel to Levin Ginsburg in Chicago and formerly served as Executive Vice President of and General Counsel to Bridgeview Bank Group. His practice is focused on banking and commercial lending. Mr. Weissman has also actively prosecuted civil and bankruptcy matters on behalf of financial institutions and defended them in lender liability lawsuits. He has a wealth of experience in the legal and business aspects of secured and unsecured lending for all types of credit facilities. He has represented most of the major banks and commercial lenders in the Chicago area. His articles are frequently published in journals devoted to banking and commercial finance, and he has lectured for such diverse groups as the American Bar Association, the Association of Commercial Finance Attorneys, the Risk Management Association, the Commercial Finance Association, the Illinois Bankers Association, the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, the Illinois CPA Society, the Chicago-Midwest Credit Service Corporation, the Mississippi Law Institute, the Wyoming Bankers Association, the Chicago Association of Commerce and Industry, the Midwest Finance Conference, the Illinois Credit Union League, the National Credit Union Association, and IICLE®. Mr. Weissman has been a panelist for many seminars sponsored by the Lender’s Forum, the Banking Law Institute, the Bank Lending Institute, State of the Art Seminars, Infocast, Inc., the Lenders Educational Institute, the Bank Administration Institute, and Clarion Legal. He has also taught secured lending at The John Marshall Law School and conducts in-house training programs for banks such as Bank of Oklahoma and Wilmington Trust Company. He has been a member of the Committee on Commercial Financial Services of the ABA’s Section on Business Law and is a former Director of the Association of Commercial Finance Attorneys; a former Vice Chair of the Bank Counsel Committee of the Illinois Bankers Association; a Director, Member of the Executive Committee, and Chair (2001 – 2002) of IICLE®; and former Chair of the Banking Group at the Union League Club of Chicago. He writes a monthly column on recent developments of interest to financial services attorneys for IICLE®’s FlashPoints at www.iicle.com/flashpoints. In 2018, he received the Addis E. Hull Award of Excellence from IICLE®. Mr. Weissman received his B.S. in Economics from Northwestern University, received his M.B.A. from the Wharton Graduate Division of the University of Pennsylvania, was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Sydney (Australia) Faculty of Law, and received his J.D. from the Harvard Law School. He is on the Roster of Fulbright Senior Specialists maintained by the Council for the International Exchange of Scholars. He was a Fulbright Senior Specialist at the School of Business Administration, Turiba, in Riga, Latvia, in 2006; a Fulbright Senior Specialist at the National University in Vientiane, Laos, in 2008; an instructor in the American Bar Association’s International Senior Lawyers Project in Capetown, South Africa, in 2009; and an instructor for the International Law Institute’s African Center for Legal Excellence in Zanzibar, Tanzania, in 2013.
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