Michael L. Boykins - McDermott Will & Emery



Michael L. Boykins is the office managing partner for the Firm’s Chicago office. He focuses his practice on corporate finance, representing corporate and individual lenders, investors and borrowers in connection with secured and unsecured credit facilities, asset-based lending, high-yield financings, employee stock ownership plan (ESOP) financings, acquisition financings, over-the-counter derivatives, insurance industry financings, senior subordinated debt, mezzanine and venture capital transactions. Michael also represents debtor committees and secured creditors in debt restructurings and workouts.

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  • Crain’s Chicago Business, Who’s Who in Chicago Business, 2024
  • Chambers USA, Banking & Finance, 2009-2023
  • The Legal 500 US, Recommended, 2016-2023

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  • American College of Investment Counsel, fellow
  • LINK Unlimited, board of directors, executive committee and chair of recruitment committee
  • Boys & Girls Club of Chicago, board of directors
  • Chicago Committee on Minorities in Large Law Firms, past member of board of directors and former co-chair of strategic planning and nominating committees


University of Wisconsin Law School, JD, 1990
University of Wisconsin – Madison, BS, Economics, 1987