Michele S. Kurlander
Certified as WBE with Women’s Business Enterprise National Council.
- Business Law
- Corporate Law
- Real Estate
- Estate Planning
Admitted: 1969, Illinois
Ms. Kurlander has been advising business owners on legal matters for more than 40 years (business issues – including formation, operation, acquisition and disposition of businesses, contracting, real property matters – including leasing, purchase, sale and development, and WBE certification) and also works with business owners on estate planning issues. She is also an advocate and expert on small business issues.
She has represented clients in numerous industries, including the automotive, plating, construction, design, manufacturing, and service industries.
She is a past President of the Chicago Area Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) – on the Board of that organization in various capacities from 1989-2001 and again from 2011-2014; was an elected delegate to the 1995 White House Conference on Small Business, a participant in the 1993 Illinois Womens Economic Development Summit and the City of Chicago task force that legalized home based businesses in the City’s zoning ordinance, as well as a member of the Women in Entrepeneurship Working Group of the Governors Commission on the Status of Women. She won the SBA’s 1999 Womens Advocate of the Year award for Illinois and the Region. She was a member of the Executive Committee of WE-WIL (Women Empowering Women in Illinois), and was NAWBO Chicago’s local government matters liaison to its National organization. She was graduated from the University of Michigan and from Northwestern Law School, and is the mother of three grown children and grandmother of six, a past Board member of the Chicago Abused Womens Coalition, and also a freelance writer of travel articles (mostly about France) and a writer of short fiction
Law School: Northwestern University, J.D.
College: University of Michigan, B.A., 1966
Member: Chicago (Member, Real Estate Section), Illinois State (Member, Real Estate, Probate and Trust Law Section) and American Bar Associations; National Association of Women Business Owners (Past President).
Born: St. Louis, Missouri