Michael A. Moynihan is a Partner in and Co-Head of the Real Estate Department of Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP. Mr. Moynihan was previously a Partner with Freeborn & Peters, which combined with SGR in 2023.
Mr. Moynihan maintains an active practice handling a broad range of real estate and financing transactions and has more than 30 years of experience in commercial and industrial real estate development. A significant portion of his practice involves representing developers of large-scale commercial, mixed-use and industrial developments throughout the country. His development team responsibilities include operating entity formation and capitalization, project financing, construction contracting, investor relations, project planning and project documentation. Mr. Moynihan also represents clients, on a national basis, in the acquisition, financing and leasing of office properties, retail centers and other real property assets.
Mr. Moynihan served as Co-Managing Partner of Freeborn & Peters for eight years before his term ended at the end of 2017. Before becoming Co-Managing Partner in 2010, he served as Co-Chair of that firm’s Real Estate Practice Group and Chair of the Recruiting Committee.
He is active in a number of civic and community organizations including the Frances Xavier Warde Schools in Chicago, Illinois where he currently serves as Chair of the Board of Trustees. Mr. Moynihan is a longtime member of the Young Presidents Organization (“YPO”) and is the Founder and first Chair of the YPO-Chicago Metro Gold Chapter. Mr. Moynihan earned his B.A. from University of Notre Dame and his J.D. from Loyola University Chicago School of Law, where he was a member of the National Moot Court Team.
Home Builders Association of Greater Chicago (HBAGC)
International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC)
Chicago Real Estate Council (CREC)
Windy City – YPO
Co-Author, “Build Your Ideal Food or Beverage Facility – and Get Help Paying for It,” Freeborn & Peters LLP (May 2014).
Guest Instructor on Land Use Regulation and Entitlements, University of Notre Dame, Mendoza School of Business – Spring 2012 Finance Course on the Real Estate Development Process (February 21, 2012).
Speaker, “Tenant in Common Workouts: Navigating the Real Estate, Tax, Finance and Securities Issues When Restructuring TIC Transactions,” (2009).
Speaker, “Tenant in Common Workouts: Negotiating the Real Estate, Tax, Finance and Securities Issues When Exiting TIC Deals,” Strafford Publishing, Inc. (2009).
Speaker, “Taxation on Real Estate Conference,” Illinois CPA Society (2009).
Speaker, “Notre Dame Financial Executives Alumni Conference,” University of Notre Dame (2007).
Speaker, “Commercial Leasing: Handling Common Client Issues Conference,” National Business Institute (2007).