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Michael L. McDermott

Michael L. McDermott


“O’Keefe Lyons & Hynes has a long tradition in Chicago. People respect our legal acumen, our loyalty to clients and our integrity as lawyers and community members.”

Michael L. McDermott

As a generalist within a highly specialized firm, Michael L. McDermott’s practice covers four broad areas: real estate, corporate and partnership transactions, estate planning and family law. Known for taking a personal interest in client matters, Mike’s often the “go-to” lawyer for his partners’ families. He joined the firm after serving as the Administrative Assistant to the Public Administrator of Cook County and became a partner in 1974.


Michael focuses his practice on:

  • Commercial property taxation issues
  • Business partnership transactions
  • Estate planning
  • Family law

"The ability to interact with my partners without controversies makes life delightful for me. We practice law as gentlemen and gentlewomen."


Evans Scholar Foundation, Trustee

National-Louis University, Past Vice Chairman

Niles Township Regular Democratic Organization, Past President

Western Golf Association, Past President

Member of:

American Bar Association

Chicago Bar Association

Illinois State Bar Association

bar admissions

Illinois Supreme Court, 1963

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, 1963


Northwestern University, J.D., 1963

Spring Hill College (Mobile, Alabama), B.S., 1960

government service

Office of the Public Administrator of Cook County, 1963-1966